October 07, 2011

Manchin gets new site, seeks public’s advice | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG - West Virginians can send their ideas to cut the deficit to the new website for U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Manchin on Thursday announced the new site, manchin.senate.gov, that features the New River Gorge Bridge and a form where those ideas can be forwarded to the senator.

"I truly believe in retail government helping people connect with their government and providing the best possible service. That's because this is your government, and your voices should be heard," Manchin said.

The senator said he retooled the website in anticipation of the Senate and House super committee studying the federal debt making its recommendations for cuts.

Manchin said the new website has better ways to communicate ideas, get help and learn about his agenda to create jobs, restore fiscal accountability, achieve energy independence and keep promises to seniors and veterans.

"I hope my new site serves as a place where the people of West Virginia can find daily updates about the issues that matter most," Manchin said. "And no website would be complete without a taste of what makes West Virginia the greatest state in this nation, so I encourage people to use my site to learn more about visiting our great state."

The main features include:

Contact Joe, where constituents can share ideas with Manchin, find his nearest office, email him, register for his eNewsletter and request a meeting or schedule an event with Manchin.

Help from Joe, where constituents can go to get help with the federal government, including problems with Social Security checks, the IRS, emergency passports, black lung benefits or veterans affairs issues. West Virginians can purchase flags to be flown over the Capitol, learn about internship opportunities with Manchin's office, learn about academy nominations, find out about grants and business opportunities, and get information about visiting West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Issues and Legislation, where constituents can read about Manchin's legislative priorities and his positions on issues such as job creation, fiscal responsibility, achieving energy independence, and keeping promises to seniors and veterans.

Newsroom, where constituents can find Manchin's latest press releases, his weekly "Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains," browse photos, read floor statements and speeches, watch his YouTube videos, read news stories and get contact information for the Manchin communications team.

About Joe, where you can read Manchin's biography and learn about his Senate committee assignments.

Source: Wants people to connect with their government