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Joe Manchin III

Joe Manchin III's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Joe Manchin III
Office: U.S. Senate (WV) - Jr, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Gayle; 3 Children: Heather, Joseph IV, Brooke
Birth Date: 08/24/1947
Birth Place: Farmington, WV
Home City: Fairmont, WV
Religion: Catholic
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Joe Manchin III refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. Manchin: Focus on Budget Crisis, Come Together to Put Fiscal House in Order. 8 April 2011. "On many of these social issues, I will the first to admit that I am more conservative than others in the Congress. I am pro-life, and proud of it." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. FOX News "FOX News Sunday" - Transcript. 24 October 2010. "Well, his [Barack Obama's] -- the health care reform is far overreaching in areas that I don't agree with -- the 1099 part of that, the mandates. Also, the firewall's not strong enough for abortions. I'm pro-life. And we're just a different type of Democrat here in West Virginia." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Statements On Spending Cuts, Health Care and Title X. 14 April 2011. "I am pro-life, and always have been. I have also always been committed to helping women get vital health services, like cancer screenings and preventive care. I believe these two principles are not mutually exclusive. I strongly believe that no federal dollars should ever go to abortion, except in the case of rape, incest and life of the mother. That is why I was proud to introduce the "Title X Transparency and Verification Act,' which would put audits online for all recipients of Title X funding, so any American can verify for themselves that no federal funds are being used illegally for abortion." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Joe Manchin supported the interests of Peace Action West 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Statement on Killing of American Troops in Afghanistan. 27 February 2012. "I am terribly saddened by the tragic deaths of four American servicemembers who were murdered presumably by Afghan soldiers in recent days. These horrifying events serve as yet another reminder of what I have said and will continue to say: it's time to stop pouring billions of dollars into rebuilding Afghanistan and to instead focus on rebuilding America," Senator Manchin said. "We have no business carrying out a mission of nation building in that country and trying to change their culture. What we should be fighting is a focused war on terror, and make no mistake, we will fight terror wherever it may be. If we leave Afghanistan and al Qaeda and the terrorists rear their ugly heads again, we'll come right back with a vengeance and with a very special target: the war on terror." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Statement on Return Home of All West Va.'s National Guard Units. 24 January 2012. "'I am so pleased that for the first time since September 11, all of West Virginia's National Guard units are back home,' Senator Manchin said. 'Even though they'll only be home for few weeks before the next unit is deployed, I will fight to keep all of them here at home so we can work together on strengthening this great state and our great nation. As I've said so many times, I think it's time to bring our troops home and rebuild America, not Afghanistan.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin questions occupation in Afghanistan. 4 March 2011. "If we had a committed ally in fighting terrorists, it might be worth staying. I'm not sure we have a willing partnership with Afghanistan." (mountainmessenger.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Statement on Return Home of All West Va.'s National Guard Units. 24 January 2012. "'I am so pleased that for the first time since September 11, all of West Virginia's National Guard units are back home,' Senator Manchin said. 'Even though they'll only be home for few weeks before the next unit is deployed, I will fight to keep all of them here at home so we can work together on strengthening this great state and our great nation. As I've said so many times, I think it's time to bring our troops home and rebuild America, not Afghanistan.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee “ Afghanistan. 22 March 2012. "I've always said we should really be here rebuilding America," Senator Manchin said. "We have so many needs here in our country rather than the money we're spending in Afghanistan. And I have been there -- I've had the honor of going twice -- once as a Governor, to thank our Guards people for the jobs that they do, and then back as a Senator. Sir, I did not see an improvement over the five-year lapse … I saw deterioration. So I came to some of the conclusions because of what I experienced. But I will say this: I did not see things getting better despite the best efforts that we've put forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Shares Insights Gained on February Trip to Middle East. 7 March 2011. "My main concern, above all, is that our troops are safe and they have what they need to return to their families safely. Here at home, we have to start having a serious discussion about the enormous cost -- both human and financial -- for our nation and the need for the Afghan people to take true control of their nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Joe Manchin supported the interests of the Peace Action 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee – Afghanistan. 22 March 2012. "I've always said we should really be here rebuilding America," Senator Manchin said. "We have so many needs here in our country rather than the money we're spending in Afghanistan. And I have been there -- I've had the honor of going twice -- once as a Governor, to thank our Guards people for the jobs that they do, and then back as a Senator. Sir, I did not see an improvement over the five-year lapse … I saw deterioration. So I came to some of the conclusions because of what I experienced. But I will say this: I did not see things getting better despite the best efforts that we've put forward." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Determined to Bring People Together for Bipartisan Budget Solution. 16 May 2012. “Unfortunately, none of the budgets that we will vote on today -- from either Democrats or Republicans -- are anything but election year political games. From the Republicans, we saw deeply troubling budget proposals that would destroy Social Security and Medicare -- all while protecting the wealthy. On top of that, those budgets wouldn't end unfair tax loopholes or rein in excessive spending on expensive defense contractors. When it comes to the Administration's budget, it digs an even deeper debt hole for the next generation, and I cannot in good conscience support that.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Applauds Elevation of National Guard to Joint Chiefs. 15 December 2011. “As the country is tightening its fiscal belt, the measure [2012 National Defense Authorization Act] also makes commonsense reductions in defense spending, shaving $19 billion from authorized 2011 funding.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Statement from Senator Manchin Regarding the 2011 Defense Authorization Bill. 22 December 2010. "I am pleased the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Authorization bill passed Congress with unanimous support. This legislation endorses better pay and benefits for our all-volunteer active duty and reserve forces, gives our military the tools needed to effectively pursue their mission at home and abroad, ends troubled defense programs and promotes better oversight of taxpayer dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Determined to Bring People Together for Bipartisan Budget Solution. 