We finished the Promise Kept Tour with the Mine Workers District 17 HQ in Charleston. The passage of the Bipartisan American Miners Act was truly a Christmas miracle for so many retired miners and their families, and it has been the honor of my life to fight alongside them.

In addition to celebrating this victory, January is a time to remember the Sago mine disaster where 12 brave souls lost their lives. Every day, 14 years later, my thoughts remain with the families of those men.  As I waited day and night with the families to hear their fate, I made a commitment to do everything in my power to prevent an event like Sago from happening again. The memory of this event, and the others like it, continue to fuel my fire in Washington to ensure our miners have access to effective emergency procedures in the event of an accident, and that they receive what they are owed for their years of dangerous work to fuel this country.



We were so very fortunate to celebrate the safe return of the men and women of the 821st Horizontal Construction Company from a deployment in the Middle East. Welcome home!




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As your U.S. Senator, I am proud to be your voice with government agencies during your time of need. My goal is for me and my staff to provide the best possible customer service for every West Virginian who contacts me needing assistance. While I have no direct jurisdiction in legal or administrative matters of any federal, state, or local agency, I welcome the opportunity to assist you in any way possible and to assure that full consideration is given to your case. See one of our recent success stories below:

Mr. Marvin Strunk from Kermit contacted Senator Manchin's office seeking assistance with the Social Security Administration Payment Center.  Mr. Strunk received SSI payments while his retroactive Tier 2 benefits were being calculated and thus his record required a windfall offset.  As a result of Caseworker Angie Retton's inquiry, the Social Security Administration made a final decision awarding Mr. Strunk his compensation.



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Social Security Phone Scam - Learn How to Protect Yourself  

Social Security employees do occasionally contact people--generally those who have ongoing business with the agency--by telephone for business purposes. However, Social Security employees will never threaten a person or promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information. In those cases, the call is fraudulent and people should not engage with the caller. If a person receives these calls, he or she should report the information to the OIG Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

To watch a PSA about the scam, click here or visit www.ssa.gov for more information.

Social Security has recently worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to create a new fraud prevention placemat to help you avoid Social Security scams. You can order free copies of the placemat to use at dining venues, or to share with friends and family. The placemat is in English on one side and Spanish on the other side.


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