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May 13, 2019

Frustrated Dems, Republicans Team Up To Pry Loose Billions In Flood Protection Funds | NBC News

by Laura Strickler

WASHINGTON - As heavy rains continue in Texas, Democrats and Republicans in Congress are trying to free up flood-prevention money that has been held up because of what sources from both parties say is President Donald Trump's reluctance to approve funding that would also go to Puerto Rico. The $15.9 billion, which was approved by Congress in February 2018 and would go to states that include Texas, Florida, and Louisiana, can't be released until the White House Office of Management and Budget … Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Murkowski, Manchin Introduce Bill To Strengthen U.S. Vehicle Supply Chain | Forbes

by Greg Rogers

The rapid growth of the electric vehicle (EV) market has nudged virtually every automaker to embrace electrification, signaling a paradigm shift wherein batteries begin to challenge the dominance of oil, which currently accounts for 92% of the energy used in the U.S. transportation sector. However, upending more than a century of oil addiction is a complex undertaking that will not happen overnight. The supply chain for the critical minerals that are needed to produce EV batteries - including … Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Princeton VA Clinic Moves To New Location | The Princeton Times

by Charles Boothe

PRINCETON - Local, state and federal officials were on hand in Princeton Friday for the official grand opening of the new Princeton VA (Veterans Affairs) Clinic. Located in Courthouse Square on Courthouse Road, the second-floor facility offers comprehensive medical care and replaced the much smaller facility on North Walker Street. "It's a glorious day here in Princeton," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who spoke along with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Capito, the daughter of the late … Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

New River Gorge May Become A National Park And Preserve Rather Than A National Park | The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Staff Writers

CHARLESTON - The idea to turn the New River Gorge into a National Park may now lead to legislation to make the area a Park and Preserve instead. WV MetroNews reports that the idea to turn the 70,000 acre New River Gorge area into a National Park evolved into an idea to make the area a Park and Preserve, due to concern over the infringement of hunting rights in the area. The bill introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, included hunting rights, but National Parks do not … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Manchin Seeks Answers From FBI On McKesson Pill Dump | WV MetroNews

by Jake Flatley

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is asking the director of the FBI to look into the consequences of the state's recent settlement with opioid distributor McKesson. Manchin called the $37 million settlement "dangerous" when he questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray this week during a U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations meeting. Manchin said he's concerned the settlement has cut off the opportunity to find out why McKesson dumped millions of pills in the Mingo County community … Continue Reading


May 09, 2019

Lawmakers, Miners Rally In DC For Pension Protection Legislation | The Dominion Post

by David Beard

MORGANTOWN - Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. David McKinley joined with other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle Wednesday morning to rally outside the Capitol once again for passage of legislation to protect coal minters' pensions. The 1974 Pension Plan is headed for insolvency due to coal company bankruptcies and the 2008 financial crisis. The lawmakers said the pensions - averaging just $500 per month - of 100,000 retirees are at stake. "This should have been done … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Manchin, Collins Urge DOJ To Drop Support Of Obamacare Lawsuit | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday asked Attorney General William Barr for the Justice Department to drop its support of a ruling on the constitutionality of the federal health care law. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Maine Republican Susan Collins sent a letter to Barr as former President Barack Obama's healthcare law faces a challenge from a coalition of states and the Trump administration that could mean the end of the Affordable Care Act. "Overturning the ACA will … Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

RECLAIM Act of 2019 | The Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Staff Writers

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., have introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate that seeks to provide opportunities for coal reclamation and economic development in communities that have been adversely impacted by the downturn in the coal industry. The Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act of 2019 would release $1 billion from the existing Abandoned Mine … Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

Barboursville To Co-Host National Youth Soccer Tournaments | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Caity Coyne

In partnership with the village of Barboursville and the Barboursville Soccer Complex, the Shawnee Sports Complex in Dunbar, West Virginia, will host four national youth soccer tournaments over the next two years, bringing with them an estimated economic impact of $56 million for the Kanawha Valley, Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango said at a news conference Friday. The Eastern Regional Championship, a part of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series, will be played between … Continue Reading


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

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