16 May 2012. "Unfortunately, none of the budgets that we will vote on today -- from either Democrats or Republicans -- are anything but election year political games. From the Republicans, we saw deeply troubling budget proposals that would destroy Social Security and Medicare -- all while protecting the wealthy. On top of that, those budgets wouldn't end unfair tax loopholes or rein in excessive spending on expensive defense contractors. When it comes to the Administration's budget, it digs an even deeper debt hole for the next generation, and I cannot in good conscience support that." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. The Wheeling News Register - Congressional Leaders: Much Has Been Done Since 9/11. 11 September 2011. “The 9/11 attacks "put a greater financial strain on a system that is already stretched, and it adds to our financial challenges. He cited Congressional Budget Office figures showing defense spending in 2001 was $305 billion. In 2011, that figure has more than doubled to reach $768 billion, according to Manchin. Military spending alone jumped from $290 billion in 2001 to $740 billion this year, he continued, noting homeland security spending has more than tripled during that time from $15 billion to $48 billion. "And you have to ask yourself, are we a safer, better world today?" Manchin said. "I have been and will continue to be a strong and outspoken advocate of ending the wars that we no longer need to fight and to focus our resources fighting terrorism wherever it is and on rebuilding America."” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Applauds Elevation of National Guard to Joint Chiefs. 15 December 2011. "As the country is tightening its fiscal belt, the measure [2012 National Defense Authorization Act] also makes commonsense reductions in defense spending, shaving $19 billion from authorized 2011 funding." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. The Wheeling News Register - Congressional Leaders: Much Has Been Done Since 9/11. 11 September 2011. "The 9/11 attacks "put a greater financial strain on a system that is already stretched, and it adds to our financial challenges. He cited Congressional Budget Office figures showing defense spending in 2001 was $305 billion. In 2011, that figure has more than doubled to reach $768 billion, according to Manchin. Military spending alone jumped from $290 billion in 2001 to $740 billion this year, he continued, noting homeland security spending has more than tripled during that time from $15 billion to $48 billion. "And you have to ask yourself, are we a safer, better world today?" Manchin said. "I have been and will continue to be a strong and outspoken advocate of ending the wars that we no longer need to fight and to focus our resources fighting terrorism wherever it is and on rebuilding America."" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011-Motion to Proceed-Continued. 22 July 2011. “We must work together to reform our Tax Code, not to raise tax rates but to make fairness a priority. It is simply unfair that hard-working middle-class families in West Virginia and all around this great country would pay more in taxes than a Fortune 500 company such as GE, which didn't pay a cent, or billionaires such as Warren Buffett who pays a lower effective tax rate than his secretary. Democrats and Republicans must work together to remove unnecessary loopholes, subsidies, and tax credits we simply cannot afford in light of our ballooning debt.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Charleston Gazette - Manchin Votes for 'Buffett Rule', Which Fails in Senate. 16 April 2012. "'I have been totally committed to revamping our tax code to put fairness into it and so everyone is playing by the same rules,' [¦] 'I agree wholeheartedly with the Buffett Rule. But because of the politics we have in Washington, it will probably not pass,' Manchin said. 'But people are speaking loud and clear, saying, 'We want fairness in the system.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Discusses Vote to End Filibuster to Improve Jobs Bill and Put Americans Back to Work. 12 October 2011. "And I would want to work to make our tax system more fair so we ensure millionaires pay their fair share. I believe that in our current system, it's unfair that millionaires pay a lower effective rate than plenty of working Americans. This bill fixes that gap." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011-Motion to Proceed-Continued. 22 July 2011. "We must work together to reform our Tax Code, not to raise tax rates but to make fairness a priority. It is simply unfair that hard-working middle-class families in West Virginia and all around this great country would pay more in taxes than a Fortune 500 company such as GE, which didn't pay a cent, or billionaires such as Warren Buffett who pays a lower effective tax rate than his secretary. Democrats and Republicans must work together to remove unnecessary loopholes, subsidies, and tax credits we simply cannot afford in light of our ballooning debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. The Times West Virginian - Manchin backs health care "repair'. 16 February 2011. "Manchin has consistently favored extending all tax cuts because he has been leery about raising any taxes while the national unemployment rate hovers near 10 percent. Initially, Manchin voted for a bill to extend Bush-era tax cuts -- but not for people making more than $1 million a year. [¦] 'I was open to a common-sense compromise that would extend the cuts to those who make up to $1 million -- or 99.9 percent of West Virginians. Unfortunately, that did not happen,' Manchin said in a statement issued after the vote in December. Manchin said without a bipartisan compromise, taxes would go up for 100 percent of West Virginians and all Americans. He reached across the aisle and voted to extend all Bush-era tax credits, saying it would be irresponsible to do nothing, and erase tax relief for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. The Times West Virginian - Manchin backs health care "repair'. 16 February 2011. “Manchin has consistently favored extending all tax cuts because he has been leery about raising any taxes while the national unemployment rate hovers near 10 percent. Initially, Manchin voted for a bill to extend Bush-era tax cuts -- but not for people making more than $1 million a year. […] 'I was open to a common-sense compromise that would extend the cuts to those who make up to $1 million -- or 99.9 percent of West Virginians. Unfortunately, that did not happen,' Manchin said in a statement issued after the vote in December. Manchin said without a bipartisan compromise, taxes would go up for 100 percent of West Virginians and all Americans. He reached across the aisle and voted to extend all Bush-era tax credits, saying it would be irresponsible to do nothing, and erase tax relief for all Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Charleston Gazette - Manchin Votes for 'Buffett Rule', Which Fails in Senate. 16 April 2012. “'I have been totally committed to revamping our tax code to put fairness into it and so everyone is playing by the same rules,' […] 'I agree wholeheartedly with the Buffett Rule. But because of the politics we have in Washington, it will probably not pass,' Manchin said. 'But people are speaking loud and clear, saying, 'We want fairness in the system.