Press Releases

October 14, 2014

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Oce Smith

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the passing of Oce Smith, former Sergeant-At-Arms for the West Virginia House of Delegates. "Oce Smith was a trusted, dear friend not only to me, but to all who had the pleasure of knowing him throughout his four and a half decades of public service. Oce became a life-long friend to all members of the House of Delegates and he will truly be missed throughout West Virginia. Gayle and I join all West … Continue Reading


October 10, 2014

Senator Manchin Visits Rhode Island to Tour Coastal Areas and Discuss Climate Policy

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) traveled to coastal areas of Rhode Island with his colleague, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), to learn more about the effects climate change has on the Rhode Island shoreline. The trip was planned as a part of the Senators' ongoing discussions about the need for meaningful conversations that lead to real solutions on combatting the adverse effects of climate change while also developing the technology necessary to produce affordable … Continue Reading


October 07, 2014

Manchin Encourages West Virginia Students to Apply for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program

Top youth volunteers will receive a cash prize, engraved medallions and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the national recognition events Application deadline is November 4 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today encouraged West Virginia students in grades 5-12 who have been involved in volunteer community service to apply for the 20th annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. The program will present awards to recognize the students' dedication and contributions to their … Continue Reading


October 02, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce $600,000 for Critical Water Infrastructure Project

Funding will help provide a safe and reliable new water source for 23 new households in Calhoun and Gilmer Counties and for the students and staff at the Calhoun-Gilmer Technical Career Center Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced that a total of $600,000 has been awarded to the Gilmer County Public Service District (PSD) for the Route 5 and Hattie Road Water System Extension Project. By installing 20,800 feet of new waterline to the existing system … Continue Reading


September 30, 2014

Manchin Congratulates West Virginia’s 2014 National Blue Ribbon Honor Schools

C. W. Shipley Elementary School in Harpers Ferry and Woodsdale Elementary School in Wheeling have been recognized nationally for high levels of achievement among students at all levels Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin congratulated C.W. Shipley Elementary School in Harpers Ferry and Woodsdale Elementary School in Wheeling for being recognized as West Virginia's National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on overall academic excellence and progress in closing achievement gaps … Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce More Than $569,000 to Support Law Enforcement Jobs in WV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced a total of $569,569 for West Virginia law enforcement agencies through the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program (CHP) to create and preserve law enforcement jobs. The funding will support the hiring or rehiring of law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacities and crime prevention efforts. "It is critical that our law enforcement … Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Manchin Applauds Additional Law Enforcement Resources to Fight Drug Trafficking and Abuse in West Virginia

At Manchin's urging, Berkeley County and Harrison County have been designated as critical drug-trafficking regions Washington, D.C. - At the strong urging of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced today that both Berkeley County and Harrison County have been designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). These counties will receive additional federal resources to address the influx of drugs and reduce drug … Continue Reading


September 25, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce More Than $5 Million for Health Centers Across West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Health Care, today announced more than $5,044,000 in federal grant funding for sixteen community health centers in West Virginia to continue operations and improve preventive care. "Improving the quality, affordability and accessibility of healthcare resources is critical for the people of West Virginia, especially our children, seniors, veterans and those living in our … Continue Reading


September 24, 2014

Manchin Urges West Virginians to Participate in National Drug Take-Back Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today urged West Virginians to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) ninth National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drug Take-Back Day is an opportunity for the public to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by disposing of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Participants must simply deliver the prescription medications to one of the more than 130 certified … Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Applaud Reopening of Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, Representative Nick Rahall and U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller issued the following statement on the announcement that the Veterans Affairs Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Maxwelton will reopen today. "I am so pleased that the Greenbrier County CBOC has reopened its doors to our veterans today," Senator Manchin said. "The nearly 2,000 veterans from Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas and Summers counties can once again have … Continue Reading


September 19, 2014

Manchin Urges West Virginia Students to Apply for Service Academy Nominations

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) strongly encouraged West Virginia students who are interested in military service to apply for a nomination to one of the United States Service Academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. Applicants must be high school seniors and demonstrate a commitment to education and athletic … Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

Manchin Delivers Senate Floor Speech Opposing Funding Syrian Opposition Forces

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor outlining why he opposes funding, arming or training Syrian opposition forces. He also expressed opposition to voting for the Continuing Resolution if it includes a measure that will support the Syrian opposition forces. Please read the full text of Senator Manchin's remarks below. M. President, I rise today to discuss the gravest and most important issue we can debate in congress. I'm here … Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

Manchin and Toomey Introduce Legislation to Protect Valuable Veterans Employment and Training Services

Senators Manchin and Toomey introduce the Protect VETS Act to restore employment and training assistance to our veterans Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today introduced the Protect VETS Act (Protect Veterans Employment & Training Services Act) to restore valuable federal employment and training assistance to our military veterans. The legislation specifically aims to ensure that our veterans continue to have access to job assistance specialists that … Continue Reading


September 16, 2014

Manchin, Hoeven, Donnelly, Murkowski Introduce Measure to Streamline Cross-Border Permitting Process, Preventing Long Delays to Projects Like Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, a measure that will prevent unnecessarily protracted delays for important energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline is now in its sixth year of review following five favorable environmental impact studies (EIS). The North American Energy Infrastructure Act eliminates the … Continue Reading


September 15, 2014

Manchin Alarmed by New Report on Rising Coal Plant Retirements

Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) expressed concern after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an updated report on the projected number of retiring coal-fired plants in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for carbon dioxide emissions. According to the report, approximately 13 percent of coal-fueled generating capacity has either been retired since 2012 or is planned for retirement by 2025, which surpasses the previous … Continue Reading


September 15, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce $3.6 Million Improvement Grant for Yeager Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced more than $3.6 million in federal funding for the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority to carry out ongoing infrastructure improvements at Yeager Airport. "Investing in transportation infrastructure will keep our residents and travelers safe while also attracting new business and promoting economic growth," Manchin said. "I am … Continue Reading


September 12, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce More Than $2 Million for Critical Water Infrastructure Project in Calhoun County

Funding will help install new water lines and improve reliability and quality of water service for residents Washington, D.C. -- U.S Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced that a total of $2,415,000 has been awarded to the Pleasant Hill Public Service District for the Water Extension and Line Replacement project. The project aims to improve the quality and reliability of the water service in Calhoun County by installing 28,000 feet of new waterline. The new waterline will … Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Manchin Statement on 13th Anniversary of September 11

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the thirteenth anniversary of September 11th. "On the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, we come together as a nation to reflect and remember the many lives lost on one of the most horrific days in American history. The shocking images of the Twin Towers falling, the Pentagon in flames, and the rural Pennsylvania field scattered with fiery debris will be forever imbedded in our minds as … Continue Reading


September 09, 2014

Manchin Congratulates Shinnston Native on Being Honored as a 'Champion of Change' at the White House

Senator Manchin thanks Brittany Valdez for her commitment to helping West Virginians through her use of the TapToTalk smartphone application Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin congratulated Brittany Valdez, a Shinnston native, on being honored at the White House as a national "Champion of Change." Brittany has been recognized for her development of the TapToTalk smartphone application to help emergency responders communicate with individuals during disasters and emergency … Continue Reading


September 08, 2014

Manchin Applauds DEA's Final Rule to Safely Dispose of Unused or Unwanted Prescription Drugs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today applauded the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) finalized rules for the safe and secure disposal of prescription drugs, as required under the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. According to the DEA, the regulations outline processes to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal. The new rules also permit long-term-care facilities to do … Continue Reading

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