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March 09, 2018

Manchin: Bill guarantees loans for gas storage hubs | Parkersburg News & Sentinel

WASHINGTON - A bill ensuring a natural gas storage hub qualifies for a federal loan program was passed Thursday by a committee of the U.S. Senate. The Capitalizing American Storage Potential Act approved by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee would make sure a regional storage hub qualifies for the Department of Energy's Title XVII innovative technologies loan guarantee program, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said. Efforts are underway in West Virginia to establish the Appalachian … Continue Reading

March 08, 2018

Sen. Manchin's storage hub bill approved by Senate committee Thursday | Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Charles Young

CLARKSBURG - A bill sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that could lead to major developments for West Virginia's oil and gas industry was approved by a Senate committee Thursday. Senate Bill 1337, called the Capitalizing American Storage Potential Act, was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The bill, which Manchin introduced in June, would make sure that a regional storage hub qualifies for the Department of Energy's successful Title XVII innovative … Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Clock Ticking | Elkins Inter-Mountain

Imagine everyone who lives in Wheeling suddenly being told their incomes are being cut off. Imagine them being old enough that they had few prospects of replacing that loss. Now you have some idea of the disaster facing families throughout our state and in other coal mining regions. Slightly more than 27,000 people live in Wheeling, according to the Census Bureau. That happens to be the number of retired West Virginians who rely on pensions from their former employers in the mining … Continue Reading

March 06, 2018

March 6, 2018

March 06, 2018

Senator Joe Manchin weighs in on pay raise bill | WTOV

by David Singer

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said West Virginia Senate Republicans are not budging on negotiations when it comes to the work stoppage. "The governor has stepped up and put the 5 percent out there, the House has approved it and the Senate Republicans, for whatever reason, have bogged down and basically entrenched themselves and not getting this accomplished," Manchin said. Manchin said he was confident the Republicans' one-party control in the legislature and the governor's office would … Continue Reading

March 06, 2018

Legislation aims to restore DEA authority to go after pharmaceutical companies | Beckley Register Herald

by Wendy Holdren

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has introduced legislation to make the changes requested by the Justice Department to restore the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) authority to go after pharmaceutical companies that are violating the law and flooding our communities with opioids. "The Drug Enforcement Agency is our first line of defense in preventing pharmaceutical companies from flooding the market with opioids and taking advantage of a nation ravaged by this deadly epidemic," Manchin said. … Continue Reading

March 03, 2018

Hundreds take part in job fair | Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Jim Workman

SOUTH CHARLESTON - If all goes as expected, some unemployed or underemployed West Virginians this week may be starting new careers as early as next week. That's the report from a few of the participating businesses at the South Charleston Regional Job and Resource Fair, held Friday at BridgeValley Community and Technical College. The office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin was the headline presenter of the event. Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood was one company represented at the job fair, … Continue Reading

March 02, 2018

U.S. Senate passes Rural Wireless Access Act | Beckley Register Herald

by Wendy Holdren

The U.S. Senate has passed the Rural Wireless Access Act, requiring the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure its broadband coverage maps reflect the real-world experiences of consumers in rural America. The legislation, introduced by Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., requires the FCC to collect valid, consistent and robust broadband coverage data. "Passing the Rural Wireless Access Act is an important step towards closing the broadband gap in West Virginia," Manchin said. "This bill … Continue Reading

February 14, 2018

Sen. Manchin skypes with Logan County High School students | WSAZ

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin answered questions from Logan County High School students via Skype on Wednesday. The students asked questions about his pledge to not campaign against his sitting colleagues, how to make coal mining safer for miners and their families, the future of coal, and the opioid epidemic. Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said, "The students at Logan County High School asked some insightful questions today and they were keenly focused on our … Continue Reading

February 03, 2018

Sen. Joe Manchin Visits Unity Center in Benwood | Wheeling Intelligencer

by Joselyn King

BENWOOD - During the 10 years of the Vietnam War, nearly 60,000 American soldiers were killed in action. About the same number of people died just last year across America of drug addiction, according to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. About 800 of the opioid deaths were recorded in West Virginia in 2017, he said. Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke on the issue of the nation's opioid addiction during a stop Friday at the Unity Center drug addiction recovery center, now located in Benwood. Those attending stood … Continue Reading

