Press Releases

August 24, 2018

Manchin Secures Funding in Spending Bill to Reimburse Martinsburg for Clean-up of Water Supply

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) secured funding to remedy the contamination of drinking water in Martinsburg, WV which was caused by the use of perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) in fire-fighting foams. "In 2016, when Martinsburg and other West Virginia communities were faced with the daunting news that their drinking water sources had been contaminated with unacceptable levels of PFOA in their drinking water supply I started working with federal agencies and Martinsburg … Continue Reading


August 23, 2018

McConnell Plays Partisan Politics Denying Vote On Manchin Amendment To Protect West Virginians With Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin released the following statement on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) refusal to allow the U.S. Senate to vote on Senator Manchin's amendment that would support authorizing Senate Legal Counsel to intervene in Texas vs. United States - a pending lawsuit in federal court - on behalf of the U.S. Senate, in order to defend the protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Right now, 20 U.S. Attorneys General, including the Attorney … Continue Reading


August 23, 2018

Manchin and Capito Successful in Push to Restore WVSU Upward Bound Eligibility

Announce more than $500,000 in federal funding for program WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Captio (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced a $522,363 five-year federal grant from the Department of Education for West Virginia State University's (WVSU) Upward Bound program. The senators pushed to restore the program's eligibility following the Department of Education's decision last year to disregard WVSU's application because of … Continue Reading


August 23, 2018

Senate to Vote on Manchin Resolution to Defend 800k West Virginians with Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, D.C. - Today the U.S. Senate will vote on an amendment supporting Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) resolution to authorize Senate Legal Counsel to intervene in Texas vs. United States - a pending lawsuit in federal court, on behalf of the U.S. Senate, in order to defend the protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Right now, 20 U.S. Attorneys General, including the Attorney General of West Virginia, are suing to allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage to West … Continue Reading


August 23, 2018

Manchin and Capito Introduce Legislation to Improve Early Detection of Black Lung

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced legislation to boost participation in federal programs that detect and treat black lung disease among coal miners. "Coal miners sacrifice a lot, including their own health, to keep our lights on, heat our homes, and power our businesses. Black lung cases are at a 25-year high and with today's technology and our knowledge of this disease, that is simply unacceptable. Our amendment will make sure … Continue Reading


August 22, 2018

Following Medicare Insolvency Report, Manchin Asks Azar For Fix For Seniors

Washington, D.C. - Following reports that the Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance trust fund will be insolvent within the decade, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is requesting information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar. Senator Manchin is asking Secretary Azar to provide answers to specific questions about insolvency, and how Medicare's potential insolvency could impact West Virginians. Senator Manchin said in part: "In June, the Medicare Boards … Continue Reading


August 21, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding for West Virginia Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $320,000 for West Virginia communities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development. This funding through the Community Facilities Program will support the purchase of vehicles and other equipment for emergency and non-emergency purposes. "Local officials are on the front lines every day providing basic … Continue Reading


August 21, 2018

MANCHIN AND CAPITO SECURE $1 MILLION IN STEM SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RURAL STUDENTS AT WVU

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,000,000 from the National Science Foundation for the West Virginia University Research Corporation. The project is a coordinated effort to extend resources to rural students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and will support high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need at … Continue Reading


August 21, 2018

Manchin Participates in Roundtable Discussion on Pre-Existing Conditions in Shepherdstown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a roundtable discussion today in West Virginia with religious, business and community leaders and West Virginians with pre-existing conditions. They discussed the lawsuit threatening West Virginians' pre-existing conditions protections. This is the fourth roundtable Senator Manchin has hosted or participated in on pre-existing conditions since the lawsuit was filed by West Virginia's Attorney General to allow insurance … Continue Reading


August 17, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More than $763K for Cancer Research

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 $763,181 to a health research organization in West Virginia. The funding will be used for research of Novel SCD1 inhibitors for cancer treatment at Modulation Therapeutics, Inc.in Morgantown. "The grant awarded to Modulation Therapeutics, Inc. will allow for groundbreaking … Continue Reading


August 17, 2018

Manchin, McKinley Advocate for ARC Headquarters Relocation to West Virginia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Representative David McKinley (R-WV) wrote a letter urging members of the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations to include language in the FY19 minibus appropriations bill that ensures the relocation of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) headquarters to West Virginia. Senator Manchin and Rep. McKinley said in part: "In FY 2017, the Commission supported 591 projects totaling $152.3 million, with 73% of these investments going … Continue Reading


August 16, 2018

Manchin Applauds DOJ Opioid Quota Reduction Announcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauds the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) proposal to reduce opioid production in 2019. The policy would reduce the manufacturing of the six most frequently abuse opioids by an average of ten percent. This reduction is something Senator Manchin has been fighting for consistently over the past two years. "The opioid epidemic has devastated West Virginian families, communities, and economies," Senator … Continue Reading


August 15, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding for Dental Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $370,000 for West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Funding will support the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' efforts to improve oral health outcomes. "This grant will help promote oral health in the Mountain State," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading


August 14, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $2.6 Million for Page-Kincaid Service District's Water Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced a $2,150,000 loan and a $535,000 grant for the Page-Kincaid Public Service District through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. Funding will go to replace the plant's aging mechanical equipment and upgrade the electrical system. The West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council (IJDC) … Continue Reading


August 14, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $20 Million to Assist Crime Victims

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $19,865,199 for West Virginia's Division of Justice and West Virginia Legislative Claims Commission. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs and will help support crime victims by funding compensation payments and enhancing state services. "Handing justice to victims of crimes is a coveted … Continue Reading


August 07, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $650,000 for WVU Brain Scanner

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced West Virginia University has been granted $655,649 by the Department of Health and Human Services to support Position Emission Tomography-Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Imagery (PET-EPRI). WVU is currently using a PET-EPRI machine to map intracellular physiology and extracellular parameters of the brains of ambulatory subjects. "Well-funded research … Continue Reading


August 03, 2018

Manchin Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Pre-Existing Conditions with Clergy in Wheeling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders from West Virginia's clergy in Wheeling today to discuss the lawsuit threatening West Virginians' pre-existing conditions protections. Right now, 20 U.S. Attorneys General, including the Attorney General of West Virginia, are suing to allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage to West Virginians with pre-existing conditions. This is the third roundtable discussion with clergy Senator … Continue Reading


August 03, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce Marshall University Diabetes Research Grant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Marshall University $440,405 for diabetes, endocrinology, and metabolic research. The funding will help aid research in the identification of diabetes susceptibility genes through integrated functional genomics analysis of gene-diet interaction. "Innovation stems from … Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1 Million in Health Care Grants

Washington D.C.- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced two grants totaling $1,278,441 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for health information systems and research. "Innovation in science can lead to medical breakthroughs that can save and improve lives," Senator Manchin said. "I am pleased that these West Virginian institutions are being recognized with this federal funding so they can … Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

Manchin and Capito Lead Bipartisan Group Urging Senate Leadership to Reauthorize LWCF

Washington, DC - Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) led a bipartisan group of Senators in a letter urging the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) before its expiration on September 30, 2018. "The LWCF is one of the country's best conservation programs, preserving public lands and ensuring access to outdoor recreation in rural and urban areas," the letter states. "For the last half century, it has … Continue Reading

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