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May 07, 2019

Manchin: Mueller Should Testify To Congress | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, W-Va., one of three Democrats who voted to confirm William Barr as attorney general, says special counsel Robert Mueller must testify before lawmakers following Barr's appearance last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "You need to have everyone coming forth," Manchin said. "We need total transparency, and we won't be able to have this thing settled one way or another until you have Mueller before Congress." Democrats on the Judiciary Committee questioned Barr … Continue Reading

May 03, 2019

State DHHR Receives Funding To Support Small Rural Hospitals | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program has awarded nearly $250,000 to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Funding will support small rural hospitals in providing affordable care to West Virginians through assisting with the purchase of equipment, software, and training, the release said. "Access to quality, affordable health care is critical for the well-being of West Virginians," said U.S. Sen. Shelley … Continue Reading

May 03, 2019

New VA Outpatient Clinic To Open In Princeton | WVNS

by Douglas Fritz

PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) -- On Friday, May 3, 2019, a dedication ceremony is planned for the Princeton VA Outpatient Clinic. The event happens at 10 a.m. at the new location on Court House Road. The new clinic is part of the Beckley VA Medical Center's continuing commitment to providing high quality, comprehensive VA health care to veterans in Mercer County. There will be several speakers who will attend the event. Among those will be members of West Virginia's congressional delegation, … Continue Reading

May 03, 2019

Sen. Joe Manchin Criticizes McKesson Corp. Settlement | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Jess Mancini

PARKERSBURG - A $37 million settlement announced Thursday between the state of West Virginia and a pharmaceutical distributor didn't pass muster with Sen. Joe Manchin. Manchin criticized the agreement announced by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Gov. Jim Justice with McKesson Corp., calling it "horrific and inadequate … for flooding West Virginia with opioids and killing thousands of West Virginians." Manchin in October said Morrisey and McKesson were settling on a $35 million … Continue Reading

May 03, 2019

Murkowski, Manchin Target Lithium Battery 'Achilles' Heel | E&E News

by Dave Iaconangelo

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R) and ranking member Joe Manchin (D) yesterday moved to boost domestic production of key minerals used in lithium-ion batteries considered critical for the electric vehicle industry. The bipartisan duo unveiled the "American Mineral Security Act, which could mark a significant step toward countering Chinese control over a critical link in the U.S. supply chain for EVs. The bill was introduced after a closed-door summit … Continue Reading

May 03, 2019

Senate Democrats Grill Interior Nominee On Ethics Allegations | Bloomberg

by Stephen Lee

Senate Democrats on May 2 grilled Interior Department official Daniel Jorjani, President Donald Trump's nominee to become Interior's top lawyer, for actions they deemed unethical or heavily tilted in favor of big business. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said he was troubled that seven of the eight legal opinions rendered under Jorjani's watch as principal deputy solicitor have overturned long-standing, well-reasoned legal … Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Howell, Manchin Voice Concerns About Paper Mill Closure | WV MetroNews

by Staff Writers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two lawmakers voiced their concerns Wednesday related to the closure of a Maryland paper mill near the West Virginia border. Verso Corporation, based in Miamisburg, Ohio, announced its decision to close its facility in Luke, Maryland, resulting in the elimination of 675 jobs. The company said the mill would close June 30. The 130-year plant is near Mineral County and the city of Keyser. Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, said much of the facility's employees are West … Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

RECLAIM Act Would Direct Mine Reclamation Funds For Economic Development | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Matt Combs

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was among a group of five senators Tuesday who reintroduced the "Revitalization the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act." The RECLAIM Act aims at using coal mine reclamation monies to bolster economic development in communities most impacted by the downturn of the coal industry. Along with Manchin, the act was introduced by Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Mark Warner, D-Va., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Bob Casey, … Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

Senate Democrats Fight To Speed Mine Land Cleanup Funds | Bloomberg

by Stephen Lee

Six coal-state Senate Democrats reintroduced a bill April 30 that would speed the delivery of $1 billion to states grappling with abandoned mine lands. The Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act has the support of congressional Democrats and many Republicans, because the money it provides would help clean up polluted lands and waterways, create cleanup jobs, and lay the groundwork for new businesses to move into blighted … Continue Reading

April 29, 2019

Manchin: More Than $4 Million coming To Fix Water System In Calhoun County | WCHS

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says more than $4 million is coming to a West Virginia county to improve its aging water treatment infrastructure. The West Virginia Democrat on Thursday announced the funding for Grantsville, which has the majority of residents in Calhoun County. He says a $1 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be matched by more than $3 million in federal and local funds for the repairs. The money will go toward renovating the local … Continue Reading

