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April 02, 2019

WV Congressional Delegation Wants Mueller Report Released | The Charleston Gazette

by Jake Zuckerman

When it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, West Virginia's entire congressional delegates has said, or voted, that the report should be made available for the public to read. U.S. Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary of the report states the Trump campaign did not conspire or coordinate with Russia regarding the latter's interference into the 2016 presidential election. The summary states the report does not take a … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Manchin Again Urges EPA To Give Minden Superfund Access | WV MetroNews

by Pete Davis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency Monday, reiterating his support for the proposed addition of the town of Minden in Fayette County to the agency's National Priorities List. In the letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Manchin highlighted a resolution recently passed by the West Virginia State Legislature, which Manchin said demonstrated broad bipartisan support for the designation. The addition of Minden to the … Continue Reading


April 01, 2019

Sen. Manchin Urges EPA To Add Minden To National Priorities List | WVNS

by Douglas Fritz

MINDEN, WV (WVNS) - Concerns over the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Minden have reached the national level. On April 1, 2019, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Administrator regarding the subject. Sen. Manchin highlighted a resolution from the West Virginia State Legislature that shows bipartisan support for helping the residents of Minden. He is encouraging the EPA Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, to add the community to the … Continue Reading


April 01, 2019

Facing Driver Shortage; Manchin Among Bipartisan Group Supporting Changes To Trucking Regulations | WV MetroNews

by Alex Wiederspiel

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - 69 trade organizations, including the International Food Service Distributors Association (IFDA), agree that America needs more truck drivers. Mark Allen, the President and CEO of IFDA, said those same trade organizations are joining the call along with a significant bipartisan coalition in Congress to find a piece of legislation to attach the DRIVE-Safe Act (S. 569, H.R. 1374) - repealing a near-century old regulation that limits truck drivers under the age of 21 from … Continue Reading


April 01, 2019

Intuit To Open 'Prosperity Hub' In Bluefield; Up To 500 New Jobs Possible | WV MetroNews

by Jeff Jenkins

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. - State native Intuit Executive Board Chairman Brad Smith announced Friday the company will open a "prosperity hub" in downtown Bluefield with plans to create between 200 and 500 jobs. According to Smith, the prosperity hub will include a customer success center for the Intuit product QuickBooks and an innovation lab to help small businesses. The hub will be located on Federal Street in Bluefield, the former First National Bank building. Intuit officials made the … Continue Reading


March 29, 2019

West Virginia, Ohio Senators Push Nuclear Energy Bill | The Parkersburg News And Sentinel

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON - A bill to encourage innovation in nuclear energy and ensure advanced reactors can provide clean, safe, affordable and reliable power has been reintroduced by the U.S. senators from Ohio and West Virginia. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act would re-establish U.S. leadership in nuclear energy and join innovators from the private and public sectors to develop the next-generation of advanced reactor concepts. The bill was originally introduced in September near the end of the session … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

FAA Faces Questions About Boeing At Two Hearings | The Hill

by Michael Burke & Brett Samuels

Transportation officials on Wednesday pledged to make changes to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight process as the department grapples with the fallout of two crashes in recent months involving Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. Two Senate subcommittees during public hearings raised concerns about the safety certification process and the decision-making that surrounded the aircraft, which was involved in Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes that killed a total of 346 people. It … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Fish And Wildlife Service Releases Report That Will Allow Rebuilding Of WV Schools | The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released environmental review reports, which are necessary to begin the process of constructing replacement schools in Southern West Virginia. According to a release from the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., the release of the reports is part of the environmental review process which needs to be completed before the construction can begin on the new structures. The new buildings will be replacements for schools that needed to be … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Bill Introduced To Provide Law Enforcement With Drug Detection Devices | Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

