With the Senate expected to vote on five partisan budget proposals today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement announcing he is determined to work to bring his colleagues together on a bipartisan solution to the country's fiscal problems.
"Since the day I arrived in Washington, I've worked hard to bring people together to put this country in better shape for the next generation. The solution is clear: We need to pass a bipartisan budget that makes our system more fair, gets the next generation out of debt and truly solves the grave fiscal problems facing this nation.
"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.
"We must end the political games and stop kicking the can down the road. I constantly hear from people all over my state -- and this country -- who want a real solution that protects our core values and priorities. They're worried about our future, and their frustration cuts across party lines. Whether it's Democrats or Republicans, business or labor leaders, liberals or conservatives, the people of this country want us to come together around a bipartisan budget. That's why I am determined to continue working for progress on the Bowles-Simpson framework, the only approach with support from both sides of the aisle. And I know that when we get our financial house in order and rebuild confidence in our economy, this country will take off."