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February 19, 2015

Manchin talks of suicide prevention push for vets at VA | Beckley Register-Herald

by Sarah Plummer,

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin sat down Wednesday with veterans and administrators at the Beckley VA Medical Center to celebrate the passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act and talk about the local hospital's achievements and needs. The new act addresses suicide among veterans by requiring an evaluation of existing suicide prevention programs, creating a new website with mental health resources for veterans, improving resources and training for existing programs, and … Continue Reading

February 15, 2015

Mission accomplished: Victory for area veterans | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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Victory! After years of fighting for an actual brick and mortar veterans clinic for Mercer County, the resounding plea of our local war heroes has finally been answered by the Veterans Administration. A permanent VA clinic is coming to Mercer County. The mobile clinic that has served our region for the past year will be pulling out of Bluefield this summer as the doors to a new VA clinic are opened at 1511 North Walker Street in Princeton. The good news was confirmed Wednesday by U.S. Sen. … Continue Reading

February 12, 2015

Victory for Vets: New VA Clinic to Offer Primary Care in Mercer County | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

After years of work and waiting, eligible veterans in southern West Virginia will have access to primary medical care services at a new VA clinic in Mercer County. Beckley VA Medical Center Director Karin L. McGraw announced Wednesday that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs approved a VA clinic to be located at 1511 North Walker Street in Princeton. The Princeton VA Clinic will be an extension of the medical center and will offer access to primary care and telehealth services. "Beckley VA is … Continue Reading

February 12, 2015

Manchin Bill Targets Pedophiles Working in Schools | Charleston Daily Mail

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., are set to reintroduce legislation aimed at keeping sexual predators out of schools. The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predator Act would provide a mechanism for states to check the backgrounds of teachers, bus drivers and other school employees to ensure schools don't employ sexual predators. Since January 2014, more than 400 school employees nationwide have been arrested for sexual misconduct with children. Manchin and Toomey … Continue Reading

February 12, 2015

Toomey, Manchin team on bill that targets job-jumping predators | Pittsburgh Tribune

Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin want to make sure no school district can "pass the trash" again. The Pennsylvania Republican and West Virginia Democrat will reintroduce in the Senate on Thursday the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act, a bill intended to keep pedophiles out of schools and from moving undetected from state to state, a practice known as "passing the trash." The bill would require elementary and high schools that receive federal funding to conduct … Continue Reading

February 07, 2015

Manchin, students recall Storer’s past | Martinsburg Journal

by Mary Stortstrom

HARPERS FERRY - As the nation begins celebrating Black History Month in February, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin visited the former Storer College, co-located with the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park headquarters, to recognize the college's place in the early civil rights movement. According to Guinevere Roper, a ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Storer College opened near the close of the Civil War and the passage of the 13th Amendment. Roper said the school began through … Continue Reading

February 06, 2015

Military Spending Reforms Needed | The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

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Four U.S. senators who may be viewed by some as unlikely allies are sponsoring a bill that could be one small step toward a rational defense spending policy. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. has joined with Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; and Rand Paul, R-Ky., on the bill. While observers of the Washington scene may wonder how lawmakers with such diverse views got together, the secret may be in the fact that to greater or lesser extents, three of the four - Manchin, Cruz and Paul - are … Continue Reading

January 30, 2015

More must be done to reduce the illicit sale of pseudoephedrine | Times West Virginian

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Meth is a problem in West Virginia. And while the vast majority of the drug comes to the state through Mexico, small meth labs are being found throughout the state and even here in Marion County. It is a very dangerous drug to use, and its effect on the body is permanent and often deadly. And it's dangerous to make in laboratories, much less homes and garages where it is done right here in Marion County. It produces poison, making the structure where it was "cooked" uninhabitable until it is … Continue Reading

January 26, 2015

Senator Manchin Hosts Discussion | Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Dan Geohagan

DAVIS - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined community leaders, officials from the Canaan Valley Institute, the National Youth Science Foundation, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and other individuals Saturday for a tour of the Canaan Valley Institute facility and to host a round-table discussion on the possible transfer of the Canaan Valley Institute facility to the NYSF. The NYSF is interested in building a National Center for Youth Science Education. It would be used to … Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

Manchin Discusses Expectations, Energy Independence | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Brett Dunlap

WASHINGTON - The Democratic U.S. senator from West Virginia wants to move America toward energy independence and not relying so heavily on foreign oil. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke with reporters from around the state, via conference call, Tuesday morning. The call was initially to talk what he hoped would be a part of President Obama's State of the Union speech that evening, but the senator covered a wide variety of topics. The Senator's big concerns about the President's speech was he … Continue Reading

