Press Releases

September 05, 2017

Manchin Honored to Secure Purple Heart for Pearl Harbor Survivor Wetzel Sanders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) helped secure a long overdue Purple Heart earned by Midkiff native, Wetzel "Sundown" Sanders. Sanders was assigned to service in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked the island of O'ahu on December 7, 1941. While assisting in repelling the Japanese attack, Sanders was wounded, receiving shrapnel in his right knee. The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on … Continue Reading

September 01, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $2 Million in HHS Grant Awards for West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced a total of $1,951,636 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Kanawha County Board of Education will receive $1,651,636 in grant funding to support Head Start programs in West Virginia, while West Virginia University (WVU) will receive $300,000 to help further oral diseases and disorders research. "Supporting our communities is crucial to seeing West … Continue Reading

August 29, 2017

Manchin Applauds N3 Commitment to Bring Hundreds of Jobs to West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement following the announcement that N3, a global technology services firm, would be bringing approximately 300 hundred jobs to Charleston, WV. "As we were fighting to save the Tech Park when I was Governor, we knew that making it a success wouldn't be easy. No major economic development project ever is," said Senator Manchin. "That's why yesterday's announcement by N3 - a global firm that is bringing hundreds … Continue Reading

August 29, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Environmental Projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced $430,000 in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support a number of environmental education and revitalization projects in Monongalia, Preston, Tucker and Upshur Counties. "These grants will help our communities revive sites that have great potential, while helping to create new opportunities for West Virginia communities and businesses and expand recreation … Continue Reading

August 24, 2017

Manchin Statement on DOE Grid Study

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Department of Energy's (DOE) grid study that was released last night. "I am very pleased that Secretary Perry and the Department of Energy released this report examining the potential for reliability and resiliency issues within our electricity supply and delivery systems. I urge my colleagues to recognize that without coal our country will face a reliability crisis in the very near term. This study … Continue Reading

August 23, 2017

President Signs Manchin, Ernst Bipartisan Effort to Authorize Global War on Terrorism War Memorial

Washington, D.C. - Last week, bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), known as the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, was signed into law by the President. The legislation authorizes the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, a private foundation, to begin the process of pursuing the construction of a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The memorial will honor our men and women in uniform, the fallen … Continue Reading

August 23, 2017


My offices stand ready to assist you. If you need assistance or would like to volunteer to help out, please click here for more information. Please follow me on Twitter and Facebook for more updates. LATEST UPDATES 8/23 - On August 25, The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is opening a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Marion County. SBA Representatives at the Center will be there to help businesses impacted by the severe flooding on July 28-29. They will be able to help businesses … Continue Reading

August 22, 2017

Manchin Announces More Than $157,000 for Rural Projects that Promote Economic Growth

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced $157,634 in grant funding from the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for four rural West Virginia businesses. The funds will be used to assist in the implementation of energy efficient improvements, and will bring economic opportunities to communities in Greenbrier, Hardy, Jefferson and Randolph counties. "Rural businesses from all corners of West Virginia provide some of our country's best products," said Senator … Continue Reading

August 17, 2017

Manchin and Capito Applaud DOE Investment in WVU Research Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that West Virginia University (WVU) Research Corporation was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to move on to a second phase of research for the "Recovery of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from Coal Mine Drainage" project. This news comes after Senator Capito wrote a letter of support for WVU urging Energy Secretary Rick Perry to support the second phase of their research by … Continue Reading

August 15, 2017

Manchin Statement on Century Aluminum Retiree Settlement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding today's announcement that the retirees of Ravenswood Century Aluminum plant will receive $23 million over 10 years for healthcare benefits. "In 2009, the plant closed and in 2010, all the employees were told all of their health care benefits, that had been promised to them and negotiated in good faith, were gone by the stroke of a pen. These are some of the hardest-working people. They don't ask for … Continue Reading

August 14, 2017

WV Delegation Calls on President to Grant Major Disaster Declaration

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and U.S. Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins sent a letter to President Trump expressing their full support for Governor Jim Justice's request to declare a major disaster for the state of West Virginia as a result of the extreme flooding throughout the state. The extreme flooding has devastated a dozen of West Virginia's counties, has left thousands without power, and has destroyed … Continue Reading

