Press Releases

January 29, 2016

Manchin and Capito Congratulate Town of Rainelle for Winning Local Foods, Local Places Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the town of Rainelle in Greenbrier County has been selected as one of six communities nationwide to win the federal Local Foods, Local Places competition. The competition, hosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

Manchin Will Filibuster FDA Nominee Robert Califf for Big Pharma Ties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that he will filibuster the Obama Administration's nominee, Robert Califf, to be the next Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of his strong ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Senator Manchin believes that, with his long-term, significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Califf is not the champion the FDA needs to tackle this deadly epidemic, especially given the FDA's failure to … Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

West Virginia Delegation Sends Letter to Surface Transportation Board Opposing Norfolk Southern Takeover

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Representative Evan Jenkins (R-WV) and Representative David McKinley (R-WV) in sending a letter opposing Canadian Pacific Railway's plan to acquire Norfolk Southern. The letter, sent to U.S. Surface Transportation Board Chairman David Elliot, Vice Chairman Ann Begeman, and board member Debra Miller, details the potentially devastating impact the merger would have on West Virginia's economy and … Continue Reading

January 26, 2016

Manchin Calls for Hearing On Attempted Wall Street Takeover of Norfolk Southern

Washington, D.C. - At a press conference in Charleston, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that he is calling for an immediate Senate investigation into Canadian Pacific Railway's plan to acquire Norfolk Southern, a transaction that will profit Wall Street investors, while potentially costing hundreds of jobs in West Virginia. Senator Manchin is insisting that the details of this merger be thoroughly reviewed by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation before … Continue Reading

January 26, 2016

Manchin Applauds 1.1 Billion Reduction in Opioid Tablets Since Rescheduling of Hydrocodone

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the drastic reduction of opioid prescriptions by 26.3 million, or 1.1 billion tablets, since moving the hydrocodone-combination drugs from Schedule III to Schedule II, an effort he led in 2013 and 2014. The research, conducted by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was published in a JAMA Internal Medicine report on Monday. "These reductions in opioid prescriptions are … Continue Reading

January 21, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Mingo County Community Health Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the Williamson Health and Wellness Center in Mingo County will receive $343,887 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding, awarded through the Health Center Cluster Grant Program, will support health care operations and expand access to care. "All West Virginians deserve access to primary and preventive care that will keep them healthy," … Continue Reading

January 21, 2016

Manchin Votes to Override WOTUS Veto

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted to override the President's veto of S. J. Res. 22, a resolution to disapprove the "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that expanded the types of waterways subject to federal regulation. The Senate failed to advance the measure to override the veto by a 52-40 vote. "I voted to override the President's veto today because, if the WOTUS rule … Continue Reading

January 21, 2016

Manchin, Hoeven Introduce Updated Coal Ash Recycling Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Hoeven (R-ND) yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation that will create a states-first approach to regulating coal ash that provides both certainty for the safe and efficient recycling of coal ash and an enforceable state permit program for the disposal of coal ash. This legislation, which will be considered at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, builds on the … Continue Reading

January 20, 2016

Manchin Votes to Strengthen Vetting Standards for Refugees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement after voting to begin debate on the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, a bill to strengthen the vetting standards for refugees coming into the United States from Iraq and Syria. The Senate blocked debate on the bill by a 55-43 vote. "While our country has a long history of welcoming refugees and has an important role to play in the heartbreaking Syrian refugee crisis, it is the … Continue Reading

January 20, 2016


Map issued by The Weather Channel Senator Manchin Urges West Virginians to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather Most of West Virginia is projected to get a significant amount of snowfall from a high impact winter storm moving through the state from Friday into Saturday. Senator Manchin is advising all West Virginians to make preparations in case of an emergency, to take precautions and to be in contact with their County Office of Emergency Services if necessary. Each County Office of Emergency … Continue Reading

January 19, 2016

Manchin Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the Aracoma Mine Disaster

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on the 10th anniversary of the Aracoma mine disaster: "Today, Gayle and I join all West Virginians in remembering the brave miners we tragically lost 10 years ago at Aracoma. My thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones today, and I want them to know that the miners and their families will always be remembered. In their honor, we have passed historic legislation, which increased the number of emergency … Continue Reading

January 14, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce West Virginia Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 5-12 in Washington, D.C. Arka Gupta of Charleston and Adrien Inman of Martinsburg were chosen to represent West Virginia at the program's 54th annual Washington Week. "I am proud to congratulate Arka Gupta and Adrien Inman on being selected as West … Continue Reading

January 14, 2016

Jefferson County Receives High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Designation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) applauded the designation of Jefferson County, West Virginia as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) today. Jefferson is one of 14 additional counties in 10 states that was announced by Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli. The HIDTA designation will enable Jefferson County to receive federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts among … Continue Reading

January 05, 2016

Manchin Responds to President Obama's Executive Actions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on President Obama's executive actions on gun measures. "As Governor, I worked with members of both political parties in West Virginia to reach commonsense solutions on important issues. And as Senator, I worked with Republican Senators like Pat Toomey, Mark Kirk, Susan Collins, and John McCain to introduce a commonsense background check bill that protected the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun … Continue Reading

December 23, 2015

Manchin Condemns Delay of New CDC Draft Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell urging the agency to support the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Draft Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing, which have been delayed in response to pressure from outside groups, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Senator Manchin wrote in part: "The CDC very recently released alarming new … Continue Reading

December 23, 2015

Manchin Family Wishes All West Virginians a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement wishing all West Virginians a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. "On behalf of my wife Gayle and the entire Manchin family, I would like to wish all West Virginians and Americans a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. "There is no time like the holidays to celebrate the love of families and friends and reflect on our countless blessings. I have always said that if you … Continue Reading

December 21, 2015

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of GONE Act to Cut Government Waste

Washington, D.C. - On Friday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed The Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act, bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars by providing additional oversight over the financial accountability of federal grant programs. The bill, which was reintroduced by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) in April,‎ would require agencies to close out expired grant accounts with zero dollar balances and undisbursed funding remaining. These expired … Continue Reading

December 21, 2015

Manchin and Capito Congratulate Wheeling Jesuit on Volleyball National Championship

Washington, D.C. - A resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) congratulating the Wheeling Jesuit University Women's Volleyball team on their victory in the Division II National Championship passed late Friday. The Senate resolution recognizes the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals players and coaches on their victory over Palm Beach Atlantic University. To read the resolution in its entirety, click here. "I am so proud of the Wheeling Jesuit volleyball … Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Manchin Votes Against Irresponsible $680 Billion Tax Extenders Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement after voting against $680 billion in tax expenditures to millionaires and billionaires included in the $1.1 trillion spending package, especially since the bill omits the fiscally responsible Miners Protection Act. "Instead of voting on just a $1.1 trillion spending bill that helps veterans, middle class families, our defense department, our border security and a host of other valuable federal programs, we … Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Manchin Applauds Passage of Chemical Safety Reform Legislation

Washington, D.C. - As a lead cosponsor and a staunch advocate of chemical safety reforms, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Senate passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The Senate passed the bill by voice vote on Thursday evening to send the bipartisan legislation to the President's desk. This bill would ensure the safety of the chemicals Americans use every day by updating the United States' outdated chemical regulatory program. "I am pleased … Continue Reading

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