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Discusses Vote to End Filibuster to Improve Jobs Bill and Put Americans Back to Work. 12 October 2011. “And I would want to work to make our tax system more fair so we ensure millionaires pay their fair share. I believe that in our current system, it's unfair that millionaires pay a lower effective rate than plenty of working Americans. This bill fixes that gap.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Votes for FAA Extension to Modernize Transportation, Create Jobs, Attract Economic Growth. 6 February 2012. "U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today voted in favor of a four-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. The bill has passed the House of Representatives. 'While this bill is not perfect, and I have concerns about the impact of some provisions, this is a bipartisan compromise that will help businesses and communities in our great state -- and throughout this nation -- protect jobs, create jobs, and attract new entrepreneurs and business. In a constantly moving, modern economy, reliable transportation is so important to our businesses, the growth of our state and our quality of life.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Governor Announces $15,049,205 Allocation In Federal Stimulus Funds For New And Rehabilitated Rental Housing. 17 December 2009. "These funds, called TCAP for Tax Credit Assistant Program, will be used to replace funds typically raised through the sale of low income housing tax credits. In today's market, those credits are selling at 65% of value rather than the 92% to 95% of value of years past. The lower the sales price, the less equity that is raised to lower the debt on a building. With more debt, the tenants must pay more rent," said Joe W. Hatfield, Executive Director of the Housing Development Fund. "Fourteen properties in thirteen West Virginia towns will receive these funds to provide new and rehabilitated affordable housing for 865 families. This brings new jobs, new hope, new promise to our towns in addition to affordable housing and for that, we are all thankful." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Rahall, Rockefeller, Manchin Announce DOT Funding for Tri-State Transit Authority. 13 October 2011. "U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Thursday announced that the Tri-State Transit Authority (TTA) has been awarded a $2.6 million grant for its facility and fleet in Huntington. […] 'With gas prices taking a serious toll on our families, it's important to keep transportation options open so people can still get to work and our businesses can thrive,' Manchin said. 'Investing in infrastructure projects like this helps boost the economy and rebuild America.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Votes for FAA Extension to Modernize Transportation, Create Jobs, Attract Economic Growth. 6 February 2012. “U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today voted in favor of a four-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. The bill has passed the House of Representatives. 'While this bill is not perfect, and I have concerns about the impact of some provisions, this is a bipartisan compromise that will help businesses and communities in our great state -- and throughout this nation -- protect jobs, create jobs, and attract new entrepreneurs and business. In a constantly moving, modern economy, reliable transportation is so important to our businesses, the growth of our state and our quality of life.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Governor Joe Manchin's State of the State Address. 9 January 2008. “But I also know that there are quite a few people out there right now saying, "Yeah, those figures that you're stating sound good, but how can I be sure these expanding companies and good jobs you keep talking about actually exist - and if they do exist, where are they?" Well, I'll tell you where they are. They're in places like Harrison County, where GrafTech International, which received training assistance from the state, has expanded its advanced graphite materials production facility, and recently added 60 new jobs.” […] “They're in Marshall County, where the largest investment in our state since Toyota is being made. In excess of $100 million is being spent there to start the CertainTeed gypsum wallboard plant, with the state assisting with an access road, infrastructure and training.” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Joe Manchin supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Governor Announces $15,049,205 Allocation In Federal Stimulus Funds For New And Rehabilitated Rental Housing. 17 December 2009. "These funds, called TCAP for Tax Credit Assistant Program, will be used to replace funds typically raised through the sale of low income housing tax credits. In today's market, those credits are selling at 65% of value rather than the 92% to 95% of value of years past. The lower the sales price, the less equity that is raised to lower the debt on a building. With more debt, the tenants must pay more rent," said Joe W. Hatfield, Executive Director of the Housing Development Fund. "Fourteen properties in thirteen West Virginia towns will receive these funds to provide new and rehabilitated affordable housing for 865 families. This brings new jobs, new hope, new promise to our towns in addition to affordable housing and for that, we are all thankful." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: Finding Commonsense Solutions. 6 May 2011. "I kicked off "Commonsense Solutions" Week by announcing my support for two commonsense measures to control federal spending: the Corker-McCaskill CAP Act to cap federal spending and the Udall-Shelby Balanced Budget Amendment. As I have made clear, I will not vote to raise the nation's debt ceiling without a responsible long-term debt fix in place, and I believe both of these measures represent a starting point to begin negotiating a final agreement to get our fiscal house in order while also keeping our promises to seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Letter to Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee. 27 May 2011. "In ARC's 2008-2012 reauthorization, Congress mandated the addition of ten new counties to the 410 counties already in the region, and recognized the mounting need for ARC's economic development and job creation investments by suggesting funding levels between $103 and $112 million for the five year period. To continue the important work that ARC does for the underserved communities of Appalachia we are urging the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee to fund the Commission at the level requested by the President. This level of funding will help ARC meet the region's infrastructure deficiencies and continuing human capital and leadership deficits, which concentrate poverty and unemployment across Appalachia. ARC delivers real value on federal investments." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Governor Joe Manchin's State of the State Address. 9 January 2008. "But I also know that there are quite a few people out there right now saying, "Yeah, those figures that you're stating sound good, but how can I be sure these expanding companies and good jobs you keep talking about actually exist - and if they do exist, where are they?" Well, I'll tell you where they are. They're in places like Harrison County, where GrafTech International, which received training assistance from the state, has expanded its advanced graphite materials production facility, and recently added 60 new jobs." [¦] "They're in Marshall County, where the largest investment in our state since Toyota is being made. In excess of $100 million is being spent there to start the CertainTeed gypsum wallboard plant, with the state assisting with an access road, infrastructure and training." