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March 06, 2013

Joe Manchin is man in the middle - of guns and Senate | McClatchy Newspapers

by William Douglas

WASHINGTON - When he jumped into the contentious debate over the nation's gun laws, Sen. Joe Manchin learned quickly that he'd committed a crime in politically toxic Washington. "The environment in Washington is guilt by conversation," said Manchin, the Democratic junior senator from West Virginia. A lifelong National Rifle Association member with an "A" legislative grade from the group, Manchin underscored his credentials as an against-the-grain Democrat when he shot a mock Obama-era … Continue Reading


March 05, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Federal Funding for Two Organizations in WV to Provide Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced $173,125 in federal funding for two nonprofit organizations in West Virginia to support their efforts to provide affordable housing and home ownership advice for West Virginians. "Home ownership is a true achievement for families," said Rockefeller. "These organizations help make sure West Virginians can get the help they need to purchase a home if it makes financial sense for them, and also help families learn about … Continue Reading


February 28, 2013

Manchin Named Chairman of Armed Services Subcommittee | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Joselyn King

WHEELING - Sen. Joe Manchin is now chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Airland for the 113th Congress. The subcommittee oversees the air and ground equipment of all four military service branches, including the National Guard and Reserves, said Manchin, D-W.Va. It previously was chaired by former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. "The most important thing, Airland oversees the National Guard's and Reserves' equipment issues," Manchin said. "We have a lot of … Continue Reading


February 28, 2013

Eastern Panhandle constituents meet with Sen. Manchin in Washington to discuss local issues | Martinsburg Journal

by Rachel Molenda

WASHINGTON - A bus full and then some of Eastern Panhandle constituents brought local flavor to the nation's capital early Wednesday morning for a regional event at the office of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The group of residents, business owners and community leaders was invited to join the freshman senator for his Wednesday Wake Up With Joe event, which is held weekly when Congress is in session. Breakfast was furnished in part by the Eastern Panhandle's own Royalicious Bagel Bakery and Blue … Continue Reading


February 22, 2013

Ojeda Goes To Washington | Logan Banner

by Debbie Rolen

When he got the call from Sen. Joe Manchin, Richard Ojeda didn't think he could make arrangements or get permission to go, but when he spoke to his commander, he was told to get ready and go. There are only 450 people invited to attend the event. Ojeda said he would not have been one of those few if it had not been for LEAD. He believes Sen. Manchin had been watching what LEAD has been doing since last April. "If it hadn't been for the nine people who helped to start the program from nothing … Continue Reading


February 05, 2013

Bravo to Joe: Manchin right not to follow leader on debt vote | Martinsburg Journal

by Editorial

When Sen. Joe Manchin voted against a bill to expand the national debt last week, he knew full well his opposition would not stop the measure. It passed the Senate handily, by a 64-34 vote. Manchin, D-W.Va., was the only Democrat to vote against the measure. Every one of the others followed orders from Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and President Barack Obama. A few Republicans joined them because the bill originated in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. Given Obama's success … Continue Reading


January 25, 2013

F.D.A. Likely to Add Limits on Painkillers | New York Times

by Sabrina Tavernise

Trying to stem the scourge of prescription drug abuse, an advisory panel of experts to the Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday to toughen the restrictions on painkillers like Vicodin that contain hydrocodone, the most widely prescribed drugs in the country. The recommendation, which the drug agency is likely to follow, would limit access to the drugs by making them harder to prescribe, a major policy change that advocates said could help ease the growing problem of addiction to … Continue Reading


January 18, 2013

'No Labels' | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Editorial

First it was the fiscal cliff crisis. Now it is the looming debt ceiling showdown. Simply put, the government could run out of cash to pay its bills by early February without a deal to raise the nation's borrowing limit. And once again Democrats and Republicans are miles apart when it comes to reaching an agreement. It's more of the same bitter partisan gridlock that we've seen over the last year, and a growing number of citizens living outside of Washington are becoming fed up with this … Continue Reading


January 17, 2013

School safety is a growing concern | Clarksburg Exponent

by Editorial

While we're sure President Obama's gun control proposal will stir massive amounts of debate and distrust, we hope the focus remains on what has prompted the gun debate: School safety. Instead of turning this into a political football about a contentious issue, we believe there are steps that can be taken now and in the near future that will help to improve conditions for students and teachers. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is leading an effort to focus on school issues that could help to stop … Continue Reading


January 16, 2013

Manchin Wants to Spend More Time in Washington | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Joselyn King

WHEELING - Sen. Joe Manchin wonders whether Congress might be more productive if it had a five-day work week. Members of the House and Senate typically spend three days in Washington each week when Congress is in session before returning to their home districts for the weekend. "We spend more time traveling than we do working," Manchin said. Manchin, D-W.Va., suggested Tuesday members might get more accomplished if the congressional calendar were changed so they stayed and worked for three … Continue Reading


