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October 12, 2013

Real Money Is in Drug Policy | Wheeling Intelligencer

by Mike Myer

Drug pushers can make big money, but for most of them, $25,000 in a single transaction is the stuff of dreams. Maybe they ought to get into a different line of work - holding meetings to discuss how the government can curb drug abuse. It happens. According to a published report, the Food and Drug Administration is working with two academic researchers to develop new rules for prescription painkillers. The researchers set up panel discussions on the subject. Pharmaceutical companies wishing to … Continue Reading


October 12, 2013

Manchin working to end shutdown | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Brett Dunlap

WASHINGTON - A U.S. senator from West Virginia who helped put together a compromise plan to get the U.S. government operational and end the federal shutdown is hopeful the plan will be considered by the Senate leadership. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., held a telephone press conference with reporters from the state Monday afternoon to discuss the bipartisan agreement with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and 10 additional senators, equally divided among Democrats and Republicans, resulting from two … Continue Reading


October 10, 2013

Manchin calls for the “craziness” to end | MetroNews

by Jennifer Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he believes Congress will come together before the October 17th debt ceiling deadline. "I'll go on record. There's not going to be a default," said Manchin. "I believe the adults will start acting like adults and start speaking to each other about adult situations. I really believe that." Manchin may be one of the few in Washington taking a positive outlook on the looming deadline these days. But he said it won't happen unless cooler heads … Continue Reading


October 10, 2013

Blocking anti-coal FERC nominees | Williamson Daily News

Politics may be the art of compromise, but there has been precious little of it from President Barack Obama. That is why West Virginians, Ohioans and others who understand the importance of coal-fired power plants should temper any celebrations of a political defeat the president suffered this week. Obama had nominated Ron Binz, a Coloradan with a strong anti-coal record, to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Binz withdrew his name from consideration last week, after it became … Continue Reading


October 09, 2013

As shutdown continues, charity group Fisher House offers to pick up slack for death benefits for fallen troops' families | CNN

by Jake Tapper

In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel obtained by CNN, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, shares the news that Fisher House Foundation has stepped in and offered an advance grant to families of the fallen during the government shutdown, "to ensure there is no funding gap during the most difficult of times, with the understanding that reimbursements would be made at an appropriate time." The Pentagon has said it cannot pay death benefits to families of troops killed in Afghanistan. This … Continue Reading


October 06, 2013

Manchin, Kopp defend coal industry | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Bill Archer

BECKLEY - Although U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III and Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp were at the Tamarack Conference Center to recognize achievement, they unleashed a no-holds-barred, unbridled salvo on the federal bureaucracy's efforts to hamstring the state's coal industry. "When you look at the source of this state's strength, Marshall University has relied heavily on the coal industry," Kopp said. "Many of the coal miners of our state send their sons and daughters to Marshall … Continue Reading


October 05, 2013

Leaders send letters urging pay for the military | Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

Sen. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, and 48 other bipartisan senators, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, all D-W.Va., sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter Friday to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging that the National Guard and Reserves, and the civilians who support our troops, receive pay during the government shutdown. Even though the "Pay Our Military Act" was quickly signed into law before the government shutdown to make sure all military personnel receive pay, there have been … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin wants Obamacare’s individual mandate delayed | Charleston Daily Mail

by Zack Harold,

Sen. Joe Manchin said he opposes the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, a section of the law requiring all U.S. citizens have health insurance coverage, but would not support a government shut-down to see the mandate abolished or delayed. Manchin's press office released the following statement Thursday afternoon: "I have always opposed the individual mandate, and I continue to have concerns with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the cost and choices West Virginians will … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin wants Obamacare’s individual mandate delayed | Charleston Daily Mail

by Zack Harold

Sen. Joe Manchin said he opposes the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, a section of the law requiring all U.S. citizens have health insurance coverage, but would not support a government shut-down to see the mandate abolished or delayed. Manchin's press office released the following statement Thursday afternoon: "I have always opposed the individual mandate, and I continue to have concerns with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the cost and choices West Virginians will … Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

Manchin: White House position on coal is disappointing | State Journal

by Jim Ross

The fact that the Environmental Protection Agency wants to put sharp restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants is not surprising. But Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said it is disappointing. And he knows who is giving the EPA its orders. "Make no mistake about it. This comes directly from the White House - the president and his staff," Manchin said in an interview with The State Journal. Manchin said he respectfully disagrees with the president's energy policy when … Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

Manchin ‘no’ vote may sink nominee | Charleston Daily Mail

by Zack Harold

Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday he will vote against President Barack Obama's nominee for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman. Speaking to reporters during a conference call Wednesday afternoon, Manchin said nominee Ron Binz's track record as head of Colorado Public Utilities shows he would focus too much of the nation's energy load on renewable resources. Manchin said that is not feasible. "That's a serious problem for me, being a realist," he said. "I don't believe it's the right … Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

