February 05, 2019

Manchin On State Of The Union: 'Time To Work Together'

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement in advance of the President’s State of the Union address tonight about what he hopes to hear from the leader of the country.

“Tonight, I hope to hear the President chart a different path for our country – one of unity, compromise and commonsense. Right now, our country is recovering from the longest government shutdown in history. Make no mistake, this manufactured shutdown has done deep harm to our economy and our political discourse and Americans and West Virginians are the ones who have paid the price. And now, we have less than two weeks to prevent another government shutdown. We cannot continue to hold Americans hostage. It’s why I have introduced legislation to prevent Senators, Representatives, the President and the Vice President from getting paid during a government shutdown. If federal workers are not getting paid, I don’t believe we should be paid either. We have too many other important issues to address - securing our miners’ pensions, lowering healthcare and drug costs, supporting our seniors, Veterans and children, and creating jobs in West Virginia – to waste time on shutdowns.

“But tonight, the President has a chance to begin bringing together our divided country. The President has an opportunity to work with Congress in a bipartisan way to accomplish great things for our country. And as always, I stand ready and willing to work with our President, his administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve the lives of the West Virginians and our fellow Americans we are all here to serve.”