January 15, 2013

Senator Manchin talks with Charleston leaders | WV MetroNews

by Travis Brinks

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin stopped in Charleston Tuesday as part of his "Standing Up For The Next Generation Tour" in West Virginia. As part of the tour, Senator Manchin is visiting several communities in the state and holding meetings with business, labor and community leaders regarding the country's financial house. During the meeting in Charleston, Manchin talked with leaders from AARP, the Kanawha County Commission and many others regarding a range of topics including Medicaid, Healthcare … Continue Reading


January 01, 2013

Manchin hopes to 'CALM' fiscal cliff storm | The State Journal

by Whitney Burdette

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has been pushing for bipartisan compromise on the national budget since he stepped foot in the U.S. Senate chambers. But as the so-called fiscal cliff looms, Manchin is taking action. Manchin introduced the Cliff Alleviation at the Last Minute Act, or CALM Act, Dec. 30, fewer than 36 hours before tax hikes and sequestration go into effect for 2013. Manchin's plan would alleviate the worst effects of the cliff while providing a path to a long-term solution, according … Continue Reading


December 20, 2012

Manchin’s comments deserve some discussion | The Martinsburg Journal

by Editorial

Comments by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin concerning how to prevent violence such as that at a school in Newtown, Conn., were controversial, to say the least. Manchin seemed to indicate he is willing to consider some new federal limits on what types of firearms Americans can own. But it is important to note Manchin, D-W.Va., said much more in comments to a reporter this week. Consideration of his opinions as a whole should not be limited by the bitter disputes that will result from what he said … Continue Reading


December 10, 2012

West Virginia Senator Discusses Future of Sugar Grove Naval Base | WHSV

PENDLETON COUNTY, Va. -- Nearly 200 sailors and their families, who are stationed at the Sugar Grove base, will move out within the next three years. Regardless of the move, lawmakers want to make sure the facility will be put to use. Sen. Joe Manchin said he was planning to meet with some people from the Navy on Tuesday to answer his questions about people leaving Sugar Grove and to find out what is next for the base. The meeting was canceled because of the weather, but Manchin said he … Continue Reading


December 06, 2012

Senators join call for relief funds | Charleston Daily Mail

by Jared Hunt

For the second day in a row, members of the state's Congressional delegation pressed federal emergency officials for more disaster aid to fund Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., also pushed the White House and Congress to make sure West Virginia gets its fair share of aid. "Supplemental recovery funding is critical, and I hope that it will transcend the politics that have too often left this institution gridlocked," Rockefeller … Continue Reading


December 06, 2012

Manchin: D.C. Should Act More Like BEST | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Joselyn King

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin he believes Washington should look to the local Project BEST organization to learn the value of cooperation. Manchin, D-W.Va., came from Washington to speak as Project BEST celebrated the holiday season with its annual breakfast Wednesday at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. More than 400 turned out for the 26th annual event. Project BEST stands for "building efficiency by striving together." The group is a cooperative effort involving building trades contractors and craftspeople … Continue Reading


December 04, 2012

Manchin seeks public input on budget | Charleston Daily Mail

by Zack Harold

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With the United States drawing ever closer to the so-called "fiscal cliff," Sen. Joe Manchin spent part of Monday seeking input from constituents on how to fix the country's budget problems. If Congress does not pass a new budget plan before Jan. 1, 2013, tax cuts introduced during President George Bush's administration will automatically expire and $1.2 trillion will be cut from the budget over the next 10 years. Speaking at the "People Before Politics" conference at the … Continue Reading


December 04, 2012

Manchin laments failure of disabilities treaty | The Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin criticized Republicans in the Senate on Tuesday for failing to ratify an international treaty to protect the rights of people with disabilities around the world. The Senate voted 61 to 38 in favor of the treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, but it needed 66 votes to pass. All 38 votes against the treaty came from Republicans. Eight Republicans joined Democrats and two independents in voting for the treaty. Former … Continue Reading


November 29, 2012

Manchin supports resolution to end war in Afghanistan | The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke on the Senate floor Thursday, helping lead efforts to pass a resolution to end the war in Afghanistan by 2014. Manchin was an original co-sponsor of the amendment, which passed 62-33. Manchin said 66,000 American combat troops remain in Afghanistan. President Obama plans to reduce their number at "a steady pace" until they are home by the end of 2014. "I would prefer a faster pace, as long as it didn't jeopardize the safety of the troops. … Continue Reading


November 20, 2012

Small-town values: Joe Manchin applies ‘common-sense solutions’ in political career | Times West Virginian

by Jonathan Williams

(Editor's note: This is the next story in a series about politicians from recent history who have had a profound impact on West Virginia.) FAIRMONT - There's no definitive guide on how to be a successful politician, but if some enterprising soul were to sit down and try to write it, the first chapter would be about identifying with voters. Political careers have been forged and destroyed by whether the candidate seems like "one of us" or "out of touch." For that reason, just about every … Continue Reading

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