Press Releases

April 10, 2014

Manchin Questions Key Officials On The Reliability Of U.S. Electricity Grid

**Videos Available of Senator Manchin's opening statement and Q&A segment**Senator Manchin requested Chair of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to hold hearingWashington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today questioned a panelist of experts from the energy and utilities industries about America's electric grid stability and reliability. After this winter's Polar Vortex, much of the country experienced … Continue Reading


April 09, 2014

Manchin Meets with Local Officials to Discuss King Coal Highway Funding

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today met with representatives from the King Coal Highway Authority to discuss funding for the King Coal Highway, a project he has supported and worked hard to progress since he was Governor. "I have always said the King Coal Highway is a win-win for southern West Virginia. Not only would construction projects create good-paying jobs for the region, but it would also bring invaluable infrastructure improvements to our local communities … Continue Reading


April 09, 2014

Manchin Fights to Close Wage Gap

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after the Senate failed to secure enough votes to move forward to debate and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. "The fact that working women in West Virginia earn around 70 cents to every dollar a man makes just defies common sense," Senator Manchin said. "My very first vote in the Senate was for paycheck fairness, and I will continue to fight to close the wage gap because people should earn the same … Continue Reading


April 05, 2014

Manchin Statement on Afghanistan's Presidential Election

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on Afghanistan's presidential election. "Although today's news coverage will focus on the successor of President Karzai, I will continue to focus on our brave troops who have fought in Afghanistan for more than 13 years. America has given 2,178 of her sons and daughters to this conflict; in addition to more than $600 billion we have spent there, money that could have been used for priorities here at … Continue Reading


April 04, 2014

Manchin Statement on Fourth Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the fourth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine tragedy: "Four years ago, 29 brave miners - proud fathers, strong brothers, beloved sons and honest neighbors - went to work and never came home to their loved ones. Not a day goes by that I don't think about that day. As Governor at the time, I joined our entire nation as we grieved with their families for their tremendous loss, and today, with heavy … Continue Reading


April 04, 2014

Manchin Tours Camp Dawson

Camp Dawson, West Virginia - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined Acting Undersecretary of Defense Michael Lumpkin and West Virginia Adjutant Major General James Hoyer for a tour and demonstration at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, West Virginia. Senator Manchin and the group watched Soldiers in the West Virginia Army National Guard employ robots used for bomb disposal and surveillance. "It is always a privilege to visit Camp Dawson and meet with our West Virginia National Guardsmen and … Continue Reading


April 04, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Significant Funding for Health Centers Across West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $6.2 million in federal funding for five medical centers in West Virginia to continue operations and improve preventive care. "All West Virginians deserve access to quality, affordable health care," Manchin said. "This funding will help strengthen and expand treatment services for our health facilities that provide our children, families and seniors - especially in West … Continue Reading


April 03, 2014

Manchin Applauds Bipartisan 'Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act' Passage Out of Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today applauded the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee for marking up and voting to pass out of committee the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act, which passed by a bipartisan voice vote. The legislation would improve oversight of chemical facilities and help strengthen states' abilities to prevent chemical spills like the January 9th spill that contaminated the water supply in nine West Virginia counties and … Continue Reading


April 03, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall ask HHS to review limits on funding for state clinics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, have repeated their call in opposition to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) changes to the Black Lung Clinics Grant Program that would unfairly burden West Virginians suffering from black lung disease. The three members of the West Virginia Congressional Delegation have been successful in securing additional time and technical assistance for the State's grant application … Continue Reading


April 01, 2014

Manchin Demands Propaganda Film Be Taken Off the Internet and Ceased to be Distributed

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a letter to Adroit Films, the firm that filmed and produced the Don Blankenship-funded documentary, demanding the company to remove this propaganda from all websites, discontinue the distribution of the film and delete all references of Senator Manchin's name, image and representation. Senator Manchin's office has repeatedly attempted to contact Adroit Films via phone and email. Senator Manchin wrote, in part: "Your fraudulent … Continue Reading