Manchin wants ‘complete evaluation’ of Navy Yard tragedy | Beckley Register Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

BECKLEY - How did a lone gunman manage to tote a shotgun inside the Washington Navy Yard and open fire, leaving a carnage that shocked a nation anew, prompting Sen. Joe Manchin and others to demand a full accounting. Manchin not only wants answers behind the security collapse at the besieged Navy Yard in the nation's capital, but is demanding to know just how safe are all military installations. In fact, the West Virginia senator said Wednesday the Senate Armed Forces Committee, on which he … Continue Reading


September 10, 2013

Manchin Plan Better Than War | Wheeling Intelligencer

by Editorial

Members of Congress should join Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in giving peace a chance this week. It appears they have a genuine opportunity to do so. Manchin decided last week to vote against President Barack Obama's request for authorization to launch a military strike against Syria, in retaliation for that country's use of chemical weapons against its own people. At the time, the Mountain State senator said he did not believe other options had been exhausted. But Manchin did more than … Continue Reading


September 10, 2013

Manchin repeats stance on strike| Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

Citing no imminent threat to America, Sen. Joe Manchin, DW. Va., on Monday reiterated his opposition to White House proposals to get involved in Syria in the immediate future. "Being a superpower means more than just using super military might. It means super diplomacy, super humanitarian aid and super restraint," Manchin said during a Monday morning telephone news conference. "After over a decade of war, trillions of dollars spent and over 7,000 American lives lost in the Middle East, I … Continue Reading


September 08, 2013

Manchin Right To Oppose Attack | Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register

by Editorial

By last Thursday, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had heard enough about President Barack Obama's plan for a military attack on Syria - and what the Mountain State lawmaker heard worried him. Manchin revealed Thursday he will not vote to authorize use of military force against Syria. His decision was made after attending the critical Senate hearings on the matter and seeking counsel from outside government. As Manchin put it, deciding whether to vote in favor of an attack "is one of the most … Continue Reading


September 04, 2013

Peabody-Patriot discussed at annual UMWA event | Logan Banner

by Ron Gregory

RACINE - A good-sized crowd in an off-election year turned out under sunny skies Monday, September 2, for the 75th Annual UMWA Labor Day Celebration at Racine. The United Mine Workers of America event regularly is the launching pad for candidates throughout the state and region. Although there is no major election in 2013, several potential candidates for 2014 were featured. Miners and retirees filled the bleachers and tent areas on the ground at John Slack Memorial Park. In addition to the … Continue Reading


September 03, 2013

Democrat asks constituents for Syria input via email, Twitter, Facebook | The Hill

by Pete Kasperowicz

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Tuesday asked residents of his home state for input on how he should vote on a resolution authorizing military action against Syria. "As I begin attending intelligence briefings and hearings concerning the ongoing situation in Syria, I want to hear from West Virginians on what, if any, military action should be taken," Manchin said on his website. "Your feedback is invaluable as Congress begins debate on this critical national security issue." Manchin asked West … Continue Reading


September 03, 2013

Manchin staffers tour Cliffs’ Pinnacle Mine | Logan Banner

by Debbie Rolen

Pineville - Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) announced today that it recently hosted a tour of its Pinnacle Mine for members of Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) staff. Pinnacle Mining Company, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. that produces metallurgical coal used in the steel making process. It is located in Wyoming County, WV. Sen. Manchin's chief of staff, Hayden Rogers and regional coordinator, Michael Browning, took part in the … Continue Reading


September 03, 2013

Workers rally at annual event | Charleston Daily Mail

by Matt Murphy

RACINE - Protection for Patriot Coal retirees was the prevailing topic at the United Mine Workers' annual Labor Day rally Sunday at John Slack Park in Racine. "Everybody is fighting this fight," Sen. Joe Manchin, DW. Va., told the crowd. Now in bankruptcy court, Patriot Coal was created in 2007 as a spin-off of Peabody Coal. While Patriot took only 11 percent of Peabody's assets, it took 42 percent of its liabilities. Patriot later acquired Magnum Coal, a spinoff of Arch Coal. Union leaders … Continue Reading


August 30, 2013

Manchin Wants Congress Back for Syria Debate | Roll Call

by Niels Lesniewski

Sen. Joe Manchin III is joining calls for Congress to return to debate intervention in Syria. The West Virginia Democrat made the comment in a statement issued after he participated in a secure briefing with White House officials about the use of chemical weapons by the regime of Bashar al-Assad. "I am deeply concerned by the use of chemical weapons in Syria against innocent people, but after over a decade of war in the Middle East, there needs to be compelling evidence that there is an … Continue Reading

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