Press Releases

November 20, 2012

Manchin Joins Community Members in Serving Others

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will join other volunteers today and Wednesday to serve food to the less fortunate and thank the volunteers for their dedication and hard work. "Every Thanksgiving, I recall one of the most important lessons my parents taught me: If you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings," Senator Manchin said. "That is why Gayle and I think it is so important to spend time serving others who need a helping hand, especially during … Continue Reading


November 15, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, 11 Additional Senators Request Disaster Aid for Superstorm Sandy in 2013 Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) have joined 11 other senators from states impacted by Superstorm Sandy and asked President Obama to provide additional emergency aid for federal disaster assistance programs. The Senators wrote to the President and asked him to take swift action so the necessary funds can be used to help victims of Sandy rebuild and recover. The Senators also requested an increased federal share for recovery costs. Senators Manchin … Continue Reading


November 14, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller & Rahall Urge West Virginians Affected by Derecho to Apply for FEMA Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today reminded West Virginians that the deadline for applying for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) related to this summer's "derecho" is fast approaching. Following a letter Rockefeller, Manchin and Rahall wrote to President Obama in September asking for reconsideration of an earlier denial of Individual Assistance to Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and … Continue Reading


November 13, 2012

Manchin Bill Would Increase Sportsmen's Access to Pubic Lands, Preserve Hunting and Fishing Rights

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted tonight for a measure that he co-sponsored to increase sportsmen's access to public lands, protect special habitats and preserve hunting and fishing rights. The Senate voted 92-5 to move forward with consideration of the bill and will continue debating the measure this week. More than 50 sportmen's groups, including the National Rifle Association, support the measure. "Our hunting and fishing heritage - especially in West Virginia - … Continue Reading


November 13, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funds for WV Police to Protect Children Against Internet Crime

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced more than $275,000 in federal funding to the West Virginia State Police to help law enforcement investigate and prosecute sexual exploitation against children. The grant will also help the West Virginia State Police upgrade their computer capabilities to help reduce the backlog of cases and streamline analysis. "The Internet is a great resource for learning, but it can also put kids at risk," said Rockefeller. … Continue Reading


November 13, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funds to Strengthen Sexual Violence Prevention & Education in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced more than $150,000 in federal funding for the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources to continue the Rape Prevention and Education program. "Making sure West Virginians are safe in their homes and in their communities is so important, and we must do everything possible to reduce sexual violence," said Rockefeller, cosponsor of the Violence Against Women Act. "Improving education and building … Continue Reading


November 11, 2012

Manchin: Honor Our Veterans All Year Long

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on Veterans Day: "The men and women of our country go to war with a noble pride, a raw courage, and a firm conviction that the power of America's values is at least as great as the power of America's weapons. It has been that way for every generation of Americans that has been willing to step into the line of fire for their fellow countrymen for the last 237 years, from Concord to Calais to Khe Sanh … Continue Reading


November 05, 2012

Manchin Meets with Secretary Napolitano, Governor Tomblin and National Guard to Assess Storm Damage

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet today with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and National Guard officials for a briefing on storm damage in West Virginia. "I truly thank my friend Janet Napolitano for everything she and this Administration have done to make sure that the people of West Virginia get the help we need to recover from this storm. She has worked hard to make sure that we've received anything we've asked for: … Continue Reading


November 02, 2012

Manchin Joins Governor Tomblin for Third Day of Storm Damage Assessment

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will travel across the state today with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the National Guard to make sure communities and first responders are getting the federal aid they need to help West Virginians to recover from the recent storm. They will visit the following locations: 11 a.m. Martinsburg 167th Airbase 222 Sabre Jet Boulevard Martinsburg, W.Va. 12:30 p.m. Preston County Emergency Operations Center 300 … Continue Reading


November 01, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Urge FEMA to Open Up More Federal Resources in Aftermath of Storm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today urged the President to approve the Governor's request that federal disaster assistance be made available to help West Virginia recover from this week's storm. President Obama on Tuesday declared a federal state of emergency in West Virginia, which authorized FEMA to provide emergency protective measures for all counties in West Virginia. Rockefeller, Manchin and Rahall today agreed with the … Continue Reading


November 01, 2012

Manchin to Join Governor Tomblin, National Guard to Continue to Assess Storm Damage

