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July 24, 2011

Manchin: We face 'difficult decisions' | Times West Virginian

by J. Miles Layton

FAIRMONT - The clock is ticking as President Barack Obama and congressional leaders wrangle out a deal to avert a threatened government debt default. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., urged a common-sense approach to solving the nation's debt debacle Friday during a speech on the Senate floor. He said this is not a political problem, but an American problem. "I rise today to speak about one of my gravest concerns, which is our nation's fiscal future," he said. "All of us - Democrats and … Continue Reading

July 23, 2011

Locals praise Sens. Manchin, Rockefeller | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Staff Writers

The Corridor H Authority, a West Virginia agency that has passionately and repeatedly touted the virtues of Corridor H to anyone who would listen, praised U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., and Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, for introducing a bill that would allow existing funds to complete the Mountain State's portion of the highway. Seventy-five percent of Corridor H, a highway that eventually will link I-79 at Weston with I-81 near Front Royal, Virginia, will be … Continue Reading

July 19, 2011

Manchin, others want improvements at Defense Dept. dependents schools | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and 11 other U.S. senators sent a letter to new Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Tuesday, asking that improvements be made at deteriorating schools that teach 86,000 children at military facilities in the United States and around the world. The Center for Public Integrity recently completed a report assessing infrastructure and building conditions in 189 schools in the United States, Europe and the Pacific region. The report found 80 percent … Continue Reading

July 09, 2011

Sen. Manchin visits Shepherdstown officials | The Martinsburg Journal

by Tricia Fulks

SHEPHERDSTOWN - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III visited Jefferson County on Friday to get "the pulse of the people" as debt talks continue in Washington, D.C. After making stops in Charles Town and Ranson, Manchin and his staff met with Shepherd University and Contemporary American Theater Festival officials on campus before walking downtown Shepherdstown in the rain to meet with business owners and local residents. Manchin said with critical votes looming ahead in Congress, he finds that West … Continue Reading

July 02, 2011

Manchin: Quit Afghans, Fix problems here at home | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., says he is increasingly concerned about spending billions of dollars in Afghanistan while problems here at home, such as a decaying infrastructure, continue to grow. Manchin said he has learned about Afghanistan "after going over there twice, as a governor and as a senator; speaking to people in different branches of government. "I have visited Kandahar and Helmand -- on the front line. I have been to Kabul. I have spoken to Karl Eikenberry, … Continue Reading

June 28, 2011

How long should U.S. troops be overseas? | Times West Virginian

by J. Miles Layton

FAIRMONT - U.S. armed forces have been in Afghanistan for nearly 10 years, sparking some to question the wisdom of staying. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., sparred with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on the Senate floor last week about the issue. Manchin has visited the region both as governor and, more recently, as a member of the Senate. "I believe it is time for President (Barack)?Obama to begin a substantial and responsible reduction in our military presence in Afghanistan," Manchin said in a … Continue Reading

June 28, 2011

Manchin files bill to locate missing seniors | Williamson Daily News

by Terry L. May

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Joe Manchin has introduced a new national initiative to assist in locating missing adults and senior citizens who have gone missing. The bill was modeled after the Silver Alert currently in place in West Virginia. "The Silver Alert is something we did - and did well - in West Virginia," Senator Manchin said. "This system works. In West Virginia, we've been lucky enough to only have activated the system about a half dozen times, and we have been very successful in … Continue Reading

June 27, 2011

Manchin opposes Chinese profiting | Charleston Daily Mail

by Ry Rivard

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--Sen. Joe Manchin's call for a more accelerated exit of American troops from Afghanistan followed a trip to the country, informal polls of roomfuls of West Virginians and months of thought. But the fact that Chinese mining interests are profiting because of American war spending and sacrifice was "the straw that broke the camel's back," the freshman senator said in a telephone interview late last week. Manchin said he'd been hearing complaints from American companies about … Continue Reading

June 27, 2011

Manchin still pushing for fast withdrawal | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Jess Mancini

PARKERSBURG - Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he was disappointed the president didn't change the country's mission in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama Wednesday announced to the nation that 33,000 soldiers will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by next summer, 10,000 by the end of this summer. About 70,000 will remain in Afghanistan and the combat mission won't end until December 2014. Manchin said he was disappointed. Reiterating financial constraints, a stagnant economy "and a death … Continue Reading

June 25, 2011

Joe Manchin: Rebuild America, Not Afghanistan | Charleston Daily Mail

by Op-Ed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the past 10 years, our nation has spent nearly $443 billion and lost more than 1,500 brave men and women in Afghanistan. Over the next decade, we're projected to spend nearly $500 billion more, all as we borrow historic amounts from China and ask Americans to face higher taxes or cuts to critical programs I believe in, such as Head Start, Social Security and Medicare. At the same time, we have now hit our debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion, and the president is asking … Continue Reading

June 25, 2011

Ending the War in Afghanistan | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Mike Myer

