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August 12, 2011

'Common sense has got to prevail' if progress comes to Washington, DC | Times West Virginian

by Editorial, Times West Virginian

You can excuse Americans if they wonder about the chances of sanity to rule any time soon in Washington, D.C. Earlier this month, for example, they saw the United States pushed to the edge of financial default by a partisan battle over increasing the nation's debt ceiling. The debate was marked by huge declines in the stock market and a downgrade of America's debt by Standard & Poor's last Friday. Now there is pessimism over Congress' new debt-reduction supercommittee. The 12member … Continue Reading

August 11, 2011

Manchin: Put country first | Times West Virginian

by J. Miles Layton

FAIRMONT - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., stopped by the Say-Boy Steakhouse on Wednesday for a little "Coffee and Common Sense" with Marion County's civic and business leaders. The senator spoke of the need for political unity in the face of an uncertain economy. He said lawmakers from both parties - blue state Democrats and red state Republicans - need to cross the aisle to put their country first, not their party. "We're not talking a red problem or a blue problem, but a red, white and blue … Continue Reading

August 10, 2011

Sen. Manchin Pushes For Continued Work on Debt Deal | WDTV News

As the blame game for the credit rating is in full swing in Washington, our own Senator Joe Manchin says congress should get back to work if they're serious about solving the debt crisis. Manchin says lawmakers should cut their August vacation early and head back to the hill because he believes the debt deal does not go far enough to stop another battle of politics when they get back together next month. Manchin says he's so serious about solving the debt crisis that he has written to Senate … Continue Reading

August 09, 2011

Manchin calls for end to partisan bickering | Charleston Daily Mail

by Jared Hunt

CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt is a "warning shot" to end the partisan bickering in Washington, D.C. He's also throwing his hat into the ring of senators being considered for an elite group tasked with finding a way to slash federal spending. Manchin, D-W.Va., was at the state Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Charleston Monday morning to meet with business leaders on job creation. But the meeting was held under the cloud of … Continue Reading

August 09, 2011

Manchin focusing on 'Rebuilding America' | The Elkin's Inter-Mountain

by Carra Higgins

This week, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will be focusing on "Rebuilding America." His "Rebuilding America Week" will include several stops across West Virginia to hear from constituents and a request to be a part of a congressional committee to restore confidence in the U.S. economy. "Now more than ever, it's time to rebuild America," Manchin said in a prepared statement. "It's time for Washington to pass common sense legislation that will restore confidence and create an economic environment that … Continue Reading

August 08, 2011

'Get Our Act Together' | West Virginia MetroNews

by Staff Writers

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he'd forgo his August vacation if Congress was serious about solving the debt crisis. "We aught to get our act together and get back in Washington and do the long-term fix that needed to be done in the first place." Manchin was in Charleston on Monday talking with business and labor leaders as well as workers about what they'd like to see happen on Capitol Hill. "What would you do to change America?" Manchin asked. "To change the direction we're going and how … Continue Reading

August 07, 2011

EPA must consider balance | Times West Virginian

by J. Miles Layton

FAIRMONT - With the ink drying on the budget deal, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., stopped in town Thursday to speak at Michael Aloi's swearing-in ceremony as Marion County Circuit Court judge. Long before the speeches were made, Manchin congratulated Aloi in his new office next to the courtroom where he will be presiding. Afterward, Manchin came into the hallway where he was stopped for a few minutes by the Times West Virginian. The senator spoke about policy matters, the tea party and … Continue Reading

August 06, 2011

Manchin: End Aid to China | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Editorial

PARKERSBURG - A West Virginia senator is supporting the elimination of U.S. aid to China. In this time of budget constraints, U.S. tax dollars shouldn't be going to China, the world's second-largest economy, Sen. Joe Manchin said. The United States has spent more than $275 million since 2001 in China to expand internet access and improving public transportation, he said. China also receives billions from multilateral institutions like the United Nations, to which the United States is among … Continue Reading

August 02, 2011

State Lawmakers Back Compromise | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Jess Mancini

PARKERSBURG - West Virginia's congressional delegation supports the last-minute compromise to raise the debt limit and cut spending. "This never should have dragged on to the 11th hour, and I am disappointed that so many in Congress used this debate for political purposes," Sen. Jay Rockefeller said. The compromise raises the debt limit by $2.4 trillion in two parts and calls for $917 billion in spending reductions over 10 years. A committee of 12 named by the House and Senate leaders must … Continue Reading

July 30, 2011

Manchin: Credit Downgrade Would Be Terrible | Times West Virginian

by J. Miles Layton

FAIRMONT - Tuesday is the big day for which the default deadline bell tolls. Though Congress is closer to a deal, there is no agreement that crosses the divide between Democrats and Republicans. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., held a press conference Friday to apologize for Washington politics and to share his optimism that there will be a deal cut by the Aug. 2 deadline. He supports a reasonable balanced budget amendment, but not as a condition for a debt deal. The Senator wants … Continue Reading

