Press Releases

December 18, 2023

Manchin Statement on 18th Anniversary of the Sago Mine Disaster

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement ahead of the 18th anniversary of the Sago Mine disaster. “Eighteen years ago, we lost twelve brave coal miners who went to work at the Sago Mine and never returned home to their beloved families. In their honor, West Virginians worked together to pass legislation that improved safety standards for our miners who sacrifice every day to power our great nation. The anniversary of this tragedy reminds us that … Continue Reading


December 15, 2023

Manchin Secures $54.3 Million to Complete I-79 Chaplin Hill Gateway Project

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured $54,320,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to the Monongalia County Commission to repair and rehabilitate I-79 exit 155, which serves as the primary vehicular connection from Interstate-79 and Morgantown, Star City, Granville and West Virginia University. “I am proud to announce this $54 million investment through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to complete the … Continue Reading


December 15, 2023

Manchin Announces $3.9 Million to Strengthen Healthcare Services in West Virginia

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $3,930,309 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strengthen healthcare services throughout West Virginia. The funding will bolster public health infrastructure, improve maternal and child health services statewide, and support local health centers in Monroe County. “Every West Virginian deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare,” said Senator … Continue Reading


December 15, 2023

Manchin, Braun Introduce Tyler's Law to Direct Emergency Rooms to Screen for Fentanyl

Charleston, WV -This week, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced Tyler’s Law, a bill directing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide hospitals with guidance on how emergency rooms can implement fentanyl testing in their routine drug screens. The bill is named for Tyler Shamash, a teenager who lost his life to a fentanyl overdose in part because -- unbeknownst to the physician -- he was not tested for fentanyl upon being checked into the … Continue Reading


December 15, 2023

Manchin Announces $37M for West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to Reduce Methane Emissions, Restore Well Sites

Charleston, WV - Today, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will receive $37,791,464 in grant funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Methane Emissions Reduction Program to reduce methane emissions from low-producing oil and gas wells. This funding is made possible by Chairman Manchin’s Inflation … Continue Reading


December 15, 2023

Manchin, Braun Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create Student Loan Dashboard

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced the bipartisan Streamlining More Accessible, Reliable and Transparent Educational Resources for Debt Act (SMARTER Debt Act). The legislation would establish an interactive, online dashboard at the U.S. Department of Education to improve public access to information about existing student loan forgiveness and repayment programs that aim to attract borrowers to public service and highly needed professions. … Continue Reading


December 15, 2023

Senate Unanimously Passes Manchin, Rounds Military Personnel Confirmation Restoration Act

Charleston, WV - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mike Rounds’ (R-SD) bipartisan Military Personnel Confirmation Restoration Act of 2023 to provide back pay for military officers whose promotions were delayed in the Senate. The legislation would also provide retroactive promotion dates and other administrative fixes. “I’m proud the Senate has unanimously passed our bipartisan legislation to provide retroactive promotion dates and back pay for our … Continue Reading


December 14, 2023

Support Grows for New Boston Metal Facility in Weirton

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and other West Virginia stakeholders applaud Boston Metal’s receipt of a $50 million grant through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grants Program. This new facility will manufacture ultrapure chromium metal and high-temperature alloys which are critical materials needed for advanced energy technologies and has the potential to … Continue Reading


December 14, 2023

Manchin, Energy and Natural Resources Committee Clear Pending Legislation

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a business meeting to appoint members to Subcommittees for the 118th Congress and to consider pending legislation. The Committee ordered reported the following measures: S. 594, a bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to prioritize the completion of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and for other purposes (Mr. Heinrich), with an amendment in the nature of a … Continue Reading


December 14, 2023

Manchin, Moran Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Community Banks from Regulatory Overreach

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) reintroduced their bipartisan Fair Audits and Inspections for Regulators’ (FAIR) Exams Act. The legislation would help ensure a fair and effective supervisory examination process for banks by establishing an appeals process to resolve disagreements between banks and regulators. “An effective and fair examination process for financial institutions is vital to the health of our banking system and beneficial for … Continue Reading


