Joe Manchin

The Democrat Who Hugged the President
Trump and Sen. Joe Manchin share an interlocked fate

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III has embraced the idea of working with President Donald Trump, a smart strategy given the Mountain State’s strong support for Trump in last year’s election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Most Democrats fled after President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress last week. But Sen. Joe Manchin III instead approached him — and leaned in for a hug.

The gesture only lasted a few seconds. But it speaks volumes about the symbiotic relationship that has emerged between the West Virginia Democrat and the Republican president in recent months.

Trump’s Cabinet Picks Unexpectedly Putting Senate GOP in Bind
President-elect just nominated a potential Republican Senate candidate

Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke has been offered the post of Interior secretary in the incoming Trump administration, according to a source familiar with the offer. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Republicans had hoped that Donald Trump’s Cabinet selections could give them a leg up in the 2018 midterm races.

So far, things aren’t going to plan. 

Reid: Manchin ’Obviously Running’ for Trump Cabinet Post
Manchin is meeting with president-elect on Monday

Reid is retiring. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Departing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Sen. Joe Manchin III is clearly angling for a position in president-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Manchin is meeting with Trump on Monday, and Reid said the West Virginia Democrat is looking for a job in the Cabinet. 

Manchin’s Office Refutes Reports He’s Being Considered by Trump’s Team
Politico reported West Virginia senator eyed for Energy secretary

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III’s office has denied reports that he is being considered for Energy secretary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Joe Manchin’s office on Thursday denied reports that the West Virginia Democrat is being considered for a job in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Earlier Thursday, Politico reported that Manchin was being considered for Energy secretary, citing three sources close to the discussions. The story pointed out that Manchin is up for re-election in 2018 in a state that is becoming more Republican. (Trump carried the state by 42 points last month.)

EpiPen Crisis Hitting Senators Close to Home
Klobuchar, Warner among senators with kids with allergies

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, right, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar both have adult daughters who rely on the EpiPen. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The debate over the cost of EpiPens isn't just politics for some lawmakers.

It's personal.

Senate Intern Performs Impromptu Bagpipe Show
 

After finishing a long day as intern in Sen. Joe Manchin's office, Katy Ross heads out to the streets of Washington to make some money. And she takes her bagpipes with her.

Roughly three or four evenings a week and a couple hours during the day on weekends, Ross plays for crowds that gather outside the White House. This past weekend, she made $500 busking for several hours.

Senate Intern by Day, Bagpiper by Night
Sen. Joe Manchin's office had a private bagpipe performance

After finishing a long day as intern in Sen. Joe Manchin's  office, Katy Ross heads out to the streets of Washington to make some money. And she takes her bagpipes with her .  

Roughly three or four evenings a week and a couple hours during the day on weekends, Ross plays for crowds that gather outside the White House. This past weekend, she made $500 busking for several hours.  

Brad Paisley Joins Capito and Manchin in Helping West Virginia
The three drove around the most flood damaged areas of the state

From left: Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin III, Brad Paisley and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. (Courtesy Brad Paisley's Twitter page)

Country music star Brad Paisley joined fellow West Virginia natives to lend a hand after the state's recent deadly flooding.  

On Thursday, Paisley joined West Virginia Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin III  and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in visiting the hardest hit areas and assisting with flood recovery.  

Coal State Lawmakers Seek to Link Puerto Rico to Miner Pensions
Effort throws a wrench into the vote-counting on Puerto Rico crisis bill

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is among the senators withholding support for a Puerto Rico aid package over mine worker pensions. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators from coal-mining states are threatening to hold up an urgent aid package for Puerto Rico, in a bid to get a vote on a mine worker pension bill.  

Leaving a meeting with Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown said he was inclined to vote against a Wednesday procedural vote to limit debate on the Puerto Rico legislation unless he had a commitment for a floor vote on a mine worker pension bill.