Press Releases

August 06, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce USDA Funding for Community Facilities in Southern West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Federal funding has been awarded for community organizations in Mingo, Wayne and Wyoming Counties to renovate and upgrade community facilities. "Investments in our rural communities are important to attracting businesses and residents and strengthening our economy," said Senator Manchin. "This critical funding will support economic development projects in rural West … Continue Reading


August 05, 2013

Manchin, Kirk, Davis Bill Would Require Farmer Input on EPA Regulations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced their bipartisan, bicameral legislation to require the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to review any proposed rule or regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that may affect agriculture and to seek farmers' advice and recommendations. The Review EPA's Language on Agriculture and Thoroughly Engage (RELATE) with the Farm Act of 2013 allows … Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Manchin Statement from the Energy and Natural Resources Hearing on the Political Status of Puerto Rico

Thank you Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Murkowski for holding this hearing today on the political status of Puerto Rico. As a former governor, I am uniquely aware of the great responsibility of that office. The voters, through their constitutionally granted right to free and fair elections, choose a governor to carry out the duties of the office and to handle the needs of the state. The governor is accountable and responsible to the people of the state. And if those people, the voters, … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Senators Manchin and McCain Seek Information on Abuse and Neglect of Military Children

Washington, D.C. ¬- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John McCain (R-AZ) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel seeking information on the rising incidents of child abuse and neglect within the military and pledging to work with the Department of Defense to successfully address this issue. The text of the letter is attached and below. July 31, 2013 The Honorable Chuck HagelSecretary of Defense1000 Defense PentagonWashington, D.C. 20301-1000 Dear Secretary Hagel, We … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Manchin, Hoeven, Murkowski Reintroduce the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), John Hoeven (R-ND) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today reintroduced the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (DEJA), a bipartisan, comprehensive package of energy legislation that will not only reduce the high energy costs faced by hard-working families and small businesses, but also spur badly-needed economic growth and job creation across the U.S. economy. "Developing a strong, all-of-the-above domestic energy plan is the clear pathway forward to help … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Manchin Testifies at Environment Committee on Need to Pass Bipartisan Chemical Safety Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to urge his colleagues to expedite the passage of the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) and honor the late Senator Frank Lautenberg's legacy to better protect the health and safety of all Americans. The bipartisan bill, crafted by Senator Frank Lautenberg and Senator David Vitter, would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, which has not been improved in … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Funding for Residential Substance Abuse Recovery Services in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, Wednesday announced Federal funding has been awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to The Healing Place in Huntington to expand substance abuse residential recovery services and establish a region-wide training program for peer mentoring. "The drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia and across America must end. Every day, lives are lost, families are … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $550,000 For Mine Safety Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced that $550,000 worth of federal funding will be available for safety and health training grants to help identify and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. The Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants grew out of the MINER Act which Rockefeller and Rahall co-authored in the Senate and House respectively and which Congress passed in 2006. "Coal miners are the backbone of … Continue Reading


July 30, 2013

Manchin Statement on EPA Administrator's First Speech

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement after Gina McCarthy's first speech as the new Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. "I completely agree with Ms. McCarthy that clean energy technology will spur economic growth. Clean coal technology already is being used and it's having a direct impact on our environment and our economy. In the last ten years, U.S. coal emissions have been reduced by 50 percent and coal-fired electric plants … Continue Reading


July 29, 2013

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Announce Funding to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Program in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (all D-W.Va.), Monday announced Federal funding has been awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to Prestera Center to expand and increase patient access to mental health treatment and substance abuse recovery support services. "The hard work of addressing the problems of prescription drugs in our region is underway, and funding like this can go a long way … Continue Reading


July 26, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall: Federal Disaster Declaration for State Triggers Release of Federal Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Friday applauded the major disaster declaration that has been issued for the State of West Virginia, which will provide Federal disaster assistance to help communities recover from severe storms and flooding that occurred on June 13, 2013. "I am pleased that the communities affected by June's severe weather will be receiving this assistance," said Manchin. "West Virginians always help … Continue Reading


July 25, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Significant Highway Safety Investment in WV

WASHINGTON D.C. --- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced nearly $660,000 in federal grant funding for the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Office, to carry out important highway safety and distracted driving prevention initiatives in the state. "Driver education and training, and basic safety precautions like using seatbelts, give West Virginians vital tools to protect their own lives and their loved ones. So often those simple acts we take for granted are all it … Continue Reading


July 24, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Permanently Lower Rates For All Students

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Angus King (I-ME), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced the passage of the "Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act" by a vote of 81-18, which provides a long-term fix that lowers student interest rates for all students. "In just a few short weeks, students will be returning to school knowing with certainty what their interest rates will be on their loans for the upcoming … Continue Reading


July 24, 2013

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Permanently Lower Interest Rates for All Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced the passage of the "Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act" by a vote of 81-18, which is legislation that he sponsored along with a group of Democrat, Republican and Independent Senators. The bill provides a long-term fix that lowers student interest rates for all students. "In just a few short weeks, students will be returning to school knowing with certainty what their interest rates will be on their loans for the upcoming … Continue Reading


July 23, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Grant for Marshall University Academic Research Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Federal funding has been awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Marshall University for arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases research."In southern West Virginia, we are so fortunate to have world-class leading-edge research programs, such as this one at Marshall, working to identify potential treatments of injuries and debilitating diseases that … Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Manchin Statement on Gina McCarthy ‘No’ Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after voting against President Obama's nominee to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. "I voted against Gina McCarthy to be the next Administrator of the EPA, but my fight is not with her. My fight is with President Obama and the EPA, the regulatory agency that has consistently placed unreasonable regulations and unobtainable standards on energy production, … Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Funding For Volunteer Fire Departments In Princeton and Wheeling

WASHINGTON D.C. --- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller as well as Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced $73,081 in total federal funding for the Green Valley-Glenwood and Sherrard Volunteer Fire Departments to improve operations and safety and fire prevention. "West Virginians count on local firefighters and first responders to keep their families and communities safe every day," said Manchin, who has worked in the past with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County. "It … Continue Reading


July 16, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding For Greenbrier County Head Start Program

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, and Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced nearly $1 million in federal funding for the Greenbrier County Board of Education to benefit their Head Start Program. "If we want to secure West Virginia's future, we must continue to invest in educational opportunities for all of our children," said Manchin. "We have a responsibility as West Virginians to prepare our future leaders to compete in the global marketplace that will … Continue Reading


July 15, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $3.6M to Prevent Veteran Homelessness in WV

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced $3,657,708 in federal funding to help prevent and end veteran homelessness in West Virginia. "One of our country's biggest challenges is the number of our veterans who are returning home and struggling with homelessness and unemployment," said Manchin. "These courageous men and women are American heroes, serving with honor to defend our freedoms. They have answered the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2013

WV delegation urges White House to approve Federal Disaster Aid in wake of severe weather last month

Washington, D.C. - The West Virginia Delegation sent a letter on Friday, June 11 to President Obama urging him to review and approve Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's request for federal disaster aid as a result of flooding from severe weather between June 13, 2013 to June 20, 2013. The storms impacted several counties, including Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, and Roane with damaging flooding, mudslides and landslides. The letter said, in part: "As members of West Virginia's … Continue Reading

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