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Rahall, Rockefeller, Manchin Announce DOT Funding for Tri-State Transit Authority. 13 October 2011. "U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Thursday announced that the Tri-State Transit Authority (TTA) has been awarded a $2.6 million grant for its facility and fleet in Huntington. [¦] 'With gas prices taking a serious toll on our families, it's important to keep transportation options open so people can still get to work and our businesses can thrive,' Manchin said. 'Investing in infrastructure projects like this helps boost the economy and rebuild America.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. We Must Work Together to Move Our Nation Forward. 29 January 2010. "In addition to the safety of our citizens, my top priority is creating jobs for West Virginia families. The president's jobs bill and tax incentives for small businesses should help create more jobs across our nation and could have a real impact in the Mountain State. In West Virginia, more than 70 percent of business firms have fewer than 10 employees and almost 50 percent have fewer than four employees, so it is important to give our small businesses the tools they need to grow." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin: We Need to put American Jobs First. 4 April 2011. "We need to rebuild America by putting American jobs first. We need to create a new economy that creates real jobs in America that support a family -- instead of the empty promise of a job that may come decades from now. We need to create a new tax system and regulatory system that attracts industry and investment, instead of one that punishes businesses and costs us jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Letter to Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Boehner. 19 May 2010. "We strongly support a comprehensive package being considered that would include expanding the size of Small Business Administration loans and temporarily extending successful Recovery Act provisions reducing fees and raising guarantees for SBA loans, enacting tax incentives for small business investment, and a proposal for a $30 billion Small Business Lending Fund that would provide community banks with capital and incentives to increase lending to small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Democratic Radio Response. 2 February 2008. "We also have cut taxes because West Virginia's hard working people, and businesses, deserve to keep more of what they earn. And Democrats in Washington deserve credit for including billions of dollars in middle income and small business tax cuts in the economic stimulus package, providing urgent relief for America's families." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Letter to Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Boehner. 19 May 2010. “We strongly support a comprehensive package being considered that would include expanding the size of Small Business Administration loans and temporarily extending successful Recovery Act provisions reducing fees and raising guarantees for SBA loans, enacting tax incentives for small business investment, and a proposal for a $30 billion Small Business Lending Fund that would provide community banks with capital and incentives to increase lending to small businesses.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. West Virginia is Prepared to Face New Challenges. 23 January 2009. "It wasn't easy, but we set our priorities, met our challenges and put our financial house in order. New and expanding businesses have invested nearly $8.5 billion here since 2005. We've strengthened our schools and health care programs, and improved services for our veterans and seniors. We have reduced taxes for families and businesses, without cutting essential government services. This past summer, West Virginia led the nation in economic growth." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. Manchin, Moderate Senators Call for Action on Education Reform. 2 March 2011. "As a former governor, I can tell you that every state is different and every state needs the flexibility to set high standards and make sure their children reach them -- a one-size-fits-all standard from Washington won't work." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Letter to The Honorable Arne Duncan. 16 March 2010. "As Governors -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- we were proud to stand with President Obama, and with you, to bring about real systemic change in education through the Race to the Top competition. Under the first phase of competition, you saw forty states and the District of Columbia respond to your call. While only fifteen states and the District of Columbia were selected as finalists for Phase One, we all remain committed to pursuing necessary reforms to help ensure that our states' applications are competitive for the second phase of funding." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. West Virginia Already Preparing For The Second Round Of Race To The Top Funding. 4 March 2010. "Gov. Joe Manchin said the state must quickly make the changes needed to compete for the second round of funding. The U.S. Department of Education has said it plans to release the findings from the first round of applications by early April. 'Obviously, I'm very disappointed we didn't make the cut for the first round of Race to the Top funding. Once we receive the results from our first application, we will have a better grasp of what it will take to qualify for the second round. We need to look at what the winning states are doing and what successes we can adopt here.' [¦] Race to the Top is important for West Virginia for several reasons. First, RTTT priorities align with the ongoing work of districts and schools across the state to equip students with 21st century performance skills. [¦] Second, RTTT highlights the areas of reform that will shape future federal education policy [¦] Finally, RTTT provides flexible funding to strengthen current educational infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Letter to The Honorable Arne Duncan. 16 March 2010. “As Governors -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- we were proud to stand with President Obama, and with you, to bring about real systemic change in education through the Race to the Top competition. Under the first phase of competition, you saw forty states and the District of Columbia respond to your call. While only fifteen states and the District of Columbia were selected as finalists for Phase One, we all remain committed to pursuing necessary reforms to help ensure that our states' applications are competitive for the second phase of funding.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin, Moderate Senators Call for Action on Education Reform. 2 March 2011. “As a former governor, I can tell you that every state is different and every state needs the flexibility to set high standards and make sure their children reach them -- a one-size-fits-all standard from Washington won't work.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. West Virginia Already Preparing For The Second Round Of Race To The Top Funding. 4 March 2010. “Gov. Joe Manchin said the state must quickly make the changes needed to compete for the second round of funding. The U.S. Department of Education has said it plans to release the findings from the first round of applications by early April. 