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April 01, 2017

Sunday Perspective: Behind each opioid death statistic | Charleston Gazette Mail

On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Joe Manchin read a grieving letter from a West Virginia couple outlining years of struggle in a doomed attempt to save their son from opioid addiction. Renee and Criss Fisher wrote that their tall son Nick had a happy boyhood and became a basketball star. His high school team won a 2011 state championship, then he played for Glenville State College. He fell in love with a girl and they soon had a son. She was prescribed pain-killers after childbirth - … Continue Reading

March 10, 2017

LifeBOAT Act | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Measure merits congressional support Eleven lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have reintroduced the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT Act), an important measure that would establish a permanent funding stream to provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment. "A major barrier that those suffering from opioid addiction face is insufficient access to substance abuse treatment," Manchin said last week. "These are people who have recognized that … Continue Reading

March 06, 2017

Manchin introduces Vet Connect act to reduce opioid abuse among veterans | WDTV

Washington, D.C. (WDTV) - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Vet Connect Act of 2017, which would streamline health records sharing between the Department of Veterans Affairs and community healthcare providers, on Monday. Under current law, veterans being treated for drug abuse, alcoholism or alcohol abuse, infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or sickle cell anemia must provide written consent to the VA in order to share their health records with their community … Continue Reading

December 02, 2016

Manchin ready to keep Congress in session if there’s no vote on Miners Protection Act | MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he'll do what he has to do procedurally to keep Congress in session until Christmas if the provisions of the Miners Protection Act aren't included in a bill to continue the funding of the federal government. Manchin and fellow U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito have been pushing a financial fix for the program that has guaranteed funding of union miners' pensions and lifetime health care since the 1940's. The provisions of the Miners Protection … Continue Reading

December 02, 2016

Manchin in the middle | Washington Examiner

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Joe Manchin said not a day goes by that someone doesn't ask him if he wants to switch from Democrat to Republican. Every day? "Every day," he answers. From colleagues in Washington to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the senior U.S. senator from the Mountaineer State is persistently but politely nudged to make the leap. Has he ever considered it? "Not one day," he said. "I am not far Right, and I am not far Left. I am a proud West Virginia … Continue Reading

October 12, 2016

Sen. Manchin speaks to PCHS juniors and seniors | The Inter-Mountain

FRANKLIN - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin,D-W.Va. told Pendleton County High School juniors and seniors Thursday that their generation is the hope of the world. "You are an elite class in the world today with more opportunities that anyone else. You are the luckiest young people on earth; I hope you take advantage of it," Manchin said. Manchin emphasized education and nonuse of opiates. He discussed his ability to make appointments to the service academies which could provide a great education as … Continue Reading

July 29, 2016

Manchin says flood victims have not been forgotten | Beckley Register-Herald

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin Thursday visited portions of Greenbrier County devastated by heavy June 23 floods. The site tours were part of a two-day trip were he met with local and federal officials to assess and discuss ways to help flood victims return to their normal lives and develop projects that could help prevent future floods in the face of "biblical" rains, Manchin said. As approximately 30 children finished their lunches, Manchin arrived at the White Sulphur … Continue Reading

July 19, 2016

Tomblin and Manchin catch the first Uber ride in West Virginia | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Uber rides are now available in the state of West Virginia. On Monday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin were the first passengers in the state to catch a ride in Charleston. "I'm real excited and pleased to be riding with my senior Senator," Tomblin said with laugh. "I have my app. See?" Manchin said as he showed reporters his request for a ride through Uber's mobile app. Tomblin and Manchin took a ride from Capitol Market to the state … Continue Reading

June 17, 2016

Manchin donates flags to Martinsburg Little League in honor on Flag Day | Martinsburg Journal

MARTINSBURG - In honor of Flag Day, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., donated several flags across the state on Tuesday, and one of the recipients was the Martinsburg Little League. "Every day, schoolchildren, Scouts, veterans, community leaders - in fact, Americans all across this great land - pledge their allegiance to the Stars and Stripes,"Manchin said in a press release. Keith McIntosh, state projects coordinator and representative for Manchin, presented Dr. Bill Queen, president of the … Continue Reading

June 17, 2016

Sen. Manchin includes Skana Aluminum in regional tour | The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG - Sen. Joe Manchin made five stops in North Central West Virginia on Friday to discuss important issues with businesses and community organizations. Manchin's Harrison County stop was Skana Aluminum Co., formerly Precision Coil. "I've known this facility for quite some time," he said. "I've known it when it was up, and I've known it when it was down and out. To see it come back and now have 56 good jobs and 56 families depending on it is really something." Though … Continue Reading

