Senator Joe Manchin

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin held a conference call Tuesday previewing President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and what it could mean for West Virginia. 

Senator Joe Manchin said he expects Obama to recap his accomplishments from his two terms leading into his final year as president. Manchin said he’s looking forward to hearing about what’s next in the fight against drug abuse and what it could mean for the state. But Manchin said when Obama is touting his accomplishments he has to realize states like West Virginia have struggled with “unobtainable” clean air standards from the Obama administration.

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An 81-year-old senator who is an avid pilot is trying to loosen medical exam requirements so that private pilots don't have to make so many doctors' visits to show they are fit to fly.

Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe had quadruple heart bypass surgery two years ago, but still flies.

Two West Virginia localities will share more than $1.1 million in funding for water infrastructure products.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the Appalachian Regional Commission grants Wednesday.

Two West Virginia health centers are getting help with their fight against opioid overdoses.

Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced Friday that two West Virginia health centers will receive a total of $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program.

Manchin, Capito Announce Water Infrastructure Help

Sep 15, 2015

West Virginians who still get their water from wells will soon get help.

Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced Tuesday that $131,310 will go to the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources West Virginia Private Water Well Safety Project. The hope is to identify and address drinking water program performance gaps, improve efficiency and effectiveness of drinking water programs and identify and reduce exposures leading to drinking water contamination.

Three community coalitions in West Virginia have been awarded grants to reduce youth substance abuse.

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program on Wednesday.

The program will provide annual $125,000 grants for the next five years to Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Morgan County Partnership and the Strong Through Our Plan, or STOP, Coalition.

Manchin Announces He Will Vote Against Iran Deal

Sep 8, 2015

  U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced Tuesday he'll vote against the Iran nuclear deal. Manchin said when the process started he was supportive of the need to engage in diplomacy. 

 "Whenever I am able, I will choose diplomacy over war because the stakes are so high for West Virginia, which has one of the highest rates of military service in the nation.  But as I struggled with this decision, I could not ignore the fact that Iran, the country that will benefit most from sanctions being lifted, refuses to change its 36-year history of sponsoring terrorism," Manchin said.

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., visited Preston County for a town hall meeting on Friday, Sept. 4. Manchin heard from residents about everything from education and Social Security to America’s debt problems, but much of the discussion revolved around the Iran nuclear deal.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule this week that would regulate methane gas pollution in the oil and gas industry. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and the Obama administration wants to see emissions cut in half over the next decade.

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Things got heated on Capitol Hill Wednesday when a committee met to debate the ARENA Act -- a bill West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito introduced in May in anticipation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Capito’s bill is an attempt to scale back the EPA’s new rule. The bill passed through the committee, but not before all the Democrats got up and walked out in protest. 

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he will back a Republican bill cutting off federal aid for Planned Parenthood.

Manchin is a moderate and his decision Monday was not a complete surprise. Even so, Republicans were still expected to lose a Senate vote later Monday to halt federal assistance to the group.

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from Harpers Ferry where businesses are working to rebuild after a devastating fire last week.  Also, Ashton Marra has the latest about the Congressional debate over the No Child Left Behind Act.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.

Sen. Joe Manchin and the acting administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration will meet with state and local officials to discuss rail safety.

Manchin and Sarah Feinberg will hear Friday from military representatives, first responders and industry representatives. The venue will be the Center for National Response, a former highway tunnel in eastern Kanawha County that is used for anti-terrorism activities and other drills.

The U.S. and five of its allies have reached a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. The deal will limit the country’s ability to enrich uranium and opens Iran up to international inspections.

The agreement was reached by diplomats from seven countries, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in the hopes of preventing Iran from enriching enough uranium to create a nuclear weapon, but the deal will still have to receive approval from Congress before taking effect.

Economic sanctions against Iran would be phased out as part of the deal, but West Virginia’s Senatorial delegation is hesitant to say if they will support the agreement.

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Federal funds totaling $250,000 are headed to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to improve services to young people in need.

The funding announced Monday by Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are intended to support mental health and substance abuse treatment programs treating West Virginia adolescents.

Members of the U.S. Senate will soon consider a bill that could affect the pension and healthcare benefits of nearly 28 thousand retired West Virginia coal miners.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's brother has dropped a lawsuit against the West Virginia Democrat and another brother.

Dr. John Manchin III agreed to the lawsuit's dismissal in a filing on Monday in Marion County Circuit Court. The stipulation of voluntary dismissal was signed by lawyers for all three Manchin brothers.

Tuesday on the Senate Floor Senator Joe Manchin explained why he voted against President Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority. The legislative procedure outlines Congressional guidance to the President on trade policy priorities.

Manchin said the Trade Promotion Authority would grant the President authority to negotiate trade deals without Congressional input. He opposed the bill because he worries deals might be struck that would take jobs away from West Virginians. Manchin said history has shown that trade deals don’t help those in need of good jobs.

Man Sentenced for Threatening Manchin

Jun 17, 2015
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A man charged with threatening West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has been sentenced to prison.

Fifty-year-old Steven Anthony Major was sentenced to an 18 month federal sentence for threatening Senator Manchin and his family on multiple occasions. A release from U.S. Prosecuting Attorney Booth Goodwin's Office says Major called the senator's office on February 24 this year claiming he would murder Manchin. Major also admitted to calling the both Msnchin's D.C. and West Virginia offices four times between March 17 and 20 and leaving voice mails containing violent threats against the Senator's family.

A West Virginia program that protects seniors from health care fraud and abuse is getting a boost from the federal government.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito on Monday announced just over $242,000 in federal funding for the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services for Senior Medicare Patrol Program projects. The program offers education and training to increase s awareness and understanding of health care programs.