WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) admits the new two-year federal budget that eases sequestration cuts while averting a government shutdown at the start of 2014 does not address many of the government’s larger spending issues.

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said the budget agreement the U.S. Senate approved Wednesday is ‘movement in the right direction.’

“Is it a movement in the right direction?  Yes.  Is it a good deal?  Is it the deal I want?  Absolutely not,” said Manchin on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

He said he supported the budget because it returns the Congressional process to a “normal order.”  “We’ve never had a normal order since I’ve been here.  There hasn’t been one for the last five years where you had a budget,” said Manchin.

“What a budget does for you is it requires every one of the agencies to come in and justify what they want, why they need it, how they’re performing and what they’re doing.”  He said such agency interaction has not been required during the years of repeated continuing resolutions.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed the deal Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) crafted with a 64-36 vote.  Both U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Manchin supported the plan that will save the federal government $23 billion over ten years.

“You’ve got to take the positive from it and move forward and let’s go for a bigger deal now,” said Manchin.

He said, in the New Year, there must be serious discussions about long-term debt reduction, tax reforms and large-scale spending cuts.

“I’m not going to say there is a shining star out there and this (the new budget agreement) is the pathway to it.  I will tell you this, from a practical standpoint, if you didn’t, whether you like things or don’t like things, we can talk about different segments of this deal, but the alternative is you have another shutdown,” said Manchin of his ‘yes’ vote.

The $1.01 trillion budget the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved last week before adjourning for the year, allowing no time to consider any Senate changes, trims the sequester cuts that were supposed to begin next month by $63 billion during the two year budget period.

The budget agreement does include $6 billion in controversial cuts to future cost-of-living increases for military pension benefits.  Manchin said he was not sure how that reduction came up during negotiations as opposed to other possibilities, but he said he expected Congress to revisit those cuts in January.

Reports indicated this budget agreement represents the first time a divided Congress has approved a budget using the usual budget process since 1986.  At that time, Democrats controlled the U.S. House while Republicans were in charge in the U.S. Senate.

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  • Don Jr.

    I think that they could have found a little fat to trim short of cutting veterans benefits, don't you?

  • Tim C

    It's a great step in the right direction to keep spending more than you take in.....

  • Hammer

    "Prevailing Winds" Manchin at it again. This time, he's not alone as Jaybird Rockefeller, Capito, McKinley, and Rahall all joined in to screw vets once again.

    Military retirement is an earned reward for committing 20 or more years of Honorable service. There is also retirement for those injured and now disabled during their period of service. Emphasis on the words here of EARNED and HONORABLE.

    Manchin and those of his ilk couldn't give a damn less as they cannot fathom such concepts obviously so foreign to them.

    In the way our current crop of elected non-leaders think, I would be better off if I were a non-working, multi-generational sit-on-my-a** recipient, and collector of handouts for nothing in return. Icing on the cake would be if I were an "ILLEGAL" immigrant (A.K.A, Undocumented Democrat).

    God help this country because its spiraling down the crapper at a rapid rate.

  • RogerD

    I think Joe is being too modest. He should take pride in the fact that he knowingly voted to cut pensions to disabled veterans wounded in combat. The scary part is he says this isn't enough. He wants to do more after the 1st of the year. I wonder what group he has his sights on next? I say, no thanks, Joe. Every time you guys try to fix a problem, you make things worse.

  • USN Retired

    Joe will vote with Obama no matter what. He has proven that time and time again. To bad he was a great governor.

  • Kelly

    As WV is the state that has sacrificed the most sons and daughters per capita to military service in our country's history, this vote is a disgrace.

    I guarantee that the far majority of mountaineers were against this budget. What constituency were you voting on behalf of?!

  • Kelly

    Damn it, what the hell is your position.....

    I agree or disagree
    Yes or no
    I can support it or not support it
    It is good of WV or bad for WV

    He never offers a concrete understandable or direct answer to anything.

    • RogerD

      Kelly, he voted for it. Don't bother listening to his words. His position on the issues is how he votes. He votes with Harry Reid and the other socialists about 98% of the time.

  • Don

    Here we go again:

    Did I support it and vote for it? Yes
    Is it what I want? Absolutely not.

    Ole two-face strikes again.

  • PMQ

    BloJoe is a complete joke.

  • EARL

    There is a special place in hell from any elected official that sends our sons and daughters off to war who then come home with medical problems and then force them to use a substandard medical system rife with fraud and abuse and then takes money away from them to welfare queens.

    Did they cut their own pensions.? Of course not. They consider themselves too high and mighty to suffer the pain of that even though they do nothing but lie to us all 24/7 and then go out and get drunk on the taxpayers dime to erase their guilt.

    Manchin, Capito and Rahall thanks for kicking us veterans when we are down. The next election can not come soon enough. Next time you need a veteran to protect from a terrorist attack go call your accountant.

    BTW I am a former Republican who is conservative and will work to get all 3 voted out of office and I am NOT voting for Tennant either.

  • Hillbilly

    Remember, this includes only cuts to FUTURE cost-of-living increases for military pension benefits... they are not losing anything they already have.

    • USN Retired

      WRONG they have changed Tri Care Tri Care Prime and Tri Care for life. They have added costs to those.

  • WVcoal

    How does Joe feel about the new budget screwing thousands of WV war veterans and retirees out of benefits they earned serving our country? Well, Joe?

  • Aaron

    It should be noted that this one trillion dollar budget is for discretionary spending only. Overall our government will spend $3.8 trillion this year or approximately $1.1 trillion more than are paid in revenues.

    This does absolutely nothing to address our long-term spending problem. It's the equivalent of a family turning off a night light to save on their electric bill. It's pathetic!

    • The bookman

      I agree 100%...there are always days of reckoning...both parties have indulged for too long, and the true conservative knows that no program, no matter how beloved, is immune to what needs to happen. Cuts in the rate of growth will not be enough...interest rates will eventually rise and if we do not make some serious spending reductions we'll never pay the interest, much less fund the government or pay down principal....with interest rates this low and poised to rise in the coming years, there is no time to waste!

  • Woodchuck

    Joe gonna fix it.

    Believe him.

  • DAVE

    No , it isn't a move in the right direction to punish our wounded warriors and retiree veterans .....