Manchin mentioned the First Gulf War against Iraq in 1991, when allied countries helped finance U.S. actions against Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.
"We got in and we got out," Manchin said about that conflict. "Now, we are in Libya. Nobody is paying. We have already spent over $608 million and it is growing every day."
Manchin also questioned spending $120 billion a year and stationing 100,000 troops in Afghanistan.
He said he is particularly worried about the sharp rise in our national debt over the past 20 years.
The debt ceiling rose from $3.5 trillion to $4 trillion in Clinton's early years in the White House to $5.9 trillion in 2002, Manchin said.
Since 2002, that debt ceiling jumped up to $14.3 trillion, Manchin said. "Now, they want to raise it to $17 trillion.
"Are we disciplined enough to change this over the next 10 or 20 years?"
Manchin said the nation must continue to focus on people who really need help financially and fight to maintain programs like Head Start that help poor pre-school children.
"Some people said we had to take 15 percent of the funding from Head Start. That cut would have hurt 1,500 kids in West Virginia."
Manchin is supporting two new pieces of legislation to cut the budget:
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