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May 28, 2013

Manchin was essential to chemical proposal | Charleston Daily Mail

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was credited recently for rallying bipartisan support in the Senate for the first update of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. It appears to be an example of the careful policy setting work that the U.S. Senate should be doing. After all, a former governor like Manchin knows a thing or two about the importance of getting regulation right - and the economic impact on real people when regulators get it wrong. Under current law, the Environmental Protection … Continue Reading


May 24, 2013

New Alliance Emerges to Tighten Chemical Rules | New York Times

WASHINGTON - The first credible effort in years to revamp the nation's outmoded chemical safety law grew in part from the Senate's failure in April to enact a gun buyer background check bill. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat who is 89 and in ill health, traveled to Washington in April for the first time in two months to vote in favor of the gun bill, sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, and Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania. Mr. … Continue Reading


May 23, 2013

Manchin creates a deal ‘dynamic’ | Charleston Gazette

by Ken Ward Jr.

Lawmakers in Washington have reached agreement on a potential compromise to reform the way the nation regulates toxic chemicals, and Sen. Joe Manchin, DW. Va., is being credited with helping to forge the bipartisan deal. The bill would, for the first time, require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review the safety of all chemicals used in commerce. Currently, the federal Toxic Substances Control Act allows the vast majority of chemicals to remain on the market without any evidence … Continue Reading


May 20, 2013

Cortland Acres residents chat with Sen. Manchin online | Elkins Inter Mountain

Stanley "Champ" Sedmock, a 13-year resident of Cortland Acres, may not have to wait long for U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to take him up on his offer of a cup of coffee. "Hopefully I can stop by soon and visit with you in person," Manchin said via the online teleconference program Skype. "I'd love to be with you this morning. But since I'm not, this is the best way for me to talk with you about your concerns." Manchin, who owns a home and loves spending time in Canaan Valley, spoke with more than a … Continue Reading


May 08, 2013

Local Students Visit Senator Manchin in D.C. | WHAG

by Bejoy Joseph

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite the rainy weather, students from a local West Virginia college had a special day trip to our nation's capital on Tuesday touring the area and meeting their political officials. Mother nature could not put a damper on these students from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in the eastern panhandle, as they got a chance to visit Washington D.C. and sit down with Senator Joe Manchin as part of a government class field trip. "The beauty of being in the eastern … Continue Reading


May 04, 2013

Background checks | The Register-Herald

by Editorial Board

There has been a lot said lately about The Public Safety And Second Amendment Rights Protection Act. The amendment, authored by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., went down to defeat last month, falling short of passage in the Senate by a mere five votes. We've heard about it from the politicians. We've heard about it from the afternoon talk show hosts. We've heard about it from the evening newscasters. We've heard about it from the commentators on weekend news … Continue Reading


May 02, 2013

GUN CONTROL: ‘We are not giving up’ | Charleston Gazette

by Phil Kabler

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday he's pushing forward on legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers, saying he believes the facts and common sense ultimately will prevail. "We are not giving up," Manchin said. Legislation he co-sponsored with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., fell six votes short of the 60 needed for passage three weeks ago, although a no vote by Majority Leader Harry Reid was procedural, so that the bill could be reconsidered. Manchin told Gazette editors … Continue Reading


April 29, 2013

Joe Manchin inducted into Order of La Sila | Times West Virginian

by Mary Wade Burnside

CLARKSBURG - Whether he's waiting with the mothers of miners at the Sago mine to find out the fate of their loved ones or comforting parents of 6-year-olds killed by a gunman's fire, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin knows his response and his actions have been formed by those who came before him and raised him. "When I saw the mine tragedy at Sago, I will never forget that," Manchin said Sunday evening at Village Square Conference Center in Clarksburg as he was inducted into the Order of La Sila, … Continue Reading


April 23, 2013

Joe Manchin's Model for Red-State Democrats | Daily Beast

by Michael Tomasky

Last Friday I went to a small breakfast at Third Way where Joe Manchin was the speaker. This was just two days of course after the failed vote, so interest in his thoughts was keen, and I must say he didn't disappoint. I've sat and listened to a lot of senators, and I have to say Manchin was certainly above average in terms of candor and absence of the usual politician's fog. Why did he, a red-state senator who famously took a rifle to the climate bill, take this fight on in the first place? … Continue Reading


April 20, 2013

Manchin: Washington gun mess | Saturday Gazette-Mail

by Editorial

Although the U.S. Senate's attempt to reduce gun danger ended in a fiasco, West Virginians can be proud of their two senators - especially Joe Manchin, who moved past his pro-gun record and became a national leader for sensible safety rules. He stood tall. The state Council of Churches voted to thank Manchin publicly in behalf of all West Virginia churchgoers for "reaching across the aisle in seeking some resolution on the issue of gun violence." However, the final outcome was sad: Fifty … Continue Reading


