Press Releases

February 28, 2011

Manchin Staff Visits All 55 Counties During Senator's Mission in the Middle East

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that while he was traveling through the Middle East on a fact-finding mission, his office staff visited every one of the state's 55 counties during more than 80 events for "Commonsense Connections Week" and spoke to hundreds of West Virginians about their priorities, concerns and ideas. During the month of February alone, Senator Manchin and his staff held more than 100 outreach events, including "Coffee and Common Sense" … Continue Reading


February 28, 2011

Manchin Statement on Passing of Frank Buckles

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement about the death of Frank W. Buckles, the longest surviving U.S. veteran of WWI. It was an honor and a privilege to get to know Frank Buckles, and I count him among the most inspirational Americans I've ever met. Frank touched my life, and the lives of so many, with his bravery and commitment to serving this great nation. He lived a long and rich life as a true American patriot, and I hope that his … Continue Reading


February 25, 2011

Manchin Sponsors Legislation Refusing His Pay if Government Is Shut Down

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today signed on to legislation that would prohibit Members of Congress and the President from being paid during a government shutdown or if the government hits the debt limit. "If Washington can't figure out a commonsense, bipartisan plan to fund the government, no one will pay a higher price than hard-working families across West Virginia and the United States," Senator Manchin said. "It defies all common sense to keep paying elected … Continue Reading


February 25, 2011

Manchin Congratulates Toyota on Planned Investment, Job Creation at Buffalo Plant

**Web Video Available** Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated Toyota on its planned multi-million dollar Buffalo plant expansion. Senator Manchin sent his congratulations in a video message, available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sABVwzUyQBY The Senator was unable to join the announcement event in person because he is currently on a fact-finding mission in the Middle East, traveling to countries including Pakistan and Afghanistan to meet … Continue Reading


February 24, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $749,886 For Volunteer Fire Departments Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, (both D-W. Va.) today announced that volunteer fire departments across West Virginia will receive a total of $749,886 under the Operations and Safety and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) divisions of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The awards are below. SAFER Funding: Weston Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. ($280,395) Operations and Safety Funding: Oak Hill Fire … Continue Reading


February 23, 2011

Manchin Releases New Photos of Afghanistan Fact-Finding Trip

**Photos Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released new images of his fact-finding mission in Afghanistan. Senator Manchin traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan this week and is currently traveling through other states in the region as part of a multi-country fact-finding trip. Senator Manchin is meeting West Virginians serving overseas, talking to local leaders as well as hearing from U.S. commanders on the ground. Photos are attached, and captions … Continue Reading


February 23, 2011

ICYMI: Mineral Daily News-Tribune Editorial Applauds Manchin's Commonsense Constituent Outreach

Washington, D.C. - The Mineral Daily News-Tribune this week published an editorial applauding Senator Manchin's (D-W.Va.) "Commonsense Connections Week," an unprecedented initiative during which staff will reach out to constituents all over the state. In a series of informal gatherings during the week, Manchin staff will meet with West Virginians in more than 80 locations to discuss their commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns. The editorial said: "We applaud both Manchin and McKinley for … Continue Reading


February 22, 2011

Manchin Launches "Commonsense Connections" Week, A New Constituent Outreach Initiative

**Audio, Video, Photos and New Logo Available** Charleston, W.Va. - Representatives from the office of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today launched an unprecedented statewide tour that will reach West Virginians in every part of the state as the Senator is traveling on a fact-finding mission in the Middle East. In a press conference today, State Director Kelley Goes introduced "Commonsense Connections Week," a series of informal gatherings during which staff will be available to meet … Continue Reading


February 21, 2011

Senator Manchin Travels to Middle East

**Photos Available** Washington, D.C. - On a conference call with West Virginia reporters this morning, United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced that he is currently on a fact finding mission in the Middle East. Senator Manchin has already visited Pakistan and Afghanistan, and he will continue to update West Virginians on his insights and experiences. On today's call, Senator Manchin expressed his tremendous pride in the brave men and women serving in the Middle East. Manchin … Continue Reading


February 20, 2011

Manchin Acts to Preserve Drug Monitoring Program That Helps Keep Illegal Substances Out of West Virginia, Other States

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is taking action to ensure that prescription drugs stay out of the hands of individuals who abuse them. In a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott today, Manchin joined fellow Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in urging Gov. Scott to abandon efforts to defund his state's prescription drug monitoring program. Given the prevalence of illegal prescription drug trafficking from … Continue Reading


