March 24, 2011

Friday: Manchin Wraps Up "Our Values, Our Priorities" Week With a Focus on Creating Jobs and Energy Independence

10:30 a.m.: Press conference at Westover gas station to discuss high energy prices 

11:30 a.m..: Visit to U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory 

2:30 p.m.: Town hall meeting in Fairmont

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will tomorrow wrap up a weeklong tour of the state with events focused on creating jobs and achieving energy independence and a town hall meeting in Fairmont. In light of the ongoing budget negotiations in Washington, Senator Manchin is traveling the state this week and highlighting a different value or priority each day: creating jobs, strengthening our families, protecting our seniors, growing small businesses and achieving energy independence.

“If we truly value our nation’s future and if we are dedicated to job creation, we must make energy independence a national priority,” Senator Manchin said. “When I was young, we used to have to wait in line to get gas based on our license plate numbers. That just shouldn’t happen in America, and we must prevent the past from becoming the future. I believe a plan to achieve energy independence must include a mix of all of our resources, must be environmentally responsible, and must challenge every state to do all it can to achieve energy independence – which will not only make us more secure, but will help create American jobs right here at home.”

Senator Manchin will kick off the day at the Westover All-Star Express, a local gas station, where he will hold a press conference on the price of energy and the need to achieve energy independence.

He will then visit the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory for a tour and to speak with officials. He will end the day with a town hall meeting in Fairmont. .

Highlights and themes for the week include:

  • Monday: Creating Jobs: Speech at University of Charleston at 10 a.m. in Charleston
  • Tuesday: Taking Care of our Children and Families: Tour of Head Start Facility, 9:45 a.m. in Dunbar
  • Wednesday: Keeping our Promises to Seniors: Major Legislative Announcement and Roundtable on Seniors Issues, 10:15 a.m. in Charleston
  • Thursday: Supporting Small Businesses: Visits to Main Street in Sutton and Gassaway, “Coffee and Common Sense” Event in Gassaway
  • Friday: Achieving Energy Independence: Visit to the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown and a Town Hall meeting in Fairmont

A public schedule follows, with possible additions later in the week.

**For Planning Purposes**

Public/Media Schedule for Senator Joe Manchin

FRIDAY, March 25

Our Values, Our Priorities: Achieving Energy Independence 

Visit Westover All-Star Express

When: 10:30

Where: Westover All-Star Express, 170 Holland Ave, Westover

What: Sen. Manchin will visit a local gas station to discuss high gas prices and the need for energy independence.

Visit NETL  

When: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.    

Where: U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, 3610 Collins Ferry Road, Morgantown

What: Sen. Manchin tours NETL and speaks with officials.  

Town Hall Meeting

When: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.    

Where: Marion County Knights of Columbus, 1529 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont

What: Sen. Manchin will hold a town hall meeting to hear West Virginians’ commonsense priorities and concerns.

Second Annual Basketball Game at the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center.  

When: 7 p.m.     

Where: Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center, 141 Forestry Camp Road, Davis

What: Sen. Manchin will participate in Second Annual Basketball Game with Rubenstein Cadets.