Press Releases

October 18, 2012

Manchin Proud to Honor an American Hero

Charleston, W.V. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly honored the highly decorated Marine and recipient of the Medal of Honor, Hershel "Woody" Williams, today at the brand new Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center. "When you have people like Woody Williams in this country, you know we have and always will have a great country," Senator Manchin said at ceremonies dedicating the Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center in honor of Williams. "There are 3,459 Medal of Honor recipients - and … Continue Reading

October 17, 2012

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Urge FEMA to Grant State’s Request for Additional Disaster Assistance

BECKLEY, W.Va. - The West Virginia Congressional Delegation today released the following statements in response to Governor Tomblin's request that 20 additional counties be added to the Federal Disaster Declaration that was issued following the June 29 derecho storm and extended power outage: "The derecho and subsequent storms that struck on June 29th took a terrible toll on West Virginia residents and businesses. Having toured several communities following the storm, I witnessed firsthand … Continue Reading

October 15, 2012

Manchin Celebrates Hundreds of Potential New Jobs at Gestamp Ribbon-Cutting

South Charleston, W.Va. - At a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Gestamp today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told the crowd that he was so proud to be part of the partnership that re-opened the stamping plant for potentially hundreds of good-paying jobs. "Government can do two things with your money - spend it or invest it. When I was governor, we chose to invest it," Senator Manchin said. "And one of the investments we made that really paid off was in Ray Park and his vision for this … Continue Reading

October 14, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grant for Mental Health Training Program at West Virginia University

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Joe Manchin today announced $476,263 in federal funding from the health care reform law for a mental and behavioral health training program at West Virginia University. "I've heard from West Virginians around the state about the need for better access to quality mental health care for our children, servicemembers, veterans and their families," Senator Rockefeller said. "West Virginia has a … Continue Reading

October 11, 2012

Manchin Applauds Decision to Fight Unfair Trade From China, Protect Good West Virginia Jobs

Manchin's letter cited devastating effect on West Virginia manufacturing businesses, especially Felman Productions of Letart Charleston, W.Va. - After U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged the International Trade Commission to continue to enforce an anti-dumping order against China and other countries, the organization announced today that it would keep these important policies in place. In a Sept. 5 letter, Senator Manchin described the devastating effect in West Virginia - especially … Continue Reading

October 11, 2012

Manchin Keeps Up the Fight on Prescription Drug Abuse

Charleston, W.Va. - When lobbyists killed Senator Manchin's measure to make it harder to abuse drugs containing hydrocodone in May, he vowed to West Virginians that he would keep up the fight to end the prescription drug epidemic. Later this month, Senator Manchin will make good on that promise. The Food and Drug Administration is holding a public meeting on the dangers of hydrocodone at its headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. Senator Manchin will speak before the FDA's Drug Safety and Risk … Continue Reading

October 04, 2012

Manchin Congratulates Parkersburg Businesswoman on Prestigious Small Business Award

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) congratulated Judy K. Sheppard, President and CEO of Professional Services of America, on receiving the 2012 West Virginia and Region 3 Minority Small Business Person of the Year award presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The award recognizes personal entrepreneurial achievements and business development. "I've worked with Judy for years and can attest firsthand that she deserves this extremely prestigious award," Senator … Continue Reading

October 04, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Meet With NSA and Navy as Part of Continued Efforts to Maintain Sugar Grove Facility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin announced that last week they coordinated a meeting with officials from the National Security Agency (NSA) and Navy to discuss the importance of maintaining the National Information Operations Command at Sugar Grove and keeping jobs at the facility in Pendleton Country. In July, NSA announced its intent to downsize the mission of the 330-person Sugar Grove operation as a result of a NSA-wide realignment of personnel and resources. … Continue Reading

October 04, 2012

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Announce Funding for Boone Memorial Hospital

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Wednesday announced Federal funding to support the construction of a new hospital facility and clinic at Boone Memorial Hospital. "For almost five decades, Boone Memorial has helped serve the health needs of generations of families and I have been proud to work with them," said Rahall. "This major financing is a needed shot in the arm for Boone Memorial, its dedicated … Continue Reading

