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June 07, 2012

Always Free First Flight arrives in D.C. amid cheers | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Greg Jordan

WASHINGTON - Children cheered and adults offered their thanks Wednesday as West Virginia veterans of three different wars visited the World War II Memorial in the nation's capital. The Always Free First Flight, sponsored by the Denver Foundation and Little Buddy Radio, was the first tour of its type from West Virginia. For many southern West Virginia veterans it was the first time they had seen the promises, rendered in stone, that the sacrifices they made on behalf of their country were … Continue Reading

May 31, 2012

Expand and create jobs | Times West Virginian

by Jessica Borders

FAIRMONT - Officials focused on the importance of small businesses during several events in North Central West Virginia on Wednesday. Sen. Joe Manchin and Karen Mills, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, toured the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont as part of their visit to the area. Jim Estep, president and CEO of the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation, gave the group a closer look into some of the innovative technologies and … Continue Reading

May 24, 2012

Manchin amendment to reclassify painkillers | Charleston Gazette

U.S. senators on Wednesday evening unanimously passed an amendment to a Food and Drug Administration reauthorization bill that would reclassify all hydrocodone substances and make punishment for their trafficking more severe. The amendment, introduced by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., would reclassify painkillers like Vicodin and Lortab as Schedule II drugs, which also affects how they are to be stored and prescribed. For instance, patients would need an original prescription for refills, … Continue Reading

April 24, 2012

Postal amendment — Passage of Manchin’s measure vital | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Editorial

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a critical amendment today which, if approved, would ensure that 3,700 postal facilities, including 150 in West Virginia currently targeted for closure, would remain open for at least another two years. The additional time would allow the Postal Service to consider better cost-saving measures. We see no reason why this common-sense measure, introduced by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., should not be approved by the Senate. The amendment is of … Continue Reading

April 20, 2012

Rahall, Manchin battle for rural post offices | The Beckley Register-Herald

Nabisco's Uneeda Biscuits inspired the naming of the Boone County hamlet of Uneeda, but the tasty cream-cheese treat is gone, and soon, the post office bearing its trademark name could follow suit. On Capitol Hill, the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is cutting corners to reverse a heavy deficit, and one cost-cutting device it is considering would put 150 small postal facilities in rural West Virginia out of business. Rep. Nick Rahall and Sen. Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., resumed … Continue Reading

April 19, 2012

Representatives speak in support of Postal Service reform bills | The State Journal

Members of West Virginia's congressional delegation are doing all that they can to save the United States Postal Service. The agency, which is hemorrhaging money and has scheduled the closure of nearly 4,000 facilities- including 150 in West Virginia - is "what connects us all," said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who has voiced his support for Senate Bill 1789. "In our state, we know that the Postal Service is at the very core of what makes this country great and what connects us all," … Continue Reading

April 18, 2012

W. Va. senators want changes to postal bill | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., got behind amendments to U.S. Postal Service reform legislation on Wednesday to make sure that 3,700 post offices being considered for closure -- including 150 in West Virginia -- remain open for at least two years. "The Postal Service is one of the things our people truly care about," Manchin said. "They want their post offices to stay open. "Private companies won't step in if the government leaves, and that will simply … Continue Reading

April 18, 2012

Sen. Manchin defends castle doctrine, chides Secret Service | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

Secret Service agents consorting with prostitutes in Columbia have raised concerns among some on Capitol Hill that security could have been weakened, and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia expressed that worry Tuesday. In the same telephone news conference with West Virginia media, the Democratic senator voiced disappointment that the so-called Buffett Rule collapsed on a basically a party-line vote and he defended his 2008 signing of the "Castle Doctrine" bill that allows deadly force to … Continue Reading

April 18, 2012

Cadets get a moral boost | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Editoral

Holding up to your promises, offering encouragement and giving back to the community. Those are just some of the positive behaviors adults display in serving as role models for youth. Last week, cadets at the Kenneth "Honey" Rubenstein Juvenile Center had the chance to meet with political and athletic leaders who gave them a pep talk about life and displayed sportsmanship on the basketball court. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin made his third trip to the center for the annual Charity Basketball Game … Continue Reading

April 16, 2012

Manchin votes for 'Buffett Rule', which fails in Senate | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday he voted in favor of the so-called "Buffett Rule" because he believes it would make the tax code fairer. Manchin, D-W.Va., voted in favor of the rule, which would set a minimum tax rate of 30 percent on people earning more than $1 million a year. The Senate defeated the bill late Monday, which is formally called the Paying a Fair Share Act. Only Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., crossed party lines on the largely … Continue Reading

April 16, 2012

Sen. Manchin, Moss honor cadets | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Joe Hoover

