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September 21, 2012

Manchin to D.C.: More work, less campaigning | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Brett Dunlap

WASHINGTON - There is work to be done on the nation's financial woes and a U.S. senator from West Virginia believes elected officials should be in Washington, D.C., addressing them. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday, urging everyone to stay, roll up their sleeves and get down to work addressing the nation's financial crisis instead of putting it off and heading home to campaign for the November election. The Senate considered a temporary … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Manchin ‘ashamed’ that politics trumps fiscal reforms | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

An irritated and "ashamed" Sen. Joe Manchin chastised his Capitol Hill colleagues Thursday for hitting the hustings to court voters rather than burn the midnight oil to deal with America's spiraling debt crisis. Manchin recalled the lament of President Harry Truman in castigating the 80th Congress as "do nothing" and wondered how "give 'em Hell" Harry would define this one. Even with the stalemate in the early 1950s, he noted, Truman could take satisfaction in knowing 900 of his bills … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Manchin offers a bipartisan EPA bill | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

A bipartisan effort, led by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., is taking aim at curbing the Environmental Protection Agency's "overreach" in enforcement of the Clean Water Act. The measure is patterned after one in the House to rein in the EPA in what critics have often labeled a "war on coal." Manchin said his bill would restore "the proper balance" between states and the federal government that safeguards the water supplies in mining areas while protecting jobs and … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Manchin-Toomey: Bill seeks to stop EPA bureaucratic overreach | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Bill Archer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In spite of the perceived gridlock in Congress, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., said he still believes in the American Dream, and that he and a growing number of other senators are "fed up with the over-reach" of the Environmental Protection Agency and other bureaucratic agencies that appear to be seeking to centralize the control of many businesses. "It's not just the coal industry that is suffering from bureaucratic overreach," Manchin said during a telephone … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Congress urged to block continuing resolution | The Martinsburg Journal

by Rachel Molenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With worries of a sequester in tow, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged Congress to block a continuing resolution Thursday. If passed, the resolution would be the 13th temporary spending measure put in place to keep the nation's budget issues at bay since Nov. 2010. The Senate is expected to adjourn until after the Nov. 6 election following the vote, according to a press release from Manchin's Senate office. Manchin urged the Senate to stay in session in order to address the … Continue Reading

September 19, 2012

Senator Joe Manchin Honors the Byrd Center and Shepherd University | Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

by Marc Levitt

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) visited the Byrd Center on September 18, 2012, to present director Ray Smock with a framed copy of his remarks on the floor of the Senate. Senator Manchin, praised the memory of the late Senator Byrd and his love of the U. S. Constitution. Senator Byrd launched the Byrd Center's annual Constitution Day lecture in 2005. The annual lecture, the Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U. S. Constitution is named in honor of the late Tom E. Moses, a veteran of World War II, … Continue Reading

September 16, 2012

Manchin makes energy, spending top priorities | The Martinsburg Journal

by Rachel Molenda

Eastern Panhandle voters will take to the polls on Nov. 6 in order to choose their next U.S. Senator. Democratic incumbent, Joe Manchin, said he feels he is the man for the job. Manchin cited his experience as governor of West Virginia as one of his top qualifications to hold his current senate seat. He compared the financial situation of the state when he entered office with the current financial state of the country, saying both needed to address spending and work toward a reasonable … Continue Reading

September 11, 2012

A Starting Point | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Editorial

Since he took office as West Virginia's junior U.S. senator two years ago, Joe Manchin has been focused on addressing the fiscal crisis we are experiencing in the United States. Many, many times in both general addresses and one-on-one conversations, Manchin has bemoaned the fact that the gridlock in Washington is bound to ruin our country if it doesn't change. He has definitely been frustrated. The problem is apparent; neither political party in Congress has the leadership in place to … Continue Reading

September 10, 2012

Summit to focus on debt solutions | Charleston Daily Mail

by Jared Hunt

? Manchin's forum featuring Simpson, Bowles will address controlling finances Sen. Joe Manchin believes fixing the federal government's long-term debt problem is the key to getting the nation's economy going again. Manchin, D-W.Va., is hosting what he's calling a bipartisan fiscal summit at the state Culture Center this morning. Since he was elected to the Senate in 2010, Manchin has been frustrated over the way Congress and President Barack Obama have dragged their feet to get the … Continue Reading

August 31, 2012

Manchin announces summit | The Martinsburg Journal

by Rachel Molenda

WASHINGTON - With the national debt now approaching $16 trillion, Sen. Joe Manchin has made finding a solution to the nation's finance issue a main concern. Manchin, D-W.Va., has announced plans for a financial summit to be held in Charleston on Sept. 10. Entitled "Our Finances & Our Future: A Bipartisan Conversation About the Facts," the summit is set to discuss the nation's debt. Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles will be featured … Continue Reading

