Press Releases

May 26, 2011

Manchin Announces Memorial Day Week Events on Veterans Services

***Special video message and audio actuality from Senator Manchin included below*** Audio of Senator Manchin's Memorial Day Message: http://demradio.senate.gov/actualities/manchin/052411_MANCHIN.mp3 Video of Senator Manchin's Memorial Day Message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3fdVeh8q0s Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that his staff will hold eight public meetings across West Virginia next week to help veterans navigate the medical … Continue Reading


May 25, 2011

Manchin Statement on Senate Vote on Ryan Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today voted against the draconian Ryan budget proposal. The measure failed 40-57. Senator Manchin released the following statement: "I voted against the draconian Ryan budget for the simple reason that it doesn't honor our values as Americans, keep our promises to seniors or protect our priorities as West Virginians," Senator Manchin said. "I strongly believe we must get our fiscal house in order and protect our seniors, but we will … Continue Reading


May 20, 2011

Manchin Announces 2nd Commonsense Connections Week: 'Your Government, Your Voice'

***Special video message and audio actuality from Senator Manchin included below*** Senator Manchin's audio message is available here: http://demradio/actualities/manchin/051911_MANCHIN2.mp3 Senator Manchin's video message is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1qMF9p9kWk Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that his office will launch a second "Commonsense Connections" Week - Your Government, Your Voice - beginning Monday, May 23, 2011. … Continue Reading


May 20, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Say Grants Will Increase Job Skills Training

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Jay Rockefeller today joined with Senator Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall in announcing that the Department of Labor is awarding more than $1.7 million in grants to two West Virginia agencies to create new job training programs for young people. The grants, awarded to the Southern Appalachian Labor School, in Kincaid, and to the West Virginia Housing Authority, in Huntington, will go toward YouthBuild programs designed to provide education and training to … Continue Reading


May 19, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Congratulate West Virginia Circuit Judge Gina Marie Groh on Nomination to the Federal Bench

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin released the following statements after President Obama nominated Judge Gina Marie Groh to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Martinsburg. This position became vacant in 2006 after the death of Judge W. Craig Broadwater. Rockefeller sent a letter to the White House in March requesting that Judge Groh be nominated for this federal judgeship. "Judge Groh has always been a fair … Continue Reading


May 19, 2011

Senator Manchin Statement on Independent UBB Investigation

**Audio Available** Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today issued the following statement about special investigator J. Davitt McAteer's report into the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Then-Gov. Manchin appointed McAteer to lead an independent investigation into the explosion that killed 29 miners on April 5, 2010. "My thoughts and prayers today are with the families of the 29 miners who died at Upper Big Branch. As the independent investigation reports, this tragedy could have … Continue Reading


May 18, 2011

Manchin Recaps First 6 Months in Office

*** Also announced second 'Commonsense Connections' Week in West Virginia starting May 23 *** Washington, D.C. - On a conference call with West Virginia reporters today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) recapped his first six months in office, which have been marked by extensive outreach to West Virginians and commonsense accomplishments in Washington. "Over the last six months, I have used every available opportunity to push my 'Commonsense Agenda'- creating jobs, restoring fiscal … Continue Reading


May 17, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller to Announce $844,651 to Support Highway Safety Programs

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Office will receive $844,651 from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support highway safety programs across West Virginia. The funding will be used to help West Virginia develop and implement highway safety programs designed to reduce traffic crashes, deaths, injuries and property damage. A … Continue Reading


May 14, 2011

Manchin Statement on West Virginia Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Results

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tonight made the following statement on the results of the Democratic primary election for West Virginia's next governor: "I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Earl Ray Tomblin and all the candidates who participated in this important election," Senator Manchin said. "Looking ahead, we must now unite and work together to achieve our shared goals and commonsense vision for our great state. "After such low turnout in this … Continue Reading


May 12, 2011

Manchin Receives Constituent Services Award For Retail Government Approach and Commonsense Outreach to West Virginians

**Photo Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today received the Constituent Service Award from National Write Your Congressman, a non-partisan organization that encourages constituents to communicate with their elected representatives. National Write Your Congressman works with small businesses in all 50 states, providing legislative updates and urging constituents to reach out to their Senators and Members of Congress on issues of importance. "I have always … Continue Reading


