Press Releases

July 31, 2020

Manchin Receives Assurances West Virginia Post Offices Will Remain Open For Now

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) received assurances from the U.S. Postal Service that the post office closings throughout West Virginia were a misunderstanding and there will be no post office closings at this time. However, the letter also stated that the Appalachian District identified 12 post offices for feasibility studies for potential closure and 24 locations for reduced hours. “While I am relieved to hear that these locations will not be closing at … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $750K For NASA EPSCOR Project At WVU

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $749,999 from NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) for a project using 3D printers to create space technology and hardware at West Virginia University (WVU).“I am so pleased NASA has chosen WVU to conduct important research in better understanding our universe and outer space. This project will explore ways … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce National Science Foundation Awards In West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced three awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for projects through the West Virginia University Research Corporation. Collectively, these projects will work to digitize labs for geoscience classes, survey for radio pulsars, and study dark matter in accordance with research done at Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County, West … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.5 Million For WVU COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,500,543 from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to support operating, administrative, and preventive maintenance costs in order for West Virginia University (WVU) to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.“The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way students will be attending school and college in the fall, … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $545K For Save Drinking Water In West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $545,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to implement a state public water system supervision program. “Every West Virginian deserves clean water to drink and air to breathe, no matter where they live in our great state,” said Senator Manchin. “This … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding for Population Health Support System in West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a $390,000 grant for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to support a premier health-related telephone survey system on the impact of population health in West Virginia. This funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “With the highest rate of at-risk … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Manchin Calls For Continued Support For School Meal Programs During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Charleston, WV - This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 35 of his bipartisan colleagues in urging United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue critical flexibilities that have allowed students to access vital meals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. If extended throughout the 2020-2021 school year, children would maintain access regardless of school opening status, and struggling school nutrition programs would benefit from additional financial relief.The Senators … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding For Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program In West Virginia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $189,561 for an opioid-impacted family support program at Northern Community College in Wheeling. This funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “The opioid epidemic continues to ravage West Virginia as we simultaneously face the COVID-19 pandemic, putting an incredible strain on … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Manchin: McConnell Directly Responsible For Lapse In Unemployment Benefits

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on a procedural vote to take up to Mitch McConnell’s partisan COVID-19 relief package.“Today I voted NO on Mitch McConnell’s empty shell that he forced a vote on to score cheap political points because it did nothing to address the critical issues facing West Virginians and Americans during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, these McConnell tactics are not surprising - we saw a similar … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Manchin, Capito Request Update On Legacy Act Implementation

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) requested an update on the implementation of the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act (Legacy Act) that was passed as part of the CARES Act in March.The Senators said in part, “As our nation continues to fight the opioid epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic, mental illness has reached epidemic levels. A recent report from the Well Being Trust projects that 75,000 people are at risk of overdose death … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Manchin: West Virginia Veterans Need Hotspots For Telehealth Appointments

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) advocated for the inclusion of his bill, the HOTSPOTS Act, in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package as well as funding to expand and support telehealth programs for Veterans and West Virginians.“I introduced the HOTSPOTS Act to expand hotspot access for libraries in rural and low income communities and hopefully we can include this legislation in the COVID-19 package we’re working on right now. So many rural areas, especially … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Manchin: McConnell's COVID-19 Relief Proposal Does Not Do Enough For West Virginians

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the partisan, Republican COVID-19 emergency funding proposal announced by Senator Mitch McConnell on Monday. To see the West Virginia priorities left out of McConnell’s proposal, please click here.“It has been more than four months since Congress came together to pass the bipartisan CARES Act. In that time we haven’t heard a peep from Mitch McConnell, but I have heard directly from thousands of West … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Manchin Asks Postmaster General For Clarification On Post Office Closures Across West Virginia

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) asked the U.S. Postmaster General DeJoy for clarification on the reported closure of post offices and reduction in hours at additional post offices across West Virginia.The Senator said in part, “I am receiving troubling reports from West Virginians that there are numerous post office locations in my state and across the nation that are scheduled for imminent closure or significant reduction in hours and services. Yesterday, there … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $377K For Research At West Virginia University

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $377,936 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for auditory processing research at West Virginia University (WVU).“West Virginia University continues to lead in research projects across many fields and continues to represent the Mountain State well,” said Senator Manchin. “This research could provide insight into … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Manchin, Capito Introduce TRUST Act For Inclusion In COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with 13 bipartisan colleagues, today introduced the Time to Rescue United States’ Trusts (TRUST) Act of 2020, bipartisan and bicameral legislation which would create a process to rescue the endangered federal trust funds and rein in the national debt. The TRUST Act of 2020 is an updated version of the TRUST Act, which Senators Manchin and Romney initially introduced last year.“Our budgets must be a … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Manchin Presses For Improvements To Medicare Accelerated And Advance Payments Program For West Virginia Hospitals

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) pressed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to make improvements to the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments program which provides assistance to healthcare providers who struggled with revenue losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.Senator Manchin is an original cosponsor of the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Improvement Act, a bill which provides Medicare payments in advance to eligible providers … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding For Water Protection Programs In West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,158,944 for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for a Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program and the Brownfields State Response Program. This funding was made available through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will be use to protect water quality in West Virginia.“It is vital that we strive to keep … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Manchin Calls for Healthcare Coverage Flexibility During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led three bipartisan colleagues in calling on the Trump Administration to provide employers relief and certainty related to their responsibility requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the letter asks the Administration to consider safe harbors and flexibility measures regarding compliance with the employer shared responsibility requirements under the ACA.Under the ACA’s employer shared responsibility … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $1.7 Million For Prevention And Control Of Emerging Infectious Diseases In West Virginia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,761,045 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).“As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, we must ensure that we are prepared for any infectious disease threats that may face our nation. This … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Manchin Votes To Pass FY21 National Defense Authorization Act, Secures West Virginia Priorities

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21), a vital piece of legislation that authorizes defense funding and provides authorities for our military to defend the nation. The FY21 NDAA authorizes $740.5 billion dollars including $636.4 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD), $25.9 billion for Department of Energy (DOE) … Continue Reading

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