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October 19, 2011

Sen. Manchin advocates push for more cuts | Charleston Daily Mail

by Jared Hunt

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is joining a chorus of economists, lawmakers and government finance officials in urging a congressional deficit reduction committee to "go big" in their level of cuts. When the White House and Congress finally agreed on a package to raise the nation's debt ceiling earlier this year, they created a new joint committee in Congress to figure out a way to reduce deficits over the next decade. This so-called super committee is required to come up with a plan by Nov. 23 … Continue Reading

October 13, 2011

Filibuster frustrates Manchin | Charleston Daily Mail

by Jared Hunt

Joe Manchin is angry. West Virginia's freshman Democratic U.S. Senator said Wednesday he was "fired up" over increasingly divisive political games and took to task Republicans, Democrats and President Barack Obama for failing to work together to improve the nation's economy. "Unfortunately, the legislative process in Washington has gotten so dysfunctional that it doesn't even make much sense at all anymore," Manchin said in a morning conference call with reporters. Manchin's … Continue Reading

October 13, 2011

Manchin: Obama must show leadership | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Anthony Gaynor

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was one of 49 Senators on Tuesday to vote for a procedural motion that would have allowed President Barrack Obama's jobs package to reach the senate floor. Manchin said he could not oppose a procedural motion that would have given the Senate the opportunity to discuss and make amendments to the bill. "Unfortunately, the legislative process in Washington has gotten so dysfunctional that it doesn't make much sense at all," Manchin said during a press call with … Continue Reading

October 12, 2011

Manchin staff plans senior care meetings | West Virginia Public Broadcasting

by Cecelia Mason

Sen. Joe Manchin's staff will focus on caring for aging relatives during a series of meetings next week and Manchin hopes the information collected during the meetings will influence national elder care policy. Manchin encourages everyone concerned about aging issues to attend one of the meetings. "I want people to come and tell me this is what we do, if I could get help here just think what a better quality of life my mother or my father or aunt or uncle would have," Manchin … Continue Reading

October 07, 2011

Manchin sets up website to get ideas on deficit | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin wants West Virginians to visit his new website to offer their "commonsense ideas for cutting the budget deficit." Manchin, D-W.Va., plans to send a letter Oct. 14 to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction that was created in August to offer advice to President Obama. The committee includes six Democrats and six Republicans. On Thursday, Manchin said he had his Senate website,, reconstructed to make it easier for his constituents to … Continue Reading

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,, 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," … Continue Reading

October 04, 2011

DNR selects Manchin for Sportsperson of the Year | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

You aren't apt to see his picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but at least in West Virginia, freshman Sen. Joe Manchin is the Sportsperson of the Year in his native state. Manchin began hunting and fishing as a youngster, and even with his more pressing Capitol Hill duties, the senator still finds time to enjoy both outings. In a few weeks, he hopes to join Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier, and possibly basketball legend Jerry West, on a turkey hunt. His outdoorsman award came … Continue Reading

September 26, 2011

Manchin-Sponsored Legislation Passes Senate | WTRF

by Whitney Burdette

The U.S Senate on Sept. 26 passed the Small Business Contracting Fraud Prevention Act of 2011, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va The act, introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is a bipartisan bill designed to make sure qualified businesses win contracts with the federal government. This legislation places emphasis on rooting out fraud from businesses claiming they are controlled by disabled veterans. The passage of the bill comes after an FBI-probe into Solyndra, a … Continue Reading

September 24, 2011

Manchin calls for bipartisan approach | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Anthony Gaynor

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., took to the Senate floor on Friday calling for a bipartisan approach to deficit reduction, and said President Barack Obama's recommendations fall short of what the nation needs. Manchin asked all members of Congress to keep their summer agreement on spending while larger deficit reductions are being negotiated. "As we face our exploding debts and deficits, our nation is truly at a crossroads," Manchin said. The senator said a loss of confidence by the … Continue Reading

September 19, 2011

Sen. Manchin is right about solar and coal | Charleston Daily Mail

by Editorial

SHORTLY after President Obama took office, White House officials pressured federal officials to decide on a half-billion-dollar loan guarantee for Solyndra, which wanted to make solar panels. The Bush administration hadn't acted on the request. Solyndra became the centerpiece of Obama's green energy agenda. In a later tour of its plant in Fremont, Calif., the president said, "The future is here." Let us hope not. Two weeks ago, Solyndra shut down, sought protection from creditors in … Continue Reading

September 17, 2011

Manchin Sees 'Ugly' in Obama Jobs Bill | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Joselyn King

