Press Releases

July 12, 2012

Manchin Statement on Senate Jobs Measure That Won’t Create Jobs and Adds to Deficit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about voting against S. 2237, the so-called Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act. "This bill might sound like a good idea, but the fact is that it won't create jobs and it adds too much to our deficit," Senator Manchin said. "The people of West Virginia sent me to Washington to make hard choices, not make politically easy votes. I believe in helping our small businesses create jobs, but this bill doesn't … Continue Reading

July 12, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $1.8M Grant to Help Train Laid-Off Miners

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Representative Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) announced today that Workforce West Virginia will receive $1.8 million to provide reemployment services to about 200 West Virginia workers affected by statewide layoffs in the mining industry. This National Emergency Grant from the Department of Labor will be managed by the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc. "Our coal miners are some of the hardest working … Continue Reading

July 12, 2012

Manchin Seeks to Help Mountain State University Students Affected by Loss of Accreditation

Washington, D.C. - After learning that Mountain State University's accreditation is being revoked, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is working to make sure that all possible resources are made available to any affected students and personnel. Senator Manchin is working closely with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Learning Commission, which is an independent corporation of the … Continue Reading

July 11, 2012

Manchin: ‘It’s Wrong’ to Invest in Reliable Electricity for Afghanistan When West Virginians are Still Without Power

Manchin highlights newly announced $94 million project to make Afghanistan's grid more reliable while Americans suffer at home **Audio, Video Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) blasted a new project to provide reliable electricity to Afghanistan while tens of thousands of his constituents are still without power and water nearly two weeks after a major storm. "I rise this morning to address a situation that is very hard for me to believe and makes no sense … Continue Reading

July 06, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Significant Grants for Nursing Programs and Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced two grants totaling almost $100,000 in federal funding that will provide loans and scholarships for graduate and post-graduate students in West Virginia - including at Marshall University -- in the nursing program and traineeships for nurse anesthetist students. "Providing excellent education and training to the future nurses and health care providers of … Continue Reading

July 05, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller and Rahall Announce Extension for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller, Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency is extending the paper application deadline for the Assistance to Firefighters grant program, which provides federal funds for agencies needing critical equipment, training and other fire-fighting resources. Rockefeller this week sent a letter to FEMA Administrator William Fugate seeking an extension amid widespread power outages in West Virginia and the … Continue Reading

July 03, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Almost $6.3 Million for Yeager Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin announced that Yeager Airport in Charleston will receive almost $6.3 million in federal funding for airport runway improvements to help keep the airport safe and running smoothly, which is especially vital in the wake of last week's storm. "Making sure West Virginia's airports are as effective and safe as possible is absolutely essential," said Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. … Continue Reading

July 03, 2012

Manchin Statement on Call with Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) spoke today with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about West Virginia's critical needs following last week's severe storms. "I had a very good conversation with my friend Secretary Napolitano, and she told me that her heart goes out to the people of West Virginia. She assured me that the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA will do all they can to help our state recover. I specifically mentioned that West Virginia is … Continue Reading

July 03, 2012

Manchin Statement on Celebrating America’s Independence Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on celebrating America's Independence Day: "As we gather with our families and friends to celebrate the Fourth of July this year, many of our fellow West Virginians are still dealing with the serious damage caused by last weekend's severe storms, and our thoughts and prayers are with them. This is a time to come together to lend our neighbors a helping hand and check on your neighbors in need, and I know … Continue Reading

July 01, 2012


Information from FEMA available here: Urges West Virginians to report any information about stolen Frontier Communications generators LATEST UPDATE Washington, D.C. - In the aftermath of severe storms that have left hundreds of thousands of West Virginians without power in very hot weather, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is advising those in need to be in contact with their County Office of Emergency Services. At this early stage of … Continue Reading