'Obviously, I'm very disappointed we didn't make the cut for the first round of Race to the Top funding. Once we receive the results from our first application, we will have a better grasp of what it will take to qualify for the second round. We need to look at what the winning states are doing and what successes we can adopt here.' […] Race to the Top is important for West Virginia for several reasons. First, RTTT priorities align with the ongoing work of districts and schools across the state to equip students with 21st century performance skills. […] Second, RTTT highlights the areas of reform that will shape future federal education policy […] Finally, RTTT provides flexible funding to strengthen current educational infrastructure.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. 2010 State of the State Address. 13 January 2010. "More than 40 billion stimulus dollars will be available for states and schools to lay the foundation for a generation of education reform. And $5 billion will be set aside for new ways to produce results in our classrooms. It's known as Race to the Top. We have applied for the first round of funding, based on our present education system. If West Virginia is not awarded the first round of Race to the Top funding, I will call this Legislature in to a special session on education to make the changes needed to win the second round of funding, which will be awarded in June. Let me assure you I will always push for the bold changes that will allow us to succeed nationally and globally! That is why I will reintroduce a proposal of immediate importance to our children's education." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. Bluefield Daily Telegraph - Lawmakers Eye Options for Bringing Residents Relief at the Gas Pump. 28 February 2012. "The only thing that will ultimately end our dependence on foreign oil is having a national energy plan that uses all our domestic resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Offshore Production and Safety Act of 2011-Motion to Proceed. 18 May 2011. "Mr. President, I rise this afternoon to address the Offshore Production and Safety Act. It is legislation that attempts to address the regulation and the critical need to drill for oil in this country... The truth is, I would love to sink my teeth in and vote for this measure, but I simply cannot. I do not believe this legislation strikes the right commonsense balance among our energy demands, responsible regulation, our economy, and the environment. In fact, the unintended consequence of this legislation is that it could make regulatory agencies more powerful and more Draconian--a fact that would actually hurt the drilling, the energy independence we could gain, and the businesses' and our need to achieve energy independence." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Joe Manchin voted Nay on 05/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Developing a sound energy policy. 21 June 2012. “We also need to stop getting our oil from countries that want to do us harm. Whether it was a Governor or Senator, I have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to take a more commonsense approach to energy in this country. Whether it is supporting construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline – an issue with support from both labor and business groups – or allowing more domestic drilling or reining in the unelected bureaucrats at the EPA, I have worked on dozens of measures to put some sense into how this country produces energy.” (www.joemanchinwv.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Bluefield Daily Telegraph - Lawmakers Eye Options for Bringing Residents Relief at the Gas Pump. 28 February 2012. “The only thing that will ultimately end our dependence on foreign oil is having a national energy plan that uses all our domestic resources.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Creating Good Jobs. 29 May 2012. “Finally, I think that one of the most commonsense steps this country can take to create good jobs is to get the government out of our pockets and off our backs, which is why I am fighting against unnecessary and excessive regulation, especially when it comes to our domestic energy producers and small businesses.” (www.joemanchinwv.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Developing a sound energy policy. 29 May 2012. “Whether it was a Governor or Senator, I have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to take a more commonsense approach to energy in this country. Whether it is supporting construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline – an issue with support from both labor and business groups – or allowing more domestic drilling or reining in the unelected bureaucrats at the EPA, I have worked on dozens of measures to put some sense into how this country produces energy.” (www.joemanchinwv.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Focusing on Jobs. 29 May 2012. “Senator Manchin believes that by using all the domestic resources we have and employing new technologies, America can free itself from foreign oil while also creating good-paying American jobs.” (www.manchin.senate.gov)
  • Joe Manchin. Developing a sound energy policy. 21 June 2012. "We also need to stop getting our oil from countries that want to do us harm. Whether it was a Governor or Senator, I have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to take a more commonsense approach to energy in this country. Whether it is supporting construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline “ an issue with support from both labor and business groups “ or allowing more domestic drilling or reining in the unelected bureaucrats at the EPA, I have worked on dozens of measures to put some sense into how this country produces energy." (www.joemanchinwv.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Focusing on Jobs. 29 May 2012. "Senator Manchin believes that by using all the domestic resources we have and employing new technologies, America can free itself from foreign oil while also creating good-paying American jobs." (www.manchin.senate.gov)
  • Joe Manchin. Developing a sound energy policy. 29 May 2012. "Whether it was a Governor or Senator, I have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to take a more commonsense approach to energy in this country. Whether it is supporting construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline “ an issue with support from both labor and business groups “ or allowing more domestic drilling or reining in the unelected bureaucrats at the EPA, I have worked on dozens of measures to put some sense into how this country produces energy." (www.joemanchinwv.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Creating Good Jobs. 29 May 2012. "Finally, I think that one of the most commonsense steps this country can take to create good jobs is to get the government out of our pockets and off our backs, which is why I am fighting against unnecessary and excessive regulation, especially when it comes to our domestic energy producers and small businesses." (www.joemanchinwv.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. I Will Always Stand Up for West Virginia and Common Sense. 25 May 2012. "As West Virginians know, I will stand up against anyone whose policies will hurt our state, our families and our future. It is why I am proud to have stopped the cap-and-trade bill, which would have hurt so many families and businesses in our state. And I will continue to stand up to protect Social Security and fight against unfair trade agreements that will continue to destroy hundreds of thousands of American jobs and send those jobs to other countries." