Press Releases

January 18, 2019

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Tricare Reserve Improvement Act

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced the Tricare Reserve Improvement Act, which extends eligibility to all National Guardsmen and Reservists, regardless of their civilian occupation. Under current law federal employees who serve in the National Guard or Armed Forces Reserve are prohibited from participating in Tricare Reserve Select (TRS). This disparity creates a financial incentive for transitioning service members to take their skillset and … Continue Reading


January 15, 2019

Manchin, Rosen, Casey, Schumer, Murray, and Wyden Reintroduce Resolution To Defend Constitutionality of Pre-Existing Condition Protections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) reintroduced a Senate resolution that would authorize Senate Legal Counsel to defend Americans with pre-existing conditions against the Republican Attorneys General lawsuit that would put millions of Americans at risk of losing their health insurance. "Today, I joined my colleagues in reintroducing this resolution so that the Senate has the … Continue Reading


January 15, 2019

Manchin Statement On Government Shutdown

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the government shutdown. "Now that the President has taken the national emergency declaration off of the table, it's time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up the House passed appropriations bills that would finally reopen government. As an equal branch of government we have the authority to override the President's veto, if that's what he chooses to do. It's time for Congress to stop … Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Manchin to Donate Shutdown Salary to Food Banks Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that he will donate the salary he receives during the government shutdown to food banks across West Virginia. "If Congress cannot do our job, we should not get paid. As a result of this reckless shutdown, 340,000 West Virginians who depend on food stamps will go without that critical assistance. Children will go hungry, pregnant mothers will not get the nutrients they need and our elderly neighbors will not have dinner on the … Continue Reading


January 03, 2019

Manchin, Kaine, Warner, Brown, Jones and Casey Introduce Legislation to Secure Miners Pensions and Healthcare

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Doug Jones (D-AL) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced the American Miners Act of 2019, legislation to secure our nation's retired miners pensions by: 1) shoring up the 1974 Pension Plan which is headed for insolvency due to coal company bankruptcies and the 2008 financial crisis, 2) ensuring that the miners who are at risk due to 2018 coal company bankruptcies will not lose their … Continue Reading


January 03, 2019

Manchin Statement on Swearing In to 116th Congress

Manchin outlines priorities for 116th Congress Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who was sworn in today for his second full term in the U.S. Senate, issued the following statement outlining his priorities for the 116th Congress. "Serving my fellow West Virginians in the Senate, as Governor, Secretary of State and also a state legislator has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. Today I was honored to be sworn in to serve my home and my friends for another six … Continue Reading


January 03, 2019

Manchin Statement on Death of FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), today issued the following statement on the death of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre. "I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Commissioner Kevin McIntyre. I speak for all of West Virginia when I say I am grateful for his service as a FERC Commissioner. He was an extraordinarily thoughtful and committed public servant. Gayle and I will keep his loved ones in our thoughts and prayers, particularly his wife … Continue Reading


January 02, 2019

Manchin Statement on how the Government Shutdown is Impacting West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on how the partial government shutdown is impacting West Virginia. According to OPM, there are roughly 18,000 federal employees in West Virginia. "I have always said we should never shutdown the government and governing this way is embarrassing for both Democrats and Republicans. This partial government shutdown effects every American, including the 18,000 federal employees in West Virginia. I am proud that … Continue Reading


January 02, 2019

Manchin Statement on the 13th Anniversary of the Sago Mine Disaster

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the Sago mine disaster. "It's been thirteen years since twelve brave coal miners went to work in the Sago mine and never returned home to their families. I remember that day well as I joined all of West Virginia in grieving with the miners' families. Today and every day, my thoughts are with the loved ones who lost a miner that day. In the months following Sago, we passed historic … Continue Reading


