U.S. Senate
6:34 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Sen. Manchin Wants America (Mostly) Out of Afghanistan By Year's End

Sen. Joe Manchin wants American military forces to be nearly out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
Credit Courtesy Photo

In a press conference call with reporters Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) made a passionate case to bring most American forces back from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Manchin says after this year, American forces should only be at Bagram Airfield in that country. It is the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

Manchin says that both his frustrations with the American nation’s financial instability, along with the nation’s lengthy stay in that country, are reasons for his feelings.

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Health Care
12:51 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Manchin, McKinley Supporting First Responder Exemptions in Health Care Law

Sen. Manchin is supporting a bill in the Senate to exempt volunteer first responders from a mandate in the health care law.
Credit Courtesy Photo

Sen. Joe Manchin is introducing legislation, along with five other senators, that would exempt volunteer first responders from a mandate in the new health care law.

The bill is titled “The Protect Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act.” According to a news release, this legislation would amend the Affordable Care Act so that volunteer emergency service workers are not required to be counted as full-time equivalent employees under the healthcare coverage law.

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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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3:07 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Sen. Manchin Says He Will Support Murray-Ryan Budget Plan

Sen. Manchin says the plan is a step in the right direction.
Credit Courtesy Photo

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is going to support a budget plan exhaustively worked out by both Republican and Democratic Congressional leadership, when it comes for a vote, which may be as early as this weekend.

Manchin told reporters he's not overjoyed with the plan, but he thinks it's a positive step in the right direction for Congress, which has struggled for years to pass a budget.

"Anybody that says, they just kicked the can down the road, well they did. They just didn’t dent the can as bad as it’s been dented, let’s just put it that way," Manchin said.

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Republican Fundraiser
5:34 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Huckabee: Dems preventing state economy from growing

Fox News television host Mike Huckabee spoke of the similarities between West Virginia and his home state of Arkansas, including natural beauty and a long running Democratic strong hold in the political scene.
Ashton Marra

Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee made a stop in West Virginia to help energize the state Republican Party during a fundraiser Friday night.

An evening that started with state GOP Chairman Conrad Lucas poking fun at an array of federal indictments coming from Mingo County, all against Democratic leaders, transitioned to focus on what Huckabee called the true message of the Republican party—valuing every life based on inherent worth given by God and not status.

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2:54 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

West Virginians, alienated by Washington, angrily reject their Democratic roots

The Washington Post breaks down West Virginia's transition from being a state that has traditionally favored Democrats to becoming more and more likely to vote Republican.
Video: Politics, economy and ATVs The American Civil Liberties Union has complained that this is an encroachment of church on state, and an affront to religious minorities. A headline on the front page of the Charleston Gazette on July 4 asked: "Constitutional showdown in the making?"
Broken Government
9:51 am
Thu October 3, 2013

McKinley hoping for stronger collaboration on shutdown negotiations

David McKinley, US House of Representatives
Credit United States Congress

First District Congressman David McKinley says he’s wanting better communication with members of the Senate, on how to end the government shutdown that’s left close to one million federal workers unable to work. McKinley says the issues behind negotiations deal with health care and the economy.

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6:01 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Manchin calls Boehner to allow House vote, end shutdown

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)




Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin delivered a speech on the Senate floor to discuss the government shutdown. He apologized for ongoing political antics and reiterated the call for House Speaker John Boehner to call a vote on a clean continuing resolution bill.

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Federal Shut Down
2:24 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

How long will the government shut down last?

West Virginia's Congressional Delegation is trying to get government back on track. But they aren't exactly in-line on how to do it, or who is at fault.

Listen to this story to learn more.

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Federal Shutdown
8:36 am
Wed October 2, 2013

What does the Robert C. Byrd Center director think of government shutdown?

Ray Smock
Credit Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

As the wrangling between the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans over whether to fund the budget and whether to tie changes in the Affordable Care Act to that funding continues, the Director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University, Ray Smock, is appalled at the way Congress is handling the appropriations process.

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WV 2014 US Senate race, Politics
12:16 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

It's official; Natalie Tennant enters U.S. Senate race

Natalie Tennant announced plans to run for the US Senate.
Credit Jessica Y. Lilly

 West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant officially entered the U.S. Senate race. The Democrat announced her candidacy in front of about 100 supporters at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley Tuesday. 

“I am here after serious thought intense conversations with my family and a whole lot of prayer," Tennant said, "I am here today to tell you that I’m running for the United States Senate.”

After walking through a crowd of democrats, Natalie Tennant took the podium to share some of her views on national political issues.

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