Press Releases

October 07, 2013

ICYMI: Manchin Letter to Secretary Hagel Results in Ending National Guard and Reserve Furlough

Washington, D.C. - ICYMI: On Friday, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) led an effort to make sure all service members, the National Guard, and civilian workers who help protect the United States return to work during the government shutdown. Senator Manchin, along with a group of 49 bipartisan senators, sent a letter to Secretary Hagel to ensure that the "Pay Our Military Act" was quickly implemented so all service members, including National Guard and Reserves, and civilians who work for the … Continue Reading


October 07, 2013

Manchin, Rahall Announce Funding for Summers County Wastewater Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall (both D-W.Va.), Monday announced Federal funding for the Meadow Creek Public Service District (PSD) Wastewater System extension project. "This funding for the Meadow Creek project will not only extend water and wastewater services to current residents and businesses, it also will help to put into place the necessary water infrastructure for the area's tourism industry and future economic development, helping to bring new … Continue Reading


October 04, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Send Letter to Department of Defense to Ensure National Guard and Reserves Receive Pay During Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, and 48 other bipartisan senators, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) today sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging that the National Guard and Reserves, and the civilians who support our troops, receive pay during the government shutdown. Even though the "Pay Our Military Act" was quickly signed into law before the government shut down to make sure all military personnel receive … Continue Reading


October 04, 2013

Senator Manchin and 49 Bipartisan Senators Send Letter to Department of Defense to Ensure National Guard and Reserves Receive Pay During Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mark Udall (D-CO), John Hoeven (R-ND), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and 44 additional bipartisan Senators today sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging that the National Guard and Reserves, and the civilians who support our troops, receive pay during the government shutdown. Even though the "Pay Our Military Act" was quickly signed into law before the government shut down to make sure all … Continue Reading


October 04, 2013

Senator Manchin Donates Shutdown Salary to Save the Children Charity

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he will donate the salary he receives during the government shutdown to the Save the Children charity in West Virginia. Save the Children has started several core programs around West Virginia that focus on early steps to school success through language, social and emotional development; literacy programs that increase reading skills; and healthy choice programs to increase information and access to regular physical … Continue Reading


October 02, 2013

Manchin Statement on Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the federal government shutting down. "I am embarrassed and ashamed of Congress and the unnecessary harm that is being inflicted on our citizens and country. Shutting down the federal government is unacceptable. The voters sent us here to work together and fix problems, not engage in partisan fights to score cheap political points. Today, for the first time in seventeen years, our government is not open. … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Manchin Statement on Avoiding Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement on the threat of a government shutdown. "I have always opposed the individual mandate, and I continue to have concerns with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the cost and choices West Virginians will have in the health care exchanges. That being said, I do not believe that this issue should be used to shut down the government, and I will not vote to shut down the government. We need to … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Education Grant for Job Training and Placement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced Huntington Junior College has been awarded a federal grant to train and place students in real-time writing careers for captioning services in video programming. "I truly believe that education is the most important investment we can make for the future of our state and our country," Manchin said. "This grant will provide our students at Huntington Junior … Continue Reading


September 25, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding to Boost Economy and Create Good-Paying Jobs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide $420,000 to regional development councils to help spur economic growth and create good-paying jobs across West Virginia. These EDA projects aim to strengthen West Virginia's economy by bringing together the public and private sectors to establish strategies that will boost local and regional economies … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Marshall University Diabetes Research Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin, along with Senator Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Marshall University has been awarded federal funding for the continuation of its Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP), which provides diabetes education, prevention, and monitoring. "I commend Marshall University for their continued leadership in diabetes research, treatment and prevention on a disease that far too many West Virginians tackle … Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Nearly $535,000 for Online Science Courses at West Virginia State University

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that West Virginia State University will receive $533,674 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to fund a training, research and development project focused on expanding online biology and agriculture courses. The project plans to implement the best online teaching and learning practices and increase student success. "Investments in … Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

Manchin Denounces EPA’S New Source Performance Standards

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's new source performance standards (NSPS) that hold coal and gas emissions to nearly the same standards. "Today's announcement of the EPA's new source performance standard is direct evidence that this Administration is trying to hold the coal industry to impossible standards. Never before has the federal government forced an industry to do something that is … Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funding for Dental Health Care in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced $310,600 in federal funding for oral disease prevention in West Virginia. "Helping West Virginians maintain a healthy lifestyle is an investment worth making for the wellbeing and success of our future generations," said Manchin. "If our healthcare centers have the right information and the right tools, it can be easier for our healthcare providers to offer the best services possible to those who are in need. This … Continue Reading


September 18, 2013

Manchin To Vote 'No' On Binz Nomination To Become Next FERC Chairman

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on how he plans to vote on Ron Binz's nomination to become the next Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). "As we look to America's energy future, it is imperative that we establish a domestic, all-of-the-above energy approach that strikes a balance between our economy and our environment. Currently, the lack of a level … Continue Reading


September 18, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall, Announce Federal Funding for Tri-State and Mingo County Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Wednesday announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than $1.5 million in federal funding to enhance airfield operations at Tri-State/Milton J. Ferguson Field in Wayne County and the Appalachian Region Airport in Mingo County. "Keeping our airports and its facilities safe and … Continue Reading


September 18, 2013

Manchin's State Staff to Participate in “Serving our Seniors”

Washington, D.C. - As part of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's "Day to Serve" volunteer initiative scheduled this year from September 15-29, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that his staff will participate in 9 "Serving Our Seniors" events across the Mountain State. Senator Manchin is a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. "Like I always say, if you can count your blessings, then you can share your blessings," Senator Manchin said. "As West Virginia's former Governor … Continue Reading


September 18, 2013

Manchin Announces WV Community and Technical Colleges to Receive $25 Million in Funding that Leads to Good-Paying, High-Skilled Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia will receive $25 million from the Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. Ten community and technical colleges across West Virginia will use the funding to encourage West Virginians to enroll, pursue and graduate from technical programs that lead to high-waged, high-skilled jobs. "Investing in … Continue Reading


September 17, 2013

Celebrating Constitution Day and Remembering West Virginia's Beloved Senator Robert C. Byrd

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement celebrating "Constitution Day" and remembering West Virginia's beloved Senator Robert C. Byrd. "Senator Byrd often said that our freedom is 'set forth and realized' in our Constitution and he felt it was vital to study it, honor it and revere it. That's why he carried it in his coat pocket everywhere he went and wrote the law that created 'Constitution Day' - to be celebrated every September 17, the anniversary of the … Continue Reading


September 17, 2013

Manchin, Coburn Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to hold Pentagon Accountable for Financial Audit

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today introduced the "Audit the Pentagon Act of 2013," a bill that provides incentives for the Department of Defense, which is the only Federal agency that has never fully complied with financial management laws, to meet its audit schedule while also instituting consequences for further failure to follow the law. "The United States of America has - and will continue to have - the greatest military in the world. … Continue Reading


September 13, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funding for the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today announced $465,700 in federal funding for West Virginia University to continue supporting the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership. This program provides important advisory services to the state's local businesses and manufacturers so they can become more competitive and innovative. "Investing in our manufacturing industry is a … Continue Reading

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