CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the first time in over three years lawmakers on Capitol Hill have come up with a tentative budget deal and Senator Joe Manchin is happy to see it happen.

“I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans were able to sit down in a room together, negotiate, and arrive at a deal,” said Manchin.

The deal, unveiled Tuesday, would prevent a partial government shutdown, but also begin to unravel hard-fought spending cuts. Manchin said it’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing.

“It’s a start, it’s moving in the right direction and a lot more can be done,” he said.

President Barack Obama has praised the deal calling it “balanced.” However, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, already Wednesday, were voicing their concerns about the bipartisan deal.

“If you want to be against this bill, I guess you could be and say it didn’t do enough,” he said. “If you want to be against it and say it went too far, I guess you could find that also.”

The proposal would restore about $63 billion in funding that had been cut by the so-called sequester. The increases, according to officials, would be offset by a variety of spending reductions and increased fees elsewhere in the budget totaling around $85 billion over a decade. The plan predicts a deficit cut of $23 billion over the next decade.

Manchin said one of his biggest concerns is that there is nothing about tax reforms.

“I want corporations to pay their fair share to come back to America and create jobs here in America,” he said. “Quit taking your jobs offshore and we could do that with our tax code, because they’ve got to sell in this market.”

Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis, have expressed their confidence that the deal would pass, but the hesitation and opposition, from both sides, would suggest there is more convincing to do.

Manchin said he believes there is a understanding amongst lawmakers on both sides of the issue that this deal is a good starting point.

“I think they all realize that this is a positive step and it’s moving, it might not be moving exactly like we want it, but it’s still moving in a positive and it might give us a chance now to broker a much larger deal,” he said.

Congress has until Jan. 15 to pass a new budget before another partial government shutdown is triggered.

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  • Metzger

    and now that they agreed to keep on increasing the debt they can hug and go to the podium and tell us how great they are ......clowns

  • bulldog95

    Wait a minute, are they undoing the sequester cuts? Didnt I hear the democrats repeating over and over about the ACA that its the law, it was passed, it cant be changed? So why doesnt this apply to the sequester? The sequester is the law, its been passed, it cant be changed.

    • Mike

      Duh, it can be changed if enough congressmen vote for it. Didn't you pay attention in social studies class?

  • jag

    Let those that are "perfect" throw the first stone. If you know the solution run for oficce. See if the people of WV vote you in.

  • PMQ


  • El Supremo

    Manchin has been a passive reliable vote for Obama since taking office. When West Virginians lose their health insurance coverage and/or their premiums rise, remember--reliable Joe has supported ObamaCare.

  • don

    He's always partially everything........

  • Kelly

    Does he ever simply say yes or no......or I agree or disagree?!

    Everything is a freaking qualified nebulous statement designed to allow him to backtrack or deny if challenged!

  • The bookman

    More of the same, no time to do anything substantive...all that posturing in the month of October for nothing...what a bunch of losers!

    • Roger

      I agree!!!

    • Mike

      I agree, Republicans in Congress are losers.

      • The bookman

        Amazingly, Mike, I agree with you that Republicans lost this fight as well as so many others in this ongoing budget debate! But IMHO it is the US citizen who loses the most as our country continues to carry a more burdensome debt due these continued victories by the Democratic Leadership in the Senate and White House... I will have to assume you will claim full victory on the same day we default on our debt!

  • wirerowe

    If you crossed out his name in the headline and asked West Virginians to fill in the name, I think most West Virginians would get it right.

  • stophating

    Once a pompous jerk, always a pompous jerk.... This man will do or say anything to make himself seem right