August 30, 2012

Manchin: DOD spending largely contractor expenses | The Martinsburg Journal

by Rachel Molenda

CHARLESTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin held a roundtable discussion Wednesday in order to review and assess ways in which Congress can cut military spending while continuing to strengthen the nation's defense. Manchin's remarks were broadcast to several remote locations, including one in Martinsburg. During the talk, held at the National Guard Tire Rebuild in Charleston, Manchin compared the cost efficiency of hiring private contractors for overseas work, versus investing funds in military … Continue Reading

August 29, 2012

Tomblin, Manchin discuss problems, successes in state | The State Journal

by Andrea Lannom

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin spoke about West Virginia's successes and plans for future success during the Aug. 29 portion of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and Business Summit. During the opening lunch, Tomblin told members the state has improved finances by increasing reserves, addressing liabilities and balancing the budget. "We have addressed teachers, judges and troopers retirement initiatives and workers' compensation," Tomblin told members. … Continue Reading

August 28, 2012

DuPont signs on to hire veterans | Charleston Gazette

by Paul Nyden

BELLE, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined DuPont officials Tuesday to announce that the company is the first national corporation to endorse the "I Hire Veterans" project. "When the company hires new employees, 10 percent will be veterans," Manchin said Tuesday morning outside the company's plant in Belle. DuPont plans to hire 30 to 50 additional people during the next year, said James O'Connor, manager of DuPont's facilities in Belle. "It is our goal that this plant will continue … Continue Reading

August 22, 2012

Manchin wants end to political gridlock | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Brett Dunlap

PARKERSBURG - In order to move the country forward, elected officials must find common ground and work together, a U.S. senator told a group of residents in Parkersburg Tuesday. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., attended a roundtable discussion at the Wood County Senior Citizens Association with more than 50 people in attendance to discuss issues facing the country and seniors. The discussion covered health care, tax fairness, the economy, immigration laws, the solvency of Social Security, … Continue Reading

August 03, 2012

Manchin: Staggering debt threatening America’s future | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

CHARLESTON - Exactly one decade from now, if Congress does nothing to deal with the nation's staggering debt, the share facing every man, woman and child is expected to reach $79,000. As of now, the debt of individuals stands at $50,700. "But it's only going to get worse if we don't do our job and fix it," says Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who plans to headline a special, bi-partisan summit on the nation's debt next month in the West Virginia capital. Within two decades, Manchin says, … Continue Reading

August 02, 2012

Debt nation’s ‘greatest threat,’ | Times West Virginian

by Katie Wilson

FAIRMONT - Since he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., has made job creation and fiscal responsibility priorities. Now he's putting the Mountain State at the forefront of the nationwide fiscal crisis, hosting a bipartisan financial discussion in Charleston in September. "Our Finances and Our Future: A Bipartisan Conversation About the Facts" will be held Sept. 10 in the state Culture Center in Charleston and will feature former Republican Sen. Alan … Continue Reading

August 02, 2012

Refocus Attention On National Debt | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

Democrats and Republicans share blame for the nation's staggering debt, soon to top $16 trillion. But because their party controls the White House now, few Democrats in Congress seem anxious about deficit spending. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is an exception. On Sept. 10 he will do an enormous service to those who understand spending beyond our nation's means simply has to stop. On that day, at the state Culture Center in Charleston, Manchin will host an event of national … Continue Reading

August 01, 2012

Coal scores legal victory | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Mannix Porterfield

CHARLESTON - West Virginia scored no small victory Tuesday in the "war against coal" with the Environmental Protection Agency, but industry leaders were cautious that a ruling that the Obama administration exceeded its powers in water quality criteria might be ignored. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in the nation's capital ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by Sen. Joe Manchin when he was governor of West Virginia. In essence, the judge ruled that the EPA exceeded its … Continue Reading

July 23, 2012

Manchin votes to provide tax incentives for business who move back to United States | The Hagerstown Herald-Mail

by Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.- While "really proud" to have Macy's new distribution facility in West Virginia, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said last week that he would love more of the giant retailer's products to be manufactured here, too. A day after taking part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 1.3-million-square-foot Macy's facility in Berkeley County, Manchin, D-W.Va., and U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., voted Thursday for legislation that would have provided tax incentives to encourage … Continue Reading

July 14, 2012

Common sense argument: Manchin is right about Afghanistan | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Editorial

Common sense is something that has been sorely lacking in Washington in recent months. And common sense would suggest that America shouldn't be spending $94 million to upgrade the electrical grid in Afghanistan one week after thousands of West Virginia and Virginia residents were left in the dark without power and water. Instead, we should be using that money to improve our own electrical grid, or at least to build new roads, bridges or schools back home, as correctly argued on the Senate … Continue Reading

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