Press Releases

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


May 01, 2011

Manchin Statement on Announcement on Bin Laden's Death

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement following the news that the United States killed Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden: "Osama bin Laden's death is a historic and just victory for this nation. I congratulate the President and salute the brave men and women in our armed services and the intelligence community for their courage, persistence and dedication in carrying out this mission. "Finally, I hope that this nation and the families of … Continue Reading


April 29, 2011

Friday/Saturday: Manchin Wraps Up "Commonsense Solutions" Week With Events in Kingwood, Grafton

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will wrap up "Commonsense Solutions" Week with "Coffee and Common Sense" events in Kingwood and Grafton on Friday and Saturday. Senator Manchin launched "Commonsense Solutions" Week Tuesday in South Charleston, kicking off a series of events throughout West Virginia devoted to presenting commonsense solutions that will help solve some of the most pressing challenges facing the state and the country. Senator Manchin has unveiled a … Continue Reading


April 28, 2011

Manchin Debuts Legislation to Increase National Focus on Job Creation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today unveiled commonsense legislation that will help Washington stay laser-focused on what matters most: creating and protecting jobs. As part of his "Commonsense Solutions" Week, Senator Manchin this morning addressed the 2011 West Virginia Leadership Conference, where he rolled out The Jobs Score Act. "For far too long, Washington has not done enough to reduce our unacceptably high unemployment rates or make jobs this country's No. 1 … Continue Reading


April 27, 2011

Manchin Lauds Amazon's Planned Expansion in Huntington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) made the following comments after Amazon's announcement that it will build a new 70,000-square-foot customer service center at Kinetic Park in Huntington, creating about 200 full-time jobs in the next few years. As part of "Commonsense Solutions" Week, which Senator Manchin launched yesterday, the Senator spent today meeting with local officials, law enforcement, business leaders, and students in Huntington. "Two hundred West Virginians … Continue Reading


April 27, 2011

Thursday: Manchin to Introduce Legislation That Will Increase National Focus on Job Creation

Washington, D.C. - At 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, Senator Manchin will unveil commonsense legislation that will help Washington stay laser-focused on what matters most: jobs. The event - an address to the 2011 West Virginia Leadership Conference - is part of Senator Manchin's "Commonsense Solutions" Week. "There is nothing more important than creating jobs, and it's time that lawmakers start thinking about one very simple question before they introduce … Continue Reading


April 27, 2011

Manchin Unveils 3-Point Plan to Combat Substance Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today took "Commonsense Solutions" Week to Huntington, where he announced a three-point plan to fight drug abuse nationwide. Senator Manchin was joined at the announcement by community officials, physicians and members of law enforcement, who stressed the immediate need for commonsense federal measures to combat drug abuse in West Virginia and the nation. West Virginia has one of the nation's highest rates of drug overdose deaths, and … Continue Reading


April 26, 2011

Wednesday: Manchin Unveils Plan to Combat Drug Abuse

Washington, D.C. - Beginning at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Cabell Huntington Hospital, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will host his second day of events for "Commonsense Solutions" Week, leading a group of community leaders, physicians and members of law enforcement to roll out new federal measures to combat West Virginia's drug scourge. West Virginia has one of the nation's highest rates of drug overdose deaths, and Senator Manchin will announce his support for commonsense solutions that … Continue Reading


April 26, 2011

Manchin Announces Support for Two Commonsense Measures to Rein In Federal Spending

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today kicked off "Commonsense Solutions" Week by announcing his support for two commonsense measures to control federal spending: the Corker-McCaskill CAP Act to "cap and cut" federal spending and the Udall-Shelby Balanced Budget Amendment. In remarks delivered to residents in South Charleston, Senator Manchin spoke to West Virginians and outlined why exploding debt represents a threat to their families and the nation, and how these two … Continue Reading


April 25, 2011

Thursday, Friday: USPS to Attend Open Meetings on Preserving Postal Service

Washington, D.C. - Officials from the United States Postal Service will attend regional open meetings this week in communities whose post offices are facing potential closure, and representatives from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) staff will be on hand to help facilitate these community workshops. Earlier this month, Senator Manchin reached an agreement with the U.S. Postmaster General to host these public workshops with U.S. Postal Service officials to give local residents the … Continue Reading


April 22, 2011

Rahall, Rockefeller, Manchin Announce USDA Project Funding for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

LOGAN, W.Va. - Promoting the economic and fiscal benefits of infrastructure investments, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Friday announced the award of more than $1 million in federal grant and loan monies for water and sewer infrastructure in southern West Virginia. "This is an investment in our future - an investment like others throughout the nation - with dividends that will help to shrink our national deficit because, … Continue Reading


April 21, 2011

Manchin to Kick Off 'Commonsense Solutions' Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Tuesday will officially launch his "Commonsense Solutions" week in South Charleston, a series of events devoted to presenting commonsense solutions that will help solve some of the most pressing challenges facing West Virginia and the country. As part of "Commonsense Solutions" week, Senator Manchin will travel across West Virginia to introduce a series of new policy proposals and solutions to problems including our nation's … Continue Reading

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