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Remarks by Senator Joe Manchin on Opposing New Greenhouse Gas Rule. 3 April 2012. "In a major speech on energy and jobs at West Virginia's John Amos power plant, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) vowed today to fight against the Environment Protection Agency's proposed new rules on greenhouse gas emissions and highlighted the connection between energy independence and creating good jobs. [¦] Senator Manchin highlighted his efforts since arriving in the U.S. Senate to fight for balance when it comes to the economy, the environment and jobs. Since killing the cap-and-trade bill on the day he took office, some of Senator Manchin's initiatives include: [¦] Proposing the Fair Compliance Act to create reasonable deadlines for utilities to comply with EPA rules so that jobs aren't destroyed, the electric grid isn't jeopardized and families don't have to pay skyrocketing utility bills. [¦] 'But instead of embracing this abundant energy source that we have right here in America, this EPA is fully engaged in a war on coal. You don't have to look much further than the newly proposed greenhouse gas emissions rules for new power plants to understand that.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. I Will Always Stand Up for West Virginia and Common Sense. 25 May 2012. “As West Virginians know, I will stand up against anyone whose policies will hurt our state, our families and our future. It is why I am proud to have stopped the cap-and-trade bill, which would have hurt so many families and businesses in our state. And I will continue to stand up to protect Social Security and fight against unfair trade agreements that will continue to destroy hundreds of thousands of American jobs and send those jobs to other countries.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Remarks by Senator Joe Manchin on Opposing New Greenhouse Gas Rule. 3 April 2012. “In a major speech on energy and jobs at West Virginia's John Amos power plant, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) vowed today to fight against the Environment Protection Agency's proposed new rules on greenhouse gas emissions and highlighted the connection between energy independence and creating good jobs. […] Senator Manchin highlighted his efforts since arriving in the U.S. Senate to fight for balance when it comes to the economy, the environment and jobs. Since killing the cap-and-trade bill on the day he took office, some of Senator Manchin's initiatives include: […] Proposing the Fair Compliance Act to create reasonable deadlines for utilities to comply with EPA rules so that jobs aren't destroyed, the electric grid isn't jeopardized and families don't have to pay skyrocketing utility bills. […] 'But instead of embracing this abundant energy source that we have right here in America, this EPA is fully engaged in a war on coal. You don't have to look much further than the newly proposed greenhouse gas emissions rules for new power plants to understand that.'” (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Joe Manchin supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. The Times West Virginian - Manchin backs health care 'repair'. 16 February 2011. "I believe it is fundamentally wrong for any bureaucratic agency, including the EPA, to regulate what has not been legislated, to have absolute power to change the rules at the end of the game and to revoke a permit, as the EPA did in southern West Virginia's Spruce mine, after it was lawfully granted and employees were hired. Giving any agency such absolute power will have a chilling effect on investment and job creation in West Virginia." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Senator Webb Co-Sponsors Bill To Protect Coal and Manufacturing State Economies. 31 January 2011. "No bureaucratic agency should be able to regulate what has not been legislated, especially when their actions jeopardize thousands of jobs. In the worst economy in generations, the EPA is undermining our fragile economy and has been an adversary instead of a partner on energy issues. It is time to reevaluate the agency's use of its authority. I will work hard to make sure the EPA cannot overstep its authority, even as we develop a balanced approach to meeting our energy needs -- including using clean coal and natural gas -- and end our dependence on foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountains: Six Month Milestone. 20 May 2011. "Since I've been in Washington, I have sponsored or cosponsored 53 legislative measures, including my first bill, the EPA Fair Play Act, which would prevent the EPA from changing their rules on businesses after permits have already been granted, putting jobs in serious jeopardy. Bureaucratic agencies simply should not be able to regulate what has not been legislated, and I have made every effort to ensure that's not happening on my watch." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin's Message from the Hill to the Mountain: Ending the EPA's Jobs-Destroying Overreach. 11 April 2011. "Just this past week, Senators had a chance to tackle some of these issues head on: reining in the EPA, limiting overreach of bureaucrats who are attempting to exercise authority never granted to them, and ensuring that we can create good American jobs. I strongly supported and cosponsored two amendments that were considered on the Senate floor this week. One, offered by my friend and colleague Senator Jay Rockefeller, would have suspended any EPA attempts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions for two years." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Cosponsors Bill to Rein in EPA, Prevent Agency from Overstepping its Authority. 4 March 2011. "It's time that the EPA realizes it cannot regulate what has not been legislated. Our government was designed so that elected representatives are in charge of making important decisions, not bureaucrats. That principle is even more essential when policies affect our whole country and could hurt our fragile economy. The simple fact is that the EPA is trying to seize more power than it should have, and must be stopped. I hope that Democrats and Republicans can come together to stop the EPA's jobs-destroying power grab." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Recieves Endoresement from NRA. 24 September 2010. "I am honored to receive this endorsement from the NRA. I am a lifetime member of the NRA and proud to be a pro-gun West Virginian. In the U.S. Senate, I will lead the fight against any attempts, including from the Obama administration, to weaken our 2nd amendment rights to ensure that law-abiding Americans can always bear arms." (www.joemanchinwv.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin, Colleagues Warn Obama: Arms Treaty Must Not Infringe on Gun Rights. 27 July 2011. "'I am a proud gun owner and like all West Virginians, I strongly believe in the Second Amendment. Our great country is great because of our freedoms, like the Second Amendment, and America should never sign agreements that infringe on our cherished Constitutional rights and freedoms,' Senator Manchin said. 'I strongly urge the President and the Administration not to use this Arms Trade Treaty as a backdoor route to infringe on the freedoms of law-abiding Americans and our Second Amendment rights.'" (manchin.senate.gov)
