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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


April 03, 2012

Manchin celebrates accreditation of MU Forensic Science Graduate Program | The Parthenon

by Zachary Morris

United States Sen. Joe Manchin stopped by the Marshall University Forensic Science Center on Tuesday to celebrate the accreditation of the MU Forensic Science Graduate Program's Accreditation and the addition of the Paul H. and Dixie O. Nicely Scholarship Fund. Manchin said that the accreditation of this program makes West Virginia the leader in forensic science. "Marshall University is not just the leader in forensic science in West Virginia," Manchin said. "Marshall University is the … Continue Reading


March 27, 2012

Manchin rallies support for hiring veterans | The State Journal

by Ann Ali

CHARLESTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is hoping to add one symbol to storefronts and businesses that means a little more to veterans than yellow ribbon and American flag decals. "We've shown many different ways to support our troops," Manchin said during a media call Tuesday morning. "I think you'll al remember the yellow ribbon … we fly the American flag, and we do everything we can to show the sacrifices that have been made for us. "Veterans today are going to need more than … Continue Reading


March 24, 2012

Manchin encourages area students | The Martinsburg Journal

by Jenni Vincent

MARTINSBURG -U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin had plenty in common with Martinsburg High School's award-winning Good Times Show Choir members when he stopped for a visit Friday morning, especially since his own son had been part of a similar musical group during his school days. Although the choir was predominantly female, Manchin encouraged his son, Joseph, to get involved because he had a good voice and loved music. Soon, several of his son's friends also joined and in the end, it was an … Continue Reading


March 23, 2012

Manchin speaks with community leaders about economic development as a region | The Hagerstown Herald-Mail

by Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin told community leaders in the Eastern Panhandle Friday to pick their top priority to spur economic development as a region and avoid only looking out for their own small territories. "You can't go down (to Washington, D.C.) there with a wish list and think we're going to do it all," Manchin, D-W.Va., told a bipartisan group of political and business leaders at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. Get the information you need fast. Sign up for our Breaking … Continue Reading


March 19, 2012

CCP Reciprocity Bill Makes Sense | West Virginia MetroNews

by Chris Lawrence

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced this week he's co-sponsoring a bill with Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). The bill is entitled National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012. It makes a lot of sense. More than 60,000 West Virginia gun owners possess concealed carry permits. However, when you travel to another state, a CCP is as meaningless as if you had a "chance" card from a Monopoly game in your pocket. Manchin's proposal aims to create a uniform policy in … Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

Manchin Views Destruction | Lincoln Journal

by Sean O'Donoghue

HAMLIN - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) visited Lincoln County, last Saturday, March 10, and viewed the destruction in the county following the March 2 storms. A Blackhawk helicopter touched down at Lions Club Field in Hamlin at around 9:45 a.m. Manchin was joined by a number of state officials. He was welcomed at Lions Club Field by Lincoln County Commission President Charles McCann, Lincoln Office of Emergency Services Director Allen Holder and others. Manchin and the group then board a … Continue Reading


March 14, 2012

Rockefeller, Manchin praise Century retirees' effort | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On the eve of a vote by Century Aluminum retirees about the company's proposal to restore at least some of their health-care benefits, U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin spoke together on the Senate floor for the first time, praising the deal. The two Democratic senators praised the efforts by Karen Gorrell to lead protests seeking to restore health-care benefits to workers who retired, benefits taken away by the company, beginning in 2010. Retired Century … Continue Reading


March 10, 2012

Manchin questions military officials on contractors | Saturday Gazette-Mail

by Paul J. Nyden

During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing this week, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., questioned Army Secretary John McHugh and General Ray Odierno about the Army's increasing reliance on private military contractors. Manchin wants military officials to cut contractors instead of reducing the number of regular troops, especially as debates about budget deficits continue. The United States has 90,000 service members deployed in Afghanistan, Manchin said Thursday, but they are … Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

Manchin discusses ways to improve nutrition in schools | Williamson Daily News

by Chad Abshire

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) recently met with members of the West Virginia School Nutrition Association to discuss ways to improve nutrition programs in schools across the state.The senator spoke with multiple people, discussing ways to increase participation in breakfast programs, plans to implement innovative meal programs, and how to cook more nutritious food so children could eat well-balanced meals in West Virginia schools, a press release from Manchin's office stated."Lifelong health … Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

Manchin, other senators call for end to Afghanistan war | Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and 23 other senators called on President Obama on Wednesday to bring American combat forces home from Afghanistan. With the Senate debating funding for highway construction and other domestic transportation needs, the senators wrote to Obama, "We simply cannot afford more years of elevated troop levels in Afghanistan. We are spending roughly $10 billion in Afghanistan each month at a time when we're making tough sacrifices at home. "Your … Continue Reading


March 06, 2012

Manchin, Rahall and Rockefeller Unite Behind Efforts to Curb Oil Speculators | WVNS News

by Douglas Fritz

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) joined together on Tuesday, March 6 to urge a federal watchdog to do more to make sure that a few Wall Street insiders are not impacting the price of gas for struggling families. Rockefeller, Manchin and Rahall sent a letter to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) asking the agency to implement new policies to better regulate oil speculation as required … Continue Reading


March 06, 2012

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin Speaks Out About Child Nutrition | WTRF News

by D.K. Wright

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia met with members of the W. Va. School Nutrition Association to discuss ways to improve nutrition programs in schools. According to a news release from Manchin's office, they discussed ways to improve participation in school breakfast programs, plans to implement innovative meal programs and how to cook more nutritious foods so children can eat well-balanced meals in W.Va. Schools. "Lifelong health starts when you're very young, so I've always made … Continue Reading

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