May 11, 2011

Manchin Announces Multi-Pronged, Commonsense Strategy to Fight High Gas Prices

**Footage, Audio Available** Footage available here: http://gp1d.senate.gov/sdmc/Manchin/MANCH051111.mp4 Audio available here: manchin 051111.mp3 Washington, D.C -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor outlining a multi-pronged, commonsense strategy to fight high gas prices. In his remarks, Manchin underscored the urgent need for Democrats and Republicans to work together on a comprehensive national energy plan that will relieve pain at the pump and … Continue Reading


May 10, 2011

Manchin, Barrasso Introduce Commonsense Legislation to Ease Pain at the Pump

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) today introduced commonsense legislation to ease the pain at the pump for West Virginia families and decrease our nation's dependence on foreign oil. The American Alternative Fuels Act breaks down the barriers to alternative fuels - including fuels derived from coal, biomass, algae and waste. "Our unacceptably high gas prices are hurting not only West Virginians, but all Americans, and they underscore a … Continue Reading


May 09, 2011

Manchin Highlights New Technology's Role in Creating West Virginia Jobs, Reducing Price of Gas

Gilbert, W.Va. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today highlighted the critical role that coal will play in our nation's energy future at the groundbreaking of the country's first coal-to-gasoline plant in Mingo County, which is projected to create hundreds of new jobs and provide additional domestic resources to help bring down the price of gas. "The price of gas has skyrocketed to more than four dollars a gallon in the last year, and there's no question that West Virginia families are … Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

Ahead of Mother's Day, Rockefeller, Manchin Introduce Bill to Honor Our Moms

Washington, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin announced this week that they are planning to have the Senate vote on a resolution honoring mothers and recognizing the 100th anniversary of the first celebration of Mothers Day, which took place in West Virginia. Rockefeller reintroduced legislation that would mint commemorative coins to recognize the important role of women in our community, but also help to fund scientific research into cancer and brittle bone disease. "Mothers … Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

Monday: Manchin to Speak at Groundbreaking of Country's First Coal-to-Gasoline Plant in Mingo County

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will deliver remarks Monday at the groundbreaking of the TransGas Development Systems coal-to-gasoline plant in Mingo County. This coal-to-gasoline plant - the first of its kind in the United States - will convert 7,500 tons of West Virginia coal into clean gasoline each day, which can be used to run cars, trucks, tanks and jets. It will produce 18,000 barrels (756,000 gallons) of Premium 92 Octane gasoline each day. When it is fully … Continue Reading


May 04, 2011

Manchin Statement On The Passing of Delegate Dale Martin

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of West Virginia House of Delegates member Dale Martin. "Gayle and I send our thoughts and prayers to all of those who are mourning the untimely loss of Delegate Dale Martin, especially to his wife Helen and his son Josh," Senator Manchin said. "I knew Dale for many years and always respected his steadfast dedication to the people of Putnam, Mason and Jackson … Continue Reading


May 04, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $1,860,297 in Funding for Housing Programs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that housing programs across West Virginia will receive a total of $1,860,297 through the Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance (CoC) program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Continuum programs include the Supportive Housing Program, Shelter Plus Care Program and the Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation for Single Room Occupancy Dwellings … Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

Manchin Expresses Support For Senate Resolution Honoring U.S. Troops and Intelligence Community After Osama Bin Laden Killing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor praising U.S. armed forces and the intelligence community for their outstanding efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. Senator Manchin spoke just prior to voting in favor of S. 159, the Osama bin Laden Resolution, which passed the Senate with unanimous support. Senator Manchin's remarks as prepared for delivery are below: "Osama bin Laden's death is a historic and just victory for this … Continue Reading


May 02, 2011

Updated: Manchin Statement on Announcement on Bin Laden's Death

**Audio Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)'s statement on Osama bin Laden's death is now available in an audio actuality for use by radio and television. The audio actuality is available here: http://demradio.senate.gov/actualities/manchin/050211_MANCHIN.mp3 … Continue Reading


May 02, 2011

Manchin Wraps Up "Commonsense Solutions" Week with Coffee and Common Sense in Kingwood, Grafton

Legislation includes efforts to reduce national debt and deficits, substance abuse, high unemployment Washington, D.C. - After visiting nine counties and traveling nearly 1,500 miles, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wrapped up "Commonsense Solutions" Week with "Coffee and Common Sense" events in Kingwood and Grafton on Friday and Saturday. "West Virginians are ready for Washington to start fixing some of the incredible challenges facing this country, instead of simply adding to them. In … Continue Reading

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