January 19, 2015

Ripley Student to Attend State of the Union | Charleston Daily Mail

by Marcus Constantino

Last Wednesday was just like any other day for Ripley High School senior Trevor Tucker. Until he got called to the office. "The principal was sitting there, so I was like 'oh, no, here we go,'" Tucker recalled. But Tucker wasn't in trouble. Principal William Hosaflook handed him a telephone, and on the other end of the line was an aide from Sen. Joe Manchin's office in Washington. "She said, 'Sen. Manchin doesn't have an escort to the State of the Union address with President (Barack) Obama … Continue Reading

January 11, 2015

Serving Our State Well in Washington | The Intelligencer

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While he was governor, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had a reputation for getting things done. He also had a talent for bringing political opponents together. Frustrated with the climate in Washington, D.C., Manchin recently described his time in the Senate as "the most unproductive of my working life." In answer to a reporter's question, he refused to promise to serve out his Senate term, which continues through 2018. By this summer, Manchin will decide whether to do that - or come home … Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Joe Manchin is Open for Legislative Business | Roll Call

by Humberto Sanchez

Sen. Joe Manchin III is ready to make a deal. "Always been," the moderate West Virginia Democrat said in an interview just off the Senate floor. Manchin - who famously shot up with a hunting rifle a Democratic bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions in an ad during his 2010 campaign - has made no secret about being frustrated by the gridlock that has paralyzed the Senate in recent years and he is looking forward to passing legislation. His declaration could make him the go-to Democrat for … Continue Reading

November 26, 2014

Union Mission provides Thanksgiving dinner for those in need | WV MetroNews

by Aaron Payne

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Volunteers gathered in Downtown Charleston to provide those in need an extra Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday. The Union Mission Crossroad Homeless Shelter was the site for the organization annual, starting about 24 years ago, event where hundreds were expect to come through. "We anticipate up to 500 people that will be served through out time together," Rex Whiteman, President and CEO of Union Mission said. "It's a tradition for us to help do it a day before … Continue Reading

November 25, 2014

Manchin visits Mineral County, presents computers to KMS | Mineral News-Tribune

by Liz Beavers

KEYSER - Sen. Joe Manchin hosted one of his "Coffee and Common Sense" town hall meetings at Castiglia's in Keyser Monday afternoon, speaking to the crowd about national security, the minimum wage, and the state of education, among other topics. The Senator opened his visit to Mineral County with a meeting at Rocket Center with employees of ATK and IBM, in addition to assorted public officials, including two county commissioners and three local mayors. He then traveled to Castiglia's, … Continue Reading

November 19, 2014

Manchin Backs State, Not Party | Wheeling Intelligencer

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is a staunch Democrat who believes in most of his party's principles. But he is a West Virginian first, committed to doing what is best for his fellow Mountain State residents. Manchin demonstrated that again a few days ago, when Senate Democrats met to elect a new minority leader. That necessity arose when voters throughout the nation sent enough Republicans to the Senate to make that party the majority. For most Senate Democrats, the decision was easy. Sen. Harry … Continue Reading

November 17, 2014

Manchin votes right on Senate leadership | Charleston Daily Mail

Obstructionist Harry Reid didn't deserve any senator's vote West Virginia's own Sen. Joe Manchin smartly and courageously made the right move in a procedural vote in a secret U.S. Senate caucus last week. The Democrat and former chairman of the Senate's 'no-labels' group challenged his party's majority and voted against Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., to be the Senate minority leader. "Today I cast my vote against the current Democrat leadership because the people of West Virginia spoke loud and … Continue Reading

November 08, 2014

Manchin stresses importance of education | Weirton Daily Times

by Summer Wallace-Minger

WEIRTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke to Weir High School students about the importance of education and several other national issues during an informal talk and discussion with student government leaders and the senior civics class. Ed Bowman, former Weirton mayor and state senator, introduced Manchin. Manchin spoke about a wide range of issues, from whether he would make a presidential run and his disagreements with President Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency to … Continue Reading

November 08, 2014

Eagle expansion shared with Manchin | Herald-Star

by Warren Scott

WELLSBURG - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was on hand Friday to congratulate the management and staff of Eagle Manufacturing on an upcoming major expansion and hear concerns from public officials and residents about various issues. Joe Eddy, president of Eagle Manufacturing, said new production innovation, expanded production capacity and overall expanded space will help the 120-year-old company to grow. He shared with Manchin and many area public officials and other guests news that the … Continue Reading

November 07, 2014

Manchin Policy About to Pay Off | Wheeling Intelligencer

Few Democrats had any reason to smile this week. By the hundreds throughout the country, they were thrown out of office. Here in West Virginia, their party lost control of both houses of the Legislature. In Washington, Republicans improved their majority in the House of Representatives and seized command of the Senate. So not many Democrats had any reason for optimism or cheerfulness this week. Except for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. No doubt Manchin was as perturbed as any Democrat at the … Continue Reading

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