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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


March 14, 2019

Manchin Applauds Signage Of Public Lands Act | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Matt Combs

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who is the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined President Donald Trump and others at the White House for the signing of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act into law. In a release, Manchin applauded the act and the bipartisan effort which led to its passage. "I was proud to join colleagues on both sides of the aisle at the White House today as President Trump signed the John D. … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

US Senate Expected To Pass Resolution Revoking Trump Emergency Declaration | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The U.S. Senate is set to vote Thursday on a resolution terminating President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration regarding border security. The resolution, already passed by the House of Representatives, would nullify the president's action to secure billions of dollars for physical barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are expected to vote differently on the legislation, with Capito voting against … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Manchin, Murkowski Take Lead On Climate Change | The Charleston Gazette

by Thomas Rodd

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, and his colleague, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have taken an extraordinary and courageous step forward in the battle against runaway climate change. These two legislators are both from major carbon-energy producing states. Murkowski is the chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Manchin is the ranking minority member. These two national leaders have literally reached across the partisan aisle, and - in a joint op-ed in The Washington … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Trump Signs Environmental Bill | WV MetroNews

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed Tuesday legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund among other environmental provisions affecting West Virginia, with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., among those in attendance of the bill signing. The John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act also designates the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area and increases the funding cap for the Wheeling National Heritage Area to open the opportunity … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Murkowski And Manchin Break With Colleagues On Green New Deal | E&E News

by Mike Lee, Jenny Mandel, And Edward Klump

HOUSTON - Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and ranking member Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) delivered a message of unity on climate change here yesterday. But their remarks at CERAWeek by IHS Markit meant sometimes contradicting party colleagues and leaders back in Washington, D.C. Addressing an audience of several thousand people at one of the biggest oil and gas conferences in the country, the political moderates said they could find common ground. "There's … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Funding for Alzheimer's Research Awarded To WVU | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $429,880 to West Virginia University's neurological disorder clinical research program, in order to study Early Alzheimer's disease. "Alzheimer's is a terrible disease that effects far too many West Virginians and Americans," said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. "Since my first days as Governor, I have also been a big supporter of studying this disease, so that we can protect and care for, both our current and future … Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Lawmakers Push Competing Visions for Helping Miners | E&E News

by Dylan Brown

Republican West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito yesterday released the GOP fix for the troubled pensions of more than 100,000 retired union coal miners. Capito's S. 671 mirrors H.R. 935, which Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) introduced earlier this year to rescue United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) pension plans expected to be insolvent by 2022. Both dubbed the "Miners Pension Protection Act," the bills would dip into taxpayer dollars set aside for the Abandoned Mine Land cleanup program, … Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Sen. Manchin Supports Hardrock Mining Reform | Bloomberg

by Steven Lee

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's top Democrat said he was opposed to a 147-year old mining law that a coalition of environmentalists are now trying to overhaul. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin's remarks, made at a March 7 roundtable meeting of the committee, could encourage other Democrats or centrist Republicans to vote for a reform bill expected from Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M). Manchin didn't co-sponsor a version of Udall's reform bill in the last Congress. Under the General … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Senior Corps Organizations To Receive Grant Funding | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

Four Senior Corps organizations in West Virginia will receive grant funding to tackle issues in their communities, including Summersville Baptist Church. The funding will be used to help the organizations' build infrastructure, provide transportation or housing, and allow for broader access to healthcare, such as opioid treatment and prevention programs. Specifically, Summersville Baptist Church will receive $81,394. "One of the best qualities of the people of West Virginia is that we … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Manchin Opposes Judicial Nominee For Role In 'Obamacare' Lawsuit | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Before the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to end debate on President Donald Trump's nominee for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voiced his opposition to Chad Readler in light of his role in the ongoing lawsuit on the federal health care law. "A vote for him - in my estimation - is a vote against every West Virginian and American with a pre-existing condition," he said. The Senate voted 53-45 to move the nomination forward; Sen. Shelley Moore … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Capito, Manchin Announce $1.5 Million For Welch Wastewater Project | The Bluefield Daily Telegraph

by Charles Boothe

The grant was announced Monday by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). The funding, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants, will support the expansion of the city's wastewater system into North Welch, serving about 93 new customers. "Modern, reliable infrastructure is critical to providing basic services West Virginians depend on," Capito said. "Local, state, and federal partners are working hard to ensure … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Facebook To Build Broadband Network Across State | The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Steve Allen Adams

CHARLESTON - West Virginia received a like from Facebook Monday as it announced a substantial effort to expand broadband access across the state. Representatives from Facebook joined Gov. Jim Justice and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., at a press conference Monday morning in the Governor's Reception Room. "It's going to be probably without question the biggest initiative we've had in this state forever," Justice said. Facebook plans to build a 275-mile fiber optic cable across West … Continue Reading

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