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July 11, 2016

We are closer to saving miner's health, pension benefits | Charleston Gazette

by Senator Joe Manchin

In May 1946, the United States was in the midst of a robust post-World War II economic recovery. The United Mine Workers of America were actively negotiating their contracts and a strike was pending in the coal mines. President Truman recognized the vital role the coal industry played in the economic recovery efforts and, fearing a prolonged strike, issued an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Interior to take possession of the bituminous coal mines in the United States and negotiate … Continue Reading


May 05, 2016

Convention Center is the place to be Friday | Logan Banner

by Senator Joe Manchin

I constantly hear people in Washington and across the country talking about an economic recovery. I hear them talk about how high the stock market is and how corporate profits and GDP are growing. And while that may be true, southern West Virginia has been left out of that recovery. As a result, the Main Streets across southern West Virginia continue to suffer, as Wall Street continues to amass excessive profits. This issue is not a Democratic or Republican issue. This is a West Virginia … Continue Reading


April 28, 2016

Remember Jessie with law to prevent another prescribed overdose | Charleston Gazette Mail

by Senator Joe Manchin

One of the most moving experiences I have had as a U.S. Senator was at Oceana Middle School in Southern West Virginia. I visited the school in 2011 expecting to talk with students about the importance of receiving a good education and working hard to gain the necessary skills to be successful in their careers. Instead, we talked about drug abuse and addiction, and I heard personal stories from some students about the ways that the drug epidemic had devastated their families and their … Continue Reading


April 06, 2016

I remain committed to bringing jobs to the region | Beckely Register Herald

by Senator Joe Manchin

My grandparents, Papa Joe and Mama Kay, owned a small store in my hometown of Farmington, and they taught me how valuable a day's work for a day's pay can be to an individual, a family and a community. Our town wasn't rich with material goods; in fact, most people outside of our town would have described us as poor. But we described ourselves as hardworking, proud and patriotic. We mined the coal that powered our state and our country through wars and recession, but also to peace and … Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Time for Senate to fulfill its duties | Charleston Gazette-Mail

by Senator Joe Manchin

The Constitution states "[The President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint ... Judges of the Supreme Court." Last week the President fulfilled his Constitutional obligation and nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. The Constitutional obligation now lies with the Senate. I know we are able to debate, advise and consent on nominations, because we just did it. On Sept. 15, 2015, President Obama nominated Dr. Robert Califf to be the … Continue Reading


March 03, 2016

New act is first step toward US opioid abuse recovery | Charleston Gazette Mail

by Senator Joe Manchin

The nationwide opioid abuse epidemic has hit West Virginia harder than it has any other state in our country. Drug overdose deaths in the Mountain State have soared by 700 percent since 1999. In 2015 alone, we lost 600 West Virginians to opioid abuse. But West Virginia is not the only state suffering; prescription drug abuse continues to tear apart families and communities across the country. Fifty-one Americans die every day from opioid abuse, totaling a loss of nearly 200,000 of our loved … Continue Reading


February 04, 2016

Stories like Haley's inspire me to keep fighting drug abuse problem | Beckley Register-Herald

In southern West Virginia, a young girl by the name of Haley was excited for her 12th birthday party. Eager to spend the day celebrating with her friends, she was deeply hurt and embarrassed, though not entirely surprised, when the day took an unfortunate turn. Her mother, a longtime addict of prescription pills, failed to appear for much of the party, leaving Haley's 16-year-old sister to pay for the event. Haley's mom eventually showed at her daughter's party, but by that time, her eyes were … Continue Reading


November 13, 2015

President Obama's EPA 'overreaching' water rules will jeopardize state economy | Preston County News and Journal

It's no secret here in West Virginia that regulations being imposed by the Obama Administration are slamming our state's coal industry and our coal mining jobs. But now, it is not just the mining jobs that the EPA is attacking. The agency is overreaching with a new water rule that will jeopardize virtually every sector and the local economies across the Mountain State. Thankfully, the Senate voted to roll back these dangerous regulations. Each and every West Virginian wants to drink clean … Continue Reading


November 11, 2015

On this day, consider sacrifices of our men, women in uniform | Beckley Register-Herald

Every year on Veterans Day, we gather as a nation to express our deepest gratitude to the men and women who have fought to safeguard our beloved nation and secure our freedoms. No matter the war, no matter the rank, no matter the duty, every one of our veterans has answered America's call. They have served us well and we must do the same for them. One of the ways we can show our gratitude to our veterans is by providing them with the best possible care when they return home. Earlier this … Continue Reading


November 04, 2015

Confirmation of Feinberg a good move | Montgomery Herald

by Senator Joe Manchin

Last week, the Senate confirmed West Virginia native Sarah Feinberg as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). As a West Virginian, I truly believe she has the same pragmatic approach to problem-solving that we see in our state every day. I have the utmost confidence in her ability to bring customer service and West Virginia common sense to Washington, in large part, because of her effective and efficient response to the train derailment in Fayette County and other … Continue Reading


