Harry Reid or Mitch McConnell: West Virginia May Decide

In less than 24 hours, West Virginia voters could hold the future of the U.S. Senate in their hands.  Will the next Senate Majority Leader be Mitch McConnell or Harry Reid?

If Mitt Romney is elected and Harry Reid remains Majority Leader, Reid will still have ultimate control of what goes before the Senate floor.

Friday, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid made it clear that he will not work with a Romney White House, should the former Massachusetts Governor win the Presidency next Tuesday.

“Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Reid said.

Read story here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/nov/2/reid-says-he-cant-work-romney/

Harry Reid’s comments are precisely the reason we need to replace Joe Manchin in Washington.

“Mitt Romney will need every U.S. Senator he can get to create the jobs we need right here in West Virginia,” said Raese.  “That’s why I’m running for the U.S. Senate. I’ve seen too many people this year looking for work in our state, and I’ve seen too many energy producers forced out of business by the Obama-Reid-Manchin policies.

“For Harry Reid to say this, four days before Election Day, tells West Virginians all they need to know,” added Raese.  “Obviously, the Democratic leaders like Reid hear the hoof beats of the coming Romney victory next Tuesday.  For Reid to have to lay down markers this early tells you whom he thinks is going to win next week–and it sure isn’t Barack Obama.”

Sending Joe Manchin back to Washington ensures that Harry Reid will continue to set the agenda in the U.S. Senate. It guarantees that Harry Reid will continue the War on Coal, no matter who wins the White House.

The only way we can get West Virginia on the right track is by electing Mitt Romney president, and John Raese to the Senate.

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John Raese Statement On News Consol Energy Will Layoff 145 People

MORGANTOWN, WV – United States Senate candidate John Raese today released the following statement in response to news that Consol Energy will lay off 145 workers in southern West Virginia due to a permit dispute:

“West Virginia has long produced the energy that helped make our nation what it is today.  But our nation, and in turn West Virginia, is under attack. These 145 West Virginia families are just the latest casualties in President Obama’s War on Coal.”

“This is a battle that can be won, but not without new leaders in Washington.  I have no doubt Joe Manchin loves West Virginia, but his mere presence in Washington enables President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to destroy West Virginia’s way of life.”

“As long as there is a President Obama and a Senator Manchin, anti-coal crusaders like Harry Reid and San Francisco liberal Senator Barbara Boxer will control the agenda, the centerpiece of which is the War on Coal.”

“Sen. Manchin may not like it, and he even may oppose it, but he is incapable of doing anything to stop it.”

“The only way we win the War on Coal is by electing Mitt Romney president, and John Raese to the Senate.”

Yesterday, the Charleston Daily Mail reported that Consol Energy told 145 workers in southern West Virginia that it will start laying them off in late December due to a permit dispute related to the King Coal Highway project.

“The facility has operated without a lost-time accident since 1986, an exemplary safety record for the mining industry, and it is unfortunate that they will not be afforded the opportunity to extend that record,” Consol President Nicholas J. DeIuliis said in a statement.

Since President Obama took office, nearly 100 West Virginia coal mines have stopped producing coal.  At the end of 2008, there were 264 coal mines producing coal.  As of May 2012, the Manchin-Obama War on Coal had reduced that number to 174.  Coal power plants are going out of business.  Coal companies such as Patriot are filing for bankruptcy protection.  Coal stocks are at an all-time low. And West Virginians are losing their jobs.

Where has Joe Manchin been in all of this?

“I am incensed and infuriated that the EPA would intentionally delay the needed permit for a public-private project that would bring so many good jobs and valuable infrastructure to communities that so desperately need them,” said Sen. Joe Manchin.

Sen. Manchin claims that he will stand up for coal, but he refuses to speak with President Obama about his coal crushing agenda.  Thanks to Barack Obama’s EPA, thousands of West Virginians have already been casualties in the War on Coal.

There is no way Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are going to address this situation, and Joe Manchin knows that.

Joe Manchin could go see the President at any time, but as reported by Jared Hunt at the Daily Mail, Sen. Manchin admitted he hadn’t spoken to the president since his election to the U.S. Senate in November 2010.

Under the leadership of Obama, Reid, and Manchin, West Virginia is on the path to bankruptcy.

