Press Releases

September 09, 2011

Senator Manchin Commemorates 10th Anniversary of September 11

Audio, video of Senator Manchin's September 11 message is available below Washington, D.C.- United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will Sunday attend "A Concert For Hope" to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragedies that took place on September 11, 2001. The event will be held at 8 p.m., September 11 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. "As we approach this very meaningful anniversary I believe the most important thing we can do as Americans is to try to recapture the spirit … Continue Reading


September 09, 2011

Manchin Statement on President Obama's Speech to Joint Session of Congress

***Video, Audio Available*** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement after the President's speech to a joint session of Congress tonight. "While I applaud the President's focus on job creation, investing in infrastructure and making our tax system more fair by eliminating corporate giveaways, I have serious questions about the level of spending that President Obama proposed, as well as the actual effectiveness some of these policies will have … Continue Reading


September 09, 2011

Rockefeller & Manchin Resolution Establishes National Moment of Remembrance for 9/11 Victims & Survivors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A resolution that Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin helped offer this summer will create a national moment of remembrance on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 to honor the almost 3,000 people who were killed that day. "On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the members of the Senate will take a moment of silence to remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives that devastating day," said Rockefeller. "It is our responsibility to continue to honor the … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Manchin Statement on President Obama's Speech to Joint Session of Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement after the President's speech to a joint session of Congress tonight. "While I applaud the President's focus on job creation, investing in infrastructure and making our tax system more fair by eliminating corporate giveaways, I have serious questions about the level of spending that President Obama proposed, as well as the actual effectiveness some of these policies will have when it comes to creating … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Rockefeller and Manchin Say WV Lawyer Stephanie Thacker will be an Outstanding Federal Judge

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin issued the following statement this evening after President Obama nominated Stephanie Thacker to serve as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The seat became vacant in March 2011 after the death of Judge Blane Michael, who had held the position since 1993. Rockefeller encouraged the President to nominate Ms. Thacker, a native of Hamlin, West Virginia, for this federal judgeship. "The White House has made an … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Manchin Cosponsors Legislation to Focus Washington Squarely on Job Creation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is cosponsoring legislation to create a Joint Select Committee on Job Creation to make specific recommendations on ways to create jobs, foster economic growth and reduce the unacceptably high unemployment rate. The bipartisan committee - whose members would come from both the House and Senate - would help ensure that job creation is at the top of the Washington's agenda. "The No. 1 issue on the minds of West Virginians and all Americans … Continue Reading


September 07, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Ask Senate Judiciary to Quickly Confirm Gina Marie Groh

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.) today urged colleagues in the Senate to move swiftly in confirming Judge Gina Marie Groh to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia. The bench has been vacant since the passing of Judge W. Craig Broadwater, in 2006. Consequently, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia has been without a federal judge for the past five years. "Judge Groh is extraordinarily qualified to serve on the … Continue Reading


September 07, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Nearly $15.5M for Rural Development Projects Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Representative Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced nearly $15.5 million in funding for rural development projects granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will bolster economic development, improve infrastructure, construct buildings and community facilities, purchase essential equipment and extend public water services in rural communities across West Virginia. "Investments in our rural … Continue Reading


September 06, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Nearly $400,000 to Protect West Virginia Children from Sexual Predators

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced that the state of West Virginia will receive $388,280 from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services office to prevent child sexual abuse. The funding comes from the Child Sexual Predator Program, which promotes partnerships between state and local law enforcement agencies to reduce and prevent child endangerment by sexual … Continue Reading


September 06, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Federal Grants to Help West Virginians Lead Healthier Lives

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Children and adults will now have better access to needed immunizations following a $1.3 million federal grant designed to help West Virginia health officials improve their vaccination programs, Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.) announced today. "Crucial investments in public health benefit West Virginians of all ages," Rockefeller said. "Everyone knows prevention is the best medicine, and that's what these vital federal funds will do. With a … Continue Reading


September 06, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Fight to Protect Jobs at Agricultural Farming Systems Research Center in Beaver

