EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV Delegation Split On Syria Intervention
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 5, 2013 9:42 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 6, 2013 4:10 AM EDT
Even while attending the G20 summit in Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama is still lobbying Congress to approve of military strikes on Syria.
Obama received a chilly reception from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who threatened to provide Syria with a missile shield should the U.S. decide to launch an attack.
Back home on Capitol Hill, Congress is still wrestling with whether to give the president what he wants - authorization for a military strike in Syria in response to last month's deadly chemical weapons attack.
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., remains unconvinced the move is necessary. However, Capito's colleague U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said the president's plan to punish Syria's leader for using chemical weapons is the right thing to do.
West Virginia's other representative, Republican David McKinley is on the record opposing military action in Syria.
The House is expected to reconvene on Monday and schedule a vote on the Syrian crisis. A Senate committee gave its approval Wednesday, paving the way for the full Senate to weigh in on the president's proposal.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he will not support military action. His fellow Democrat, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, has not indicated which way he will vote.
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