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January 13, 2016

Manchin slams Obama on coal | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG - A West Virginia senator had advice for President Obama in the hours before the chief executive delivered his last State of the Union speech. Sen. Joe Manchin reminded Obama he was the president of all the 50 states. "Not just a select few," Manchin said. Manchin, the only Democrat in the West Virginia congressional delegation, spoke to reporters from West Virginia by telephone conference call prior to the president delivering his annual address Tuesday to a joint session of … Continue Reading

January 12, 2016

Sen. Joe Manchin says WV left behind by Obama | Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

In his preview of the State of the Union address, Sen. Joe Manchin said he believes President Obama has left West Virginia behind. "You have to be president of all 50 states," Manchin told reporters Tuesday. "You can't leave any of us behind." He said West Virginians have faced challenging times in the past few years, especially with "unobtainable" and "unreasonable" clean air standards handed down by the president. The regulations have forced dozens of mines to close, leaving hundreds of … Continue Reading

January 12, 2016

Manchin: Don’t Be Proud Of Budget | Wheeling Intelligencer


WHEELING - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said today, President Obama's looming budget debt is not a legacy to be proud of, and should be addressed sooner rather than later. "He will talk about the overall economy with over $19 trillion of debt. That's not a legacy to be proud of with no downward project to get rid of that debt," Manchin said during a press conference this morning. Manchin suggested Obama also will focus on job creation during his State of the Union address slated for … Continue Reading

January 10, 2016

Manchin emphasizes need for collaboration to expand energy sector; ways to clean up political process in Washington | Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by John G. Miller

CLARKSBURG - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he hopes state leaders will look at working with officials from Pennsylvania and Ohio to form a regional energy hub to take full advantage of each state's natural gas reserves. Manchin told The Exponent Telegram Editorial Board that he believes it will take a unified effort to give all three states ample opportunities to do their best for their residents. "Government shouldn't take the lead, but they should be an investor," Manchin said, … Continue Reading

January 10, 2016

A true statesman: Manchin’s across the aisle mentality needed in today’s political climate | Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Editorial

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has sometimes drawn the ire of both political parties because of his stances on various issues. Not known as a consistent party-line voter, Manchin has an independent sense of seeking out the best information before rendering his vote. Sometimes he votes with his Democratic Party; sometimes he shows a more conservative edge. But always he stands ready to explain his view and work toward compromise. And while that has led to some criticism, ultimately we … Continue Reading

January 08, 2016

Transportation improvements are the focus of Manchin’s visit | Times West Virginian

Everyone likes to be commended for what they do - for how their business is accepted by the general public. If one is in the Army and the general drops by, that person wants everything to be spotlessly clean. If one commands a public building and a?U.S. senator drops by, well, he wants the senator to think the best of his business. That's what happened Wednesday when U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., dropped by to see the Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority's new transfer station … Continue Reading

January 07, 2016

FMCTA shows pride in transfer station | Times West Virginian

by Michelle Dillon

FAIRMONT - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin visited Fairmont on Wednesday. Manchin, D-W.Va., stopped by the Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority's (FMCTA) newest transfer station at 401 Monroe St. He was invited by George Levitsky, certified community transit manager for the FMCTA. Also in attendance were state Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion; Delegate Tim Manchin, D-Marion; Delegate Linda Longstreth, D-Marion; Delegate Mike Caputo, D-Marion; and Robin Gomez, city manager of Fairmont. The 34th class … Continue Reading

January 07, 2016

Sen. Manchin stops at Lockheed Martin on statewide tour | Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram

CLARKSBURG - The Lockheed Martin plant in Clarksburg was one of Sen. Joe Manchin's stops this week on a tour to discuss current issues with West Virginia community and business leaders. Manchin visited the plant Wednesday, meeting with administration and employees to discuss the concerns, as well as the successes, of the business. "They're concerned about the military cutbacks, if you will, because of the monetary concerns we have in our country," Manchin said. The senator said the … Continue Reading

December 22, 2015

End Irrational Special Breaks | The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

by Editorial

Christmas came early for many special interests. Congress Claus loaded his sleigh with billions of dollars in tax breaks and delivered them last week. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., put it this way in a speech on the Senate floor: "I have never seen so many gifts and presents given out in one bill. ... We are giving out $680 billion in irresponsible tax break Christmas gifts to every special interest and corporation that asked for one." Manchin went on to list some of the beneficiaries: "We gave … Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Manchin working to improve long-term care access for state's veterans | Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Editorial