  • Joe Manchin. Video: Dead Aim. 9 October 2010. "As your Senator, I'll protect our Second Amendment rights. That's why the NRA endorsed me." (www.youtube.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Senators Sponsor Bill Supporting Second Amendment Rights. 12 March 2012. "'This common sense legislation would cut down on the layers of regulations facing law-abiding Americans who have the right to own guns and use them responsibly,' Manchin said. 'If we can streamline and simplify some of our rules governing gun ownership, everybody wins -- especially the 65,000 West Virginians who hold concealed carry permits.' (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Video: Dead Aim. 9 October 2010. “As your Senator, I'll protect our Second Amendment rights. That's why the NRA endorsed me.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Recieves Endoresement from NRA. 24 September 2010. “I am honored to receive this endorsement from the NRA. I am a lifetime member of the NRA and proud to be a pro-gun West Virginian. In the U.S. Senate, I will lead the fight against any attempts, including from the Obama administration, to weaken our 2nd amendment rights to ensure that law-abiding Americans can always bear arms.” (www.joemanchinwv.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin, Colleagues Warn Obama: Arms Treaty Must Not Infringe on Gun Rights. 27 July 2011. “'I am a proud gun owner and like all West Virginians, I strongly believe in the Second Amendment. Our great country is great because of our freedoms, like the Second Amendment, and America should never sign agreements that infringe on our cherished Constitutional rights and freedoms,' Senator Manchin said. 'I strongly urge the President and the Administration not to use this Arms Trade Treaty as a backdoor route to infringe on the freedoms of law-abiding Americans and our Second Amendment rights.'” (manchin.senate.gov)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. Repairing Health Care. 29 May 2012. "Senator Manchin believes that America's health care system “ and the Affordable Care Act in particular “ are in need of serious repair. The law contains a number of bad provisions that Senator Manchin is successfully working to repeal, but he supports keeping the good provisions of the law." (www.manchin.senate.gov)
  • Taylor Kuykendall. The Register-Herald: Manchin reaches across aisle on health care reform mandate. 26 January 2011. "Johanns has supported a complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Manchin said he wants to take a "repair" approach so as to keep beneficial aspects of the bill. 'There's a lot of people that have talked about repeal. I, for one, have taken the approach of repairing what needs to be repaired,' Manchin said. (www.register-herald.com)
  • Taylor Kuykendall. The Register-Herald: Manchin reaches across aisle on health care reform mandate. 26 January 2011. "Johanns has supported a complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Manchin said he wants to take a “repair” approach so as to keep beneficial aspects of the bill. 'There’s a lot of people that have talked about repeal. I, for one, have taken the approach of repairing what needs to be repaired,' Manchin said. (www.register-herald.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Repairing Health Care. 29 May 2012. “Senator Manchin believes that America’s health care system – and the Affordable Care Act in particular – are in need of serious repair. The law contains a number of bad provisions that Senator Manchin is successfully working to repeal, but he supports keeping the good provisions of the law.” (www.manchin.senate.gov)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Manchin supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. S Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Repealing the Federal Health Care Law. Joe Manchin voted Nay on 02/02/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Call for Common Sense-A Tour of West Virginia. 26 January 2011. "For example, I met a man in Elkins who wants to start hiring new employees, but is reluctant to make any job offers because of the burdens he faces in the new health care bill. In that spirit, I believe we must repeal the 1099 provision that places an onerous burden on small businesses and I am proud to be the lead Democratic sponsor on a bipartisan bill that would do just that. Furthermore, we should work to relax the mandate that would require everyone to purchase insurance and reduce the Medicaid burden on the states. I plan to work hard with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make these and other positive changes that ensure health care reform is not an obstacle to our economy or our families." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. 14 May 2011. "The Republican budget proposal would not keep pace with the rate of inflation for health care, meaning seniors would pay ever higher out-of-pocket costs. Under the proposal, the annual increase for the vouchers will fall short of the actual rate of inflation for health care -- meaning out-of-pocket expenses for seniors will continue to soar. And to make matters worse, the Republican budget would repeal the only credible means of restraining health care costs -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Manchin Statement on Health Care Votes. 2 February 2011. "I don't think that throwing out the good parts of this bill, like helping seniors afford prescription drugs or ending discrimination against people with preexisting conditions, makes good common sense. That's why I have repeatedly said that we should make every effort to work together on repairing this bill before we start talking about repealing it." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. Press Release: Joe Manchin: TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE. 4 January 2011. "As for the DREAM Act, I strongly believe that the eligibility requirements needed to be strengthened and that there should be a degree requirement that ensures that these young people have all the tools and skills needed to achieve the American Dream." (manchin.senate.gov)
  • Joe Manchin. The Times West Virginian - Manchin backs health care "repair'. 16 February 2011. "Still percolating through Congress, the DREAM Act grants citizenship to immigrants who came to the country as minors, if they are graduates of U.S. high schools, are of good moral character and complete two years in the military or two years in college. Manchin said the bill should include provisions requiring a person in the military to complete a tour of duty with an honorable discharge, and a person in college should receive some sort of degree. 'I believe everyone in West Virginia would agree that if they made that effort, to get a degree and to serve honorably and do a tour of duty, then they have a right to be a citizen,' he said." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Press Release: Joe Manchin: TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE. 4 January 2011. “As for the DREAM Act, I strongly believe that the eligibility requirements needed to be strengthened and that there should be a degree requirement that ensures that these young people have all the tools and skills needed to achieve the American Dream.” (manchin.senate.gov)
