Press Releases

February 02, 2012

Manchin Proposes Commonsense Legislation to Protect Hunting Rights on Federal Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and his Republican colleague Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced bipartisan legislation that protects open access and the rights of recreational hunters and fisherman on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service Lands. "As Governor, and now as Senator from the great state of West Virginia, I have always sought to preserve and enhance the tradition of hunting that is so important to our state and its people," Senator … Continue Reading


February 02, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $140,553 for Volunteer Fire Departments Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W. Va.) announced today that three fire departments across West Virginia will receive $140,553 in funding through the Department of Homeland Security's 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to purchase training and personal protective equipment for wellness and fitness, as well as to make health and safety modifications to stations and … Continue Reading


January 31, 2012

Manchin Questions Why Commonsense Keystone XL Pipeline Has Become a ‘Political Football’

Experts join business and labor in agreeing that building the pipeline will create good-paying jobs in America Video is available here: ManchinEnergyRedo.mp4Audio is available here: http://goo.gl/dK2yR Washington, D.C. - In a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee today on the country's energy outlook for 2012, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin questioned experts about why the Keystone XL pipeline has become a "political football" when everyone agrees it would create jobs and reduce … Continue Reading


January 30, 2012

Manchin Votes for Stock Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted tonight to prohibit members of Congress and their staff from using inside knowledge to profit on Wall Street. The Senator released the following statement about his vote in favor of the STOCK (Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge) Act. "The ability and opportunity to serve the American people is truly a privilege, and we must treat that privilege with the utmost respect. The STOCK Act will reinforce the simple fact that no member … Continue Reading


January 30, 2012

Manchin, Bipartisan Group Introduce Legislation to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and a bipartisan group of 43 other Senators today announced that they will introduce legislation to create American jobs by approving the Keystone XL pipeline project under Congress's authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. The Keystone XL pipeline project would transport oil from Canada to the United States. The project has earned the strong support of both business and labor, and this … Continue Reading


January 30, 2012

Hoeven-Lugar-Vitter, Bipartisan Group of Senators to Introduce Legislation to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), David Vitter (R-La.) and a total of 44 senators today announced that they will introduce legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project under Congress's authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. The bipartisan group of senators committed to working together to advance this critical project for the United States. Hoeven, Lugar and the other senators have been … Continue Reading


January 26, 2012

Manchin Will Vote to Reject $1.2T Increase that Would Raise U.S. Debt Limit to $16.4 Trillion

For the first time since World War II, total U.S. debt now exceeds the gross domestic product Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who became the first Senate Democrat to announce he would vote against raising the debt ceiling without a long-term fix in place last March, said today that he will vote against the latest debt ceiling hike. The $1.2 trillion increase would be the second highest in history and would allow U.S. debt to reach $16.4 trillion by the end of the … Continue Reading


January 26, 2012

Rockefeller, Manchin Say Goodwin will be Asset in U.S. Relationship with China

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced that Senate leaders have agreed to nominate Carte Goodwin to a two-year term on the United States-China Economic Security Review Commission. The appointment became effective this month. The Commission plays an important role in studying trade between the U.S. and China, and determining whether there are national security or economic implications. The Commission's work is geared toward an annual report for the … Continue Reading


January 24, 2012

Manchin Statement on State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement about the State of the Union address tonight. "As the President outlined tonight - and as the American people know all too well - our nation faces grave economic and social challenges. While I was very pleased to hear the President talk about bringing much-needed manufacturing jobs back to America, retraining workers with the right skills for good-paying jobs, and putting fairness into our tax system, I … Continue Reading


January 24, 2012

Manchin on State of the Union: ‘Time to Work Together’

***Audio, Video included*** Senator will also keep seat open to honor his good friend Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois as he recovers from a stroke Broadcast-quality video is available here: HD - http://gp1d.senate.gov/sdmc/Manchin/012412_MANCHIN_PRE_1_FTP.M2TSD - http://gp1d.senate.gov/sdmc/Manchin/012412_MANCHIN_PRE_1_FTP.MPG Audio is available here: http://gp1d.senate.gov/sdmc/Manchin/012412_MANCHIN_PRE_1_RADIO.mp3 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the … Continue Reading


