Press Releases

November 10, 2011

Manchin Pushes Top Military Brass to Elevate National Guard

**Audio and Video Available** Washington, D.C. - In a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) encouraged the nation's top military brass to welcome the National Guard to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Military leaders have opposed adding the Chair of the National Guard to the highest levels of the nation's armed services, but Senator Manchin has strongly pushed for the Guard's elevation and is a cosponsor of Senator Jay Rockefeller's … Continue Reading


November 10, 2011

Friday: Manchin to Mark Veterans Day at Events

**FTP, Audio and Web Video Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will participate in Charleston's 69th annual Veteran's Day parade and ceremony, attend the West Virginia's Female Veteran Memorial Statue Unveiling Ceremony and tour the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center to honor America's military men and women on Veteran's Day. More details about the events are below. "With thousands of brave men and women serving our country in two wars overseas, this Veterans Day … Continue Reading


November 10, 2011

10 AM Thursday: At Armed Services Hearing, Manchin Will Push for Elevating National Guard to Joint Chiefs of Staff

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will push military leaders today to elevate the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to a position on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which would give the Guard a voice at the highest levels of the nation's military. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about adding the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to the Joint Chiefs, Manchin will express his strong support for pending legislation … Continue Reading


November 09, 2011

Manchin and Coats Introduce Bipartisan “Fair Compliance Act” to Protect American Jobs, Prevent Spikes in Energy Costs for Consumers

Washington, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) introduced the bipartisan "Fair Compliance Act" today to create reasonable timelines and benchmarks for utilities to comply with two major Environmental Protection Agency rules to protect jobs and keep utility rates stable. The legislation would extend the compliance deadline for the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) by three years and the deadline for the Utility MACT rule by two years - so that both would fall on … Continue Reading


November 09, 2011

Spotlight on Marcellus: Manchin to Bring Senate Energy Committee to Charleston to Highlight Tremendous Potential of Marcellus Shale

Experts to offer testimony to address economic, safety and environmental concerns Charleston, W.Va.- The incredible potential of the Marcellus Shale - along with the challenges its development poses - will be the topic of a Congressional field hearing on Nov. 14 when U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) brings the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Charleston, West Virginia for his first-ever field hearing. "This hearing is an opportunity for West Virginia to demonstrate our … Continue Reading


November 08, 2011

Manchin Sponsors Legislation to Honor Montford Point Marines with Congressional Gold Medal

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is cosponsoring legislation to honor the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps with the United States' highest civilian honor. The Montford Point Marines of World War II are a group of about 20,000 African American Marines who trained at Camp Montford Point near segregated Jacksonville, North Carolina. "The service of the Montford Point Marines - even as they were being treated unequally - is a remarkable … Continue Reading


November 07, 2011

Manchin Outraged By Huge Bonuses For Execs At Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac

Despite receiving $141 billion in bailout funds from taxpayers, Fannie and Freddie paid out enormous bonuses In bipartisan letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency and Treasury, Manchin and 59 Senate colleagues call executive bonuses 'wasteful, wildly imprudent' Senators urge changes to executive compensation policy Washington, D.C.- Expressing outrage over the recent news that nearly $13 million in bonus pay was approved for 10 executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - even as … Continue Reading


November 03, 2011

Manchin Congratulates W.Va’s Stephanie Thacker on Advancing Toward Senate Confirmation

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) congratulated West Virginia's Stephanie Thacker today after her nomination to the federal bench received unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Thacker has been nominated to be a federal judge for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. "I am so pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee recognized that Stephanie Thacker would serve the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals well and gave her nomination a unanimous vote today. The … Continue Reading


November 03, 2011

Manchin Votes for Democratic and GOP Proposals to Create Jobs, Invest in Infrastructure

Manchin also supports GOP plan to rein in EPA and extend transportation spending Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted today for two commonsense measures to invest in infrastructure and create jobs - his own "Rebuild America Jobs Act" and another measure that Republicans sponsored - and also urged his colleagues to put politics aside so that both measures could pass. "Washington has become so dysfunctional and so focused on scoring political points that instead of … Continue Reading


November 02, 2011

Manchin Urges Senate to Pass His ‘Rebuild America Jobs Act’ to Fix Infrastructure and Create American Jobs

Washington, D.C. - In a press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged his colleagues today to pass the "Rebuild America Jobs Act," a bill that would invest $60 billion in infrastructure across this country and create American jobs rebuilding West Virginia and this great nation. Senator Manchin first unveiled his "Rebuild America Jobs Act" at a press conference in Charleston last week, during his "Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America" week. Today, he joined … Continue Reading


