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April 29, 2015

Focus on Improved Safety in Coal Mines | The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

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Laws put in place to protect coal miners do little good without full enforcement. In fact, despite progress - and an ever-growing list of regulations, more than 500 miners have been killed over the past decades. And, according to a fact sheet that accompanied legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., "Tools the Mine Safety and Health Administration could use to hold rogue mine operators like (Massey Energy Co.) accountable were ineffective." Building on … Continue Reading

April 22, 2015

Manchin made the right decision for W.Va. | Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

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Some may have been surprised when Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced Sunday he would seek reelection in 2018. After all, Democrats had been touting the possible return of Manchin to the governor's mansion as a way to stem the Republican tidal wave that swept the GOP to control of both state legislative chambers, as well as four of five national congressional seats. Manchin, himself, had made no secret he was considering a return to Charleston, even paying for a poll that showed he was the … Continue Reading

April 22, 2015

Manchin decision to stay in Senate good for state, nation | Preston County News and Journal

by John Dahlia, Editorial

The biggest guessing game in West Virginia politics has finally come to a screeching halt. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. on Sunday announced his decision to continue serving in the nation's capital and not run for governor in 2016. On the CBS Sunday morning news program, "Face the Nation," Manchin told host Bob Schieffer, "I'm going to stay and I'll run for re-election." Speculation on the current senator and former governor's run had created an almost frenzied reaction from many political … Continue Reading

April 21, 2015

Manchin decision to stay in Senate the right one | Charleston Daily Mail

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Sen. Joe Manchin's Sunday announcement that he would not return to West Virginia and seek a third term as governor was a relief to other potential candidates, and to West Virginia taxpayers. The Democrat had been toying with the idea of vacating his Senate seat. A recent poll showed Manchin had the edge in a hypothetical matchup against Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. But Manchin announced on CBS This Morning his intentions of staying out of the 2016 election cycle. Since he arrived on … Continue Reading

April 20, 2015

Manchin Helps W.Va. in the Senate | The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register

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The U.S. Senate has been called the world's most exclusive club. Most of its members seem to feel keenly the distinction voters have granted them, along with the enormous power of the Senate. Full acceptance by other senators is not automatic, however. New members must earn respect. Within the Senate, additional demands are made by Democrat and Republican loyalties. For some time, even as he was doing excellent work for our state, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., did not seem to quite fit in … Continue Reading

April 17, 2015

After clinic closure, Manchin asks for help for Greenbrier veterans | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

A Veterans Administration mobile unit from Bluefield may be coming to help veterans who usually receive their medical help and treatment from the VA clinic in Maxwelton in Greenbrier County. The Maxwelton Clinic was temporarily closed on April 13, for the third time in less than a year, after air quality tests found elevated levels of formaldehyde in the air. "We have just sent a letter to [the Bluefield mobile clinic], mentioning that people in Greenbrier County have a long way to go now," … Continue Reading

April 10, 2015

Sen. Manchin presents historical society with war-time replica flags | Times West Virginian

by Emily Gallagher

FAIRMONT - After years of wanting two historic flags for its collection, the Marion County Historical Society was presented the items by a U.S. senator. On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., presented the historical society with two small flags the society has been waiting for. Although the flags were simple - one with a single gold star and one with several blue stars - they held a special meaning. Dora Grubb, the president of the historical society, said in World War II, … Continue Reading

April 10, 2015

Manchin talks with veterans | Dominion Post

by David Beard

MORGANTOWN - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., hosted a roundtable of West Virginia veterans Thursday afternoon, April 9, at WVU's Erickson Alumni Center. About 40 veterans and a few spouses attended the closed-door session to share their views on veterans' physical and mental health issues. They ranged in rank from private to general, from service in the Mideast to service in Vietnam. Attendees talked about care at VA hospitals, drug abuse, homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder, … Continue Reading

April 10, 2015

Manchin visits Aerospace Education Center | Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Jeremiah Shelor

BRIDGEPORT - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., visited the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center in Bridgeport Thursday to hear concerns from local officials and to share the latest issues being debated on Capitol Hill. Officials representing industry, education and government were all gathered in a classroom inside the education center to discuss a range of issues affecting the region and the state. After meeting with officials, Manchin talked about some of North Central West … Continue Reading

April 08, 2015

Senator Manchin targets prescription drug epidemic | Charleston Gazette

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, was in Charleston Tuesday to tour the 2015 St. Jude's Dream Home being constructed at Rockcrest Pointe, in South Charleston. Earlier Tuesday, Manchin told the Gazette officials should go after physicians who overprescribe medication.Manchin toured the 2015 St. Jude's Dream Home after buying the first $100 raffle ticket Tuesday. It is being built at Rockcrest Pointe.At a national drug summit today, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., plans to unveil proposed legislation that … Continue Reading

