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April 17, 2019

MSHA Considers Moving Mount Hope Office To Academy | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Jessica Farrish

The U.S. Mine Safety Health Administration is considering a plan to move its Mount Hope office to the Operating Engineers building at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's office reported on Monday. MSHA officials have not reached a decision on the plan, said Katey McCutcheon, Manchin's spokeswoman. "We reached out to the Department of Labor, and they said that MSHA is exploring moving to the Operating Engineers building in Academy, but that they … Continue Reading


April 17, 2019

Bill Aims To Allow More Flexibility For Prescription Drug Spending | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

The Restoring Access to Medication Act (RAMA), introduced in the U.S. Senate last week, aims to reverse a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that limits the use of funds from pre-tax health accounts (such as health savings accounts and medical saving accounts) towards the purchase of prescription drugs or insulin. If passed, RAMA would also allow consumers to have more flexibility with different pre-tax health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter drugs. "I have always said … Continue Reading


April 17, 2019

Senators Want More Money For Carbon Capture Research | Bloomberg

by Abby Smith

A dozen senators from both parties want Congress to set an aggressive timeline in spending legislation for the Energy Department to develop new and improved carbon capture technologies. The senators are urging their colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to fund Energy Department programs for carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies at the "highest possible levels" in fiscal year 2020. The Trump White House, in its fiscal year 2020 budget request, proposes a nearly $200 … Continue Reading


April 16, 2019

Nearly $30 Million In Housing And Urban Development Funding Awarded To WV | The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON - Nearly $30 million has been secured for West Virginia through various grant programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding will come to the state in the form of Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Emergency Solutions Grants and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program, according to a release from the office of U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. West Virginia Nonentitlement will receive … Continue Reading


April 16, 2019

City Gets $2.2M for Development, Housing | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Travis Crum

HUNTINGTON - The City of Huntington will receive $2.5 million in federal funds for economic development, expanding affordable housing and providing shelter for the homeless. Meanwhile, the Huntington Housing Authority will get $1.1 million in a federal grant to develop, finance and modernize its facilities. The money announced Monday was part of more than $29.8 million awarded statewide by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to create sustainable communities and expand … Continue Reading


April 16, 2019

Federal HUD Funds Announced For Beckley, Raleigh And Mount Hope | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Jessica Farrish

Three housing authorities in the region will receive a portion of $13.5 million in federal money allotted to 30 public housing authorities in West Virginia. Funds are from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s Public Housing Capital Fund and will help West Virginia public housing authorities develop, finance and modernize their facilities as well as their management operations, U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said in a … Continue Reading


April 16, 2019

Sen. Manchin Speaks At Roundtable On Potential Appalachian Storage Hub | The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Jake Jarvis

CHARLESTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says a new bill he introduced in Congress this week could help spur development of the state's energy sector. Manchin, D-W.Va., stopped by West Virginia Roundtable Inc.'s membership meeting at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center on Monday afternoon to discuss the opportunity to create an Appalachian storage hub for natural gas. "(The bill) would require the Department of Energy to examine the additional security benefits of an Appalachian storage … Continue Reading


April 15, 2019

Questions Over Coverage Plague Rural Broadband Expansion | The Associated Press

by Anthony Izguirre

There is a way around the notoriously sluggish internet in West Virginia. You just need a car and some time. Kelly Povroznik can tell you, when she happens to get a good signal. She teaches an online college course so hampered by unreliable connections that she has had to drive a half-hour to her brother's place just to enter grades into a database. "It added so much additional work for me, and I just don't have the time," said Povroznik, who lives in Weston, West Virginia. "I just kept … Continue Reading


April 15, 2019

$13.5M Awarded To Modernize West Virginia Public Housing | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Staff Writers

Thirty public housing authorities in West Virginia were awarded more than $13.5 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced Thursday. The funding from HUD's Public Housing Capital Fund will help West Virginia public housing authorities develop, finance and modernize their facilities as well as their management operations. Four local public housing agencies received grant month. The Housing … Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Manchin Proposes Reclamation Fee Extension | E&E News

by Dylan Brown

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin put forward legislation today to extend a fee on coal mining to help clean up abandoned sites nationwide. Manchin introduced the "Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee Extension Act" with fellow Democratic Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, and Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia. The Abandoned Mine Lands fund was created by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) to pay for reclamation at thousands of sites … Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

