Press Releases

March 11, 2019

Manchin Urges Inclusion Of Back Pay For Contractors Impacted By The Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and a bipartisan group of 38 Senators sent a letter to the Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT) of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the inclusion of back pay for federal contract workers impacted by the government shutdown within the upcoming disaster relief package. While federal workers harmed by the government shutdown have since been compensated … Continue Reading

March 08, 2019

Manchin Statement On The Death Of Miner Adam DeBoard

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of miner Adam DeBoard of Craigsville, as result of a fall yesterday in a Greenbrier County mine. "As West Virginians, we know that our hardworking and patriotic miners put their lives on the line every day when they enter the mines to help power this country, and we are deeply grateful for all they contribute. Although we know the risks, it doesn't ease the heartbreak we feel whenever we … Continue Reading

March 06, 2019

Manchin, Capito Urge HHS Secretary To Empower Doctors To Stop Preventable Opioid Deaths

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today led a letter with 11 of their Senate colleagues urging Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to initiate a rulemaking process that will improve coordination of care and reduce the potential for accidental overdoses among recovering addicts. This rulemaking process would help give healthcare providers access to their patient's complete medical history, including substance abuse, … Continue Reading

March 05, 2019

Manchin Advocates For West Virginia Coal Miners In First Senate Climate Hearing

To watch a video of Senator Manchin's closing remarks, please click here. To watch a video of Senator Manchin's questioning, please click here. Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today advocated for West Virginia energy production during the Senate hearing of the 116th Congress to address the climate crisis. The hearing featured testimony from representatives from the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, … Continue Reading

March 05, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce Over $313K In Support For Senior Corps Organizations In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that $313,237 will be divided amongst four Senior Corps organizations with volunteers 55 and older, to tackle issues in their communities. The support will be used to help the organizations' build infrastructure, provide transportation or housing, and allow for broader access to healthcare, such as opioid treatment and prevention programs. "One … Continue Reading

March 05, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $689K To Combat Water Pollution In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $689,000 for the West Virginia Department of Environment Protection from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will address issues related to water pollution around the state of West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will use the contribution to improve water pollution detection by water quality … Continue Reading

March 04, 2019

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Effort To Clean Up Water In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation that would mandate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) within one year of enactment declare per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for cleanup funds under the EPA Superfund law, and also enable a requirement that polluters undertake or pay for remediation. "All West Virginians deserve the comfort of knowing that their drinking water is clean and safe. In 2016, … Continue Reading

March 04, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $1.5 Million Wastewater Investment For Welch

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,500,000 for the City of Welch through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants. This funding will support the expansion of the city's wastewater system into North Welch, serving approximately 93 new customers. "Updating and investing in our wastewater infrastructure is absolutely critical, … Continue Reading

March 04, 2019

Manchin Praises Facebook's Investment In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on Facebook's announcement that it will lay fiber throughout West Virginia to connect Facebook data centers in Ohio and Virginia. The project will construct 275 miles of fiber through West Virginia between Ashburn, VA and Columbus, OH. The state will gain access to a portion of the fiber while providing Facebook access to the rights-of-way in the state. "Today's announcement by Facebook is a great investment … Continue Reading

March 01, 2019

Manchin Urges Bezos To Invest In West Virginia With New Amazon Headquarters

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, urging him to choose West Virginia as the new site of Amazon's second headquarters, in response to the cancellation of the headquarters site in Long Island City, New York. The letter highlights West Virginia's hardworking citizens, business-friendly economic environment, vast interstate highway system, and beautiful landscape as reasons why it is the perfect location for a new Amazon headquarters. … Continue Reading

February 28, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $14 Million For Health Centers

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) has awarded $14,065,214 to health centers in West Virginia. "These health centers are providing essential services to West Virginians across our state," Senator Manchin said. "Without these centers, many West Virginians would not have accessible healthcare without travelling long … Continue Reading

February 27, 2019

Manchin Upset To Hear The New River Train Has Been Canceled

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is saddened to hear that the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society will cancel its operation of the New River Train in 2019, and he will continue working with all parties to find a solution. Over the last year, Amtrak has significantly raised costs for charter trains such as the New River Train, making it unable to continue to operate. Senator Manchin has been and will continue working with both Collis P. Huntington and Amtrak to … Continue Reading

February 27, 2019

Manchin Voted Against Confirming Andrew Wheeler To Be EPA Administrator

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted against confirming Andrew Wheeler to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "When I voted to confirm Mr. Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the EPA, I did so because I thought the President deserved to have his team in place. I also believed that I could work with Mr. Wheeler. Today, I voted against him to be the permanent Administrator of the EPA because as Acting Administrator, he hasn't … Continue Reading

February 26, 2019

Manchin Announces $1.4 Million To Repair Damaged Roads In Wetzel County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,422,591 for West Virginia through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) public assistance grant program. Funding will assist the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) with repairs to roadways in Wetzel County that was damaged as a result of storms in April 2018. "I am grateful that the WV Division of Highways has received this funding." Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading

February 22, 2019

Manchin Applauds the Appalachian Regional Commission's Investment in WV Coal Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), announced more than $3.6 million in grants to 8 different organizations across West Virginia through the Appalachian Regional Commission's (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Grant Program. These investments from ARC are aimed at diversifying the local economies of coal communities, including expanding the local food economy, substance abuse recovery program access and health services. In … Continue Reading

February 21, 2019

Manchin Statement On The Passing Of Evelyn Roberts

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement regarding the passing of Evelyn Roberts, mother of Cecil Roberts, President of United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). "Gayle and I are terribly saddened to hear the news of Evelyn Roberts' passing. Evelyn lived an incredibly long, lively and productive life of nearly 100 years in our wonderful state. She loved and was loved by all who knew her and dedicated herself to the betterment of hardworking … Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

Manchin, Lankford Lead Bipartisan Letter Concerning The FCC's Broadband Coverage Maps

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and James Lankford (R-OK) led a bipartisan letter to Chairman Pai of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), advocating for a public feedback mechanism to allow consumers and states to help inform broadband coverage maps and report any lack of broadband access to the FCC. The letter was also signed by U.S Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Angus King (I-ME), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Michael … Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

Manchin Applauds Appropriations Deal With Border Wall Funding And West Virginia Priorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the spending deal announced today which included $1.375 billion for a border wall and $1.7 billion for border security and humanitarian aid. "I'm glad Republicans and Democrats have come together on these six appropriations bills and that the President has indicated he would sign them in order to avert another government shutdown. The $3 billion for border security is desperately needed to secure our border. These bills also … Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

Manchin Welcomes WV National Guard Official To Infrastructure Security Hearing

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, welcomed Major William J. Keber of the West Virginia National Guard Critical Infrastructure Protection Battalion as a witness at today's cybersecurity hearing. The hearing also featured witnesses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. "This … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Manchin, Gardner, Moran, Cassidy and Collins Introduce VA Accountability Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the VA Provider Accountability Act, legislation that would bring much needed accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A troubling GAO report from 2017 revealed an unacceptable trend of VA facilities failing to report providers who made major medical errors to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the relevant state licensing … Continue Reading

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