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October 26, 2013

Senator addresses DC gridlock | Martinsburg Journal

by John McVey

MARTINSBURG - While touring a couple business sites in Martinsburg Thursday, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., felt compelled to apologize for things happening - or not happening - in Congress. "I want to apologize for all the dysfunction in Washington," he told the crowd during groundbreaking ceremonies at DC Corp's new high-tech data center in the Rockefeller Science and Technology Park. "There is political gridlock in Washington and that's not why I was sent there. The best politician is the … Continue Reading

October 26, 2013

Group Awarded U.S. Citizenship at Ceremony | WHAG

by Caitlin Francis

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A special ceremony was held Friday morning at the U.S. District Court in Martinsburg. Among those attending were U.S. Senator Joe Manchin D-WV, and some special guests. It was also a very busy morning in the courtroom, as many were being sworn in as citizens of the United States. Officials say 38 people from 21 different countries took their oath. Sot Eva Marie Bedana Moreno is originally from the Philippines. She now lives in Martinsburg, and she became a U.S. … Continue Reading

October 26, 2013

Mountaineer Food Bank filled with venison | The Dominion Post

by David Beard

ROANOKE - Hunters are taking aim at hunger this weekend during the Governor's One Shot Whitetail Hunt, based at Stonewall Jackson Resort. On Friday evening, they tested their hunting weapons at the annual "sighting of the rifles" at the public shooting range. This morning, after a pre-sunrise breakfast, each two-person team set out with their volunteer guides to hunt antlerless deer on private lands. Money and venison from the hunt goes to the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program … Continue Reading

October 25, 2013

Ecolab all about cleaner, safer world | Martinsburg Journal

by John McVey

MARTINSBURG - While touring the Ecolab plant in Martinsburg Thursday, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., wanted to know what is the local facility's biggest challenge. "Finding enough employees that can work here," Jonathan Gavlinski, plant manager, answered unhesitantly. However, Gavlinski told Manchin that the plant works with Blue Ridge Community and Technological College to train employees. Ecolab helps with tuition and students can get two-year degrees and go on to four-year bachelor … Continue Reading

October 25, 2013

Sen. Manchin thanks developers for confidence in W.Va. | Martinsburg Journal

by John McVey

MARTINSBURG - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., thanked the developers of DC Corp during groundbreaking ceremonies Thursday for having confidence in West Virginia and the people of West Virginia. "High tech is the future for West Virginia and the future for the country," Manchin said. "Our work force is a dedicated, committed, intelligent work force and without good employees, you won't be a success." Charles "Chuck" Asbury II is the founder of DC Corp, which he describes as the first … Continue Reading

October 24, 2013

Washington Coal Club honors Manchin | Times West Virginian

by Colleen S. Good

FAIRMONT - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was presented on Wednesday with the Washington Coal Club's 2013 Annual Achievement Award. The award is given to "an individual or individuals who have recently made a meaningful contribution to the health and sustainability of the larger coal community." Manchin currently serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He is also chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining, and serves on the Subcommittee on … Continue Reading

October 18, 2013

Manchin: ‘We have got to get a budget' | WV MetroNews

by Shauna Johnson

WASHINGTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) says he is going to do what he can do on Capitol Hill to chart out deficit reduction for the U.S. government as part of a long term budget plan. "We can blame people until the cows come home. We have got to get a budget. We've got to have a downward trajectory," said Manchin on Friday's MetroNews "Talkline." "By 2025 or 2030, our goal should be a balanced budget amendment." This week's agreement to reopen the government and avoid … Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Manchin Among Senators Who Crafted Compromise To End Shutdown | WCHS

The government shutdown may soon be over as congress has reached a bipartisan deal. The White House is urging quick congressional approval of a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the partial government shutdown. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the deal reached by Senate leaders "achieves what's necessary" to reopen the government, remove the threat of default and move past brinksmanship. Carney said the agreement is bipartisan and that President Barack Obama is looking for … Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin: Moderates will find a way to end the shutdown | MSNBC

by Jessica Taylor

Moderate lawmakers began to take center stage in the budget impasse as the Senate appeared poised to put together a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling Wednesday-just a day before the Treasury said it would have exhausted its borrowing authority. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said on Wednesday's The Daily Rundown that a bipartisan group had been working all along toward a solution-even as the most conservative members of the House continued to dig in. The … Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Sen. Manchin resolved death gratuity issue | Beckley Register Herald

by Letter to the Editor

Editor: As a retired naval officer, having served 30 years, and now as vice president for community development and public affairs at Fisher House Foundation, I was shocked to see your letter from Jack Bowyer. Last Tuesday morning, Sen. Joe Manchin contacted Ken Fisher, CEO of Fisher House Foundation, to ask if the Fisher House Foundation would step in and pay the families the death gratuity until the shutdown was resolved. Fisher immediately said yes and the foundation moved forward to make … Continue Reading

October 14, 2013

Scheme in Washington could hurt W.Va. communities, Manchin calls emergency Senate hearing | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin called Wednesday for an emergency Senate hearing into reports of a "pay to play" scheme in Washington that could be hurting West Virginia communities by making it easier for doctors to write prescriptions for certain painkillers. Citing a report by Peter Whoriskey of The Washington Post, Manchin said that private pharmaceutical companies paid as much as $25,000 per meeting recently to participate in a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel discussions … Continue Reading

October 14, 2013

Manchin reveals bipartisan plan to reopen the federal government and avoid a default | State Journal

by Erin Timony

On Oct. 14, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. hosted a conference call to discuss the Manchin-Collins bipartisan plan to reopen the federal government and avoid a default. Manchin and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, are part of a group consisting of six Republican and six Democratic senators attempting to avoid a budget default by bringing the budget to a budget conference, which hasn't happened yet. Manchin said Democrats put together a budget that narrowly passed and the next step is a budget … Continue Reading

October 14, 2013

Self-cast group of Senate moderates wants to make a deal from the middle, for the middle | Washington Post

by David A. Fahrenthold and Rosalind S. Helderman

In the past few days, a bipartisan group of 12 senators has come together to push both parties toward a compromise, hoping to re-open the government and raise the national debt ceiling all at once. These 12, led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) , are not the Senate's usual impact players. Five of them are in their first term in office. Three of them are in their first year in office - in a chamber where, traditionally, time turns into power at roughly the … Continue Reading

October 14, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin: Bipartisan 'Collins plan' to end shutdown has something for everyone | Washington Times

by Tom Howell Jr.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday he supports a plan from Republican Sen. Susan Collins to end the government shutdown and extend the nation's debt limit because it includes something for everyone, including reforms to the new health care law. Mr. Manchin, of West Virginia, said it is "unconscionable" to think Congress is pushing the debate toward Thursday, the Treasury-designated deadline to extent the nation's borrowing authority. "You let this thing start tumbling down, and you're … 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 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 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

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