December 14, 2023

Manchin, Bipartisan Colleagues Call on Biden Administration to Protect Communities from Wildfire Smoke, Strengthen Forest Management

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined his bipartisan colleagues in urging Biden Administration officials to use prescribed fires to protect communities from the negative impacts of wildfire smoke and increase active forest management. Prescribed fire is a proven method to reduce risk of catastrophic wildfire and the associated smoke. On November 8, 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of the … Continue Reading


December 14, 2023

Manchin Announces Jefferson County Courthouse Designated National Historic Landmark

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that West Virginia’s Jefferson County Courthouse has been designated as a new National Historic Landmark (NHL).  “As West Virginians, we take great pride in the history of our state. The designation of the Jefferson County Courthouse as a National Historic Landmark means that this piece of West Virginia heritage will be preserved for generations to come. This … Continue Reading


December 14, 2023

Manchin Submits Public Comment to USPS to Express Support for Charleston Postal Facility, Employees

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, submitted a public comment to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to express his support for the Charleston Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) and its employees. The comment follows USPS’s November announcement to conduct a Mail Processing Facility Review on the facility, Senator Manchin’s subsequent conversation with Postmaster General … Continue Reading


December 13, 2023

Manchin, Paul, Budd Urge FDA to Reform Review Process for Tobacco Harm-Reduction Products

Washington, DC - This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Budd (R-NC) in urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) to reform its application review process for tobacco harm-reduction products. The Senators also requested information regarding CTP’s policies and actions that would ensure they are acting in an efficient way that is based on science and evidence. “Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of … Continue Reading


December 13, 2023

Manchin, Braun Freed of Opioids Act Passes Out of HELP Committee

Washington, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mike Braun (R-IN)’s FDA Review of Efficacy EERW Double-Blinds (FREED) of Opioids Act passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The FREED Act, would require scientific experts to review the controversial enriched enrollment randomized withdrawal (EERW) methodology used to approve new opioids and ensure opioids are only marketed for uses where they are both safe and effective. “In 2022, more … Continue Reading


December 13, 2023

Manchin, Bipartisan Colleagues Call on Department of Labor to Address Critical Workforce Shortages

Washington, DC - This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined his bipartisan colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to simplify the process of hiring international workers to reduce workforce shortages in critical high-skilled industries when it is not possible to find qualified and willing U.S. workers. The Senators called for use of DOL’s Schedule A Shortage Occupation List to streamline hiring vetted international workers in high demand industries, like Science, … Continue Reading


December 13, 2023

Manchin Votes to Pass National Defense Authorization Act, Secures West Virginia Priorities

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), voted for final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024, which included several West Virginia priorities Senator Manchin secured during markup. “America’s military readiness transcends political division and this year’s defense package provides necessary funding to defend our … Continue Reading


December 13, 2023

Manchin, Braun, Baldwin EFFECTIVE Act Passes Out of HELP Committee

Washington, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) Ensuring the FDA Fully Examines Clinical Trial Impact and Vitalness before Endorsement (EFFECTIVE) Act passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The EFFECTIVE Act, would allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deny a new drug application for an opioid analgesic drug on the basis of the drug not being clinically superior to other … Continue Reading


December 12, 2023

Manchin, Bipartisan Colleagues Push for Clear Guidance on the New Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Washington, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined his bipartisan colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Education to provide clear guidance and communication to students, families, educators, college access counselors, and schools leading up to and after the release of the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In an announcement earlier this month, the Department stated that the new FAFSA will be released by December 31, 2023, yet it did not provide a … Continue Reading


December 12, 2023

Manchin, Bipartisan Colleagues Condemn United Nations' Inaction on Hamas' Sexual Violence Against Women

Washington, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined his bipartisan colleagues in a letter condemning the inaction of the United Nations (UN) regarding Hamas’s widespread sexual violence, including mass rape and mutilation, against women in Israel on October 7, 2023. The Senators urged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to open an independent investigation into Hamas’s acts of sexual violence and to hold the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN … Continue Reading

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