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U.S. Chamber Endorses Manchin for Senate in West Virginia

Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 8:00pm

An Invaluable Leader Who Understands that Lower Taxes & Smart Energy Policies Will Help Get Americans Back to Work

CHARLESTON, WV—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce today to announce its endorsement of Joe Manchin for Senate, highlighting his record of supporting the state’s businesses and workers.

“We’re endorsing Joe because he understands the economic challenges our country is facing and has a record of supporting policies that allow businesses to create jobs,” said Lisa Rickard, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber and president of the Institute for Legal Reform, during today’s event with Manchin at the West Virginia Chamber. “He is an invaluable leader who has a common sense approach to job creation and getting America back on the road to recovery.”

Under Manchin’s tenure, West Virginia’s economy has remained strong, with a lower unemployment rate than the national average, and one of the few states to receive a Moody’s bond rating increase for the state’s growing economy and responsible fiscal management. In 2008, the Cato Institute stated that Manchin enacted the most pro-growth tax reforms of any governor. He was one of only three governors to earn an “A” on Cato’s review of fiscal policies in all 50 states.

“From cutting taxes on businesses and workers, to supporting common sense energy policies, Joe has been an independent voice in West Virginia,” Rickard said. As Governor, Manchin helped create a business friendly environment, leading to more than $13 billion in private investments in West Virginia. During the past five years, more than 240 companies have either expanded in or moved to the state.

The U.S. Chamber plans to play a major role nationwide in the 2010 elections, endorsing candidates who have demonstrated consistent support for America’s job creators and will work to advance a pro-growth agenda in Congress. In 2008, 213 of the 265 Chamber-endorsed candidates (81%) were elected.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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