Bipartisan legislation was introduced Wednesday to provide state and local law enforcement with high-tech devices to detect and identify dangerous drugs like fentanyl. The Providing Officers with Electronic Resources (POWER) Act would establish a new grant program through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to help state and local law enforcement organizations secure these high-tech, portable screening devices, the release said. Without these devices, suspected drugs have to be sent … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Manchin Criticizes Justice Department For 'Obamacare' Stance | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., condemned the Department of Justice on Tuesday for its support of a judicial ruling that the federal health care law and its individual mandate are unconstitutional. Manchin said the department is wrong in wanting the decision made in December to be affirmed, noting millions of Americans could lose health insurance if "Obamacare" is struck down. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is considering the ruling made by Judge Reed O'Connor, a George … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Fighting Addiction | The Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Staff Writers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed last week that West Virginia will receive $14.6 million in federal funding to help fight the deadly opioid crisis. Given the rampant abuse of prescription narcotics in the deep south counties, every dollar that is received to combat this horrific scourge is welcomed and must be maximized to its fullest. According to the region's congressional delegation in Washington, the grant funding will be used to supplement the first-year funding … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

US Senate Dismisses Green New Deal | WV MetroNews

by Staff Writers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday rejected a procedural motion on the Green New Deal, an effort to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions and address the nation's top environmental concerns including climate change. Republicans forced the vote, in which all 53 Republicans voted against the motion. Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Doug Jones of Alabama and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona opposed the measure, as did independent Angus King of Maine. Forty-three senators, … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Funding Awarded To Improve Health Of Mothers And Children | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $1 million for the West Virginia University (WVU) Research Corporation through HRSA's Healthy Start Initiative. The funding aims to improve the health of mothers and children before, during, and after pregnancy through education, resources, and support, the release said. "Alarmingly, maternal mortality rates are on the rise in the United States, and statistics are … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

FCC Claims On Broadband Access Under Scrutiny | The Hill

by Harper Neidig

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being scrutinized over its claims that its deregulatory agenda has led to record gains in the private sector's efforts to expand access to high-speed internet in rural and underserved communities. Internet players, watchdogs and lawmakers are calling for changes to how the agency collects data on broadband access and makes policy. In February, Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft of the agency's annual progress report on broadband … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Justice Department Sides With Federal Judge On 'Obamacare' Ruling | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday evening it supports a federal judge's ruling that the federal health care law is unconstitutional, another act by the Trump administration targeting the statute. The decision came after several states that day issued a challenge to the decision; Judge Reed O'Connor of the Northern District of Texas ruled in December "Obamacare" and its individual mandate are unconstitutional. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is … Continue Reading


March 25, 2019

Manchin Talks Job Training For Teens | Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Steve Allen Adams

CHARLESTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had a word of advice for construction companies and design firms: start them young. Manchin was among the opening speakers Wednesday at the 40th annual West Virginia Construction and Design Expo at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The event is billed as the largest trade show for the construction and design industries in the state. With so many construction contractors, architects, engineers and other trades represented at the expo, … Continue Reading


March 25, 2019

Manchin, Charleston Set To Host W.Va's Largest Job Fair | WV MetroNews

by Jake Flatley

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - One of the largest job fairs the state of West Virginia has ever seen is going to be held at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center on Friday. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., nearly 250 job vendors and over 1,000 open jobs will be available at the Kanawha Valley Job & Resource Fair hosted by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and the City of Charleston. "We have thousands of jobs in West Virginia that we haven't filled yet," Manchin told MetroNews. "When people say 'I … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Toyota Commits $111 Million Investment In WV Plant | The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON - As part of a larger announcement showcasing new investments by Toyota across the U.S., the company on Thursday said it will make a new $111 million investment in the Mountain State. According to a release from Toyota, the funds will be used to expand operations at the company's plant in the town of Buffalo. The investment will add equipment and expand the building of the plant in order to double capacity of hybrid transaxles - from 120,000 units annually to 240,000. In an … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Manchin Pleased With Progress At Northrop Grumman | Mineral Daily News-Tribune

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke Wednesday with the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer to discuss the new contract Northrop Grumman contract in West Virginia. "Today I met with Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, and was so pleased to discuss the new contract that our West Virginia workers earned at the Northrop Grumman facility at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Mineral County," Manchin said. "The Navy recently awarded Northrop Grumman the contract for … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Sen. Manchin, Capito Defend Votes Over Border Security Issue | Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON - In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats Thursday to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico. The rejection capped a week of confrontation with the White House as both parties in Congress strained to exert their power in new ways. The 59-41 tally, following the Senate's vote a day earlier to end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen, promised to force Trump into the first … Continue Reading

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