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March 05, 2019

US Senate Committee To Discuss Climate Change, Electricity Changes | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Tuesday's hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is aimed at putting lawmakers and federal agencies on the same page on addressing climate change and a global energy marketplace. "The hardest thing we have in Washington right now is establishing a set of facts that everybody agrees on," Manchin said Monday. "With all of the social media, cable news and everybody else establishing their opinion, they are … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Manchin Asks Amazon To Consider West Virginia For 2nd Headquarters | WV MetroNews

by Staff Writers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is urging Amazon.com Inc. to put its second headquarters in West Virginia. The letter to CEO Jeff Bezos came after the company announced Feb. 14 it was canceling plans to build a second headquarters in New York City's Long Island City location. "You once wrote that your strategy for philanthropy could be found at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact, and I am certain that influenced your search for a second headquarters, … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Fallout Continues From Anti-Muslim Display At WV Capitol | The Charleston Gazette

by Jake Zuckerman

The Democratic House Minority Whip apologized Saturday after apparently losing his temper and injuring a staffer. The Republican Speaker of the House condemned an anti-Muslim display outside the chamber as part of "WV GOP Day" that triggered the event. Despite his apology, Delegate Mike Caputo, D-Marion, could still face punitive action, according to House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, who said the House needs to work on how it maintains its civil discourse. In light of potential … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Community Health Centers Receive HHS Funding | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) has awarded more than $14 million to health centers in West Virginia. Specifically, Community Health Systems, Inc. will receive $3,075,914; Community Care of West Virginia, Inc., $4,364,437; New River Health Association, Inc., $2,299,011; and Shenandoah Valley Medical System, Inc., $4,325,852. "These health centers are providing essential services to West Virginians across our state," said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. "Without these … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Congress Allocates $1.4 Million To Fix Road Slips In Wetzel County | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Scott McCloskey

Wetzel County will see more than two dozen slips repaired in the coming months as a result of funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's public assistance grant program. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced this week that $1,422,591 of funding through the FEMA program will assist the West Virginia Division of Highways with repairs to roadways in Wetzel County that were damaged as a result of storms in April 2018. … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

American Miners Act of 2019 Needs To Become Law | The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram

by John Miller

Another year, another battle for coal miners here in West Virginia and across the United States. Retired coal miners' health care pensions and black lung benefits "are on the chopping block again," U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said during last week's debate on the Senate Bill 27, also known as the American Miners Act of 2019. Manchin joined with senators from Virginia and Pennsylvania to introduce the legislation that would provide funding to cover the cost of benefits for miners whose … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Forest Heritage Area Receives Designation | Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is praising federal legislative action this week for protecting the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, which is part of 18 counties including Randolph County. Manchin, a ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, secured the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the national designation of the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area and an increase in the funding cap for the Wheeling National … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Manchin Voted Against EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler | WOAY

by Tyler Barker

WASHINGTON, DC (WOAY) - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted against confirming Andrew Wheeler to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "When I voted to confirm Mr. Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the EPA, I did so because I thought the President deserved to have his team in place. I also believed that I could work with Mr. Wheeler. Today, I voted against him to be the permanent Administrator of the EPA because as Acting Administrator, he hasn't … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Manchin Discusses Economic Opportunities In Southern West Virginia | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Matt Combs

In a room full of business leaders, entrepreneurs, regional and local government officials, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., opened by talking about banana bread. Telling a story of his grandfather who ran a grocery store, the senator said his grandparents would get creative when unsold bananas would become too ripe for most customers. "So, my grandmother would make banana bread and then Papa would always put the banana bread beside the ripened bananas and show people what it could do," … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Manchin says Trump "Doesn't Have A Leg To Stand On" When Declaring National Emergency | WV MetroNews