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has managed to rub a lot of people - both Republicans and his fellow Democrats - the wrong way during his few months in Washington. Good. Manchin pledged to represent the people of West Virginia, not political party leaders or bureaucrats. Last week the senator aroused the wrath of none other than Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was his party's nominee for president in 2008. McCain differed with Manchin on the issue of how quickly U.S. troops and financial assistance … Continue Reading

June 24, 2011

Silver Alert could go nationwide | The Dominion Post

by Evelyn Ryan

The Silver Alert system may soon be a national program, if U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has his way. While governor, Manchin was able to get legislation passed that set up a Silver Alert system in the Mountain State for when cognitively impaired individuals of any age are reported missing. Morgantown area residents learned about the program this past Saturday, when William Lester Campbell, 79, failed to return home after going to get gas for his car. He was found Sunday in Oakland, Md. … Continue Reading

June 21, 2011

Manchin: It's Time to Rebuild America, Not Afghanistan | WHSV News

In a conference call with West Virginia reporters today, United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) called on President Obama to begin a substantial and responsible reduction in the United States' military presence in Afghanistan. With the country facing a death spiral of debt, Senator Manchin urged the President to focus this nation's resources on rebuilding America, not rebuilding Afghanistan. Senator Manchin will send a letter to the President, asking him to make significant troop … Continue Reading

June 21, 2011

Cost of Wars a Rising Issue as Obama Weighs Troop Levels | The New York Times

by Helene Cooper

WASHINGTON - President Obama will talk about troop numbers in Afghanistan when he makes a prime-time speech from the White House on Wednesday night. But behind his words will be an acute awareness of what $1.3 trillion in spending on two wars in the past decade has meant at home: a ballooning budget deficit and a soaring national debt at a time when the economy is still struggling to get back on its feet. As Mr. Obama begins trying to untangle the country from its military and civilian … Continue Reading

June 18, 2011

Vote Should Be Step Toward New Policy | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

Sen. Joe Manchin is right: A U.S. Senate vote to end government subsidies for the ethanol industry is good news, but it is only a first step. In a measure that still could be reversed later this summer, senators voted 73-27 to end about $5 billion a year in subsidies for ethanol. Manchin, D-W.Va., voted to end the support, as he had in a separate vote earlier in the week. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who voted in favor of subsidies earlier in the week, joined Manchin in saying no to them … Continue Reading

June 15, 2011

Manchin is Taking a Responsible Approach | Charleston Daily Mail

by Editorial

The Democratic Party has to prove it can handle other people's money. West Virginia Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, both former governors of the state, have parted company on Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides medical care to 68 million poor people nationwide. Manchin's is the fiscally responsible position, which is politically wise. The Democratic Party needs to prove at this point that it can act in such a manner.Congress has indebted Americans to the tune of $14.3 … Continue Reading

June 07, 2011

Manchin taking on online drug distributor Silk Road | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Taylor Kuykendall

BECKLEY - Described as the "Amazon" of illicit substances, Silk Road, an online marketplace that specializes in selling products anonymously, is being targeted by two U.S. Senate Democrats, including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. The idea of the website is simple, but technically, it is a complex model built for user anonymity. Even accessing the website requires a specially configured access via an anonymizing network. On the website, users can pick up everything from prescription pills … Continue Reading

June 02, 2011

Sen. Manchin, 'God help us all, let's focus back on this country' | The Hampshire Review

by Marla Pisciotta

ROMNEY - Sen. Joe Manchin and his staff have been criss-crossing West Virginia, holding informal grass-roots "common sense" meetings to find out what is important to his constituents. In a telephone interview with the Review Tuesday morning, Manchin talked about what he's learned from the West Virginia people and about his dilemma with politics in Washington, D.C. "The number one concern from people is our financial situation. People are telling me that we have to get our financial house in … Continue Reading

June 02, 2011

Vets voice concerns | The Martinsburg Journal

by Jenni Vincent

MARTINSBURG - Veterans got to voice their concerns and questions Wednesday, thanks to a local meeting organized by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and staffed by his employees. The Martinsburg session was one of eight being held across the state on Wednesday and continuing today. About 30 veterans attended locally and several of them spoke on a number of issues, including how benefit eligibility is determined, how long it takes to process a claim and where to find help for dealing with military sexual … Continue Reading

May 30, 2011

Sen. Manchin Gives Commencement Speech at Meadow Bridge Graduation | WVNS News

by Matthew Smith

MEADOW BRIDGE -- Connie Callison, the Valedictorian of Meadow Bridge High School's 2011 graduating class, says it's been a long road to this day. Now that she, and her fellow classmates, are here she says they can all be proud. "This is one of the highlights of our lives," said Callison. Hundreds of graduates crossed the stage before friends, family members, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Saturday. Manchin was in town 10 years after issuing a challenge to the school as Secretary of State … Continue Reading

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