Press Releases

October 22, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for City of Huntington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of an ongoing redevelopment of Harris Riverfront Park, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall, (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Federal funding for the City of Huntington to construct a new skateboarding park. The City of Huntington is partnering with the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District to integrate elements of a "street" skateboarding park into the newly greened landscape of Harris Riverfront Park. The $50,000 … Continue Reading


October 16, 2013

Manchin Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Avoid Default and Reopen Government

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the passage of the bipartisan agreement that prevents a default on our debt and reopens the federal government. "I am pleased that our leaders could put politics aside and come together in a bipartisan way to reach a deal that reopens the government and prevents a first-ever default on our debt. I thank Senator Susan Collins and our group of fourteen bipartisan senators - seven Republicans, six … Continue Reading


October 16, 2013

Senators Urge Passage of Bipartisan Plan to Open Government and Avoid Default

WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of United States Senators is urging Congressional approval of a bipartisan Reid-McConnell agreement to reopen the federal government and avoid a default on the national debt. The group of fourteen senators-seven Republicans, six Democrats, and one Independent- have been negotiating a compromise plan to reopen government, avert the default, and restart budget negotiations on a long-term fiscal plan to deal with our nation's unsustainable debt, among other … Continue Reading


October 15, 2013

Manchin and Half the Senate Send Letter to White House Denouncing U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Washington, D.C. - For the third time, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and a group of 47 additional senators, today sent a letter to President Obama reiterating that the Senate overwhelmingly opposes the ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and will not be bound by its obligations. "Under no circumstances should this country surrender our gun rights to the control of the United Nations," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading


October 09, 2013

Manchin Calls For Full Investigation of FDA & Personnel After Reports of ‘Pay To Play’ Between Pain Medicine Companies and Agency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration informing them he will be calling for a full investigation after news reports of 'pay to play' allegations between the pharmaceutical industry and FDA officials overseeing safety regulations of painkiller medicine. This week, The Washington Post reported that private companies paid as much as $25,000 to participate in FDA advisory panel discussions on federal … Continue Reading


October 09, 2013

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Announce Funding for Anti-Drug Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (all D-W.Va.), Wednesday announced Federal funding for two southern West Virginia community coalitions working to strengthen local anti-drug efforts among youths. "West Virginians have shown that we are not powerless in battling drug abuse. The STOP Coalition and Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership are excellent … Continue Reading


October 08, 2013

Manchin Thanks Fisher House For Volunteering To Cover Expenses For Families Of Fallen Soldiers During Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - Today, following reports that the Department of Defense would not be able to pay death gratuities to families of service members killed in combat, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) worked with the CEO of the Fisher House Foundation, Ken Fisher, to make sure these families are taken care of in their time of greatest need. The Fisher House generously agreed to offer the families an advance grant until the government can make reimbursements at an appropriate time. The … Continue Reading


October 07, 2013

ICYMI: Manchin Letter to Secretary Hagel Results in Ending National Guard and Reserve Furlough

Washington, D.C. - ICYMI: On Friday, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) led an effort to make sure all service members, the National Guard, and civilian workers who help protect the United States return to work during the government shutdown. Senator Manchin, along with a group of 49 bipartisan senators, sent a letter to Secretary Hagel to ensure that the "Pay Our Military Act" was quickly implemented so all service members, including National Guard and Reserves, and civilians who work for the … Continue Reading


October 07, 2013

Manchin, Rahall Announce Funding for Summers County Wastewater Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall (both D-W.Va.), Monday announced Federal funding for the Meadow Creek Public Service District (PSD) Wastewater System extension project. "This funding for the Meadow Creek project will not only extend water and wastewater services to current residents and businesses, it also will help to put into place the necessary water infrastructure for the area's tourism industry and future economic development, helping to bring new … Continue Reading


October 04, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Send Letter to Department of Defense to Ensure National Guard and Reserves Receive Pay During Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, and 48 other bipartisan senators, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) today sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging that the National Guard and Reserves, and the civilians who support our troops, receive pay during the government shutdown. Even though the "Pay Our Military Act" was quickly signed into law before the government shut down to make sure all military personnel receive … Continue Reading


October 04, 2013

Senator Manchin and 49 Bipartisan Senators Send Letter to Department of Defense to Ensure National Guard and Reserves Receive Pay During Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mark Udall (D-CO), John Hoeven (R-ND), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and 44 additional bipartisan Senators today sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging that the National Guard and Reserves, and the civilians who support our troops, receive pay during the government shutdown. Even though the "Pay Our Military Act" was quickly signed into law before the government shut down to make sure all … Continue Reading


October 04, 2013

Senator Manchin Donates Shutdown Salary to Save the Children Charity

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he will donate the salary he receives during the government shutdown to the Save the Children charity in West Virginia. Save the Children has started several core programs around West Virginia that focus on early steps to school success through language, social and emotional development; literacy programs that increase reading skills; and healthy choice programs to increase information and access to regular physical … Continue Reading


October 02, 2013

Manchin Statement on Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the federal government shutting down. "I am embarrassed and ashamed of Congress and the unnecessary harm that is being inflicted on our citizens and country. Shutting down the federal government is unacceptable. The voters sent us here to work together and fix problems, not engage in partisan fights to score cheap political points. Today, for the first time in seventeen years, our government is not open. … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Manchin Statement on Avoiding Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement on the threat of a government shutdown. "I have always opposed the individual mandate, and I continue to have concerns with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the cost and choices West Virginians will have in the health care exchanges. That being said, I do not believe that this issue should be used to shut down the government, and I will not vote to shut down the government. We need to … Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Education Grant for Job Training and Placement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced Huntington Junior College has been awarded a federal grant to train and place students in real-time writing careers for captioning services in video programming. "I truly believe that education is the most important investment we can make for the future of our state and our country," Manchin said. "This grant will provide our students at Huntington Junior … Continue Reading


September 25, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding to Boost Economy and Create Good-Paying Jobs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide $420,000 to regional development councils to help spur economic growth and create good-paying jobs across West Virginia. These EDA projects aim to strengthen West Virginia's economy by bringing together the public and private sectors to establish strategies that will boost local and regional economies … Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Marshall University Diabetes Research Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin, along with Senator Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Marshall University has been awarded federal funding for the continuation of its Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP), which provides diabetes education, prevention, and monitoring. "I commend Marshall University for their continued leadership in diabetes research, treatment and prevention on a disease that far too many West Virginians tackle … Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Nearly $535,000 for Online Science Courses at West Virginia State University

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that West Virginia State University will receive $533,674 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to fund a training, research and development project focused on expanding online biology and agriculture courses. The project plans to implement the best online teaching and learning practices and increase student success. "Investments in … Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

Manchin Denounces EPA’S New Source Performance Standards

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's new source performance standards (NSPS) that hold coal and gas emissions to nearly the same standards. "Today's announcement of the EPA's new source performance standard is direct evidence that this Administration is trying to hold the coal industry to impossible standards. Never before has the federal government forced an industry to do something that is … Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funding for Dental Health Care in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced $310,600 in federal funding for oral disease prevention in West Virginia. "Helping West Virginians maintain a healthy lifestyle is an investment worth making for the wellbeing and success of our future generations," said Manchin. "If our healthcare centers have the right information and the right tools, it can be easier for our healthcare providers to offer the best services possible to those who are in need. This … Continue Reading

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