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June 27, 2023

Federal officials say $1.2 billion high-speed internet rollout will reach everyone in West Virginia

by Brad McElhinny

Federal officials emphasize that the aim of $1.2 billion aimed at West Virginia for broadband expansion is to ensure that every nook and cranny of the mountainous, rural state is covered.  “Everyone. When we say everyone we mean everyone,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Monday in response to a MetroNews question about the ambition for coverage. West Virginia’s internet coverage is notoriously patchy. But Monday’s national announcement of a $42.5 … Continue Reading

June 15, 2023

Made in the U.S.A

by WVNews Staff

It is only fitting that on Flag Day, several of our U.S. senators introduced a bill that should already have been the law. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was joined by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Gary Peters, D-Mich., in introducing the bipartisan All-American Flag Act, which requires the federal government to exclusively purchase flags that are entirely produced and manufactured in the United States. “It’s plain and simple: The United States flag, which … Continue Reading

June 03, 2023

'This is the most valuable pipeline in America': Sen. Manchin visits Bridgeport, West Virginia, Mountain Valley Pipeline site

by Amelia Pearson

After passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is visiting worksites associated with the Mountain Valley Pipeline project throughout the state of West Virginia. Manchin, who spearheaded the effort to include MVP support in the legislation, said he is eager to see the pipeline up and running so West Virginia can experience an economic boom and an increase in jobs. On Saturday, Manchin visited Precision Pipeline in Bridgeport and discussed how passage of the Fiscal … Continue Reading

May 28, 2023

Manchin Gets Mountain Valley Pipeline Deal Into Debt Bill

by Jennifer Jacobs

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin slipped into the debt-limit deal a measure meant to accelerate a multi-billion-dollar natural gas pipeline that’s been repeatedly stalled on environmental concerns, according to people familiar with the matter. Manchin has tried for more than a year to secure a side deal for construction of the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, which cuts through the Democratic lawmaker’s home state of West Virginia. The project stalled after a federal court … Continue Reading

May 26, 2023

Form Energy breaks ground for Weirton and West Virginia

by Colin Rose

It’s the biggest manufacturing deal West Virginia has seen in decades—and it’s found a home in the Northern Panhandle. Form Energy officially started construction on their energy storage plant at the site of the former Weirton Steel mill. It will be called Form Factory 1…and its celebration Friday drew attention far beyond the Panhandle. The U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Senator Joe Manchin, and the state Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael all … Continue Reading

May 26, 2023

Manchin: Form Energy will help keep W.Va. as ‘energy powerhouse’

by Wheeling Intelligencer Staff

On Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin. D-W.Va. and chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined Form Energy Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mateo Jaramillo, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, West Virginia Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael and other Form Energy and West Virginia leaders at the groundbreaking for Form Energy’s new iron-air battery manufacturing plant in Weirton, West Virginia. Form Energy’s investment in West … Continue Reading

May 11, 2023

Title 42 ending: Manchin bashes Biden for border chaos, praises GOP 'leadership'

by Anna Giaritelli

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) bashed President Joe Biden for his handling of the border and praised House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) attempt to change policy and regain control of the crisis. Manchin spoke out in a statement shared with the Washington Examiner Thursday and depicted the Biden administration's two years of planning for this day as a failure that will be fully realized in the coming days. We are one day from the end of Title 42 and still the … Continue Reading

April 06, 2023

Manchin focused on energy issues

by Steven Allen Adams

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin believes the Inflation Reduction Act puts West Virginia in the ideal situation to offer both fossil fuel energy and clean energy solutions, and he is simply too busy making sure the IRA is properly implemented to worry about his political future. “I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for West Virginia,” Manchin said. “We are fertile ground to finding out what energy policies will work and not jeopardize our energy … Continue Reading

April 06, 2023

Permitting reform much needed

by Editorial

We applaud U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, who continue to represent West Virginians — and all Americans — well by working to strengthen this nation’s energy independence. Unfortunately, the senators’ efforts continue to run into obstacles put in place by the Biden administration, as well as by a process that allows far too many energy project challenges through regulatory and legal maneuvering. The latest example came Monday, as the 4th Circuit of … Continue Reading

March 27, 2023

Manchin, Barrasso Introduce Outdoor Recreation Act

by Staff

Legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., seeks to increase and improve access to outdoor recreational opportunities. Manchin joined U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., in introducing the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2023 (AORA). Originally introduced in the 117th Congress as the Outdoor Recreation Act, the bipartisan legislation would increase and improve outdoor recreation opportunities across the nation while improving infrastructure and driving economic … Continue Reading

