October 06, 2011

Manchin Unveils New Senate Website, Calls for Ideas to Cut Deficit by Oct. 14

West Virginians will have new ways to make their voices heard on manchin.senate.gov

Manchin asking West Virginians for their suggestions to include in official letter to deficit reduction super committee

***Deficit reduction ideas should be sent to cutourdebt@manchin.senate.gov***

***Video message from Senator Manchin below*** 

***Screen shots of the site are also included***

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today is asking West Virginians to use his new website, manchin.senate.gov, to give him their commonsense ideas for cutting the deficit before Oct. 14. 

As the Congressional deficit reduction committee prepares its recommendations, Senator Manchin has retooled his website to make it easier for all West Virginians to share their ideas and priorities for cutting the deficit. Senator Manchin will submit a formal letter to the committee with the recommendations on Oct. 14. 

“I truly believe in retail government – helping people connect with their government and providing the best possible service. That’s because this is your government, and your voices should be heard,” Senator Manchin said. “With technology changing all the time, I want to make sure West Virginians can make their voices heard and have the best access to me and my staff. Using this new website, people will able to contact me from all parts of the state and the country, whether I am back at home or conducting Senate business in Washington, D.C. I am especially pleased to say that in the future, I will be able to hold online town halls to answer your questions.” 

Senator Manchin’s new website gives West Virginians better ways to communicate their commonsense ideas to the Senator, seek assistance, and learn about the Senator’s agenda to create jobs, restore fiscal accountability, achieve energy independence and keep our promises to seniors and veterans. 

“I hope my new site serves as a place where the people of West Virginia can find daily updates about the issues that matter most,” Senator Manchin said. “And no website would be complete without a taste of what makes West Virginia the greatest state in this nation, so I encourage people to use my site to learn more about visiting our great state.” 

Click here to see video of Senator Manchin introducing his new website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMQ7fjk--A4 

The main features of the website include: 

Contact Joe, where constituents can share their commonsense ideas and solutions with Senator Manchin, find his nearest office, email the Senator, sign up for his eNewsletter, and request a meeting or schedule an event with Senator Manchin.  

Help from Joe, where constituents can go to get assistance with the federal government, including problems with Social Security checks, the IRS, emergency passports, black lung benefits or veterans affairs issues. West Virginians can also purchase flags to be flown over the Capitol, learn about internship opportunities with Senator Manchin’s office, learn about academy nominations, find out about grants and business opportunities, and get helpful information about visiting West Virginia and Washington, D.C.  

Issues and Legislation, where constituents can read about Senator Manchin’s legislative priorities and his positions on various issues of great importance to West Virginians, such as job creation, fiscal responsibility, achieving energy independence, and keeping our promises to seniors and veterans. 

Newsroom, where constituents can find Senator Manchin’s latest press releases, read his weekly column “Manchin’s Message from the Hill to the Mountains,” browse through photo galleries, read the Senator’s floor statements and speeches, watch his YouTube videos, read recent news stories about Senator Manchin’s agenda and get contact information for the Manchin communications team. 

About Joe, where you can read Senator Manchin’s biography and learn about his Senate committee assignments.