Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the vote to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia. The agreement passed the Senate 92-4.
"With a strong trading relationship with Russia, this agreement will increase our ability to create jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector," Senator Manchin said. "West Virginia is already exporting nearly $10 million a year in goods to Russia, and this will only increase trading opportunities in important sectors to our state's economy. The strong bipartisan support for this agreement demonstrates that it will help all Americans compete on a fair playing field."