It’s not just coal jobs that are fading.  According to U.S. Department of Labor, West Virginia lost 10,000 jobs last month and unemployment ticked up a tenth of a percent, from 7.5% to 7.6%.

Check out the numbers at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/laus.pdf.

Under the leadership of Barack Obama and Joe Manchin, West Virginia has taken a serious hit.  If we don’t change this situation, tens of thousands more will suffer the same fate in the next four years.  If we want to grow the economy and create jobs, we have to change the lineup in Washington.

The choice could not be any clearer.

If we are going to correct all the disastrous policies that Barack Obama has implemented on Joe Manchin’s watch, we need 51 Republican Senators.

If we send 51 Republican Senators to Washington in 2012, we can save coal.

Together we’ve got a chance to turn back the tide before it is too late. We need Mitt Romney in the White House and John Raese in the U.S. Senate so we can FINALLY get a new result from Washington.

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Mitch McConnell Joins John Raese for Energy Roundtable

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Joins U.S. Senate Candidate John Raese for Energy Roundtable in Morgantown.

Participants Include the West Virginia Coal Association, and State and Regional Leaders.

MORGANTOWN, WV — Republican Leader Mitch McConnell joined U.S. Senate candidate John Raese yesterday for a round table discussion on energy with state and regional leaders from the coal and extractive industries, including Bill Raney of the West Virginia Coal Association.  The focus of the discussion centered on President Obama’s “War on Coal” and how the outcome of West Virginia’s U.S. Senate race will determine the future of the West Virginia’s coal industry.

“It was an honor to have Republican Leader Mitch McConnell join me to stand-up for coal here in West Virginia,” said Republican John Raese.  “I have no doubt that Democrat Senator Joe Manchin is sincere when he says he loves West Virginia, but he’s on the wrong team.  As long as Manchin’s Democratic party controls the White House and Senate, no one can do anything to stop the War on Coal. Joe Manchin’s mere presence in the Senate allows Harry Reid – who said ‘coal makes you sick’ – to control the agenda.  Joe Manchin’s mere presence in Washington puts President Obama that much closer to accomplishing his dream to bankrupt the coal industry.  This is why we need a new president, a new majority leader, and a new U.S. Senator from West Virginia to stop Obama’s War on Coal dead in its tracks.”

When Leader McConnell was asked by a participant if he knew Joe Manchin’s true position on coal, McConnell said that he really did not know.  But he did say, “One thing we know for certain is that [Manchin] will vote for Harry Reid for Majority Leader.”

“Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid carries the water for Obama’s War on Coal,” said John Raese.  “Remember, it’s Harry Reid, the guy Joe Manchin voted to elect as Majority Leader, who once infamously said ‘coal makes you sick’”.

Leader McConnell also discussed the repeal of Obamacare, and its $716 billion in cuts to seniors on Medicare.  When given the opportunity, twice Senator Joe Manchin voted against repealing Obamacare.  He voted to keep Obama’s $716 billion in Medicare cuts against our seniors.

Senior Citizens Honor John Raese

Raese Receives Ben Franklin Award

(MORGANTOWN, WV) – The head of a national non-partisan senior citizens group recently presented the Benjamin Franklin Award to U.S. Senate candidate of West Virginia John Raese because “John Raese has pledged to repeal the terrible ‘death’ tax.”

60 Plus Association Chairman Jim Martin noted, “It was Franklin who famously said there are two certainties in life, death and taxes, but because of the estate or ‘death’ tax, there is a third certainty – taxes after death. 60 Plus decided to give a Benjamin Franklin award to those who support repeal. It is with a great deal of pride that 60 Plus honors John Raese with the Benjamin Franklin Award because if Raese has his way, we will get rid of that third certainty—taxes after death—and make Mr. Franklin’s famous quote accurate once again.”

On April 13, 2005, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8 by a 110 vote margin, 272-162, to repeal the death tax. Over 40 Democrats, including eight members of the Congressional Black Caucus, voted to abolish this anti-business tax.

The Senate vote was 57 for repeal, falling three votes short. This explains that while repeal passed the House, the tax is still on the books.

