Senator Manchin's Newsletter - January 24, 2017

Senator Manchin
2017-01-24 17:34:15
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As someone who has previously contacted my office, I hope you find this newsletter informative and helpful. If you would like to unsubscribe from this newsletter, a link is available near the bottom of this page. This month is a month of new beginnings. We have a new Administration in Washington and new statewide officials in West Virginia. I am eager to work with them to move our state and nation forward. My state staff has been busy connecting with new county and local officials. Here's a look at what else is going on in our state." --- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin Upcoming Events with Senator Joe Friday, January 27 Senator Manchin keynotes the Mined Minds Graduation at the Culture Center in Charleston. Wednesday, February 1 From Washington, Senator Manchin skypes with students from Philip Barbour High School. Wednesday, February 8 Senator Manchin's staff participates in our first job fair of 2017 at the Charleston Goodwill. Wednesday, February 8 From Washington, Senator Manchin skypes with students from John D. Rockefeller Career Center in New Cumberland. Tuesday, February 14 Senator Manchin, along with students from across the state, skypes with the International Space Station at the Clay Center in Charleston. From the Hill to the Mountains KEEPING FAITH WITH MINERS Our state has mined the coal that forged the steel that built the tanks and trains that have made and kept our country the strongest on earth. Our nation has thrived because of the hard work of our coal miners, and that is why the first bill that I introduced this year was the Miners Protection Act, which protects the health care of retired miners. With another deadline fast approaching, we can no longer afford a delay. For the past two years, I have been working on securing future health care for our retired miners and their families and I will not stop until this promise is kept. Since the continuing resolution passed in December with only a four-month "fix" for miners' health care, I have been working to find solutions from all angles. For the next four months, the Miners Protection Act will still be my Number One priority. So much so that in my conversations with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence I have brought up the importance of a long-term solution to retired miners' and their widows' health care. They assured me that they will help fight to secure a permanent health care solution for our retired miners, as guaranteed in the proposed Miners Protection Act. They are committed to working with me to get this done, which is a refreshing change in Washington. I have also discussed mapping out a clear path forward with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and he promised me he is ready to work toward a long-term solution and is committed to doing so before the April deadline. This past December, I could not in good conscience vote for the continuing resolution to keep the government funded because it only included the four-month "fix" for the miners' health care. This means that 22,800 retired miners and their widows will be notified again in February that they are going to lose their health care benefits in April. While the temporary funding prevented miners from losing their health care on Dec. 31, it just punted this issue to April, leaving our miners with months of uncertainty. Since introducing this bipartisan bill in July 2015, I have gone through regular order. The bill was passed out of the Senate Finance Committee with an 18 to 8 vote and has broad bipartisan support. For these reasons, it was unacceptable that the Senate could not pass the full Miners Protection Act last year. After all, for two years now, we have known that this deadline was approaching. In the end, Congress failed to rise to the occasion, and they instead took the miners' existing money to buy four additional months for one group and shorten the deadline by three months for another group. It was the wrong thing to do, and we have to set it right. Though the next four months present us with a tough fight, I remain faithful in America's political process and optimistic in its ability to enact meaningful change in people's lives. I look forward to working with the new Administration and my colleagues to provide certainty and peace of mind to our retired miners and their families. Our coal miners are some of the hardest working people in America, and they have dedicated their lives to powering this nation and keeping it the strongest in the world. We have a responsibility to protect their hard-earned pensions and health benefits. (This article was featured in the Charleston Gazette-Mail on January 18, 2017) On the Road with Senator Joe STATE INAUGURATION DAY <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/State_Inaug uration_2017.jpg> Senator Manchin attends West Virginia's Inauguration Ceremony. PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION DAY <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/012017_JM_a t_Inauguration.jpg> Senator Manchin attends the 45th Presidential Inauguration in Washington. Spotlight On... FRANKFORT MARCHING BAND <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/Frankfort_B and_at_Inauguration.jpg> Mineral County's Frankfort High School Marching Band was chosen to represent West Virginia in the 45th Presidential Inauguration parade. Do you have a nomination for a "Spotlight" feature? Click here to inform my office. How May We Help You? It is my honor to request retroactive military awards for our West Virginia Veterans. No matter the war, no matter the rank, no matter the duty, every one of our heroic Veterans has answered America's call and I welcome the opportunity to assist with getting the proper recognition for their military service. While I am not in the position to grant the award; I will make sure that your application receives a fair and thorough review. My office helped Charleston native John Himelrick, Jr. with obtaining various medals and decorations for his late father, John Himelrick, a World War II Veteran. Among the awards was a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/himelrick.j pg> Senator Manchin presents Mr. Himelrick with numerous awards in honor of his late father. Please contact one of my offices listed below, or email me to start the case process. 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On the Road with Senator Joe

STATE INAUGURATION DAY

Senator Manchin attends West Virginia's Inauguration Ceremony.

PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION DAY 

Senator Manchin attends the 45th Presidential Inauguration in Washington.

 

Spotlight On...

FRANKFORT MARCHING BAND

Mineral County's Frankfort High School Marching Band was chosen to represent West Virginia in the 45th Presidential Inauguration parade.

Do you have a nomination for a "Spotlight" feature? Click here to inform my office.

 

How May We Help You?

It is my honor to request retroactive military awards for our West Virginia Veterans. No matter the war, no matter the rank, no matter the duty, every one of our heroic Veterans has answered America's call and I welcome the opportunity to assist with getting the proper recognition for their military service. While I am not in the position to grant the award; I will make sure that your application receives a fair and thorough review.

My office helped Charleston native John Himelrick, Jr. with obtaining various medals and decorations for his late father, John Himelrick, a World War II Veteran. Among the awards was a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. 

Senator Manchin presents Mr. Himelrick with numerous awards in honor of his late father.

Please contact one of my offices listed below, or email me to start the case process. My team of caseworkers can assist you with a variety of issues including: social security, veterans benefits, black lung benefits, obtaining passports, immigration assistance, taxes, housing, student loans and many more.  

 

To contact me, please click  to visit my website.  To learn more, call my office Toll Free at (855) 275-5737, email me at xxx or find me on social media:

                 

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