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September 05, 2023

Crews back at work on West Virginia MVP site

by Charles Young

Crews are back at work constructing the Mountain Valley Pipeline at a site along the Greenbrier River in Summers County. During a recent visit to the site with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Tom Karam, CEO of project developer Equitrans Midstream Corp., said work there would take "a little bit less than two weeks." The developers remain hopeful the project will be completed by the end of year, Karam said. "We've got a couple of months worth of construction remaining, and we're still on track to … Continue Reading

August 21, 2023

Manchin breaks ground on Raleigh County Memorial Airport Industrial Park expansion

by Jillian Risberg

Regional airports are the lifeblood of a community, and that has special meaning for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) a pilot himself. He calls the expansion of the Raleigh County Memorial Airport, that kicked off today’s Beckley groundbreaking — transformative for Southern West Virginia. The $4.5 million he secured in federal investments for the project will develop 105 acres of site-ready property. According to Manchin, it’s a high-priority project so it made sense for everyone from all sides of … Continue Reading

August 18, 2023

Manchin seeks cyber operations to target drug cartels at the border

by Charles Owens

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin has joined South Dakota Republican Mike Rounds in calling for increased cyber operations at the southern border to combat drug smuggling and human trafficking. Manchin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, and Rounds, a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, have introduced the bipartisan Countering Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) in Cyberspace Act of 2023. Manchin said the … Continue Reading

August 08, 2023

Manchin, WVSU's Cage discuss possibility of adding agriculture to school

by Ashley Perham

At a roundtable meeting Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and West Virginia State University President Ericke S. Cage discussed the possibility of adding an agricultural school to the university. With more than 200,000 farms and over 200 farmer’s markets, West Virginia has an “incredible need” for an agricultural workforce, according to Cage. “We are in a position to help fill that void,” he said. The university, a historically Black school founded in 1891, had a Department of Agriculture … Continue Reading

August 03, 2023

Manchin warns government to step up after Fitch credit rating downgrade

by Chelsey Cox

Sen. Joe Manchin on Thursday called on his colleagues to take sorely needed budgetary steps to strengthen the economy after Fitch credit analysts’ recent decision to downgrade the United States’ long-held foreign issuer default rating. Fitch downgraded the U.S. credit rating from AA+ to AAA on Tuesday, months after having placed the nation’s rating on negative watch in May. The credit rating firm cited the U.S. government’s lengthy debt ceiling debate, along with the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection … Continue Reading

July 31, 2023

U.S. Senators Manchin and Capito successfully earmark $6 million in federal funding for West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s science building addition

by Staff

West Virginia’s U.S. Senators included $6 million for a major addition to the Fredric W. Smith Science Building on the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) campus in a federal appropriations bill approved recently by the Senate Appropriations Committee. “The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is rapidly adding innovative research and community engagement projects to its medical student experience,” said James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM president. … Continue Reading

July 28, 2023

Nucor receives final permit to build Mason County steel mill

by Staff

Nucor Corp. has received the final permit it needs to begin construction of its $3.1 billion steel mill at the Mason County, West Virginia, community of Apple Grove. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was the first to announce via news release on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had issued the permit. It was later confirmed by a statement issued by Nucor. The permit allows Nucor to build a large barge loading and unloading dock on the … Continue Reading

July 27, 2023

Manchin: NIL legislation to ‘maintain integrity of collegiate sports’

by Riley Holsinger

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) spoke on Wednesday about the Protecting Athletes, Schools, and Sports (PASS) Act of 2023, a bipartisan bill which aims to create federal legislation for name, image and likeness contracts in college athletics. “I want to maintain the integrity of collegiate sports,” Manchin said. With another sports year set to begin for collegiate sports, Manchin said he hopes to get the act established as soon as he can. He added that the bill will … Continue Reading

July 12, 2023

U.S. Senate deal provides hope of National Guard reimbursement in time for training

by Brad McElhinny

The U.S. Senate has hatched a deal to reimburse the National Guard — including in West Virginia — for the cost of pitching in to protect the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 mob attack. Brig. Gen. William Crane of the West Virginia National Guard today said he is enthusiastic that a deal could be reached. A big remaining question is whether the funding is assured in time to proceed with Guard training in August. Without it, there was significant doubt that the funding would allow … Continue Reading

July 11, 2023

U.S. Senators Manchin and Rounds call for increased accountability of People’s Republic of China’s role in the illegal trafficking of synthetic opioid drugs

This week, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) sent a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, urging the Department of State to hold the People’s Republic of China (PRC) accountable for its role in the illegal trafficking of synthetic opioid drugs. China is the primary source of the precursor chemicals, which are then processed and manufactured into synthetic opioids by Mexican drug cartels to bring into the United … Continue Reading