“West Virginians aren’t taxed too much, career politicians in Washington are spending too much. If elected to the United States Senate I will fight to lower taxes for everyone, abolish the death tax and rein in out of control spending,” John Raese said.

The 60 Plus Association is a 20-year-old nonpartisan organization working for death tax repeal, saving Social Security and Medicare, affordable prescription drugs, lowering energy costs and other issues featuring a less government, less taxes approach as well as a strict adherence to the Constitution.  60 Plus calls on support from over 7 million activists.  60 Plus publishes a newsletter, SENIOR VOICE, and a Scorecard, bestowing awards on lawmakers of both parties who vote “pro-senior.”   60 Plus has been called, “an increasingly influential senior citizen’s group.”

Is Joe Manchin Really a Conservative?

Senator Manchin’s 2011 ACU Voting Record

MORGANTOWN, WV – In Senator Joe Manchin’s first 2 years in office, Joe has voted with Barack Obama 87% of the time.  According to the 2011 ratings of Congress by the American Conservative Union, Joe Manchin has voted as a liberal 85% of the time.

Joe Manchin likes to coin himself as being a “conservative” Democrat.  However, the facts say otherwise.

2011 ACU Senate Vote Descriptions

http://conservative.org/ratingsarchive/uscongress/2011/

Health Care Repeal. S223 (Roll Call 9)
The Senate rejected an amendment that would have repealed the Obama health care overhaul and restore laws amended or repealed by the law.  ACU strongly opposed this government takeover of the U.S. health care system and supported this amendment.  60 votes were required for the amendment to pass.  The amendment failed on February 2, 2011 by a vote of 47-51.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Davis-Bacon. S 223 (Roll Call 11)
The Senate rejected an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill that would limit the application of the Davis-Bacon Act to federal projects.  Davis-Bacon requires contractors to pay “prevailing wages” usually union wages on a project, usually well above the market rate and adding billions of dollars in cost to federal projects and adding to the deficit.  ACU opposes this federal mandate and supported this amendment.  The Senate agreed to “table” or kill the amendment on February 3, 2011 by a vote of 55-42.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Air Service Subsidies. S 223 (Roll Call 21)
The Senate rejected an amendment to the FAA authorization bill that would have eliminated the so-called “Essential Air Service” program that spends taxpayer money to subsidize air service to rural airports with little passenger traffic.  ACU opposes this wasteful spending and interference in the free market and supported this amendment.  The Senate voted to “table,” or kill the amendment on February 17, 2011 by a vote of 61-38.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Planned Parenthood. H. Con. Res. 36 (Roll Call 60)
The Senate rejected an amendment to the appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011 barring funds for Planned Parenthood which offers abortion services.  ACU has always opposed federal funding of abortions and therefore opposed funding of Planned Parenthood.  The amendment failed on April 14, 2011 by a vote of 42-58.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Judicial nomination.  (Roll Call 65)
The Senate cut off debate by invoking cloture on the nomination of John J. McConnell for District Court Judge in Rhode Island.  McDonnell’s career was built as an anti-business trial lawyer whose primary qualification seemed to be the contributions of McConnell and his wife of $700,000 to the Democratic Party and their candidates.  ACU opposed this nomination and opposed the cloture motion, which required 60 votes to pass.  The Senate passed the motion on May 4, 2011 by a vote of 63-33.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Judicial nomination. (Roll Call 74)
The Senate rejected a motion to cut off debate by invoking cloture on the nomination of Goodwin Liu for the 9th Circuit federal court of appeals based in California.  Liu had no judicial experience or trial experience as an attorney.  Liu said he envisioned the judiciary as “a culturally situated interpreter of social meaning” and judges should act to create a constitutional right to welfare, housing, education and medical care.  Liu helped the fight against the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.  ACU opposed this nomination and the motion to cut off debate.  The cloture motion required 60 votes to pass but failed on May 19, 2011 by a vote of  52-43.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

