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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


February 06, 2019

WV's Congressional Representatives Request State Funeral For Last World War II Medal of Honor Recipient | WV State Journal

by Staff Writers

WASHINGTON - All five of West Virginia's representatives in the U.S. Congress have written a letter to President Trump requesting a state funeral be held for the last World War II Medal of Honor recipient. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., and Carol Miller, R-W.Va., together drafted the letter, according to a release from Manchin's office. According to the release, the request is an effort to honor the … Continue Reading


February 06, 2019

Huntington Railraod Society's Closing Blamed On Amtrak Changes | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Fred Pace

HUNTINGTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says Amtrak has created a financial hardship for the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, causing its employees to be laid off and the organization to close its doors. Manchin, D-W.Va., sent a letter on Thursday to Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson expressing concern over Amtrak's policies and restrictions that are creating the financial hardship for the society and putting the New River Train's October trips in jeopardy of ending as well. The letter … Continue Reading


February 06, 2019

As Top Dem On Senate Energy Committee, Manchin Prepares to Tout Region's Resources | WV Public TV

by Brittany Patterson

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will begin holding full hearings this week with a new top Democrat: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Manchin's ascension to lead the Senate committee devoted to energy issues drew concern from environmental groups and more left-leaning members of his own party who fear the centrist Democrat may not be a strong climate advocate. At a recent meeting of West Virginia oil and gas producers, the senator from coal country said he hoped to address … Continue Reading


February 06, 2019

Randolph Housing Authority To Receive $1.1 Grant | Elkins Inter-Mountain

by Brad Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Randolph County Housing Authority will receive a $1,095,117 grant to help at-risk youth finish high school or other equivalency programs through YouthBuild North Central. The U.S. Department of Labor grant was announced Tuesday by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "We are thrilled to be awarded this YouthBuild grant, which will enable us to work with another 70-80 young people to build their leadership abilities and job skills, … Continue Reading


January 31, 2019

Manchin, Capito Express Relief Over Deal To End Partial Government Shutdown | WCHS

by Jeff Morris

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) - West Virginia's two U.S. senators expressed relief Friday that a deal has been reached to end the partial government shutdown and fund government for the next three weeks. "I'm glad the government is finally reopening," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said in a tweet. "This politically motivated and extremely hurtful shutdown has harmed millions of Americans and West Virginians. I look forward to working in a bipartisan way to fix our border security and immigration … Continue Reading


January 31, 2019

Manchin Says "Outside Observer" Needed To Negotiate Immigration Deal | CBS News

by Holly Rosenkrantz

Reflecting on the longest government shutdown in U.S. history that ended Friday night, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, the only Democrat who voted for a Republican Senate funding proposal last week, said an "outside observer" is needed to facilitate negotiations between the administration and Congress. "You need to bring in professionals," Manchin said on "Face the Nation." "There's a lack of trust and a lack of belief on both sides. No one believes that, basically, these figures are correct, or … Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

US Senate Rejects 2 Proposals to End Shutdown

by Alex Thomas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The U.S. Senate failed to pass two measures aimed at ending the partial government shutdown in succeeding votes on Thursday. Both measures would have reopened the government after being partially closed for 34 days, but neither plan received the 60 votes needed to pass. Nine departments and multiple agencies have been without funding since Dec. 22. The Senate first rejected a proposal which included provisions put forward by President Donald Trump such as setting aside … Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Manchin Donates Check To Foodbank During Shutdown | The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

by Megan Osborne

HUNTINGTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., donated a portion of his salary to the Facing Hunger Foodbank Tuesday afternoon, following up on a promise he made in early January that he would donate his salary to West Virginia food banks throughout the duration of the partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22. Manchin is splitting his donation between Facing Hunger Foodbank and Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway. A representative from Manchin's office delivered the personal check for … Continue Reading

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