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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


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, https://www.manchin.senate.gov/help-from-joe/jobs, 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

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