WV Senators Applaud President Trump's Order On Pipelines | The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Charles Young

CLARKSBURG - West Virginia lawmakers are applauding President Donald Trump's efforts to speed up natural gas pipeline projects. Trump issued a pair of executive orders Thursday aimed at making it harder for states to block pipelines and other energy projects due to environmental concerns. "Too often badly needed energy infrastructure is being held back by special interest groups, entrenched bureaucracies and radical activists," Trump said before signing the orders. Both Sen. Shelly Moore … Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

House Authority Of The City Of Bluefield One of Many Receiving Federal Funds | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Staff Writers

BLUEFIELD - The Housing Authority of the City of Bluefield was among the entities across West Virginia that shared in more than $13.5 million in federal funds, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. announced Thursday. Manchin and Capito, who are both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $13,523,370 for 30 public housing authorities throughout the state of West Virginia from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). … Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Manchin Questions Forest Service Funding For Rural Schools | WV MetroNews

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Critical funding from the U.S. Forest Service designated for rural counties school systems for the coming years is in jeopardy, but the top official with the Forest Service tells Congress the designated funds for this year will be forthcoming. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin noted in a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee designated funding for the Secure Rural Schools Act has been gutted for the coming fiscal year. "Without Secure Rural funds, … Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Elkins AmeriCorps Program To Receive Over $750,000 In Funding | WDTV

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTV) -- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced Monday that $4.2 million will be going to four AmeriCorps programs in the state, including one in Elkins. According to a joint press release, $1,116,925 will go to United Way of Central West Virginia in Charleston, $769,745 will go to High Rocks Education Corporation in Hillsboro, $755,800 will go to the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area in Elkins, and $274,864 will go to the Grow Ohio Valley in … Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Bipartisan Bill Calls For Mandatory LWCF Funding | E&E News

by Kellie Lunney

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will introduce today bipartisan legislation to provide permanent, full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, his office confirmed last night. The "Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act" would make funding for the LWCF mandatory at its current authorized annual level of $900 million, according to a bill summary from Manchin's office. "This was the original intent when the LWCF was established and credited with revenues from offshore oil … Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Manchin, Bates Reflect On Legacy of Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion | WV MetroNews

by Pete Davis

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and West Virginia House of Delegates member Mick Bates, D-Raleigh, were among those in attendance at a ceremony Friday honoring the victims of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in Raleigh County nine years ago. Manchin, who was governor of West Virginia when the disaster occurred, said the memory of the miners who perished on April 5, 2010 has had a profound impact on his approach to government service. "I see some of the family members are … Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Manchin, Capito Discuss Health Care Options After Possible Legislation Pushed Until After Election | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - While President Donald Trump has kicked the debate on health care legislation until after the 2020 election cycle, the issue of health care is not going away anytime soon. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing a December ruling regarding the federal health care law's constitutionality; a judge ruled in favor of a coalition of states - in which one member is West Virginia - decided "Obamacare" is unconstitutional because of the repeal of the statute's individual … Continue Reading


April 05, 2019

Constellium, Blue Origin Reach Multi-Year Contract | WV MetroNews

by Staff Writers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Constellium announced Thursday a multi-year contract with Blue Origin to support their launch vehicle programs. According to Constellium, the agreement is a new milestone regarding the supply of Airware aluminum plates and sheets for Blue Origin's New Glenn orbital rocket. The plates will come from plants in Ravenswood and Issoire, France. Blue Origin is a privately-funded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos founded the company … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

State Awaits Flood Dollars | Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Steve Allen Adams

CHARLESTON - West Virginia is awaiting more than $106 million to help limit the damage from the next big flood, but the state is having issues spending the federal funding it has now. In a statement released Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., expressed frustration over delays in releasing $106,494,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant program for disaster recovery. Manchin said the holdup is with the Office of Management and … Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Rainelle Medical Center To Receive More Than $2 Million In Funding | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

Rainelle Medical Center will receive more than $2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The center provides primary care services, preventative health care, including mammograms for uninsured women, as well as black lung treatment. "I am thrilled Rainelle Medical Center will receive this funding so that they can better serve their community, through providing essential medical services to West Virginians and give rural West Virginians access to health care," … Continue Reading

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