March 23, 2011

Wednesday: Manchin to Introduce Major Legislation to Protect Nation's Seniors

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will announce today that he will introduce federal legislation to improve seniors’ quality of life as part of “Our Values, Our Priorities” Week. He will debut the measure, which he first enacted successfully as governor of West Virginia, following a roundtable with seniors in Charleston.

“When I think about what this country values, keeping our promises to our seniors is one of our highest values,” Senator Manchin said. “We are facing challenging budget decisions, and this week I am talking to West Virginians about what matters to them. But one thing needs to be clear: as we talk about our priorities in the budget negotiations, seniors need to be at the top of the list – even in tough times.”

In light of the ongoing budget negotiations in Washington, Senator Manchin is traveling the state this week and highlighting a different value or priority each day: creating jobs, strengthening our families, protecting our seniors, growing small businesses and achieving energy independence. Today’s focus will be on caring for America’s seniors. Following the roundtable and bill introduction, Senator Manchin will visit the Boone County Senior Center.

Senator Manchin will also make stops in Logan County today.

As negotiations on the budget continue in Washington, Senator Manchin strongly believes this country’s elected leaders need to face the financial challenges facing this country head-on. Senator Manchin is eager to hear from West Virginians about their priorities and values for this country’s future.

Highlights and themes for the week include:

  • Monday: Creating Jobs: Speech at University of Charleston at 10 a.m. in Charleston
  • Tuesday: Taking Care of our Children and Families: Tour of Head Start Facility, 9:45 a.m. in Dunbar
  • Wednesday: Keeping our Promises to Seniors: Major Legislative Announcement and Roundtable on Seniors Issues, 10:15 a.m. in Charleston
  • Thursday: Supporting Small Businesses: Visits to Main Street in Sutton and Gassaway, “Coffee and Common Sense” Event in Gassaway
  • Friday: Achieving Energy Independence: Visit to the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown and a Town Hall meeting in Fairmont

A public schedule follows, with possible additions later in the week.

 **For Planning Purposes**

Public/Media Schedule for Senator Joe Manchin


Our Values, Our Priorities: Keeping Our Promises to Seniors

Major Legislative Announcement and Roundtable on Seniors Issues

When: 10:15 a.m.  

Where: W. Kent Carper Justice and Public Safety Complex, First Floor Conference Room, 301 Virginia Street East, Charleston

What: Sen. Manchin will host a roundtable on seniors’ issues and introduce new legislation to benefit seniors.

Lunch at Boone County Senior Center

When: Noon – 1 p.m.    

Where: Madison Danville Community Center, 768 Lick Creek Road, Danville  

What: Sen. Manchin will have lunch with seniors.

Visit Logan High School

When: 2 – 2:35 p.m. 

Where: Logan High School, One Wildcat Way, Midelburg Island, Logan

What: Sen. Manchin will visit Logan County High School 

Visit Logan County Courthouse

When: 3 – 4 p.m.  

Where: Logan County Courthouse, Courthouse Square, Logan

What: Sen. Manchin will visit the Logan County Courthouse and speak with residents. 

THURSDAY, March 24

OUr Values, Our Priorities: Supporting Small Businesses

Visit Main Street in Sutton

When: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.   

Where: Main Street, Sutton

What: Sen. Manchin will visit local businesses on Main Street in Sutton. 

Visit Main Street in Gassaway

When: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. 

Where: Main Street, Gassaway

What: Sen. Manchin will visit local businesses on Main Street in Gassaway. 

“Coffee and Common Sense” in Gassaway

When: 11 a.m.-Noon 

Where: Red Rooster Café, 602 Elk Street, Gassaway

What: Sen. Manchin will host “Coffee and Common Sense” at the Red Rooster Café in Gassaway to hear the concerns and priorities of West Virginians.  

Entrepreneurs’ Innovation Roundtable

When: 2:15 p.m.

Where: Room 1220, Building 2000, Dow Technology Park, 1740 Union Carbide Drive, South Charleston

What: Senator Manchin will join Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce John Fernandez, members of the West Virginia Congressional Delegation and West Virginia entrepreneurs for a roundtable discussion.

FRIDAY, March 25

Our Values, Our Priorities: Achieving Energy Independence 

Visit NETL  

When: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.    

Where: U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, 3610 Collins Ferry Road, Morgantown

What: Sen. Manchin tours NETL and speaks with officials.  

Town Hall Meeting

When: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.    

Where: Marion County Knights of Columbus, 1529 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont

What: Sen. Manchin will hold a town hall meeting to hear West Virginians’ commonsense priorities and concerns.

Second Annual Basketball Game at the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center.  

When: 7 p.m.     

Where: Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center, 141 Forestry Camp Road, Davis

What: Sen. Manchin will participate in Second Annual Basketball Game with Rubenstein Cadets.