Press Releases

December 19, 2018

Manchin Leads Bicameral Letter Urging Leadership to Include Miners' Priorities in End of Year Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today led a bicameral group of Senators and Representatives continuing to urge Congressional leadership to include in end-of-year legislation an extension of the coal excise tax at current levels for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, the addition of orphan miners from 2018 bankruptcies into the Coal Act, and a permanent fix to ensure the solvency of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) 1974 Pension Plan. "Our nation's coal miners … Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

Manchin Leads Senate Colleagues in Urging President Trump to Condemn Texas v. U.S. Decision

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today led a group of Senators in calling on President Trump to condemn the recent decision in Texas v. United States which declared the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. If the decision stands, 20 million Americans will be left without the health insurance they rely on. The 133 million Americans and 800,000 West Virginians with a pre-existing condition will be at risk of losing their access to health insurance and millions of … Continue Reading


December 18, 2018

Manchin Votes for Criminal Justice Reform

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the First Step Act, the bipartisan legislation supported by President Trump to reform the criminal justice system. "I'm proud the Senate was able to come together in a bipartisan way to pass common sense criminal justice and sentencing reform. The revised First Step Act offers a second chance for nonviolent offenders and by focusing on the skills necessary for people to stay out of prison it should reduce incarceration rates. … Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

Manchin Statement on Obamacare Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the decision by a federal judge in Texas that Obamacare must be thrown out. "This misguided and inhumane ruling will kick millions of Americans and tens of thousands of West Virginians off of their health insurance. West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will be at risk of losing their health insurance. And the thousands of West Virginians who gained health insurance through the Medicaid expansion … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Manchin Votes to End United States Involvement in Yemen

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote for S.J.Res.54, a joint resolution directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen. "Today I voted to end the United States support of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition in the war in Yemen. After reviewing the overwhelming evidence, it is clear that the Saudi-led coalition's actions in Yemen are no longer something we, the leader of the free world, can … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Manchin Puts Hold on FCC Nomination Until FCC Chairman Guarantees Broadband Funding for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) put a hold on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nominee, Brendan Carr. Last week, the FCC announced that they were indefinitely pausing the release of $4.5 billion through Mobility Fund Phase II. Over the past three years, Senator Manchin has fought to reallocate this funding to places like West Virginia that are the hardest and most expensive to serve. "Last week the FCC finally recognized that their broadband maps were … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Manchin Applauds USDA Program to Prioritize Broadband Deployment in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the United States Agriculture Department (USDA) for deploying the e-Connectivity Pilot Program, which aims to improve connectivity and closing the digital divide in rural and geographically challenging portions of the state. Now, businesses, non-profits and communities in West Virginia can apply for the ReConnect Program for funding for broadband deployment. "West Virginia faces unique challenges when it comes to providing broadband … Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce $4.4 Million To Repair Damaged Roads

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $4,437,159 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 Hancock, Lincoln, Monongalia, and Ohio counties that were damaged as a result of storms in February 2018. "I am grateful that the WV … Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Manchin Announced As Ranking Member On Senate Energy Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that he will represent West Virginians as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Senator Manchin has been a member of the committee since being elected to the Senate in 2010. "I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve West Virginians in this new role as the lead Democrat on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources," Senator Manchin said. "This Committee has a long … Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Manchin Votes To Pass Bipartisan Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted to pass the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill), bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes agriculture, nutrition and forestry programs overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Senator Manchin made sure to include top West Virginia priorities in the Farm Bill including funding to fight the opioid epidemic, broadband expansion and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. "The … Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Manchin Announces $40 Million in Transportation Grants for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $40 million in grants to West Virginia through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grant Program - the first such grants to West Virginia since 2014. "Investing in American infrastructure is one of the most important steps we can take to put people back to work and get our economy moving again," Senator Manchin said. "I have … Continue Reading


December 01, 2018

Manchin Statement on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released this statement following the announcement President George H.W. Bush has passed. "Gayle and I were so heartbroken to hear of the passing of President George H.W. Bush. The President dedicated his life to our country through his patriotism, his public service and humanitarian efforts. He was a man who put country and citizens before party and politics and will be remembered as one of the greatest presidents in our history. It … Continue Reading


November 27, 2018

Manchin Only Member of Congress to Challenge Mobility Fund Coverage Map

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Senator Manchin (D-WV) submitted to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) a formal challenge to Mobility Fund Phase II initial eligible areas map. The data Senator Manchin submitted proves the coverage map released by the FCC does not accurately depict broadband coverage throughout West Virginia. Senator Manchin was the only member of Congress to submit a formal challenge. "The data I submitted yesterday proves what every West Virginian already knows to be … Continue Reading


November 27, 2018

Manchin Encourages West Virginians To Get Covered During ACA Open Enrollment Period

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginians to find a health insurance plan that works for them before the Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period ends on December 15, 2018. West Virginians can register for health insurance coverage by visiting www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/ or call 1-800-318-2596. "While the ACA is not perfect, the number of uninsured West Virginians has decreased by 56% as a result of the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid … Continue Reading


November 16, 2018

MANCHIN, CAPITO ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR DRUG TREATMENT, FIRST RESPONDERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $747,000 for West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development. Funding will support the expansion of substance abuse treatment facilities in Fayette County and assist the Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department in purchasing ambulance equipment. "I am happy to see this grant will provide critical health care … Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

MANCHIN ANNOUNCES SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINATIONS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that he will nominate 38 West Virginia students from 18 counties to the U.S. Service Academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. "It is such an honor to recommend 38 of West Virginia's brightest young men and women to the U.S. service academies," Senator Manchin said. "All of … Continue Reading


October 26, 2018

Manchin Applauds Another Great Hinton Railroad Festival

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded another successful Hinton Railroad Days Festival. The annual festival is hosted by the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, a 59-year old non-profit organization that operates private railroad cars through Amtrak. This April, Amtrak announced it would no longer accept private and charter trains, which the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society uses for the Hinton Railroad Days Festival. After bringing together … Continue Reading


October 26, 2018

Manchin Leads Letter to Sessions Urging Correction of Staffing Shortage at Bureau of Prisons

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions a letter expressing concerns about staffing practices at the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The letter specifically raised concerns regarding the over-reliance of augmentation and the failure of the BOP to follow congressional directives to hire more full-time correctional officers. U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Bob Casey (D-PA) and U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA) also … Continue Reading


October 24, 2018

Manchin Announces Members of Service Academy Selection Board

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced the members of his service academy selection board. Earlier this week, the four member panel interviewed prospective candidates who are vying for a nomination to the four military service academies: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy. "It is an honor to nominate hardworking and dedicated West Virginia students to the U.S. Service … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce $7.7 Million In ARC Funding For West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $7,766,842 of funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for West Virginia for broadband expansion, tourism development, and assistance for West Virginians affected by substance abuse. The funding will go to a handful of key local organizations in the state that support economic and workforce development efforts. "Appalachian … Continue Reading

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