International Monetary Fund. S 679 (Roll Call 99)
The Senate rejected an amendment to a bill reducing the number of Senate-confirmed executive positions that would have rescinded $108 billion in taxpayer funds committed to the International Monetary Fund and the authority for other loans.  ACU opposes increasing American liability for the European Union bailout and supported this amendment. The amendment failed on June 29, 2011 by a vote of 44-55.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Executive branch nominations. S 679 (Roll Call 101)
The Senate passed a bill eliminating hundreds of executive positions from congressional confirmation and allowing
others to be on a “fast-track” procedure to speed Senate confirmation.  ACU opposes this transfer of congressional authority to the executive and opposed this bill.  The bill passed the Senate on June 29, 2011 by a vote of 79-20.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Debt Limit Increase. S 365 (Roll Call 123)
The Senate passed a bill that allowed a debt increase of up to $2.5 trillion with no spending reduction required in Fiscal Year 2012.  The bill also sep up a “supercommittee” of twelve members of Congress that would meet in secret to negotiate a deficit reduction of $1.2 trillion over ten years.  The bill also requires a “sequestration” or automatic reduction of $1.2 trillion over ten years if no other agreement is reached by 2013.  ACU opposes automatic debt limit increases with no congressional action required and opposed this bill.  The bill passed the Senate on August 2, 2011 by a vote of 74-26.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Trade Adjustment Assistance. HR 2832 (Roll Call 146)
The Senate rejected an amendment to a bill extending trade preferences that would have restricted the use of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) funds to workers affected by countries with an existing free trade agreement with the United States.  ACU opposes the TAA program as a wasteful program that adds to 67 existing job training programs and supported this reasonable attempt to reduce its size.  The amendment failed on September 22, 2011 by a vote of 34-62.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Columbia Free Trade Agreement. HR 3078 (Roll Call 163)
The Senate approved a free trade agreement between the United States and Columbia. ACU supports efforts to expand free trade and supported this agreement.  The bill to implement the agreement passed on October 12, 2011 by a vote of 66-33.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Bryson Nomination. (Roll Call 176)
The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Bryson as Secretary of Commerce.  ACU strongly opposed this nomination to the agency charged with promoting free enterprise as Bryson co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, a radical environmental group which has attacked businesses through lawsuits and promoted draconian federal regulation of business to promote its goals. Nevertheless, the Senate confirmed the nomination on October 20, 2011 by a vote of 74-26.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Public Employee Jobs Funding. S 1723 (Roll Call 177)
The Senate refused to cut off debate by invoking cloture on a bill to give $35 billion of taxpayer money to state and
local governments paid for by an income tax surcharge. ACU opposes these attempts to bail out those state and local governments who have been overspending and opposed this bill.  Cloture motions require 60 votes to pass. The motion to cut off debate failed on October 20, 2011 by a vote of 50-50.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Bailout.  HR 2112 (Roll Call 179)
The Senate rejected an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have limited the taxpayer liability for the government sponsored enterprises (GSE) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to a total of $200 billion.  ACU opposed this bailout in 2008 and supported this attempt to cap taxpayer liability.  The amendment failed on October 20, 2011 by a vote of 41-57.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Government Backed Mortgage Limits. HR 2112. (Roll Call 180)
The Senate passed an amendment to an appropriations bill to renew an increase in the allowable limits on government backed mortgages to well over $700,000.  ACU opposed this attempt to increase taxpayer liability to a program that has cost $150 billion in bailout money to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and opposed this amendment. The amendment required 60 votes to pass and passed on October 20, 2011 by a vote of 60-38.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Judicial Nomination. (Roll Call 222)
The Senate rejected a motion to cut off debate by invoking cloture on the nomination of Caitlin Halligan for the
Disctrict of Columbia Circuit Court.  Halligan had shown her opposition to Second Amendment rights by working to
make gun manufacturers liable for actions by gun owners. This seat once held by Chief Justice John Roberts had been left vacant by the refusal of Senate Democrats to vote on nominees put forward by George W. Bush.  ACU opposed this nomination and opposed the cloture motion which required 60 votes to pass.  It was defeated on December 6, 2011 by a vote of 54-45.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

Balanced Budget Amendment S J Res 10. (Roll Call 229)
The Senate failed to pass a balanced budget amendment to the constitution which requires a two-thirds vote. The
Senate vote was the only one in either house of Congress on an amendment which required a super-majority for tax increases and protected against judicial interference in how Congress would balance the budget.  The amendment failed on December 14, 2011 by a vote of 47-53.
Manchin voted in opposition to the American Conservative Union position

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