"Given the case that has been presented to me, I believe that a military strike against Syria at this time is the wrong course of action. In good conscience, I cannot support the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's resolution and will be working with my colleagues and the administration to develop other options."
On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution to authorize Obama to use military force in Syria, by a vote of 10 to 7.
"I believe that we must exhaust all diplomatic options and have a comprehensive plan for international involvement before we act," Manchin said.
Manchin has repeatedly questioned the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars of questionable foreign ventures. He's suggested that the money would be better used to strengthen our nation's own infrastructure -- including deteriorating roads and bridges.
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