Press Releases

May 01, 2012

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Expected New Air Service in Morgantown, Clarksburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) selected Silver Airways to provide air service at Morgantown's and Clarksburg's airports. The service is currently provided by Colgan Air, but that company is ending service. "This is an excellent first step to make sure residents around Morgantown and Clarksburg maintain commercial … Continue Reading


April 27, 2012

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) encouraged West Virginians today to turn in any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to locations across the state to participate in the fourth National Drug Take Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This opportunity can reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse, and increase awareness of this critical public … Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

Manchin to Vote to Protect Women and Children Against Violence

Watch Senator Manchin speak on the Senate floor here: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SenateSession4997/start/14951/stop/15332 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today emphasized the critical importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, legislation that the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence has called the "most critical piece of legislation affecting the safety of survivors of domestic violence and their children in every county of West … Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

Manchin Fights to Keep All Postal Facilities Open for At Least 2 Years

Manchin provision would have prevented closure of 3,700 post offices, including 150 in West Virginia, for a two-year period Provision would have saved 35,000 jobs at mail processing facilities that could still close Watch Senator Manchin speak on the Senate floor here: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SenateSession4996/start/16762/stop/16845 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged his colleagues today to support an amendment to the Postal Reform bill that would have … Continue Reading


April 19, 2012

Manchin: ‘The Postal Service is America’

Encourages Senate colleagues to support Manchin-sponsored provision that would keep 150 W.Va. post offices open for at least two years Watch here: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SenateSession4994/start/4426/stop/5430 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor to highlight the critical role that post offices play in rural communities in West Virginia. He encouraged his colleagues to support a provision he's authored that would … Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

Manchin Grills Defense Department Officials on Overreliance on Private Contractors Overseas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned Department of Defense officials at a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee hearing today about the military's overdependence on overseas service and security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I'm concerned that we are cutting 100,000 service members by 2017, but no one can tell me how many contractors we are cutting," Senator Manchin said. "I can't even get an accurate figure on how many we have." Senator Manchin pointed … Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

Manchin Proposes Measure To Keep All Postal Facilities Open For Two Years

Potential closure list includes 150 locations in West Virginia Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is fighting to ensure that the 3,700 postal facilities - including 150 in West Virginia - being considered for closure would remain open for at least two years while the Postal Service considers better cost-savings measures. Senator Manchin introduced an amendment today to the postal reform bill that would allow these facilities to remain open for business and keep the … Continue Reading


April 16, 2012

Manchin: Thacker a ‘First-Rate’ Addition to Federal Bench

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) congratulated West Virginia's Stephanie Thacker today after the Senate confirmed her appointment to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Senator Manchin entered remarks into the Congressional Record congratulating Thacker and thanking his Senate colleagues for her swift confirmation. Those remarks are included below. "M. President, I rise today to congratulate Stephanie Dawn Thacker, a native of Hamlin, West Virginia, on her … Continue Reading


April 16, 2012

Manchin: Buffett Rule Would Make Tax System More Fair

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor today supporting the Buffett Rule to make sure that some people who make a million dollars or more a year don't pay a lower tax rate than hardworking West Virginians. "We [in West Virginia] just don't understand why hardworking middle income people are paying a much higher tax rate than some of the wealthiest people in this country," Senator Manchin said. "Take our coal miners, who go to the mine … Continue Reading


April 13, 2012

Manchin Wraps Up ‘Fighting For Every Job’ Tour With Visit to Consol Energy Robinson Run Coal Mine to See New Mine Communication Technology

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wrapped up his two-week "Fighting for Every Job" tour today with a visit to the CONSOL Energy Robinson Run Coal Mine, where he saw a demonstration of new mine communication technology. The technology is designed to allow trapped miners to communicate with rescuers on the surface in an emergency situation. "After our horrible mine tragedies in West Virginia - especially after the Sago and Aracoma disasters, and most recently Upper Big … Continue Reading


April 13, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce More Than $514,000 to Create Jobs to Clean Up Storm Damage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), announced today that Workforce West Virginia will receive more than $514,000 in funding through the Department of Labor's National Emergency Grant program. The funds will go toward creating 65 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to help in the cleanup and recovery efforts from the devastating storms that hit areas across West Virginia in March. This grant will cover … Continue Reading


