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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

August 30, 2013

Manchin, Huntsman working on building bipartisanship | Charleston Gazette

by Caitlin Cook

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman first met at The Greenbrier nearly a decade ago as freshman governors. Now, they are cultivating bipartisan leadership and participation through their work as co-chairmen of No Labels, a political movement intended to get Washington politicians to stop fighting each other and work together to fix problems. Manchin and Huntsman addressed the state Chamber of Commerce's annual business summit at The Greenbrier … Continue Reading

August 17, 2013

Manchin visits Elkins | The Inter-Mountain

by Lynn Hartley

Sen. Joe Manchin interacted with local residents and community leaders during a special event in Elkins Friday. Manchin, D-W.Va., held a town hall meeting Friday afternoon at the West Virginia Wood Technology Center in Elkins. The senator, who is traveling across the state to meet with constituents, focused on the economy, gun control, immigration and Obamacare. The 88-seat meeting room was packed with city and business leaders, including Elkins Mayor Van Broughton, Randolph County … Continue Reading

August 07, 2013

A Gubernatorial Solution in the Senate | National Journal

by Elahe Izadi

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., says former governors may be able to work together in the Senate. Several efforts have been under way in recent months to convene former governors serving in the Senate into a group that can help move legislation. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, has hosted informal dinners, and Sens. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., are working to create regular gatherings in the fall. The group might be called the Former Governors Caucus (Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., … Continue Reading

July 16, 2013

Mercer veterans getting mobile health clinic | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON - In a victory for local veterans, area lawmakers confirmed Monday that a new mobile health clinic will be stationed out of and remain in Mercer County.The new mobile veterans clinic is in addition to a telemedicine clinic that will be added this fall to the existing veterans center in Princeton, according to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., and U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.Both Manchin and Rahall called the Daily Telegraph Monday to discuss the … Continue Reading

July 12, 2013

WV Sen. Manchin again sponsors balanced budget amendment | State Journal

As Congress continues to work toward a solution to the nation's fiscal problems, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has joined with other Democrats to introduce a balanced budget amendment.The amendment, introduced July 11, is co-sponsored by Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Jon Tester, D-Mont. The measure would require the federal government to balance its budget and restore fiscal responsibility while also directing Congress to … Continue Reading

July 03, 2013

Manchin holds town hall meeting in Hinton | Beckley Register Herald

by Jessica Farrish

HINTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Tuesday that a "correction is coming" to the country if Americans don't intervene and take ownership of the financial issues facing the country. "Correction is going to happen to this country just as it happens in your life. "You can deny it, and it can hit you like a brick," he said. "The other thing is, you can go in and intervene and plan and work your way out of it. "Our politics have become so toxic that it looks like we're going to have a … Continue Reading

July 02, 2013

Manchin fights student loan interest hikes | Charleston Gazette

Last year, nearly 60,000 students at colleges and universities in West Virginia used federal subsidized Stafford loans to help pay for their education, according to the state Higher Education Policy Commission.Starting Monday, any student who signs up for those loans will face interest rates of 6.8 percent, which is double the current rate. But that rate won't be in place for long if senators who are pushing for a fix, like Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., get their way.Manchin and five other … Continue Reading

July 01, 2013

Manchin Student Loan Plan Fair | Wheeling Intelligencer

The average U.S. college student walks off campus with about $26,500 in student loan debt, much of it in government-subsidized low-interest loans. Typically, students have 10 years to pay off the debt.Members of Congress now are under fire because interest rates on new Stafford loans are increasing to 6.8 percent, up from 3.4 percent. Analysts say that will add about $2,600 to the typical student's debt load - less than $22 a month on a 10-year repayment.Largely for political reasons, … Continue Reading

June 28, 2013

West Virginia Senators help with passage of immigration reform bill | WV MetroNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A historic piece of legislation was passed by the U.S. Senate Thursday meant to address immigration in the United States.By a bipartisan vote of 68-32, Senators passed a comprehensive bipartisan immigration bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.Both West Virginia Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin did their part to move the piece of legislation on by approving the measure.After successfully pushing for the Senates approval … Continue Reading

June 27, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin seeks to avoid hike in loan interest | Charleston Daily Mail

Sen. Joe Manchin is heading up a plan to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling next week. Manchin and four other senators will introduce the plan today. Federally subsidized Stafford loans account for a quarter of all federal student lending. The interest rate on those loans is set to double July 1. The new, bipartisan plan ties loan rates to the financial markets to avoid an immediate rate hike but could mean higher rates in future years. Still, Manchin and his fellow bill … Continue Reading

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