April 29, 2019

Big Tech Partners With DEA On Opioid Drop-Off Efforts | The Hill

by Emily Birnbaum

Silicon Valley giants are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in its annual effort to combat the opioid epidemic, a campaign known as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Throughout the day on Saturday, participants will be able to use Google and Twitter to identify locations to drop off any prescription drugs they have at home, while Facebook runs advertisements about the effort. The Take Back Day campaign has seen results before, with the DEA reporting last fall … Continue Reading

April 26, 2019

West Virginia Members Of Congress Oppose Impeachment | WOWK

by Mark Curtis

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) - Perhaps nowhere in the United States is President Trump more popular, than in the Mountain State where he visits often. Now that the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been out for a week, some Democrats in Congress are calling for Trump's impeachment. "The accountability for the President lies through Congress. And that's the impeachment process," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D) Massachusetts. That's despite the fact the report found no collusion … Continue Reading

April 26, 2019

WV Senators Announce $2.2 Million For Repairs To Brooke Pioneer Trail | WTRF

by Staff Writers

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced $2,240,543 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the repair of Brooke County's Pioneer Trail due to recent flood damage. The Brooke Pioneer Trail stretches from Wellsburg, West Virginia to Wheeling, West Virginia along the Ohio River and is a popular recreation area for the residents of West Virginia and visitors alike. "I applaud FEMA for their continued efforts to help rebuild West Virginia after recent … Continue Reading

April 25, 2019

Is Joe Manchin The Only Senator To Consistently Vote Against The Nuclear Option? | Politifact

by Al Bernardi & Austin Jones

For decades, majority leaders in the U.S. Senate have threatened to use the "nuclear option" to change senators' ability to filibuster, a maneuver that blocks bills from coming to a vote unless a supermajority of the chamber votes to proceed. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is one member of the body who has fought to protect the status quo. In a recent tweet, Manchin said, "I was the only member of the Senate - Republican or Democrat - who has consistently voted against efforts to use the so … Continue Reading

April 25, 2019

Legacy Act Would Save Lives | The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Staff Writers

As lawmakers in Washington, D.C., debate major issues and look for ways to handle substantial problems, there are pieces of legislation that get shuffled aside. Perhaps they don't seem as significant as, say, a trade agreement or a treaty or an investigation of a member of the opposition party. Whatever the reason, bills that would make a difference fall to the wayside despite the best efforts of those who originally sponsor them. That's what occurred to a bill that would have created … Continue Reading

April 24, 2019

Manchin Discusses Topics of Interest At Business Summit | Times West Virginian

by Eddie Trizzino

MORGANTOWN - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin stopped in at the Bridges Without Boundaries business summit Tuesday to address speakers' points of interest from the point of view of a Senator. For him, having a space full of West Virginia leaders together to discuss the state's future itself is an imperative part of shaping the state for the years to come. "It's a tremendous opportunity for us to basically look at the successes we've had and the challenges we still have," Manchin said. "If I've done my … Continue Reading

April 23, 2019

Manchin Announces More Than $1.7M In Rural School Payments | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Jordan Nelson

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), announced Thursday many counties throughout the state will receive a total of $1,778,953 though the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The rewards will allow for $172,953 to be used in Greenbrier County, $34,635 in Monroe County and $51,413 in Nicholas County. "Senator Manchin pressed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen about the lapsed SRS payments to 14 West Virginia Counties during last week's Energy … Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

More Than $1.7 Million In Federal Funding Set For West Virginia Schools | WV MetroNews

by Staff Writers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Schools in 14 West Virginia counties will receive federal funding from the Secure Rural Schools program. The more than $1.7 million total comes after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., questioned a U.S. Department of Agriculture official during a hearing last week about the lapse in funding. "While it's unacceptable the payments have lapsed this long, I am relieved the Forest Service has responded to my continued urging and finally issued these overdue payments. I hope they … Continue Reading

April 17, 2019

Wheeling Housing Authority Preparing To-Do List For 2019 | WTOV

by Jaime Baker

OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. - The Wheeling Housing Authority has five different properties for residents across the city. That can be expensive to keep up with, but the federal government has offered some financial help. "It's the same as upkeeping a house. But we have 543 units to keep up," said Joyce Wolen, executive director, Wheeling Housing Authority. Late last week, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelly Moore-Capito announced more than $13 million to be distributed across the state to modernize … Continue Reading

April 17, 2019

City Of Beckley Receives $313,000 In Federal Funds | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Jessica Farrish

The City of Beckley has received $313,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, and public hearings will be held to decide how the monies will be spent, Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold said Tuesday. "We're required to have some public hearings for input," he said. Rappold said that, in the past few years, the city has used $41,000 CDBG funds for community policing and $35,000 to $40,000 to demolish substandard housing or deserted houses. Over the past few years, CDBG funds … Continue Reading

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