Sen Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has been using the congressional break touring West Virginia to talk about fighting for jobs and strengthening the economy.
Manchin spent at least three hours during a town hall meeting in Elkins on Friday discussing various issues affecting the nation, and answering other questions on a local level.
"It's going to be just in general what's going on in Washington, but how it's affecting West Virginia, how it's affecting Elkins, Randolph County, North Central West Virginia whether is sequestering, a lack of a budget, lack of an energy policy a lot of things concerned about," said Manchin.
Manchin said the country cannot lose sight on the biggest issue and greatest threat facing the country and that's the nation's debt. With a $17 trillion deficit and no budget yet in place. Manchin said Congress cannot continue extending continuing resolutions.
"As soon as we go back we're going to be working on how we can continue to run the government. The easy way to run the government is to get a budget together as Democrats and Republicans, do something good for the country," Manchin said.
Other topics discussed by Manchin were everything from Obama Care and energy policies to immigration to gun control. Local issues such Corridor H was also brought up. The public attending the meeting said the issues happening in Washington affect everybody.
"Some of the Obama Care is no good, and should be eliminated, but if we got something to work with, to me it's better to work with something you have than just scrap it all, and start all over again," said Faye Gumm of Mill Creek.
Congress returns to session next month.