Press Releases

August 19, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of World War II Veteran, Wetzel Sanders. "Gayle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Wetzel "Sundown" Sanders, an American hero and an inspiration to all West Virginians. I was honored to be able to help Wetzel receive his well-deserved and hard earned Purple Heart recognition for his heroic service at Pearl Harbor before he passed. We join all West Virginians sending their prayers … Continue Reading

August 16, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today attended the West Virginia National Guard deployment ceremony for 500 West Virginia National Guard members who were honored before their upcoming deployment to the Middle East. "I am honored to attend such a patriotic event with 500 incredible soldiers and their families who are putting themselves in harm's way to protect our nation. I commend these soldiers for their bravery and look forward to having them all arrive home safely. … Continue Reading

August 15, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will serve as the Special Guest Road Captain for the Fifth Annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes on Saturday. This year's ride benefits the West Virginia National Guard Foundation, the families of Fallen Service Members, and the establishment of a new Gold Star monument in West Virginia. "I am honored to again participate in this ride to memorialize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our state and nation, and extend our unending … Continue Reading

August 14, 2019

Manchin Sends FCC Chairman Speed Test Results From Across WV To Highlight Need For Public Feedback System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), today sent eight letters to Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), with results from speed tests across West Virginia to highlight incorrect broadband coverage maps of West Virginia and support the need for the formation of a public feedback system to better assess broadband coverage across rural states like West Virginia. In the letters, Senator Manchin included the results of speed tests taken in Wheeling, … Continue Reading

August 12, 2019


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 collection of grants totaling more than $7 million dollars to support homeless veterans under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. "Veteran homelessness is an unfortunate and unacceptable issue we are facing as a nation. We must ensure that we are serving our patriotic men and … Continue Reading

August 09, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $910K For Health Centers Throughout 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, announced $910,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for 26 health centers throughout West Virginia. This funding will help improve operational and clinical practices by increasing access to technology, enhancing security of patient information and improving patient care quality. "Access to healthcare is essential to the … Continue Reading

August 08, 2019

Manchin, Cramer Introduce Resolution Honoring Battle Of The Bulge 75th Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) introduced a resolution to honor the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. "Now therefore be it resolved," the resolution states, "that the Senate commemorates, on December 16, 2019, the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II; recognizes the valiant efforts of the various Allied Forces; and remembers the individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice, which contributed to the Allied victory … Continue Reading

August 08, 2019

Manchin Statement On The Death Of Michael Scott Davis At Kanawha County Mine Facility

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of electrician, Michael Scott Davis, as result of an electric shock yesterday in the South Hollow Preparation Plant in Kanawha County. "This afternoon I spoke with Michael Scott Davis' mother and gave our condolences for her loss. As West Virginians, we know that our hardworking and patriotic workers put their lives on the line every day when they enter the mining facilities to help power … Continue Reading

August 08, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding To Support Displaced Workers

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 $303,369 to support a West Virginia University (WVU) project that would transition workers to develop digital skills in regional areas where traditional industries have left. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). "It is important to bring educational opportunities to West Virginia that give our hard-working … Continue Reading

August 07, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $1.2 Million For Rural Development And Wastewater Investment 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 $1,213,675 for organizations across West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development Grants and Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants. "Rural businesses, including the many that call West Virginia home, work incredibly hard to invest in their local communities and support the local and state … Continue Reading

August 07, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $7.5 Million For West Virginia Airports

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 $7,547,379 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airport improvement and construction throughout West Virginia. This funding will help remove obstructions, construct buildings, improve runways and enhance airport quality. "It is crucial for all West Virginia airports to receive the … Continue Reading

August 06, 2019

Manchin Statement On Shooting Of WV State Trooper In Pocahontas County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the shooting last night of West Virginia State Trooper Josh M. Tallman in Pocahontas County. "Gayle and I are deeply saddened to hear of the shooting of State Trooper Josh M. Tallman in the line of duty last night in Pocahontas County. We are always grateful for those who put themselves in harm's way to protect and serve West Virginians. Trooper Tallman's family, friends and loved ones will remain in … Continue Reading

August 05, 2019

Manchin, Toomey Statement On President's Support For Background Check Bill

"This morning, we both separately discussed with President Trump our support for passing our bipartisan legislation to strengthen background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, the dangerously mentally ill, and terrorists while respecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners and all Americans. The president showed a willingness to work with us on the issue of strengthening background checks. "Mass shootings and violent gun crimes are tragic American problems. … Continue Reading

August 02, 2019

Manchin Applauds World Scout Jamboree, Sends Off Scouts At Yeager Airport, Celebrates The 24th World Scout Jamboree

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the success of the 24th World Scout Jamboree hosted by Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. Leaders from across the world visited the Summit to impart lessons learned and to learn from the Scouts. "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the world were on West Virginia. Our state was the perfect place for the World Scout Jamboree. In keeping with the theme of this year's Jamboree, West Virginia truly … Continue Reading

August 02, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), applauded the Rail Excursion Management Co. announcement that they will be running their new Autumn Colors Express from Huntington, West Virginia to Hinton, West Virginia from October 25-27, 2019. The Autumn Colors Express will continue the 50 year tradition of the Railroad Days Festival, where passengers travel roundtrip in vintage trains. This announcement comes after Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, Inc. announced that … Continue Reading

August 01, 2019


Washington, D.C. - Four former Governors and current U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Rick Scott (R-FL) released the following statement on why they voted against the budget deal. "We want to thank our colleagues, Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Leahy, for all the work they and their staffs did to put this package together. We recognize that theirs was not an easy task, and we're grateful that they were willing to work so hard to put it together. … Continue Reading

August 01, 2019

Manchin, Graham Introduce Bill To Stengthen U.S. Manufacturers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today introduced the United States Reciprocal Trade Act, which will level the playing field with our foreign trade partners. Companion legislation was introduced by U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) in January 2019. "For far too long, West Virginia has been devastated by unfair trade practices," said Senator Manchin. "Our state has the best workers in the world, and all they need to come out on top is a level … Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

Manchin Attends President's Signing Of The LEGION Act

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) went to the White House to attend the President's signing of his legislation, The Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service (LEGION) Act. This bill will allow all Veterans to join the American Legion, no matter when they served their active duty. Membership in The American Legion allows Veterans to engage in public service activities, such as supporting Boys and Girls State and Nation, youth mentorship programs, and … Continue Reading

July 30, 2019


Washington, D.C. - Senator Manchin (D-WV) announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) decision to keep the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County open. In 2012, NSF recommended divesting the facility. In response, as a member of the Appropriations Committee overseeing NSF's budget, Senator Manchin made sure to include provisions in the 2018 spending bill preventing NSF from divesting itself of facilities and encouraging it to work with federal, academic, and private sector … Continue Reading

July 26, 2019


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), today applauded the Senate passage of his bill, the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act. This legislation, which passed the House of Representatives in June, will expand the GI Bill for Veterans seeking careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The bill changes the hourly requirements for student Veterans earning STEM degrees to help them fully utilize their scholarships. "It is great to see the Senate and the House … Continue Reading

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