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December 07, 2017

Manchin asking state families to share how CHIP has helped them | Times West Virginian

by Wendy Holdren

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is asking West Virginia families to share stories on how the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has made an impact in their lives and the lives of their children. CHIP provides health insurance to almost 9 million children in America, and ensures that more than 21,000 children in West Virginia have access to needed healthcare services. "As any West Virginian, I believe that we must take care of our children first and foremost," Manchin said. "No matter … Continue Reading

December 07, 2017

Manchin, Capito push for CHIP | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Staff Reports

Both U.S. senators from West Virginia are urging Congress to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program. C.H.I.P., which covers more than 20,000 children in West Virginia and 9 million nationwide, expired on Sept. 30. The five-year reauthorization of the 20-year-old C.H.I.P. is unclear as lawmakers debate how to financially support the $15.6 billion program. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has asked families in West Virginia for photos and their stories about how the program has impacted … Continue Reading

December 01, 2017

Manchin holds conference prior to GOP tax reform bill vote | Dominion Post

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., held a short press conference the morning of Dec. 1 before heading to the Senate floor to vote on the GOP tax reform bill. "We have not seen the bill," Manchin said. Efforts to secure moderate Democrat involvement and support for the bill earlier in the week failed. "They're determined to do it without even trying to get a democrat to work with them." Manchin said he planned to offer an amendment to make some temporary tax cuts for the working and middle class … 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

October 30, 2017

Manchin announces launch of job resource page | Register-Herald

by Andrea Lannom

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced the launch of a job resource page with the goal to connect West Virginians to jobs, job fairs and resources to help job seekers. The site,, has job postings, job fairs and resources. Some of the resources include tips for creating a resume and cover letter along with templates for each and interview tips. Manchin announced the launch of the page on his website in a Monday news release. "I have always said … Continue Reading

October 03, 2017

Without CHIP funding renewal, West Virginia will exhaust funds in April 2018 | Beckley Register Herald

by Wendy Holdren

Federal funding expired over the weekend for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and without a renewal, West Virginia is expected to exhaust its remaining federal funds for the program by April 2018. According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, 21,291 children are currently covered by CHIP in the state. "Even though the federal CHIP funding was not authorized by Congress by the Sept. 30 deadline, children in our state will not suddenly lose their CHIP … Continue Reading

October 02, 2017

Manchin Presses U.S. Energy Department nominees about maintaining plants | WV Metro News

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., questioned two nominees for the Department of Energy last week regarding the importance of technology development within the energy sector. Manchin asked questions Tuesday to Steven Winberg, who President Donald Trump nominated for Assistant Secretary of Energy in regards to Fossil Energy, and Bruce Walker, who was nominated for Assistant Secretary of Energy overseeing Energy, Electricity, Delivery and Energy Reliability. Manchin stressed the importance of … Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Manchin pushes plan to increase internet access | WV Metro News

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is pushing a plan to bring high-speed internet to communities across the United States as part of the Democratic Party's proposal to increase jobs and wages. A Better Deal will include investing at least $40 billion in federal funding to provide adequate and affordable internet services nationwide, while also upgrading existing infrastructure to provide high-speed internet. In a detailed statement, Democrats compared the plan to the rise of electricity access … Continue Reading

September 18, 2017

Manchin touts new broadband measure | Huntington Herald Dispatch

by Taylor Stuck

HUNTINGTON - Southern West Virginia should begin seeing better broadband connectivity as early as next year, said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. In August, the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward with Mobility Fund II, which will provide $4.53 billion of federal support over the next 10 years to expand mobile broadband coverage to rural America. This included a new data collection that incorporates requirements of Manchin's Rural Wireless Access Act, which the senator … Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

Lincoln County native gets Purple Heart for Pearl Harbor wounds | Charleston Gazette Mail

A Lincoln County native who was wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor finally has received his Purple Heart medal. Wetzel "Sunrise" Sanders, 94, of Midkiff, authorized U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's office to help him get the long-overdue medal late last year. Sanders received shrapnel in his right knee while helping to repel the Japanese attack on the Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, which catapulted the United States into World War II. Sanders remains a fixture at the annual Pearl … Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Senator Manchin introduces bill to get lost education funding back | Charleston Gazette-Mail

