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May 13, 2018

Bipartisan Solution Needed for Saving Miners' Pensions | Huntington Herald Dispatch

by Senator Joe Manchin

Last week marked the one year anniversary of passage of a permanent fix for miners' healthcare that prevented 22,600 coal miners in West Virginia from losing their healthcare. Now, as a member of the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multi-employer Pension Plans, I am determined to find a permanent solution for their pensions. Over 70 years ago, President Harry Truman recognized the importance of the coal that our miners produced for this country and promised that the government would … Continue Reading

November 28, 2017

Manchin Pushes for Bipartisan Tax Effort | WV Metro News

by Alex Thomas

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., did not say he would vote for or against the most recent version of the Senate tax bill Tuesday, instead joining 14 other senators in a press conference to urge Senate Republicans to join Democrats in drafting and passing a bipartisan bill. Manchin spoke at the U.S. Capitol alongside 13 Democratic senators and one Independent senator - Angus King of Maine, who caucuses with Democrats - hours before the Committee on the Budget passed the chamber's version of the … Continue Reading

June 19, 2017

W.Va. Sen. Joe Manchin signs bipartisan pledge | WSAZ

WASHINGTON (WSAZ) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin signed a pledge Monday urging a return to bipartisanship. Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, says he is urging his colleagues to join him in signing a pledge to not campaign against a sitting colleague. "Several years ago I took a personal pledge to not campaign against a sitting colleague," Manchin said. "I think the time has come for all Senators to make this pledge and commit ourselves to being Americans first - not Republicans or … Continue Reading

April 01, 2017

Manchin in the Middle | Politico Magazine

by Michael Kruse and Burgess Everett

The day before the inauguration of Donald Trump, in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was sitting at his desk eating chili out of a paper cup when his cellphone buzzed. He didn't recognize the number, but he answered anyway, something he almost always does. "Hey, hey-governor!" he said. "How ya doin', buddy?" It was Jeb Bush. The two have known each other for years. Bush was the governor of Florida at the same time Manchin was the … Continue Reading

January 18, 2017

Bipartisan coalition of senators introduces Miners Protection Act | Beckley Register Herald

West Virginia's U.S. Senators joined their counterparts from other states Tuesday to introduce the Miners Protection Act. The legislation would ensure that the federal government and coal operators honor their obligation of lifetime pensions and health benefits to retired miners and their families who are facing uncertainty as a result of the financial crisis and corporate bankruptcies. In December, the Senate passed a continuing resolution that included a four-month proposal to fund retired … Continue Reading

January 15, 2017

Manchin focused on bipartisan goals | Martinsburg Journal

by Danyel VanReenen

CHARLESTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has two primary goals during the upcoming term. He wants to create a pathway for getting both parties working together, and he wants to focus on fixing the flawed health care system. Manchin, born and raised in Farmington, West Virginia, said putting the country above political parties is the No. 1 challenge during the upcoming term. "The best policy is good government," Manchin said. "Good government helps everyone, regardless of … Continue Reading

January 05, 2017

Manchin urges bipartisan effort to replace 'Obamacare' | Bluefield Daily Telegarph

by Wendy Holdren

WASHINGTON - With the impending repeal of the Affordable Care Act, thousands of West Virginians are at risk of losing their health care coverage. President Obama spoke Wednesday morning with Democrats about why the health care plan should remain in tact; whereas Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke to Republicans about why the measure should be repealed. Sen. Joe Manchin told reporters midday Wednesday he could not vote for a repeal without a replacement. CNN reported Pence and House … Continue Reading

May 08, 2016

Jessie's Law: Bipartisan measure welcomed | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Legislation introduced by Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito seeks to help ensure medical professionals have full knowledge of a patient's previous opioid addiction when consent is given. The necessary measure, titled "Jessie's Law," is named for Jessie Grubb, who battled addiction for seven years. After becoming sober, she focused on making a life for herself in Michigan. But as she was training for a marathon, she suffered a running-related injury which required surgery. Her … Continue Reading

May 05, 2015

Bipartisan measure: Manchin, Capito target EPA

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., are taking renewed and necessary steps to address the continued overreach of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The "Water Quality Protection Act" supported by Manchin, Capito, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., seeks to address … Continue Reading

November 10, 2014

Manchin represents bipartisanship | Elkins Inter-Mountain

Few Democrats had any reason to smile this week. By the hundreds throughout the country, they were thrown out of office. Here in West Virginia, their party lost control of both houses of the Legislature. In Washington, Republicans improved their majority in the House of Representatives and seized command of the Senate. So not many Democrats had any reason for optimism or cheerfulness this week. Except for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. No doubt Manchin was as perturbed as any Democrat at … Continue Reading

