Jay Rockefeller

Government
5:34 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Rockefeller Speaks about CIA Torture Investigation

Credit U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation

Senator Jay Rockefeller spoke on the floor of the United States Senate about the findings of a senate investigation into the CIA’s interrogation methods after 9/11 attacks.


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Black Lung
2:11 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Rockefeller Introduces Black Lung Legislation

Credit Department of Labor

Senator Jay Rockefeller co-sponsored legislation to address barriers and delays miners face when seeking benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Program.

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Podcast
8:43 am
Thu April 24, 2014

New Black Lung Rules, Retiring Senator Rockefeller Reflects, and Evolving Digital Evidence

On this West Virginia Morning you can hear about the new rules that aim to drastically reduce the prevalence of Black Lung disease; also, retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller reflects on his political career, and politics in general; and the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence is holding its 5th annual conference this week in Huntington.

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Broken Government
6:45 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Rockefeller Sees Budget Deal As A Positive Step

Sen. Jay Rockefeller isn't too pleased with the entire package, but views the compromise as a positive step.
Credit State of West Virginia

Sen. Jay Rockefeller released this statement on the Murray-Ryan budget compromise:

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award
4:43 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Rockefeller Receives Award From Japan

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, recipient of national award from Japan.
Credit Politico

Sen. Jay Rockefeller say's he's deeply honored to receive the prestigious Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government.  The award recognizes Rockefeller’s work to strengthen the economic and cultural relationship between the two countries.

In a news release the senator says the people of Japan have shaped his life and the lives of thousands of West Virginians.

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Internet Access
1:19 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Audio: Sen. Rockefeller's broadband summit

Credit State of West Virginia

You can listen to Rockefeller's full comments at his broadband summit on November 4, 2013 in Morgantown here.

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Federal Shutdown
11:24 am
Thu October 10, 2013

W.Va. delegation weighs in on shutdown's effect on miners' safety

U.S. Capitol
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s congressional delegation is weighing in on the shutdown’s
effect on mine safety. Approximately 1,400 of MSHA’s 2,355 employees are
furloughed during the government shutdown. Three miners were killed
on three consecutive days this past weekend, including one from West
Virginia.

In his remarks Thursday from the House floor, Congressman Nick Rahall
urged his colleagues to “abandon this ridiculous political showdown that
is undercutting the safety in our mines, our industrial facilities, our
food chain, and so much more.”

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Patriot bankruptcy
7:32 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Four things you need to know about the UMWA-Peabody/Patriot deal

Flanked by representatives from other unions, United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts speaks to the crowd at a rally in downtown St. Louis on June 17, 2013.
Credit Rachel Lippman / St. Louis Public Radio

The United Mine Workers of America has reached a settlement with Peabody Energy and Patriot Coal that will help to cover health care benefits for retired miners.

Background:

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Black Lung
9:59 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Rockefeller gets feedback on Black Lung prevention and benefits program

Sen. Jay Rockefeller
Credit State of West Virginia

New policy that that would cut in half the amount of permissible coal dust in underground mines is making its way through federal agencies in the form of proposed rule and regulation changes

The same stricter standards are proposed in legislation introduced this summer by Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

day in Bluefield to discuss the increasing cases of Back Lung disease, noting more than 2000 West Virginia miners have died of Black Lung over the last decade.

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