Press Releases

May 23, 2016

West Virginia Fire Departments Receive FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grants

Grants totaling more than $887,000 awarded in West Virginia WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced new Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) awards totaling $887,145 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding will benefit Springfield Valley Volunteer Fire Company in Hampshire County, Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. in Wood County and Independent Fire Company No. 1, Inc. in Jefferson … Continue Reading


May 19, 2016

Manchin, Capito Statement on Water Quality Warning for Martinsburg, Parkersburg and Vienna

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) national announcement that water sources in Martinsburg, Parkersburg and Vienna contain the chemicals PFOA and PFOS at levels higher than previously recommended for public water systems. "We're very concerned for the residents of Martinsburg, Parkersburg and Vienna in light of the new drinking water advisory issued by … Continue Reading


May 19, 2016

Manchin Authorizes Funding for Yeager Airport in Transportation and Housing Appropriations

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Senate passage of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, which provides funding for vital transportation and housing programs throughout the country. Specifically, Senator Manchin included an amendment that allows airports that are in need of critical infrastructure repairs like Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV. "My amendment will give airports access to the funding they need to make necessary … Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Manchin and Capito Welcome West Virginia Veterans to Washington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) proudly welcomed 25 Veterans from West Virginia to the nation's capital for the sixth "Always Free Honor Flight." Senator Manchin provided each Veteran with a Congressional Record Statement to recognize the Veterans' trip to Washington, D.C., which included a tour of the Capitol and visits to the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. "It is an honor to welcome 25 … Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Monroe County Health Center

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that a total of $1,281,473 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded to the Monroe County Health Center. This funding will be used to help cover the costs of caring for underinsured or uninsured patients, as well as attracting, recruiting and retaining highly qualified medical professionals. "For over 40 years, Monroe Health Center has been serving … Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Manchin Includes 11 Provisions to Annual Senate Armed Services Committee Mark-Up of the National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that he included 11 provisions to the committee's markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, a vital piece of legislation that authorizes the necessary funding and provides authorities for our military to defend the nation. On Thursday, the committee voted 23-3 to report the bill, which authorizes $602 billion in funding for the Department of Defense … Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $700,000 for Community Art Programs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced a $697,600 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for West Virginia nonprofit and art organizations. The funding will be used to preserve the Mountain State's cultural heritage and expand opportunities for residents to experience and participate in the arts. "As West Virginians, we take pride in our rich, cultural heritage and this funding from the NEA will help preserve our … Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $20 Million in HHS Funding to Support Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that a total of $20,831,405 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded to 11 West Virginia health centers. This funding will be used to help cover the costs of caring for underinsured or uninsured patients, as well as attracting, recruiting and retaining highly qualified medical professionals. "All West Virginians deserve access to primary and … Continue Reading


May 12, 2016

Manchin Applauds Drop in Student Loan Rates for Next School Year Thanks to Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who led the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, celebrated the news that federal undergraduate student loan rates are expected to drop from 4.29 percent to 3.76 percent for the upcoming school year, putting money back into the pockets of nearly 6.4 million undergraduate student borrowers. Senator Manchin joined Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Angus King (I-ME) and Richard Burr (R-NC) to introduce and pass the 2013 legislation that … Continue Reading


May 10, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Elkins Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Elkins Volunteer Fire Department will receive $200,000 under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety improvements at the station. "The dedicated volunteers at our local fire departments are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe and it's important they are fully prepared and … Continue Reading


May 09, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $5 Million in Funding to Support Renovation Projects for Six West Virginia Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced $5,285,486 in federal funding for six health centers throughout West Virginia. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), these grants will help approximately 10,776 patients in need. The funding will be used to renovate and update facilities in order to accommodate more patients and increase access to care. "This important funding will help ensure that our health … Continue Reading


May 05, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce New WVU Competitive Grant Award to Improve Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced that West Virginia University (WVU) was awarded $402,416 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a competitive grant program known as the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The program awarded a total of $15.6 million in grants to various colleges throughout the country to encourage their education and research efforts to strengthen rural … Continue Reading


April 29, 2016

Manchin, Members of Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Committee Introduce Veterans First Act

Bipartisan bill will change the culture of the VA by holding bad actors at the VA accountable, prohibiting bonuses for poor performers, and protecting whistleblowers Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined his colleagues on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs to introduce the Veterans First Act to begin to change the culture at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill will give the VA the tools to fire bad actors, prohibit bonuses for employees accused of … Continue Reading


April 29, 2016

Manchin Provisions to Improve Broadband Coverage Included in FCC Reauthorization Act

Senator Manchin's provisions address broadband coverage gaps in West Virginia and across rural America Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) included three amendments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Reauthorization Act that will improve broadband coverage in West Virginia. "As a Senator representing a rural state, I know how important access to communication services is to public safety, … Continue Reading


April 27, 2016

Manchin and Capito Introduce "Jessie's Law" to Save and Protect Recovering Addicts

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. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced Jessie's Law, legislation to help ensure that medical professionals have full knowledge of their patient's previous opioid addiction when consent is given. This will help prevent tragic events like the death of Jessie … Continue Reading


April 22, 2016

Manchin Urges House Leaders to Take Quick Action on Comprehensive Opioid Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, urging them to take up the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA), which the Senate passed in March, as soon as possible. He also encouraged the House to consider additional legislation, including several bills that he has introduced, to address the opioid crisis on all fronts and save … Continue Reading


April 20, 2016

Manchin Commends Senate Passage of Broad Energy Bill

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Senate's passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, a comprehensive, bipartisan bill that addresses our nation's energy opportunities and challenges. Included in the bill are four of Senator Manchin's amendments that comprise the entirety of the bill's coal title and focus on promoting an all-of-the-above energy policy, keeping coal competitive … Continue Reading


April 19, 2016

Manchin Applauds Passage of FAA Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Senate passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill, which extends the FAA authority through September 2017. Included in the bill are provisions important to West Virginia such as funding for Yeager Airport, increased security at transportation hubs and protections to ensure small, rural communities maintain essential … Continue Reading


April 15, 2016

Manchin Statement on the Passing of West Virginian Frederick Mayer

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the passing of Frederick Mayer, a Charles Town resident and World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army and helped organize the resistance in Austria. "Gayle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Fredrick Mayer, a true American hero and an emblem of courage. When the Nazis came to power, Mr. Mayer and his family fled to the United States. After the attack on Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the … Continue Reading


April 15, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $300K for WVU STEM Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced nearly $300,000 will be awarded to West Virginia University (WVU) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research and education programs in the environmental engineering and health chemistry fields. These grants will allow WVU to continue making advancements in science and engineering and developing the knowledge and cutting edge technologies necessary to grow the state's economy … Continue Reading

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