Press Releases

June 26, 2013

Manchin, Burr, Coburn, Alexander, King Introduce Bipartisan Permanent Student Loan Solution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Angus King (I-ME) plan to introduce tomorrow a bipartisan compromise, the "Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act," to avert student loan rates from doubling on July 1st and provide a permanent solution that would lower and fix interest rates for 100 percent of newly issued student-loans. Manchin said: "This bipartisan agreement not only makes sure student rates will not … Continue Reading

June 26, 2013

Manchin Applauds Amtrak's Goal to Hire Veterans for Twenty-Five Percent of New Employees by 2015

Washington, D.C. - As co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus and the "I Hire Veterans" initiative, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today joined Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman, Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Michael L. Rhodes with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to announce that Amtrak is setting a goal of 25 percent of new hires to be veterans by 2015. Senator Manchin delivered remarks at the ceremony and urged Amtrak to display the "I Hire … Continue Reading

June 26, 2013

Around One Thousand Guests Attend “Taste of West Virginia”

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday evening, West Virginia's congressional delegation proudly showcased West Virginia businesses, universities, organizations and musical talent at the "Taste of West Virginia." Approximately 1,000 guests attended the event, which is unprecedented for this type of gathering in Congress. West Virginians from all regions of the state, Members of Congress, and guests from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. to taste the state's delicious food, learn more about … Continue Reading

June 25, 2013

Manchin Slams Obama's War On Coal and Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today slammed President Obama's proposal to address climate change, which imposes unreasonable restrictions that will have disastrous consequences for not only the coal industry, but also American jobs and the economy. "The regulations the President wants to force on coal are not feasible. And if it's not feasible, it's not reasonable," Senator Manchin said. "It's clear now that the President has declared a war on coal. It's simply … Continue Reading

June 25, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce USDA Funding for Summers County Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced a $345,000 federal grant from USDA Rural Development has been awarded to Big Bend Public Service District to complete the Wiggins and Browning water extension project in Summers County. "All West Virginians should have access to the basic necessities of life, especially clean water," Manchin said. "These commonsense infrastructure projects are not only incredibly … Continue Reading

June 25, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce More Than $2 Million for West Virginia's Americorps Programs

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced an award of $2,643,284 in federal AmeriCorps funding for four AmeriCorps programs in West Virginia. "West Virginians have always believed in neighbors helping neighbors," said Manchin. "Giving back to our communities - contributing our time and service to improve the places that we live for our neighbors and for future generations - is such an important principle to instill in ourselves and our children. I am proud of … Continue Reading

June 24, 2013

West Virginia Delegation Encourages All To Attend "Taste of West Virginia" Event

Washington, D.C. - The West Virginia delegation encourages all West Virginians, their House and Senate colleagues and guests from across the country to attend the "Taste of West Virginia" event tomorrow, which is sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The event will showcase some of the best food West Virginia has to offer, plus live musical entertainment from West Virginia musicians and information about West Virginia-based businesses, universities and organizations. The West … Continue Reading

June 21, 2013

Manchin, Warner Introduce Legislation Setting State Incentives to Encourage Greater Energy Productivity

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced legislation that would establish a competitive program of voluntary federal incentives that will encourage states to adopt strategies to improve energy productivity. When implemented, the program would lower energy bills for consumers, create jobs and increase American economic competitiveness. The "State Energy Race to the Top" initiative incorporates a national goal of doubling the productivity of U.S. … Continue Reading

June 20, 2013

Manchin Congratulates Alpha on Grand Opening of Mine Safety Facility

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated Alpha on the opening of the Running Right Leadership Academy, a new mine safety and training facility to teach miners how to stay safe and avoid injuries in the coal mines. "A strong mining industry begins with a strong commitment to our miners," Senator Manchin said. "Our coal miners are some of the hardest working people in America, and they are proud to do the heavy lifting that keeps this country strong. It is our … Continue Reading

June 20, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce USDA Funding for Community Programs in Southern West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator. Joe Manchin, along with Senator Jay Rockefeller and Reprentative Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Wednesday announced Federal funding has been awarded for community organizations in Wayne and Nicholas Counties to purchase new equipment. "West Virginians choose their priorities based on their values, and that includes honoring our veterans and investing in the next generation," Manchin said. "These grants do just that by providing a van to help transport our veterans … Continue Reading

