Since he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has made job creation and fiscal responsibility priorities. Now he’s putting the Mountain State at the forefront of the nationwide fiscal crisis, hosting a bipartisan financial discussion in Charleston in September.
"Our Finances and Our Future: A Bipartisan Conversation About the Facts" will be held Sept. 10 in the state Culture Center in Charleston and will feature former Sen. Alan Simpson (R) and former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, two men whom President Barack Obama appointed to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
Manchin announced the event during a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday and followed up with a conference call with Bowles, Simpson and the media.
The bipartisan committee headed by Bowles and Simpson came up with a plan to solve the nation’s financial crisis, just as they were charged to do, Simpson said, but they lacked three more votes to put their plan to a floor vote in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“This is a predictable mess,” Simpson said, “And we go around the country telling people that.”
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