March 31, 2014

Manchin Outraged by Don Blankenship-Funded Propaganda Documentary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on Don Blankenship's propaganda documentary. "Adroit Films, the propaganda firm behind this shameful documentary, never disclosed to me the intent of this film. They lied to my face and told me this documentary was focused on mine safety, an issue I have been committed to since the Farmington Mine disaster that killed my uncle and 77 miners. Had I known the film was in any way associated with Don Blankenship, … Continue Reading


March 27, 2014

Manchin, Senate Democrats Propose Ideas to Make the Affordable Care Act Work Better

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Angus King (I-Maine) proposed a series of commonsense pieces of legislation that take the next steps toward making the Affordable Care Act work better. The bills would make changes to the law in three key areas by: Offering more convenient and greater access to coverage; Providing greater choice and increasing … Continue Reading


March 26, 2014

Manchin, Hoeven, Terry, Vets4Energy: Keystone XL Pipeline Should Be Approved for National Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Congressman Lee Terry (R-Neb.) today joined forces with Vets4Energy, the American Petroleum Institute and Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer to drive home the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline project, and others like it, to secure America's economic and national security. Participating in today's news conference were Vets4Energy Advisor and National Veterans Service Organizations Liaison Rear … Continue Reading


March 26, 2014

Congressional Delegation Requests President to Grant Major Disaster Declaration in Wake Of Chemical Spill

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Representatives Nick Rahall, Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley wrote a letter to President Obama and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator W. Craig Fugate to express their full support of Governor Tomblin's request to declare a major disaster for the state of West Virginia as a result of the January 9 chemical spill in the Elk River. The congressional delegation wrote, in part: … Continue Reading


March 25, 2014

Manchin, Vitter Introduce Bill to Stop EPA's Preemptive, Retroactive Vetoes of Water Permits

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Regulatory Fairness Act of 2014, which would limit the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) role in reviewing Clean Water Act (CWA) permits by prohibiting the agency from preemptive or retroactively vetoing a permit under Section 404 of the Act. "For far too long, the EPA has been waging a destructive war against energy production, and it is costing countless American jobs and investment … Continue Reading


March 25, 2014

Manchin Spearheads Efforts to Honor America's Elite Fighter Pilots with Congressional Gold Medal

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Manchin (D-WV) proudly announced the passage of the American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal Act, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent. The legislation will collectively award a Congressional Gold Medal to all American Fighter Aces, who are among the most distinguished and decorated groups in our country's military history. These elite pilots are only credited if they have destroyed five or more confirmed enemy aircraft in aerial combat. … Continue Reading


March 24, 2014

Manchin Disappointed in Supreme Court Decision To Not Review Spruce No. 1 Mine Permit Case

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued a statement following the Supreme Court's announcement that it will not review Mingo Logan v. EPA, a case deciding whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had legal authority to retroactively revoke the Spruce No. 1 Mine permit. As Governor, Senator Manchin filed the lawsuit against the EPA for overreaching its authority under the Clean Water Act after the Spruce Mine permit had been approved after an exhaustive, … Continue Reading


March 24, 2014

Senator Manchin's Office Assists Hardy County with Getting More Than 100 Computers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced the delivery of more than 100 computers and other technology accessories to Hardy County Schools. Senator Manchin's Potomac Highlands Representative Peggy Hawse today met with the Hardy County Superintendent Barbara Whitecotten and toured the inventory. "More and more, we are dependent upon computers for our day-to-day business and educational needs," Senator Manchin said. "It is so important to try to keep up with these … Continue Reading


March 21, 2014

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Check For Unclaimed Tax Refunds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today encouraged West Virginians to check whether they are among the nearly one million taxpayers who have not claimed $760 million in tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If left unclaimed, these tax refunds will become government property. The money comes from people who didn't file tax returns in 2010, but were eligible for tax refunds. The final deadline for reclaiming tax refunds is April 15. "When so many families … Continue Reading


March 19, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Nearly $8 Million in Funding for Public Housing Projects Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with U.S. Representative Nick Rahall today announced that housing projects across West Virginia will receive a total of $7,926,269 through the Public Housing Capital Fund Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Capital Fund Program provides annual funds to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and … Continue Reading

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