Press Releases

March 17, 2020

Manchin Gets Commitment From FDA Commissioner To Expedite Coronavirus Testing For West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke to Dr. Stephen Hahn, the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the urgent need for COVID-19 testing in West Virginia hospitals. Senator Manchin also urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec to provide personal protective equipment (PPEs) which includes gloves, gowns, face shields, and masks, to … Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $5.5 Million For Coronavirus Response In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $5,556,448 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the coronavirus response across West Virginia. This funding is through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. "Our state and local public health professionals are vital to addressing and preparing for this coronavirus outbreak. This … Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

WV Delegation Members Send Letter Of Support To FAA For Yeager Airport Runway Extension

Washington, D.C. -West Virginia Congressional delegation members U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Representatives Alex Mooney (WV-02) and Carol Miller (WV-03) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Stephen Dickson, on Friday to show support for the proposed runway extension at Yeager Airport. Read the full letter below or click here. Dear Mr. Dickson, We write to you on behalf of Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charleston, WV. … Continue Reading

March 16, 2020

Manchin Calls On Senate To Act Now On Emergency Coronavirus Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today called on the Senate to act immediately on emergency coronavirus funding, which has already been passed by the House of Representatives. Watch Senator Manchin speak on the Senate Floor on the need to pass emergency coronavirus funding now. "I have no doubt Democrats and Republicans will come together and take care and help people and will come to the aid of the economy of our country and I hope they realize the people that really need … Continue Reading

March 16, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $60 Million For Additional West Virginia Flood Recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $60,979,321.56 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support construction and repair, most notably of schools in Greenbrier, Nicholas, and Kanawha counties. This funding from the FEMA Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation grant program was released after a modification was made to the … Continue Reading

March 13, 2020

Manchin Statement On WVU Temporarily Acquiring Fairmont Regional Medical Center

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the announcement by West Virginia University (WVU) to temporarily acquire Fairmont Regional Medical Center (FRMC). WVU will be taking over the FRMC emergency department while they establish a new small hospital facility. Since last month when FRMC announced the closure of their facilities, Senator Manchin has worked tirelessly to ensure that Marion County residents receive the quality care they … Continue Reading

March 13, 2020

Manchin Statement On Closure Of West Virginia Schools Due To Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the closure of West Virginia schools due to the coronavirus outbreak. "The decision by Governor Justice to close West Virginia schools due to the coronavirus outbreak was the most prudent decision based on the advice we have received from public health experts, including the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. They have made it clear that the most … Continue Reading

March 13, 2020

Manchin Asks, USDA Approves West Virginia To Provide Meals To Children During Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - Late last night following a letter from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA approved a waiver for the West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition to prepare to feed children meals following the Summer Food Service Program and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option guidelines if West Virginia schools close due to the coronavirus outbreak. This approval allows West Virginia to be reimbursed for the … Continue Reading

March 12, 2020

Senate Passes Manchin Resolution Honoring Americorps Volunteers

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed S. Res. 540, introduced by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), designating March 8-14 as AmeriCorps week. The resolution acknowledges the significant accomplishments of AmeriCorps members and alumni, and raises awareness about the importance of national service. "West Virginia has always had a long tradition of neighbors helping neighbors. National service is an important part of our future as a state and nation, and its impact can never be … Continue Reading

March 12, 2020

Manchin Urges Caution As Coronavirus Spreads

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement urging West Virginians to exercise caution in the coming weeks as the coronavirus spreads throughout the United States. "I am urging West Virginians to take deliberate precautions to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, I have decided against holding any public events next week. After a Senate staffer from a different office tested … Continue Reading

March 11, 2020

Manchin, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Bill to Promote Fair Hiring In Banking

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to reduce barriers to employment in the banking industry for qualified applicants with minor criminal records. Currently, otherwise highly qualified individuals with minor arrest or conviction records are prohibited from working in the banking industry because of a provision in the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, which requires financial institutions to screen out applicants with criminal … Continue Reading

March 10, 2020

Congress Passes Manchin's Proposals To Address Incorrect Broadband Coverage Maps

Washington, D.C. - Today the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Act (Broadband DATA Act). This bill will help to fix the country's faulty broadband coverage maps and contains several key provisions that came directly from Senator Manchin's efforts as well as his bill, the Map Improvement Act of 2019. Senator Manchin also questioned Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai today on incorrect broadband coverage maps during an … Continue Reading

March 10, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $600,000 For West Virginia University Research Corporation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $633,296 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) for West Virginia University (WVU) Research Cooperation. This funding will go towards a project that will examine neural processes involved with human social attention and visual focus. "I am glad that the National Science … Continue Reading

March 10, 2020

ICYMI: Congress Passes Manchin Priorities In Supporting Older Americans Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Senate passage of the Supporting Older Americans Act last week. The Supporting Older Americans Act is a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act with a 6% increase in funding for Title III, which supports home-based nutrition delivery services which are essential to many of West Virginia's aging population. The bill also authorizes the Grandparents Raising Grand Kids Act for an additional year, creating a taskforce to provide … Continue Reading

March 09, 2020

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Group To Introduce The Great American Outdoors Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today with his bipartisan colleagues introduced the Great American Outdoors Act, landmark legislation to preserve and protect our country's public lands. The bipartisan legislation provides permanent and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog in our national parks and other land management agencies. Last week, President Trump announced his support for this … Continue Reading

March 07, 2020

Manchin Speaks At Commissioning Of U.S. Naval Ship USS Hershel "Woody" Williams

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today was honored to give the keynote address at the commissioning of the U.S. Navy's newest Expeditionary Sea Base, USS Hershel "Woody" Williams. Woody Williams is a proud West Virginian, Marine, and Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic efforts at the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. "I am always proud to say that West Virginia is one of the most patriotic states in the country. One of the greatest examples of that patriotism is the man we … Continue Reading

March 06, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $1 Million For Rainelle Storm Water Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a grant of $1,084,875 for a storm water project in Rainelle. Funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will reduce major flood risk impacting the town due to the water flow of Little Sewell Creek, Sewell Creek, and Meadow River. "In recent years, West Virginia has endured multiple weather-related disasters that … Continue Reading

March 06, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $3 Million For Math Teachers Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,999,596 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for math teachers across West Virginia through the West Virginia University Research Corporation. "Teachers are the backbone of our communities and in order for our state to thrive, we must support our teachers in every way possible. It is vital for our teachers to receive continuing education … Continue Reading

March 05, 2020

Manchin To DeVos: We Need More Dedicated Funding To Combat Children And Youth Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - Today during an Appropriations Subcommittee hearing U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on the Administration's proposal to combine funding for 29 federal education programs into one block grant for states, eliminating dedicated funding for critical programs for FY 2021. Secretary DeVos has also proposed a $4.7 billion cut to education programs, eliminating essential support for our education programs like those … Continue Reading

March 05, 2020

Manchin Applauds Senate Approval Of $8.3 Billion For Coronavirus Emergency Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Senate's approval of $8.3 billion in emergency supplemental funding, including $500 million in Medicare funds, to prepare and respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The House of Representatives approved this funding earlier this week. "Congress has approved $8.3 billion in emergency funding to help ensure that the United States is prepared for the coronavirus outbreak and funds the development of new treatments, boosts … Continue Reading

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