Press Releases

January 25, 2018

Manchin Encourages Action to Improve Drug Pricing Transparency in Medicare Part D

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) yesterday joined a bipartisan group of senators in expressing support for a proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would help increase the transparency and accuracy of prescription drug costs in Medicare Part D. A current lack of transparency in pharmacy price concessions in Medicare Part D often negatively affect beneficiaries, lead to higher costs for seniors, and create uncertainty for the community … Continue Reading

January 23, 2018

Manchin: Coal Got the Job Done During Bomb Cyclone

Washington, D.C. - During today's Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre and other reliability experts about the important role coal plays in the country's energy portfolio and grid reliability. "For those people who believe we can do without fossil completely, I want us all to be completely honest and accurate with them - we can't," Senator Manchin said. "What would this … Continue Reading

January 22, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1 Million for Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $1,074,964 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to support Head Start services in Pendleton, Grant, Hardy and Hampshire counties. "Head Start programs are an important part of our educational landscape in West Virginia," Senator Manchin said. "I'm excited to see this funding head to Pendleton, Grant, Hardy and … Continue Reading

January 22, 2018

Manchin Proud Bipartisan Compromise Passed in the Senate to End Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after the bipartisan compromise that he led passed the Senate, ending the government shutdown. "I worked all weekend and brought together more than 20 Republicans and Democrats to help both sides come to an agreement to end this government shutdown. While others were focused on placing political blame, I was focused on solving the problem, and I'm glad to say we got it done. I'm proud we were able to come … Continue Reading

January 19, 2018

Manchin Applauds Fisher House for Volunteering to Cover Expenses for Families of Fallen Soldiers During Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - In the event of a government shutdown, the Department of Defense would not be able to pay death gratuities to families of service members killed in combat without additional legislation from Congress. If that happens, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has worked with the CEO of the Fisher House Foundation, Ken Fisher, to make sure these families are taken care of in their time of greatest need. The Fisher House generously agreed to offer the families an advance grant … Continue Reading

January 19, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Expand Telemedicine in Five West Virginia Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced a $100,079 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants program that will expand telemedicine in five West Virginia counties. Funding will go to the CAMC Health Education and Research Institute to help physicians provide obstetrical care remotely to West Virginians in Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Nicholas, and Webster counties. "Investing in … Continue Reading

January 19, 2018

Manchin Introduces Bill to Withhold Congressional Pay if the Government Shuts Down

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced legislation to withhold the pay of members of Congress during a government shutdown. "In West Virginia, we know that when you don't do your job, you don't get paid. If Congress can't come together to fulfil one of our most basic constitutional obligations, then we don't deserve to get paid either," Senator Manchin said. In accordance with the 27th Amendment forbidding Congress from raising or lowering its pay, the No … Continue Reading

January 19, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $1.4 Million in ARC Grants for West Virginia

Appalachian Regional Commission grants will support economic development projects in West Virginia Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $1,379,000 to support economic development projects throughout West Virginia. "Appalachian Regional Commission funding supports economic and community development throughout our rural communities in West Virginia. These grants … Continue Reading

January 19, 2018

Manchin: I Will Not Vote to Shut Down the Government

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on why he will not vote to shut down the government. "I have never and will never vote to shut down the government. Today, I will vote to keep the government open for a fourth time for FY2018 through a continuing resolution. Just because I will vote to pass this doesn't mean I like it. We are already more than 3 months in to FY 2018 and we still don't have a plan to fund our government. Every time we pass … Continue Reading

January 19, 2018

Manchin, Heller Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dean Heller (R-NV) today introduced the Small Business Credit Availability Act, bipartisan legislation to modernize rules for Business Development Companies (BDCs), lenders that are critical to helping America's small businesses grow. Specifically, the bill would help BDCs deploy more financing capital to small and mid-size businesses and provide parity on securities offerings and related rules between BDCs and other operating companies … Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

Senate Passes Resolution to Honor University of Charleston Men's Soccer Team

Resolution congratulates University of Charleston men's soccer team for winning the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed a resolution authored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and co-sponsored by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to congratulate the University of Charleston men's soccer team for winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Men's Soccer Championship at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri on December … Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

ICYMI: Manchin Stresses Importance of Appalachian Storage Hub to DOE Nominees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) stressed the importance of cooperation from the Department of Energy with the proposed Mid-Atlantic Energy Hub when questioning Ms. Melissa F. Burnison to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs) and Ms. Anne Marie White to an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Environmental Management) during their joint confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. "In my state we … Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce West Virginia Students Selected for 2018 U.S. Senate Youth Program

Students from Charleston and Clay will attend week-long program in Washington, D.C., receive scholarship WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced the two West Virginia high school students who will serve as delegates to the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C. Jerry Lacy of Charleston and Ely Osborne of Clay were selected as two of more than 100 student delegates to attend the program's … Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

ICYMI: Manchin Questions VA Secretary About Clarksburg VA, Opioids and Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin when he testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Senator Manchin asked Secretary Shulkin about the timeline for the Clarksburg VA hospital becoming fully operational again after the hospital's autoclave was deemed inadequate. "On December 20th, a high-risk Veteran contacted my office after his bypass surgery was cancelled while he was laying on the … Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Manchin Fights to Make Sure West Virginians are Properly Counted in Upcoming Census

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross today in response to a New York Times article that reported new measures being used to conduct the 2020 Census could negatively impact the population count in rural areas of West Virginia. Senator Manchin said in part: "According to the New York Times article, due to budget cuts, the Department cancelled testing in Bluefield, West Virginia that would have better informed how … Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $8 Million to Combat Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $8,327,359 for 63 local homeless assistances programs across West Virginia. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care program and will help support local programs serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. "This funding will make sure West Virginians struggling with homelessness including, children, seniors and … Continue Reading

January 16, 2018

Manchin Calls for Bipartisan Solution on Net Neutrality

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on his cosponsorship of legislation to overturn the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) repeal of the net neutrality rule. "I have heard from thousands of West Virginians who want an internet that is free of content-based discrimination and support increased reliable, affordable internet access throughout our state. I strongly oppose the FCC's decision to repeal basic net neutrality protections, and … Continue Reading

January 16, 2018

Manchin Releases Weekly Energy Report

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the price and production levels of coal as well as natural gas prices in Appalachia and nationally. For the week ending January 6, 2018, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 12.1 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 15.1% higher than last week's estimate and 11% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2017. To read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading

January 15, 2018

Manchin Statement on Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of our nation's most influential and inspiring leaders of all time. Although Dr. King's life was sadly cut short, he made a lasting and powerful impact on our country by helping millions of Americans fight discrimination and segregation, and by peacefully fighting racial injustice. The revolutionary movement that … Continue Reading

January 12, 2018

Group of Senators Urge President Trump to Renew the Opioid Health Emergency Declaration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Angus King (I-ME), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to renew the opioid public health emergency declaration because of little action since its original declaration in October. The Senators said in part: "On October 26, 2017, you … Continue Reading

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