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is introducing a bill which would could help two West Virginia universities access federal dollars they lost out on because of small mistakes on their applications, according to a news release. Manchin's bill, "Defending Education Opportunities for West Virginia Students Act," would allow the U.S. Education Secretary to review applications for TRIO funding, even if colleges had minor budgeting errors on their applications. The U.S. Department of Education … Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

A West Virginia Day of remembrance and thanks | Montgomery Herald

Every June 20th, West Virginians come together to celebrate the day our beloved Mountain State became our country's 35th state. It's a day that unites all of us because of our shared history and proud traditions. West Virginians share a deep sense of pride for what it means to call this place home. And this year, we are especially proud as our state turns 154, and as we look back on the year that has passed since devastating floods tested - but did not defeat - our spirit and strength. The … Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Joe Manchin: Republican ACA repeal will hurt West Virginians | Charleston Gazette-Mail

Last month, the House of Representatives passed a health care bill after only one legislative hearing, without knowing how much the proposal would cost the American people, without knowing how many people would lose their insurance coverage, and without any feedback from Democrats in the House. We now know that this bill will deliver $661 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans while cutting critically important health care services for the poorest among us. This is unacceptable, … Continue Reading

June 18, 2017

Check-up reveals major problems: The health of West Virginia truly in crisis | Exponent Telegram

It might be easy to lose sight of this amid a state with a plethora of other problems, but West Virginia has a crisis in health. Gov. Jim Justice ran his campaign last year by rallying West Virginians around a common disillusionment with a penchant for finishing last in measures of national success. And though West Virginia isn't in last place, many would likely find it disconcerting to know the state ranks 48th in mortality rate, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and … Continue Reading

June 18, 2017

Black lung clinics Support vital for retired miners | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

For more than a century, thousands of coal miners in the two Virginias have labored deep underground to help power our nation. Those same brave workers often risked injury and death to help fuel and protect our country. Unfortunately, many of these retired coal miners are now suffering from black lung disease, a debilitating, potentially fatal illness caused by long-term exposure to coal dust. They are in need of the best medical care possible. That's why we welcome the efforts of a group of … Continue Reading

June 16, 2017

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin: $36B Investment Possible with Ethane Hub | Wheeling Intelligencer

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin represents West Virginia, but he'll gladly share $36 billion worth of potential capital investment with Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky - which could become reality if any of these states can land an ethane storage hub. While meeting with numerous Upper Ohio Valley public officials and industry leaders Friday at the City-County Building in Wheeling, Manchin, D-W.Va., discussed both legislation he recently introduced to help make the ethane storage hub a reality, as well … Continue Reading

June 16, 2017

Manchin: Dept. of Education to reconsider WVU, WVSU funding requests | Charleston Gazette-Mail

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., says Education Secretary Betsy DeVos assured him her department is reconsidering the issue concerning funding requests from two West Virginia colleges that made small mistakes on their applications. The schools, West Virginia University and West Virginia State University, both recently learned they lost out on hundreds of thousands of federal dollars because of errors on their applications to the U.S. Department of Education, the federal department that oversees the … Continue Reading

June 08, 2017

EDITORIAL: Highest possible level of funding for black lung clinics should be approved | Times West Virginian

The nation's coal miners suffering from black lung disease need the best care possible. An effort is underway to help ensure that goal is met - that those suffering from the disease get the medical care they need and the essential benefits they have earned. Black lung disease is a debilitating, potentially fatal disease caused by long-term exposure to coal dust and impacts thousands of individuals who have played a major role in the energy economy of the United States. A group of U.S. … Continue Reading

June 07, 2017

Senators call for highest level of funding for black lung clinics | Beckley Register Herald

by Wendy Holdren

A group of U.S. Senators, including Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has requested the highest level of funding - $10 million - in Fiscal Year 2018 to support black lung health clinics. Black lung disease, a debilitating, potentially fatal disease caused by long-term exposure to coal dust, impacts thousands of individuals who have played a major role in energy economy. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and … Continue Reading

May 13, 2017

Manchin meets with UMWA in Beckley to discuss pension legislation | Beckley Register Herald

by Wendy Holdren

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., shook the hands and slapped the backs of the retired miners gathered Friday at the UMWA office in Beckley. "We're going to get it done," Manchin said of their pensions as he made his way through the crowd. "We're halfway there." Congress reached an agreement earlier this month creating a permanent solution to fund health care benefits for retired miners' and their widows, as promised to them in 1946 with the Krug-Lewis agreement. "We had to fight for five … Continue Reading

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