February 20, 2011

Tomorrow: Manchin to Host Conference Call

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will tomorrow host a conference call for West Virginia reporters at 8:30 a.m. All participants are asked to call in at 8:25 a.m. and to mute all background noise and hold music as the call is being recorded. MONDAY, February 21, 2011 Press Conference Call When: 8:30 a.m. How to call in: Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7000 Participant Access Code: 237397# To exit the call at any time, press *3 You can mute/unmute … Continue Reading


February 18, 2011

Manchin Applauds Passage of Legislation to Name Martinsburg Federal Courthouse in Honor of Judge W. Craig Broadwater

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today applauded Senate passage of legislation to designate the federal building and United States courthouse at 217 West King Street in Martinsburg as the "W. Craig Broadwater Federal Building and United States Courthouse." "This is a fitting tribute to Judge Craig Broadwater and the work he did in West Virginia, not only as the first Federal District Court Judge to be permanently assigned to Martinsburg, but also as a veteran and … Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce $949,938 in Funding for Fire Departments Across West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin III (both D-W.Va.), today announced that the following fire departments throughout West Virginia will receive a total of $949,938 as part of the 12th round of funding under the 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The following fire departments were awarded grants: Bakerton Fire Department ($180,500) Beckley Fire Department ($158,889) Deerwalk Volunteer Fire Department ($102,648) Flatwoods Community Volunteer Fire … Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

Manchin: Passage of FAA Bill Protects Jobs, Boosts Our Economy, and Makes Travel Safer for Our Families

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement after supporting final passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act "We took the right commonsense step tonight to keep our families safe and bolster our fragile economy, protect 11 million jobs and support $1.2 trillion in economic activity," Senator Manchin said. "In addition to protecting a critical segment of our economy, we also … Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

Manchin Statement on Fatal Shooting of Deputy U.S. Marshal in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement after the tragic shooting of a Deputy U.S. Marshal in West Virginia. "I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the Deputy U.S. Marshal who today lost his life in West Virginia while honorably serving our state and this nation," Manchin said. "The loss of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty is a stark reminder of the incredible bravery and sacrifice of … Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

ICYMI: Times West Virginian Highlights Manchin as an Independent-Minded Moderate

Washington, D.C. - The Times West Virginian this week published an article highlighting United States Senator Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) niche as an independent-minded moderate who is willing to break with the White House on a wide range of issues. The full story is below: Manchin backs health care 'repair' Senator: 'I truly believe all bills need to bipartisan' By J. Miles Layton FAIRMONT - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is carving out a niche as an independent-minded moderate who is … Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

Manchin Joins West Virginia Delegation in Meeting to Focus On Fighting for State Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller today convened the first West Virginia delegation meeting of this year to discuss state priorities. As the senior member of the West Virginia delegation, Rockefeller announced that he is hoping to hold regular meetings with the Congressional delegation to find ways to work together more closely on issues like job creation and retention, mine safety, highway funding and deficit reduction. It's important for us to gather regularly and focus on working … Continue Reading


February 15, 2011

Manchin Statement on President Obama's Budget Proposal

**Audio and Web Video Available** Audio available here: http://demradio.senate.gov/actualities/manchin/021511_MANCHIN.mp3 Web video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoIjovhew6Y Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding President Obama's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal: "We must not let the budget debate be driven by party interests for the next election. It must be driven to serve the next generation and … Continue Reading


February 11, 2011

Manchin Congratulates Lewisburg for Being Named America's Coolest Small Town

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated Lewisburg for being named America's Coolest Small Town as part of an annual contest sponsored by Budget Travel magazine. Lewisburg was the only town in West Virginia nominated for the honor. "After this great honor, I'm happy to be visiting Lewisburg tomorrow for one of my 'Coffee and Common Sense' events. Every time I visit, I am just amazed by both its beauty and friendliness," Senator Manchin said. "All of … Continue Reading


February 11, 2011

Manchin Statement on the Resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement in response to the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the situation in Egypt: "This is a historic day, one that has demonstrated the power of people to strive passionately and successfully toward substantial change in a peaceful manner. The Egyptian people want real democracy, free and fair elections, and a voice in their country's future. I hope that the change in power that has been … Continue Reading

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