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Jay Rockefeller today led his Senate colleagues, including Senator Joe Manchin, in a letter to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee asking for continued funding to protect the jobs at ten Agricultural Research Service facilities slated for closure across the country, including one in West Virginia. The Raleigh County facility in Beaver has been in operation for more than 30 years and currently employs 55 West Virginians. "I'm urging the Senate Appropriations … Continue Reading


September 02, 2011

Manchin to Wrap Up State Work Period with Visits to Italian Heritage Festival, WVY v. Marshall Game, and Mannington Labor Day Celebration

***SCHEDULE CHANGE*** Washington, D.C.- United States Senator Manchin (D-W.Va.) will wrap up the state work period this weekend with visits to the Italian Heritage Festival in Clarksburg, the Annual Friends of Coal Bowl at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, and the Mannington Labor Day Celebration sponsored by the Central Labor Council and the Marion County Labor Council. Due to a scheduling conflict, he will no longer attend the UMWA District 17 Labor Day Celebration in Racine, but will … Continue Reading


September 02, 2011

Manchin Statement on Labor Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement marking Labor Day. "On this Labor Day and every day, it is so important for us to acknowledge and thank the hardworking men and women who built this nation, and who continue to keep this state and our country running," Senator Manchin said. "West Virginians have always set the bar for productivity, quality and innovation, and our work ethic is second to none. "I know that to our hardworking … Continue Reading


September 02, 2011

Water Infrastructure Investment in Delbarton Leads to Economic Development

Washington D.C. - In a boost for the economy in Mingo County, U.S. Representative Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Friday announced nearly $10 million for improvements at the Delbarton Wastewater Treatment Plant and an extension of sewer services in Delbarton. "With this investment in clean water infrastructure, we can help to improve the quality of life for the residents of Delbarton and add to the basic infrastructure needed for … Continue Reading


September 01, 2011

Manchin to Wrap Up State Work Period with Visits to Italian Heritage Festival, WVU v. Marshall Game, and UMWA Annual Labor Day Celebration

Washington, D.C.- United States Senator Manchin (D-W.Va.) will wrap up the August state work period this weekend with visits to the Italian Heritage Festival in Clarksburg, the Annual Friends of Coal Bowl at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, and the UMWA District 17 Annual Labor Day Celebration in Racine. "I have heard from so many West Virginians this month on the things we need to do to rebuild America and keep this country strong, and I am grateful for the opportunity to take your … Continue Reading


August 31, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin, Rahall Announce More Than $1.3 Million for Mercer County to Provide Safe Water Service in Region

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) today announced $1,388,000 for the Mercer County Commission for a project to provide clean water service to residents throughout the county who currently face problems accessing a safe water supply. The funding is from the Appalachian Regional Commission. "It's absolutely essential that West Virginians receive safe, clean water and enough of it," said Senator Rockefeller. "This … Continue Reading


August 31, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $1 Million to Fight Drug Abuse in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Representative Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) today announced that eight community coalitions in West Virginia have been awarded $1 million through the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. The program is designed to support communities as they work to reduce youth substance abuse. "On my recent 'Rebuilding America' tour of West Virginia, I traveled to 20 counties throughout our state and heard the same thing time and … Continue Reading


August 31, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce More Than $79,000 for Crime Prevention Programs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that five areas across West Virginia will receive $79,538 for firearms, computers and vehicles from the U.S. Department of Justice. The funding is granted through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which allows states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and … Continue Reading


August 30, 2011

Commonsense Connections: Manchin Staff to Meet With West Virginians to Hear Your Voice, Your Ideas

Washington, D.C.- Building off the success of Senator Joe Manchin's "Rebuilding America" Tour earlier this month, representatives from Senator Manchin's office will be available this week to meet with residents and listen to your voice and your ideas about how to how create good jobs here at home, strengthen our economy, and build confidence in America once again. These meetings are known as "Commonsense Connections," a series Senator Manchin launched in February. "I met with so many West … Continue Reading


August 29, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $1.2 Million for Crime Prevention Projects Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced that the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services will receive $1,219,939 for four crime prevention projects from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grants will be used to improve the quality of forensic science and criminal evidence, support juvenile delinquency prevention, enhance criminal databases, and improve DNA database … Continue Reading

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