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August 19, 2021

Senator Joe Manchin, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh Tour Ohio County Coal Resources Mine

by Joselyn King

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says sometimes the coal industry is treated by Washington like a Vietnam War veteran who just returned home. Manchin, D-West Virginia, welcomed U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh Wednesday to the Northern Panhandle, and the pair took a tour underground of the mine at Golden Ridge Portal of Ohio County Coal Resources Inc. in Dallas, West Virginia. “I’ve talked to a lot of miners. And basically, the rhetoric coming out of Washington — because they … Continue Reading

August 16, 2021

Manchin makes pitch to ORV manufacturers

by Chris Lawrence

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin believes the timing is right to court some major off-road vehicle companies to consider West Virginia as a manufacturing site. “They have a test track right here in their back yard, a thousand miles of test track,” Manchin said as he prepared to lead representatives of Honda, Polaris, and Kawasaki on an off road vehicle tour of the Hatfield McCoy Trail. The groups gathered at the Appalachian Outpost’s Broken Axle Restaurant to hear the presentation … Continue Reading

August 09, 2021

FCC reveals new broadband coverage maps

by Staff

The Broadband Data Task Force has published a new map that shows data on 4G LTE mobile broadband networks and availability throughout the United States and was released on Friday. This first-of-its-kind map provides the public with more information on mobile service coverage while the Federal Communications Commission works to fully institute information as part of the Broadband Data Act. The map shows 4G LTE mobile coverage as of May 15, 2021, with broadband and voice on separate … Continue Reading

August 03, 2021

West Virginia Sen. Manchin: Infrastructure package includes $200M for Corridor H

by Charles Young

West Virginia could receive nearly $200 million to support the completion of Corridor H as part of the infrastructure package currently before Congress, according to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. On Tuesday, Manchin, along with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, announced the inclusion of their bipartisan, bicameral Finish the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) Act in the $1 trillion infrastructure bill. The Corridor H project has remained unfinished for nearly 60 years, Manchin … Continue Reading

July 30, 2021

Manchin wants King Coal, Coalfields Expressway projects prioritized

by Charles Boothe

With funding coming for the King Coal Highway and Coalfields Expressway from the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said a process must be in place to target projects on those two highways that are ready to go. The bill, which includes $550 billion in new spending, is setting aside $110 billion for roads, bridges and major projects around the country. Manchin said during a virtual press conference Thursday that West Virginia will get its share, although … Continue Reading

July 23, 2021

Sens. Manchin & Capito & U.S. Rep. McKinley ask EPA to step in immediately to help Clarksburg WV with water issue

by Matt Harvey

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and U.S. Rep. David McKinley have written the administrator of the U.S. EPA seeking immediate help for Clarksburg in dealing with elevated levels of lead in drinking water. The letter expresses the federal lawmakers’ concerns about the “elevated levels of lead in drinking water in certain homes” in Clarksburg. “We write to request immediate assistance” from the EPA, the lawmakers continued, “in providing … Continue Reading

July 08, 2021

Manchin draws attention to Mountain State infrastructure before returning to D.C.

by Lacie Pierson

From the Marmet Locks and Dams in the Kanawha River to the mountaintop Yeager Airport, Sen. Joe Manchin took to the roads, rails, rivers, and air to highlight infrastructure needs in the Mountain State as part of promoting a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure proposal. Manchin, D-W.Va., toured the breadth of infrastructure packed into the Kanawha Valley amid negotiations for a nationwide infrastructure package that has been proposed as low as $1.2 trillion and as high as $6 trillion over … Continue Reading

July 01, 2021

Manchin says infrastructure plan can work

by Steven Allen Adams

While the White House works to keep Republicans and progressive Democrats on board, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin remains optimistic about a traditional infrastructure package he helped negotiate last week while preparing to hold the line on spending on human infrastructure. Speaking by phone Wednesday, Manchin, D-W.Va., said last week’s infrastructure proposal is the largest such plan since the creation of the interstate system more than 70 years ago and the largest investment in U.S. history. … Continue Reading

November 29, 2020

Gary getting emergency help: Funds made available for McDowell County city’s water system repairs

by Staff

Emergency repairs for the City of Gary’s water system, which suffered a breakdown last July that left hundreds of people without service, was among the projects and entities receiving money Friday from the Appalachian Regional Commission. U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, D-WV and Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, stated Friday that $485,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) was going into the planning and implementation of infrastructure … Continue Reading

November 20, 2020

Manchin: Moderate Democrat puts brakes on party

by Editorial

Some in the Democratic Party are suggesting a virtual re-do of our political system. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is both right and responsible in letting them know he will not go along with that. Depending on how two U.S. Senate races scheduled for January in Georgia go, it is possible Democrats will be able to get some of their agenda enacted. Radicals in the party say that should include “packing” the U.S. Supreme Court, adding states to the Union to gain more … Continue Reading

