Press Releases

May 14, 2020

Manchin Votes To Reauthorize Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on his decision to support H.R. 6172, USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020, which reauthorizes the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The Senate passed the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act 80-16. “Every day, the United States faces immense threats and we are only able to defend ourselves because of the incredible work of … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel Encourage Lewis County High School To Submit Speed Tests During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel encouraged Lewis County High School students to submit broadband speed tests while they are learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Manchin will send these speed tests to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to advocate for the FCC to create a public feedback system and fix their broadband coverage maps, which determine where federal … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding for Family Violence Prevention Services In West Virginia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $270,038 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Family Violence Prevention and Services formula grants program, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This funding will be used to provide temporary housing, assistance, and supportive services to victims of … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $57 Million To Increase COVID-19 Testing In West Virginia

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $57,211,926 from the CARES Act for West Virginia to increase COVID-19 testing across the state. “In order to eventually reopen our state safely, we must rapidly expand testing for all West Virginians. But I continue to hear from West Virginians across the state who can’t get tested before returning to work and healthcare providers who don’t … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin Joins Democratic Amicus Brief To Protect West Virginians' Healthcare

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined an amicus brief filed in California v Texas (formerly Texas v United States), the case brought by Republican Attorneys General which aims to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional.“I was appalled last week when the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued to double down on their support for this terrible Republican lawsuit to leave 800,000 West Virginians and millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Municipal League Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with the West Virginia Municipal League to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“West Virginia’s towns and cities are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their communities and they need help to take care of their communities during this crisis. West Virginia has $1.25 billion sitting in the bank waiting to be distributed to municipalities, and I’ve called on Governor Justice … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin, Durbin, Kaine, Brown, Casey, Capito, Warner Introduce Bill To Protect Miners From COVID-19 Exposure

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act which would require the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) within 7 days of enactment to protect our miners from COVID-19 exposure at the mines. Additionally, the bill would forbid mine operators from … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin, Romney, Leahy, Gardner, Wyden Bill To Extend PPP Loan Deadline From 8 To 16 Weeks

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Deadline Extension Adjustment for Loans (DEAL) Act. The PPP DEAL Act will extend the loan forgiveness period from 8 to 16 weeks and amend the rehire date from June 30th to 16 weeks after the PPP loan is awarded. Additional information on the PPP DEAL Act can be found here.“Small businesses across the … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $1 Million In FEMA COVID-19 Relief

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,074,068 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Performance Grant Program - COVID-19 Supplemental (EMPG-S). This funding was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was signed into law on Friday, March 27, and will assist West Virginians in their … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin Applauds FCC Approval Of Wirt County Health Services Telehealth Program Application

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of Wirt County Health Services Association/Coplin Health System’s application for $274,432 to provide telehealth services to West Virginians during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member of the Financial Services & General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the FCC’s budget, Senator Manchin helped support $200 million in funding for the … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin Welcomes New Beckley VAMC Director, Discusses COVID-19 Pandemic And Quality Of Care For West Virginia Veterans

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke with Desmond McMullan, the newly appointed Director of the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) about COVID-19 testing at the VAMC, preparing for a surge in cases, protecting VAMC employees, and the ongoing investigation into Veteran sexual assaults at the VAMC. “Today I spoke with the Director Desmond McMullan, the new Director of the Beckley VAMC. Director McMullan has the experience and knowledge to lead … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin Urges Transparency In VA Disability Claims Process During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC), led the call for transparency and accountability as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) suspends in-person compensation and pension (C&P) exams for Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.In a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie today, Manchin and his committee colleagues pressed the Department to outline its plans for transitioning to virtual C&P exams during the … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin Statement On HUD Deputy Secretary, DHS Chief Financial Officer Nominations

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on supporting Brian Montgomery to be the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Troy Edger to be Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). “The Senate confirmed two nominations today, HUD Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery and DHS CFO Troy Edgar. Mr. Montgomery has decades of experience in the housing sector, previously serving … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $11 Million In Community Relief Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $11,193,235 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was signed into law on Friday, March 27. This funding will help address increased unemployment and economic disruption in … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin: There Is No Excuse For State To Sit On Money Any Longer

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement about the need for West Virginia Governor Jim Justice to begin distributing the $1.25 billion allocated to West Virginia through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “I disagree with the Governor, this is not political it is a matter of survival for all West Virginians. Simply put, the state of West Virginia has $1.25 billion in the bank that Congress allocated through the … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $7.7. Million In Energy Assistance For West Virginia Families

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $7,715,683 for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). LIHEAP, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides financial assistance to low-income Americans for whom energy costs represent … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin Bill To Improve Medicare Payments Program, Provide Financial Relief For Healthcare Providers On Front Lines Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced he will introduce legislation to reduce interest rates and modify repayment obligations for healthcare providers who’ve sought financial assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic through Medicare’s Accelerated and Advance Payments Program. This program was expanded under the CARES Act to allow for hospitals, physicians and other Medicare-participating providers to apply for upfront payments from Medicare to help cover revenue … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Push For Child Care Support In Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a bipartisan letter urging Senate leadership to include child care funding in the next COVID-19 relief package.The Senators said in part, “We write today regarding our nation’s child care providers. As Congress considers additional relief for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical we provide additional support for the child care sector to ensure providers can maintain operations and continue to meet the needs of … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

More Than 850 Conservation Groups Call On Congress To Pass Manchin's Great American Outdoors Act

Washington, DC - More than 850 conservation groups sent a letter to Congressional leadership supporting the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, introduced by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The West Virginia Environmental Council, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Land Trust, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and West Virginia Wilderness Coalition are among the groups who support the passage of … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Colleagues In Urging Inclusion Of New Markets For State-Inspected Meat And Poultry Act In Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, urging them to pass the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act as part of future COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. Across the country, meat and poultry processing facilities have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a backlog of product for our producers and in West Virginia, the pandemic is beginning to affect the … Continue Reading

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