  • Joe Manchin. The Times West Virginian - Manchin backs health care "repair'. 16 February 2011. “Still percolating through Congress, the DREAM Act grants citizenship to immigrants who came to the country as minors, if they are graduates of U.S. high schools, are of good moral character and complete two years in the military or two years in college. Manchin said the bill should include provisions requiring a person in the military to complete a tour of duty with an honorable discharge, and a person in college should receive some sort of degree. 'I believe everyone in West Virginia would agree that if they made that effort, to get a degree and to serve honorably and do a tour of duty, then they have a right to be a citizen,' he said.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Statement from Senator Manchin Regarding the DREAM Act. 18 December 2010. "While sympathetic to those who passionately support it, I cannot support the DREAM Act, as is, at this time. I strongly believe the DREAM Act should require the completion of a degree. As currently written, the legislation does not. Requiring the completion of a degree is exactly what the DREAM Act should be about, as it will help ensure that the young people who qualify have a real chance to fulfill the American Dream and become the productive citizens they aspire to be. In fact, I've had sincere discussions with my fellow senators and committee staff as to whether it would be possible to change the legislation to address my concerns. At this time, it is not." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Kathleen Hunter. Some Congress Democrats Split With Obama On Gay Marriage. 11 May 2012. "Manchin, a former West Virginia governor running for Senate re-election in a state Obama lost by 13 percentage points in 2008, remains opposed to same-sex marriage, a spokeswoman said. 'His position hasn't changed; he believes marriage is between one man and one woman,' Marni Goldberg said in an e- mail." (www.bloomberg.com)
  • Kathleen Hunter. Some Congress Democrats Split With Obama On Gay Marriage. 11 May 2012. “Manchin, a former West Virginia governor running for Senate re-election in a state Obama lost by 13 percentage points in 2008, remains opposed to same-sex marriage, a spokeswoman said. 'His position hasn’t changed; he believes marriage is between one man and one woman,' Marni Goldberg said in an e- mail.” (www.bloomberg.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Joe Manchin. CNN "American Morning" “ Transcript. 22 June 2011. "But, basically, our troops, they can do the job anywhere we sent them to. The mission should be clear. Wherever there's terrorism, wreaking harm in our country, we're going to go find you, no matter what country. You can't hide. We'll go get you." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Honoring the Members of the Military and Intelligence Community who Carried Out the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden. 3 May 2011. "With the killing of Osama bin Laden, the United States sent a message loudly and clearly: acts of terrorism against this Nation will not go unpunished. If you seek to do harm to this country or if you plan to hurt the people of our great Nation, we will find you and, I assure you, justice will be served." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Message from the Hill to the Mountains: Rebuild America, Not Afghanistan. 27 June 2011. "So this week I urged President Obama to change our mission in Afghanistan: to stop building their country at the expense of ours and shift our resources to targeted, strategic strikes against terrorists wherever they may hide." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Message from the Hill to the Mountains: Rebuild America, Not Afghanistan. 27 June 2011. “So this week I urged President Obama to change our mission in Afghanistan: to stop building their country at the expense of ours and shift our resources to targeted, strategic strikes against terrorists wherever they may hide.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Honoring the Members of the Military and Intelligence Community who Carried Out the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden. 3 May 2011. “With the killing of Osama bin Laden, the United States sent a message loudly and clearly: acts of terrorism against this Nation will not go unpunished. If you seek to do harm to this country or if you plan to hurt the people of our great Nation, we will find you and, I assure you, justice will be served.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. CNN "American Morning" – Transcript. 22 June 2011. “But, basically, our troops, they can do the job anywhere we sent them to. The mission should be clear. Wherever there's terrorism, wreaking harm in our country, we're going to go find you, no matter what country. You can't hide. We'll go get you.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Alexis Levinson. The Daily Caller: Manchin says he has reservations about both Romney and Obama. 20 April 2012. "I have some real differences with both Governor Romney and the president, as I have said many times. I think there are many West Virginians like me who have deep concerns about Governor Romney understanding the challenges ordinary people face," Manchin went on. "And there are many West Virginians who believe that he's out of touch, especially because of his plan to end Medicare as we know it and privatize Social Security." (dailycaller.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Issue Position: Social Security. 29 May 2012. "Joe Manchin opposes privatizing social security because he believes that Americans deserve to retire without having to worry about their financial security" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Manchin. Keeping our Promises to Seniors. 29 May 2012. "Senator Manchin believes that keeping our promises to our seniors by protecting Medicare and Social Security must be our priority as we discuss responsible ways to start living within our means again. Our nation faces a serious debt crisis, and Senator Manchin will support budget fixes that are defined by our priorities based on our values as West Virginians and Americans." (www.manchin.senate.gov)
  • Joe Manchin. Protecting core programs for seniors and veterans. 29 May 2012. "When it comes to seniors, I believe that we must keep our promises to them “ and we cannot cut the core of programs like Social Security and Medicare. I have and will fight to make sure that Social Security doesn't lose its funding stream and I oppose efforts to reduce the benefits that people have worked their whole lives to receive." (www.joemanchinwv.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Protecting core programs for seniors and veterans. 29 May 2012. “When it comes to seniors, I believe that we must keep our promises to them – and we cannot cut the core of programs like Social Security and Medicare. I have and will fight to make sure that Social Security doesn’t lose its funding stream and I oppose efforts to reduce the benefits that people have worked their whole lives to receive.” (www.joemanchinwv.com)
  • Joe Manchin. Keeping our Promises to Seniors. 29 May 2012. “Senator Manchin believes that keeping our promises to our seniors by protecting Medicare and Social Security must be our priority as we discuss responsible ways to start living within our means again. Our nation faces a serious debt crisis, and Senator Manchin will support budget fixes that are defined by our priorities based on our values as West Virginians and Americans.” (www.manchin.senate.gov)
  • Joe Manchin. Issue Position: Social Security. 29 May 2012. “Joe Manchin opposes privatizing social security because he believes that Americans deserve to retire without having to worry about their financial security” (votesmart.org)
  • Alexis Levinson. The Daily Caller: Manchin says he has reservations about both Romney and Obama. 20 April 2012. “I have some real differences with both Governor Romney and the president, as I have said many times. I think there are many West Virginians like me who have deep concerns about Governor Romney understanding the challenges ordinary people face,” Manchin went on. “And there are many West Virginians who believe that he’s out of touch, especially because of his plan to end Medicare as we know it and privatize Social Security.” (dailycaller.com)

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