Press Releases

May 10, 2019

Manchin, Cassidy And Bipartisan Group Of Senators Reintroduce Bill To Protect Disaster Relief Volunteers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Angus King (I-ME), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reintroduced the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act to provide medical professionals with a limited, but consistent, level of legal protection while volunteering during federally-declared disasters. "In June 2016, we suffered terrible flooding in West Virginia, not only were homes and properties destroyed but so many West … Continue Reading

May 10, 2019

Manchin, Stabenow And Rubio Introduce Bipartisan PFAS Accountability Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today led eight other Senators in announcing the introduction of the PFAS Accountability Act. This legislation would hold federal agencies accountable for addressing contamination for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military bases across the country. It comes just days after the release of a new report showing that Michigan has the most PFAS-contaminated sites in the nation. "I am … Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Manchin, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill To Release Long Awaited Funds To West Virginia, Texas, and Other States

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) today introduced the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act. The bill directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to release $16 billion in long-awaited disaster relief funding within 60 days to nine states and two U.S. territories including West Virginia, Texas and Puerto Rico. These funds were originally appropriated for … Continue Reading

May 07, 2019

Manchin, Collins Urge DOJ To Defend Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today urged the Department of Justice and Attorney General Barr to reconsider the Administration's refusal to defend Americans with pre-existing conditions. This case is currently being appealed in the Fifth Circuit, and if the ruling is upheld, hundreds of thousands of West Virginians and Mainers, and millions of Americans, will be at risk of losing health insurance. If this decision stands, families across the … Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Manchin: Sweetheart Settlement With McKesson Sells Out West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Governor Jim Justice's horrific and inadequate settlement with McKesson Corporation for flooding West Virginia with opioids and killing thousands of West Virginians. "It's no surprise to me that Patrick Morrisey and Jim Justice have allowed this type of thievery and have cut a sweetheart deal with McKesson that sells out West Virginia out of the … Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Manchin Secures NASA Administrator Attendance At Renaming For Katherine Johnson On July 2nd

Washington, DC - In the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science hearing today on the FY 2020 budget for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), invited Administrator Jim Bridenstine to join him in West Virginia for the renaming of the Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in Fairmont to the Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility. In a follow up call, Administrator Bridenstine committed to coming to … Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

Manchin Statement On Verso Paper Mill Closure, Impacting Mineral County, Potomac Highlands Region

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the closure of Verso's paper mill in Luke, Maryland, which will impact West Virginians in Mineral County and throughout the Potomac Highlands region. The closing will eliminate 675 jobs and will negatively impact the local economies of both states. "I am incredibly disappointed by the news that Verso's paper mill in Luke, Maryland will close this summer, and my heart goes out to the 675 hard-working … Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $249K For West Virginia Rural Hospitals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $249,186 for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) through the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program. Funding will support small rural hospitals in providing affordable care to West Virginians through assisting with the purchase of equipment, software, and … Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

Manchin's Target Practice & Marksmanship Training Bill To Be Signed By The President

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), today applauded the passage of his legislation, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, in the House of Representatives. The legislation, which passed the Senate by voice vote earlier this month, would provide a responsible incentive for creating and maintaining public shooting ranges. "As an avid sportsman, I know firsthand that our heritage as gun owners is important to who we are as West Virginians and Americans. This … Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

Manchin Leads Group Of Senators In Reintroducing Reclaim Act To Invest In Coal Communities

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR), led a group of Senators in reintroducing the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act of 2019, to provide opportunities for coal reclamation and economic development in communities impacted by the downturn in the coal industry. "The RECLAIM Act is an investment in the coal communities that have … Continue Reading

April 29, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $12 Million For Southern West Virginia Headstart Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $11,869,107 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Head Start. Funding will support Head Start programs in several Southern West Virginia counties that promote educational development for pre-school age children. "Throughout my entire career in public service, I have been a champion of early education programs like … Continue Reading

April 25, 2019

Manchin Announces $1 Million For Water Treatment Renovations In Calhoun County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,000,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for renovations to the water treatment system in Grantsville, which serves the majority of residents in Calhoun County. The ARC grant, which will be matched by $3,168,000 in other federal and local funds for a total of $4,168,000, will be used to renovate the local water treatment plant, construct a new ground water tank and make … Continue Reading

April 25, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.2 Million For Repairs To Brooke Pioneer Trail

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,240,543 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the repair of Brooke County's Pioneer Trail due to recent flood damage. The Brooke Pioneer Trail stretches from Wellsburg, West Virginia to Wheeling, West Virginia along the Ohio River and is a popular recreation area for the residents of West Virginia and visitors alike. "I applaud … Continue Reading

April 20, 2019

Manchin Statement On The Death Of Lyle Stowers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Lyle Stowers. "I feel so fortunate to have called Lyle Stowers my friend for so many years. He loved the state of West Virginia and its people. In all our conversations, he always talked about how he wanted to help people and how much he loved West Virginia and Lincoln County. It has been an honor to call him my friend and we will miss him. Gayle and I send our deepest condolences to his … Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $3 Million For West Virginia Public Housing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $3 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s new Housing Trust Fund program to increase the supply of safe and clean public housing in West Virginia. "The new Housing Trust Fund will invest in states like West Virginia to make sure that all families have access to safe and clean housing. I have always believed that no … Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

Manchin Statement On Mueller Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the Mueller report. "I have not had a chance to read and review the Mueller report yet. But one conclusion was made clear, Russia has and will continue to interfere in our elections and we must work immediately to safeguard our democratic institutions. I look forward to reading the Mueller report and coming to my own conclusion, just like every American should. The last two years has divided our … Continue Reading

April 17, 2019

Manchin Announces Over $1.7 Million In Secure Rural Schools Payments In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR), announced that West Virginia counties will receive a total of $1,778,953.84 through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. Senator Manchin pressed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen about the lapsed SRS payments to 14 West Virginia Counties during last week's Energy and Natural Resources Committee … Continue Reading

April 16, 2019

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Increase Flexibility For Consumers In Prescription Drug Market

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), last week introduced the Restoring Access to Medication Act (RAMA). The bipartisan bill reverses a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that limits the use of funds from pre-tax health accounts such as health savings accounts and medical saving accounts, towards the purchase of prescription drugs or insulin. "I have always said that the Affordable Care Act is good but far from perfect and Congress must work together to improve our … Continue Reading

April 15, 2019

Manchin Urges Secretary Perdue To Extend USDA's Reconnect Program Deadline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, last week reiterated his support for the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Reconnect program which will expand broadband connectivity to rural areas that currently lack access and also urged USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to address accessibility issues with the ReConnect application process. The application to enroll in the program will not be available until April 23, 2019 and … Continue Reading

April 12, 2019

Manchin Encouraged By FCC And Trump Administration's Proposal Of $20 Billion Fund For Rural Broadband

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was encouraged by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Trump Administration's proposal of a $20.4 billion fund designated for rural broadband investment through the FCC's new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. "I am intrigued by the Administration's proposal and applaud them for highlighting the need for investment in rural broadband. While this announcement signals a positive step forward in bridging the digital divide, … Continue Reading

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