Press Releases

August 27, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller & Rahall Announce Significant Grant to Prevent Violence Against Women in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $1,189,826 in federal funding for West Virginia through the Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (STOP) Grant Program to improve the criminal justice system's response to violent crimes against women. "Everyone deserves to feel safe and secure, and STOP grants and other Violence Against Women Act programs are vital for domestic violence survivors," said Rockefeller. "This … Continue Reading


August 24, 2012

Updated Advisory: Manchin Continues Week 2 of 'Building a Stronger America Together' Tour

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will continue to travel next week around West Virginia on his "Building a Stronger America Together" tour to discuss some of the most pressing issues of our day and how leaders must work across party lines to solve them. "Whether it's reducing the debt of this nation or creating good-paying jobs, the problems that we face can't be solved by one political party alone," Senator Manchin said. "When I was Governor, West Virginians of all … Continue Reading


August 24, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Grant for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, as well as Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $541,057 in federal funding for social service agencies to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout West Virginia. "In West Virginia, we understand the importance of coming together and helping those facing tough times," said Rockefeller. "This funding will help organizations across the state continue to serve their communities and meet the needs of their … Continue Reading


August 23, 2012

Manchin, Rocefeller Announce Grant to Advance Employment for People with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced $2.5 million in federal funding for West Virginia University (WVU) Research Corporation to manage and operate the Office of Disability Employment Policy's (ODEP) Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a national technical assistance center that facilitates the employment and retention of workers with disabilities. "WVU has been so helpful in connecting workers with special needs to jobs, and this funding helps the school … Continue Reading


August 22, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Significant Grant to Improve Manufacturing in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced a $365,700 grant award to the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program designed to help small and medium-sized companies create jobs, new products and expand into new markets. The WV MEP program is located on the campus of West Virginia University, with strong university participation and oversight. "West Virginia has a strong manufacturing history, and these funds will support our manufacturing … Continue Reading


August 22, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Committed to Green Bank Observatory

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today pledged their commitment to the continued operations of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, despite an independent Astronomy Portfolio Review Committee recommending National Science Foundation disinvestment in Green Bank and five other telescopes across the country over the next five years. "I've been in touch with the National Science Foundation and am closely … Continue Reading


August 21, 2012

Manchin Applauds Another Federal Court Decision to Rein in EPA

Manchin has already proposed bipartisan legislation to make the rule more reasonable Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decision today to vacate the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. "With today's decision, the EPA is now zero for four in court, including the lawsuit I filed as Governor. These consistent decisions show that it's past time for this EPA to step back and work with us as an … Continue Reading


August 21, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grant for Upgrades to Morgantown Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senators Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Joe Manchin today announced that the Morgantown Municipal Airport will receive $1,454,403 in federal funding to make necessary upgrades to the airport and runway, improving travel and safety at the airport. "Maintaining the structural integrity of our transportation facilities is an important safety measure," said Rockefeller. "This funding will help make sure that … Continue Reading


August 17, 2012

Manchin Launches Two-Week Tour: ‘Building a Stronger America Together’

Washington, D.C. - For two consecutive weeks, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will travel around West Virginia on his "Building a Stronger America Together" tour to discuss some of the most pressing issues of our day and how leaders must work across party lines to solve them. "Whether it's reducing the debt of this nation or creating good-paying jobs, the problems that we face can't be solved by one political party alone," Senator Manchin said. "When I was Governor, West Virginians of … Continue Reading


August 17, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funds for Natural Capital Investment Fund, Inc. to Support West Virginia Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and Joe Manchin today announced $953,806 in federal funding for Shepherdstown's Natural Capital Investment Fund, Inc (NCIF) from the Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI). "Having access to knowledgeable and certified financial assistance groups is vital for our communities," said Rockefeller. "NCIF has helped many West Virginia entrepreneurs build or … Continue Reading


August 16, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $30 Million for Pilot Manufacturing Program Which Will Include Four WV Operations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, as well as Congressman Nick Rahall, today applauded the Administration's announcement to provide $30 million in federal funding to create the nation's first manufacturing institute spread across three states, including West Virginia, to help strengthen America's manufacturing sector, make America more competitive, and invest in America's workers and businesses. The funding will be used to develop a national manufacturing pilot … Continue Reading


August 15, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Praise Significant Federal Grant for Health Sciences Research at WVU

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Joe Manchin today praised the announcement of $19.6 million in federal funding for West Virginia University's (WVU) Robert C. Byrd Health Science Center from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This funding is a five year award to support the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute. WVU is expected to hire 24 physician-scientists and 22 staff members as part … Continue Reading


August 13, 2012

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Mr. Shigeji Ikenaga

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the passing of Diamond Electric CEO, Mr. Shigeji Ikenaga. "Today, Gayle and I offer our deepest sympathy to the entire Diamond Electric family, which we consider part of our West Virginia family. I will always be appreciative of the kindness Mr. Shigeji Ikenaga showed me, Gayle and the entire West Virginia delegation when we met with him in Japan in 2005. I pray that you all may find comfort in … Continue Reading


August 10, 2012

Manchin, Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Ask Administration to Reverse FEMA Decision

Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia's entire Congressional delegation joined U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today in a letter urging the President to reconsider FEMA's decision that denied individual assistance to residents after the recent June 29th storm. The Administration has previously approved only public assistance. "I join our Congressional delegation and Governor Tomblin to urge the President to reconsider FEMA's decision," Senator Joe Manchin said. "Against the odds, the people … Continue Reading


August 10, 2012

Manchin Statement on the Denial of Federal Individual Disaster Assistance Related to June 29th Storm

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) made the following statement today after learning of FEMA's decision to deny individual assistance to residents after recent storms. The Administration has previously approved only public assistance. "I am working with the members of our state's Congressional Delegation to urge the President to reconsider FEMA's denial of individual assistance to residents after recent storms. I am disappointed in FEMA's decision, but I am determined to … Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Announce Federal Funding for Criminal Justice Efforts in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Thursday announced that West Virginia will receive more than $947,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to enhance forensic science and criminal evidence processing capabilities, support juvenile justice system improvements, and state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts. "Justice delayed is justice denied. Federal … Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funds for Community Health Centers in Wirt, Pendleton Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Joe Manchin today announced two grants totaling more than $1 million for improving access and care at community health centers in Wirt and Pendleton Counties and helping to support health care jobs. "West Virginians deserve quality health care and community health centers are essential resources for so many people who would otherwise have trouble accessing or paying for care," said … Continue Reading


August 06, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $1.25 Million for Mine Safety Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced that $1.25 million 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 three Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants grew out of the MINER Act which Rockefeller co-authored and which Congress passed in 2006. "We need to do everything in our power to make mining safer than it … Continue Reading


August 05, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grant for Shepherd University to Help High School Teachers Learn About Appalachia

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced over $99,000 in federal funds for Shepherd University that will help high school teachers learn more about Appalachian history, culture, and literature, which they will then be able to teach their students. These funds will cover a three-week seminar for 16 high school teachers who will come to Shepherd in July of 2013. The seminar will coincide with Shepherd's renowned Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) … Continue Reading


August 03, 2012

Senators fight to return mine land money to states

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation this week that would restore the money owed to coal producing states from the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Trust Fund. In June, the House and Senate passed a two-year transportation bill which included a provision that raided trust funds used for reclaiming abandoned mine lands. The provision was inserted into the bill behind closed doors and without debate, hearings, or any input from the public, or the elected … Continue Reading

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