January 24, 2012

Manchin Statement on Return Home of All West Va.’s National Guard Units

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the return of all of West Virginia's National Guard units for the next few weeks. All of the state's National Guard units are back in the country for the first time since September 11. "I am so pleased that for the first time since September 11, all of West Virginia's National Guard units are back home," Senator Manchin said. "Even though they'll only be home for few weeks before the next unit is … Continue Reading


January 23, 2012

Manchin Statement on Senator Mark Kirk’s Medical Condition

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today made the following statement after learning that his dear friend Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is in the hospital after suffering a stroke. "Senator Mark Kirk is my dear friend and truly a great American, so when I left him a message today, I told him that he can't take too much time off because the American people and I truly need him here to help change Washington and our country for the better. While I'll miss him at the State of … Continue Reading


January 20, 2012

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Grant for Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), today announced that Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department in Marshall County will receive $15,723 as part of the latest round of funding under the Fiscal Year 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. This money will assist with operations and safety. "First responders are the backbone of public safety in small towns and communities everywhere. With this much-needed grant they will be better equipped to … Continue Reading


January 20, 2012

Manchin Reacts to Reports that Afghan Soldiers have Intensified Attacks on American, Coalition Forces

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today reacted to details of a classified report that were reported by the New York Times, which reveal that Afghan soldiers have stepped up their attacks on American and other coalition forces in that country. "What does it say about the sorry state of affairs in Afghanistan that the some of the very people we have spent tens of billions trying to support, train, arm, clothe, and feed are now turning on us and murdering our soldiers and … Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

Manchin Statement on Administration’s Decision to Halt Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement regarding the Administration's decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline. "President Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is a major setback for the American economy, American workers, and America's energy independence." Senator Manchin said. "As our country has a continued need for oil, it only makes sense to me that we would buy it from our friends in Canada, rather than continuing to buy it … Continue Reading


January 16, 2012

Manchin Statement on Passing of Former Gov. Hulett Smith

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today made the following statement on the passing of former Gov. Hulett Smith: "Gayle and I were so saddened to hear about former Gov. Hulett Smith's passing. His death is a loss for our state and nation. Gov. Smith was thefirst governor who I can remember - I remember him visiting Farmington - and he left a powerful legacy of leading our state into the future, whether it was human rights or infrastructure developments. Gov. Smith led … Continue Reading


January 16, 2012

Senator Manchin Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. "Today is a very special day in our nation's history. It's a time to reflect on the life and legacy of a man who fought against injustice and inspired a movement of tolerance and equality for all Americans. Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrate his lasting legacy of hope. "Dr. King was a man who truly practiced what he preached. His strength of … Continue Reading


January 13, 2012

Manchin, Kirk Join Growing Effort for Bipartisan Seating at State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - Building on a tradition launched last year by U.S. Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announced today that they will be seatmates at the President's State of the Union address later this month. "After spending a year in Congress, it's clear to me that we must find ways to work together for the good of our country, and I believe that this new tradition demonstrates our commitment to put party … Continue Reading


January 13, 2012

Manchin Continues His Second Week of ‘Standing Up For Common Sense’ Tour

Washington, D.C. - Next week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will continue his 2-week, statewide tour of West Virginia focused on "Standing Up for Common Sense," making stops in Ghent, Beckley, Sutton, Morgantown and Blacksville. "We've had an overwhelming response everywhere we've been so far," Senator Manchin said. "People are so eager to talk about the direction this country is headed and what they can do to stand up for common sense. In West Virginia, our people are our greatest … Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $240,758 for Volunteer Fire Departments in Shepherdstown and Lesage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W. Va.) announced today that two fire departments in Shepherdstown and Lesage will receive a total of $240,758 under the 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funding can be used to purchase updated response equipment, new personal protective equipment and vehicles. The grant can also go toward modernizing the station and its facilities. The Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department will receive $174,305. … Continue Reading

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