June 02, 2016

Miner benefits: Action needed on critical measure | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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A group of 27 lawmakers are correctly urging Congress to vote on the Miners Protection Act before they leave Washington for the summer recess. The proposed legislation would address the impending loss of health and pension benefits for thousands of our coal miners, as well as the looming multi-employer pension crisis facing hundreds of thousands of other working Americans. The Miners Protection Act, if approved by Congress, would specifically protect both the health care and pension benefits … Continue Reading

May 25, 2016

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin Wants Opioid Tax for Treatment Programs | Wheeling Intelligencer

by Alec Berry & Casey Junkins

WHEELING - Sen. Joe Manchin introduced legislation Tuesday that would impose a 1-cent tax on each milligram of active opioid ingredient sold as prescription pain medication, as he believes this would generate up to $2 billion annually to combat substance abuse. Manchin joined several Senate colleagues to introduce the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act, which supporters are referring to as the "LifeBOAT Act." The legislation endeavors to curb abuse of opioids - including … Continue Reading

May 25, 2016

Manchin's Act turns pennies into gold | Beckley Register Herald

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There is a pit bull terrier hounding the opioid drug overdose epidemic in this country and his name is Joe Manchin. Luckily for us here in West Virginia, he is our U.S. senator. Manchin, who has studied the issue as closely as any politician in DC, is now pushing something called the LifeBOAT (Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment) Act, which establishes a penny fee on each milligram of active opioid ingredient in a prescription pain pill. The tax would be used to provide and expand access … Continue Reading

May 09, 2016

Not giving up on southern WV | Charleston Gazette-Mail

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has been pushing and promoting a series of job fairs around the state. The fourth was in Logan on Friday, where a long trail of cars wound their way to Chief Logan Lodge, and hundreds of people gathered to learn about opportunities with about 135 employers. Among the employers were Amazon, Toyota, Gestamp, Constellium Rolled Products, Frontier, healthcare companies and several branches of the U.S. military. As staff writer Andrew Brown recounted, people who have been … Continue Reading

April 23, 2016

Pickens Students Skype with Sen. Manchin | Elkins Inter Mountain

by Brooke Binns

PICKENS - Students at Pickens School were able to participate in a live, online chat with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III. Students in grades six through 12 participated in the Skype chat with Manchin, and were able to ask questions about various current policy issues. In a press release Senator Manchin said, "The students asked excellent questions, and we had a dynamic conversation about taxes, our nation's debt and how I'm working to create jobs in West Virginia. I always look forward to my … Continue Reading

April 21, 2016

Manchin hoping for success with more focused mine safety bill | Charleston Gazette-Mail

by Ken Ward Jr.

Sen. Joe Manchin is working on a more narrow mine safety bill that would focus only on increasing the prison time and fines for anyone convicted of criminal safety and health violations like those involved in the case against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Manchin, D-W.Va., said that he still supports the passage of the entire Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Act that he co-sponsored, but that he's trying to find a way around "congressional gridlock" that he says has hampered that bill's … Continue Reading

April 14, 2016

Manchin Skypes with students | The Journal

by Katiann Marshall

CHARLES TOWN-Washington High School's Careers of Education class Skyped with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. on Wednesday morning. The Careers of Education class at the school is for any student who is interested in any aspect of a career in education, such as administration, counseling, teaching, etc. Seniors Kristin Williams, Kylee Cook, Kristy Rodgers, Carmen Rodgers, Kayla Barnes, Haelly Ramirez and Jacob Shuff, along with juniors Brooke Smoot and Allison Schwartz, were the nine students who … Continue Reading

April 13, 2016

Manchin to introduce new legislation following Jessie Grubb death | WV Metro News

by Carrie Hodousek

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he plans to introduce new legislation called "Jessie's Law" in connection to the death of Jessica Grubb, of Charleston, who died last month after a seven year battle of heroin addiction. Grubb, 30, who was clean for six months, died Mar. 2 in Michigan after being given pain killers following a hip surgery. The cause of her death is unknown pending an autopsy. Doctors claim they were unaware of her drug addiction and gave her 50 OxyContin … Continue Reading

April 07, 2016

Manchin speaks via Skype with Harman Students | Elkins Inter Mountain

by By Chris Lee

HARMAN - Students at Harman School communicated with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., via video-conference Wednesday, as part of the senator's weekly session with high school and college students around the state. Manchin answered five questions formulated by the students, which delved into state and national policy issues such as the future of coal, the development of Corridor H and medical marijuana reform. He also touched on local issues, such as Harman School obtaining SBA funds to … Continue Reading

March 22, 2016

Manchin, VA hospital staff discuss drug abuse among vets | The Exponent Telegram

by Jim Davis

CLARKSBURG - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met Monday with staff at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center about drug abuse among military veterans. The discussion focused on prescription pain relievers that can become addictive, Manchin told reporters after the meeting at the Clarksburg hospital. "The big concern we have is the amount of narcotics and opiates on the market today, and they're everywhere," Manchin said. "A lot of our veterans come back (from the service) with … Continue Reading

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