November 02, 2015

Energy agenda crushing state | Charleston Daily Mail

On Oct. 23, the Obama administration published its job-killing energy plan that intends to shut down our coal industry. It is time for Congress to step up and step in. I have always fought for West Virginia, which is why I introduced a resolution with Sen. Mitch McConnell this week to stop these regulations that are hurting our state. This is another battle I am proud to lead against the administration's demonization of coal. Never before in our history have we seen something as unreasonable … Continue Reading


October 30, 2015

Prescription drug abuse epidemic and its impact | Logan Banner

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with students and community members at Oceana Middle School about West Virginia's prescription drug abuse epidemic and its impact on the lives of our students and their loved ones. As always, I was struck by the devastating impact this crisis has had on so many in our state. I was especially moved by the stories of two Oceana Middle students. Fourteen year-old Kerry's parents are separating because of the effect of opioid abuse on his family, and twelve … Continue Reading


September 30, 2015

Congress, don't kill Social Security Disability Insurance, fix it and save it | Fox News

by Senators Joe Manchin and Tom Cotton

Nearly 11 million Americans rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), a program intended to provide a safety net to workers who develop a serious, long-term disability. Most American workers pay into SSDI through their payroll taxes, but payments to beneficiaries have exceeded these taxes in recent years. Indeed, since 2009, SSDI has paid out $155 billion more than it has taken in. According to the 2015 annual report from the Social Security system's trustees, the SSDI trust fund … Continue Reading


September 30, 2015

Make Washington Work | Roll Call

by Senators Joe Manchin and Mark Kirk

Congress' current approval rating is at a dismal 14 percent, and it's no wonder why - governing by crisis and subjecting our constituents to partisan bickering is not what we were elected to do. Instead of offering viable solutions to the issues our nation faces, many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have merely dug in their heels and refused to budge. When the government shut down in 2013, Standard & Poor's estimated it cost our economy $24 billion. Across the country … Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

Export-Import Bank Lapse Hurts W.Va. Businesses | Charleston Gazette-Mail

Today is the first day in over 80 years that West Virginia businesses will not have the backing and resources of their government to support them in exporting their products overseas. They will not have a bank that will guarantee loans for them; they will not have the legal backing and financial expertise that is available to their competitors in over 60 countries around the world. During these difficult economic times, and as our economy becomes more and more global each day, it is shameful … Continue Reading


June 20, 2015

Today We Celebrate the Values We All Share as West Virginians | Beckley Register-Herald

by Sen. Joe Manchin

Every June 20, friends, families and neighbors gather together to celebrate West Virginia Day - a holiday dedicated to our statehood. On this special anniversary, we recognize our exceptional history, unique culture and strong traditions. But most importantly, today we are distinctly unified in the profound pride that comes with being a West Virginian. As our beautiful state turns 152, may we all come together today to say, "I'm proud to be a West Virginian." Our state has a one-of-a-kind … Continue Reading


June 17, 2015

Flag Day has Special Significance to West Virginia | Times West Virginian

by Sen. Joe Manchin

Every day, Americans all across this great land pledge their allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. We salute it; we fight for it; we cherish it; we honor it. But one day a year, we pay special tribute to our flag. We set aside every June 14 as Flag Day, commemorating the date in 1777 when the Continental Congress officially made the Stars and Stripes the symbol of America. Flag Day has a special significance to West Virginia. Our state was born out of the bloody conflict of … Continue Reading


June 07, 2015

Manchin remebers D-Day | Logan Banner

by Sen. Joe Manchin

Each year, June 6th marks the anniversary of D-Day, the 1944Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. This important event, notablythe largest seaborne invasion in world history, took an entire year tocoordinate and was a decisive turning point in the war that heralded the comingend of Adolf Hitler's regime and a turning point for the war in Europe. Thisday, we pay tribute to the heroes who - with unequivocal patriotism, braveryand valor - stormed those terrifying shores to change the … Continue Reading


June 06, 2015

North Bend Rail Trail worth celebrating | Parkersburg News and Sentinel

by By Sen. Joe Manchin

Today marks American Hiking Society's Annual National Trails Day. Each year, hundreds of thousands of outdoor-loving Americans and West Virginians participate in hikes and other activities on our beautiful trail system. Today, we celebrate our 200,000 miles of trails and we honor the work of thousands of the volunteers and non-profit organizations that play a role in the development and upkeep that creates such wonderful recreation opportunities. Our state has a rich history in the culture … Continue Reading


April 12, 2015

We have the passion, wisdom to stop drug deaths | Sunday Gazette-Mail

by By Sen. Joe Manchin

A long time ago, I learned an important lesson from my grandparents Mama Kay and Papa Joe. They taught me that people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. That has never resonated louder than this past week when I traveled to Atlanta to participate in the 2015 National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit. Professionals from local, state and federal agencies, state and national leaders, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators and advocates gathered for one … Continue Reading

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