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and NFL standout Randy Moss returned to the Kenneth "Honey" Rubenstein Juvenile Center, in Davis, for the center's third annual Charity Basketball Game on Friday. The event benefited two charities that were chosen by the center's cadets - the Blackwater Ministerial Food Pantry and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This year, Manchin and Moss were accompanied by a number of surprise special guests including winner of the sixth season of NBC's … Continue Reading

April 14, 2012

'Fighting for Every Job' | Times West Virginian

by Jonathan Williams

KINGWOOD - There's a war a'coming, and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's already swinging. Manchin, wrapping up a two-week "Fighting for Every Job" tour of the state on Friday afternoon, visited Robinson Run Coal Mine in Marion County for a first-hand demonstration of new mine safety technology and answered questions from Preston County residents at the Preston County Courthouse, where he delivered a fiery denouncement of "the attack and the War on Coal" by the EPA. According to Manchin, following the … Continue Reading

April 12, 2012

Stamping plant: A miracle | Charleston Daily Mail

by George Hohmann

It's the Miracle on MacCorkle. Otherwise known as the South Charleston stamping plant. In May 2007, then-Gov. Joe Manchin decided to loan stamping plant building owner Ray Park $15 million in state money to refurbish the vacant factory, and Park pledged to invest $20 million of his own. Quizzed at the time about the wisdom of committing so much state money to an old, dirty, empty building, Manchin was quick to say that Park would always have more at stake than the state. When Park admitted … Continue Reading

April 11, 2012

Providing jobs for veterans must be a top priority in U.S. | Times West Virginian

by Editorial

When members of the military are engaged in conflict, yellow ribbons can often be seen just about anywhere in support of the troops. The ribbons are tied around utility poles and trees or displayed on mailboxes. They decorate front doors and can even be spotted attached to vehicles. Many people might even wear a small pin as a daily reminder of the men and women who are serving and protecting this nation. Now there's a new "yellow ribbon." As part of the "I Hire Veterans" initiative born … Continue Reading

April 11, 2012

Manchin Has Plan For Gas Prices | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Joselyn King

WHEELING - Sen. Joe Manchin says approving construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline is just one move Congress can take to address increasing gas prices. Manchin, D-W.Va., presented his six-point proposal for lowering the high cost of gasoline during stops in Wheeling Tuesday. He suggests the following: building the Keystone XL Pipeline; developing a national plan for energy independence; making more use of domestic fuels; cracking down on oil speculators; eliminating unnecessary subsidies to … Continue Reading

April 10, 2012

Hiring veterans remains priority on all levels | Times West Virginian

by Jessica Borders

FAIRMONT - At the local, state and national levels, hiring veterans is a priority. On Feb. 7, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., officially started the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus with his colleague Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and they have been building momentum for this effort ever since. The new caucus is made up of 29 members, both Democratic and Republican senators. The "I Hire Veterans" initiative was born out of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus and is one of many endeavors the bipartisan … Continue Reading

April 10, 2012

Sen. Joe Manchin Visits Wheeling Gas Station With Ideas For Lowering Gas Prices | WTRF News

by D.K. Wright

Sen. Joe Manchin says gas prices are simply too high, and West Virginians in particular are suffering. "We commute in West Virginia almost more than another state, for our jobs," said Manchin. "So we have no alternative but to drive. That being said, this high price is taking a toll on our families, our jobs, on everybody." Truck owner and operator Gerard Joseph of Wheeling spoke with the senator as he filled his truck's tank with $1,000 in fuel. "I think that gas prices are way too high … Continue Reading

April 05, 2012

Stop fighting facts | Times West Virginian

by Jessica Borders

FAIRMONT - According to Sen. Joe Manchin, "We've got to work together to move the country forward." Manchin was the featured guest during the latest session in the Marion County Chamber of Commerce's "Coffee with Congress" series, which brings federal elected and appointed officials to the county. The special brunch was held Wednesday morning at the Mon Power (a FirstEnergy company) Headquarters in Fairmont's I-79 Technology Park. Approximately 85 people from the Marion County business … Continue Reading

April 03, 2012

Manchin: Partisan politics, overreaching EPA prevent a sensible energy policy | The State Journal

by Jim Ross

Sen. Joe Manchin visited West Virginia's largest power plant April 3 to criticize the highly political atmosphere in Washington, D.C., and what he described as the regulatory overreach of the Environmental Protection Agency. "Even energy has become a partisan issue," Manchin said in what he described as a major speech on energy. "Energy is a common-sense issue, and it doesn't belong to one political party." Manchin gave his speech at the John Amos power plant in Putnam County. Amos burns … Continue Reading

April 03, 2012

Manchin says he'll fight new EPA rules | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Tuesday he will vigorously oppose new greenhouse-gas rules proposed last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During a speech at the John Amos Power Plant near Winfield, Manchin stressed the importance of national energy independence and the impact coal, gas and other energy resources have on creating good-paying jobs. Today, Manchin said, coal generates 45 percent of all energy used in the United States and "is projected to … Continue Reading

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