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May 28, 2011

6 months on Capitol Hill: Manchin makes name as bipartisan in U.S. Senate | Charleston Gazette

by Lawrence Messina

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Six months into his new job on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has busily pursued a brand of consensus-building that helped him twice win the Governor's Mansion and continues to keep him in view of West Virginia voters as the 2012 election nears. The 63-year-old Democrat has called for preserving the bulk of the federal health-care overhaul, while helping lead the charge to scrap some of its more unpopular provisions. He has agreed with congressional Republicans who … Continue Reading

May 21, 2011

Manchin supports federal spending cap | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin says he supports a bill that would cap federal spending at a certain percentage of the nation's gross domestic product, because the nation's deficit has risen so sharply in recent years. During the 16 years when Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were in the White House, spending as a percentage of GDP averaged 19.7 percent. It ranged from a high of 21.4 percent in 1993, Clinton's first year, to a low of 18.2 percent in 2000 and 2001, after Clinton … Continue Reading

May 15, 2011

Coal-to-gas project in Mingo County can be powerful message in U.S. energy policy | Times West Virginian

by Editorial

FAIRMONT - The project is certainly important. The message it sends is even more so. The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority held a ground-breaking ceremony last Monday for the new $3 billion TransGas Development Systems coal-liquefaction plant. Construction of the plant, called Adams Fork Energy, is expected to begin in July. Officials say the project should be completed and producing gasoline by 2015 and should be in full production by 2016. The New York-based company said the plant will … Continue Reading

May 12, 2011

W.Va. Sens. call for action on gas prices | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Carra Higgins

High fuel prices across the nation have prompted action from the state's two U.S. senators. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, both D-W.Va., Wednesday called for action to combat the cost of fuel and provide relief for Americans struggling to pay around $4 per gallon. On the U.S. Senate floor, Manchin asked that his colleagues to work toward making the country energy independent during this generation. Recalling the gasoline rations of the 1970s, Manchin said the event was … Continue Reading

May 11, 2011

Manchin Outlines "Commonsense" Strategy for Lower Gas Prices | WDTV News

The high gas prices West Virginians (and Americans) have been suffering through have many folks turning to our politicians in Washington, D.C. for a solution. Wednesday, Senator Joe Manchin (D, WV) announced his "commonsense strategy" that he hopes will end our dependence on foreign oil and drive gas prices back down to normal levels. In a speech on the senate floor, Manchin highlighted the need for short and long-term energy solutions. Manchin also said that Democrats and Republicans must … Continue Reading

May 10, 2011

Ground broken on coal-to-gas plant | Logan Banner

by Michael Browning

May 10--GILBERT -- A step toward energy independence was taken yesterday as ground was broken on a new coal-to-gas plant in Mingo County. The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority held a ground-breaking ceremony in Gilbert for the new TransGas Development Systems coal liquefaction plant. Nearly 600 people attended the event, held just down from the Larry Joe Harless Community Center. The actual plant, called Adams Fork Energy, will be built on a post-mine land use site just down the road at … Continue Reading

May 09, 2011

Fiscal discipline a critical need now | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Editorial

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., makes a good point about President Barack Obama's insistence that lawmakers would be irresponsible to vote against raising the national debt limit. Manchin notes that in 2006, Obama did just that while serving as a senator from Illinois. By mid-May, the government will reach the limit for borrowing money under current law, $14.3 trillion. Because 42 cents of every dollar spent in Washington is borrowed money, that would have a catastrophic effect. Spending for some … Continue Reading

May 03, 2011

Manchin outlines plan to fight drug abuse Huntington | The Cabell Standard

by Jim Hale

HUNTINGTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., came to Huntington last week to announce a three-point plan to fight drug abuse. Manchin was joined at the announcement at Cabell Huntington Hospital by community officials, physicians and members of law enforcement, who stressed the immediate need for commonsense federal measures to combat drug abuse in West Virginia and the nation. West Virginia has one of the nation's highest rates of drug overdose deaths, and Manchin pledged his support for … Continue Reading