Sen. Joe Manchin says there's "good, bad and ugly" in the jobs bill proposed by President Barack Obama, and what he sees is mostly ugly. Manchin, D-W.Va., noted the tremendous cost of the Obama jobs bill - estimated at $450 billion - and the many policies set forth in the bill that already were tried unsuccessfully in the past. "I listened respectfully to the president give his speech ... on the jobs proposal," Manchin said. "I think we all can agree we need to do something about jobs in … Continue Reading

September 17, 2011

Manchin not sold on Obama's jobs plan | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will support some - but not all - the provisions in the American Jobs Act, whose details were released by President Obama during a news conference Monday in the Rose Garden. "We face serious challenges," Manchin said during a telephone news conference Friday. "The two biggest ones are the deficit/debt crisis and the jobs crisis." The projected deficit for fiscal year 2012, which begins on Oct. 1, is $1.1 trillion. "This is a death spiral of debt," Manchin said. … Continue Reading

September 16, 2011

Manchin Pushes for More Deficit Reduction | The State Journal

by Whitney Burdette

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined with 36 other senators to urge the Congressional super committee to "think big" when it comes to reducing America's deficit problem. The super committee was established as part of a deal reached in the early part of August to look at and reduce the nation's deficit. The bipartisan, bicameral committee includes 12 members and is tasked with identifying $1.5 trillion in budget savings over the next 10 years, in addition to the nearly $1 trillion in savings … Continue Reading

September 16, 2011

W.Va.'s Manchin not sold on Obama jobs plan | Charleston Gazette

by The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin believes taxpayers are afraid to give the Obama administration any more money, believing it will just be wasted. The freshman Democrat expressed concerns to reporters Friday about the $450 billion price tag of President Barack Obama's jobs plan. Manchin says he supports Obama's proposed infrastructure bank, to leverage federal loans for roads, water systems and other public works projects. But Manchin questioned Obama's call to … Continue Reading

September 11, 2011

Congressional Leaders: Much Has Been Done Since 9/11 | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Joselyn King

WHEELING - On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists struck on American soil - but they didn't shoot down the American spirit and, in fact, strengthened the resolve of the U.S. government and the American people, members of Congress believe. "On 9/11, terrorists tried to destroy our centers of defense and commerce," said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. "Nearly 3,000 lives were lost in those cowardly, hateful attacks. "But try as they might, terrorists cannot destroy our most sacred tradition - our … Continue Reading

August 23, 2011

Manchin: I hear WV's concerns | Logan Banner

by Michael Browning

WILLIAMSON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has been touring the state talking to the residents of West Virginia about what concerns them. He said he plans to take those concerns back to Washington. "I came here to southern West Virginia to find out what truly is concerning them and what their fears are about this country," Manchin said last Monday at his stop in Williamson. "This is a great country and we can fix everything that you might think is wrong." Manchin said fixing the country's problems … Continue Reading

August 23, 2011

Heated Rhetoric Not Productive | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

Villainizing one's political opponents is nothing new in American politics. Sometimes it gains candidates and their parties edges at the polls, but we know of no situation in which it was good for the country. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., pointed that out in a speech last week in Wheeling. "Whether I agree or disagree, the person who made a decision probably made it with the best of intentions. They're all good, true Americans," he told listeners. Perhaps Manchin should schedule an … Continue Reading

August 19, 2011

Manchin Attitude Tough, Yet Realistic | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

If you are angering ultra-partisans on both sides of an issue, you're probably doing something right. By the same token, if you're making those on both sides take note of unproductive extremes, you're definitely doing something right. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. admonished hardliners on the left and right to work harder to "come together in the middle," when he spoke in Wheeling on Tuesday. He reminded listeners the mess in Washington, D.C., isn't a red or blue problem, but a "red, white and … Continue Reading

August 17, 2011

Manchin Seeks D.C.'s 'Middle' | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Joselyn King

WHEELING - Sen. Joe Manchin advises voters to be wary of candidates who promise to always vote their party's politics. And Manchin said if you see any politician signing a pledge promising not to do something, "You better be looking for another candidate." "If that person locks himself in that tight, you've got a problem," he said. "And that's what we're finding in Washington - on both sides, left and right. And it doesn't need to be." Manchin, D-W.Va., was the keynote speaker Tuesday for a … Continue Reading

August 16, 2011

Manchin laments priorities in D.C. | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Jean Tarbett Hardiman

HUNTINGTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin started the work week in Huntington Monday, with a stop at Pullman Plaza Hotel as part of what he is calling his Rebuilding America Tour. He, along with some members of his staff, are visiting about 20 West Virginia cities to gather some input on the issues that concern state residents. "We're just trying to get this input - this back-and-forth," he told the crowd Monday, which included several local business people, government officials and representatives … Continue Reading

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