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will join Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for a second day of travel to assess damage from this week's storm. "We're touring some of the hardest-hit areas of our state today to let people know that help is on the way. We're hoping to see the areas that have been inaccessible because of the extremely heavy snowfalls and make sure that people get the supplies they need. We're working very closely together in a coordinated effort with FEMA, the … Continue Reading


October 31, 2012

Manchin, Rahall Joining Governor Tomblin on Storm Damage Assessment Tour Today

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall are joining Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on a tour of storm-struck areas in Braxton, Nicholas, Fayette and Raleigh counties. At National Guard armories and local emergency management offices, Senator Manchin and Congressman Rahall will assess the needs of residents and businesses and make sure West Virginians are receiving needed federal resources to help recover from the storm's aftermath. Senator Manchin and Congressman … Continue Reading


October 30, 2012

WV Congressional Delegation, Governor Incensed with EPA's Delay of King Coal Highway Project

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, Rep. Nick Rahall and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (all D-W.Va.) are outraged with the Environmental Protection Agency's delay of a key permit that would allow the CONSOL mine and King Coal Highway to move forward. After the EPA delayed issuing a needed 402 permit, CONSOL issued a WARN Notice tonight notifying workers that they would be laid off. The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority estimates that 2,000 acres of land could be … Continue Reading


October 30, 2012

Manchin Assures West Virginians He Will Make Sure State Has Needed Resources to Recover

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the storm and recovery efforts. "As we continue to weather this storm and recover from its effects, I know the people of West Virginia will watch out for their neighbors in the aftermath. I continue to urge everyone to listen to the directions of local authorities and to stay safe. I will remain in close contact with state and federal officials to make sure that our state has the resources we need to … Continue Reading


October 29, 2012

Manchin Urges All West Virginians to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Washington, D.C. - With Hurricane Sandy threatening serious damage in the coming days, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is encouraging West Virginians who could be affected to prepare for the storm. As with previous storms, Senator Manchin will provide updated information about who to contact for assistance on his website, www.manchin.senate.gov. "We've been through so many storms in our state, and the best way to handle a storm is to be as prepared as possible," Senator Manchin said. "That … Continue Reading


October 22, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller & Rahall Applaud FEMA for Granting 16 Additional West Virginia Counties Individual Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today applauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency for granting 16 additional West Virginia counties individual assistance for property owners affected by a severe "derecho" storm earlier this summer. After FEMA's September decision providing Individual Assistance to four West Virginia counties, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin requested FEMA expand assistance to additional counties. FEMA … Continue Reading


October 18, 2012

Manchin Applauds Growing Support to End Military Contractors’ Exorbitant Salaries and Stand Up for a Strong Defense

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today welcomed the growing support from public interest organizations for his effort to put an end to exorbitant, taxpayer-funded salaries to military contractors - which come at the cost of hardworking uniformed servicemembers and a strong military. "I appreciate the fact that our effort is getting so much attention - and particularly from people who understand how critical it is that we get a handle on our government's spending," … Continue Reading


October 18, 2012

Manchin Proud to Honor an American Hero

Charleston, W.V. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly honored the highly decorated Marine and recipient of the Medal of Honor, Hershel "Woody" Williams, today at the brand new Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center. "When you have people like Woody Williams in this country, you know we have and always will have a great country," Senator Manchin said at ceremonies dedicating the Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center in honor of Williams. "There are 3,459 Medal of Honor recipients - and … Continue Reading


October 17, 2012

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Urge FEMA to Grant State’s Request for Additional Disaster Assistance

BECKLEY, W.Va. - The West Virginia Congressional Delegation today released the following statements in response to Governor Tomblin's request that 20 additional counties be added to the Federal Disaster Declaration that was issued following the June 29 derecho storm and extended power outage: "The derecho and subsequent storms that struck on June 29th took a terrible toll on West Virginia residents and businesses. Having toured several communities following the storm, I witnessed firsthand … Continue Reading


October 15, 2012

Manchin Celebrates Hundreds of Potential New Jobs at Gestamp Ribbon-Cutting

South Charleston, W.Va. - At a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Gestamp today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told the crowd that he was so proud to be part of the partnership that re-opened the stamping plant for potentially hundreds of good-paying jobs. "Government can do two things with your money - spend it or invest it. When I was governor, we chose to invest it," Senator Manchin said. "And one of the investments we made that really paid off was in Ray Park and his vision for this … Continue Reading

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