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August 01, 2012

Coal scores legal victory | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Mannix Porterfield

CHARLESTON - West Virginia scored no small victory Tuesday in the "war against coal" with the Environmental Protection Agency, but industry leaders were cautious that a ruling that the Obama administration exceeded its powers in water quality criteria might be ignored. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in the nation's capital ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by Sen. Joe Manchin when he was governor of West Virginia. In essence, the judge ruled that the EPA exceeded its … Continue Reading

July 23, 2012

Manchin votes to provide tax incentives for business who move back to United States | The Hagerstown Herald-Mail

by Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.- While "really proud" to have Macy's new distribution facility in West Virginia, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said last week that he would love more of the giant retailer's products to be manufactured here, too. A day after taking part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 1.3-million-square-foot Macy's facility in Berkeley County, Manchin, D-W.Va., and U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., voted Thursday for legislation that would have provided tax incentives to encourage … Continue Reading

July 14, 2012

Common sense argument: Manchin is right about Afghanistan | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Editorial

Common sense is something that has been sorely lacking in Washington in recent months. And common sense would suggest that America shouldn't be spending $94 million to upgrade the electrical grid in Afghanistan one week after thousands of West Virginia and Virginia residents were left in the dark without power and water. Instead, we should be using that money to improve our own electrical grid, or at least to build new roads, bridges or schools back home, as correctly argued on the Senate … Continue Reading

July 11, 2012

Manchin speaks against overseas investment | West Virginia Public Broadcasting

by Cecelia Mason

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin says he's disappointed that the federal government is making sure there's electricity in Afghanistan while thousands of Americans remain without power. Manchin is upset that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is awarding a $94 million contract to provide reliable power in Afghanistan. He spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate today. "So I thought, how I could explain this back home?" he said. "We're providing reliable power to the Afghans when nearly … Continue Reading

June 19, 2012

NYT Reports Senator Manchin Fighting Lobbying Efforts to Sink New Controls on Painkillers

Washington, D.C. - In case you missed it, the New York Times is highlighting efforts by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to fight prescription drug abuse by putting stricter controls on the highly-addictive painkiller hydrocodone. The provision was unanimously added to the Senate version of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act on May 23, but was not included in the House bill. "I am determined to see this thing through. I'm not giving up on this. This measure will pass, whether it … Continue Reading

June 17, 2012

Manchin shows off W.Va’s energy portfolio | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Sarah Plummer

- Sen. Joe Manchin invited members from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to visit West Virginia's energy sites this weekend to demonstrate the state's ability to utilize diverse energy resources and to be a model for energy independence. Manchin showed Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, West Virginia's coalfields, wind farms, hydroelectric plants, Marcellus Shale sites and solar energy portfolio. Manchin said they visited the ends of the state, from … Continue Reading

June 17, 2012

State has lots to offer with energy: Coal has been ‘driving force,’ but West Virginia is using other resources | Times West Virginian

by Nicole Fields

FAIRMONT - Coal. Natural gas. Water. Wind. They're all proven energy sources. And they can all be found right here in West Virginia. State and federal leaders saw that firsthand during a tour Friday and Saturday when they traveled throughout the Mountain State to see just what it has to offer in terms of reliable energy, whether it comes in the form of coal and natural gas or other sources such as water and wind. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., was joined by members of the … Continue Reading

June 16, 2012

Childhood obesity — Nutritional guidelines make sense | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

With childhood obesity rates in the nation at a record high, a West Virginia lawmaker is asking Congress to develop, implement and promote new national dietary guidelines for pregnant women and children up to age 2. No such standards currently exist. The amendment was jointly introduced last week by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. It requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and implement … Continue Reading

June 15, 2012

Senators Get Look At WV Energy Sites | West Virginia MetroNews

Two members of the U.S. Senate, not from West Virginia, are getting a close-up look at different ways energy is produced in the Mountain State. Senators Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, began a two-day tour Friday. They are traveling the state as guests of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. All three are members of the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee and either Murkowski or Wyden will likely be the chair of the committee next year. The first stop on the tour was … Continue Reading

June 14, 2012

Veterans Job Caucus supports those who serve | Williamson Daily News

by Julia Roberts Goad

When construction workers and staff are hired for the new coal-to-liquid plant at Wharncliffe, Adams Fork Energy will give preference to those who have served: the country's military veterans. The plant will become one of the businesses that is participating in the "I Hire Veterans" initiative formed by West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and other legislators. Adam Victor, CEO of TransGas, the company that is building the plant, said he will participate in the initiative when construction … Continue Reading

June 14, 2012

Nutrition guidelines wanted for toddlers | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Mannix Porterfield

Specific guidelines in the proper nutrition for toddlers and pregnant women are the goal of Sen. Joe Manchin in an amendment put before the Senate Wednesday, targeting the Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture. Mindful of obesity rates at record levels, Manchin co-sponsored the amendment to a farm bill with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., one that obligates both federal agencies to form, implement and promote dietary guidelines for children up to 2 years old and expectant … Continue Reading

June 13, 2012

W.Va. finances among best in U.S.; $850 million in Rainy Day fund | Charleston Gazette

by Phil Kabler

West Virginia is faring better than many states financially, according to a report released Tuesday. The state will finish the 2011-12 budget year June 30 with $850 million in its Rainy Day surplus funds - the fifth-largest such fund by dollar amount in the U.S., and third largest as a percentage of the state's operating budget, at 20 percent. The fund is projected to grow to $900 million, or 21.4 percent of the annual budget, by June 2013, according to the Spring 2012 Fiscal Survey of … Continue Reading

June 12, 2012

Manchin, Republicans Fight Mercury Emission Rule | WVNS News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Joe Manchin is joining a Republican senator's lead on formally marking disapproval of federal power plant emissions limits. Manchin has previously introduced legislation that would delay the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Utility Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The standards are designed to limit exposure to mercury and other air toxics from U.S. power plants. "From the day I arrived in the Senate, I have been determined to stop the … Continue Reading

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

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