Press Releases

November 13, 2019

Manchin Sends Letter To Richard Branson Advocating For Virgin One To Build Certification And Test Center In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter advocating for Virgin Hyperloop One to build their proposed certification and test center in West Virginia to Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Group, the parent organization of Virgin Hyperloop One. Senator Manchin previously met with the leadership team of Virgin Hyperloop One on October 16th to discuss the possibility of building the center in West Virginia. Following that meeting, Virgin Hyperloop One released a request for … Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Manchin Sends More Than 100 Speed Tests To FCC Chairman To Highlight Broadband Coverage Map Issues

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), has sent more than 100 speed test letters submitted by constituents from across West Virginia to Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), since July to highlight incorrect broadband coverage maps and support the need for the formation of a public feedback system to better assess broadband coverage across rural states like West Virginia. These speed test results are from 28 counties across West Virginia. "In 1935 FDR … Continue Reading


November 11, 2019

MANCHIN PRESENTS AWARDS TO FAMILY OF WWII VETERAN JOSEPH GUIO

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a Veterans Day celebration at the American Legion Post in Follansbee today. The event honored World War II Veteran Joseph Guio posthumously for his heroic actions during the sinking of the USS Monoghan during World War II. Senator Manchin awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, as well as a citation signed by the Secretary of the Navy and a combat ribbon to the family of Mr. Guio. "It is my distinct honor to join … Continue Reading


November 11, 2019

MANCHIN, CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $7 MILLION IN EDA GRANTS

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a series of economic development grants totaling $7,049,375 for eight projects throughout the state. Funding is provided by the Economic Development Administration (EDA). "I am glad to see that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is supporting West Virginia by investing in our regional economies and infrastructure which is essential to … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce USDA Funding For Rural Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced two grants to support rural development in West Virginia. One grant will support Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, while the other will be used for the implementation of an ATV trail on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "West Virginians are some of the hardest … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

WV Delegation Urges President Trump To Designate State Funeral For Last Surviving Medal Of Honor Recipient

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Representatives David McKinley (WV-1), Alex Mooney (WV-2) and Carol Miller (WV-3), wrote a letter to President Trump to urge him to designate a state funeral for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient. The letter said in part, "Our West Virginia congressional delegation has been united in introducing bipartisan and bicameral legislation that calls for this momentous event, however the President of the … Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

ICYMI: Manchin Demands Accountability In Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing

Washington D.C. - During a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) called for accountability in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Specifically, his frustration with the ongoing criminal investigations into the Clarksburg and Beckley VA Medical Centers. To watch his remarks, click here. Below is a timeline of Senator Manchin's efforts to get answers for these families. On Thursday, July 5th, 2018 Senator Manchin's office was notified by the VA Inspector … Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $300K For Community Development In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $313,000 for the City of Beckley from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program to preserve and expand affordable housing options and provide assistance for low-income families. "Access to affordable housing gives a hand up not a hand out to West Virginians trying to … Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Manchin Announces Service Academy Nominations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that he will nominate 40 West Virginia students from 16 counties to the U.S. Service Academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. "West Virginia has built a reputation of service and sacrifice, and I truly believe we are the most patriotic state in the nation," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Manchin Announces $20 Million For I-64 Widening Project In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that West Virginia will receive $20 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant program for the I-64 widening project from St. Albans to Nitro. This project will increase system capacity on I-64, improve interchange traffic operations, enhance safety and facilitate economic growth in accordance with regional and local land use planning. "As a … Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Manchin, McConnell, And Capito Introduce The Bipartisan American Miners Act To Secure Pensions And Healthcare

Washington, D.C. ­- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced the Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019, legislation to secure our nation's retired miners pensions by shoring up the 1974 Pension Plan, which is headed for insolvency due to coal company bankruptcies and the 2008 financial crisis, and ensuring that the miners who are at risk due to 2018 and 2019 coal company bankruptcies will not lose … Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Manchin Explains Why Congress Needs To Pass The Slap Act

Washington, D.C. - One week after another major corporate bankruptcy, U.S Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today took to the Senate Floor to explain why Congress needs to pass the Stop Looting American Pensions (SLAP) Act, legislation that would protect the pensions of American workers. For far too long, American greed has influenced Wall Street firms that have taken over companies, cut wages and paid executives large bonuses while walking away from their pension obligations for their employees and … Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $227K To Address Infectious Disease Consequences Of The Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $227,381 in funding through the Health and Human Resources (HHS) Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). Funding will be used to address infectious disease consequences of the opioid crisis, such as HIV or Hepatitis, in West Virginia through increased testing and … Continue Reading


November 04, 2019

Manchin Outraged That 1,000 Coal Miners Notified Their Healthcare Will Be Cut Off On December 31, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the notices that 1,000 coal miners, 65 in West Virginia, received from the Westmoreland Coal Company, notifying them that they will be cut off from their healthcare by December 31, 2019. This notice comes after Westmoreland declared bankruptcy in 2018. To ensure these miners don't lose their health care, Senator Manchin is calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put his bill, the American Miners Act, … Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Manchin Hosts ARC Co-Chair And Highlights ARC Power Grants For West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today hosted Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Co-Chair Tim Thomas in Kanawha and Raleigh counties and highlighted the importance of ARC POWER grants for economic growth and investing in job creation in West Virginia. Senator Manchin and Co-Chair Thomas were joined by business and community leaders at the Toyota Advanced Tech Center and the N3 office in South Charleston, the Elk City District in Charleston, and the 48th job fair in … Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $750K To Prevent Youth Substance Use Disorder In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $750,000 through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grant from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). This funding will support efforts across West Virginia to prevent youth substance use disorder. "West Virginia has the highest overdose death rate per capita of any state in the nation, and the impacts of this … Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Manchin Secures More Than $600 Million To Fight The Opioid Epidemic And $80 Million To Combat Youth Homelessness In Spending Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) secured funding for top West Virginia priorities in the minibus spending package that was passed by the Senate today. The spending package includes funding for Transportation and Housing; Agriculture and Rural Development; Commerce, Justice and Science; and Interior projects. "As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I fight every day to make sure West Virginia receives the funding we need in every spending bill. This spending … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Manchin Disappointed Resolution to Protect West Virginians With Pre-Existing Conditions Failed In The Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his disappointment in the Senate's failure to pass the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would protect the nearly 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions. "Today the Republicans in the Senate blocked a resolution that would protect the nearly 800,000 people in West Virginia with a pre-existing condition. But as their Senator, I cannot allow a rewrite of health insurance rules that … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Manchin Urges VA Secretary To Address WV VAMC'S Failure To Perform Mandatory Opioid Database Checks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary, Robert Wilkie, in response to the newest VA Office of Inspector General (VAIG) report that the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) regularly failed to check the state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) databases when prescribing opioids to Veterans. PDMPs are electronic databases used specifically to track the prescribing and dispensing of … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Murray Energy Declares Bankruptcy, Manchin Urges Passage Of His Bill To Save Healthcare And Pensions

Washington, D.C. - After Murray Energy, the biggest coal company in the country, declared bankruptcy, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged the passage of his legislation, the American Miners Act, that would protect coal miners' healthcare and pensions. "It's a sad day when West Virginia workers and their families can lose everything they've worked for due to another corporate bankruptcy. Today's announcement that Murray Energy will file for bankruptcy underscores the urgent need to protect … Continue Reading

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