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November 16, 2011

Manchin marks first year in office | Williamson Daily News

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was sworn in a year ago Tuesday, taking the seat of the late Robert C. Byrd. He shared his proudest accomplishments from his first year in office, even saying he's met all 99 colleagues in the Senate. Since being sworn in to the United States Senate on Nov. 15, 2010, Manchin said he has focused on working across the aisle and bringing his commonsense agenda to Washington, which includes: creating new jobs, getting the financial house in order, keeping … Continue Reading

November 16, 2011

Manchin marks his first year as senator | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Brett Dunlap

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Manchin had been a U.S. senator for one year. The senator, who was elected in a special election last year to fill out the remainder of the term of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, held a telephone press conference with media outlets from around the state from his Capitol office to highlight what he feels he has accomplished in his first year and what he wants to work on for the future. Manchin continually talked about his drive to bring a common sense approach to … Continue Reading

November 16, 2011

Manchin: Coal still significant | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Charles Owens

WASHINGTON - One year into office, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he is still frustrated over opinions in Washington about coal. "What I'm very frustrated and upset about is they are moving forward like we have this new fuel and we don't need coal anymore," Manchin, D-W.Va., said Tuesday. "Coal is 45 to 50 percent of the energy mix. I'm hoping I'm seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. I'm not pushing (coal) just for the sake that we are producing a lot of coal in West Virginia. You just … Continue Reading

November 16, 2011

Manchin: Job creation is top priority, Senator reflects on first year in office | The Dominion Post

by Alex Lang

Jobs, jobs and more jobs are some of Sen. Joe ' goals as he moves into his second year in federal office. Energy independence and deficit reduction are on the list, too. Tuesday was ' (D-W.Va.) one-year anniversary in the U.S. Senate. He won the late Robert Byrd's seat in a special election. He reflected on his first year in office and looked to the future during a conference call with reporters from across the state. "The biggest thing is to create jobs. It's still creating jobs," … Continue Reading

November 12, 2011

Manchin Right To Battle EPA | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

Millions of Americans without jobs - and millions more worried the government will destroy their livelihoods - are in no mood for political partisanship. Yet on Thursday, 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 … Continue Reading

November 10, 2011

Special field hearing set to examine potential of Marcellus shale exploration | The Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Mannix Porterfield

CHARLESTON - While West Virginia lawmakers seek to piece together the final strands of a Marcellus shale regulatory bill, Sen. Joe Manchin is anchoring a special field hearing Monday to look at the fledgling industry from a federal perspective. Lawmakers are conducting a rare, early Sunday meeting at the Capitol, hoping to come to terms on four remaining amendments to a bill that has been the target of study for months by a select committee. Just across town in the federal building, Manchin, … Continue Reading

November 09, 2011

Senate Committee Coming to Charleston Regarding Marcellus Shale Drilling | WDTV

by Nicole Porter

Marcellus Shale Drilling will be the topic of Senator Joe Manchin's first Congressional Field Hearing when he brings the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Charleston next Monday. The committee will cover topics ranging from the economic benefits of drilling, to the safety and environmental concerns folks have when they hear about the topic. Manchin has hopes that this industry can be a game changer in the Mountain State. He invited the committee to "... talk about the … Continue Reading

November 08, 2011

Manchin: 'Insulted' at bonuses for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac | The Williamson Daily News

by Chad Abshire

Recently, nearly $13 million in bonus pay was approved for 10 executives at Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, two mortgage lenders that received a government bailout of $141 billion in taxpayer dollars in 2008. This did not sit well with a group of 60 senators, including Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who have expressed outrage at the news. "Using taxpayer dollars to give out enormous bonuses at a troubled company just doesn't make any sense to me," Manchin said. "And I'm just as furious as the American … Continue Reading

October 31, 2011

Any jobs plan must address nation's critical needs | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Editorial

The prospect of Congress and the White House coming to agreement on a jobs bill that includes spending on infrastructure improvements remains a long shot, but the idea is appealing to many Americans. In theory, such a plan would make sense- if a way is found to pay for it and if the bankrolled projects indeed aligned with the nation's critical needs. Not only should public work projects be as close to "shovel-ready" as possible to promote job growth and sustenance quickly, they should also … Continue Reading

October 28, 2011

Manchin: Shale can help state | The Dominion Post

by David Beard

"Do not miss this opportunity." That was Sen. Joe Manchin's message to legislators and state regulators Thursday night regarding the vast reserves of Marcellus shale natural gas lying within the state's borders. "Do not miss out on the potential that lies in the Marcellus, not only for energy - but also for job creation and economic development and the rebirth of a region," he said. Manchin, D-W.Va., delivered his message as part of his keynote address at WVU law school's Center for … Continue Reading

