Senator Joe Manchin makes a stop in downtown Parkersburg, meeting with community and local officials.
Senator Manchin says a main concern is job availability here in West Virginia.
"I hear so many people say that they compete with their own government with all the federal programs for the people that could be working and that should be working and want to work," says Senator Manchin. "We're trying to get that balance. Governments should truly have the procedures in place to have the different agencies in place. When people hit on hard times, you get someone that's really having a challenge, that we're there to help them and take care of them. But the people that can do something should be back into the work force, retraining, reeducating, and get them back out there competing."
He says if we don't offer job options in West Virginia, the state will be losing valuable workers.
And on West Virginia resources, Senator Manchin says the country needs what the Mountain State has. He describes it as "fighting your own government, to be your partner."
"If we don't use our resources to our benefit, we'll be the first nation never to do so. Doesn't make sense. We want clean water and clean air, we want renewables, and everything basically has a place for it, but right now they're trying to pick winners and losers because some people say we don't want to use coal any more, well that's fine but that's what you have," explains Senator Manchin. "The rest of the world is using more of it than any time of the history of the world we can do it more cleaner, and we can do it much better, efficient, if the Federal Government worked with us and be our partner. That's all we've asked for."
Senator Manchin says it's about going back to how the country was originally built, taking advantage of our own resources.