February 07, 2018

Manchin Statement on Bipartisan Budget Agreement

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the bipartisan budget agreement to avoid a government shutdown.

“I have been relentlessly pressuring Congressional leadership to make sure that West Virginia gets the funding it needs to end the opioid epidemic and invest in high-speed internet and broadband access throughout our state, and I’m glad this funding will be included in the final budget deal. I also helped secure the funding our military needs to keep our country safe and the creation of a select committee tasked with finding a path forward to solving our pension crisis. In West Virginia we have nearly 87,000 coal miners that are facing uncertainty due to the impending loss of their hard-earned pensions. Bipartisanship isn’t always easy, but I’m happy this body was able to come together on this agreement. I will continue to work to make sure that Congress follows through on this deal, and that West Virginia gets what it needs to move our state forward.”