July 30, 2011

Manchin Trying to Hold Out For a Long-term Debt Fix | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

America isn't necessarily headed into the toilet if the debt ceiling "debacle" isn't resolved by Tuesday's deadline, but Sen. Joe Manchin is worried that the nation's credit rating could be in for a severe beating that could take a long time to repair. Manchin made those points clear Friday in a telephone conference call with West Virginia reporters, as Congress sought to escape gridlock and the nation's nerves grew more frayed. Hours before he fielded questions, Manchin rose on the Senate … Continue Reading

July 30, 2011

Manchin Hopes Legislators Find the Middle Ground in Debate | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Kate Coil

WASHINGTON - With three days left before the nation's economy goes into default, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Friday he is still optimistic a bipartisan agreement can be reached. Despite the heated debate in Washington, Manchin said in a conference call Friday he believes a debt ceiling solution will be reached before the Aug. 2 deadline. "We'll do whatever it takes," Manchin said. "We're right into this thing and we're going to get this done. I'm still an optimist. We're all in this and … Continue Reading

July 30, 2011

Manchin Optimistic About Debt Resolution | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Carra Higgins

As an "optimist", U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he thinks members of Congress will "rally for the sake of America" and compromise regarding the debt ceiling by its looming Tuesday deadline. Following his Thursday address to the U.S. Senate, Manchin spoke to West Virginia media Friday and explained he has concerns about the two separate proposals - one by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the other by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, - to increase the debt ceiling … Continue Reading

July 30, 2011

Manchin Optimistic Debt Ceiling Deal Can Be Reached | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Jess Mancini

PARKERSBURG - Sen. Joe Manchin, optimistic a debt agreement can be reached before Tuesday, told reporters Friday he's deeply concerned the country's credit rating being downgraded will financially impact every West Virginian and American. "I know how hard it is to get a credit rating upgrade when you've been downgraded," the first-term West Virginia Democrat, a former governor, said. Congressmen are debating plans to reduce spending and raise the debt limit to avert a financial meltdown on … Continue Reading

July 29, 2011

Manchin says long-term debt solution needed | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Freshman West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Friday he's optimistic that a compromise on raising the nation's debt ceiling can be reached by Tuesday's deadline but reiterated that he wants Congress to deal with the nation's long-term debt problems, rather than settle for "quick fixes." If Congress does not raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by Tuesday, fears are that the government could go into default on its debts. Manchin disagrees with the two legislative … Continue Reading

July 29, 2011

Manchin balks at Democrat, GOP debt ceiling plans | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Larry Messina

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Friday that neither House Republicans nor Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a fellow Democrat, can count on his support for their dueling debt limit plans. Following up a Thursday floor speech on the topic, West Virginia's junior senator told in-state media that each measure offers only short-term approaches to long-range problems involving federal spending, budget deficits and tax policy. Manchin instead endorsed the sort of provisions … Continue Reading

July 28, 2011

Lone Dem Senator pledges to oppose both debt ceiling proposals | CNN

by Rebecca Stewart

Washington (CNN)-Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin vowed he would not vote for the Republican, plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling Thursday. But he won't vote for the Democratic-backed plan either. "Washington may be broken, but it will not break me," he said in a speech on the Senate floor. "And you should not let it break you, either," Manchin chided President Barack Obama. The first-term senator, who was voted into office during a special election after veteran West Virginia Sen. Robert … Continue Reading

July 27, 2011

Officials Reach Out to Local Small Business Owners | The Martinsburg Journal

by Matt Armstrong

SHEPHERDSTOWN - Local small business owners met with federal and state officials in Shepherdstown for advice about how to expand or get started Tuesday morning. John Shoraka, the Mid-Atlantic's regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, was the first speaker at the event. "The main objective today is to make sure small businesses in the community are aware of the services that we have available," said Shoraka, whose region includes West Virginia and several other … Continue Reading

July 26, 2011

Waste: Billions in Afghanistan | Charleston Gazette

by Editorial

A new inspector-general report says billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars cannot be traced in Afghanistan, and may wind up in the hands of fanatics killing American soldiers - or in foreign bank accounts of Afghan crooks. The audit says: "Because of the level of corruption in Afghanistan and the continuing insurgency, the U.S. government's lack of visibility over its funds is a significant concern. Reports of as much as $10 million a day in cash leaving Kabul International Airport have added to … Continue Reading

July 26, 2011

Resources key for West Virginia’s small businesses | Times West Virginian

by Jessisa Borders

FAIRMONT - To start, grow and succeed, a small business needs to begin with the right resources. On Monday morning, the Office of Sen. Joe Manchin teamed up with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer a free business outreach meeting, called "Building Your Business, Building Our Future," at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont's I-79 Technology Park. The workshop focused on giving West Virginians the resources to get their small business off the ground or to build … Continue Reading

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