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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

September 29, 2015

Camp Dawson Gold Star Family Weekend Kicked Off With Senator Joe Manchin, VA Secretary Robert McDonald | Preston Country News and Journal

by Theresa Marthey

KINGWOOD - U. S. Sen. Joe Manchin and U. S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald kicked off the Gold Star weekend at Camp Dawson on Friday afternoon with an address to the nearly 75 people of West Virginia's fallen military. "I loved being here in West Virginia today," McDonald said. "We flew all over the state, and it is beautiful. There is a lot of timber in West Virginia. "The people in this state are the most patriotic, and I had the privilege to see that today," McDonald … Continue Reading

September 25, 2015

Manchin, McDonald Talk About Drug Abuse, Health Care Access | Charleston Gazette-Mail

by Lydia Nuzum

On Friday morning, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald visited Charleston to talk about two major issues facing the country and state's military veterans - healthcare access and drug addiction, two often-connected problems that strongly affect West Virginia. Manchin, who in May helped launch a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. Senate to address prescription drug abuse, said Friday that although he believes the U.S. is strong in terms of economic reach and military … Continue Reading

September 08, 2015

Manchin Visits Area for Labor Day Celebrations | Martinsburg Journal

by Jenni Vincent

HARPERS FERRY - West Virginia's future - as well as its past contributions, especially in terms of workers - was never far from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's thoughts as he visited locally over the Labor Day weekend, attending events that highlighted local individuals' efforts to continue moving forward collectively. His visit began Sunday night with a reception honoring outstanding Civil Air Patrol cadets, young men and women he praised for their leadership skills. Monday morning included serving … Continue Reading

September 07, 2015

Manchin commits his support to Harpers Ferry fire recovery effort | Herald Mail

by Matthew Umstead

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - "Lower Town" Harpers Ferry building owner Doug Alexander told Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday that he is trying to be optimistic about being able to restore his historic property, but the extent of damage caused by the July 23 blaze might be too great. "The original building ... is 179-years-old," Alexander told Manchin, a Democrat, who visited the fire scene, which heavily damaged the Shepherdstown businessman's building at 109 Potomac St. and impacted the private property … Continue Reading

September 05, 2015

Manchin addresses a full house at old-fashioned town hall meeting Friday, Discussion ranged from education to the Iran Nuclear Deal | Preston County News and Journal

by Theresa Marthey

KINGWOOD - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd of nearly 500 people at the Craig Civic Center in Kingwood Friday. Manchin was the special guest as part of the Preston County News & Journal's first Old-Fashioned Town Hall Meeting. More than 100 history students from Preston High attended the event, as did many residents from around the county and as far as Wheeling to hear Sen. Manchin's thoughts on critical issues like the Iran nuclear … Continue Reading

August 21, 2015

Outrageous!: Don’t give OxyContin to children | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Just when you think things possibly can't get any worse in Washington, here comes an outrageous announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a bewildering and simply unacceptable decision, the FDA has now ruled that it is OK for children as young as 11 years of age to use OxyContin. Seriously? We are talking about OxyContin, the same highly addictive and powerful painkiller that led to a scourge of deadly prescription drug abuse here in the mountains of southern West Virginia … Continue Reading

August 12, 2015

Sen. Manchin Addresses Commissioners, Visits Ballpark | Dominion Post

by Ben Conley

MORGANTOWN - Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, didn't pull any punches Tuesday, Aug. 11, as he addressed the membership of the West Virginia County Commissioner's Association, gathered at the Morgantown Event Center for its annual conference and auditor's training. "We've got some tough decisions. We live in a troubled world, a very troubled world, and a divided country," Manchin said, explaining that county commissioners are "on the front lines. You're hearing it all. You're seeing it all - good, … Continue Reading

August 12, 2015

New FBI Facility in Clarksburg will Bring Biometric Research Together | Times West Virginian

by Angelee Wiley

CLARKSBURG - Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were ready to celebrate Tuesday as they gathered for a ribbon cutting at a new facility in Clarksburg. The Criminal Justice Information?Services (CJIS) hosted a dedication for the new Biometrics Technology Center that is 360,000 square feet. The facility will be home to several hundred FBI and Department of Defense employees. Construction on the building began in 2011. Stephen Morris, the assistant director for the FBI's … Continue Reading

August 10, 2015

Manchin Promotes Preventive Practices | Beckley Register-Herald

by Daniel Tyson

Sen. Joe Machin, D-W.Va., said the country's health care crisis is not insurmountable, but the current model is going at it wrong. "We have the greatest health care system in the word if you're broke ... But what we don't do very well is to teach you how not to be broke," he said. Speaking before about 20 people Sunday at The Dish Cafe in Daniels, Manchin said the country and West Virginia need to start focusing on preventive practices, instead of healing people after they get sick. The … Continue Reading

July 14, 2015

One Man’s Crusade to Make Congress Work Better | Republic 3.0

by Anne Kim

Earlier this spring, speculation was mounting that Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin would be leaving the Senate to run for his former job as governor of West Virginia. Polls showed Manchin to be a heavy favorite, were he to become a candidate in 2016. An April 2015 survey, for example, showed Manchin with a 66 percent approval rating in the state and a 30-point lead over state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the leading GOP candidate. But at the end of April, Manchin made a surprise … Continue Reading

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