November 13, 2014

Manchin Statement on his Vote for Change in Democrat Leadership

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on his vote against Minority Leader Harry Reid.

“Today, I casted my vote against the current Democrat Leadership because the people of West Virginia spoke loud and clear in last week’s elections for change. They voted for members of both parties to put aside partisan politics and start working together to vote on issues that are important to West Virginians and the American people. I have the utmost respect for Harry Reid, but I had hoped he would give all members of the caucus the opportunity to evaluate what led to the destructive gridlock in Washington and propose ways to modify our results to better connect with the American people. Unfortunately, we were not granted that opportunity, and I refused to vote for the status quo. As Congress moves forward to the 114th Congress, I promise to continue working with Democrats and Republicans to debate and vote on legislation that will help get this country back on track.”