Press Releases

February 01, 2017

Manchin to Vote Against Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his plans to vote against U.S. Department of Education Secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos. "As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place, but I have serious concerns about the qualifications of Betsy DeVos. Betsy DeVos has spent her entire career advocating for school choice including public school vouchers and charter schools. This approach does not … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Manchin Reintroduces Ozone Bill in 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) were joined today by Representatives Pete Olson (R-Texas), Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) in reintroducing the Ozone Standards Implementation Act in the 115th Congress. This legislation, which was introduced in both the House and Senate, would update how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) addresses ozone requirements in the Clean Air Act. Currently, the EPA must … Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Manchin Statement on President's Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the President's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. "Senators have a constitutional obligation to advise and consent on a nominee to fill this Supreme Court vacancy and, simply put, we have a responsibility to do our jobs as elected officials. Just as I did when Merrick Garland was nominated, I look forward to evaluating Judge Neil Gorsuch's qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court. I still … Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce more than $14 Million in FEMA Funding for Flood Recovery Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $14,014,493 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia. Individual awards listed below: $3,066,778.50 - The State of West Virginia School Building Authority for demolition of the Summersville Middle School, which was damaged as a result of the historic flooding in West Virginia on June 23. $6,604,350.87 - The … Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Secretary Chao

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. "Today I voted to confirm Elaine Chao as the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place. Investments in infrastructure create good paying jobs within our state and better prepare West Virginia to compete in our global … Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Manchin Introduces Measure to Overturn Anti-Coal Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the "stream buffer rule." Last year, the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE)'s decided to send its final stream protection rule to the White House without fulfilling obligations for state engagement as directed by Congress. "The last Administration's long list of overreaching regulations … Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Manchin Statement on the Administration's Executive Order on Immigration Vetting Measures

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Administration's executive order on increased immigration vetting measures. "As a member of the Intelligence and former member of the Armed Services Committees, I know firsthand the threats facing our country, and my top priority is always the safety of my fellow West Virginians. This is why I supported extreme vetting in the past for anyone seeking to come to our country. Unfortunately, after taking … Continue Reading


January 27, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announced $12.8 Million in FEMA Funding for Flood Recovery Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $12,833,232 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia. The $12.8 million grant will be used by: The Nicholas County School District for emergency protective measures to secure temporary facilities destroyed or damaged as a result of the historic flooding in West Virginia on June 23. The State of West Virginia - … Continue Reading


January 27, 2017

Manchin Congratulates Mined Minds West Virginia Graduates

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) congratulated the eight graduates at the first Mined Minds graduation in West Virginia in Charleston today. Senator Manchin was instrumental in bringing the foundation to West Virginia, which brings software development education, training, and jobs to communities affected by the decline in coal. "I was glad to participate in the first Mined Minds graduation today in Charleston and congratulate the graduates on this great accomplishment," … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm Governor Nikki Haley as the Ambassador to the United Nations. "Today I voted to confirm Governor Nikki Haley as the Ambassador to the United Nations. Governor Haley met all of her ethics disclosure requirements and I am proud to support her nomination. I believe that Governor Haley has the poise and leadership needed to represent the United States as Ambassador to the United Nations and … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Manchin Applauds President Trump's Executive Order On Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on President Trump's executive order advancing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. "What this country needs is more jobs, and that is why I have always been a proponent of the Keystone XL Pipeline and was an original cosponsor of legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline project. As I've said before, we must address the critical issues of moving America toward energy independence, while … Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Director Pompeo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Mike Pompeo. "Today I voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place, especially his security team, as soon as possible. Director Pompeo has had a distinguished career in public service and I … Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Manchin Supports President Trump's Executive Order Withdrawing from the TPP and Renegotiating NAFTA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) supports the executive order the President signed today that will withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and supports any effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. "It is no secret that NAFTA has hurt manufacturing jobs in West Virginia and all across the country. This trade agreement moved good manufacturing jobs out of this country, diminishing our economy and … Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Secretary Kelly

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. "Today I voted to confirm General John Kelly as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place, especially his security team, on day one of his administration. Secretary Kelly has served our country proudly for much of … Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Secretary Mattis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis. "Today I voted to confirm General James Mattis as the U.S. Department of Defense Secretary. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place, especially his security team, on day one of his administration. Secretary Mattis has a distinguished record of service to our nation and I … Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Manchin Applauds President Trump's Immediate Commitment to Support Clean Coal Technology

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement applauding President Trump's new policy agenda, outlining the importance of clean coal technology, taking advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil and natural gas reserves, and eliminating devastating policies like the Waters of the U.S. Rule. "I am happy to see the President immediately commit to advance coal technology and fuels that will help our nation ensure reliable baseload … Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Manchin Statement On Inauguration Of President Donald Trump

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. “I would like to congratulate our new President of the United States, Donald Trump, on his inauguration today. I look forward to working with him and continuing to build our relationship so that we can create meaningful change and new opportunities for the people of West Virginia … Continue Reading


January 19, 2017

Manchin Statement on Affirmation of Blankenship Conviction

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmation of the conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. "Nearly seven years after 29 brave miners were tragically killed at the Upper Big Branch mine, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. No amount of time in jail will heal the hearts of the families who have been forever … Continue Reading


January 17, 2017

Manchin, Capito, Warner, Brown, Heitkamp, Casey, McCaskill, Portman, Kaine, Donnelly, Re-Introduce Miners Protection Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Bob Casey (D-PA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) today introduced the Miners Protection Act. This legislation would ensure that the federal government and coal operators honor their obligation of lifetime pensions and health benefits to retired miners and their families who are facing … Continue Reading


January 16, 2017

Manchin Congratulates Governor Justice on Inauguration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the inauguration of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. "I am proud to wish my friend and the Governor of the great state of West Virginia, Jim Justice, congratulations. I look forward to working with him and his administration throughout his term, and to helping him in any capacity I can to help move our state forward." ### MANCHIN CONGRATULATES GOVERNOR JUSTICE ON … Continue Reading

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