December 12, 2013

Manchin supports bipartisan budget proposal | Huntington Herald Dipsatch

WASHINGTON -- The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 isn't exactly what Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., would have written himself, but that isn't stopping the third-year senator from supporting the measure for the sake of progress, he said during a conference call with media outlets Wednesday. As drafted, the bill proposed by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would reverse $63 billion in across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to take effect in the current budget year and the … Continue Reading

October 14, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin: Bipartisan 'Collins plan' to end shutdown has something for everyone | Washington Times

by Tom Howell Jr.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday he supports a plan from Republican Sen. Susan Collins to end the government shutdown and extend the nation's debt limit because it includes something for everyone, including reforms to the new health care law. Mr. Manchin, of West Virginia, said it is "unconscionable" to think Congress is pushing the debate toward Thursday, the Treasury-designated deadline to extent the nation's borrowing authority. "You let this thing start tumbling down, and you're … Continue Reading

October 14, 2013

Manchin reveals bipartisan plan to reopen the federal government and avoid a default | State Journal

by Erin Timony

On Oct. 14, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. hosted a conference call to discuss the Manchin-Collins bipartisan plan to reopen the federal government and avoid a default. Manchin and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, are part of a group consisting of six Republican and six Democratic senators attempting to avoid a budget default by bringing the budget to a budget conference, which hasn't happened yet. Manchin said Democrats put together a budget that narrowly passed and the next step is a budget … Continue Reading

August 03, 2013

Manchin, Huntsman working on building bipartisanship | Charleston Gazette

by Caitlin Cook

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman first met at The Greenbrier nearly a decade ago as freshman governors. Now, they are cultivating bipartisan leadership and participation through their work as co-chairmen of No Labels, a political movement intended to get Washington politicians to stop fighting each other and work together to fix problems. Manchin and Huntsman addressed the state Chamber of Commerce's annual business summit at The Greenbrier … Continue Reading

July 27, 2013

Bipartisan deal helps offer stability to college students | Huntington Herald Dispatch

by Senator Joe Manchin

With a rare and resounding bipartisan vote last week, the U.S. Senate approved a plan my colleagues and I spearheaded that will save students thousands of dollars on their college loans. The plan means significant savings for undergraduates everywhere in the country, including the 60 percent of Thundering Herd undergraduates at Marshall University who use student loans to help finance their education. Our bipartisan compromise, which passed the Senate on an 81-18 vote, cuts the current … Continue Reading

June 07, 2013

Manchin, King urge bipartisan fix to student loans | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WASHINGTON - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Thursday urged colleagues to work in a bipartisan way to prevent federally subsidized student loan rates to double on July 1. The Senate on Thursday failed to move forward two separate partisan bills intended to prevent the interest rate hike of from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Sixty votes were needed to end debate and neither obtained the required number. The Democrat version to extend the existing rates, Senate Bill 953, failed 51-46 while the … Continue Reading

October 10, 2012

Bipartisanship Not Dead in Washington | Wheeling Intelligencer

Sometimes it seems partisanship has become the foundation of government policy in Washington. Democrats and Republicans seem to agree on very little, it often appears. Such is not the case, of course, though during an election campaign that can be difficult to discern. This week U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. - who has made it a priority to work against partisanship for its own sake - became a target in the Republican vs. Democrat nastiness. A fellow senator, Republican Rand Paul of … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Manchin offers a bipartisan EPA bill | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

A bipartisan effort, led by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., is taking aim at curbing the Environmental Protection Agency's "overreach" in enforcement of the Clean Water Act. The measure is patterned after one in the House to rein in the EPA in what critics have often labeled a "war on coal." Manchin said his bill would restore "the proper balance" between states and the federal government that safeguards the water supplies in mining areas while protecting jobs and … Continue Reading

January 11, 2012

Manchin speaks in favor of bipartisan solutions | Beckley Register Herald

by Sarah Plummer

In his West Virginia "Standing Up for Common Sense" tour, Sen. Joe Manchin spoke out in favor of bipartisan solutions to national problems. Manchin has sent a letter to President Obama and Congress outlining three steps that will refocus Democrats and Republicans alike on solving American's problems. He encourages all Americans to stand up with him and send letters to elected officials supporting the bipartisan initiatives. Manchin first requests that the president, Senate and House leaders … Continue Reading

January 11, 2012

Manchin Wants Bipartisan Seating | West Virginia MetroNews

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin wants to shake things up in Congress. He sent out a letter to the President and Congressional leadership asking them to consider a more non-partisan seating arraignment in committee meetings and monthly bi-partisan caucuses. Manchin, in Charleston on Tuesday, says he's tired of the man-made walls that have been created in Washington that keep Republicans and Democrats divided both figuratively and literally. For example, he says all committee meetings should be open … Continue Reading

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