May 02, 2011

Manchin brings 'Commonsense Solutions' to Grafton | The Grafton Mountain Statesman

by Matthew Trout

United States senator for West Virginia, Joe Manchin, III, stopped by Jerry's Restaurant Saturday morning to have coffee and talk about common sense. Early Saturday morning, United States Senator Joe Manchin, III, made his way to Jerry's restaurant to have coffee and discuss common sense. The visit to Grafton wraps up Manchin's "Commonsense Solutions Week" Tour. Manchin visited nine counties, and traveled nearly 1,500 miles, to unveil common sense measures aimed at repairing the nation's … Continue Reading

March 27, 2011

Silver Alert: Measure merits congressional support | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Editorial

Efforts by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to establish a national Silver Alert network are not only welcomed but strongly encouraged. Hoping to build off of what is already a successful West Virginia initiative, Manchin, D-W.Va., announced last week that he will introduce federal legislation to create a National Silver Alert network to assist with local and regional efforts to search for missing adults. Since the state legislation was signed into law by Manchin while acting as the former governor of … Continue Reading

March 27, 2011

Manchin proud of Rec Center success | Logan Banner

by Michael Browning

CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin stood near the doorway of the Chief Logan Rec Center on Wednesday and welcomed members as they came in for their daily workout. "Come on in," Manchin said, welcoming a group walking through the door. Manchin beemed as people told him how they love the Rec Center. At one point during Manchin's visit, people were lined up out the door signing in and asking about buying a membership to the Rec Center. Impressed at the number of people coming … Continue Reading

March 26, 2011

Manchin and Moss play in charity game | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Anthony Gaynor

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin battled for rebounds with NFL standout Randy Moss during the Governor's Charity Basketball Game at the Kenneth "Honey" Rubenstein Juvenile Center on Friday. Manchin and Moss took part in the game that helped the Kenneth "Honey" Rubenstein Juvenile Center cadets raise money for Tucker County Helping Hands. "We started this last year," said Manchin, D-W.Va. "We told the young men this will be your night." Manchin said the cadets at the center picked their charity and, … Continue Reading

March 25, 2011

Manchin committed to creating jobs in W.Va. | The Huntington Herald Dispatch

by The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is telling entrepreneurs that he is committed to creating good-paying new jobs in West Virginia. The West Virginia Democrat spoke with small business leaders Thursday in South Charleston. He referred to the city's Tech Park as a promising hub for creating jobs, and as an example of a public-private investment partnership. Manchin spoke with state business leaders about challenges they face and how to best prepare young people for jobs in the … Continue Reading

March 23, 2011

Washington could use more Charleston Joe | Charleston Daily Mail

by Editorial

WHEN it comes to fiscal matters, Sen. Joe Manchin should always ask himself What Would Gov. Joe Manchin Do, because as a governor he had an excellent record on the state budget. Gov. Manchin not only balanced the budget but kept operating expenses low even as revenues rose. Any extra money he could find was dedicated to paying down the multibillion-dollar unfunded liability in state pensions. In Washington, there is no budget. Congress instead has passed a string of "continuing resolutions" … Continue Reading

March 22, 2011

Manchin visits Head Start students in Dunbar | Charleston Gazette

by Staff Writers

DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., visited the Head Start program at the Shawnee Community Education Center in Dunbar on Tuesday. During the stop, part of the senator's weeklong "Our Values, Our Priorities" tour of the state, Manchin said Head Start was not the place to start looking for ways to cut the federal budget. The House of Representatives recently included the program in its budget-cutting proposal. "The America I know would not cut funding for children who deserve a chance … Continue Reading

March 12, 2011

Counting on Joe Manchin | The Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Editorial

Editor: Senator Manchin's representative recently visited Elkins to hear the people's views. I made a list of some of what I believe is of importance to West Virginians. Potable drinking water and clean air for families and communities: Support the EPA's work to protect our health by enforcing the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. This means supporting the end of mountaintop removal mining. The few jobs it offers are not mining jobs, and it decimates community health and community … Continue Reading

March 02, 2011

Manchin questions U.S. role in Afghanistan | Charleston Gazette

by Paul J. Nyden

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., fresh from a nine-day fact-finding trip to Afghanistan and the Middle East, said he has lingering questions about our mission abroad. "Is our job truly nation building or should we get back to playing a support role in fighting the war on terror?" Manchin said during a conference call with reporters from his office in Washington on Wednesday. "Afghanistan is now the longest war in our nation's history. We are spending hundreds of billions of … Continue Reading

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