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January 11, 2012

Manchin speaks in favor of bipartisan solutions | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Sarah Plummer

In his West Virginia "Standing Up for Common Sense" tour, Sen. Joe Manchin spoke out in favor of bipartisan solutions to national problems. Manchin has sent a letter to President Obama and Congress outlining three steps that will refocus Democrats and Republicans alike on solving American's problems. He encourages all Americans to stand up with him and send letters to elected officials supporting the bipartisan initiatives. Manchin first requests that the president, Senate and House leaders … Continue Reading

January 11, 2012

Manchin Wants Bipartisan Seating | West Virginia MetroNews

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin wants to shake things up in Congress. He sent out a letter to the President and Congressional leadership asking them to consider a more non-partisan seating arraignment in committee meetings and monthly bi-partisan caucuses. Manchin, in Charleston on Tuesday, says he's tired of the man-made walls that have been created in Washington that keep Republicans and Democrats divided both figuratively and literally. For example, he says all committee meetings should be open … Continue Reading

January 10, 2012

Manchin talks D.C. with Milton community | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Bill Rosenberger

MILTON - Sen. Joe Manchin told a group of more than 100 people at the Milton Senior Citizen Center that the bickering in Congress is out of hand, with more lawmakers worried about their political party instead of what it means to be an American. The Democrat, who said he's an American first, spent Monday in Lincoln and Cabell counties as part of a two-week Standing Up for Common Sense tour in his home state. He said he is as frustrated as the people in the crowd with what is happening … Continue Reading

December 19, 2011

Congress Still Working On Payroll Tax Cut Extensions | West Virginia MetroNews

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says the Senate plan to extend the payroll tax cuts for two months is not the answer. "This is a 60 day fix," a frustrated Senator Manchin said on Monday's MetroNews Talkline. "That kicks the can down for two months and we'll be debating it continuously . For one of those two months, we're on vacation. We're off for Christmas break right now. I would have gladly stayed there and worked through this." Before the start of the holiday break on Saturday, the … Continue Reading

December 15, 2011

"No budget, no pay" | The Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Millions of Americans are growing increasingly disillusioned with Congress, and its apparent inability to compromise or agree upon anything. Now you can add U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to the list of those disgusted with the partisan gridlock in Washington. Manchin, D-W.Va., has joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing legislation that would prevent fellow lawmakers from getting a paycheck if they can't agree on a budget. The measure aims to restore civility and common sense to … Continue Reading

December 15, 2011

Manchin applauds elevation of National Guard to Joint Chiefs | WOWK News

by April Kaull

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted Thursday for final passage of a bipartisan bill to elevate the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and fund the Department of Defense for the coming year. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act will now go to the President's desk for his signature. "We don't see much bipartisan cooperation around here, but members of Congress from both parties recognized that our National … Continue Reading

December 14, 2011

Manchin supports No Labels agenda | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is supporting the No Labels' Make Congress Work agenda. No Labels, which promotes bipartisanship and collaborative solutions to the major issues to prevent gridlock, on Tuesday issued its 12-point plan during a press conference in the nation's capital. "From my earliest days in Congress, I've been a proud supporter of what No Labels is trying to accomplish," Manchin said during a press conference in Washington with other lawmakers. "The people of West … Continue Reading

December 13, 2011

Manchin Cosponsors 'No Budget, No Pay' Legislation | WTRF News

WASHINGTON, D.C. -As part of an effort to make Congress work better, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) signed on to bipartisan legislation today to prevent lawmakers from getting their paychecks if they don't produce a budget. The "No Budget, No Pay," legislation is just one of the initiatives that Senator Manchin supports in the "Make Congress Work" agenda, a 12-point proposal to help change the way Congress does business. Senator Manchin joined fellow lawmakers and No Labels - a group of … Continue Reading

December 12, 2011

Manchin was right to ask for park study | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Editorial

Nature lovers, history buffs and outdoor recreation enthusiasts may well have applauded news of a study to determine whether a new national park should be established in West Virginia's beautiful mountains. The idea is appealing - but the ramifications are mind-boggling. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., asked the National Park Service to study the idea. It is to issue a report by September 2012. There really is no doubt much of the study area is valuable enough to be safeguarded for future … Continue Reading

December 10, 2011

Manchin delivers high energy speech at annual Chamber dinner | The Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Bill Archer

BLUEFIELD - A few months in Washington, D.C., didn't appear to cool U.S. Senator Joe Manchin D-W.Va.'s jets one iota, as the junior senator from West Virginia addressed the audience of 280-plus people at the 106th dinner meeting of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce with an evangelical zeal as though kingdom come was around the next bend. "We're writing checks that our children can't cash," Manchin said to the audience gathered in David's at the Club of the Bluefield Elks Lodge. … Continue Reading

