U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement about the State of the Union address.
"I was pleased to hear the President strike a bipartisan and cooperative tone in his speech last night. He discussed commonsense priorities and a balanced approach to getting our fiscal house in order and creating American jobs. I was, however, disappointed that he refused to mention coal when he discussed controlling our energy future. I've consistently pushed for an all-of-the-above energy policy and this President must do the same. Any discussion of our nation's energy future must include coal.
"Now comes the hard part -- the President and Congress striking a bipartisan tone so we can work together day in and day out. That tone will be vital as we look to solve the challenges our nation faces with long-term bipartisan solutions and not short-term gimmicks. Long-term solutions are crucial so that we aren't back here next year listening to the same speech from the President because Congress just kicked the can down the road and failed to meet our obligation to the American people.
"We need to follow the example of West Virginia -- when we had a problem, we stopped fighting and started fixing."