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January 31, 2016

Drug Epidemic: Reclassification Making a Difference | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

When the federal government finally took long-overdue action in late 2014 to reschedule the highly addictive hydrocodone-combination drugs from schedule III to schedule II narcotics, the hope at the time was that the change would play a significant role in curbing opioid abuse. And the change is helping, according to new report released last week. The study found that the number of opioid prescriptions in the nation has been reduced by 26.3 million, or 1.1 billion tablets, since the approval … Continue Reading


January 31, 2016

Prescription Overdose Study Sparks Outrage Among Lawmakers | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Greg Jordan

PRINCETON - A study showing how patients who survive overdoses on prescription medications only to be prescribed even more pills has sparked both outrage and calls for reforming the way physicians prescribe pain medications. A recent study published in the Annuals of Internal Medicine found that more than 90 percent of the 3,000 chronic pain patients included in the study who had survived an opioid related overdose between 2000 and 2012 kept receiving opioid medicines from their doctors. The … Continue Reading


January 31, 2016

Manchin Discusses Addiction Problems, Federal Concerns During Recent Visit | Times West Virginian

by Michelle Dillon

FAIRMONT - Sen. Joe Manchin visited the Marion County Day Report Center on Friday to talk about drug abuse in West Virginia. Manchin spoke with the director of the Day Report Center Ted Offutt, current participants in the program, and the staff of the day report center. Also in attendance was Circuit Court Judge Patrick N. Wilson. Manchin asked the FDA to change opiates from a Schedule III to a Schedule II substance, making it harder for patients to be prescribed them, Manchin said. The … Continue Reading


January 29, 2016

Railroad Merger: Federal Review Is Prudent Move | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Opposition to the possible merger between Norfolk Southern and Canadian Pacific, a move that could potentially impact hundreds of jobs in already hard-hit West Virginia, is growing. Talk of the possible merger also is creating additional concern in Bluefield where good jobs already are being lost by the crippling consolidation of Norfolk Southern's Bluefield-based Pocahontas Division with its existing Virginia Division in Roanoke. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is calling for a Senate … Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Manchin to students: ‘You’ve got to shovel your own snow’ | The East Liverpool Review

by STEPHEN HUBA

NEW MANCHESTER-Sounding by turns like a politician, a parent, a teacher and a job recruiter, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III told a group of Oak Glen High School seniors Wednesday that they shouldn't shun hard work. "Today, people give up too easily. When I was growing up, you could do pretty well with a high school education. You could get a job in a factory or a mine and be there your whole life," he said. "This is a different world. You probably will have four, five, six jobs in your … Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Railroad Merger Could Hurt West Virginia | Herald Dispatch

Officials representing West Virginia are right to sound the alarm over the Canadian Pacific railroad's attempts to acquire Norfolk Southern, one of the two major railroad companies serving West Virginia. The basis for their concern comes down to one thing - jobs - albeit from two perspectives. One aspect is the number of jobs that could be lost in the Mountain State if Canadian Pacific is successful in its takeover bid. The other is the potential impact on a project in Wayne County aimed … Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Send Coal Ash Bill To the White House | The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

Even Environmental Protection Agency officials backed away from a plan to establish job-killing new regulations on coal ash after U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., pointed out they were not needed. States could do a better job of managing coal ash rules, he noted. But that was years ago, and McKinley's proposal to give states that authority still has not become law. Though the measure has been approved by the House of Representatives, a threat by President Barack Obama to veto it has … Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Manchin to Filibuster Obama's Nominee for FDA Chief | Charleston Gazette-Mail

by Eric Eyre

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced plans Wednesday to filibuster President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, saying Obama's pick has close ties to the pharmaceutical industry and won't be tough enough against opioid painkillers. During a speech on the U.S. Senate floor, Manchin said the FDA needs a total overhaul, and Dr. Robert Califf, now second in command at the federal agency, won't make that happen. "I do not believe he is the leader we need to … Continue Reading


January 25, 2016

Manchin Legislation Stresses 'States-First' Approach in Coal Ash Disposal | WV Public Broadcasting

by Associated Press

Sen. Joe Manchin says legislation he's introducing would create an enforceable program for states to oversee the disposal of coal ash. The West Virginia Democrat has introduced the bill with a Republican Senate colleague. The proposal is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Coal ash is the residue from the burning of the fossil fuel to generate electricity. With tougher federal air pollution laws, many utilities are switching from coal … Continue Reading


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

by HEATHER ZIEGLER

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

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