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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

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

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