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Sen. Joe Manchin wants to take a look at the national budget, issues related to seniors, veterans and children and achieving energy independence during the 113th Congress.

"As we begin the work of the 113th Congress, I start with fresh optimism and determination to make sure that we set our legislative priorities based on our values," Manchin said. "I have proposed legislation that West Virginians care about most – getting our financial house in order; keeping our promises to our seniors, veterans and children; achieving energy independence; addressing mass violence in a way that brings all parties to the table and finally ending the war in Afghanistan."

Among Manchin's proposals:

No budget, no pay: A bill that would prohibit members of Congress from receiving pay if both chambers of Congress fail to approve a resolution on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year before the end of the current fiscal year.

Military child care: This bill would direct the Government Accountability Office to review contracted hiring procedures at Department of Defense day cares.

The EPA Fair Play Act: This proposal would rein in the Environmental Protection Agency's overreach, preventing the agency from revoking permits that have already been legally granted, which would protect jobs in West Virginia and promote American energy independence and security.