CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's congressional delegation remains largely undecided about whether the United States should intervene in Syria, even though top officials from both parties have expressed support for military action.
President Barack Obama on Saturday announced he would seek the approval of Congress before taking action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is accused of using chemical weapons to kill more than 1,400 of his citizens including hundreds of children.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced their support of the President's plan on Tuesday.
Congress watchers originally expected the Republican-led House of Representatives would be a stumbling block for Obama's plans to attack Syria.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also supports U.S. intervention
Three of West Virginia's five representatives on Capitol Hill indicated Tuesday they still have not made up their minds, however.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spent part of his Labor Day weekend in West Virginia, but returned to Washington late Monday to attend briefings on the situation in Syria.
Congress currently is in recess. Most members remain in their home districts, but are expected back in the nation's capital next week to vote on Obama's proposals.
Spokeswoman Katie Longo said Manchin also is talking to foreign affairs experts both inside and outside the government, is discussing the issue with his colleagues in Congress and also wants to hear from constituents before making a decision on Syria.
His office set up a special email address for citizens' thoughts on Syria, syriaopinions
Manchin also was spotted attending a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Tuesday. He is not a member of the committee, but appeared to be listening intently as Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made their case for an attack on Syria.
While Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. has not issued a public statement on Syria, spokesman Andrew Beckner said the state's senior senator is closely following developments there and is reviewing information provided by the White House.
"He has focused on Syria throughout the conflict, particularly in recent months, and is in close contact with top advisers," Beckner said.