Press Releases

April 30, 2020

Manchin Announces Bill To Federalize Medical Supply Chain, Increase National Production And Create A Fair Process For Supply Delivery

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced legislation that lays out a framework for an effective COVID-19 pandemic response by federalizing and adding critical oversight and transparency to the supply chain for critical medical supplies and equipment. The Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act requires the president to utilize all available authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to mobilize a federal response to the pandemic through an equitable … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Manchin Applauds Decision To Increase Telephone-Based Health Services Reimbursements

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decision to increase reimbursement payments for telephone-based health services to equal other audio-visual and in-person visitation reimbursements. This decision comes 24 hours after Senator Manchin led 37 bipartisan Senators in advocating for this exact policy change.“I am very pleased that HHS and CMS have … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Manchin, Capito Discuss Mobile COVID-19 Testing Waivers For Veterans With VA Secretary Wilkie

Charleston, WV - Today. U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) urged U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary Wilkie to classify mobile COVID-19 testing as “Urgent Care” or “Emergency Care” for Veterans in order to allow Veterans to get tested in the community without prior-authorization by the VA. Secretary Wilkie gave the Senators assurances that he would look into the waiver process for Veterans to get tested at mobile testing sites with costs … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $750K In Scholarships For Food And Agricultural Studies Students At West Virginia State University

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $752,632 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to provide scholarships for students studying food and agricultural sciences and related fields at West Virginia State University.“West Virginia State University continues to be a leader in innovative research and world-class academics … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Manchin Bill To Extend PPP Loan To 16 Weeks

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced a legislative proposal that will provide employers greater flexibility in meeting the forgiveness requirements for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. By extending the time frame businesses are able to utilize their funds and pay employees, from 8 to 16 weeks after the date they receive their PPP funds, businesses can utilize the PPP loans in an effective way that works for their businesses. Senator Manchin has … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $7 Million for Morgantown Airport Improvement Project

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $7,777,778 to support an extended runway project at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. This funding is made available through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which received additional funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was signed into law on Friday, … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Manchin, Capito Lead Bipartisan Call For Equal Telephone-Based Health Services Reimbursements

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), today led 37 Senators in advocating for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase telephone-based, or audio-only, telehealth reimbursements to equal other audio-visual and in-person visitation reimbursements. Many West Virginians do not have access to reliable broadband, making it nearly impossible to use video-sharing to … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Manchin, Hyde-Smith, Shaheen, Moran Lead Bipartisan Call For Equal Telephone-Based Heath Services Reimbursements

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) today led 37 Senators in advocating for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase telephone-based, or audio-only, telehealth reimbursements to equal other audio-visual telehealth and in-person visitation reimbursements. Many Americans do not have access to reliable broadband, making it nearly … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Manchin Urges Majority Leader McConnell To Focus Senate On COVID-19 Related Issues

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led 20 Senators in urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to focus the Senate’s efforts in returning to Washington, DC on COVID-19 pandemic related issues and oversight of COVID-19 related legislation enacted by Congress. Despite the severity of the COVID-19 public health and economic emergencies, no legislative or committee business related to the COVID-19 public health … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $4 Million To Improve Mental Health And Substance Abuse Services

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $3,999,871 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support substance use disorder and mental health treatment in West Virginia.“Every West Virginian has been affected by the opioid epidemic that has ravaged our state. West Virginia has the highest overdose death rates per capita in the nation and far too many lives have … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Manchin Calls On Treasury To Revise Guidance For Governors To Distribute COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 46 Senators in calling on U.S. Treasury Department Secretary Steven Mnuchin to revise the Treasury guidance for how Governors can distribute Coronavirus Relief Funds to their states. West Virginia received $1.25 billion provided by the Coronavirus Relief Fund established in the CARES Act; however, while states can use these funds to respond directly to the COVID-19 pandemic, Treasury has prohibited the use of these funds to make up for … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $3 Million From HUD For Public Housing Relief In West Virginia Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $3,044,576 for local housing authorities across West Virginia in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public Housing Operation Fund, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Manchin Raises Concerns Over Transfer Of Out-Of-State Inmates With AG Barr Directly

Charleston, WV - During a call today with U.S. Attorney General (AG) William Barr, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) raised concerns about the transfer of new out-of-state inmates to the FCC Hazelton and FCI Gilmer facilities in West Virginia. Senator Manchin also sent a letter to AG Barr on Saturday urging him to immediately halt these transfers. “This morning I had a productive call with Attorney General Bill Barr to discuss the situation at FCC Hazelton and FCI Gilmer, and … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Manchin: Financial Support For Main Street Trade Associations Should Be In Next COVID Package

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 18 bipartisan Senators in calling on Senate leadership to support local trade and professional associations who help sustain Main Street in towns across West Virginia by including funding for these associations in the next COVID-19 emergency funding package. The Senators said in part, "We appreciate your leadership in providing unprecedented resources for American small businesses through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Manchin: West Virginia Hospitals Still Need More Emergency Response Funding

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on West Virginia receiving an additional $34 million for healthcare providers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) through the CARES Act. Senator Manchin successfully fought for $25 billion more in hospital funding in the CARES Act than in the original proposal, and another $75 billion in the additional coronavirus relief package that passed last week. “I’m glad to see additional … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $15.6 Million For Head Start Programs Across 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 $15,670,945 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start programs across West Virginia.“We know early childhood education is a significant indicator of future educational success and Head Start programs provide West Virginia’s children important building blocks. I’m pleased to see this funding awarded and know it … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Manchin, Capito Urge VA to Cover Mobile Testing Sites

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie requesting that the department cover coronavirus (COVID-19) mobile testing sites in the same manner as urgent and emergency care. Currently, mobile testing sites are not covered under the VA’s urgent and emergency care policies, making it difficult for veterans across the country—especially in rural areas where veterans … Continue Reading


April 25, 2020

Manchin Urges AG Barr To Halt Plans To Sent New Out-Of-State Inmates To FCC Hazelton And FCI Gilmer During COVID-19 Pandemic

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today urged U.S. Attorney General (AG) William Barr to immediately halt plans to send new out-of-state inmates from COVID-19 hotspot regions to FCC Hazelton and FCI Gilmer to quarantine. This decision puts West Virginia’s already vulnerable population, our correctional officers and their families at a greater risk of exposure to COVID-19.The Senator said in part, “Instead, I respectfully request you consider helping West Virginia during … Continue Reading


April 25, 2020

Manchin Statement On Bureau Of Prisons COVID-19 Proposal

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement about the proposed plan from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to relocate inmates from COVID-19 hotspot regions of the country to West Virginia for quarantine.“West Virginians have buckled down and closely followed state and federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 here in the Mountain State, and that’s why I am strongly opposing the transfer of out of state prisoners to West Virginia. During this … Continue Reading


April 25, 2020

Manchin Applauds SBA Decision To Allow Publicly Owned Hospitals To Apply For PPP Loans

Charleston, WV - After pressure from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and his bipartisan colleagues, the Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced their decision to allow publicly owned hospitals to apply for Paycheck Protection Programs (PPP) loans. On April 9th, Senator Manchin led nine bipartisan Senators in urging Senate leadership to clarify eligibility for publicly owned hospitals and similar care providers for PPP loans.“Two weeks ago I urged the SBA to allow publicly … Continue Reading

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