We've said many times - and we know many residents of North Central West Virginia agree - that more needs to be done to provide better health care options for our veterans. That's why we're encouraged that the U.S. Senate Veteran Affairs Committee has included several provisions touted by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, for consideration in upcoming legislation. While Congress won't take up the legislation until the new year, the committee's decision to … Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Manchin unhappy with tax cut measure | Charleston Gazette-Mail

by Joel Ebert

As Congress prepares to vote on a $1.1 trillion spending bill, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Thursday stressed his opposition to a tax cut measure valued at more than $600 billion. During a speech on the Senate floor, Manchin said, "Mr. President, I rise today to applaud my colleagues for being in the Christmas spirit. I have never seen so many gifts and presents given out in one bill." Manchin, along with Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Angus King, I-Maine - all former governors - expressed … Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Giving away cash to special interests | Charleston Gazette

by Editorial Board

Most Americans never heard of the tax-extender bill, but it's a coveted gold mine for special interests, who employ at least 1,350 Washington lobbyists just to obtain more goodies from it. Starting in the 1980s, Congress gave valuable "temporary" tax breaks to certain industries. Ever since, the "temporary" reductions have been extended, time after time, and new ones added. Now Congress again faces the giveaway - which means that other U.S. taxpayers must make up the lost revenue. During a … Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Manchin rips spending measure, vows a "no" vote against bill | Register-Herald

by Pamela Pritt

Sen. Joe Manchin vowed Thursday to vote against a spending bill that he says defeats the progress made over the last three years in decreasing the federal deficit. The bill, now in two measures in the House of Representatives, authorizes $1.1 billion to fund government operations and makes permanent certain tax credits and extends others for up to five years, costing the government another $680 billion. Manchin, D-W. Va., said he supports the omnibus bill that will fund the government, but … Continue Reading

December 10, 2015

Manchin speaks to Fairmont Senior students via Skype | Times West Virginian

by Kelsie VanderWijst

FAIRMONT - As part of the first global Skype-a-Thon, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is discussing current political issues with students throughout West Virginia. The goal of the Skype-a-Thon by Microsoft is to travel 1 million virtual miles. On Wednesday, Manchin "met" with Fairmont Senior High School students in AP U.S. History and AP Government classes to discuss current political issues via Skype, a popular videoconferencing website. Students asked questions on issues such as … Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Sen. Manchin After Blankenship Verdict: Safety Was Not Coal Boss' Priority | WV Metro News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The split verdict that convicted former Massey Energy boss Don Blankenship of conspiracy garnered national attention. On Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin was notified of the jury's decision Thursday while he was on the congressional floor. "My first reaction is I'm hoping some families get some closure. I know they were looking for closure. They need closure. I'm hoping some were able to receive that," Manchin said on MetroNews "Talkline" with Hoppy Kercheval. The … Continue Reading

December 01, 2015

Temporary VA Clinic to Open in Lewisburg | Charleston Gazette-Mail

by David Gutman

Greenbrier County will once again have a Veterans Administration health clinic after environmental problems closed the county's lone clinic for most of the last 18 months. The new, temporary clinic will be in Lewisburg and will be up and running by the end of December, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced Tuesday. The clinic will be located at the Rhema Christian Center, at 3584 Davis Stuart Road in Lewisburg, and will remain open until a permanent clinic is established, Manchin's office … Continue Reading

November 19, 2015

John Marshall High School Students Skype With Sen. Joe Manchin, Address the Future | The Wheeling Intelligencer


John Marshall High School students met with Sen. Joe Manchin via Skype Wednesday regarding issues they will face in coming years. AP Government students and members of John Marshall's Youth Leadership Association posed questions to Manchin, D-W.Va., with several concerns about education standards and how students can be expected to afford college in an economy where a college degree is becoming seemingly mandatory. Manchin's advice was to shop around for college programs, acquire scholarships … Continue Reading

November 12, 2015

Oopsy | Beckley Register-Herald

by Editorial

For months now, the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have ignored the cries of two dozen or more states avowing that the Clean Power Plant rules are too damaging on too many levels to be practically enacted. The rules force states to develop plans to dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 32 percent by 2030. EPA says this goal can be accomplished by reducing or eliminating coal-based energy generation. Because those cries are falling on deaf … Continue Reading

November 12, 2015

Sen. Joe Manchin Takes Fight to EPA Clean Air Regulators | The Intelligencer

WHEELING - Sen. Joe Manchin is not waiting for one of the Environmental Protection Agency's public hearings this week to oppose the Clean Power Plan, as he continues voicing objections directly to Administrator Gina McCarthy. Others can direct their comments to the EPA from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the William S. Moorehead Federal Building, 1000 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh. In the same location, there will be a second hearing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. However, Manchin, D-W.Va., continues … Continue Reading

October 29, 2015

Spring Mills Middle students Skype with Senator Manchin, Katiann Marshall | Martinsburg Journal

by Katiann Marshall

SPRING MILLS-Spring Mills Middle school students skyped with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Wednesday morning. Students throughout the school submitted a question that they wanted to ask Manchin and then school officials chose seven students to stand in front of the live-streaming camera and each ask their question. The students chosen were: sixth-graders Dei'Ja Taylor-Mallory, Zachary Chapman and Nolan Choiniere, seventh-graders Nina Salujah and Julia Chapman, and eighth-graders Gabby … Continue Reading

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