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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


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

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