Press Releases

April 05, 2019

Manchin Celebrates Gold Star Spouses Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced and passed a resolution designating today, April 5, 2019, as "Gold Star Spouses Day." Gold Star Spouses are those who have lost their spouse in service to the nation. In 1945, Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. was organized with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt to assist the families left behind by the fallen members and Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States. This resolution honors and recognizes the work of the Gold Star … Continue Reading


April 05, 2019

Manchin Statement On The Anniversary Of The Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on ninth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch (UBB) Mine Disaster that occurred in Whitesville, West Virginia in 2010. "Nine years ago today, we lost 29 miners in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. This event was a complete tragedy for not only the miners' who lost their lives and their families but for the entire state of West Virginia. I have always said that the death of one miner on the job is too … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Manchin Applauds Partnership Between Constellium And Blue Origin

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), applauds the announcement of the partnership between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' spaceflight company, Blue Origin, and Constellium, an aluminum product manufacturer in Ravenswood, West Virginia. Blue Origin has signed a multi-year contract with Constellium to provide their trademark Airwave aluminum plates and sheets for Blue Origin's massive orbital rocket project. The announcement comes after Senator Manchin's letter and subsequent … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce Over $5.4 Million For West Virginia Health Centers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $5,469,121 for several West Virginia health centers through the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Health Center Program. Funding will support the continued operations of these centers to provide primary and preventive care to West Virginians. "Community health centers are one of the most important ways to deliver healthcare … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Manchin Secures Commitment From Secretary Carson To Release $106 Million In Disaster Relief Funding For West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), today secured a commitment from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to release $106 million in FEMA disaster relief funding for West Virginia by May 1st, 2019. This funding, which Congress initially approved in February 2018, is critical to ensuring that the West Virginia communities that were devastated by the 2016 floods can make commonsense investments during the rebuilding process that will limit … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Manchin Joins Bipartisan Bill To Enhance And Reauthorize Weatherization Assistance Program

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a group of bipartisan Senators to re-introduce legislation to strengthen and reauthorize the heart of the federal government's energy efficiency strategy-the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 would reauthorize the program through 2024. The bill was also sponsored by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME), … Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Manchin Only Senator to Vote Against Nuclear Option in 2013, 2017 and Today

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), spoke on the Senate floor after Republican Leaders moved once again to use the "nuclear option" to limit the power of individual Senators to object to nominations that impact their states. The filibuster is a key tool used by Senators to fight for their constituents' interests. Senator Manchin is the only member of the Senate - Republican or Democrat - who has consistently voted against efforts to use the so called "nuclear option" … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce Over $2 Million For Rainelle Medical Center

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced Rainelle Medical Center will receive $2,092,044 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The center provides primary care services, preventative healthcare, including mammograms for uninsured women, and is the sole provider of treatment for Black Lung Disease in the region. "I am thrilled Rainelle Medical Center will receive … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Manchin, Capito Request Information On Decision To Close The CNCS Office In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, last week requested information from Barbara Stewart, CEO of Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), in regards to the Transformation and Sustainability Plan which would consolidate 46 state offices into eight regional offices, effectively closing the CNCS office in West Virginia. If enacted, West Virginia's Senior Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Manchin Statement On Puerto Rico Disaster Funding

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his votes on disaster funding. "Today, I voted for a disaster supplemental bill that provides important resources to states and territories affected by natural disasters. In West Virginia, we know all too well how devastating these events are for our communities, and we must stand with our fellow Americans across the country when tragedy strikes. "However, I remain frustrated that over $100 … Continue Reading


April 01, 2019

Manchin Urges EPA To Add Minden To The National Priorities List And Grant Access To EPA's Superfund

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR), is again urging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to add Minden, West Virginia to the EPA's National Priorities List (NPL). In his letter, Manchin highlights a recent resolution passed by the West Virginia State Legislature that demonstrates broad bipartisan support for helping the residents of Minden. Minden's designation onto the … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Manchin Asks Purdue Pharma To Commit To Not Profitting From New Drug That Could Reverse Opioid Overdoses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to Purdue Pharma, manufacturer and marketer of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, in response to a media report concerning the company's development of a new overdose reversal medication. In the story, Purdue claimed that it was in the process of developing and seeking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a version of nalmefene hydrochloride - a more powerful overdose reversal medication than naloxone - on a pro … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Manchin And Bipartisan Group Of Senators Urge Trump Administration To Withdraw New SNAP Rule

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with a bipartisan group of 46 other Senators sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, which raised concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule to make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and urged Secretary Perdue to withdraw the proposal. The Senators said in part, "The proposed changes would take food assistance away from Americans struggling to find stable … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Manchin, Capito And 13 Senate Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation To Boost Nuclear Energy Innovation

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to boost nuclear energy innovation and ensure advanced reactors that can provide clean, safe, affordable and reliable power to meet national and global energy needs. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), aims to reestablish U.S. leadership in nuclear energy. It will bring together private and public sector innovators to develop next-generation advanced reactor … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

At Manchin's Request, Fish And Wildlife Service Releases Report Ahead Of Schedule To Rebuild Schools In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - At U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) urging, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released environmental review reports, an important element of the environmental review process that must be complete before construction can begin on permanent replacement schools in Kanawha and Nicholas County. Both Clendenin Elementary and Herbert Hoover High School in Kanawha County, as well as Richwood and Summersville High Schools in Nicholas County, need to be rebuilt following the … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Help Law Enforcement Better Detect Fentanyl

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, led a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Providing Officers with Electronic Resources (POWER) Act to create a program through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that would provide state and local law enforcement with devices, similar to what federal law enforcement use on the U.S.-Mexico border to increase the accuracy of detecting fentanyl and other dangerous drugs. The devices … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Manchin, Rounds Introduce Bill To Protect Rural Veterans' Access To Healthcare

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mike Rounds (R-SD), members of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced the Elimination of the VA Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission of 2019 Act. If passed, this bill will eliminate the commission that is tasked with finding facilities that should be consolidated or realigned. This bill is necessary because rural healthcare is essential to many West Virginians and South Dakotans and the AIR Commission threatens the … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Manchin Votes Against The Green New Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his decision to vote against the Green New Deal. "While I appreciate the renewed conversation around climate change that the Green New Deal and its supporters have sparked, I think we need to focus on real solutions that recognize the role fossil fuels will continue to play. That's why I voted against the resolution today. "I have said it before: manmade climate change is real and it's a serious threat … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Manchin Condemns Justice Department's Support Of ACA Ruling Against Pre-Existing Conditions Protections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) condemns the Department of Justice's decision to support a federal judge's ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions, is unconstitutional. That federal court decision, issued by Texas federal Judge Reed O'Connor, concluded that the individual mandate is no longer constitutional after Congress reduced the mandate penalty to zero. After determining that the individual mandate is … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Manchin Applauds The Recognition Of Wheeling Heritage By The Great American Main Street

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauds the Great American Main Street announcement naming Wheeling Heritage as the winner of the 2019 Great American Main Street Award. Wheeling Heritage received the award at the National Main Street Conference on Monday, March 25, in Seattle. The national award recognizes communities for their excellence in comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Earlier this month as Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural … Continue Reading

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