Press Releases

June 19, 2019

MANCHIN APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF BLUE WATER NAVY VIETNAM VETERANS ACT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauds the passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 via unanimous consent. Since 1991, Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange have received benefits, but only those on the ground or in land waters, not Veterans on deep-water naval vessels. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act expands the definition of "boots on the ground" in Vietnam and in turn extends disability benefits to veterans who served on Navy … Continue Reading


June 18, 2019

MANCHIN, CAPITO ANNOUNCE $250K FOR BLUEFIELD WATER AND WASTE DISPOSAL

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $250,000 for the Bluewell Public Service District through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grant Program. This funding will provide and improve infrastructure used to store and transport water to West Virginians throughout the Bluefield area. There will be an increase in water storage, fire hydrants, … Continue Reading


June 17, 2019

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON NEW BIPARTISAN RATINGS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the recent ratings released by the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Out of the 250 Senators who served between 1993 and 2018, Senator Manchin ranked 11th on the list. The Lugar Center ratings rank Senators based on bills they've introduced or cosponsored with members of the opposite party. According to CQ Roll Call, Senator Manchin was the most bipartisan member … Continue Reading


June 14, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $210K For Economic Development Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), today announced $210,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to be invested in Buckhannon, Parkersburg and Martinsburg through their regional planning and development councils. This investment will strengthen the regional economy by increasing the number of jobs and the support of capital investments among regions. "Investing in regional economies is essential to creating good paying jobs, … Continue Reading


June 14, 2019

MANCHIN INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT AMERICAN CALL CENTER JOBS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), introduced the United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act. The legislation will protect 3.6 million call center jobs in the United States by preventing them from being outsourced overseas. The bill is a response to the increasing number of call center jobs leaving the U.S. in recent years, which has devastated the economies of numerous American communities and has placed the American consumer's sensitive information at … Continue Reading


June 14, 2019

Manchin, Collins Introduce Bill To Significantly Reduce The Cost Of Health Insurance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Premium Reduction Act of 2019, legislation that would increase the affordability of health insurance in the individual market by supporting and expanding state-based programs that have been proven to lower premiums and save consumers money. This legislation supports state-based health insurance market stabilization programs that would lower insurance premiums for consumers by up to 30 percent in the … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Manchin Applauds NPS Announcement Of Continued Funding For Wheeling Heritage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), applauded the National Park Service's (NPS) announcement that Wheeling National Heritage Area has been approved to continue receiving funding beyond fiscal year (FY) 2020. Senator Manchin has been a strong supporter of West Virginia's National Heritage Areas, and recently secured a $2M increase in Wheeling Heritage's funding cap as part of the recently passed John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. Since … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Manchin Calls Martinsburg Mayor To Congratulate Ahead Of City Council Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today called Mayor Karos of Martinsburg to congratulate him ahead of the Martinsburg City Council vote tonight regarding the agreement between the City of Martinsburg and the US Department of the Air Force to provide reimbursement of certain water treatment costs that are related to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). "The Martinsburg City Council will be voting on an agreement tonight that will result in Martinsburg receiving $4.9 … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Manchin, Scott Reintroduce Legislation To Expand Credit Access For Millions Of Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Tim Scott (R-SC), reintroduced the bipartisan Credit Access and Inclusion Act to expand access to credit for over 26 million Americans that are currently without credit because they do not have a history of traditional loan payments, such as student loans, mortgages, and car loans. The legislation will allow landlords, telecom companies, and utility providers to report on-time payments to credit bureaus, allowing these Americans … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $2 Million For Prevention Programs Throughout West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,209,080 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services. This funding will improve diabetes, heart disease and stroke prevention programs throughout West Virginia. "Healthcare access has always been a priority of mine because West Virginians and Americans deserve access to … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Manchin Applauds American Medical Association For Supporting Patient Care Coordination In Legacy Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the American Medical Association (AMA) for supporting aligning 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA privacy standards, which is accomplished through Senator Manchin's Protecting Jessica Grubbs's Legacy Act. Today the AMA House of Delegates voted to bring privacy standards surrounding substance use disorder treatment closer in line to HIPAA Privacy Rules. This will help ensure medical professionals have full knowledge of their patient's … Continue Reading


June 11, 2019

MANCHIN PRESSES ADMINISTRATION ON EFFORTS TO LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS FOR WEST VIRGINIA SENIORS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with his colleagues, urged the administration to take immediate action on pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reforms to reduce prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries. In a letter to President Donald Trump, the senators expressed disappointment that DIR reform was not included in the recently finalized Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule-despite being included in the proposed rule-and … Continue Reading


June 11, 2019

MANCHIN, CAPITO ANNOUNCE $30K FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER IN SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $30,000 from the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to ensure the safety of our drinking water. This funding will help protect underground water sources from waste and pollutants in southern West Virginia. "Clean water and fresh air for West Virginians has always been a top priority … Continue Reading


June 10, 2019

MANCHIN DENOUNCES FORMER NYC MAYOR BLOOMBERG’S BEYOND CARBON INITIATIVE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today denounces former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Beyond Carbon Initiative. "I disagree with Mayor Bloomberg's position. This pledge to shut down U.S. coal plants by 2030 will only serve to hurt coal miners and their families, as well as further devastate West Virginia communities that are suffering from the downturn in coal production and does nothing to address the global nature of the climate crisis." "Furthermore, the … Continue Reading


June 10, 2019

Manchin Urges EPA Administrator Wheeler To Adjust Proposed PFAS Response And Cleanup Guidelines

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR), sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to adjust the proposed EPA guidelines for addressing groundwater contamination in communities where drinking water supplies have been affected by per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The EPA's proposed guidance addresses screening levels and preliminary remediation … Continue Reading


June 10, 2019

MANCHIN, CAPITO ANNOUNCE $1.9 MILLION FOR BLACK LUNG CLINICS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,954,576 for West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Black Lung Clinics Program. Funding will support the West Virginia Black Lung Clinics Program, which helps provide primary and specialized health care services for miners and their families. These clinics also conduct outreach and education in the communities they … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce Over $225K For Improving Watersheds 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 $225,667 for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This funding will help to improve Chesapeake Bay watersheds in West Virginia by improving water quality, reducing the sediment levels and monitoring other pollutants. "The EPA and the West Virginia Department of Environmental … Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

MANCHIN INTRODUCES THREE BIPARTISAN BILLS TO HONOR AND AID GOLD STAR FAMILIES

Washington, D.C. - On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced three bipartisan bills to honor Gold Star Families and aid Gold Star Family organizations. Gold Star Families are families that have lost a loved one in combat, terrorist attacks or overseas military operations while defending our country. "Our Gold Star Families have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country's freedoms and for that we are … Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

MANCHIN, CAPITO ANNOUNCE $2.4 MILLION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,414,000 for West Virginia through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program. Funding will support the remediation of environmental hazards present at several properties in the state, as well as assessments to determine further sites that need to be remediated in the future to be put back into productive use. "As … Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON ACCIDENT AT WEST POINT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the accident today during the Cadet Summer Training at West Point. "Gayle and I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic accident that occurred today at West Point that has resulted in the death of a cadet and the injury of 21 others. We are always grateful for the sacrifices our military members make to defend us, and this patriot paid the ultimate sacrifice for our safety today. The cadet's family, … Continue Reading

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