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February 22, 2020

Mixed views expressed on proposed change to New River Gorge | WV MetroNews

by Chris Lawrence

BECKLEY, W.Va. - A proposal to change the designation of the New River Gorge National River Area drew an array of speakers and an array of opinions Saturday. A field hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee was conducted before a standing room only crowd at Tamarack. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, ranking member of the committee, and fellow U.S.Senator Shelley Moore Capito arranged the hearing in West Virginia to address concerns surrounding Senate Bill 2555. The measure … Continue Reading


February 22, 2020

Senators hear from public on New River Gorge Park and Preserve Act | The Register-Herald

by Jordan Hatfield

A Senate Energy and Natural Resources field hearing took place Saturday as members of the public had the opportunity to give their opinions on the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Act - a piece of legislation that would re-designate the New River Gorge National River as the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. The piece of legislation was introduced by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Shelley Moore … Continue Reading


February 22, 2020

Support for New River Gorge National Park and Preserve split at hearing | Charleston Gazette-Mail

by Rick Steelhammer

BECKLEY - A standing-room only crowd packed the Hulett C. Smith Theater at Tamarack Saturday to take part in a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee field hearing on the proposal to designate the New River Gorge National River as the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. About half of the nearly 50 people who spoke at the hearing voiced support for the bill authorizing the name change, designed to boost visitation and spur the local economy by attaching the National … Continue Reading


February 21, 2020

Manchin explains impeachment votes, looks ahead at Charleston town hall | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Following the impeachment trial, President Donald Trump tweeted he was "very surprised and disappointed" by U.S Sen. Joe Manchin's conviction votes. He also called Manchin "a puppet" for Congress' Democratic leaders. "They are really mad at Senator Joe Munchkin in West Virginia," Trump later said. "He couldn't understand the Transcripts. (Utah Sen. Mitt) Romney could, but didn't want to!" Manchin, D-W.Va., had an opportunity to explain his vote on Friday during a town … Continue Reading


February 21, 2020

Manchin talks opioids, impeachment at Charleston town hall | Charleston Gazette-Mail

by Joe Severino

Addressing a crowd of about 200 people Friday at the University of Charleston, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., touched on a number of topics, ranging from the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump to the opioid epidemic, during a town hall meeting. Manchin, who has been traveling the state while the Senate is not in session, held a similar event Wednesday in Huntington. Prior to a question-and-answer session that lasted nearly an hour, Manchin spent about 35 minutes discussing … Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Manchin discusses impeachment vote in Huntington town hall | The Herald-Dispatch

by Travis Crum

HUNTINGTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., held one of the first town hall discussions Wednesday since voting to remove President Donald Trump, receiving a round of applause from supporters after saying the evidence of the president's wrongdoing was "overwhelming." Manchin spoke to a room of about 100 people at the Robert C. Byrd Institute in Huntington for a planned discussion on the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget, rural broadband access, health care and other issues facing the … Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

After impeachment, Manchin comes home to warm welcome in WV | The Associated Press

by Anthony Izaguirre

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Some West Virginians have a message for Sen. Joe Manchin regarding his vote to impeach the president: Thanks. The Democrat was met with a warm reception at a town hall in his home state Wednesday, defying a narrative that locals in the deep red state were fuming over his decision to vote to remove President Donald Trump from office. In a calm, assured tone, Manchin defended his guilty votes on the two articles to impeachment, saying he believed he made the right … Continue Reading


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

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