April 18, 2013

Gun bill | Beckley Register Herald

by Editorial

Hopefully, Manchin's efforts will promote more dialogue on numerous fronts in D.C. It was a bold attempt, but it failed. Still, the issue must be faced. Maybe this was the start. Earlier this month, U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., introduced the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, a bill aimed to prevent convicted criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from purchasing guns, while not infringing on lawabiding gun owners' Second Amendment … Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Congress should approve Manchin-Toomey gun deal | Washington Post

by Washington Post Editorial Board

When he ran for the Senate in 2010, then-West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) released a campaign ad in which he loaded, aimed and fired a rifle, showing off his endorsement by the National Rifle Association (NRA) before shooting a hole through an unpopular bill. Now Mr. Manchin is one of the architects of a major new compromise on federal gun rules - approval of which is the least Congress can do following the country's spate of mass shootings. If everything goes according to plan, the Senate … Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin bridges gun-control divide to pave way for expanded laws | Washington Post

Before Wednesday, Sen. Joe Manchin III was not known for crafting complicated legislation. He was known for shooting it. That is not a metaphor. In 2010, Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, filmed a campaign ad that highlighted his outsider politics, his distance from President Obama, and his love of firearms, all in one memorable act of man-on-bill violence. He used a hunting rifle to blast a hole in a copy of Obama's favored "cap and trade" climate proposal. On Wednesday, Manchin was … Continue Reading


April 05, 2013

Manchin to youth: ‘Get involved’ | Times West Virginian

by Emily Gallagher

MORGANTOWN - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., finished his Common Sense Solutions Tour on Thursday. He toured the state all week to discuss the common-sense solutions that are needed to gain a stronger economy in West Virginia. Manchin closed out his tour in Morgantown on Thursday, first visiting MVB Bank in Sabraton for its ribbon-cutting ceremony, then going to Monongalia General Hospital for the grand opening of the Hazel Ruby McQuain Birth Center. Manchin said he hopes this tour will help get … Continue Reading


April 05, 2013

Work to save airport tower taking flight | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Jolene Craig

WILLIAMSTOWN -Working together to keep the local air traffic control tower open, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and airport officials are keeping communication open. "I am impressed Manchin did call and speak with the Department of Transportation," said Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport manager Terry Moore. "This really proves to me that he is a man of his word and I am happy to work with him." During a meeting at West Virginia University at Parkersburg on Wednesday for his "Commonsense … Continue Reading


April 04, 2013

Sen. Manchin visits to hear local concerns | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Brett Dunlap

PARKERSBURG - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was in Parkersburg Wednesday talking about issues affecting the local airport, the banking community and residents in general. Manchin was at West Virginia University at Parkersburg meeting with residents, banking representatives and officials with the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport as part of his "Commonsense Solutions" tour across the state. The senator said solutions are needed to achieve a stronger West Virginia economy and he wanted to … Continue Reading


April 03, 2013

Manchin speaks to journalism students | Huntington Herald Dispatch

by Beth Hendricks

HUNTINGTON -- Sen. Joe Manchin talked about the challenges of his job and those of the next generation of workers during a meeting with journalism students at Marshall University on Tuesday. The informal group discussion was part of Manchin's "Commonsense Solutions" tour across West Virginia and an opportunity, Manchin said, to hear from members of tomorrow's workforce. "This is another chance to be here with the Herd, to talk to some of the best and brightest and learn from them what their … Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

Manchin receives award for backing music education | Herald-Mail

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., received the Support Music Award Wednesday for his support of music education in West Virginia. The award was presented in a Capitol Hill ceremony attended by the Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Middle School jazz ensemble, musical artists and other advocates for music education. The West Virginia leaders were each honored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), VH1 Save The Music Foundation and the National Association for Music … Continue Reading


March 14, 2013

North students get ‘a lot out of’ Manchin’s visit | Times West Virginian

by Jessica Borders

RACHEL - Students at North Marion High School were in awe when U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, DW. Va., paid them a visit Wednesday. The senator stopped by the school around 7:45 a.m. to meet with two Advanced Placement government classes, which joined together in teacher Elizabeth Lopez's classroom for the occasion. In addition to those 35 AP government students, who are primarily seniors, a group of journalism and yearbook students was also present for the discussion. Lopez said the idea … Continue Reading


March 14, 2013

Manchin’s speech on medal merits applause | Elkins Inter-Mountain

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Sen. Joe Manchin's decision that an issue on which he took a strong stance merited a speech on the Senate floor will be applauded by many of his Mountain State constituents. So will the Defense Department's decision to listen to Manchin, D-W.Va., and other critics of its plan for a new medal honoring some in the military. The new Distinguished Warfare Medal was intended to honor service men and women who work with technology to fight our enemies. Recipients might include, for example, … Continue Reading

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