Press Releases

May 30, 2018

Manchin Applauds President Trump for Signing Right to Try Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded President Trump for signing the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act, which will give terminally ill patients the right try experimental treatments. "I applaud President Trump for signing the bipartisan Right to Try Act to expand pathways to treatment for critically ill patients while also implementing safeguards through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that ensure patient … Continue Reading

May 29, 2018

Manchin Receives Waiver from FCC to Participate in Challenge Process to Ensure West Virginia Broadband Coverage Maps are Accurate

Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) a waiver to participate as a challenger in the Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process, to make sure that broadband coverage maps in West Virginia are accurate. To read Senator Manchin's waiver request, click here. "In 2015, the FCC thought that 99.9% of Americans had access to wireless coverage so I brought the Chairman to West Virginia so he could see for himself the challenges we face … Continue Reading

May 25, 2018

Manchin Statement on Memorial Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day. "As Americans and as West Virginians, today we show our deepest gratitude and come together to show our lasting respects. Memorial Day is an important day in our country to pay homage to our fallen soldiers and thank the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, this country with valor and distinction. It's because of their commitment, bravery and valor that we … Continue Reading

May 25, 2018

Manchin Urges DeVos to Support Federal TRIO Programs

Washington, D.C. - Senator Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urging her to follow the clear intent of Congress and read and score applications from the FY 2017 TRIO competitions that had minor technical and budgetary issues and to use new funding provided in the FY18 spending bill to provide a funding increase for all current TRIO grantees. Senator Manchin wrote in part: "The additional $60 million in TRIO funding can allow additional schools, … Continue Reading

May 25, 2018

Manchin and Kennedy Introduce Anti-Corruption Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced the Justice Against Corruption on K Street Act, also known as the JACK Act. The JACK Act would require lobbyists to disclose if they have ever been convicted of bribery, extortion, embezzlement, illegal kickbacks, tax evasion or money laundering in their lobbying disclosure and registration forms. "I think many people would be surprised to learn that lobbyists don't need to disclose if they have been … Continue Reading

May 24, 2018

Manchin Wins Vote to Ensure Any Relocation of the ARC will be to West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced an amendment to the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that will guarantee that the Appalachian Regional Commission Headquarters, if relocated, would move to West Virginia. The amendment passed the Energy and Water subcommittee by a vote of 16-15. "West Virginia is the only state completely in Appalachia, and it just makes sense that we would serve … Continue Reading

May 24, 2018

Manchin and Cantwell Introduce Legislation to Protect Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attack

Washington, D.C. - As cyber-attacks across the United States continue to grow, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced legislation to bolster National Guard cybersecurity capabilities nationwide to better protect public and privately-operated infrastructure, including election systems, dams, and electric grid. "As cyber-attacks on the United States increase, we must be able to protect our critical infrastructure, which most of the time is protected by local … Continue Reading

May 24, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More than $3.7 Million for Head Start Programs in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, announced $3,726,345 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to support Head Start services in Beckley, Moorefield and Oceana. "For our children, education is the key to a bright future and Head Start plays a critical role in ensuring West Virginia's students are prepared for … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Water Infrastructure

Funding will improve and expand water and wastewater service for residents in Hancock, McDowell, Mercer counties WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $9.8 million for West Virginia communities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development. Funding will go toward water and wastewater projects in the cities of Welch and New Cumberland, as well as … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Manchin and Capito Welcome West Virginia Veterans to Washington

West Virginia's "Always Free Honor Flight" brings 23 Veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Cold Ward, Gulf War, the Middle East to D.C. Manchin presents Veterans with Congressional Record Statements to honor their service Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) proudly welcomed 23 Veterans from West Virginia to the nation's capital for the ninth "Always Free Honor Flight." Senator Manchin provided each Veteran with … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Manchin Votes to Pass BIll to Expand Caregiver Program and Fix Veteran Care

