Press Releases

July 24, 2012

Manchin to Vote to Cut Taxes for 99 Percent of West Virginians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today in a speech on the Senate floor that he will vote to extend tax cuts for the middle class that will help more than 99 percent of West Virginians. The Senate is expected to vote tomorrow on a proposal to extend the Bush tax cuts for families that make less than $250,000, which includes more than 99 percent of West Virginians. A competing proposal would extend all of the Bush tax cuts, including those that benefit the … Continue Reading


July 24, 2012

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Announce DOT Funding for Tri-State Transit Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced that the Tri-State Transit Authority (TTA) has been selected on a competitive basis to receive a federal grant to expand its facility in Huntington. "This federal funding will finish the job already begun with a sister grant received earlier to enhance workspace already a couple of generations old. TTA provides an invaluable service to enhance the quality … Continue Reading


July 23, 2012

Manchin Statement on Federal Disaster Declaration for West Virginia

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) made the following statement today after the President issued a federal disaster declaration for West Virginia in the wake of severe storms and straight-line winds that devastated the state from June 29 to July 1, 2012. On July 18, 2012, Senator Manchin wrote a letter to President Obama in support of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's request for a major disaster declaration for the state. A copy of that letter is available here. "West … Continue Reading


July 23, 2012

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Jim Carlen

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the passing of Jim Carlen. "Gayle and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Coach Carlen's passing," Senator Joe Manchin said. "I first met Jim in 1966 and he made a big impression on me. I was going into my sophomore year at WVU when Jim was hired on as our head coach. Jim was truly a driving force, and his clear vision, unwavering spirit and persistent dedication kept our team focused and … Continue Reading


July 22, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funding for Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced $2 million in federal funding for the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority (KRT) so they can retire outdated vehicles and upgrade their fleet. "Every day public buses carry people to where they need to go throughout the region, and it is essential that these vehicles are updated, safe, and efficient. This funding will … Continue Reading


July 20, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funds for Improvements at Braxton County Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Joe Manchin today announced $471,260 in federal funding for the Braxton County Airport for runway repairs and improvements. "Air travel into and out of West Virginia is important for small businesses, for tourism, and for our economy," said Rockefeller. "This money is great news for Braxton County, so that this airport and the people who use it will benefit. … Continue Reading


July 20, 2012

Manchin Statement on Colorado Theater Shooting Tragedy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement in response to the Colorado theater shooting tragedy. "I know that all West Virginians join Gayle and me in praying for those who have lost their lives, those who have been wounded and their families who are … Continue Reading


July 19, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grants for Airports in Wood and Greenbrier Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced federal funding for two West Virginia airports to help make important upgrades, improve access and increase safety. "Keeping our airports and transportation infrastructure up-to-date is so important because they remain a critical link in our state for business, tourism and West Virginia's economy," Rockefeller said. "These grants will … Continue Reading


July 19, 2012

Manchin Supports ‘Bring American Jobs Home Act’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted today for legislation that would provide tax incentives to encourage business to "insource," or move their overseas operations back to the United States. The legislation would give businesses a 20 percent tax credit on all insourcing expenses they experience as they shut down a unit overseas and move it back to the United States or expand in the United States, as long as moving operations would increase domestic employment. The … Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

Manchin Showcases Martinsburg’s HMS Technologies in Nation’s Capital

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) invited Mr. Roy Jones, Vice President of Contracts for HMS Technologies of Martinsburg to Washington, D.C. today for a meeting on Capitol Hill to showcase businesses doing innovative work that is creating good jobs. HMS was incorporated in 2003 as a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned business, which means that it is at least 51 percent owned by an individual who is considered by the government to be a Service-Disabled Veteran. HMS … Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

Manchin Requests Support for Governor Tomblin’s Major Disaster Declaration Request

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a letter to President Barack Obama in support of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's request for a declaration of a major disaster for West Virginia as a result of the severe storms that hit the state beginning on June 29, 2012. "Within four hours, the June 29th storm crossed the entire State from west to east, causing severe damage in all fifty-five counties. The straight-line, hurricane-force winds that traversed West Virginia on … Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $1.69M in Trade Adjustment Assistance for West Va. Workers

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) today announced that West Virginia will receive $1,696,159 in Trade Adjustment Assistance funding, which helps pay the cost of training, job search allowances, relocation allowances, and employment and case management services for workers who have lost their jobs because of foreign trade. Earlier this year, West Virginia received its first allocation of Trade Adjustment Assistance … Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

Manchin: West Virginia is ‘All-Star’ State for Military Voting Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that the Military Voter Protection Project recognized West Virginia for its strong leadership efforts in promoting and protecting the voting rights of America's military service members and their families. As part of the Military Voter Protection Project's 2012 Heroes Vote Initiative, West Virginia is one of 15 states to be named as "All-Star" states for its extraordinary efforts to make it easier for servicemembers to … Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

Manchin Statement on Importance of Keeping Miners Healthy and Reducing Black Lung Cases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today about the need for standards that will keep miners healthy and reduce incidences of black lung. "The health and safety of our miners is the highest priority I have for our coal industry - it always has been, and always will be," Senator Manchin said. "When it comes to black lung, we must do everything in our power to keep our miners healthy. I know we can work together to do better, and I am … Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grant to Help Homeless Veterans in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced almost $260,000 in federal funding that will help prevent homelessness among our nation's veterans. Through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program, the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) awarded the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center, Inc. in Charleston with the federal funding. With this grant, the organization plans to continue to serve around 110 participant households in Kanawha, … Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

Manchin: We Need to Change the Campaign Finance System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) spoke on the Senate floor today to underscore his commitment to the DISCLOSE Act, which would increase transparency and openness in campaign financing. "The people of West Virginia believe that we need openness and transparency to stay informed and keep our democracy strong - and the DISCLOSE Act would do just that. The people of this country have a right to know who is spending large amounts of money to influence elections, and this … Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

Wednesday: Manchin to Speak at Macy’s Fulfillment Center Grand Opening

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will speak Wednesday at the grand opening of the Macy's Fulfillment Center in Martinsburg. This Direct and Consumer Fulfillment Center will serve as a hub for online and phone purchases for much of the East Coast. At its peak, the facility is expected to employ 2,000 people. "This will be a great day for the Eastern Panhandle, all of West Virginia, and for Macy's," Senator Manchin said. "Macy's has discovered what we have all always … Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

Manchin: Make Sure That America’s Olympic Uniforms are Made in the USA

Washington, D.C. - After learning that the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team's uniforms were outsourced to China, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is joining his colleagues to require that athletes' uniforms will proudly carry the "Made in the U.S.A." logo when they walk in the opening ceremonies. Along with Senator Manchin, the "Team USA Made in America Act of 2012" was introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten … Continue Reading


July 16, 2012

Manchin Supports Disclose Act to Increase Transparency, Fairness in Campaign Finance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement supporting the DISCLOSE Act. "So many West Virginians are troubled with the increasing role that money is playing in politics, and I am concerned about how much anonymous money is influencing our democratic process. Since the Supreme Court's decision on the Citizens United campaign finance case, we have seen outside groups unleash an unprecedented flood of money to sway elections - without telling us who … Continue Reading


July 16, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $186,000 Grant for Harrison County EMS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced a $186,000 federal grant for the Harrison County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for operations and safety to further its ability to protect the health and safety of the people of Harrison County. Harrison County EMS is a volunteer emergency squad based in Clarksburg, which serves communities throughout Harrison County. "The destruction of the Derecho storm this month showed once again just how essential well … Continue Reading

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