On the Road

Big changes are happening at the Summit Bechtel Reserve ahead of the 24th World Scout Jamboree. Bringing this camp to WV was one of my proudest achievements because there’s no better home for the Scouts than right here in West Virginia. We look forward to welcoming Scouts from around the world in July!

Senator Manchin visits the Bechtel Summit Reserve.


As a part of National Entrepreneurship Week, I spoke with WV business leaders at an entrepreneurship and innovation roundtable at WVU Tech. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are doing big things in southern WV and business incubators like HiveWV are helping make ideas into reality.


Senator Manchin speaks at an innovation roundtable at WVU Tech and is joined by Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold and Joe Brouse, Executive Director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority.


Wednesday's celebration of the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area‘s impending designation as a national heritage area has been years in the making. I’m glad the Senate approved this in the Natural Resources Management Act, allowing us to showcase our state's cultural & forest heritage.

Senator Manchin speaks at the celebration for the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area.


I was glad to answer questions and hear about the issues that matter to our students and community members at a town hall at WV Wesleyan College this week. Thank you to everyone who joined me in Upshur County!

Senator Manchin hosts a town hall at WV Wesleyan College.


I was thrilled to speak at the USDA ReConnect grant workshop in Buckhannon Wednesday about the importance of expanding broadband access to unserved areas of WV. This program provides $600 million in broadband funding to rural states like WV that need it most.

Senator Manchin speaks at the USDA ReConnect grant workshop in Buckhannon.


I had the pleasure of speaking with some of East Fairmont High School's best and brightest last week from Washington. Thank you all of your excellent questions!

Senator Manchin speaks with students at East Fairmont High School.


Regional Coordinator Mike Browning stopped at the Coast Guard office in Barboursville to present a flag and certificate to Coast Guard officials who were accepting on behalf of Lt. Michael Clausen, who is retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit.

Mike Browning visits the Coast Guard office in Barboursville to present a certificate for Lt. Michael Clausen's retirement.


In Honor of National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, my Regional Coordinators made stops at VA hospitals to pay their respects and wish a Happy Valentine's Day to our nation's heroes. Regional Coordinator Ali Mitchell attended the "Sweetheart Social" at the Beckley VA Medical Center.

Veteran Patients attend the Sweetheart Social at the Beckley VAMC.


West Virginia Spotlight

 Rev. Eddie H. Edmonds

Thursday morning of last week, Rev. Eddie H. Edmonds of Moler Avenue Church of the Brethren in Martinsburg led the U.S. Senate in its opening prayer. Thank you, Rev. Edmonds, for lifting our nation and its leaders up in prayer as we seek to make the best decisions for all Americans.

  Rev. Eddie Edmonds leads the U.S. Senate in its opening prayer.


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How May We Help You?

I truly appreciate the opportunity to hear from my fellow 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 is given to your case. 

Mrs. Betsy Moore of Mineral Wells was employed by the government two separate times, each time electing different reduction schedules for basic life insurance. Upon her final retirement, she applied for a continuation of life insurance coverage electing a 50% reduction in coverage. Since August 2018, all efforts to obtain an update from OPM had been unsuccessful.  Our office reached out to OPM, they stated that her Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) had been changed to a Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) annuity and in doing so found that they had been withholding her FEGLI premium at an incorrect amount. Mrs. Moore successfully received her refund.

In Your Community

Small Business Administration Seeking Entrepreneurs

Free Executive-Level Business Training Course

The Small Business Administration seeks 20 entrepreneurs throughout West Virginia to participate in a free executive-level business course starting in April.

SBA’s Emerging Leaders program is a free executive-level business training program for established business owners poised for growth. Over the course of seven months at the University of Charleston’s Innovation Center, each participating entrepreneur will learn immediate ways to improve their business and create a three-year strategic growth plan to build a sustainable business of size and scale.

Business owners interested in the program should fill out the online application at www.sba.gov/emergingleaders by March 1. Interise, a non-profit organization specializing in entrepreneurial education, oversees the Emerging Leaders program nationwide. The SBA will review applications and select class participants.

For more information, visit www.sba.gov/emergingleadersemail melissa.loder@sba.gov or call


Resource: IRS Provides Options for Taxpayers Who Owe

As taxpayers file their 2018 returns, some may find they owe taxes. Some taxpayers will qualify for a waiver of the estimated tax penalty that normally applies when withholding is not adequate throughout the year. See Form 2210, Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates and Trusts, and its instructions for details.


To contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service, call1-877-777-4778 or visit taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov

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