February 17, 2012

Monday: Manchin to Kickoff Tour Highlighting “Our Values, Our Priorities” With Celebration of the National Guard

During event honoring Guard, Manchin will underscore the Guard’s contributions to helping put nation’s fiscal house in order

During the weeklong tour, Manchin to highlight the values and priorities that make West Virginia strong, focusing on local businesses, economic growth, retraining for good jobs and creating jobs

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will launch a weeklong statewide tour focused on “Our Values, Our Priorities,” starting with an event on Monday to celebrate the elevation of the National Guard to a position on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Senator Manchin, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, strongly advocated for the well-deserved honor and responsibility for the Guard, and he will spend Monday touring renowned National Guard facilities in the state.

“The West Virginia National Guard is the finest in this country – and I truly believe the Guard will continue to be a tremendous factor in rebuilding America and making this country strong,” Senator Manchin said. “Not only that, the Guard has a vital role to play in accomplishing one of our greatest priorities: running our government more efficiently and putting our fiscal house in order. As we reduce our nation’s debt and deficits, the Guard has proven that they can help our military operate more efficiently instead of relying on overpriced contractors. I am so proud of their unique skills and capabilities, and of their contributions to this nation, and I know that they will continue their excellent work and help put our fiscal house back in order.” 

Senator Manchin will continue the work week with events focused on “Our Values, Our Priorities,” including recognizing West Virginia’s strong businesses, creating jobs, retraining the unemployed for good-paying jobs, educating our children, strengthening our aging network and keeping our promises to seniors. 

**For Planning Purposes – Events Will Be Added** 

Public/Media Schedule for Senator Joe Manchin

MONDAY, February 20, 2012 

Celebration of the Recent Passage of the Guardians of Freedom Act with members of the West Virginia National Guard

When: 1 p.m. 
Where: Center for National Response, 100 Memorial Tunnel Place, Gallagher. 
What: Officials from the National Guard will host members of the West Virginia Congressional Delegation, including Senator Joe Manchin, at Center for National Response training area to showcase the National Guard capabilities and to recognize the recent passage of the Guardians of Freedom Act.  

Note: Members of the media, who want to cover this event, should RSVP to Sara Payne Scarbro at 304-654-3843 or Sara_Payne@manchin.senate.gov or Lt. Col. David Lester at 304-561-6762.

TUESDAY, February 21, 2012

West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Briefing Session  

When: 7:30 a.m. 
Where: Charleston Marriott 
What:Senator Manchin will join members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and members of the West Virginia Legislature for a briefing session.

WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012 

Roundtable on Higher Education and Job Training 

When: 11 a.m.    
Where: W. Kent Carper Justice and Public Safety Complex, 301 Virginia Street East, Charleston 
What: Senator Manchin will participate in a media availability with higher education officials after a roundtable discussion focusing on key issues such as: college preparation and readiness; affordability; institutional innovation and efficiencies; job placement of graduates; and, workforce development.

THURSDAY, February 23, 2012  

Visit to Riverview at Clendenin School

When: 8:45 a.m.
Where: 107 Koontz Avenue, Clendenin 
What: Senator Manchin will visit with residents and tour the facilities.  
Visit Roane County High School

When: 10:30 a.m. 
Where: One Raider Way, Spencer
What: Senator Manchin will visit Roane County High School. 

Visit Spencer Elementary School

When: 12 noon 
Where: 85 Clay Road, Spencer
What: Senator Manchin will visit Spencer Elementary School. 

Visit Spencer Middle School

When: 1 p.m. 
Where: 102 Chapman Avenue, Spencer
What: Senator Manchin will visit Spencer Middle School. 

Visit Spencer City Hall

When: 2:30 p.m.
Where: 116 Court Street, Spencer 
What: Senator Manchin will visit with area residents. 

FRIDAY, February 24, 2012

Visit Protea Biosciences 

When: 9:30 a.m.  
Where: 116 Court Street, Spencer 
What: Senator Manchin will visit with employees and tour the facility.