Press Releases

July 31, 2013

Manchin, Hoeven, Murkowski Reintroduce the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), John Hoeven (R-ND) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today reintroduced the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (DEJA), a bipartisan, comprehensive package of energy legislation that will not only reduce the high energy costs faced by hard-working families and small businesses, but also spur badly-needed economic growth and job creation across the U.S. economy. "Developing a strong, all-of-the-above domestic energy plan is the clear pathway forward to help … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Manchin Testifies at Environment Committee on Need to Pass Bipartisan Chemical Safety Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to urge his colleagues to expedite the passage of the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) and honor the late Senator Frank Lautenberg's legacy to better protect the health and safety of all Americans. The bipartisan bill, crafted by Senator Frank Lautenberg and Senator David Vitter, would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, which has not been improved in … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Funding for Residential Substance Abuse Recovery Services in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, Wednesday announced Federal funding has been awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to The Healing Place in Huntington to expand substance abuse residential recovery services and establish a region-wide training program for peer mentoring. "The drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia and across America must end. Every day, lives are lost, families are … Continue Reading


July 31, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $550,000 For Mine Safety Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced that $550,000 worth of federal funding will be available for safety and health training grants to help identify and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. The Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety Grants grew out of the MINER Act which Rockefeller and Rahall co-authored in the Senate and House respectively and which Congress passed in 2006. "Coal miners are the backbone of … Continue Reading


July 30, 2013

Manchin Statement on EPA Administrator's First Speech

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement after Gina McCarthy's first speech as the new Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. "I completely agree with Ms. McCarthy that clean energy technology will spur economic growth. Clean coal technology already is being used and it's having a direct impact on our environment and our economy. In the last ten years, U.S. coal emissions have been reduced by 50 percent and coal-fired electric plants … Continue Reading


July 29, 2013

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Announce Funding to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Program in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (all D-W.Va.), Monday announced Federal funding has been awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to Prestera Center to expand and increase patient access to mental health treatment and substance abuse recovery support services. "The hard work of addressing the problems of prescription drugs in our region is underway, and funding like this can go a long way … Continue Reading


July 26, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall: Federal Disaster Declaration for State Triggers Release of Federal Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Friday applauded the major disaster declaration that has been issued for the State of West Virginia, which will provide Federal disaster assistance to help communities recover from severe storms and flooding that occurred on June 13, 2013. "I am pleased that the communities affected by June's severe weather will be receiving this assistance," said Manchin. "West Virginians always help … Continue Reading


July 25, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Significant Highway Safety Investment in WV

WASHINGTON D.C. --- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced nearly $660,000 in federal grant funding for the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Office, to carry out important highway safety and distracted driving prevention initiatives in the state. "Driver education and training, and basic safety precautions like using seatbelts, give West Virginians vital tools to protect their own lives and their loved ones. So often those simple acts we take for granted are all it … Continue Reading


July 24, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Permanently Lower Rates For All Students

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Angus King (I-ME), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced the passage of the "Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act" by a vote of 81-18, which provides a long-term fix that lowers student interest rates for all students. "In just a few short weeks, students will be returning to school knowing with certainty what their interest rates will be on their loans for the upcoming … Continue Reading


July 24, 2013

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Permanently Lower Interest Rates for All Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced the passage of the "Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act" by a vote of 81-18, which is legislation that he sponsored along with a group of Democrat, Republican and Independent Senators. The bill provides a long-term fix that lowers student interest rates for all students. "In just a few short weeks, students will be returning to school knowing with certainty what their interest rates will be on their loans for the upcoming … Continue Reading


July 23, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Grant for Marshall University Academic Research Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Federal funding has been awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Marshall University for arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases research."In southern West Virginia, we are so fortunate to have world-class leading-edge research programs, such as this one at Marshall, working to identify potential treatments of injuries and debilitating diseases that … Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Manchin Statement on Gina McCarthy ‘No’ Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after voting against President Obama's nominee to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. "I voted against Gina McCarthy to be the next Administrator of the EPA, but my fight is not with her. My fight is with President Obama and the EPA, the regulatory agency that has consistently placed unreasonable regulations and unobtainable standards on energy production, … Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Funding For Volunteer Fire Departments In Princeton and Wheeling

WASHINGTON D.C. --- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller as well as Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced $73,081 in total federal funding for the Green Valley-Glenwood and Sherrard Volunteer Fire Departments to improve operations and safety and fire prevention. "West Virginians count on local firefighters and first responders to keep their families and communities safe every day," said Manchin, who has worked in the past with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County. "It … Continue Reading


July 16, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding For Greenbrier County Head Start Program

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, and Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced nearly $1 million in federal funding for the Greenbrier County Board of Education to benefit their Head Start Program. "If we want to secure West Virginia's future, we must continue to invest in educational opportunities for all of our children," said Manchin. "We have a responsibility as West Virginians to prepare our future leaders to compete in the global marketplace that will … Continue Reading


July 15, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $3.6M to Prevent Veteran Homelessness in WV

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced $3,657,708 in federal funding to help prevent and end veteran homelessness in West Virginia. "One of our country's biggest challenges is the number of our veterans who are returning home and struggling with homelessness and unemployment," said Manchin. "These courageous men and women are American heroes, serving with honor to defend our freedoms. They have answered the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2013

WV delegation urges White House to approve Federal Disaster Aid in wake of severe weather last month

Washington, D.C. - The West Virginia Delegation sent a letter on Friday, June 11 to President Obama urging him to review and approve Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's request for federal disaster aid as a result of flooding from severe weather between June 13, 2013 to June 20, 2013. The storms impacted several counties, including Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, and Roane with damaging flooding, mudslides and landslides. The letter said, in part: "As members of West Virginia's … Continue Reading


July 12, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Mobile and Tele-Health Clinics for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will bring a new mobile health clinic and a tele-health clinic to Mercer County to help the growing number of veterans in the area access needed mental health and medical services. The tele-health clinic is expected to open and begin to serve patients in fall 2013. "When our veterans return home, they deserve access to the … Continue Reading


July 11, 2013

Manchin Introduces Common-Sense Balanced Budget Amendment

Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced a constitutional amendment today that would require the federal government to balance its budget and restore fiscal discipline in Washington. The amendment would direct Congress to balance the federal budget each year and would require that federal spending not exceed revenues except in exceptional cases, such as when the nation is … Continue Reading


July 10, 2013

Manchin Welcomes Veterans From Pine Lodge Nursing Home to Washington on Special Honor Flight

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly welcomed four veterans from Beckley's Pine Lodge Nursing Home to the nation's capital to travel to the memorials that were built in their honor. The veterans' dying wishes were to see their memorials, and today they visited the World War II Memorial, Korean Memorial and Vietnam Memorial free of cost. "These four men served our country with distinction and valor, and I cannot stress what an honor and a privilege it is to welcome … Continue Reading


July 10, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce USDA Funding for Water and Safety Projects in Southern West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Wednesday announced Federal funding has been awarded for projects to improve public water/wastewater and enhance community safety in Fayette and Mingo Counties. "Investments that help create local jobs, support businesses and rebuild our economy are vital to our communities across West Virginia, especially in our rural areas," Manchin said. "Grants like these will help ensure that our … Continue Reading

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