November 11, 2020

Joe Manchin digs in: 'Under no circumstances' would break tie to nuke filibuster and pack court

by Salena Zito

Joe Manchin said on Tuesday he is committed to voting against packing the courts or ending the legislative filibuster no matter what situation arises. “Under no circumstances would I support packing the court or ending the filibuster if there is a 50-50 tie,” said Manchin in an interview with the Washington Examiner. In a deadlocked Senate, Manchin could be the deciding vote on a wide range of issues — somebody who could make or break Joe Biden's efforts to pass … Continue Reading

August 20, 2020

Post Office is essential, but needs retooled

by Matt Harvey

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was in Clarksburg Friday, and he was on a mission. He wanted to remind us all that the U.S. Postal Service continues to play a vital role in this day and age, especially during a pandemic and preceding a national election. “My main concern is, is the Postal Service able to do the job that we intended them to do? Locally it’s operating and operating effectively, and I want to make sure it continues that way,” he said. Manchin was at the mail … Continue Reading

August 18, 2020

Attacks on USPS from within unwarranted

by Editorial

Kudos to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., for calling on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to immediately address the needless debilitation of the U.S. Postal Service in West Virginia. Under mounting pressure — including pending lawsuits from 20 states — DeJoy now says he will “postpone” changes to mail operations until after the November election. Manchin and others should stay tuned to make sure that’s the case. Manchin sent a letter to DeJoy, detailing a visit to … Continue Reading

June 22, 2020

SBA administrator joins WV's Manchin to talk COVID-19 relief for small business owners

by Clarissa Cottrill

The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration joined regional officials and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Monday for a conversation about the Paycheck Protection Program and helping businesses navigate the ongoing pandemic. Administrator Jovita Carranza visited Morgantown to speak with local business owners, bankers and members of the Morgantown Area Partnership to discuss how the community is coping with COVID-19’s economic impact and what more can be done to help. “It’s … Continue Reading

June 15, 2020

Outdoors Act will bring jobs, park repairs, more outdoor recreation to state

by Rick Steelhammer

A stable and increased revenue stream not dependent on taxpayers will benefit outdoor recreation and land conservation in West Virginia and across the nation for generations to come through passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, according to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The legislation, which Manchin introduced in March, would also create a $9.5 billion fund to pay for backlogged repairs and upgrades to aging National Park Service infrastructure, including about $20 million worth of … Continue Reading

May 27, 2020

Senator Manchin and FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel urge Lewis County to speed test

by Rebecca Young

Last fall, we went back to school. We visited Lewis County High School in Weston to gather in the auditorium and speak at an assembly about broadband access in the community. Our message to the students was simple: If you can’t connect, you can’t compete. Today, having broadband is essential for everyone. It’s how students do their homework. It’s how businesses communicate with customers. It’s how health care gets to patients – especially during the … Continue Reading

May 26, 2020

Internet Woes: Putting your speeds to the test

by Kelsey Souto

When COVID-19 shut down schools, sending students to learn from home for the remainder of the school year, school districts became faced with a real problem overnight. How to provide an equal education to all. Scrambling to offer internet connectivity, Cabell County Schools parked one of their buses in a church parking lot. A sign placed in the window, telling students how to log-in and get WiFi access. Think of it as a big yellow hot spot. Michelle Terry is a teacher working from home and … Continue Reading

May 08, 2020

Manchin: AG Barr says transfer of federal prisoners over for length of pandemic

by Mike Nolting

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he’s been told by U.S. Attorney William Barr there will be no more transfers of federal prisoners for the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic to federal prisons in Preston and Gilmer counties. “He (Barr) calls me first thing this (Friday) morning and said, ‘Joe I want you to know I put a permanent stop on any prisoners coming to West Virginia,'” Manchin said Friday on MetroNews “Talkline.””I told him I’m very … Continue Reading

April 30, 2020

Feds OK fix to Medicare billing issues at WV senators' urging

by Joe Severino

Federal officials have approved a fix to pay discrepancies for health care providers who serve Medicare patients over the phone, according to a news release. Before the change Thursday, video telehealth appointments for Medicare patients were being billed at a higher rate than audio-only visits. Had it not been changed, some doctors’ offices in West Virginia, especially in rural areas without access to broadband internet, would have had to close their doors, State Board of Medicine … Continue Reading

April 20, 2020

WV Strong: Logan Miller, Monongalia County

by Senator Joe Manchin

This story of a Better Angel comes from Morgantown, WV. After learning from his father that many truck drivers are struggling to find a place to stop and eat on the road due to restaurants closing, Logan Miller decided to do something about it.He gathered his allowance with his parents’ blessing and went to the grocery store to stock up on snacks and bottled water so he could assemble care packages to hand out to truckers.I truly appreciate Logan for his selfless, outstanding efforts and … Continue Reading

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