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This story was update at 4:15 pm with Sen. Joe Manchin's statement. 

Congressional members around the Ohio Valley offered mixed reactions to the U.S. airstrike that killed one of Iran’s top military officers and pushed the two countries closer to war. 

Most statements from regional lawmakers pointed to Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani’s record of orchestrating violent attacks on U.S. personnel, and many Republicans praised President Donald Trump for ordering the drone missile strike that killed Soleimani in Baghdad.  

Manchin Plans To Halt Senate Action Over Coal Miners’ Benefits

Dec 12, 2019
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
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West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin pledged Wednesday, Dec. 11, to block all legislation until pensions and health benefits are secured for coal miners. 

Manchin said no legislation will pass the Senate until he is assured that coal miners’ benefits will be in the spending bill used to fund the federal government.

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West Virginia’s two U.S. Senators have introduced a bill Tuesday calling for more transparency in regard to patient safety and quality of care for veterans. The proposal comes as federal officials investigate suspicious deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg. 

Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito announced they have introduced The Improving Safety and Security for Veterans Act of 2019.  

Is Murray Energy The Nation's Largest Coal Company?

Nov 12, 2019
Robert Murray, center, chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., talks to two miners in charge of drilling bore holes into the Crandall Canyon Mine before a news conference.
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Murray Energy Corp., a major player in the coal-mining industry, declared bankruptcy in late October, sending shockwaves across coal-dependent regions of West Virginia and neighboring states.

In addition to putting coal employment at risk, the company is the last major employer contributing to the United Mine Workers of America’s pension plan.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia's two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 working miners.

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West Virginia's U.S. senators want to make the New River Gorge a national park.

U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin on Thursday introduced the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Designation Act.

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Updated Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 2:40 p.m.

West Virginia’s congressional delegation has weighed in on a formal impeachment inquiry launched against President Trump and the contents of a phone call between Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

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West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Tuesday he will not run for governor. The announcement came after months of speculation as to whether he’d join the race. 

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Joe Manchin is once again at a career crossroads that says as much about the West Virginia politician as it does the state of American politics.

The Democrat says he'll decide right after Labor Day whether to stick with being in the U.S. Senate, where he was just reelected for a six-year term, or make a run for West Virginia governor in 2020.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania are trying again to get support for gun control legislation.  Their bill would strengthen background checks for those purchasing guns. 

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A disaster relief package that would send more than $100 million to West Virginia is on its way to the president’s desk.

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A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, led in part by West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, have introduced a bill that would permanently fund a popular land conservation program that has provided money for conservation and recreation access in 54 of West Virginia’s 55 counties.

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A total of $14,630,361 has been awarded to West Virginia by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat the opioid epidemic.

West Virginia Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito made the announcement in a press release Thursday.

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Updated on March 18, 2019 at 4:15 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is the only Democratic senator who did not co-sponsor an LGBT anti-discrimination bill.

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The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly voted to reinstate a popular program that uses revenue generated by offshore oil and gas drilling to protect public lands.

 

In a 92-8 vote, the Senate passed the "Natural Resources Management Act," a sweeping public lands package. In addition to permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the bill places more than 1 million new acres of wilderness under protection, including the the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area in Randolph County.

 

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will begin holding full hearings this week with a new top Democrat: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.

 


 

 

Senator Joe Manchin will become the Democrats' top member on the Senate committee devoted to energy issues.

Manchin Changes Mind on GOP-Confirmed Trump Energy Nominee

Dec 6, 2018
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The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee for a federal energy board despite a video that shows the nominee saying renewable energy “screws up” the nation’s electrical grid.

The Republican-controlled Senate approved Bernard McNamee’s nomination to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on a 50-49 party-line vote Thursday, Dec. 6.

Patrick Morrisey, left, and Sen. Joe Manchin speak to reporters after a debate Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Morgantown, W.Va.
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Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey sparred Thursday night over the opioid epidemic, tax cuts, the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and more during the only debate of their campaign.

Both candidates talked over each other often during the testy debate as they tried to get their points across.

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Midterm elections have historically served as a referendum of those in power. With Republicans controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, that could be the case this November, especially in one of West Virginia’s biggest races -- the race for U.S. Senate.

There are a slew of issues at play, but much of the race has been about how much, or when, the candidates have attempted to align themselves with President Donald Trump.

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A lawsuit seeks to force Republican U.S. Senate nominee Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia to release public records related to his communications with the pharmaceutical industry.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee filed suit Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court against Morrisey, who is running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin on Nov. 6.

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court. Manchin was the only Democrat in the Senate to cross party lines, and he did it in a very public way. Manchin’s vote didn’t surprise many Mountain State voters, but it left a lot of people in other states asking, “Why is he even a Democrat?”

On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear about the growing culture around Appalachian food, and we’ll explore the latest happenings in politics with another installment of “Red State Blue State.”

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This is a developing story and may be updated.

Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has voted to move forward with the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. After weeks of holding out, Manchin said he will support the nominee in a final vote — all but ensuring the embattled nominee’s confirmation.

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Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 2:20 a.m.

Nine women have been arrested for trespassing after staging a sit-in at U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s campaign headquarters in Charleston. The group was demanding that Manchin pledge to vote against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination -- based on allegations of sexual abuse waged against the judge.

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Updated: September 28, 2018 at 5:59 p.m. 

 

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote.U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia -- a key and as-of-yet-undecided vote in the Kavanaugh confirmation process -- says he supports a GOP Senator’s call for an FBI investigation of allegations of sexual assault waged against the Supreme Court nominee.

More than $1.1 million in federal funding has been announced for a West Virginia water project planned to replace outdated systems and improve service in several communities.

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Patrick Morrisey says he has accepted an invitation to debate incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin on Nov. 1.

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The first Democratic senator to sit down with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he's not ready to say how he'll vote, but Kavanaugh did pick up the backing of Kentucky's Rand Paul, the only Republican in the narrowly divided Senate to have outwardly wavered in possible support.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $1.7 million for health care programs in West Virginia.

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