December 21, 2018

Manchin Votes Against Continuing Resolution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after voting against the continuing resolution because it guts the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund and doesn't include a fix for miners' pensions. "Today, I voted against the continuing resolution because it leaves behind our coal mining families. This bill guts the funding source for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund by 55% and doesn't include a much-needed pension solution for our miners. The Black Lung … Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Manchin Lifts Hold on FCC Nominee After Securing Assurances for Mobile Broadband Funding for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) lifted his hold on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nominee Brendan Carr after receiving a firm commitment from Chairman Ajit Pai that the FCC's Mobility Fund Phase II program would be moving forward as quickly as possible with a provision that will ensure this critical $4.5 billion for mobile broadband funding is targeted toward areas like West Virginia that face higher deployment costs due to challenging topography. The … Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

Manchin Leads Bicameral Letter Urging Leadership to Include Miners' Priorities in End of Year Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today led a bicameral group of Senators and Representatives continuing to urge Congressional leadership to include in end-of-year legislation an extension of the coal excise tax at current levels for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, the addition of orphan miners from 2018 bankruptcies into the Coal Act, and a permanent fix to ensure the solvency of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) 1974 Pension Plan. "Our nation's coal miners … Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

Manchin Leads Senate Colleagues in Urging President Trump to Condemn Texas v. U.S. Decision

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today led a group of Senators in calling on President Trump to condemn the recent decision in Texas v. United States which declared the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. If the decision stands, 20 million Americans will be left without the health insurance they rely on. The 133 million Americans and 800,000 West Virginians with a pre-existing condition will be at risk of losing their access to health insurance and millions of … Continue Reading


December 18, 2018

Manchin Votes for Criminal Justice Reform

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the First Step Act, the bipartisan legislation supported by President Trump to reform the criminal justice system. "I'm proud the Senate was able to come together in a bipartisan way to pass common sense criminal justice and sentencing reform. The revised First Step Act offers a second chance for nonviolent offenders and by focusing on the skills necessary for people to stay out of prison it should reduce incarceration rates. … Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

Manchin Statement on Obamacare Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the decision by a federal judge in Texas that Obamacare must be thrown out. "This misguided and inhumane ruling will kick millions of Americans and tens of thousands of West Virginians off of their health insurance. West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will be at risk of losing their health insurance. And the thousands of West Virginians who gained health insurance through the Medicaid expansion … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Manchin Votes to End United States Involvement in Yemen

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote for S.J.Res.54, a joint resolution directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen. "Today I voted to end the United States support of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition in the war in Yemen. After reviewing the overwhelming evidence, it is clear that the Saudi-led coalition's actions in Yemen are no longer something we, the leader of the free world, can … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Manchin Puts Hold on FCC Nomination Until FCC Chairman Guarantees Broadband Funding for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) put a hold on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nominee, Brendan Carr. Last week, the FCC announced that they were indefinitely pausing the release of $4.5 billion through Mobility Fund Phase II. Over the past three years, Senator Manchin has fought to reallocate this funding to places like West Virginia that are the hardest and most expensive to serve. "Last week the FCC finally recognized that their broadband maps were … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Manchin Applauds USDA Program to Prioritize Broadband Deployment in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the United States Agriculture Department (USDA) for deploying the e-Connectivity Pilot Program, which aims to improve connectivity and closing the digital divide in rural and geographically challenging portions of the state. Now, businesses, non-profits and communities in West Virginia can apply for the ReConnect Program for funding for broadband deployment. "West Virginia faces unique challenges when it comes to providing broadband … Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce $4.4 Million To Repair Damaged Roads

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $4,437,159 for West Virginia through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program. Funding will assist the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) with repairs to roadways in Hancock, Lincoln, Monongalia, and Ohio counties that were damaged as a result of storms in February 2018. "I am grateful that the WV … Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Manchin Announced As Ranking Member On Senate Energy Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that he will represent West Virginians as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Senator Manchin has been a member of the committee since being elected to the Senate in 2010. "I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve West Virginians in this new role as the lead Democrat on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources," Senator Manchin said. "This Committee has a long … Continue Reading

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