February 16, 2011

Manchin Joins West Virginia Delegation in Meeting to Focus On Fighting for State Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Jay Rockefeller today convened the first West Virginia delegation meeting of this year to discuss state priorities. As the senior member of the West Virginia delegation, Rockefeller announced that he is hoping to hold regular meetings with the Congressional delegation to find ways to work together more closely on issues like job creation and retention, mine safety, highway funding and deficit reduction.

It’s important for us to gather regularly and focus on working together as a strong team so we can continue to find ways to create good jobs and make investments for the future of West Virginia,” said Rockefeller. “Today we talked about ideas for cutting spending and tackling our deficit in ways that work for West Virginians, how to make mining safer, state infrastructure needs and how we can work together to support them. We are facing big challenges that require practical solutions and bipartisan dialogue, and the people of our state deserve a united delegation that puts West Virginians first – no matter what. We won’t always agree – but by listening to one another and joining forces when we can, the collective voice of our small state will amplify in power.”

“It’s always a great occasion when we have the opportunity to come together as a delegation and share our commonsense ideas for the great state we all call home – West Virginia,” Manchin said. “We can all agree on policies that move West Virginia forward, create jobs and keep our promises to our seniors, veterans and children. Whether we are Democrats or Republicans, we are all West Virginians first. I hope we will be working together often to share ideas about meeting the needs and priorities of our constituents and producing the solutions they are looking for.”

“A number of significant challenges are confronting our State and our Nation and the solutions will require making tough, thoughtful decisions,” said Rep. Rahall. “While tightening our federal budgetary belt, I look forward to working with my colleagues to find ways to make investments in more modern, safer roads and bridges and water systems, in education and research and development, and to protect those programs that strengthen our economy and help to ensure a brighter future for our children.”

“We owe it to West Virginians to work across the aisle to address the many challenges facing our nation. Our first priority is getting our economy back on track and people back to work. I look forward to attending frequent delegation meetings as we work together to ensure our constituents have the strongest voice possible. I appreciate Senator Rockefeller’s leadership in hosting these meetings,” stated Congresswoman Capito.

“It is a great privilege to serve the people of northern West Virginia, and I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner with members of our state delegation,” said McKinley. “All of our constituents are concerned first and foremost with jobs. Together, we will be working hard to put West Virginians back to work by supporting policies that encourage innovation and can help jump-start our economy.”