June 30, 2012

Manchin Statement on West Virginia State of Emergency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement about the declared State of Emergency in West Virginia: "Last night's storms caused severe damage and left hundreds of thousands of West Virginians without electricity in this extreme heat. I urge all West Virginians to be very careful, stay hydrated, and check on your neighbors - especially the elderly. I know the state will do all it can to care for those in need, and I will do everything in my power … Continue Reading

June 29, 2012

Manchin Meets with WV Bicyclists at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

**Photos Available** Washington, D.C. - Last night at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) greeted a group of eight bicyclists from West Virginia who completed a 425-mile ride from Huntington to Washington, D.C. to raise money and awareness to help homeless veterans. "The men and women who have served so bravely in the defense of our country deserve the very best in treatment and care, and even one veteran sleeping on the street is one too many. My total … Continue Reading

June 28, 2012

Manchin Applauds Bipartisan Agreement on Jobs-Creating Transportation Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement about a bipartisan agreement on the surface transportation bill. "Investing in infrastructure isn't a Democratic idea or a Republican idea - it's an American idea. While this measure is not perfect, I am pleased that my colleagues were able to work together across party lines to reach an agreement. When it comes to infrastructure and all of our critical priorities, our states are counting on us to work … Continue Reading

June 28, 2012

Manchin Praises Dupont’s Commitment to National Guard and Reserve

Washington, D.C. -- As the co-chair and founder of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), representatives from DuPont and officials from the Department of Defense at a ceremony today highlighting the value that members of the National Guard and Reserve add to private companies. At the ceremony, DuPont formally reaffirmed their corporate commitment to the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve organization. ESGR is a … Continue Reading

June 28, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller and Rahall Welcome Advocates for Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall today issued the following statements on the six-day, 425-mile ride from Huntington to Washington, D.C. by eight bicyclists advocating for the Homeless Veterans Resource Center in Huntington. "This was a tough ride through the mountains of West Virginia and into Washington, D.C. - and a committed journey that reflects the sacrifices of those they're advocating for. I applaud the bicyclists for … Continue Reading

June 28, 2012

Manchin Statement on Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the Supreme Court's ruling on the health care law today. "We should all recognize that the health care challenges that many West Virginians and Americans face are not going to go away unless Congress takes additional action to repair this bill. Now that the Court has ruled, we can move forward with fixing what is wrong with this bill and saving what is right. I have always been determined to reduce … Continue Reading

June 27, 2012

Manchin Addresses Prescription Drug Abuse, Student Loans and Energy Needs in Latest Installment of ‘Manchin’s Mailbox’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released his fourth episode of "Manchin's Mailbox" today to answer questions from West Virginians about his positions on critical issues, including fighting the war on prescription drug abuse, keeping student loan interest rates low and keeping good energy jobs in the state. The 6-minute question-and-answer session can be found here. "I truly value the concept of 'retail government,' so I can personally reach out to the people of West … Continue Reading

June 27, 2012

Manchin on Second Anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd’s Death

**Audio, Video Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement in advance of the second anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd's death. "Today, we remember our dear friend and a great statesman for all his contributions to our beautiful state and great nation. An unwavering defender of the Constitution and a determined fighter for West Virginia, Senator Robert C. Byrd remains on West Virginians' minds, while his legacy of public service … Continue Reading

June 27, 2012

Manchin Congratulates Marshall University on its Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after learning that Marshall University's Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate accreditation status by the Accreditation Council For Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. "I congratulate Marshall University, President Kopp and the faculty and staff of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy on achieving Precandidate accreditation status for the Doctor of Pharmacy … Continue Reading

June 26, 2012

Manchin Shares Stories of West Virginians’ Efforts to Fight Drug Abuse

Manchin applauds expected passage of provision to put tighter controls on synthetic substances Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin went to the Senate floor this morning to share the personal stories of West Virginians who are demanding that lawmakers confront the prescription drug epidemic. Senator Manchin offered a measure to put tighter controls on a highly addictive painkiller called hydrocodone. The measure passed unanimously across party lines in the Senate, but was ultimately … Continue Reading

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