April 10, 2012

Manchin Outlines Commonsense Approach to Lowering Gas Prices at Event in Wheeling

In Week Two of 'Fighting for Every Job' tour, Manchin focuses on the need to achieve energy independence, highlights steps to reduce prices in the short term

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today started the second week of his “Fighting for Every Job” tour with an event at a Wheeling gas station where he highlighted his plan to lower fuel prices. 

“High gas prices are absolutely crippling West Virginia families and businesses,” Senator Manchin said. “In our state we have to drive to survive, and when prices at the pump skyrocket, it takes a serious toll on our way of life. If we are ever going to end this roller coaster ride of high gas prices, we need a national plan for energy independence that ultimately ends our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. By using all of our domestic resources and not stacking the deck against our most reliable and abundant forms of energy, I know we can do it. Until we have that plan in place, though, there are some commonsense steps we can take to lower gas prices in the short term, like building the Keystone XL Pipeline and cracking down on oil speculators who are betting against America.”  

A one-page handout detailing the Senator’s commonsense approach to lowering gas prices is attached. 

During Senator Manchin’s “Fighting for Every Job” tour, he is criss-crossing the state to highlight the connection between jobs and energy independence, his agenda to help small businesses succeed, how to revitalize American manufacturing, the importance of training the workforce through higher education, and his growing effort to hire unemployed veterans. 

Tomorrow, Senator Manchin will participate in a roundtable discussion with FACES of Coal and the West Virginia Coal Association to discuss how federal regulations are affecting the state. 

Later in the week, Senator Manchin will hold “Coffee and Common Sense” events in Beckley and Ravenswood to have a conversation with residents about their commonsense ideas, concerns and priorities. He will also visit businesses in Wood County and play in the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Charity Basketball Event in Davis.

A schedule of events appears below.  

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

TUESDAY, April 10

When: 11 a.m. 
Where: Schmidt Bros Sunoco, 2811 Eoff Street, Wheeling
What:Senator Manchin outlines his plan to reduce gas prices at Schmidt Bros Sunoco.

When: 12:30 p.m. 
Where: Wheeling Centre Market, 2200 Market Street, Wheeling
What: Senator Manchin visits shops at the Centre Market and speaks with businesses owners and employees.

When: 3:30 p.m. 
Where: The Ziegenfelder Company, (enter west side of our new building) 87 18th Street, Wheeling
What: Senator Manchin tours company and speaks with staff and employees.

PLEASE NOTE: Members of the Media who wish to cover this event must RSVP to Sara Payne Scarbro, with Senator Manchin’s office, by emailing Sara_Payne@manchin.senate.gov

When: 4 p.m.
Where: Wheeling Arts Center (attached to Wheeling Park High School), 1976 Park View Road, Wheeling
What:Senator Manchin speaks at a dedication ceremony for the Wheeling Arts Center.


When: 11 a.m. 
Where: Walker Machinery, Walker Training Building, 1400 E DuPont Avenue, Belle
What:Senator Manchin joins coal and industry leaders for a FACES of Coal/WV Coal Association roundtable discussion on the impact of the federal government on the Appalachian Coal industry. 

When: 12:30 p.m. 
Where: Pasquale’s, 224 Harper Park Drive, Beckley
What: Senator Manchin participates in a “Coffee and Common Sense” event and speaks with area residents.

When: 4 p.m. 
Where: Workforce West Virginia Region 1 Facility, Room 1, 200 New River Town Center, Beckley.
What: Senator Manchin participates in a media availability during a roundtable discussion with West Virginia small business owners.

THURSDAY, April 12 

When: Noon
Where: Carloni’s Brick Oven, 510 Washington Street, Ravenswood
What: Senator Manchin participates in a “Coffee and Common Sense” event and speaks with area residents.

When: 2:15 p.m. 
Where: DuPont Washington Works, 8480 Dupont Road, Washington.
What: Senator Manchin participates in a media availability before meeting with company officials. 

FRIDAY, April 13

When: 4 p.m. 
Where: Preston County Commission Meeting Room (located behind the Court House Annex which is 106 West Main Street), Kingwood
What: Senator Manchin visits with area residents at the Preston County Courthouse.  

When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Center - 141 Forestry Camp Road, Davis
What: Senator Manchin participants in the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Charity Basketball Event.