Press Releases

April 13, 2020

Manchin Announces Nearly $2.5 Million For Workers Impacted By Coal Layoffs

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced $2,429,090 from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in additional National Dislocated Worker Grant funding for West Virginia following Senator Manchin's urging. Workforce West Virginia, in partnership with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Career Centers, will receive this funding to continue providing employment and training services to workers affected by coal industry layoffs in the state. "Our coal miners do … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Manchin Asks DOL, HHS For Clear COVID-19 Guidance For Black Lung Clinics

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) asked the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to immediately provide clinics and the miners they serve with clear, written guidance regarding how miner’s black lung benefit claims will be processed during the COVID-19 pandemic and what specific flexibilities are being instituted to ensure miners do not lose access to essential benefits … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Manchin Urges USDA To Provide Relief For West Virginia Farmers

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a bipartisan group of 33 senators in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide relief and direct payments to farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the Senators urge the USDA to protect the small and medium sized producer who depend on direct markets, many of which have been closed to encourage social distancing, to reach consumers. “We urge you to protect the … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Manchin: West Virginia Did Not Get Our Fair Share Of Healthcare Funding

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the first allotment of designated healthcare provider funding through the CARES Act. Of the $30 billion released today, West Virginia received $246.5 million for 1,772 providers - less than 1% of the total money released. This week, Senator Manchin led a bipartisan letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar pushing for rural provider funding to … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Manchin, Capito Call On Senate Leadership To Expand Access To Coronavirus Relief For Public Hospitals

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today led a bipartisan group of nine Senators in urging Senate leadership to clarify eligibility for publicly owned hospitals and similar care providers within the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). Currently, both for-profit and non-profit hospitals are eligible for assistance, creating a disparity this letter seeks to resolve. The PPP was provided an … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $13 Million For West Virginia Health Centers

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $12,939,053 for health centers across West Virginia through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program.“Health centers are essential to our healthcare system in West Virginia, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic which is putting an enormous strain on our medical professionals and facilities. This funding … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Manchin Advocates For Support For Local Journalism Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a group of nineteen senators calling for funding to support local journalism and media in any future COVID-19 relief package. In a letter to Senate leadership, the Senators warn that the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic - including plummeting advertising revenue - could decimate local and regional news outlets even as communities have become increasingly reliant on their reporting amid the public health crisis.“The current … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $260K For African American Civil Rights Preservation In West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $264,600 from the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve historical sites that are significant in the fight for civil rights in America.“I am pleased to see the NPS understands the importance of recognizing West Virginia’s role in American history. Last month I sent a letter in support of the projects to restore two civil rights … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Manchin, Hyde-Smith Lead Bipartisan Push For HHS To Prioritize Rural Hospitals In COVID-19 Emergency Response Funding

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) today led a bipartisan group of 19 Senators in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider the needs of rural hospitals and hospitals with high percentages of Medicaid and Medicare patients as HHS distributes the $100 billion healthcare fund included in the CARES Act.The Senators request an equitable distribution of funding from Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Manchin Applauds Funding For National Guard Troops On The Front Lines Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Trump Administration’s decision to provide federal support to West Virginia by giving the Governor the ability to deploy National Guardsmen under Title 32 502(f). Senator Manchin is relieved that the Administration heeded his call to extend these orders to 31 days so National Guard troops mobilized during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive the vital federal benefits they need, including healthcare, to stay safe during … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Manchin Advocates For Reopening ACA Marketplace So West Virginians Can Get Healthcare During COVID-19 Pandemic

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 27 of his colleagues on a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar advocating for the reopening of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) online marketplace so West Virginians and Americans can sign up for health insurance during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. West Virginians can also find information about signing up for health insurance here.The Senators said in part, “Currently, millions of Americans are … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia AARP Members Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a tele town hall with West Virginia AARP members to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Manchin also led a letter last week urging the Administration to ensure Veterans and Social Security beneficiaries receive their stimulus checks automatically.“Across our state every West Virginian is dealing with the coronavirus and its effects on their daily lives, especially our older … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

West Virginia Delegation Members, Governor Announce $1.5 Million For New Water Line For Piedmont

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Representative David McKinley (WV-01), and Governor Jim Justice today announced $1,576,520 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the city of Piedmont to construct a new water line to address an emergency water loss supply due to the closure of a local water treatment plant.“Piedmont and the surrounding region have been devastated by the loss of the Verso Mill. This funding is a small … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Manchin Advocates For Healthcare Funding Guidelines And Implementation Of Audio-Only Telehealth Services

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today spoke with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and urged him to issue guidance on the implementation of the $100 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for hospitals across the nation, which would be a great benefit to West Virginia providers who are in critical need. Senator Manchin also pushed for guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $2.3 Million For Support Services

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,381,858 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to provide support and services to West Virginians living with HIV/AIDS.“West Virginia has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic and every West Virginian has been affected by this … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Manchin Calls For Hearing Into Beckley VA Medical Center Patient Abuse

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter calling for the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC) to hold a hearing on the reported patient abuse by a former doctor at the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).Senator Manchin said in part, “Just like Veterans and family members across West Virginia, I am outraged and disgusted by the newly revealed details of sexual abuse and deprivation of civil rights of Veterans by a former doctor at the Beckley, … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $3.7 Million For Greenbrier Valley Airport

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $3,758,289 from the Department of Transportation (DOT) Essential Air Service (EAS) Program for the Greenbrier Valley Airport to continue its partnership with SkyWest Airlines, Inc. to provide Greenbrier and White Sulphur Springs with United Express Jet Service through 12 round trip flights per week to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Manchin Asks For WV Strong Stories During Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) asked West Virginians to send him stories of their friends, family, and neighbors being WV Strong during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Those of us who were born and raised in West Virginia and those of us who have moved to West Virginia and adopted our state know how tough we are. We get through difficult times and we've been through a lot in our lives and we've seen a lot of tragedy, a lot of hardships and a lot of challenges but together … Continue Reading


April 05, 2020

Manchin Statement On 10th Anniversary Of Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the tenth anniversary of the tragedy that killed 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine disaster in Whitesville, West Virginia.“Not a day goes by that I don’t think of those we lost ten years ago when 29 brave West Virginia coal miners were killed in the UBB mine disaster. Today, as we remember them ten years later, our hearts are heavy with the sad memory of that unspeakable tragedy. My heart … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Manchin Again Urges President Trump To Increase Domestic Production And Improve Distribution Of Medical Supplies

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to produce, procure, and distribute the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), tests, and testing materials our healthcare professionals need to care for Americans and West Virginians who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 23rd, Senator Manchin introduced two bills to require the use of the Defense Production Act to produce needed … Continue Reading

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