December 08, 2011

Manchin Right About Tax Break | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

It is highly unlikely Congress will refuse to continue the dishonest tax cut President Barack Obama is insisting it act on before the current measure expires Dec. 31. But Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is right to point out the measure is not what some advocates want the public to believe it is. Unless Congress reauthorizes the cut, American working people will lose the 2 percent tax cut now reflected in their paychecks. That would cost the "average" family about $1,000 a year. But the cut is in … Continue Reading

December 01, 2011

Manchin breaks with Obama, Senate leadership on payroll taxes | The Hill

by Josiah Ryan

Centrist Democratic freshman Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) broke with his party's leadership - and President Obama - Thursday by calling for his colleagues to vote against the latest Democratic jobs effort, an extension of the payroll-tax cut. "Why would we do this?" Manchin asked, referring to the bill currently in the Senate's queue that would extend the tax cut for an additional year. "Why would we double down on a policy that didn't work?" Manchin then accused leaders of both parties of … Continue Reading

November 27, 2011

Going Big | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Editorial

"Go big" in reducing deficit spending, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is urging fellow lawmakers. But most of them don't even seem capable of going small. Manchin, D-W.Va., and scores of like-minded senators and members of the House of Representatives have a secret weapon in their deficit-slashing arsenal: next year's elections. In August, Congress was unable to devise a deficit reduction package acceptable to President Barack Obama. His goal is massive tax increases, while thoughtful lawmakers … Continue Reading

November 23, 2011

Manchin: Frustrated, disappointed at supercommittee | Williamson Daily News

by Chad Abshire

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reacted strongly to the news that the congressional supercomittee admitted defeat in its mission to find a way to reduce America's $15 trillion debt. Manchin issued a statement via email to the Daily News, expressing his dissatisfaction at what he referred to as "the so-called supercommittee." "I am truly disappointed that the supercommittee has failed to meet its mandate," Manchin said, "but this is not a time to admit defeat, and the American people … Continue Reading

November 22, 2011

Manchin Right To Reject Failure | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

The so-called congressional "supercommittee" charged with recommending how to reduce federal spending by just 3 percent has failed, its 12 members agree. Now it remains to be seen whether a bipartisan group of lawmakers, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., as one of its leaders, can stage a rescue. For weeks, 12 members of the House of Representatives and Senate have been negotiating over the budget deficit. Their work began this summer, after Congress and President Barack Obama were unable to … Continue Reading

November 21, 2011

Manchin: Failure 'Not an Option' | The State Journal

by Whitney Burdette

In wake of the Congressional supercommittee's Nov. 20 announcement it would fail to propose budget cuts by its self-imposed deadline, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., took to national TV to air his frustrations. "Failure cannot be accepted. We can't fail. We can't allow anybody to fail," he said on CBS's Face the Nation Nov. 20. "I don't' want to be part of a generation that turned over the keys to the next generation with the country in worse shape. That's never happened before, and I'm not going … Continue Reading

November 21, 2011

Manchin's cross-state air pollution vote | Logan Banner

Millions of Americans without jobs - and millions more worried the government will destroy their livelihoods - are in no mood for political partisanship. Yet, that is what they got from the U.S. Senate, with a few notable exceptions. President Barack Obama's assault on the coal industry has used a series of executive-branch edicts, some issued after Congress refused to authorize similar action. But because Obama's Democrat Party controls the Senate, the president and his Environmental … Continue Reading

November 20, 2011

Failure not an option for debt supercommittee, Manchin tells 'Face the Nation' | Charleston Gazette

by Paul Nyden

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Appearing on his first Sunday morning national talk show, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said failure "cannot be an option for the deficit reduction supercommittee." That bipartisan 12-member committee has a Wednesday deadline to come up with legislation to cut the national deficit -- which recently topped $15 trillion -- by $1.2 trillion. Speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation," Manchin said if the supercommittee fails to reach agreement on a plan, a bipartisan group of 140 … Continue Reading

November 20, 2011

Manchin: Congress wants Bowles-Simpson revival | CBS News

by Lucy Madison

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Sunday the congressional supercommittee must "step aside" if they can't reach a deal on reducing the deficit before their Wednesday night deadline, and suggested that a substantial number of Congress members would be "stepping forward" to reintroduce a blueprint rejected by Congress in December 2010. Manchin, in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," said failure by the supercommittee, which has been charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget … Continue Reading

November 19, 2011

Manchin Serves W.Va., Not Party | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Mike Myer

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., may be one of the smartest politicians in Washington. Many of his fellow Senate Democrats probably would disagree, but they would be wrong. Something the senator said this week sums it all up. After reviewing his first year in office, Manchin was asked whether he will be voting for President Barack Obama in next year's election. Manchin replied that in making up his mind on that, he will have to think about "what is best for West Virginia." Most Democrats in … Continue Reading

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