Press Releases

July 09, 2018

Manchin Hosts Roundtable Discussion On Pre-existing Conditions with Clergy in Beckley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders from West Virginia's clergy in Beckley today to discuss the lawsuit threatening West Virginians' pre-existing conditions protections. Right now, the Attorney General of West Virginia is suing to allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage to West Virginians with pre-existing conditions. This is the second roundtable discussion Senator Manchin has hosted to discuss the importance of … Continue Reading

July 06, 2018

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on CDC to Better Support Forensic Medicine as Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more resources and better support for forensic medicine practitioners as overdose deaths in the United States overwhelm medical examiners, coroners, and toxicologists. The letter presses CDC on how it plans to ensure the forensic medicine community has the tools and support it needs to collect and share data to better understand, … Continue Reading

July 03, 2018

Manchin Urges the EPA to Hold Public Meeting in West Virginia to Hear from West Virginians on the Effects of PFAS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to come to West Virginia and host a community meeting to hear from West Virginians who have been impacted by contamination caused by per- and polyflouralkyls (PFAS). Senator Manchin said in part: "Earlier this year, on April 13, 2018, I joined my colleagues in encouraging your agency to issue a Maximum Contaminant Level for PFAS, such as perflourooctaonic acid (PFOA). This … Continue Reading

July 03, 2018

Manchin Statement on Fourth of July

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement in honor of the Fourth of July. "The Declaration of Independence, penned and signed on this day in 1776, etched into history the birth of a nation that stood for freedom, for equality, and for the tireless pursuit of happiness. That document founded the greatest country civilization has ever seen, whose infamous liberty and boundless opportunity remains to this day the envy of the world. "The … Continue Reading

July 02, 2018

WV Delegation Urges President to Approve Disaster Relief for West Virginia After Flooding in May

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with Representatives David McKinley (WV-1), Alex Mooney (WV-2) and Evan Jenkins (WV-3), sent a letter to President Trump to express their full support for Governor Jim Justice's request for a federal disaster declaration for the state of West Virginia. Between May 28, 2018 and June 3, 2018, eight counties in the Eastern Panhandle experienced severe storms causing flooding, landslides, mudslides … Continue Reading

June 29, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $5 Million in Americorps Funding

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that West Virginia has been awarded $5,016,100 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. "Those who dedicate their time and talents to serving their communities should never go unrewarded," Senator Manchin said. "This funding doesn't just … Continue Reading

June 29, 2018

Manchin Demands DeVos Follow Congressional Intent for TRIO Funds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was joined by 16 Senators to demand U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stop preventing first-generation college students from getting an education. To read the full letter click here. In March, Congress passed a budget bill that included a six percent increase in funding for TRIO Programs, which provide low-income, first generation college students with the support, resources, and guidance they need to graduate from high school, enroll … Continue Reading

June 29, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.7 Million for Head Start Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,738,731 for the Central West Virginia Community Action Association from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Head Start. Funding will support Head Start programs in Harrison and Lewis counties. "Providing a strong early education system is in the best interest of this community, of this state, and of this country," Senator … Continue Reading

June 29, 2018


Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed legislation championed by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to provide licensing certainty for the construction of a hydroelectric facility at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam at Jennings Randolph Dam in West Virginia. "I have always supported an all-of-the-above energy portfolio and this hydroelectric project is an important investment in the energy infrastructure in Mineral County and the surrounding communities. This project will generate enough … Continue Reading

June 28, 2018


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, made sure that Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and Department of Defense spending bills included funding to fight the opioid epidemic, community health centers, mine safety and miners' health. These bills were passed out of the Appropriations Committee today. "As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I was proud to secure $3.7 billion to fight the … Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Manchin Statement on Supreme Court Vacancy

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. "I look forward to meeting with and evaluating the qualifications of whoever President Trump nominates to become a justice on the Supreme Court. Senators have a responsibility to do our jobs as elected officials and this includes our Constitutional obligation to advise and consent on a nominee to fill this … Continue Reading

June 27, 2018


Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $75,000 from the National Science Foundation for the West Virginia University Research Corporation. The project, a coordinated effort between the university and local school districts to address the lack of advanced teacher training opportunities, is entitled "Mountaineer Mathematics Master Teachers: A Networked Improvement Community Building … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Spending Bills with Manchin Provisions on ARC, VA Caregiver Program, and Substance Abuse Pass Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, included provisions in the Energy & Water, Military Construction & Veterans Affairs and Legislative Branch spending bills that will benefit West Virginia. Senator Manchin authored provisions that guaranteed that if the Appalachian Regional Commission's (ARC) headquarters are relocated, they will be moved to West Virginia; expanded the VA Caregiver Program to Veterans of all eras; and … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced West Virginia will receive $420,000 from the Economic Development Administration for Economic Development District Planning. Funds will go to Planning and Development Councils in Marion, Ohio, Grant, Mercer, Kanawha, and Wayne counties, and are aimed at establishing a framework that supports capital investment and job creation in the region. "Strategic … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce $1.5 Million for HIV Support Services

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,503,550 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Funding will help the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources provide support and services to West Virginians living with HIV. "In the last few decades, through increased access to support programs and ground breaking treatments, we … Continue Reading

June 21, 2018


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured funding priorities for West Virginia in the FY19 Financial Services & General Government (FSGG), State and Foreign Ops, and Department of Homeland Security appropriations bills. "As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have been working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure West Virginia receives the funding we need. In these three funding bills, I … Continue Reading

June 21, 2018


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) responded to a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District discussing possible closures to the Huntington District's campgrounds. The planned campground closures were based upon funding levels in the President's Fiscal Year 2019 proposal and not from funds authorized by Congress. Senator Manchin, a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, secured funding in a Senate Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that … Continue Reading

June 20, 2018


Washington, D.C. - Following efforts led by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will release a federal study about widespread water contamination from commonly-used chemicals. Senator Manchin led this effort after reports surfaced that at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blocked the release of the HHS report showing that far lower levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) threaten human … Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

Manchin Applauds $1.6 Billion for Border Wall, Calls for Additional Border Security Measures

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauds and voted for the $1.6 billion in the FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for a border wall and is calling for Congress to pass additional border security measures to strengthen the border. Senator Manchin believes that in addition to the border wall, we need more border patrol agents, drones, towers, ground sensors, thermal imaging, and Blackhawk helicopters … Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Manchin Votes to Pass NDAA Which Includes Reimburseemnt for Martinsburg Big Springs Water Plant

Manchin secured other West Virginia priorities in the NDAA Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a vital piece of legislation that will provide our military with the means necessary to defend our nation. The NDAA includes language that Senator Manchin fought to include that will allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to pay for clean-up costs related to contamination of Martinsburg water supply. "In 2016, the EPA issued … Continue Reading

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