|By Debbie Rolen, The Logan Banner, W.Va.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The legislation reduces the deficit by
Manchin said it does not have everything he wanted in it, but it is a step in the right direction.
"I've been here for three years and we have not had a budget to work off of. This is the first year we have had that happen. It's not perfect, but it's better than nothing."
"The sequestration will kick back in 2016," said Manchin.
There will be a
Limits will be imposed on the amount contractors can be reimbursed by the federal government to
"The way contractors are paid, the
This deal shows work toward energy independence, with increased access to offshore energy resources: Approves the US-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement to improve our ability to develop and explore hydrocarbon reservoirs that cross the maritime international boundary in the
There will be efforts to rein-in waste, fraud and abuse by improving collection of unemployment insurance overpayments; requires parents to take personal responsibility for child support in
There will be an increase in the contribution to the retirement program by any new federal employee of 1.3 percentage points from 3.1 percent of pay up to 4.4 percent. There are some federal employees that currently pay 3.3, and they will see an equal increase up to 4.7 percent. This would bring them up to about what the
"The thing that is encouraging is that Democrats and Republicans were able to come up with a deal that is more than a three or six month resolution," said Manchin.
Manchin says another even bigger thing that needs to be done is corporate and individual tax reform, but for the time being, this is where we are.
He believes the deal may be up for a vote as early as this weekend and is optimistic it will be approved.
"All in all, it is a start. If you want to be against this bill and say it doesn't do enough, you can be. If you want to be in a positive mood and vote for it, which is what I'm going to do, you can do that too."
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