Press Releases

March 28, 2019

Manchin Asks Purdue Pharma To Commit To Not Profitting From New Drug That Could Reverse Opioid Overdoses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to Purdue Pharma, manufacturer and marketer of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, in response to a media report concerning the company's development of a new overdose reversal medication. In the story, Purdue claimed that it was in the process of developing and seeking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a version of nalmefene hydrochloride - a more powerful overdose reversal medication than naloxone - on a pro … Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Manchin And Bipartisan Group Of Senators Urge Trump Administration To Withdraw New SNAP Rule

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with a bipartisan group of 46 other Senators sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, which raised concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule to make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and urged Secretary Perdue to withdraw the proposal. The Senators said in part, "The proposed changes would take food assistance away from Americans struggling to find stable … Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Manchin, Capito And 13 Senate Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation To Boost Nuclear Energy Innovation

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to boost nuclear energy innovation and ensure advanced reactors that can provide clean, safe, affordable and reliable power to meet national and global energy needs. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), aims to reestablish U.S. leadership in nuclear energy. It will bring together private and public sector innovators to develop next-generation advanced reactor … Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

At Manchin's Request, Fish And Wildlife Service Releases Report Ahead Of Schedule To Rebuild Schools In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - At U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) urging, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released environmental review reports, an important element of the environmental review process that must be complete before construction can begin on permanent replacement schools in Kanawha and Nicholas County. Both Clendenin Elementary and Herbert Hoover High School in Kanawha County, as well as Richwood and Summersville High Schools in Nicholas County, need to be rebuilt following the … Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Help Law Enforcement Better Detect Fentanyl

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, led a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Providing Officers with Electronic Resources (POWER) Act to create a program through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that would provide state and local law enforcement with devices, similar to what federal law enforcement use on the U.S.-Mexico border to increase the accuracy of detecting fentanyl and other dangerous drugs. The devices … Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

Manchin, Rounds Introduce Bill To Protect Rural Veterans' Access To Healthcare

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mike Rounds (R-SD), members of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced the Elimination of the VA Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission of 2019 Act. If passed, this bill will eliminate the commission that is tasked with finding facilities that should be consolidated or realigned. This bill is necessary because rural healthcare is essential to many West Virginians and South Dakotans and the AIR Commission threatens the … Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Manchin Votes Against The Green New Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his decision to vote against the Green New Deal. "While I appreciate the renewed conversation around climate change that the Green New Deal and its supporters have sparked, I think we need to focus on real solutions that recognize the role fossil fuels will continue to play. That's why I voted against the resolution today. "I have said it before: manmade climate change is real and it's a serious threat … Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Manchin Condemns Justice Department's Support Of ACA Ruling Against Pre-Existing Conditions Protections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) condemns the Department of Justice's decision to support a federal judge's ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions, is unconstitutional. That federal court decision, issued by Texas federal Judge Reed O'Connor, concluded that the individual mandate is no longer constitutional after Congress reduced the mandate penalty to zero. After determining that the individual mandate is … Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Manchin Applauds The Recognition Of Wheeling Heritage By The Great American Main Street

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauds the Great American Main Street announcement naming Wheeling Heritage as the winner of the 2019 Great American Main Street Award. Wheeling Heritage received the award at the National Main Street Conference on Monday, March 25, in Seattle. The national award recognizes communities for their excellence in comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. Earlier this month as Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural … Continue Reading

March 21, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce Over $14 Million To Combat The Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $14,630,361 to West Virginia to combat the opioid epidemic. "West Virginia has been at the frontlines of the fight against the opioid epidemic and is now ground zero for recovery efforts. This funding will enable West Virginia to provide our citizens with the help that they … Continue Reading

March 20, 2019

Manchin Leads Letter To DOD and EPA Pressing For Answers On Reports Of Efforts To Weaken Contamination Standards For PFAS

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a group of sixteen Senators in sending a letter to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, requesting the agencies to release communications they've had with the White House, and with each other, regarding the establishment of federal drinking water standards for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and groundwater pollution guidelines related to these … Continue Reading

March 19, 2019

Manchin Announces Over $35 Million For Abandoned Mine Reclamation Grants

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has awarded $35,754,311 to West Virginia for mine reclamation projects. The AML program is set to expire in 2021 and reauthorization of this critical program will be a priority for Senator Manchin. "I am proud to announce that West Virginia will receive more than $35 million for mine reclamation projects … Continue Reading

March 18, 2019

Manchin Statement On The Equality Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the Equality Act. "I strongly support equality for all people and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. No one should be afraid of losing their job or losing their housing because of their sexual orientation. After speaking with local education officials in West Virginia, I am not convinced that the Equality Act as written provides sufficient guidance to the local officials who will be … Continue Reading

March 18, 2019

Manchin Introduces Landmark Veterans Mental Health And Suicide Prevention Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced a landmark, bipartisan bill to improve Veterans' access to mental health care and make sure no Veteran's life is lost to suicide. "Our Veterans deserve the very best access to mental health care, which is why I am honored to introduce this legislation that helps our bravest citizens. As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, I have spent my career fighting to make sure Veterans can get the care they have earned and … Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Manchin Statement On President Trump's FY 2020 Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on President Trump's FY 2020 budget proposal and how it will affect West Virginia. "I have always said that our national budget should be fiscally responsible and reflect our values and our priorities. Unfortunately, the budget proposal from the President cuts Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, ends protections for people with pre-existing conditions, severely underfunds West Virginia economic … Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Manchin Will Vote For Emergency Declaration Resolution Of Disapproval

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his decision to vote for the emergency declaration resolution of disapproval. "I will vote for the emergency declaration resolution of disapproval, overturning the President's national emergency declaration on border security. Let me be clear, I support total border security, which includes building a wall on our southern border. However, I believe that those funds, according to the Constitution, need to … Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Manchin Applauds Toyota's New Investment In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on Toyota's $111 million investment in West Virginia, which will bring 123 more jobs to the Buffalo plant. "Since my time as governor, I've had the great pleasure of working with Toyota officials to build on their initial investment in our state, which now totals more than $1.4 billion and is directly responsible for 1,600 good-paying jobs. Toyota's continued investment at their Buffalo, West Virginia … Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Manchin Speaks With Navy Secretary; Applauds New Northrop Grumman Contract In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke today with the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer to discuss the new contract Northrop Grumman contract in West Virginia. "Today I met with Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, and was so pleased to discuss the new contract that our West Virginia workers earned at the Northrop Grumman facility at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Mineral County. The Navy recently awarded Northrop Grumman the contract for the Advanced … Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Manchin Questions T-Mobile And Sprint On How Their Proposed Merger Would Impact West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, wrote a letter to T-Mobile CEO John J. Legere and Sprint Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure to express concerns about how the company's proposed merger would affect West Virginia. The letter specifically asks the CEOs how the merger would impact broadband accessibility in the state, the development of a 5G network in West Virginia, the potential increased cost of broadband services to customers, … Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Manchin Joins President Trump At Signing Of Bipartisan Public Lands Bill

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Joe Manchin (D-WV) attended the White House's Presidential bill-signing ceremony at which President Trump signed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act into law. The legislation permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, designates the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area and increases the funding cap for the Wheeling National Heritage Area. It passed the … Continue Reading

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