January 27, 2011

Manchin Earns Spots on 3 Key Committees for the 112th Congress

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) today announced that he will represent West Virginia on three critical Senate committees that will tackle the important work of addressing our nation’s energy needs, standing up for the members of the military and keeping our promises to seniors.
Senator Manchin has been named to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
“I am proud to represent the people of West Virginia on these committees, each of which is essential to preserving our state’s way of life, the livelihood of countless West Virginians and securing our country’s future.
“I am proud to serve on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where I will fight for a commonsense, balanced energy approach that recognizes West Virginia’s critical role in our nation’s economy now and into the future. It’s imperative that we develop an energy policy that focuses on security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Every state must do its part to use its resources – whether it’s clean coal and natural gas or wind and solar – to make energy independence a reality. I will always stand up for energy policies that are good for West Virginia jobs, America’s security and our way of life.
“I have always said that West Virginia is one of the most patriotic states in the country. I look forward to standing up on behalf of West Virginia’s many members of the armed services to ensure they have the funding, equipment and training they need to defend our nation. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, my goal will be to anticipate the needs of our military and to stand up for them the way they stand up for us. Our servicemen and women – and their families – make enormous sacrifices to keep us all safe, and I am committed to ensuring that we do all we can to bring our servicemen and women home safely while continuing to support their families here at home.
“West Virginia also has one of the highest per capita populations of seniors, and I have made it my life’s work to commit to taking care of those who have taken care of us. I have dedicated my career to making sure that seniors can live as independently as possible and making sure that we keep our commitments to them. As a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, I will continue that mission and be a strong voice for improving the quality of life for West Virginia’s seniors.”
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