Senator Manchin's Newsletter - May 17, 2017

Senator Manchin
2017-05-17 17:36:42
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =SenManchin%2501217264%2501201881%2b-%2b05-16-2017%2beNewsletter%2501178 33.17605454.11668428.14212520%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%2501217264%2501201881%2b-%2b05-16-2017%2beNewsl etter%250117833.17605454.11668428.14212520%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 17, 2017 Upcoming Events 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 nation! 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. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17833.17605454.11668428.14212520&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2f www.manchin.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3dD2EC 7FAD-9BAF-4F68-97B1-42D1C788E791&redir_log=435733980301620> 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. Locations: 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 their healthcare. 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 full promise. On the Road with Senator Manchin Meeting with UMWA Miners <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/miners_pres s.jpg> 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 <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/capital_hig h.jpg> Senator Manchin addressed high school seniors at Capital High School's Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 12. WV State Fittest School Challenge <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/fittest_sch ool_challenge.jpg> 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 childhood obesity. Spotlight On... Weston's Mountaineer Military Museum <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/Military_Mu seum_12.jpg> The Mountaineer Military Museum in Weston features personal and historical items from the Korean, Vietnam and Civil War. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/museum.jpg> This museum honoring our nation's heroes became possible with the help of residents, the Lewis County Board of Education, and the Lewis County Commission. Do you have a nomination for a Spotlight Feature? Click here to inform my office. 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. 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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 their healthcare. 

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 full promise.

 

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 childhood obesity.

 

Spotlight On...

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 Commission.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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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