As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Manchin is able to advocate for projects that make the biggest difference in the everyday lives of West Virginians. On the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Manchin fights to ensure West Virginia receives adequate funding for infrastructure projects, community healthcare centers, economic development efforts and many other projects important to West Virginia.
Senator Manchin believes a strong education is the building block for success for every child and the foundation for our country’s long-term economic strength. For many communities in West Virginia, our schools are more than just classrooms, teachers and textbooks. As a country we need to do more at every level to ensure that all of our children receive a high-quality, well-rounded education that prepares them for college and a career.
As a Senator from a true energy state - the second leading producer of coal with abundant resources, a net exporter of electricity – Senator Manchin is very proud of the critical role West Virginians play in providing energy to our nation.
Senator Manchin believes that every American deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare. He has always said that our nation’s current system is in need of repair but we cannot simply repeal without a replacement. Senator Manchin believes that effective healthcare reform should expand access to coverage, while not inhibiting economic growth, and that the most effective healthcare legislation involves support from both political parties.
Senator Manchin believes that rebuilding America and investing in the next generation of infrastructure is not a Democratic ideal or a Republican ideal, it’s an American ideal. He understands how hard the people of the Mountain State work and that give the opportunity, nobody works harder than a West Virginian.
In the 21st century, the world is more interconnected than ever before. This presents the opportunity for adversaries to try to infiltrate and attack American values and our way of life. As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Manchin believes preventing foreign attacks on our democracy and democracies abroad is not a political issue and he will continue to work in a bipartisan way to protect our nation and safeguard our way of life.
Combatting the opioid epidemic in West Virginia and across the country is one of Senator Manchin’s biggest priorities in the United States Senate. He works with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to secure the additional resources we need to fight this epidemic. He has introduced multiple bi-partisan bills aimed at supporting recovering addicts and funding programs that help addicts receive the treatment they need.
West Virginia’s seniors helped build this nation and Senator Manchin is committed to ensuring we keep the promises made to them. To West Virginia’s seniors, Social Security and Medicare are not just government programs, they are promises made by a thankful nation to ensure a quality of life well-earned from years of hard work and sacrifice.
West Virginia is one of the most patriotic states in the country and Senator Manchin is proud of the number of Veterans and active duty members that have honorably served our military. As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Manchin works to improve employment opportunities and healthcare access for West Virginia’s Veterans.