Press Releases

August 03, 2015

Manchin Statement on Final EPA Emissions Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final Clean Power Plan. "Our President and his Administration think our country can do without coal, and they are dead wrong. They are in denial. They deny the cold-hard fact that coal continues to generate almost 40 percent of the electricity in America, and it will play an essential role in our energy portfolio for the next thirty years. The EPA has flat … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Manchin Statement on Defunding Planned Parenthood

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement announcing he will vote to defund Planned Parenthood. "Like many West Virginians, I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion. Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization; instead those … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Manchin, Congressional Delegation and Governor Tomblin Announce $20 Million Scientific Research Grant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Representatives David McKinley (WV-01), Alex Mooney (WV-02) and Evan Jenkins (WV-03), today announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a highly-competitive $20 million grant to West Virginia's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to boost academic scientific research and upgrade infrastructure at West Virginia University (WVU), … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Manchin Secures Significant Coal Amendments to Broad Energy Bill

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Committee's passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, a comprehensive, bipartisan bill that addresses our nation's energy opportunities and challenges. Included in the bill are three of Senator Manchin's amendments that comprise the entirety of the bill's coal title and focus on promoting an all-of-the-above energy policy, keeping coal … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Manchin Votes to Fund Transportation and Highway Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted in support of two bills that will ensure funding for transportation and highway projects across West Virginia. Senator Manchin voted to pass the House's 3-month extension in order to avoid the July 31st funding lapse. He also voted to pass the Developing Roadway Infrastructure for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE) Act of 2015, which is the Senate's long-term, 6-year transportation bill that the House may take up after the August … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Manchin Statement on 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement in honor of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. "Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson established Medicare and Medicaid, two vital programs that have since become essential to our families and communities. I have always believed we must do everything we can to help those in need and protect our beloved seniors. For five decades, Medicare and Medicaid have secured the well-being … Continue Reading

July 29, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $7.6 Million for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Programs in WV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $7,665,187 in funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for emergency preparedness and homeland security programs. This funding will be used to support law enforcement terrorism prevention activities and enhance West Virginia's emergency preparedness … Continue Reading

July 28, 2015

Manchin and Capito Commend Reinstatement of Prescription Drug Take-Back Days

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a bipartisan push by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and eight of their colleagues, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has announced that it will reinstate Prescription Drug Take-Back Days, an initiative to encourage the responsible disposal of expired or unwanted prescription drugs. In May, the Senators sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for the reinstatement of this initiative after it was discontinued. In … Continue Reading

July 28, 2015

Manchin Statement on Century Aluminum Closure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding yesterday's announcement that the Ravenswood Century Aluminum plant will permanently close. "Century Aluminum's plant closure in Ravenswood is not only disappointing for Jackson County and West Virginia but also to Century retirees. I have worked tirelessly with federal, state and local officials, company and industry executives and the retirees to reopen the plant and will continuing working to … Continue Reading

July 27, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1 Million for Fire Departments in Five West Virginia Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced more than $1 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fire departments in five West Virginia counties. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Awards will help improve training, operations and fire safety in Fayette, Randolph, Raleigh, Wayne and Tucker Counties. "Our fire fighters wake up each morning and voluntarily put their lives on line to keep … Continue Reading

July 23, 2015

Manchin Applauds Committee Passage of the '21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act'

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Committee's passage of the 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, legislation to increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improve veterans' benefits and health care. The 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act includes three provisions that were cosponsored by Senator Manchin. They aim to improve the Department of Veterans … Continue Reading

July 22, 2015

Manchin and Capito Call for Action to Reduce Methadone-Related Overdose Deaths

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to curb overdose deaths related to opiate abuse, Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and six of their Senate colleagues called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to examine the use of methadone for pain, and to issue guidance to state Medicaid directors to remove methadone from preferred drug lists for pain management. "The fact that 30 percent of opioid-related deaths involve methadone sends a strong signal that … Continue Reading

July 17, 2015

Manchin and Hoeven Introduce Updated Coal Ash Recycling Legislation

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Hoeven (R-ND) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will create a states-first approach to regulating coal ash that provides both certainty for the safe and efficient recycling of coal ash and an enforceable state permit program for the disposal of coal ash. This legislation, which is companion legislation to Congressmen Shimkus and McKinley's bill in the House, builds on the Senators' past efforts to find a bicameral, … Continue Reading

July 17, 2015

Manchin, Capito, Jenkins get Commitment from VA Secretary McDonald to Reopen Greenbrier CBOC

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, along with Representative Evan Jenkins, spoke with United States Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Bob McDonald regarding the reopening of the Greenbrier Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Reopening the facility would save thousands of West Virginia veterans from driving several hours to seek treatment. "[The Greenbrier CBOC] was shut down, and we have to reopen it," Secretary McDonald committed. He … Continue Reading

July 16, 2015

Manchin Votes to Overhaul Education Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) applauded the Senate passage of the Every Child Achieves Act, legislation to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The legislation includes measures that will scale back federal interference in the public school system and ensure all children in America and West Virginia have access to a well-rounded, high-quality education that enables them to compete and succeed in a … Continue Reading

July 16, 2015

Manchin Condemns Harmful Proposed Stream Regulation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) strongly criticized the proposed Stream Protection Rule released today by U.S. Department of Interior (DOI). The proposed rule, which is based on undisclosed data and was written without proper consultation with the states, would place increased regulations on coal mining and cost thousands of West Virginia jobs. "This Administration's long list of overreaching regulations is absolutely crippling West Virginia families and businesses," … Continue Reading

July 16, 2015

Manchin Urges Support for Commonsense Substance Abuse Measure

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging his Senate colleagues to support a commonsense amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act, which would address one of our nation's fastest growing problems - substance abuse. The amendment passed and was included in the bill. This bipartisan amendment, which he introduced with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), would require a State Education Agency in a state where substance abuse is a significant … Continue Reading

July 16, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1.5 Million for TRIO Program Projects at Five West Virginia Higher Education Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced funding totaling more than $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services Program. The funds will be awarded to West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University, Bluefield State College and West Virginia University Institute of Technology to provide academic support and counseling to low-income, first-generation or disabled … Continue Reading

July 14, 2015

Manchin Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the final nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1, which includes China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany. "The American people are committed to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, and this agreement is an opportunity to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. I believe that American strength is rooted in both military might and diplomacy, and I am … Continue Reading

July 14, 2015

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Helen Holt

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the passing of former West Virginia Secretary of State Helen Holt. "Gayle and I join all West Virginians today in mourning the loss of our state's first female Secretary of State, Helen Holt. West Virginia has been fortunate to have had Helen's leadership and that of her entire family. She was a significant force, and her unwavering dedication made West Virginia a better place. Although she will be … Continue Reading

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