Senator Manchin's Newsletter - May 4, 2017

Senator Manchin
2017-05-04 14:34:45
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =SenManchin%2501217210%2501201681%2b-%2b05-01-2017%2beNewsletter%2501176 38.16891282.11623270.14212520%2501manchin%2540unityfeed.com%2501Mr.%2bFe ed%2501Mr.%2bUnity%2bFeed%2501123%2bLane%253cbr%253e%250d%250aCi%252c%2b WV%2b90210%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=SenManchin%2501217210%2501201681%2b-%2b05-01-2017%2beNewsl etter%250117638.16891282.11623270.14212520%2501manchin%2540unityfeed.com %2501Mr.%2bFeed%2501Mr.%2bUnity%2bFeed%2501123%2bLane%253cbr%253e%250d%2 50aCi%252c%2bWV%2b90210%2501> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/spring_enew s_banner.jpg> May 4, 2017 Upcoming Events May 5: "Keep the Promise to Our Miners" Town Hall on the Miners Protection Act: 3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fairmont. May 5: Morgantown Job Fair with WVU Medicine and WVU: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center. May 6: Passport Fair at South Charleston Library: 10 a.m. � 3 p.m. May 6: "Keep the Promise to Our Miners" Town Hall on the Miners Protection Act: 10 a.m. at Local 1440 Union Hall in Matewan. May 6: "Keep the Promise to Our Miners" Town Hall on the Miners Protection Act: 1:00 p.m. at the Local 7604 Union Hall in Oceana. May 6: "Keep the Promise to Our Miners" Town Hall on the Miners Protection Act: 3 p.m. at the Local 5958 Union Hall in Logan. May 8: Manchin Mobile Monday � Outreach representative, Peggy Hawse, will be at the Kissel Stop Caf� in Elkins from 10 a.m. to Noon to take your opinions and concerns back to the Senator and can also assist with starting the casework process. May 15: Manchin Mobile Monday � Outreach representative, Mary Jo Guidi will be at the Lynn Murray Library in Chester from 11 a.m. � 12:30 p.m. May 22 � 26: Commonsense Connections Week�Representatives from Senator Manchin's office will make multiple stops in every county. Save the Date � July 8: The Third Annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes is scheduled for Saturday, July 8. To invite the Senator to your event, click here . From the Hill to the Mountains A Permanent Solution for Miners Healthcare Benefits (Charleston Gazette-Mail, May 2, 2017) Since the continuing resolution passed in December with only a four-month "fix" for miners health care, I have continued the fight to get a permanent solution. That is why the first bill I re-introduced this year was the Miners Protection Act, to prevent the 22,600 retired miners from losing the health care and pensions they have earned and deserve. And this week, I am proud to say that Congress will vote on a permanent solution to ensure retired miners keep their health care. Seventy years ago, President Harry Truman recognized the importance of the coal that our miners produced for this country and promised that the government would guarantee our brave coal miners' benefits in return for their service. In turn, our coal miners propelled the American economy, ushered in decades of economic growth, started an energy boom that made the U.S. a superpower, and helped our nation to victory in two world wars. This agreement was a sacred promise between worker and country, and it captured the very best of America. That's why the Miners Protection Act has been my number-one priority. So much so that, in my conversations with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, I have stressed the importance of a permanent solution for our retired miners and their widows' health care. They assured me that they would help fight to secure a permanent health care solution for our retired miners and that they were committed to working with me to get this done. We had no better advocates for securing a permanent health care fix than the retired miners themselves who took the time and the energy to come up to Washington, D.C., to show my colleagues the real toll that years of work in the mines have had on them. They talked about how losing their health care benefits would affect them personally. For years, they have walked the halls of Congress, met with representatives and staff, worked the phones and wrote letters urging us to keep the promise that was made to them. This week, we will fulfill that promise. Throughout this process, I have talked with thousands of West Virginians who would be devastated if they lost their health care, and received letters from miners and their families about the fear and anxiety that comes with not knowing if they will be able to go to the doctor or pay their bills. One that sticks out in my mind is from a 7-year-old girl from West Virginia who was heartbroken over the possibility that her grandparents would not be able to pay for their medicine. Because of this permanent health care fix, our retirees suffering from black lung, who gave not only their years of service but also sacrificed their health, will not be forced to choose between paying their electric bill or getting that oxygen tank they rely on to breathe. Surviving widows will not be forced to choose between buying their blood pressure medicine or putting food on their tables. Securing these health care benefits demonstrates what Congress can do when we work together and put partisan politics aside. It's a philosophy that I have followed throughout my life in public service � in the West Virginia Legislature, as your governor and now as I represent you as a U.S. Senator. Members of Congress are here for one reason: to do what is right on behalf of the people we represent. West Virginia coal miners are among the hardest-working people in America, and they have dedicated their lives to powering this nation and keeping it the strongest in the world. While we have more work to do to protect the pensions these miners earned, thanks to this fix, they will never again have to worry about their health care. On the Road with Senator Manchin Keeping the Promise to Our Miners Please join us for one of four town halls to honor the Miners on Friday and Saturday. Fairmont - May 5 at 3pm, Knights of Columbus Hall Matewan - May 6 at 10am, UMWA Local 1440 Oceana - May 6 at 1pm, UMWA Local 7604 Logan - May 6 at 3pm, UMWA Local 5958 <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/MPA4.jpg> Along with dedicated miners and his colleagues, Senator Manchin secured a permanent solution for retired miners healthcare benefits in the 2017 Fiscal Year spending bill to be voted on this week. On April 19, he met with retired miners and their families in Logan to discuss the importance of this legislation, the Miners Protection Act. Huntington Job Fair <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/JobFair2.jp g> Nearly 160 employers and approximately 1,000 job seekers connected at a job fair in Huntington on April 21. This was the 17th - and largest - hiring event Senator Manchin has co-hosted in the state since last year. ARC Grant Announcement <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/ARC4.jpg> Senator Manchin joined a grant announcement in Huntington of more than $6 million in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Economic Development Administration and Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation that will employ West Virginians and foster economic growth. Skype with Musselman High School <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/musselmansk ype.jpg> Senator Manchin answered questions from students at Musselman High School via Skype. Spotlight On... Brooke County Veteran of the Year, Tony Paesano <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/paesano.jpg > Tony Paesano celebrates with two of his children, John and Toni, and his wife, Lorraine. Tony was honored as the Brooke County Veteran of the Year last week.Whether serving as a Veteran, an educator, a coach, or a dedicated public servant, Tony has always stayed true to his belief that we live in the greatest state, in the greatest country in the world. Again, it is my privilege to join his friends and family in thanking him for his noble service as he receives this well-deserved recognition. Do you have a nomination for a Spotlight Feature? Click here to inform my office. KEY FEDERAL RESOURCES When West Virginians compete, they win. Below are a few grants that were recently awarded through the the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I encourage West Virginia communities to apply for federal funding opportunities, and will be happy to provide a letter of support for eligible applications. For further information, please contact my Martinsburg office at 304-264-4626 or click here to email me. * West Virginia University, FY 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) and Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) - $19,062 * West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, WV - To Prevent, Control and Promote School Health - $1,162,377.00 * West Virginia University, miRNA Regulation of the Mitochondrial Genome - $426,705.00 * Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc., Head Start and Early Head Start - $3,384,227.00 To contact me, please click here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17638.16891282.11623270.14212520&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fm anchin.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fcontact-form&redir_log=11690740 5458387> to visit my website. 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On the Road with Senator Manchin