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted to pass the VA MISSION Act, legislation that will fix non-VA care and expand the Caregivers program to Veterans of all eras. Senator Manchin has personally championed expanding caregiver benefits to veterans of all eras including family caregivers of veterans injured during World War II, the Korean, Vietnam and 1990-1991 Gulf War. Yesterday, Senator Manchin attempted to remove the AIR Act from the bill, legislation that could be … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Manchin Applauds Confirmation of J.C. Raffety as U.S. Marshal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the confirmation of West Virginian J.C. Raffety to serve as U.S. Marshal for Northern District of West Virginia. "I am so glad that the Senate confirmed J.C. Raffety to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia. J.C. Raffety has had a distinguished law enforcement career for nearly 50 years and he has proven time and time again his dedication to justice and to our great state of West Virginia. I was glad when … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Manchin and Capito Introduce Bill to Support Treatment for Babies Exposed to Opioids

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)-along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Angus King (I-ME), Dean Heller (D-NV), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)-today introduced bipartisan legislation to be considered by the Senate Finance Committee that would help newborns suffering from withdrawal recover in the best care setting and provide support for their families. The Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Manchin and Scott Address Opioid Roundtable Hosted by Shatterproof

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Tim Scott (R-SC), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, addressed attendees at a roundtable hosted by Shatterproof, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families. Senators Manchin and Scott launched the Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus in 2015. "The opioid epidemic does not discriminate and it has touched every part of our state and country. But no state has been … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce $400,000 for Rock Cave and Chapmanville Health Centers

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $200,000 to both the Rural Health Access Corporation in Chapmanville and Community Care of West Virginia in Rock Cave as part of the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program. "Our rural healthcare centers like Rural Health Access Corporation and Community Care of West … Continue Reading

May 22, 2018

Manchin Encourages EPA to Take Action on Contaminants that have Impacted West Virginians

Washington, D.C. - Following the PFAS National Leadership Summit and Engagement meeting hosted by the EPA today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) reiterated his support for taking additional steps to address the harmful effects of PFOA and PFAS contamination. "While companies that use PFOA - also known as C8 - committed to a phase-out by 2015, decades of use mean that this chemical is still very much present in our environment. That is unacceptable for our children and it's unacceptable … Continue Reading

May 22, 2018

In Order to Protect Veterans Care in West Virginia, Manchin Moves to Remove AIR Act from VA MISSION Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) moved to strike the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Act from the VA MISSION Act. While Senator Manchin will support the VA MISSION Act because it fixes non-VA care and expands the Caregivers program to Veterans of all eras, he strongly opposes the House Republicans' decision to include the AIR Act that will reduce facilities in West Virginia and services for West Virginia Veterans. "I have spent my career fighting to make sure … Continue Reading

May 21, 2018

Manchin Relieved House Follows His Lead and Passes Resolution to Rename the Huntington VA After Woody Williams

Washington, D.C. - Today, following last week's urging from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), the House of Representatives passed a resolution to rename the Huntington VA Medical Center after Hershel "Woody" Williams. The resolution passed the Senate on September 7, 2017 and had been held up in the House ever since. "I am thrilled my colleagues in the House of Representatives took my urging seriously and have finally honored my dear friend Woody Williams for the sacrifices he has made for our … Continue Reading

May 21, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce $7.9 Million for Emergency Prepardness in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced West Virginia will receive $7.9 million for to improve emergency preparedness in the state. "Our state has seen and survived tragedy, emergency and disaster and we always come together and work together to repair, rebuild and overcome our challenges. But we can only do that if we have the resources to prepare and respond to these emergencies. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security … Continue Reading

May 18, 2018

Manchin Urges Amtrak CEO to Reverse Decision and Keep Only Ticketing Agent in West Virginia in Charleston

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson to postpone its decision to remove its ticket agent from the station in Charleston until they can agree on the fundamental facts about how ticket sale and daily ridership are calculated. Senator Manchin said in part: "While I understand the need to improve efficiency and reduce overhead costs, I do not think this proposal achieves either objective. In fact, removing this well-respected ticket agent, our one … Continue Reading

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