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October 22, 2019

The Future Belongs To The Connected

by John Miller

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and his counterpart, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, have done a great job keeping the Mountain State's lack of broadband access in the forefront of the national discussion. But they need all West Virginians to help spread the word. That's the message Manchin shared during his stops in Lewis County on Friday, urging West Virginians to measure their internet speeds and send them to his office. "We're urging everyone to do these speed tests," … Continue Reading

October 16, 2019

Manchin And Other Senators Rally To Save Pensions

by Chris Lawrence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says the time is growing short on action to shore up the pensions of retired coal miners and their widows across West Virginia and other states before major problems start to arise. "This is atrocious and for us to sit back and let it happen is absolutely sinful. We're not going to let it," Manchin told a gathering of supporters and Democrat colleagues in Washington Wednesday. Manchin introduced a bill to shore up those UMWA pensions called the … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Sen. Joe Manchin: Bloomberg's Carbon Initiative Would 'Punish' West Virginians | Fox News

by Ana Hopkins

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., has argued that philanthropist Michael Bloomberg's new carbon initiative would "punish" his constituents and fail to combat climate change in the way it intends to. Bloomberg announced on Friday a $500 million donation to his Beyond Carbon initiative, which seeks to shut down at least one-third of the country's coal plants in favor of clean energy. Sen. Manchin responded to the news during a Wednesday appearance on "Fox & Friends" by questioning why Bloomberg … Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Federal Funding Comes To WV To Protect Underground Water Sources | WVNS

by Douglas Fritz

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVNS) -- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced thousands of dollars in funding to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The $30,000 grant comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The money will be used to help protect underground water sources from waste and pollutants in southern West Virginia. That will, in turn, ensure the safety of drinking water. "Clean water and fresh air for West Virginians … Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Research, Not Elimination, Needed On Coal | The Parkersburg News And Sentinel

by Jess Mancini

PARKERSBURG - A former New York City mayor's pledge to spend $500 million on the Beyond Carbon initiative would be better spent on research into cleaner-burning fuels, a West Virginia congressman said Tuesday. Michael Bloomberg Friday said he'll spend the half billion dollars on the Beyond Carbon campaign aimed at closing coal- and natural gas-fired plants, major industries in West Virginia. "People like Michael Bloomberg forget that when they attack the fossil fuel industry, they are really … Continue Reading

June 10, 2019

W.Va Black Lung Clinics To Receive $1.9 Million | WV Public Broadcasting

by Liz McCormick

Nearly $2 million in federal funds will be awarded to West Virginia to help support the state's black lung clinics. West Virginia is expected to receive $1,954,576 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin made the announcement in a Friday news release. The funding will support the West Virginia Black Lung Clinics Program, which aims to provide primary and specialized health care services for coal miners and their families. These … Continue Reading

June 10, 2019

Wayne EDA Receives Brownfields Grant | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Luke Creasy

WAYNE - Wayne County will receive a portion of $2.4 million being channeled to West Virginia through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program, according to U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Funding will support the remediation of environmental hazards present at several properties in the state, as well as assessments to determine further sites that need to be remediated in the future to be put back into productive use. Wayne County … Continue Reading

June 10, 2019

New W.Va Miner Union Offices Named For Union Leader | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Staff Writers

FAIRMONT, W.Va. - A United Mine Workers of America office building in Fairmont, West Virginia, has been named for union President Cecil E. Roberts. The Exponent Telegram reports lawmakers and union officials gathered in the Friendly City on Thursday to name the building and celebrate Roberts. The union's website says Roberts is a military veteran and sixth-generation coal miner who first took on the presidential role in 1995. Democratic Del. Mike Caputo is a former union district vice … Continue Reading

June 10, 2019

Flood Replacement School For Clendenin Takes Big Step Forward | WV MetroNews

by Jeff Jenkins

CLENDENIN, W.Va. - Those interested have 30 days to comment on a draft environmental assessment of the property where the new Clendenin/Bridge Elementary School will be built in Kanawha County. Putting the assessment out for public comment is a big step toward eventually beginning construction at the site not far from where the raging Elk River destroyed Clendenin Elementary in the June 2016 flood. The project has been slowed with the many requirements associated with the Federal Emergency … Continue Reading

June 07, 2019

Fairmont, WV, UMWA Offices Dedicated To Cecil Roberts | The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by John Mark Shaver

FAIRMONT - In honor of nearly 25 years of leadership, United Mine Workers of America officials gathered in Fairmont Thursday morning to dedicate their new local offices after President Cecil E. Roberts. Officials from the UMWA were joined by state and national legislators as they welcomed Roberts to The Friendly City, with each of them saying no other person deserved the honor more than their longtime president. "I've been a dues-paying mine worker since 1977," said Rick Altman, UMWA's … Continue Reading

