Manchin cancels events

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has suspended several events planned for this week in order to return to Washington, D.C. at attend briefings on the situation in Syria.

Among the events was a planned town hall in Follansbee on Thursday.

“The decision to authorize the use of U.S. military force and weapons is one of the most difficult that a country can make, and is not one that should be made without all the available facts or without the consultation of Congress,” Manchin stated. “Beginning Tuesday, I will be suspending all events I had scheduled in West Virginia to return to Washington to attend briefings with the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees and with administration officials to ensure I have all the facts and intelligence available to me before the Senate begins debate on the authorization of force.”

Manchin had been set to visit several areas of the Mountain State this week, including touring a plant in Friendly, meeting with business owners in Vienna and attending conferences in Morgantown.

He also had been set to speak at the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon on Thursday and be at the opening of his new regional Charleston office on Friday.

Manchin spent Monday in Marmet for the community’s Labor Day Parade and in Racine speaking at a Labor Day rally.