Press Releases

January 31, 2019

Manchin Urges Amtrak To Reconsider Their Policies That Negatively Impact WV Railroad

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson expressing concern over Amtrak's policies and restrictions that are creating financial hardship for the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, Inc. Collis P. Huntington has long been both a means of transportation and a West Virginia historical artifact, helping to bring millions of dollars to West Virginia's economy annually through its operation of the New River Train. The letter … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Manchin Urges Federal Officials to Deliver Secure Rural School Payments ASAP

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, today urged federal officials to deliver Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments as quickly as possible in the aftermath of the government shutdown. Senator Manchin was joined by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), James Risch (R-ID) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). In their bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Acting Interior … Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

Manchin Statement On Reopening The Government

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on President Trump's decision to reopen the government. "I'm glad the government is finally reopening. This politically-motivated and extremely hurtful shutdown has harmed millions of Americans and West Virginians. I look forward to working in a bipartisan way to fix our border security and immigration … Continue Reading

January 23, 2019

Manchin Statement On Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today released the following statement on celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "Today we celebrate and remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most important figures in American history. His leadership helped end racial segregation and discrimination in this country and provided a vision for what America could be. Dr. King's efforts helped America become a better and more peaceful nation. The values of love, unity, and … Continue Reading

January 18, 2019

Manchin Releases Resources List for West Virginians Impacted by the Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today is releasing information to help West Virginians impacted by the government shutdown. The list of resources includes information about how to obtain unemployment benefits, food assistance, loans, as well as, information on how to work with utility, cell phone, and other companies to accommodate incoming bills. "I remain committed to finding a solution that reopens the federal government and funds our border security to keep Americans … Continue Reading

January 18, 2019

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Tricare Reserve Improvement Act

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced the Tricare Reserve Improvement Act, which extends eligibility to all National Guardsmen and Reservists, regardless of their civilian occupation. Under current law federal employees who serve in the National Guard or Armed Forces Reserve are prohibited from participating in Tricare Reserve Select (TRS). This disparity creates a financial incentive for transitioning service members to take their skillset and … Continue Reading

January 15, 2019

Manchin, Rosen, Casey, Schumer, Murray, and Wyden Reintroduce Resolution To Defend Constitutionality of Pre-Existing Condition Protections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) reintroduced a Senate resolution that would authorize Senate Legal Counsel to defend Americans with pre-existing conditions against the Republican Attorneys General lawsuit that would put millions of Americans at risk of losing their health insurance. "Today, I joined my colleagues in reintroducing this resolution so that the Senate has the … Continue Reading

January 15, 2019

Manchin Statement On Government Shutdown

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the government shutdown. "Now that the President has taken the national emergency declaration off of the table, it's time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up the House passed appropriations bills that would finally reopen government. As an equal branch of government we have the authority to override the President's veto, if that's what he chooses to do. It's time for Congress to stop … Continue Reading

January 08, 2019

Manchin to Donate Shutdown Salary to Food Banks Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that he will donate the salary he receives during the government shutdown to food banks across West Virginia. "If Congress cannot do our job, we should not get paid. As a result of this reckless shutdown, 340,000 West Virginians who depend on food stamps will go without that critical assistance. Children will go hungry, pregnant mothers will not get the nutrients they need and our elderly neighbors will not have dinner on the … Continue Reading

January 03, 2019

Manchin, Kaine, Warner, Brown, Jones and Casey Introduce Legislation to Secure Miners Pensions and Healthcare

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Doug Jones (D-AL) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced the American Miners Act of 2019, legislation to secure our nation's retired miners pensions by: 1) shoring up the 1974 Pension Plan which is headed for insolvency due to coal company bankruptcies and the 2008 financial crisis, 2) ensuring that the miners who are at risk due to 2018 coal company bankruptcies will not lose their … Continue Reading

