Press Releases

June 24, 2019


Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), announced $747,382 for West Virginia University to examine the sustainability of Appalachian marginal lands for bioenergy crop production through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Through renewable bioenergy crop production, environmental conditions can improve and offer an increase in economic gain for the growers on marginalized lands. "Improving … Continue Reading

June 21, 2019

Manchin Statement On The 3rd Anniversary Of The 2016 West Virginia Flood

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the upcoming third anniversary of the flood which devastated communities throughout southern West Virginia in 2016. "Three years ago, we lost 23 West Virginians because of terrible flooding across our state. The flooding was a tragedy for the families who lost loved ones and for the entire state. Our statewide community came together to support and care for one another during their time of need. We proved … Continue Reading

June 20, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote the following statement wishing West Virginia a happy 156th birthday. "Ever since the historic beginning of our state, we have never failed to answer our country's call. No demand has been too great, no danger too daunting and no trial too threatening. The abundant natural resources of our state and the hard work and sacrifice of our people have made America stronger and safer. When visitors come to West Virginia, I jump at the chance … Continue Reading

June 20, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announce $7,425,177 for Head Start programs in West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This funding will provide support for education and career advancement in Braxton County and North Central West Virginia. "West Virginia's future is in the hands of our youngest citizens, and in order for them to succeed, access to an early … Continue Reading

June 19, 2019


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $10,000 for West Virginia Public Broadcasting through the Corporation of Public Broadcasting's County Music engagement grant. Funding will support community outreach and engagement and new media broadcasts tailored to the needs of West Virginia. "Music is a way for communities and cultures to join together in celebration. West Virginia is pivotal to the … Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Manchin Statement On Affordable Clean Energy Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), released the following statement on the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the Administration's replacement for the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Under ACE, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives states a list of "candidate technologies" that can be used to establish standards of performance for fossil fuel power plants offering these plants more flexibility to comply. "I never supported the CPP because it required coal plants to … Continue Reading

June 19, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted today in the Senate Appropriations Committee to pass the bipartisan Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border. This funding is in response to the President's request in May for $4.5 billion in emergency funding to respond to the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border. "Today I am glad this Committee was able to come to a bipartisan agreement to address the … Continue Reading

June 19, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is fighting to include three more amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that will strengthen restrictions on PFAS chemicals and provide funding through the Secretary of Defense to address PFAS contamination. These provisions would build upon the protections Senator Manchin already secured during the Senate Armed Services Committee mark-up of the bill that will create an environmental restoration account within the National Guard … Continue Reading

June 19, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauds the passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 via unanimous consent. Since 1991, Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange have received benefits, but only those on the ground or in land waters, not Veterans on deep-water naval vessels. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act expands the definition of "boots on the ground" in Vietnam and in turn extends disability benefits to veterans who served on Navy … Continue Reading

June 18, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $250,000 for the Bluewell Public Service District through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grant Program. This funding will provide and improve infrastructure used to store and transport water to West Virginians throughout the Bluefield area. There will be an increase in water storage, fire hydrants, … Continue Reading

June 17, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the recent ratings released by the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Out of the 250 Senators who served between 1993 and 2018, Senator Manchin ranked 11th on the list. The Lugar Center ratings rank Senators based on bills they've introduced or cosponsored with members of the opposite party. According to CQ Roll Call, Senator Manchin was the most bipartisan member … Continue Reading

June 14, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $210K For Economic Development Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), today announced $210,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to be invested in Buckhannon, Parkersburg and Martinsburg through their regional planning and development councils. This investment will strengthen the regional economy by increasing the number of jobs and the support of capital investments among regions. "Investing in regional economies is essential to creating good paying jobs, … Continue Reading

June 14, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), introduced the United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act. The legislation will protect 3.6 million call center jobs in the United States by preventing them from being outsourced overseas. The bill is a response to the increasing number of call center jobs leaving the U.S. in recent years, which has devastated the economies of numerous American communities and has placed the American consumer's sensitive information at … Continue Reading

June 14, 2019

Manchin, Collins Introduce Bill To Significantly Reduce The Cost Of Health Insurance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Premium Reduction Act of 2019, legislation that would increase the affordability of health insurance in the individual market by supporting and expanding state-based programs that have been proven to lower premiums and save consumers money. This legislation supports state-based health insurance market stabilization programs that would lower insurance premiums for consumers by up to 30 percent in the … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Manchin Applauds NPS Announcement Of Continued Funding For Wheeling Heritage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), applauded the National Park Service's (NPS) announcement that Wheeling National Heritage Area has been approved to continue receiving funding beyond fiscal year (FY) 2020. Senator Manchin has been a strong supporter of West Virginia's National Heritage Areas, and recently secured a $2M increase in Wheeling Heritage's funding cap as part of the recently passed John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. Since … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Manchin Calls Martinsburg Mayor To Congratulate Ahead Of City Council Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today called Mayor Karos of Martinsburg to congratulate him ahead of the Martinsburg City Council vote tonight regarding the agreement between the City of Martinsburg and the US Department of the Air Force to provide reimbursement of certain water treatment costs that are related to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). "The Martinsburg City Council will be voting on an agreement tonight that will result in Martinsburg receiving $4.9 … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Manchin, Scott Reintroduce Legislation To Expand Credit Access For Millions Of Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Tim Scott (R-SC), reintroduced the bipartisan Credit Access and Inclusion Act to expand access to credit for over 26 million Americans that are currently without credit because they do not have a history of traditional loan payments, such as student loans, mortgages, and car loans. The legislation will allow landlords, telecom companies, and utility providers to report on-time payments to credit bureaus, allowing these Americans … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $2 Million For Prevention Programs Throughout West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,209,080 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services. This funding will improve diabetes, heart disease and stroke prevention programs throughout West Virginia. "Healthcare access has always been a priority of mine because West Virginians and Americans deserve access to … Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Manchin Applauds American Medical Association For Supporting Patient Care Coordination In Legacy Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the American Medical Association (AMA) for supporting aligning 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA privacy standards, which is accomplished through Senator Manchin's Protecting Jessica Grubbs's Legacy Act. Today the AMA House of Delegates voted to bring privacy standards surrounding substance use disorder treatment closer in line to HIPAA Privacy Rules. This will help ensure medical professionals have full knowledge of their patient's … Continue Reading

June 11, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with his colleagues, urged the administration to take immediate action on pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reforms to reduce prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries. In a letter to President Donald Trump, the senators expressed disappointment that DIR reform was not included in the recently finalized Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule-despite being included in the proposed rule-and … Continue Reading

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