Press Releases

November 06, 2013

Manchin Statement After Meeting With Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Janet Yellen

Washington, D.C. - Following his meeting with Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Janet Yellen, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement. "I had a very productive and honest meeting today with Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Janet Yellen on how best to grow our economy as well as the lessons we learned from when we last balanced our budget. I conveyed to her my concerns that community banks be treated fairly as we finalize Dodd-Frank regulations, but also the need to implement … Continue Reading

November 06, 2013

Manchin Seeks to Redefine Full-Time Employee to Expand Access to Health Coverage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a bipartisan letter to Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions asking them to address legislation he cosponsored, the Forty Hours is Full Time Act (S.1188), in their budget conference. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also signed the letter. The senators cited the need for a sensible definition of "full-time employee" under the Patient Protection and … Continue Reading

November 06, 2013

Manchin Cosponsors Bill to Guarantee Individuals Can Keep Existing Health Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has cosponsored a bill with Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to ensure individuals can keep their existing health insurance plans and prevent insurers from cancelling coverage. The "Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act" will require insurers to provide a detailed notice and explanation to policyholders before cancelling coverage. This legislation will also provide individuals with information from their insurance provider on parts of the … Continue Reading

November 06, 2013

Manchin Supports Legislation to Lower Taxes on Hard Cider Products and Increase Farmers' Sales

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he cosponsored the CIDER Act (Cider Investment and Development through Excise Tax Reduction Act) to modernize the definition of cider in the Internal Revenue Code to increase the allowed alcohol by volume in cider beverages from 7 percent to 8.5 percent and to allow the use of pears as well as apples. The alcohol content of hard cider fluctuates greatly due to sugar content, and current law often forces these products … Continue Reading

November 06, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Mobile Health Clinic for Veterans in Mercer County to Open in 2014

Washington, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today thanked the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which officially announced that Mercer County's new mobile health clinic will begin to serve patients in early 2014. The mobile outpatient clinic will help the growing number of veterans in the area access needed primary medical services. "Our veterans deserve access to the best treatment and care that is available," Senator … Continue Reading

November 04, 2013

Senator Manchin Announces State Director Departure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that his long-time State Director Kelley Goes will be leaving her position to become a member of the prestigious law firm, Jackson Kelly. "It is difficult to imagine my Senate office without Kelley Goes, who is truly a one-of-a-kind public servant. Since my first days in the Senate, Kelley has served as my State Director, a job that made her my eyes and ears back home and my go-to person on every issue affecting the … Continue Reading

October 29, 2013

Manchin Statement on Consol Energy Announcement to Sell Five Coal Mines to Murray Energy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on CONSOL Energy's announcement to sell five West Virginia coal mines to Murray Energy Corporation. The five mines affected are Blacksville No. 2., Loveridge, McElroy, Robinson Run and Shoemaker. "Throughout the many years that I've worked with CONSOL Energy, they have always been an industry leader in mine safety as well as a community-minded company that has continued to reach out to our hardworking miners … Continue Reading

October 29, 2013

Manchin Proud to Stand in Support of Miners at Capitol Coal Rally

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) rallied with West Virginia coal miners and workers from the mining, manufacturing, labor and construction industries at the American Energy Jobs Rally in Washington to fight for America's energy sector and our nation's hardworking coal miners. "Coal miners are some the bravest and most patriotic men and women I have ever met in my life and it is always an honor to stand side by side with our hardworking miners, especially during … Continue Reading

October 28, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funding for Efforts to Combat Substance Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced $733,068 in federal funding for community organizations across the state to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth in West Virginia. The funding comes from the Office of National Drug Control Policy's (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant program with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). "In West Virginia and across this country, substance abuse has become … Continue Reading

October 28, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Pipeline Safety in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin, along with Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $697,000 in federal funding for pipeline safety efforts in West Virginia. "In West Virginia, investing in natural gas is important for job creation and economic growth, but the bottom line is that we need to make sure drilling is done safely," Manchin said. "We are fortunate that no one … Continue Reading

October 25, 2013

Manchin Urges West Virginians To Participate in National Drug Take Back Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) encouraged West Virginians to participate in the seventh National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During the event, local law enforcement officials will anonymously collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications at more than 130 locations around the state with no questions asked. "Prescription drug abuse in our state and our nation has reached a crisis … Continue Reading

October 24, 2013

Manchin Applauds FDA for Rescheduling Hydrocodone to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

Washington, D.C. - After years of fighting in the United States Senate to help curb the nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) expressed his appreciation today after Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius informed Senator Manchin that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will recommend rescheduling hydrocodone combination drugs from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance. Hydrocodone is a highly addictive … Continue Reading

October 24, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding to Boost Economy and Create Good-Paying Jobs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide $420,000 to regional development councils to help spur economic growth and create good-paying jobs across West Virginia. These EDA projects aim to strengthen West Virginia's economy by bringing together the public and private sectors to establish strategies that will boost local and regional economies … Continue Reading

October 23, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for West Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senator Joe Manchin, along with Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced more than $8.9 million in federal funding awards for airport improvements in Kanawha, Randolph and Wayne Counties. "Having reliable, safe and innovative infrastructure and equipment at our airports helps us attract business opportunities that drive economic development while keeping … Continue Reading

October 23, 2013

Manchin Honored to Receive Annual Achievement Award from Washington Coal Club

Washington, D.C. - The Washington Coal Club today will present its 2013 Annual Achievement Award to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). This prestigious award is dedicated to an individual or individuals who have recently made a meaningful contribution to the health and sustainability of the larger coal community. Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Richard A. Bajura, Director of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University, will also receive awards. "I humbly … Continue Reading

October 22, 2013

Health Care Help From Joe

Health Care Help From Joe What you need to know about enrolling under the Affordable Care Act I understand that the Health Insurance Marketplace website,, has not been operating properly. However, my staff and I are here to help, and we will do everything in our power to make the enrollment process simpler for you and your family or small business. For immediate assistance, call my office at 202-224-3954 or fill out a contact form by clicking here. Four ways to apply … Continue Reading

October 22, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for City of Huntington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of an ongoing redevelopment of Harris Riverfront Park, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall, (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Federal funding for the City of Huntington to construct a new skateboarding park. The City of Huntington is partnering with the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District to integrate elements of a "street" skateboarding park into the newly greened landscape of Harris Riverfront Park. The $50,000 … Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Manchin Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Avoid Default and Reopen Government

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the passage of the bipartisan agreement that prevents a default on our debt and reopens the federal government. "I am pleased that our leaders could put politics aside and come together in a bipartisan way to reach a deal that reopens the government and prevents a first-ever default on our debt. I thank Senator Susan Collins and our group of fourteen bipartisan senators - seven Republicans, six … Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Senators Urge Passage of Bipartisan Plan to Open Government and Avoid Default

WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of United States Senators is urging Congressional approval of a bipartisan Reid-McConnell agreement to reopen the federal government and avoid a default on the national debt. The group of fourteen senators-seven Republicans, six Democrats, and one Independent- have been negotiating a compromise plan to reopen government, avert the default, and restart budget negotiations on a long-term fiscal plan to deal with our nation's unsustainable debt, among other … Continue Reading

October 15, 2013

Manchin and Half the Senate Send Letter to White House Denouncing U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Washington, D.C. - For the third time, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and a group of 47 additional senators, today sent a letter to President Obama reiterating that the Senate overwhelmingly opposes the ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and will not be bound by its obligations. "Under no circumstances should this country surrender our gun rights to the control of the United Nations," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading

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