Press Releases

February 27, 2021

Manchin, Sullivan Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill To Address Veterans' Burn Pit Exposure

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, reintroduced the Veterans Burn Pit Exposure Recognition Act, which will address a barrier currently preventing many Veterans from getting U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare and benefits for illnesses and diseases related to exposure to burn pits. The bill would recognize and concede their exposure during deployed service. Notably, the bill would not … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Push For Secure Rural Schools Program Reauthorization

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 19 Senators in a bipartisan push for reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program to ensure counties across America do not lose out on essential services due to federal land ownership. The program, which helps fund essential services in rural communities home to federal land, expired in September 2020; the last payment under the current authorization is scheduled for April 2021, less than two months from now. "Rural … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Manchin, Capito Lead Colleagues In Designating Public Schools Week In February

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) led 37 Senators in introducing a bipartisan resolution to designate the week of February 22nd, 2021 as Public Schools Week, which passed the Senate unanimously. The Public Schools Week resolution celebrates the critical role public schools play in their communities and encourages state, local and federal lawmakers to prioritize efforts to strengthen public education, bolster services that provide critical support … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Manchin, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Help Disabled Veterans Purchase Adaptive Automobiles

The average cost of a new adaptive vehicle that disabled Veterans need to drive safely and maintain their independence ranges from $40,000 to $65,000 Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation that would reduce the financial burden for disabled Veterans who require special adaptive equipment to drive a motor vehicle. The Advancing Uniform Transportation Opportunities (AUTO) for Veterans Act would make these Veterans eligible to … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Manchin Questions Veterans Affairs Officials On COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution For Veterans

Video of Senator Manchin during the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing On Vaccines For Veterans can be found here Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC), questioned a panel of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials on working with rural states to distribute COVID-19 vaccines and ensuring doses are not wasted, how the recent weather conditions affected the supply and distribution of the vaccine and how the … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Manchin, Cartwright Lead Bipartisan Colleagues In Calling On Administration To Protect Miners From COVID-19 Exposure

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-8) led 13 Members of Congress in calling on the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to issue immediate guidance to protect mine workers from exposure to COVID-19. The Members said in part, "Our brave and patriotic miners risk their lives every day to power our nation, and during the COVID-19 pandemic that risk is even greater. As they continue to work in close quarters and tough conditions, miners … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Manchin: West Virginia To Receive Fifth Increase In Weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) received notification that West Virginia will be receiving a fifth increase in the weekly vaccine allocation. "As national COVID-19 vaccine production increases, West Virginia continues to see increases in our dose allocation. I was notified this morning that West Virginia will receive another weekly increase of 3,510 Pfizer vaccine doses. This is the fifth consecutive dose increase West Virginia has received since the Biden … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Manchin Applauds West Virginia Power Decision To Join Atlantic League Of Professional Baseball

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the decision by West Virginia Power to join the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for the 2021 season. Since November 2019, Senator Manchin has worked tirelessly to protect West Virginia's baseball teams after the restructuring of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) over the last year. "West Virginia Power has given West Virginia families countless hours of entertainment and family time, and I am incredibly pleased that these … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce West Virginia Students Selected For United States Senate Youth Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that two West Virginia high school seniors, Olivia Hindman of St. Albans and Emma Romano of Bridgeport, have been selected for the 2021 U.S. Senate Youth Program. Olivia and Emma will represent West Virginia during the virtual Washington Week that will be held in March. The U.S. Senate Youth Program Washington Week is an interactive educational and leadership forum where the students will attend … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Manchin Votes To Confirm Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), voted to confirm Tom Vilsack as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. "Today I voted to confirm Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture. Tom and I served together as Governors, and I know from personal experience that he will work tirelessly to get the job done. Tom is undoubtedly qualified to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture and proved during his previous tenure as Secretary of Agriculture that he prioritizes rural America and … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding for West Virginia through Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $398,937 to support two projects that will improve the quality and connectivity of forest and freshwater habitats in West Virginia. The funding is made available as part of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program's 2020 Grant Slate. "West Virginia is blessed with beautiful public lands and … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Manchin Applauds Progress On New Passenger Terminal And Aerotech Business Park At North Central Regional Airport

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) distribution of the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment of the new Passenger Terminal and Aerotech Business Park project at North Central West Virginia Regional Airport (CKB). This Environmental Assessment is a vital step towards the completion of the Passenger Terminal and Aerotech Business Park project at the North Central Regional Airport, which will … Continue Reading


February 22, 2021

Manchin, Portman Reintroduce Bipartisan FIGHT Fentanyl Act To Permanently Schedule Fentanyl-Related Substances

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Rob Portman (R-OH) reintroduced the bipartisan Federal Initiative to Guarantee Health by Targeting (FIGHT) Fentanyl Act to permanently schedule illicitly manufactured and deadly fentanyl. In February 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a temporary scheduling order to schedule fentanyl-related substances that has allowed federal law enforcement authorities to bring criminal actions against individuals who … Continue Reading


February 22, 2021

Manchin: EPA Progress On PFAS Chemicals Good News For West Virginians

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to move forward on the Final Regulatory Determination regarding two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, PFOA and PFOS. The regulation, initially issued on January 15th, has been on hold since January 20th due to an across the board review of ongoing federal regulations as is typical under a new Presidential Administration. Following today's decision, the EPA … Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

Manchin Opposes OMB Director Nominee Neera Tanden

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his decision to oppose Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director nominee Neera Tanden. "I have carefully reviewed Neera Tanden's public statements and tweets that were personally directed towards my colleagues on both sides of the aisle from Senator Sanders to Senator McConnell and others. I believe her overtly partisan statements will have a toxic and detrimental impact on the important working … Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce $425K For Affordable Housing And Jobs In West Virginia

Charleston, WV -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $425,000 from NeighborWorks America to create and preserve affordable housing, revitalize neighborhoods and create jobs in West Virginia. NeighborWorks America is a nonprofit organization that works with local governments, private businesses and partner organizations to support community development and develop affordable housing. "Investing in … Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.5 Million for Head Start Projects in West Virginia

Charleston, WV- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,531,366 to support Head Start services in West Virginia. This funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “Every child in West Virginia deserves access to a quality education. Our Head Start programs provide children with the skills and foundation they need to succeed, no matter their background,” … Continue Reading


February 18, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce $1.8 Million for Maternal and Child Health Services

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,872,726 for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to support maternal and child health services in West Virginia. This funding is made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "During the COVID-19 pandemic, it's more important than ever that West Virginia mothers and children have access to … Continue Reading


February 18, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce $258K For West Virginia University COVID-19 Research Project

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $258,719 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to West Virginia University Research Corporation for a project to examine COVID-19 related information and misinformation on social distancing and isolation practices within closed religious communities. "The National Science Foundation has been a great partner for West Virginia and our … Continue Reading


February 18, 2021

Manchin, Capito Applaud West Virginia's 2021 Top Youth Volunteers

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), today congratulated West Virginia students Molly Runner of Bridgeport and Emily Carothers of Meadow Bridge for being selected as the nation's top youth volunteers for 2021, in the 26th annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Molly is a senior at Bridgeport High School who helped organize and lead a suicide prevention club and program and developed a free after-school mental health support group for fellow … Continue Reading

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