June 20, 2013

Manchin, Boxer, Grassley, Tonko introduce bill to curb excessive taxpayer-funded salraries for government contractors

A Government Report Released Today Found That Thousands of Government Contractors Currently Make More Than the Vice President New Legislation Would Limit Taxpayer-Funded Reimbursement to $230,700 per Year, Extend Cap to All Contractor Employees Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) today introduced the Commonsense Contractor Compensation Act of 2013, bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would cap … Continue Reading

June 20, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Issue Senate Resolution in Honor of West Virginia Sesquicentennial

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Amid events planned around the state honoring West Virginia's 150th birthday, Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today issued a United States Senate resolution in commemoration of the state's sesquicentennial. June 20 marks the day when West Virginia was admitted to the Union in 1863. (Full text of the resolution follows. Download a PDF of the official resolution by clicking here.) 113th Congress1st SessionIn the Senate of the United States A Resolution by … Continue Reading

June 19, 2013

Manchin Immigration Amendment Passes in Senate to Cap Contractor Pay for Border Security

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced his amendment to the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" easily passed in the Senate by a vote of 72-26. The amendment would cap compensation for private contractor executives employed for border security at $230,700, which is the most government civilian employees can make in a given year. Private companies could pay their contractors higher salaries; however, they would be responsible … Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce USDA Project Funding for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced the award of nearly $2.5 million in federal grant and loan monies for water infrastructure in Mingo County. "Making sure that West Virginians have access to clean, safe water is critical to the health and wellbeing of our children, our families and our communities," Manchin said. "It is important to invest in projects like these to make sure people across our … Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Manchin Includes 17 Amendments, Chairs Airland Subcommittee in Mark-Up of Annual Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. - In a major legislative victory, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) successfully added 17 amendments to the annual Senate defense authorization bill, including an important measure that withholds $63.8 million in funding that had been allocated to build the mining industry in Afghanistan. Additional provisions address veterans' unemployment, ensure the Department of Defense responsibly spends its allocated funds, reduce the inflated salaries of executive contractors, support … Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Manchin Congratulates Clarksburg VA on Hiring 10 New Mental Health Professionals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg for hiring ten new mental health professionals to help expand access to health care for veterans, service members and their families. "I have talked to so many of our Veterans, who tell me that we need to do more to expand mental health care," Senator Manchin said. "I congratulate the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center for taking a step in the right direction and … Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce HUD Funding for Housing Counseling

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced that federal funding has been awarded to support housing counseling services to expand homeownership opportunities and improve access to affordable housing in West Virginia. "Every family deserves access to quality, affordable housing that is safe and secure. It not only promotes self-sufficiency, but also strengthens our neighborhoods, communities and local economy. These kinds of … Continue Reading

June 14, 2013

Manchin Pays Tribute to American Flag

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today celebrated Flag Day by honoring veterans and meeting with seniors, community leaders and area residents in Greenbrier County. He spent the morning at Fairlea Senior Center and then paid tribute to the American flag with a community flag presentation at Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Senator Manchin also submitted into the official record a congressional record statement to commemorate Flag Day. Representatives … Continue Reading

June 14, 2013

Manchin Congratulates Pepperoni Roll On Being Voted America's Favorite State Food In "Taste Of America" Contest

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today proudly congratulated West Virginia on being nationally acknowledged for its popular state food, the pepperoni roll, which took the overall top prize in this year's CQ Roll Call "Taste of America" contest. The pepperoni roll beat out 64 other foods from all fifty states in a bracket-style online voting competition that brought in over a half a million votes. On behalf of West Virginia, a trophy will be presented to Senator Manchin and … Continue Reading

June 13, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce FEMA Funding Awarded for Logan County Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (all D-W.Va.), along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, Thursday announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded funding to the Cora Volunteer Fire Department for operations and firefighter safety. "Volunteer firefighters like Cora's deserve our best efforts in providing them with the resources they need to save lives and protect our communities," said Rahall, top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure … Continue Reading

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