July 06, 2023

Manchin: Resources coming to Randolph

by Taylor McKinnie

Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced the designation of Randolph County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) on Wednesday, a move that will deploy additional federal resources to the county and help support the coordination and development of drug control efforts among federal, state and local law enforcement officials. Manchin held a press conference at the Jennings Randolph Federal Building to announce the official designation. He was joined by Dr. Rahul Gupta, the … Continue Reading

July 06, 2023

Huntington facility that cares for infants exposed to opioids to get nearly $500,000 in funding

by Shannon Stowers

Nearly $500,000 in federal funding has been earmarked for a Huntington facility that supports infants suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Lily’s Place is set to receive $481,719 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support and expand the services it provides, a news release from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s Office said. “Every West Virginian has been impacted by the devastating drug epidemic that continues to ravage our communities, and Neonatal … Continue Reading

July 06, 2023

Morgantown Airport receives $1.8M for airport runway extension

by Staff

The Morgantown Municipal Airport is receiving $1.8 million for an airport runway extension project. Senator Joe Manchin announced the funding from the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday. Officials say the goal of the project is to extend the current runway by 1,001 feet to 6,200 feet. “As a pilot myself, I am pleased the FAA is investing in this runway extension project at the Morgantown Municipal Airport,” said Senator Manchin. “West Virginia’s airports are … Continue Reading

June 27, 2023

Federal officials say $1.2 billion high-speed internet rollout will reach everyone in West Virginia

by Brad McElhinny

Federal officials emphasize that the aim of $1.2 billion aimed at West Virginia for broadband expansion is to ensure that every nook and cranny of the mountainous, rural state is covered.  “Everyone. When we say everyone we mean everyone,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Monday in response to a MetroNews question about the ambition for coverage. West Virginia’s internet coverage is notoriously patchy. But Monday’s national announcement of a $42.5 … Continue Reading

June 15, 2023

Made in the U.S.A

by WVNews Staff

It is only fitting that on Flag Day, several of our U.S. senators introduced a bill that should already have been the law. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was joined by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Gary Peters, D-Mich., in introducing the bipartisan All-American Flag Act, which requires the federal government to exclusively purchase flags that are entirely produced and manufactured in the United States. “It’s plain and simple: The United States flag, which … Continue Reading

June 03, 2023

'This is the most valuable pipeline in America': Sen. Manchin visits Bridgeport, West Virginia, Mountain Valley Pipeline site

by Amelia Pearson

After passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is visiting worksites associated with the Mountain Valley Pipeline project throughout the state of West Virginia. Manchin, who spearheaded the effort to include MVP support in the legislation, said he is eager to see the pipeline up and running so West Virginia can experience an economic boom and an increase in jobs. On Saturday, Manchin visited Precision Pipeline in Bridgeport and discussed how passage of the Fiscal … Continue Reading

May 28, 2023

Manchin Gets Mountain Valley Pipeline Deal Into Debt Bill

by Jennifer Jacobs

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin slipped into the debt-limit deal a measure meant to accelerate a multi-billion-dollar natural gas pipeline that’s been repeatedly stalled on environmental concerns, according to people familiar with the matter. Manchin has tried for more than a year to secure a side deal for construction of the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, which cuts through the Democratic lawmaker’s home state of West Virginia. The project stalled after a federal court … Continue Reading

May 26, 2023

Form Energy breaks ground for Weirton and West Virginia

by Colin Rose

It’s the biggest manufacturing deal West Virginia has seen in decades—and it’s found a home in the Northern Panhandle. Form Energy officially started construction on their energy storage plant at the site of the former Weirton Steel mill. It will be called Form Factory 1…and its celebration Friday drew attention far beyond the Panhandle. The U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Senator Joe Manchin, and the state Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael all … Continue Reading

May 26, 2023

Manchin: Form Energy will help keep W.Va. as ‘energy powerhouse’

by Wheeling Intelligencer Staff

On Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin. D-W.Va. and chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined Form Energy Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mateo Jaramillo, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, West Virginia Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael and other Form Energy and West Virginia leaders at the groundbreaking for Form Energy’s new iron-air battery manufacturing plant in Weirton, West Virginia. Form Energy’s investment in West … Continue Reading

May 11, 2023

Title 42 ending: Manchin bashes Biden for border chaos, praises GOP 'leadership'

by Anna Giaritelli

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) bashed President Joe Biden for his handling of the border and praised House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) attempt to change policy and regain control of the crisis. Manchin spoke out in a statement shared with the Washington Examiner Thursday and depicted the Biden administration's two years of planning for this day as a failure that will be fully realized in the coming days. We are one day from the end of Title 42 and still the … Continue Reading

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