February 02, 2018

Town Hall Meeting | Elkins Inter Mountain

by Brooke Binns

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College community and area residents took part in a town hall meeting Thursday with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. Manchin, D-W.Va., said he enjoys getting input from people in the state, and he is able to take that information back to Washington, D.C. "This is a town hall meeting - these are the best. This is where I get my information and go back to Washington and try to take the common sense from West Virginia back to the common sense that is needed in … Continue Reading

January 31, 2018

Manchin, Huntington Fire Chief call for national emergency declaration | Beckley Register Herald

by Wendy Holdren

Both U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader are hopeful President Trump will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency - and come up with some dollars to fight the battle. During a press conference call with West Virginia reporters, the two said Trump's declaration in October of a public health emergency was a step in the right direction, but it's not enough. "You can't be on the front lines of a war and not have any bullets to fight with," Manchin said. … Continue Reading

January 31, 2018

Manchin, Huntington fire chief want President Trump to better combat W.Va. opioid epidemic | Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Darlene J. Swiger

CLARKSBURG - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., plans to promote declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency, which would funnel more money to West Virginia to fight the killer epidemic. Manchin invited Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader to accompany him at the State of the Union address Tuesday night because of her experience in dealing with the aftermath of this drug on a daily basis. "She is the best representative for West Virginia and the United States to put a real face to fighting the … Continue Reading

January 23, 2018

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia Says He Played Key Role in Ending Budget Impasse | Wheeling Intelligencer

by Joselyn King

WHEELING - Sen. Joe Manchin says he played a key role in achieving a bipartisan compromise passed Monday by the Senate and later approved by the House that will keep the federal government running until Feb. 8. Manchin, D-W.Va., was among a group of Democrat senators who opposed their party leadership's push on Friday to shut down the government. "I worked all weekend and brought together more than 20 Republicans and Democrats to help both sides come to an agreement to end this government … Continue Reading

January 23, 2018

Manchin: McConnell's promise broke impasse | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Jess Mancini

PARKERSBURG - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's pledge that the plight of the Dreamers would be addressed was enough to get enough Senate Democrats to vote ending the impasse that shut down the federal government, a West Virginia senator said. Sen. Joe Manchin, who on Friday voted with the Republicans to fund the government through Feb. 8, was among a coalition of 17 Democrats and Republicans that started meeting after the vote on Friday. The group grew over the weekend to 25 senators … Continue Reading

January 03, 2018

Appalachia underground natural gas storage clears 1st test | Huntington Herald Dispatch

by Jonathan Mattise

Plans for an underground natural gas liquids storage hub pegged as a major job creator for the chemical industry in struggling Appalachia have cleared their first big hurdle. The Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative got approval Wednesday for the first of two application phases for a $1.9 billion U.S. Department of Energy loan, the Appalachia Development Group LLC said in a news release and department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes confirmed. Appalachia Development Group, which is … Continue Reading

December 29, 2017

Manchin helps to get forklift donation for local food bank | WV News

by Michael Lemley

CHARLESTON - Sen Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., helped to secure the donation of a forklift to a local food bank in McDowell County. Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia donated the forklift on Friday to Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank in Kimball. Manchin worked with several local officials and businesses in the effort to get a forklift for the food bank, according to a statement released by the senator Friday. Manchin said that a temporary solution has been in place for the last several … Continue Reading

December 29, 2017

Alarming Numbers | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is urging fellow lawmakers to commit to passing the LifeBOAT Act, a necessary measure that would create a permanent funding stream to provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment. The proposed legislation would be funded by placing a one cent fee on every milligram of opioid produced. The measure has been introduced by Manchin twice now, and on both occasions has been allowed to languish in the U.S. Senate. It should be reconsidered, particularly in … Continue Reading

December 13, 2017

Manchin writes to federal drug officials about scheduling nerve pain drug | WV Metro News

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., sent a letter Wednesday to federal drug officials requesting the scheduling and additional mitigation efforts of a medication used to treat nerve pain. The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy has labeled gabapentin as a "drug of concern" following an increase of overdose deaths connected to its use. The number of deaths in the state increased from 36 in 2012 to 106 in 2016. Gabapentin is not classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency as a scheduled … Continue Reading

December 08, 2017

Manchin calling on FDA to properly fight opioid epidemic | Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to adopt three policy changes to properly fight the opioid epidemic. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Manchin asked for the following changes through the Opioid Policy Steering Committee: l Mandatory and continuing education for every health care provider who prescribes opioids. Manchin said in the letter, "Too many of our medical professionals have received too little training on the dangers of … Continue Reading

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