March 27, 2015

Get Railroads Back on Track | Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register

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For many years, energy conservation campaigns have been considered very "green" - that is, good for the environment. Yet the United States may be missing the train, literally, in an important way of reducing energy use. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., recognize that in a bill they are sponsoring. It would promote new investments in railroads. As Manchin points out, the federal permitting process for highway projects was streamlined in 2012, to get more of them out of the … Continue Reading

March 25, 2015

Manchin among senators urging tighter safety rules for rail tankers | Register Herald

Following a number of train derailments hauling crude oil, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was among 21 senators who sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday supporting funding for a program aimed at improving coordination between various agencies with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The proposed program would consolidate the regulatory units within each agency to allow the Secretary of Transportation to develop uniform safety standards for the transportation of … Continue Reading

March 23, 2015

Senators Offer Bill to Help Homeless Vets | The Hill

Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have introduced legislation that aims to cut down on homelessness among veterans, as the Veterans Affairs Department scrambles to meet a year-end goal. There are nearly 50,000 homeless veterans in the United States. The VA pledged in 2010 to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. Since then, they've decreased veteran homelessness by 33 percent. The senators' Homeless Veterans Prevention Act would allow children of homeless … Continue Reading

March 20, 2015

Manchin talks to TVHS via Internet | Elkins Inter-Mountain

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Often politicians don't take into account the concerns of teenagers - perhaps because they're not old enough to vote. That's not a mistake Joe Manchin is willing to make, however. Sen. Manchin, D-W.Va., made time Wednesday for a long-distance meeting with the younger generation as he addressed concerns and questions from Tygarts Valley High School students. The senator fielded questions via Skype, a popular videoconferencing website, from a group comprised of juniors and seniors currently … Continue Reading

March 05, 2015

Manchin Correct To Oppose President | Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin was right to join a few fellow Democrats in voting against President Barack Obama on the proposed Keystone XL?Pipeline, even though they were involved in a losing cause. Obama had vetoed a bill intended to clear the way for the pipeline, which the White House has blocked for six years. That set up attempts to override his veto. Though 62 senators voted to do so Tuesday, their initiative fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overcome a veto. Most Democrats were … Continue Reading

March 04, 2015

Ensure Veterans Can Receive Care | Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register

One issue - doing right by veterans of military service - erases party lines, as far as many members of Congress are concerned. U.S. Sens. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are among those who feel that is appropriate. The two were among 42 senators signing a letter sent to Veterans' Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, in reference to the "Veterans Choice Card" program. Congress approved the program - along with about $10 billion to fund it - after hearing outrageous reports … Continue Reading

March 03, 2015

Manchin talks about career, Keystone and foreign affairs | Register Herald

In an exclusive interview with The Register-Herald last week, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said he hasn't yet decided if he will leave Congress to run for governor in 2016.Manchin said he misses West Virginia and has been upset with partisan politics in Washington, but the recent November election that handed both houses of Congress to Republicans has perhaps surprisingly put him in a "unique position." "The Senate is a different makeup now. The minority has as much, if not more, control than the … Continue Reading

March 03, 2015

Manchin: 'We've got to make it safer' | Register Herald

"I have no qualms asking for a full-fledged [Senate committee] investigation," he said, about the Powellton Hollow derailment, where 27 tankers hauling Bakken crude oil went off the rails Feb. 16. Currently, various federal agencies are conducting investigations. On Saturday, the Federal Railroad Administration started inspecting all the damaged tankers, recovering wreckage from the accident site, fully reviewing maintenance and inspecting records for rolling stock, signals and locomotives, … Continue Reading

March 03, 2015

Manchin: Name ship after ‘Woody’ Williams | Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT - In a letter sent to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., urged the Navy to name a ship after Hershel "Woody" Williams. Williams was born in Fairmont, in October of 1923, and is the last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima. According to the West Virginia Encyclopedia, Williams earned his Medal of Honor for heroism at the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945: "On Feb. 23, Williams neutralized seven concrete pillboxes from which came … Continue Reading

February 20, 2015

Manchin talks issues at airport | Huntington Herald Dispatch

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HUNTINGTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin made a stop at the Huntington Tri-State Airport on Thursday during a whirlwind trip through the state this week to speak about issues pertinent to West Virginia. The senator spoke on a variety of topics, touching on his stances on immigration, the war on terror, the Keystone Pipeline and the Environmental Protection Agency. Manchin said the Department of Homeland Security funding bill has become too politicized. "Some things we have to rise above," he … Continue Reading

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