April 12, 2012

Tomorrow: Manchin Wraps Up ‘Fighting For Every Job’ Tour with Visit to Robinson Run Coal Mine to See New Mine Communication Technology

***New Event Added Tomorrow*** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will wrap up his two-week "Fighting for Every Job" tour tomorrow with a visit to the Robinson Run Coal Mine, where he will see a demonstration of new mine communication technology. The event is part of Senator Manchin's "Fighting for Every Job" tour, during which he is highlighting the connection between jobs and energy independence, his agenda to help small businesses succeed, how to revitalize American … Continue Reading


April 12, 2012

At Ravenswood Forum, Manchin Praises Community for Working Together to Bring Back Hundreds of Jobs, Treat Retirees Fairly

Ravenswood - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) held a "Coffee and Common Sense" event in Ravenswood today, meeting with nearly 100 community members and leaders to praise them for coming together to work to bring back hundreds of jobs at Century Aluminum and treat its retirees fairly. "Our hopes are high, and everyone's been working as hard as we can to get Century reopened, make sure the retirees get fair treatment and bring back those jobs to this community," Senator Manchin said. "It … Continue Reading


April 11, 2012

Manchin Applauds Focus on Prescription Drug Abuse at National Summit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today applauded the work of experts and leaders from around the country who are gathered at the inaugural National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit, including Representative Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), and pledged his support to fighting the prescription drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia and around the nation. "I applaud the efforts of Rep. Nick Rahall on the very important issue of drug abuse, and I want to thank him for his participation in … Continue Reading


April 11, 2012

Manchin Holds Frank Discussion at Roundtable to Win the War on Coal

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) thanked Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, FACES of Coal, the West Virginia Coal Association, labor leaders and business leaders for holding a frank strategy session today about how to work together to win the war on coal. "Just bringing all of us together in one room proves one thing: in West Virginia, we can work together. That's why I say that creating a true all-of-the-above energy plan is not a Democratic problem or a Republican problem; … Continue Reading


April 11, 2012

Manchin: Shale Gas Development Hearing an Important Opportunity for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today praised his colleague Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) for bringing much-needed attention to the infrastructure impacts on Marcellus Shale development and drilling at a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing in Fairmont. "We all have to come together in order to take advantage of the game-changing potential of the Marcellus Shale, produce more American energy and create good jobs," Senator Manchin said. "I am so glad that … Continue Reading


April 11, 2012

Today: Manchin to Discuss Impact of Federal Government on Coal Industry

***New Event Added Thursday*** Also today, Manchin holds Coffee and Common Sense event in Beckley Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will today participate in a roundtable discussion on the impact of federal government policies and regulations on the Appalachian coal industry. The event is part of Senator Manchin's "Fighting for Every Job" tour, during which he is highlighting the connection between jobs and energy independence, his agenda to help small businesses … Continue Reading


April 10, 2012

Manchin Applauds Re-Opening of South Charleston Stamping Plant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the return of hundreds of jobs to the South Charleston Stamping and Manufacturing Plant. Gestamp announced today that it will invest at least $100 million in the facility. "This was a total partnership between private enterprise, state and local government. As Governor at the time, I knew we needed to make the investments in the site that would attract a quality employer like Gestamp to South … Continue Reading


April 10, 2012

Manchin Outlines Commonsense Approach to Lowering Gas Prices at Event in Wheeling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today started the second week of his "Fighting for Every Job" tour with an event at a Wheeling gas station where he highlighted his plan to lower fuel prices. "High gas prices are absolutely crippling West Virginia families and businesses," Senator Manchin said. "In our state we have to drive to survive, and when prices at the pump skyrocket, it takes a serious toll on our way of life. If we are ever going to end this roller coaster ride … Continue Reading


April 09, 2012

Manchin Kicks Off Week 2 of “Fighting For Every Job” Tour, Focusing on the Need to Achieve Energy Independence

***New Event Added Wednesday*** Also Tuesday, Manchin will visit local businesses to highlight their critical importance to jobs and the economy Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will start the second week of his "Fighting for Every Job" tour tomorrow with an event at a Wheeling gas station to outline his plan to lower gas prices. During the tour, Senator Manchin is highlighting the connection between jobs and energy independence, his agenda to help small businesses … Continue Reading

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