October 27, 2011

Manchin Touts All Energy Sources at Marcellus Symposium | WTRF

by Taylor Kuykendall

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin took to the stage at a West Virginia University symposium on natural gas Thursday to call for the use of more domestic fuel resources to achieve national energy independence. Manchin said the country is at a crossroads when it comes to developing the energy and the economy. "Our economy is struggling, job growth is anemic, and the economic outlook is weak," Manchin said. "And with this nation's jobs crisis on the top of most Americans' minds right now, we must not … Continue Reading

October 27, 2011

Manchin: Drug Abuse Detrimental to State's Workforce | WTRF

by Whitney Burdette

Law enforcement agents and community leaders sat down with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Oct. 26 to discuss one of the state's worst and growing problems-drug abuse. Manchin was in Beckley as part of his Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America tour, where he held a roundtable to discuss the continued need to fight prescription drug abuse so employers can fill their open positions. Manchin has worked with other members of Congress, including fellow Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, to pass … Continue Reading

October 26, 2011

‘Great things will happen’ | Times West Virginian

by Nicole Lemal

FAIRMONT - When U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III served as governor, he had a vision for West Virginia. He envisioned a state-of the- art facility dedicated to technical education and training that would support the economic development of North Central West Virginia. Standing in front of a crowded room Tuesday afternoon at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, he was greeted with an enthusiastic response by community members for his influence in starting a project of this caliber. Tuesday … Continue Reading

October 25, 2011

Manchin: Let’s work together to fix the nation | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Carra Higgins

Frustrations with the turmoil of political maneuvering in Washington, D.C., have left U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., with two major concerns: jobs and the country's debt, he told media representatives in a telephone conference Monday. Although Manchin has his own ideas on how to apply his common sense ideas to these issues, he said he also is seeking the opinions of his constituents while he tours West Virginia this week. "We've got to get this country moving in the right direction," … Continue Reading

October 23, 2011

Sen. Manchin: 'Listen, it’s just Joe,' | Times West Virginian

by Misty Poe

FAIRMONT - Sometimes, and quite unintentionally, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says that people from West Virginia slip and call him "Gov. Manchin." It's reasonable, considering that Manchin left the governor's seat less than a year ago. It's understandable, considering that Manchin had among the highest approval ratings nationwide during his time in the governor's seat. He was first elected in 2004 with 63.5 percent of the vote. When he ran for re-election in 2008, he earned 70 percent of the … Continue Reading

October 23, 2011

Deep faith long big part of Manchin’s life | Times West Virginian

by Debraminor Wilson

FAIRMONT - Sen. Joe Manchin III grew up a privileged child. He readily admits it. He's proud of it. But he didn't grow up in the lap of luxury. He grew up in Farmington, the train tracks not far from the house. Times could be tough. But he was rich in the unconditional love of his parents and the deep faith his family held dear, he said at the annual celebration of the Greater Fairmont Council of Churches Saturday at Westchester Village, where he was keynote speaker. On … Continue Reading

October 21, 2011

Go Big: Manchin right to call for much larger cuts | The Martinsburg Journal

by Editorial

There probably is not enough time - or willpower among members of Congress - for anything constructive to be done about the suggestion Sen. Joe Manchin made Tuesday. Still, Manchin, D-W.Va., is right. Manchin released recommendations concerning reductions in deficit spending. Some of them came from West Virginians responding to his request for ideas on how to tackle out-of-control budgets. As Manchin pointed out, Congress and President Barack Obama are merely nipping at the edges of the … Continue Reading

October 20, 2011

Manchin Should Form Coalition | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

There probably is not enough time - or willpower among members of Congress - for anything constructive to be done about the suggestion Sen. Joe Manchin made Tuesday. Still, Manchin, D-W.Va., is right. Manchin released recommendations concerning reductions in deficit spending. Some of them came from West Virginians responding to his request for ideas on how to tackle out-of-control budgets. As Manchin pointed out, Congress and President Barack Obama are merely nipping at the edges of the … Continue Reading

October 19, 2011

$4T In Budget Cuts Sought | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Joselyn King

WHEELING - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin doesn't think it's enough to cut $1.5 trillion in spending from the federal budget. Instead, he is pushing for $4 trillion in reductions. Manchin, D-W.Va., has sent the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction ideas for cuts, suggested by West Virginia's residents through his website. The "super committee" is charged with slicing $1.5 trillion from the budget by Thanksgiving, and Manchin said "every economist" believes the figure should be closer to $4 … Continue Reading

October 19, 2011

Sen. Manchin wants colleagues to ‘go big’ on deficit reduction | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., is urging members of the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to "go big" and reduce the nation's deficit by $4 trillion. "All members of Congress were encouraged to make recommendations to the Committee of Twelve. We had to do it by Friday," Manchin said during a telephone interview on Tuesday. Manchin had sought suggestions from West Virginia residents. "What we hear from West Virginians is to stop fraud, waste and abuse of … Continue Reading

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