March 17, 2011

Manchin Votes for $6 Billion in Budget Cuts

Manchin joins Republicans, Democrats to support spending cuts

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement after voting for a Continuing Resolution that calls for $6 billion in cuts to the federal budget over the next three weeks. The bipartisan measure will keep the government running through April 8. The measure passed 87-13.

“I’ve said throughout this budget process that everyone – the President, Republicans and Democrats – must come together to figure out a commonsense, bipartisan plan to create jobs and ensure that we are keeping our promises to seniors, our servicemembers, our veterans, and the hardworking West Virginians who are counting on us to prioritize our most important values,” Senator Manchin said. “Today, I voted to put our country on the path to putting our fiscal house in order, but we cannot continue to have a piecemeal approach to our budget every few weeks. To create jobs and strengthen our economy, it’s imperative that we have a long-term fix to our financial problems.

“To solve a problem as big as our deficit and out-of-control spending, the President must take the lead and bring Democrats and Republicans together to put partisan differences aside and work with all parties on a commonsense solution.”