March 27, 2023

Manchin, Barrasso introduce outdoor recreation act

by Bluefield Daily Telegraph Staff

Legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., seeks to increase and improve access to outdoor recreational opportunities. Manchin joined U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., in introducing the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2023 (AORA). Originally introduced in the 117th Congress as the Outdoor Recreation Act, the bipartisan legislation would increase and improve outdoor recreation opportunities across the nation while improving infrastructure and driving economic … Continue Reading

March 22, 2023

Manchin joins 21 GOP senators in push to ban China from World Bank loans

by Elizabeth Elkind

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and 21 Republican senators and are coalescing around a bill that aims to cut the Chinese government off from the World Bank’s lending program. GOP Conference Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced the legislation on Tuesday, one day after China’s president and leader of the ruling Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. That meeting sparked feasr that Beijing could soon use its considerable … Continue Reading

March 07, 2023

An American problem

by Editorial

On a day that the U.S. Senate continued the tradition of reading President George Washington’s farewell address, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., seized upon the moment to remind President Joe Biden and fellow lawmakers of some sage advice from Washington that has for too long fallen on deaf ears in Washington. “Washington warned of the dangers of putting the will of a political party ahead of the will of the nation. Washington warned against the accumulation of debt and encouraged … Continue Reading

February 24, 2023

Manchin visits Wood County Senior Citizens Association, Wincore

by Evan Bevins

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin visited Wood County Thursday to tout the benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act for senior citizens and businesses. “The administration has sold it as an environmental bill,” said Manchin, D-W.Va., before speaking at the Wood County Senior Citizens Association’s Senior Center on Green in Parkersburg. “It’s so much more than an environmental bill.” While the legislation includes about $375 billion over 10 years to encourage … Continue Reading

February 06, 2023

U.S. Department of Transportation approves Safe Streets Grant for Fayette-Raleigh Counties of the NRG Region

by Staff

Local leaders will be able to plan improvements in pedestrian, bicycle, and motorized safety in the gateway communities throughout Fayette and Raleigh counties of the New River Gorge, thanks to approval of a $199,200 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant. The Safe Streets and Roads for All proposal was submitted September 20, 2022, by the Fayette Raleigh Metropolitan Planning Organization. New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) assisted with the Safe Streets regional … Continue Reading

February 03, 2023

Free market, not ESG, should determine investments

by Editorial

We applaud the efforts of U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, as well as West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, in fighting a Biden Administration rule that will allow 401(k) managers to consider climate change and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when selecting investments. Both Manchin and Capito say the rule prioritizes politics over allowing for the best returns for Americans’ retirement investments. “At a time when our country … Continue Reading

February 01, 2023

All GOP senators, Manchin challenge Biden's ESG climate investment rule 'politicizing' Americans' 401(k)s

by Kelly Laco

Every Republican senator and Democrat Joe Manchin are introducing legislation that they hope will terminate the Biden administration's new environment, social and governance (ESG) rule, which they say "politicizes" the retirement savings for 152 million Americans.  The Biden administration's Department of Labor unveiled a rule in November, set to go into effect on Jan. 30, that allows retirement plan managers to factor environmental and social issues into investment … Continue Reading

February 01, 2023

Mon Forest to provide U.S. Capitol tree

by Edgar Kelley

The Monongahela National Forest was recently chosen to provide this year’s official Christmas Tree that will stand on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., during the 2023 holiday season. Each year a tree is selected from a different national forest across the United States and this will mark the first time since the 1970s that West Virginia and the Mon National Forest have been selected. Overall, this will mark the third time that a tree has been chosen from the … Continue Reading

December 22, 2022

Form Energy to invest nearly $800 million into battery manufacturing facility in Weirton, West Virginia

by Charles Young

Form Energy plans to invest nearly $800 million in the Weirton area, officials announced Thursday. The company, which manufactures “multi-day” renewable batteries, will locate a manufacturing facility on 55 acres of property along the Ohio River, said state Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael. The facility will “immediately” bring up to 750 jobs to “downtown Weirton,” said Gov. Jim Justice. The state offered Form Energy “a unique … Continue Reading

December 12, 2022

Capito, Manchin teaming with West Virginia Office of Broadband to challenge FCC maps

by Charles Young

U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin have teamed with the West Virginia Office of Broadband to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s recently released draft broadband coverage map. During a virtual informational session Monday, members of the senators’ staffs and representatives of state Office of Broadband encouraged residents to review the map and submit a challenge to any inaccurate information they find. State residents can search the FCC’s draft … Continue Reading

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