August 17, 2012

Manchin Launches Two-Week Tour: ‘Building a Stronger America Together’

Senator Manchin to kick off two weeks of events traveling around the state to discuss how to create jobs, strengthen infrastructure, honor veterans and confront the nation’s fiscal challenges

Washington, D.C. – For two consecutive weeks, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will travel around West Virginia on his “Building a Stronger America Together” tour to discuss some of the most pressing issues of our day and how leaders must work across party lines to solve them. 

“Whether it’s reducing the debt of this nation or creating good-paying jobs, the problems that we face can’t be solved by one political party alone,” Senator Manchin said. “When I was Governor, West Virginians of all political parties put aside their differences for the good of our state; our country can and must do the same. Nothing could be more important than rebuilding this country, and I look forward to having this conversation with the people of West Virginia.” 

Among the events the Senator will host or attend, Senator Manchin will meet with seniors and young professionals to discuss how to sustain programs like Social Security and Medicare. He will host public forums and speak at events to dedicate job-creating infrastructure projects. Senator Manchin will also highlight the contributions of veterans who have served the country and his project to increase veterans’ employment. 

Senator Manchin will continue to encourage all West Virginians to attend the first-ever bipartisan federal fiscal summit on Sept. 10. Two of the nation’s leading fiscal experts will be joining Senator Manchin to discuss our country’s finances and our future. Republican Senator Alan Simpson and Mr. Erskine Bowles, the former White House Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, led the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and have presented a bipartisan blueprint for a path forward. The free forum is open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 10 at the Culture Center theater in Charleston. 

**For Planning Purposes – Events Will Be Added** 
Public/Media Schedule for Senator Joe Manchin

MONDAY, August 20

Senator Manchin participates in a field hearing hosted by Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito regarding Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit

When: 11 a.m.
Where: Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse, 300 Virginia Street E, Charleston.
What:Senator will participate in a field hearing, entitled “An Examination of the Challenges Facing Community Financial Institutions in West Virginia.”

TUESDAY, August 21

Senator Manchin participates in a roundtable discussion focusing on senior issues

When: 2:30 p.m. 
Where: Wood County Senior Center, 914 Market Street, Parkersburg.
What:Senator will participate in a media availability during a roundtable discussion focusing on senior issues. 

Senator Manchin attends AARP WV and Generation Charleston’s Forum on the Future 

When: 5:30 p.m. 
Where: Charleston Marriott Town Center, 200 Lee Street East,  
What:Senator will attend AARP WV and Generation Charleston’s Forum on the Future and will listen to area residents.

WEDNESDAY, August 22

Senator Manchin tours Catholic Charities and meets with staff and volunteers

When: 11 a.m.
Where: Catholic Charities Weston Region Office and Randolph County Outreach, 103 Randolph Ave. Elkins.
What:Senator will tour Catholic Charities and meet with staff and volunteers.

Senator Manchin visits the Randolph County Senior Center and speaks with attendees

When: 11:45 a.m. 
Where: Elkins Senior Center, 5th Street and Railroad Avenue, Elkins.
What:Senator will visit the Randolph County Senior Center and speak with attendees.

Senator Manchin delivers remarks during the Elkwater Fork Water Supply Dam Dedication Ceremony

When: 2:45 p.m.
Where: Route 58 to Elkwater Fork Dam, Valley Head.
What:Senator will deliver remarks during the Elkwater Fork Water Supply Dam Dedication Ceremony.

THURSDAY, August 23

Senator visits Boone County Courthouse and speaks with area residents

When: 12:30 p.m. 
Where: Boone County Courthouse, 206 Court Street, Madison. 
What:Senator will visit Boone County Courthouse and speak with area residents.

Senator Manchin visits the Logan County Commission Office and speaks with residents about infrastructure 

When: 2:30 p.m. 
Where: Logan County Commission office, 325 Stratton Street, Logan.
What:Senator will visit the Logan County Commission office and speak with area residents about infrastructure.

FRIDAY, August 24

Senator Manchin delivers remarks during the National Job Corps Commencement Day Ceremony 

When: 2 p.m. 
Where:  Charleston Job Corps Center 1000 Kennawa Drive, Charleston.
What:Senator will deliver remarks during the National Job Corps Commencement Day ceremony.

WEDNESDAY, August 29

Senator Manchin speaks directly with members of the National Guard regarding the importance of the National Guard to national security 

When: 9 a.m.
Where: West Virginia National Guard, NMP Tire Program, 150 57th St. SE, Charleston.
What: Senator will join Major General James A. Hoyer for a discussion with members of the West Virginia National Guard.

Senator Manchin speaks to attendees of the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Business Summit 

When: Noon 
Where: The Greenbrier, 300 West Main Street, White Sulphur Springs.
What: Senator will deliver remarks during the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 76thAnnual Meeting and Business Summit.