by Jake Flatley

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who has supported the recent deal in Congress to avoid another partial government shutdown, believes President Donald Trump "does not have a leg to stand on" when declaring a national emergency because of the border. Manchin, D-W.Va., appeared on Friday's MetroNews 'Talkline' with Hoppy Kercheval to discuss the developments out of Washington D.C. this week. "How can you go to the courts and declare an emergency when you got $1.4 billion for the … Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Manchin Introduces Legislation To Reauthorize Rural School Funding | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced legislation this week to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program (SRS). The program, which provides $1.7 million to West Virginia counties every year, expired Sept. 30, 2018. The legislation would extend the program for two years. "Forty-three West Virginia counties receive Secure Rural Schools payments to fund our schools, repair roads and support our law enforcement officials. While I continue to work towards a … Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Manchin, Capito Among Senators Confirming Barr | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm William Barr as the next attorney general. The final vote was 54-45, with Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., voting in favor. Manchin was one of three Democrats who approved of Barr's nomination; Alabama's Doug Jones and Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema also supported the nominee. Kentucky's Rand Paul was the only Republican to vote in opposition. Barr previously served as attorney general under President … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Manchin: Land and Water Fund Reauthorization Good For W.Va | The Wheeling Intelligencer

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Wednesday approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments. The measure, the largest public lands bill considered by Congress in a decade, combines more than 100 separate bills that designate more than 350 miles of river as wild and scenic, add 2,600 miles of new federal trails and create nearly 700,000 acres of new … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

West Virginia Selected For Collaboration To Update Broadband Map | The Beckley Register-Herald

by Wendy Holdren

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced Tuesday that it is collaborating with eight states, including West Virginia, to broaden and update the national broadband availability map. Other states include California, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. David Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator, said in order to ensure that all Americans have access to broadband, a more … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Manchin To Vote 'Yes' On Trump's Attorney General Nominee | Politico

by Marianne Levine

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin will vote to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, his spokesperson told POLITICO Tuesday. Manchin is the second Democratic senator to say he will vote for Barr. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama said last week he too will vote in favor of the president's attorney general nominee. The West Virginian's vote for Barr isn't all that surprising. He has broken with his party before on the president's nominees, voting in favor of Barr's … Continue Reading


February 11, 2019

Manchin Sets Goals As Energy Committee Ranking Member | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., put forward his agenda as the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during the body's first hearing last week on Capitol Hill. Manchin, who previously served as the ranking member of the Energy Subcommittee, spoke about energy development as well as addressing climate change and related acts. "We as a committee can contribute pragmatic solutions to the climate challenges facing our country and the world," he … Continue Reading


February 08, 2019

Endangered Subspecies Spotted At State Of The Union Speech | The Charleston Gazette

by Staff Writers

Feb. 07--Anational television audience last night spotted a rare bird. It's a bird that is highly endangered, but only became so in the last couple of decades. This particular subspecies of bird is more common in West Virginia than perhaps anywhere else in the United States, but is still known to exist -- often reclusively, for its own safety -- in mostly rural and religious areas where it's members traditionally have been self reliant and expect the same from others. The reason the formerly … Continue Reading


February 08, 2019

Global Technology Company Opening Location in Downtown Charleston | WV MetroNews

by Staff Writers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A global technology company that develops cloud-based solutions for federal, state, and local government agencies is opening a location in Charleston and bringing jobs with it. Governor Jim Justice first announced Thursday morning that Infor will open its first West Virginia location in the capital city and will create more than 100 jobs. "I can't tell you how proud I am to welcome Infor to the Mountain State," said Gov. Justice in a statement on Thursday. "I applaud … Continue Reading


February 08, 2019

Manchin Talks Natural Gas At Legislative Breakfast | The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by Steve Allen Adams

CHARLESTON - West Virginia's senior U.S. senator has a lot to say about coal and natural gas, and his new committee position will give him a platform to have his voice heard. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke to attendees by video chat at the West Virginia Press Association's annual Legislative Breakfast Thursday at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. In December, Manchin was named as the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The two-term senator has … Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

Manchin Includes Trump In Call With Students | WV MetroNews

by Alex Thomas

COWEN, W.Va. - A group of Webster County High School students already knew they would be speaking to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Wednesday, but what they did not expect was the opportunity to hear directly from President Donald Trump. Trump briefly joined Manchin in the call, wishing the students well with their studies. Around 20 students and educators heard from the president and the senator. "Normally, you don't get to talk with the president or hear the president in such a small … Continue Reading

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