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May 17, 2017
Riverside High School Commencement, May 19
Senator Manchin will join the Riverside High School Commencement on
Friday, May 19.
Strawberry Festival this Saturday, May 20
Senator Manchin will walk in the Strawberry Festival Parade on
Saturday, May 20. Come join the fun!
Job and Resource Fair in Charles Town on Saturday, May 20
Senator Manchin's staff is co-hosting the 20th Job and Resource Fair on
Saturday, May 20 along with the American Legion and other partners. It
will take place at the American Legion Post 71 in Charles Town from 1
p.m. to 5 p.m. Senator Manchin's staff will be on hand to assist
Veterans and anyone who attends.
Dedication of Greenbrier Veterans Community Based Outpatient Clinic
(CBOC), May 22
Along with Veterans of the Greenbrier Valley, Senator Manchin will
participate in this event on Monday, May 22 in Ronceverte. In 2015,
Senator Manchin and Greenbrier County Veterans invited the Secretary of
Veterans Affairs to visit this clinic, and during a public town hall,
the Secretary committed to reopening this clinic. This is a great day
for West Virginia Veterans!
Grafton Memorial Day Parade, May 29
Senator Manchin will march alongside Veterans during the Grafton
Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29. This is the 150th Memorial Day
Parade in Grafton, the longest running Memorial Day Parade in the
Commonsense Connections Week, May 22 - 26
Representatives from Senator Manchin's office will make more than 80
stops across the state, touching every county, to bring the federal
government to West Virginians, hear their commonsense priorities and
concerns, and take feedback to the Senator.
To view the entire list of stops for the week, click here.
Commonsense Connections Kickoff, May 22
To kick off the week, on Monday afternoon, each of Senator Manchin's
three state offices � in Charleston, Fairmont and Martinsburg � will
host an "Open House" for constituents to drop by, meet his staff and
share their thoughts.
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Senator Manchin's Charleston Office
900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 629
Senator Manchin's Fairmont Office
230 Adams Street
Senator Manchin's Martinsburg Office
261 Aikens Center, Suite 305
To invite the senator to your event, click here
From the Hill to the Mountains
Keeping the Full Promise to Our Miners
Two weeks ago, we finally passed a permanent fix that secured
healthcare for more than 8,400 retired miners in West Virginia.
Although this in itself is a huge victory, we're still only halfway
there to keeping the promise made to coal miners 70 years ago. Now,
more than 26,000 retired miners' pensions are on the line in West
Virginia. We cannot waste any more time and that's why I introduced the
Miners Pension Protection Act last week, to secure the pensions that
these miners have earned and paid for over a lifetime of backbreaking
and dangerous work.
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.
Just as I did to secure permanent healthcare, the Miners Pension
Protection Act will be my highest priority and I will bring everyone
together to get this done. I will be working with the West Virginia
delegation, my Senate colleagues and the administration to pass this
important legislation. And I will continue to stress how important
these modest pensions are to our coal miners in my conversations with
President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence. As we are working to
pass the Miners Pension Protection Act, I know our retired miners will
work with us just as hard as they did when their healthcare was going
to be ripped away from them. The strength, energy and openness they
displayed made the difference in getting a permanent healthcare fix and
we couldn't have done it without them sharing their deeply personal
stories with lawmakers.
Securing these healthcare 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 State Legislature, as your Governor, and now as
your 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 our miners earned, they will never again have to worry about
We cannot allow for the issue of their pensions to be put off until the
deadline only to kick the can down the road with a temporary extension.
Our retired miners deserve better than to receive letters notifying
them that they will no longer receive their modest pension, which many
count on for survival. For most of these retired miners, their pension
is the difference between paying the bills or being kicked out of their
home, putting food on their tables or going hungry. I know my
colleagues will stick by them this time just like they did with
healthcare and I look forward to working with them to finally keep our
On the Road with Senator Manchin
Meeting with UMWA Miners
Last week, Senator Manchin met with United Mine Workers in Beckley to
discuss his legislation, the Miners Pension Protection Act, which will
secure the pensions of retired coal miners.
Capital High School Awards Ceremony
Senator Manchin addressed high school seniors at Capital High School's
Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 12.
WV State Fittest School Challenge
Also last Friday, Senator Manchin addressed students participating in
the Fittest School Challenge, which promotes the Healthy Lifestyles Act
enacted by then-Governor Manchin to improve student health and combat
Weston's Mountaineer Military Museum
The Mountaineer Military Museum in Weston features personal and
historical items from the Korean, Vietnam and Civil War.
This museum honoring our nation's heroes became possible with the help
of residents, the Lewis County Board of Education, and the Lewis County
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How May We Help You?
I truly appreciate the opportunity to hear from West Virginians. As
your U.S. Senator, I am proud to be your voice with government agencies
during your time of need. My goal is to provide top-notch customer
service for every West Virginian who contacts me, or who may need help.
I have a team of caseworkers in each of my four offices to help you
with matters of concern. While I have no direct jurisdiction in the
administrative matters of any federal, state, or local agency, I
welcome the opportunity to assist you with whatever problem you may be
experiencing and ask that full consideration be given to your case.
Recently my office was able to help Blanch Benfield from Sophia, West
Virginia. Blanch's late husband, George, worked in the coal mines for
over 39 years and filed a federal Black Lung claim. After George
passed away, Blanch kept up the fight and appealed to the Department of
Labor for five years before she received the award in November 2016.
Four months later, Blanch had not yet received her benefits. My office
was able to contact the Department of Labor successfully and urge them
to release the funds to Blanch. If you are a coal miner, or know of
someone in need of assistance with Black Lung benefits, disability,
healthcare or recognition, please let me know.
Blanch Benfield from Sophia, West Virginia
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