January 03, 2019

Manchin Statement on Swearing In to 116th Congress

Manchin outlines priorities for 116th Congress Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who was sworn in today for his second full term in the U.S. Senate, issued the following statement outlining his priorities for the 116th Congress. "Serving my fellow West Virginians in the Senate, as Governor, Secretary of State and also a state legislator has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. Today I was honored to be sworn in to serve my home and my friends for another six … Continue Reading

January 03, 2019

Manchin Statement on Death of FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), today issued the following statement on the death of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre. "I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Commissioner Kevin McIntyre. I speak for all of West Virginia when I say I am grateful for his service as a FERC Commissioner. He was an extraordinarily thoughtful and committed public servant. Gayle and I will keep his loved ones in our thoughts and prayers, particularly his wife … Continue Reading

January 02, 2019

Manchin Statement on how the Government Shutdown is Impacting West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on how the partial government shutdown is impacting West Virginia. According to OPM, there are roughly 18,000 federal employees in West Virginia. "I have always said we should never shutdown the government and governing this way is embarrassing for both Democrats and Republicans. This partial government shutdown effects every American, including the 18,000 federal employees in West Virginia. I am proud that … Continue Reading

January 02, 2019

Manchin Statement on the 13th Anniversary of the Sago Mine Disaster

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the Sago mine disaster. "It's been thirteen years since twelve brave coal miners went to work in the Sago mine and never returned home to their families. I remember that day well as I joined all of West Virginia in grieving with the miners' families. Today and every day, my thoughts are with the loved ones who lost a miner that day. In the months following Sago, we passed historic … Continue Reading

December 21, 2018

Manchin Votes Against Continuing Resolution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after voting against the continuing resolution because it guts the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund and doesn't include a fix for miners' pensions. "Today, I voted against the continuing resolution because it leaves behind our coal mining families. This bill guts the funding source for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund by 55% and doesn't include a much-needed pension solution for our miners. The Black Lung … Continue Reading

December 20, 2018

Manchin Lifts Hold on FCC Nominee After Securing Assurances for Mobile Broadband Funding for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) lifted his hold on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nominee Brendan Carr after receiving a firm commitment from Chairman Ajit Pai that the FCC's Mobility Fund Phase II program would be moving forward as quickly as possible with a provision that will ensure this critical $4.5 billion for mobile broadband funding is targeted toward areas like West Virginia that face higher deployment costs due to challenging topography. The … Continue Reading

December 19, 2018

Manchin Leads Bicameral Letter Urging Leadership to Include Miners' Priorities in End of Year Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today led a bicameral group of Senators and Representatives continuing to urge Congressional leadership to include in end-of-year legislation an extension of the coal excise tax at current levels for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, the addition of orphan miners from 2018 bankruptcies into the Coal Act, and a permanent fix to ensure the solvency of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) 1974 Pension Plan. "Our nation's coal miners … Continue Reading

December 19, 2018

Manchin Leads Senate Colleagues in Urging President Trump to Condemn Texas v. U.S. Decision

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today led a group of Senators in calling on President Trump to condemn the recent decision in Texas v. United States which declared the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. If the decision stands, 20 million Americans will be left without the health insurance they rely on. The 133 million Americans and 800,000 West Virginians with a pre-existing condition will be at risk of losing their access to health insurance and millions of … Continue Reading

December 18, 2018

Manchin Votes for Criminal Justice Reform

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the First Step Act, the bipartisan legislation supported by President Trump to reform the criminal justice system. "I'm proud the Senate was able to come together in a bipartisan way to pass common sense criminal justice and sentencing reform. The revised First Step Act offers a second chance for nonviolent offenders and by focusing on the skills necessary for people to stay out of prison it should reduce incarceration rates. … Continue Reading

December 14, 2018

Manchin Statement on Obamacare Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the decision by a federal judge in Texas that Obamacare must be thrown out. "This misguided and inhumane ruling will kick millions of Americans and tens of thousands of West Virginians off of their health insurance. West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will be at risk of losing their health insurance. And the thousands of West Virginians who gained health insurance through the Medicaid expansion … Continue Reading

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