November 01, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Tout State’s Biometrics Industry at Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today said West Virginia is a world leader in the biometric industry and has the workforce, infrastructure and research facilities in place to get even stronger. "More and more, biometric companies from around the nation - and from all around the globe - are coming to West Virginia to do business," Rockefeller said. "West Virginia is a place where innovation and ingenuity, combined with a workforce that's second-to-none, are … Continue Reading


October 31, 2011

West Virginia Congressional Delegation and Governor Congratulate WV Air National Guard on Historic Training Exercises

WASHINGTON, D.C - West Virginia's Congressional delegation and Governor today congratulated the West Virginia National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing, based in Martinsburg, on completing a historic exercise showcasing the West Virginia Air National Guard's readiness and capability at a time when our military faces intense demands from both extensive use in multiple conflicts abroad and federal budget issues at home. The exercise showed the West Virginia Air National Guard is capable and … Continue Reading


October 28, 2011

Manchin Congratulates WVU On Big 12 Membership

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the news that West Virginia University will become part of the Big 12 conference. "This is a great day for West Virginia and a very proud day for Mountaineers," Senator Manchin said. "I'm so happy that the Big 12 made its final decision on the merits: the strength of WVU's athletics, our academics and our spirit. Joining the Big 12 will showcase our state in a whole new way. I've always said that … Continue Reading


October 27, 2011

Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America: Manchin Ends Tour with Focus on Creating Energy Jobs

Morgantown, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today wrapped up his weeklong tour of West Virginia focused on "Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America" with events focusing on creating jobs by expanding domestic energy production and achieving energy independence within this generation. "West Virginians know that our great country is at a crossroads. Our economy is struggling, job growth is anemic, and the economic outlook is weak," Senator Manchin said. "And with this nation's jobs … Continue Reading


October 26, 2011

Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Lawmakers Support Pill Mill Crackdown Legislation

WASHINGTON - During the 23rd annual National Red Ribbon Week to promote drug abuse prevention, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the United States Senate and House of Representatives have come together in support of legislation that will combat the nation's fastest growing drug epidemic - prescription drug abuse. United States Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) have joined Congressmen Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Edward Markey (D-MA) in introducing the Pill Mill Crackdown Act of … Continue Reading


October 26, 2011

Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America: Manchin Hosts Roundtable on Drug Abuse and its Effect on Jobs with Community, Law Enforcement Leaders

Beckley, W.V. - On the third day of his "Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America" tour, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin held a roundtable with community leaders in Beckley today to discuss the need to fight drug abuse so that employers can fill their open jobs and parents can provide for their families. Senator Manchin is working with local leaders, federal and state law enforcement officials, educators and families to combat drug abuse in West Virginia and counteract its effects on the workforce. … Continue Reading


October 25, 2011

Manchin Statement on Qarmat Ali Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement about a Defense Department report detailing what happened to 122 West Virginians in the National Guard who were exposed to potentially lethal levels of chemicals in Iraq. Nearly a year past its deadline, the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Defense released its final report explaining the circumstances around the chemical exposure, which took place at Iraq's Qarmat Ali water treatment … Continue Reading


October 25, 2011

Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America: Manchin Unveils Bill for Job Retraining

Manchin also visits students at Parkersburg-area high schools to emphasize importance of education Fairmont, W.V. - With more than three million American jobs going unfilled because workers don't have the skills needed for the positions available, and with unemployment nationwide stuck at about 9.1 percent, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today unveiled commonsense legislation to better match the unemployed with existing jobs. Senator Manchin unveiled his Retrain for Work Act, which … Continue Reading


October 24, 2011

Manchin Rebukes Afghan President Karzai For Choosing Pakistan Over United States

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement about Afghan President Hamid Karzai's remarks that his country would support Pakistan in a hypothetical conflict with the United States. "Now more than ever, President Karzai's insult to America tells me that it's time for our country to stop pouring our limited taxpayer dollars and losing precious American lives in a country where we aren't even welcome - and even worse, where they have the gall to … Continue Reading


October 24, 2011

Manchin Announces ‘Rebuild America Jobs Act’ On His Tour Of ‘Commonsense Ideas For A Stronger America’

Charleston, W.V. - With American roads and bridges crumbling, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced he is cosponsoring the Rebuild America Jobs Act to invest $60 billion in infrastructure as he kicked off his weeklong "Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America" tour. "I didn't go to Washington to be part of the problem or to play blame games, I went to be part of the solution," Senator Manchin said. "So today I am proud to announce that I am introducing the Rebuild America Jobs … Continue Reading

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