Press Releases

March 11, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $71,100 in Rural Development Funds for Projects in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.VA) today announced that the Gassaway Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., the Coalton Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and the Calhoun County Commission will receive $28,000, $18,900 and $24,200 respectively to make important improvements that will benefit their communities. The funding comes through the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Economic Impact Initiative Grant Program and their … Continue Reading


March 11, 2011

Manchin Statement on Tragedy in Japan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. "My thoughts and prayers, and those of all West Virginians, are with the people of Japan today. They are true friends to our great state, and we will be there to assist them through this tragic disaster. My staff also stands ready to help any West Virginians who have concerns or need help with loved ones in Japan." # # … Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce $708,500 in U.S. Department of Transportation Funding for West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin III (both D-W.Va.), today announced that the City of Ranson in Jefferson County will receive $708,500 in grant money through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. "This announcement marks another important step forward in developing West Virginia's transportation infrastructure," said Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, … Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $90,270 for Wheeling Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.), today announced that the Wheeling Fire Department will receive $90,270 in funding through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to purchase training and personal protective equipment, for wellness and fitness, and to make health and safety modifications to stations and facilities. "I believe in our … Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

Manchin Urges Navy Secretary to Preserve Parkersburg High School Junior ROTC Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus, Jr. expressing his disappointment in the Navy's decision to disband the Parkersburg High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps at the end of June 2011, and urging Secretary Mabus to do all he can to keep the program active. "West Virginia is one of the most patriotic states in our great country, and our young people should have every opportunity not just to serve … Continue Reading


March 09, 2011

Manchin Earns 3 Subcommittee Assignments on Senate Armed Services Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he has earned three subcommittee assignments on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Manchin will serve on the Subcommittee on AirLand, the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, and the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support. A complete listing of all Committee on Armed Services subcommittee memberships appears below. Subcommittee on AirLand Senator Lieberman, Chairman Senator … Continue Reading


March 08, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $459,990 for Health Centers in Monroe and Randolph Counties

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that Monroe Health Center and Valley Health Care, Inc. will receive $393,093 and $66,912 respectively from the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Health Center Cluster Program. These funds will help both health centers continue their operations. Monroe Health Center will receive $393,093 to support their operations and services, which include X-ray examinations, lab … Continue Reading


March 08, 2011

Manchin Calls on President Obama to Lead Continuing Resolution Negotiations

**YouTube Video Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today called on President Obama to lead negotiations on a continuing resolution for the remainder of the year. In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Manchin urged President Obama to take the challenge head on, bring both parties together and propose a real, bipartisan compromise that moves our nation forward and establishes the priorities that represent all hardworking families. Two wildly divergent budget … Continue Reading


March 08, 2011

West Virginia Congressional Delegation Questions Members Call for Full Report to Explain Multiple Studies in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The five Members of the West Virginia Congressional Delegation today joined together to express to the Postmaster General their concern about the proposed consolidation of mail processing operations in West Virginia. The Postal Service has proposed five Area Mail Processing (AMP) studies to consolidate mail processing operations in West Virginia - an unusually high number for one state. AMP studies are ongoing in Bluefield and Martinsburg, and have already been … Continue Reading


March 07, 2011

Manchin Shares Insights Gained on February Trip to Middle East

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) recently returned from a nine-day fact finding mission to the Middle East during which he met with West Virginians serving there, talked to local leaders, asked questions and heard from U.S. commanders on the ground. Newspapers and online sites in West Virginia are invited to print the op-ed authored by Sen. Manchin sharing these experiences. "One of the greatest responsibilities for me as your U.S. Senator is evaluating how we should … Continue Reading


March 07, 2011

Manchin Supports Legislation to Reduce Senate's Budget

Washington - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced he is cosponsoring legislation that would substantially cut the U.S. Senate budget, requiring 5 percent reductions for each office as well as cuts for committees and general operating expenses. "We must get our fiscal house in order, and we all have to share the sacrifice of reducing our spending - Congress should be at the top of that list, far ahead of our hardworking families, seniors and veterans," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading


March 04, 2011

Manchin Cosponsors Bill to Rein in EPA, Prevent Agency from Overstepping its Authority

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today he is sponsoring a measure to place a permanent moratorium on the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the bill, S. 482. "It's time that the EPA realizes it cannot regulate what has not been legislated. Our government was designed so that elected representatives are in charge of making important decisions, not bureaucrats. That principle is … Continue Reading


March 03, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce $50,730 Grant for Belle Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), today announced that the Belle Fire Department in Kanawha County will receive $50,730 as part of the latest round of funding under the Fiscal Year 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. This money will assist with operations and safety. "First responders are on the front lines when it comes to protecting our communities and we thank them for the incredible service they provide," said Rockefeller. "This … Continue Reading


March 03, 2011

Manchin Statement on Boehner's Wrong-Headed Refusal to Allow WWI Veteran Buckles to Lie in State

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement after Speaker John Boehner refused to allow the country's last World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, to be honored by lying in state in the U.S. Capitol. "It is unconscionable that Speaker Boehner would deny this honor to the last living American veteran of World War I," Senator Manchin said. "Frank Buckles was the standard-bearer of a great cause, and spent the last years of his long life fighting to make … Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

Manchin, Moderate Senators Call for Action on Education Reform

**Photos Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and fellow moderate Senators Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Tom Carper (D-Delaware), and Chris Coons (D-Delaware) to introduce their goals for education reform as work progresses on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which funds primary and secondary education. "Right now, our nation's schools aren't producing the … Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Recommend West Virginia Circuit Judge Gina Marie Groh for Federal Judgeship

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller today announced that he is asking the White House to nominate 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 with the death of Judge W. Craig Broadwater. "Judge Groh is a proven leader in West Virginia's legal community and is dedicated to upholding the principles of justice and fairness, which we expect from all members of our … Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

Readout of Senator Manchin’s Trip Overseas, Summarizing Meetings with Military Commanders, U.S. Diplomats, Local Officials and Troops on the Ground

**With NEW Visuals Available Online** Senator Joe Manchin just completed a 9-day fact-finding mission to six countries in the Middle East, traveling through war zones while visiting with national leaders and American allies. The Senator met with foreign Presidents and Prime Ministers, visited with the men and women of West Virginia who are serving on the ground and discussed the operations with senior U.S. diplomats and military commanders. "This was my first trip to the region as … Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

Manchin Calls for Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he will cosponsor a measure that encourages Congress and the states to ratify a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, a step that would force the federal government to finally live within its means. "We must work together, in a bipartisan manner, to get our fiscal house in order," Manchin said. "After all, families balance their budgets and so do states. After years of explosive growth … Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

Manchin Votes for $4 Billion in Budget Cuts

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement after voting for the Continuing Resolution that calls for $4 billion in cuts to the federal budget over the next two weeks. The bipartisan Continuing Resolution will keep the government running for an additional two weeks after the current funding measure expires Friday. The measure passed 91-9. "Everyone - Republicans and Democrats - must come together to figure out a commonsense, bipartisan … Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

Manchin Statement Honoring Marshall University

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated Marshall University on its 50th anniversary of becoming a university, and entered a statement of commemoration in the Congressional Record on the institution's behalf. "Marshall University is a proud and historic educational mainstay in West Virginia," Senator Manchin said. "Marshall makes an exceptional contribution to our state, with tens of thousands of well-educated graduates and with more than 14,000 … Continue Reading

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