August 14, 2017

Manchin Statement on White Supremacist Rally in Charlottesville

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. "Gayle and I extend our deepest sympathies to those who lost their lives this weekend in Charlottesville. Heather Heyer died standing up against the forces of evil and hatred, and Troopers Bates and Cullen died serving the highest ideals of their community, state, and country. I condemn in the strongest possible way the hatred and bigotry carried out by white … Continue Reading

August 14, 2017

Manchin Sends Letter to President Trump Condemning Sale of Chicago Stock Exchange to Chinese Firm

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to President Trump urging the President to prevent the sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) to investors led by the Chinese firm Congqing Casin Exterprise Group (CCEG). In the letter, Sen. Manchin notes the threat to America's financial markets the sale of CHX to CCEG presents. "The Chinese government categorically rejects the bedrock free-market principles upon which the American economy-and especially the American … Continue Reading

August 10, 2017

Manchin Statement on Cardinal Health Accusations Toward Lily's Place

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement today regarding the recent accusation by Cardinal Health toward Lily's Place's in their role in contributing to opioid epidemic. "I'm shocked and appalled that Cardinal Health would have the gall to blame Lily's Place for fueling the current opioid epidemic," Senator Manchin said. "Lily's Place works tirelessly to save infants stricken by the opioid crisis. Cardinal Health's claim is an attempt by a large … Continue Reading

August 04, 2017

Manchin and Ernst Bipartisan Legislation to Move Forward on the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - This week, bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), known as the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, passed the Senate unanimously. The bill, sponsored by Congressmen Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) is a companion measure to S. 926, which Manchin and Ernst introduced in April. The legislation previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to President Trump's desk. The Senators' … Continue Reading

August 04, 2017

Manchin, Collins Applaud Passage of Their Resolution Supporting Purple Heart Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) applauded the unanimous passage of their joint resolution declaring August 7th Purple Heart Day. Their bipartisan resolution was cosponsored by 31 Senators. Purple Heart Day recognizes the sacrifices of those who have earned the Purple Heart Medal and is commemorated each year on the anniversary of George Washington creating the "Badge for Military Merit," the precursor to the Purple Heart. The resolution supports … Continue Reading

August 04, 2017

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of Comprehensive "Forever G.I. Bill"

Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the unanimous passage of the bipartisan bill to modernize and strengthen G.I. Bill education benefits for West Virginia veterans, Reservists and their families. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act amends the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill by striking down the arbitrary 15-year window for veterans to use their G.I. Bill education benefits. "I'm proud of my colleagues in the Senate for giving our veterans the tools to achieve … Continue Reading

August 04, 2017

Manchin Statement on the Passing of West Virginia National Guard Airman in Kuwait

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the passing of Barboursville native West Virginia Air National Guard Tech Sgt. David Board, who died in Kuwait in a non-combat-related incident. "Gayle and I are heartbroken after hearing of the passing of Tech Sgt. David Board. We join all West Virginians in praying for David's family and friends in the wake of this devastating tragedy. The United States and West Virginia have lost a courageous airman … Continue Reading

August 03, 2017

Manchin Statement on President's Trip to West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the President's visit to West Virginia today. "The President is coming to West Virginia, and I'm excited he is. I know some Democrats, especially those in Washington, D.C., would not want the President to visit their state. As Americans, we should always be honored to have a President visit our state whoever he or she is regardless of political party. All Americans should hope for the President to succeed, … Continue Reading

August 03, 2017

Manchin Statement on Senate Passing his Legislation, "Jessie's Law," to Save and Protect those Recovering from Addiction

Jessie's Law will help ensure physicians and other medical professionals have full knowledge of a patient's previous opioid addiction when determining appropriate medical care Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the decision in the Senate to pass Jessie's Law, his legislation to help ensure that medical professionals have full knowledge of their patient's previous opioid addiction if the patient gives consent. This will help prevent tragic events like the death of … Continue Reading

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