July 08, 2011

Manchin Visits Jefferson County

Holds discussions with officials from Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan counties, talks commonsense solutions with seniors and visits Shepherdstown's small businesses

Washington, D.C. —U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today visited Jefferson County to meet with local officials, residents and members of the Shepherd University community. His day began with a public discussion at the Charles Town library with mayors and other community leaders from Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties. There, Senator Manchin asked West Virginians to share their foremost concerns, and provide their input and advice on the challenges facing West Virginia and the nation. 

“It was great to get out to Jefferson County today, visit with local officials and residents, and hear their commonsense concerns, priorities and ideas. There is nothing like being home in West Virginia," Senator Manchin said.  

"As all West Virginians understand, we have great challenges facing our country today, like creating more American jobs, the national debt, which is spiraling out of control, a decade-long costly war in Afghanistan, and protecting Social Security and Medicare, just to name a few. I believe it’s time we come together to rebuild America and focus on the things that matter most -- taking care of our seniors and our veterans, providing opportunities for our children, and ensuring that this nation remains fiscally strong.”

Sen. Manchin also visited the Jefferson County Senior Center where he spoke to a large crowd of seniors and ensured them that he is fighting to protect the Social Security and Medicare benefits that they rely on. 

"We're going to have to make some difficult choices in the coming weeks about what this nation can and cannot afford," Senator Manchin said. "And while everything is on the table when it comes to getting our financial house in order, I firmly believe we have to go about making cuts in a fiscally responsible way that protects the Social Security and Medicare benefits our seniors have earned and deserve. We need to go after waste, fraud and abuse in these systems to ensure these programs are running efficiently and helping those who need benefits most." 

To end the day, Senator Manchin met with officials from Shepherd University and stopped by the Contemporary American Theater Festival. He focused on the contributions that Shepherd University and the Contemporary American Theater Festival are making to the Eastern Panhandle and the state. He also visited with several small businesses in downtown Shepherdstown to talk with owners and area residents about the economic challenges they face.

"The value that Shepherdstown delivers to West Virginia is truly incredible," Senator Manchin said. "You have done a fantastic job spurring development, enriching our culture, and putting West Virginia's best foot forward. I am proud of all you do."