Press Releases

June 22, 2017

Manchin Thanks Secretary Perry for Accepting His Invitation to Come to West Virginia

Secretary Perry will visit West Virginia in July Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today thanked U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Perry for accepting his invitation to visit West Virginia in July. It will be Secretary Perry's first official visit to West Virginia. He will join Senators Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to visit research and development hubs across the state. "I'm looking forward to showing our beautiful state to my good friend Secretary Perry in … Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Manchin and Moran Call on FCC to Expand Broadband Access in Rural America

Manchin, Moran lead effort to expand rural broadband deployment through the Remote Areas Fund Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), today sent a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move forward with the Remote Areas Fund (RAF). The Senators urged the FCC to structure the RAF in a manner that expands broadband access to the tens of thousands of West Virginians and Kansans living in rural and remote areas. The Senators said in … Continue Reading

June 21, 2017

Manchin Gets Commitment from FCC Chairman to Fix Broadband Coverage Gaps in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned U.S. Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai on broadband gaps in West Virginia when he testified in front of the Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee on the FY 2018 budget. Senator Manchin secured a commitment to bring more broadband service to West Virginia and rural communities around the country. He asked Chairman Pai to work with Congress and the Appropriations committee in order to … Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Manchin Meets with West Virginians Opposed to the House Healthcare Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) met with a group of about 50 West Virginians who were in Washington, D.C. to voice their concerns with the House healthcare bill and how it will impact West Virginia. "I was glad to meet with people representing West Virginia in Washington today to hear more about how the House healthcare bill would affect families across the state," Senator Manchin said. "West Virginians are making sure that their voices are heard and I thank everyone … Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Manchin Celebrates West Virginia's 154th Birthday

Washington, D.C. - To commemorate the Mountain State's 154th birthday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) shared West Virginia's state food, the pepperoni roll, with all of his colleagues in the U.S. Senate and invited them to the West Virginia State Society celebration on June 28th. "The State of West Virginia was founded during the Civil War by patriots who were willing to risk their lives in a united pursuit of justice and freedom," Senator Manchin said. "Since our state was forged through … Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Manchin Releases Report Detailing How the House Healthcare Bill Would Worsen the Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing how the House Healthcare bill would worsen the opioid crisis in West Virginia after participating in a conference call with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli and other law enforcement officials. "Now is not the time to reduce and eliminate the critical funding being used to fight the opioid epidemic," Senator Manchin said. "As many as 2.8 million Americans with a substance use … Continue Reading

June 19, 2017

Manchin Pledges to Return to Era of Bipartisan Cooperation and Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today pledged to return to an era of bipartisan cooperation and agreement in order to restore civility to the United States Senate and our political discourse. He is urging his colleagues to join him in signing this pledge and taking the first step to show the American people that they are here to work towards a better United States. "Several years ago I took a personal pledge to not campaign against a sitting colleague," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading

June 16, 2017

Manchin Gets Assurance from DeVos that WVU, WVSU Funding is Being Reconsidered

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today spoke with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on the phone about figuring out a way for West Virginia University and West Virginia State University to reapply for Upward Bound funding, and received her assurance that the issue is being reconsidered. "Today I spoke with Secretary DeVos about the importance of Upward Bound programs in West Virginia. In West Virginia, we have a lot of first time college students, many of … Continue Reading

June 16, 2017

Manchin Statement on Celebrating Father's Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement about the celebration of Father's Day. "Today, I celebrate with all West Virginians the fathers and father-figures who have supported and loved us throughout our lives. The impact fathers and grandfathers have in the lives of the people who love them is why we dedicate this day to them. West Virginia was one of the first places to devote a day to fathers over 100 years ago. In July 1908, a Sunday sermon … Continue Reading

