Senator Joe Manchin spent Thursday morning discussing his legislative priorities for the 113th. 5 News spoke with him on the issues important to our state and how to approach them.
Senator Manchin told 5 News a few things he thinks will help better our country. One of the major things he focused on was not just bettering the whole country, but helping our state and the people right here.
We have an abundance of coal, natural gas, and renewable resources so why are we going outside of the country to get some of these things? Manchin said need to use what we have in our country and in this state. He continued by saying if we use what's here that will bring jobs to many people who need them, which is exactly what we need. Senator Manchin stressed that the financial status of this country needs to get under control. He added that he wants all of the troops to come home so we can start rebuilding this country.
"I want to basically make sure that we keep our country secure and keep it energy independent. The bottom line is that getting your financial house, getting the economy working, and getting people back to work is by far the first and foremost thing that we've got to do. You can't take care of the other things that you want to do, unless you can afford to pay for them, unless you have people working, and unless you have n economy that's growing," said Senator Manchin.
Many people 5 News spoke with said they don't like to deal with politics and would rather not get involved. But after they were told what Manchin said they were a little more interested. Some said they're happy to have someone sticking up for their state. One man told 5 News, he's seemed to do a lot so far so hopefully he will just keep his word and keep it up.
"As long as he gets people in West Virginia to do the work instead of getting out-of-state people coming in and doing the work. That's a good thing. But he needs people to work in West Virginia instead of calling people from Texas and Florida. As long as he gets the jobs and keeps them in West Virginia for the people who don't have jobs then he's doing a good job," said Stephanie Cottrill, Doddridge County Resident.