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Senator Jay Rockefeller is a former Democratic U.S. Senator from West Virginia. Having served the people of West Virginia for nearly 50 years, he retired from the Senate in 2015 and is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Decision Not to Pursue Punishment of CIA Officials Who Conducted Unauthorized Search of Senate Computers Is Unacceptable

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 2:50 PM

This weekend, The New York Times reported that the panel appointed to review the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) unauthorized search of Senate Intelligence Committee staff members' computers is expected to not recommend pursuing disciplinary action against CIA officials involved in the breach. Read my full statement below:

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To Protect Our Kids, We Must Extend the Children's Health Insurance Program

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 4:56 PM

From the beginning of my career in public service, I've always cared deeply about helping our children. When I arrived in Emmons, West Virginia, as a VISTA worker, there were countless children in the community who'd never seen a doctor or a dentist. Their family just couldn't afford it. To...

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Seven Reasons Congress Must Reauthorize America COMPETES

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 5:52 PM

Throughout my career in public service -- first as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College, then as governor of West Virginia, and now in the U.S. Senate as Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation -- I have supported investments in science and technology, and in educating our...

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Companies Must Be Held Accountable for E-Cigarette Marketing That Reaches Kids and Teens

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Just a few generations ago, young people were bombarded with marketing messages from cigarette companies on television, in magazines, on billboards, at sports and cultural events, and multiple other channels. Even cartoon characters were seen lighting up. And we now know this marketing played an important role in hooking millions...

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Fixing the VA Means Finding the Political Will to Properly Fund This Agency

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 9:20 AM

We just began the first formal Senate-House conference committee hearing on veterans' legislation in fifteen years. I am proud to be a part of such an important meeting. Read my entire opening statement for the conference committee hearing below:

Thank you, Chairman Sanders and Chairman Miller, for appointing me...

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This Time, Something Has to Change

(44) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Below is an op-ed that appeared in the Monday, Jan. 20, Gazette.

West Virginia families shouldn't have to question whether it is safe to bathe their children at night, or send them off to school in the morning. Our state's business owners shouldn't worry that their water will keep...

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Don't Risk Peaceful Elimination of Iran's Nuclear Weapons Capabilities by Imposing New Sanctions

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 4:56 PM

Today I spoke on the Senate floor about preventing Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon. Below is full text of the speech. Video is available on my YouTube channel.

Mr. President, I want to speak about an issue of great importance to the national security of...

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Protecting Servicemembers at Home and Abroad

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 11:55 AM

This month we celebrate Veterans Day and the remarkable men and women who make extraordinary sacrifices to protect our country. As we honor the service and the bravery they have shown in conflicts across the world, we should remember their challenges on the homefront as well.


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Protecting Our Service Members and Veterans From Abusive Financial Practices at Home

(27) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 10:59 AM

As printed in the Washington Times' Veterans Day Special Report

On Veterans' Day, we pay particularly close attention to the men and women who make extraordinary sacrifices to defend our nation. We honor their service to our country and remember those no longer with us. But on every other...

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Smart Investments Today Will Prepare West Virginia's Infrastructure for the Future

(21) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Although the deal to end the shutdown and restore our borrowing authority bought a few months to solve the latest fiscal crisis, it reflects a larger problem in Congress. There is an unwillingness among some to put politics aside so we can have an honest conversation about the resources required...

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Announcing My Online Health Insurance Marketplace Resource Center

(16) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 6:01 PM

Once the president signed into law the health reform bill that I helped write and pass, we finally achieved a path to bring reliable health insurance to millions of Americans. During the open enrollment period now, all those who previously couldn't afford health insurance or didn't qualify because of a...

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Ending the Federal Government Shutdown and Avoiding Default... for Now

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 10:13 AM

Two weeks into the government shutdown and on the brink of default, we all became acutely aware of what happens when politicians choose to advance partisanship over public policy and service to the American people. The government shutdown was a self-imposed crisis manufactured by a small group of hard-line conservatives...

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Impact of Failure to Raise the Nation's Debt Limit

(208) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:02 AM

Today, the Treasury Secretary will testify before the Senate Finance Committee -- I serve on this committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health. Here are the remarks I plan to deliver during the hearing:

Mr. Chairman, I appreciate that you called this hearing to highlight a...

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Government Shutdown Hurts West Virginians

(68) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 8:54 PM

In reflecting on nearly 30 years in the U.S. Senate, I can hardly think of a time when a group of lawmakers has acted so recklessly as now.

We are four days into the House Republicans' shutdown of federal government services to millions of Americans. And it's all because...

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The Affordable Care Act Will Work

(87) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 2:55 PM

Not too long ago, virtually everyone -- both Democrats and Republicans -- agreed that in a country as prosperous as ours, all Americans should have access to a doctor when they're sick as well as the preventive care necessary to help keep them healthy. There was broad consensus that the...

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12 Years After 9/11: Understanding the Threats We Face and How Far We Have Come

(15) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 7:21 PM

Every year on September 11, we mourn the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives that tragic day. We honor the firefighters, police officers and first responders who risked and gave their lives to save so many others. And we reflect on how far we have come as a nation...

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A Communications Network Worthy of Our First Responders

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:56 PM

Ahead of the National Scout Jamboree, last month I visited the Glen Jean Armory where the Joint Interagency Task Force was headquartered during this incredible 10-day event. I got to see first-hand how state and local first responders, members of the National Guard and representatives from federal agencies were using...

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Cruise Control: Giving Cruise Passengers the Safety and Protections They Need and Deserve

(6) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 7:14 PM

This Wednesday, I held a hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee to take a closer look at serious safety gaps in the cruise industry.

I believe the culture of safety that Americans expect - as they should - is clearly not always a priority for cruise lines. Cruise ships...

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High-Speed Internet Access in West Virginia Is Essential to Competing in a Global Economy

(20) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 2:54 PM

In 1996, I met a 16-year-old high school sophomore named Jessica Lambert from McDowell County, West Virginia. She had been using a computer in her classroom to learn to speak Japanese through satellite classes offered by the University of Nebraska. She told me that without these classes and the opportunities...

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Continuing West Virginia's Tradition of Public Service During the National Scout Jamboree

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 11:47 AM

What does public service and giving back mean to you? For some it's about giving back to their community by volunteering at a homeless shelter or the local animal rescue. For others it's about tutoring at-risk children after the regular school day ends. For others, it's about giving a neighbor...

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