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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


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, manchin.senate.gov, 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, 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," … 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

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