June 15, 2017

Manchin Votes for Additional Sanctions on Iran and Russia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, which imposes sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program, its support for acts of terrorism, and its continuing abuses of human rights. This legislation also includes a provision that expands sanctions on the Russian government. "Iran is the world's top state sponsor of terrorism, according to the Department of State, and we must do everything in our power to … Continue Reading

June 15, 2017

Manchin, Heller Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Rural Broadband

The "Rural Broadband Deployment Streamlining Act" ensures efforts to deploy broadband infrastructure are expedited Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand Americans' access to broadband by streamlining the application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal lands. "Streamlining efforts to expand broadband deployment in rural areas like much of West Virginia is a necessary part of … Continue Reading

June 14, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $11.6 Million for Wildlife and Fish Restoration

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced more than $11.6 million in funding for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program from the U.S. Department of Interior. "Everyone should be able to enjoy West Virginia's natural beauty," Senator Manchin said. "It is vital that we preserve the outdoors for the state's future generations and visitors. This funding will help ensure that … Continue Reading

June 14, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $28 Million in Funding for West Virginia Housing Programs

Washington D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced more than $28 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for West Virginia housing programs across the state. "We know the importance of helping out our neighbors in times of need in West Virginia," Senator Manchin said. "This funding will enable communities across the state to improve public housing and promote safe and stable living environments. This … Continue Reading

June 14, 2017

Manchin Urges DeVos to Allow West Virginia Upward Bound Programs to Apply for Federal Grant Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) yesterday sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing deep concern with the Department of Education's decision to reject the Upward Bound application at West Virginia State University and the McNair Scholars Program application at West Virginia University because of two minor technicalities. Senator Manchin said in part: "As the Secretary of Education, it is your job to put the needs of students above … Continue Reading

June 14, 2017

Manchin and Capito announce more than $5.9M in ARC Grants for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a total of $5,927,807 to support economic development projects across West Virginia in Summersville, Logan, Charleston, Bluefield State College and Pierpont Community & Technical College in Fairmont. "These grants will help train students, create jobs, link together our communities and diversify the economy of our state," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading

June 14, 2017

Manchin Statement on Miner Death in Boone County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Rodney Osborne, a coal miner who was working in Boone County. "Our coal miners and their families make unthinkable sacrifices, day in and day out, to keep our state and nation strong. Today, as we mourn the loss of Rodney Osborne in Boone County, we come together to lift up his family, friends, coworkers and loved ones in prayer. As West Virginians, the loss of one of our own is felt in … Continue Reading

June 14, 2017

Manchin Statement on Shooting of Congressional Member, Aides and Capitol Police

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, aides and Capitol Police officers. "Gayle and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to Congressman Scalise, aides and Capitol Police officers who were injured today and their families. It's unimaginable that someone would target my colleagues as they were practicing for a charitable baseball game that creates bipartisanship and comradery. We must also never take our … Continue Reading

June 13, 2017

Manchin Questions Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein on Drug Court Funding for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when he testified in front of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on the FY 2018 budget. Senator Manchin expressed his concerns about the opioid epidemic in West Virginia and the Department of Justice's funding for programs that are working to end this epidemic. In his questioning, he specifically asked Deputy AG Rosenstein about the … Continue Reading

June 13, 2017

Manchin Statement Commemorating Flag Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement commemorating U.S. Flag Day. In honor of Flag Day, Senator Manchin's staff is presenting flags at events in locations including Delbarton, Sutton, Star City and Wheeling. "Each and every day, students, Veterans, soldiers, scouts, and Americans pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. We salute it; we fight for it; we cherish it; we honor it and every year on June 14, we come together to … Continue Reading

June 13, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce $600,000 for WVU Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Research

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced today that West Virginia University (WVU) will receive a $600,000 grant to fund Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Research. WVU's researchers will work to design a SOFC compatible with hydrocarbon use, while evaluating coatings aimed at reaching 50 percent or greater power density using hydrocarbon fuel. "In West Virginia, we understand the importance of innovation and research and continue to do all we … Continue Reading

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