October 02, 2012

Senators Manchin, Rockefeller & Rep. Rahall Continue Efforts to Maintain Facility’s Future Operations

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va) today spoke with the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to stress just how crucial the Green Bank Observatory is to research and innovation around the world while underscoring its importance to West Virginia and the local economy. Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has used his leadership position to weigh in on Green Bank as a state and … Continue Reading

October 02, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller & Rahall Announce Grant for Marshall University’s Diabetes Outreach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Senator Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $257,000 in funding for Marshall University's Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP), which provides diabetes education, prevention, and monitoring. "Diabetes is a national epidemic and particularly serious problem in West Virginia, affecting more than 1 in 10 adults in the state," said … Continue Reading

September 28, 2012

Manchin Welcomes Veterans to Charleston for USS West Virginia Reunion

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today proudly welcomed 11 World War II veterans who served on the USS West Virginia for their annual reunion. They plan to gather in West Virginia this year to share stories of their time in the armed services, visit the Culture Center to view artifacts from the USS West Virginia and attend a banquet in Beckley where a 20-foot scale model of the ship has been built. "It is such an honor for our great state to host the USS West Virginia … Continue Reading

September 28, 2012

Manchin, Inhofe Announce Senate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Caucus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member on Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today the formation of the Senate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Caucus. The mission of the bipartisan caucus will be to educate Senators and staff on the capabilities and concerns of UAS and to work closely together to best shape the UAS policymaking process. "The caucus will serve to provide … Continue Reading

September 27, 2012

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Announce Federal Contract Award for Bluestone Dam Safety and Stabilization Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Thursday announced a nearly $55 million Federal contract for a local West Virginia business to continue stabilization and safety improvements at Bluestone Dam in Hinton. "By any measure, Bluestone Dam is a gigantic dynamo for our economy," said Rahall, top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which has jurisdiction over U.S. Army Corps of … Continue Reading

September 27, 2012

Manchin Helps to Raise Awareness of Veterans’ Mental Health Services

Washington, D.C. - With military suicide rates at record highs, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today added his voice to major suicide prevention efforts from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Today, the Army held a global, service-wide "stand-down" to combat the alarmingly high suicide rate among our nation's servicemembers and veterans. September is Suicide Prevention Month, and throughout the month, the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense have been focusing on … Continue Reading

September 27, 2012

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Participate In 5th National Drug Take Back Day

Washington, D.C. - With a prescription drug epidemic raging in the country, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) encouraged West Virginians to participate on Saturday in the fifth National Drug Take Back Day, an opportunity to dispose of any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled the fifth National Drug Take Back Day on September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cleaning out medicine cabinets can reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse, … Continue Reading

September 26, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall & Tomblin Announce Significant Grant for Mine Safety Research at Marshall University

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $96,306 in federal funding for Marshall University to develop a computer program to aid ventilation planning and simulate mine ventilation systems. This grant is part of the Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants that were established by the MINER Act, which Rockefeller co-authored and Congress passed in 2006. "We need to do everything in our power to make mining safer, and the … Continue Reading

September 26, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall & Tomblin Announce Significant Grant To Coordinate Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Senator Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, today announced $450,000 in federal funding to support West Virginia's prescription drug monitoring project. The funding would enable the integration of the project into electronic health records and pharmacy systems. These efforts will help make sure prescribers are aware of patients who have histories of … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Manchin: It’s Wrong for Congress to Leave Town Without a Budget Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) underscored his frustration with Congress leaving Washington without finishing the people's business on Friday night. The Senate is expected to vote late today or early Saturday on a short-term spending measure that will be the 13th temporary extension since November 2010, when Senator Manchin took office. "There are more than six weeks left until the election - there's no reason to throw in the towel today," Senator Manchin said. "The … Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller & Rahall Fight to Protect Green Bank Observatory

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, announced today that they are taking new steps to keep open the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. Rockefeller, Manchin and Rahall this week sent a letter to NSF Director Dr. Subra Suresh seeking more details about the NSF's Astronomy Portfolio Review, which recommended the Foundation divest itself of its operations in Green Bank "It's important that the NSF understands the … Continue Reading

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