Keeping the Promise to Our Miners

Please join us for one of four town halls to honor the Miners on Friday and Saturday.

Fairmont - May 5 at 3pm, Knights of Columbus Hall

Matewan - May 6 at 10am, UMWA Local 1440

Oceana - May 6 at 1pm, UMWA Local 7604

Logan - May 6 at 3pm, UMWA Local 5958

 

 

Along with dedicated miners and his colleagues, Senator Manchin secured a permanent solution for retired miners healthcare benefits in the 2017 Fiscal Year spending bill to be voted on this week.  On April 19, he met with retired miners and their families in Logan to discuss the importance of this legislation, the Miners Protection Act.

Huntington Job Fair

Nearly 160 employers and approximately 1,000 job seekers connected at a job fair in Huntington on April 21. This was the 17th - and largest - hiring event Senator Manchin has co-hosted in the state since last year.

ARC Grant Announcement

Senator Manchin joined a grant announcement in Huntington of more than $6 million in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Economic Development Administration and Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation that will employ West Virginians and foster economic growth.

Skype with Musselman High School

Senator Manchin answered questions from students at Musselman High School via Skype.

Spotlight On...

Brooke County Veteran of the Year, Tony Paesano

 

Tony Paesano celebrates with two of his children, John and Toni, and his wife, Lorraine.

Tony was honored as the Brooke County Veteran of the Year last week.Whether serving as a Veteran, an educator, a coach, or a dedicated public servant, Tony has always stayed true to his belief that we live in the greatest state, in the greatest country in the world. Again, it is my privilege to join his friends and family in thanking him for his noble service as he receives this well-deserved recognition.

 

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

 

 

KEY FEDERAL RESOURCES

When West Virginians compete, they win.

Below are a few grants that were recently awarded through the the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  I encourage West Virginia communities to apply for federal funding opportunities, and will be happy to provide a letter of support for eligible applications.  For further information, please contact my Martinsburg office at 304-264-4626 or click here to email me.

  • West Virginia University, FY 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) and Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) - $19,062

  • West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, WV - To Prevent, Control and Promote School Health - $1,162,377.00

  • West Virginia University, miRNA Regulation of the Mitochondrial Genome - $426,705.00

  • Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc., Head Start and Early Head Start - $3,384,227.00

 

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

                 

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