June 07, 2019

Capito, Manchin Announce $2.4 Million For Environmental Remediation In WV | The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced $2,414,000 for West Virginia through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program on Thursday. Funding will support the remediation of environmental hazards present at several properties in the state, as well as assessments to determine further sites that need to be remediated in the future to be put back into productive use. "West Virginia's manufacturing and industrial base … Continue Reading

June 05, 2019

West Virginia to See More than $100 Million in Disaster Relief | WV Public Broadcasting

by Liz McCormick

A disaster relief package that would send more than $100 million to West Virginia is on its way to the president's desk. This funding is part of a larger disaster relief package of more than $19 billion that will be split throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. $106 million will be given to West Virginia for mitigation and resilience activities related to past flooding. The bill passed the U.S. Senate nearly two weeks ago and passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The … Continue Reading

June 05, 2019

Senator Joe Manchin Skypes with Jefferson County Students | WDVM

by Caroline Morse

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin spent his Tuesday morning with several Washington High Business and CTE students over Skype. Senator Manchin answered questions regarding the broadband access in the state. Manchin talked to the students about how some citizens that live in rural areas have to travel miles to get broadband access, which, according to the senator isn't acceptable and the students agreed. "It's important so West Virginia can catch up to states around us … Continue Reading

June 03, 2019

Corridor H Work Gets Major Boost With Two Fridays Announcements | WV MetroNews

by Staff Writers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Upgrades to Corridor H are getting a boost with two announcements on Friday. A $100 million grant for the West Virginia Division of Highways was announced by U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects. The funding will support the completion of Corridor H, specifically, an interchange at the junction of Corridor H and WV Route 72, along with 4.6 miles of … Continue Reading

June 03, 2019

FCC Receives Criticism, Praise From West Virginia Officials | The Parkersburg News And Sentinel

by Steve Allen Adams

CHARLESTON - The Federal Communications Commission received a lashing from one state elected official, while others praised the agency. Leaders in the House of Delegates released a statement Thursday in support of a set of conditions the FCC secured for the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. The two major cellular communications providers want to merge their companies in a deal worth $26.5 billion. Both companies agreed to freeze prices for three years while building out a 5G network which would … Continue Reading

June 03, 2019

Manchin Visits Hamlin To Discuss Legislation Providing For Vehicles To Deliver Senior Meals | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Staff Writers

HAMLIN, W.Va. - In a visit that aimed to highlight the importance of senior nutrition programs across West Virginia, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Friday delivered meals to residents and spoke with seniors at a lunch at the Senior Citizen Center in Hamlin. During his stop, Manchin emphasized programs like Meals on Wheels and other home-based meal programs, according to a news release from his office. In 2017 alone, 1.3 million meals were delivered to West Virginians as a result of these … Continue Reading

June 03, 2019

Manchin Warns Of Largest Russian Presence In The Arctic Since Cold War | CBS News

by Camilo Montoya-Galvez

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia issued a stark warning about the geopolitical threat of Russia's presence in the Arctic, saying Moscow's military and economic activity in the region is at the highest level since the Cold War. "It's unbelievable the commitment they've made," Manchin said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "We've seen more activity of aircraft flying in those spaces. We've seen submarine activity from Russia, more so than we have during the Cold War." Despite not … Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

Manchin Says Deal Reached To Resume New River Train, Details Pending | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Staff Writers

In a tweet, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said a deal has been reached with Amtrak to allow resumption of the state's iconic New River Train, but his office said details on the agreement will come out this week. In a Twitter entry, Manchin wrote, "I've been working nonstop with @Amtrak to preserve #WV's proud railroading history by keeping the annual New River Train running, and that's why I'm glad a deal is in place to continue this proud Mountain State tradition. I'm looking forward to … Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

Manchin Praises Additional $106 Million For West Virginia Disaster Relief | WV MetroNews

by Brad McElhinny

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., praised another $106 million flowing from the federal government for West Virginia disaster relief. The additional money, part of a broader disaster relief package, was approved by Congress and President Trump in February 2018 but "has been mired in bureaucratic red tape and Administrative reviews," according to a statement from Manchin's congressional office. The money was approved last week as part of a $19.1 billion disaster relief … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Volk Testifies Before Senate Committee For Federal Judge Spot | The Charleston Gazette

by Lacie Pierson

Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Volk on Wednesday only had to answer a few questions from U.S. Senators during a hearing for federal judicial nominations in before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Volk was one of six nominees who answered questions from senators during the hearing Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump nominated Volk to serve as a judge in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, filling the vacancy left by Senior U.S. … Continue Reading

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