Press Releases

March 24, 2015

Manchin Applauds VA for Expanding Veteran Choice Program

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin applauded the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) decision to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans who live 40 miles from the closest VA facility or who face a significant delay in scheduling an appointment to receive health care in their communities at a non-VA facility. The VA will change the calculation used to determine the distance between a veteran's home and the nearest VA medical facility from a … Continue Reading

March 24, 2015

Manchin Urges Senate Appropriations Committee to Invest in Safety Efforts for Crude-By-Rail

Washington, D.C. - Following the February 16 train derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia, Senator Manchin has closely reviewed ways to improve the safety of transporting Bakken crude oil and other energy products along our nation's railroads. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined 21 other Senators in sending a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee supporting robust funding for the Safe Transportation of Energy Products Program, which would improve coordination and investment … Continue Reading

March 20, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $2.6 Million for Head Start Programs in Raleigh and Wyoming Counties

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced $1,198,206 and $1,381,731, respectively, in federal funding to the Raleigh County Community Action Association Head Start program and the MountainHeart Community Services Head Start program. This funding will help Head Start provide early learning and development opportunities to children in Beckley and Oceana. "Head Start's mission starts with family, and in West Virginia, we understand the value of … Continue Reading

March 20, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Expand Pulsar Search Collaboratory at WVU

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito applauded West Virginia University (WVU) for receiving the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) Physics Frontier Center Award. The award provides a $4,738,010 federal grant to leverage and expand the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC) program, which is a joint project between WVU and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia. "West Virginia … Continue Reading

March 20, 2015

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today introduced the Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would reauthorize the Bank's charter until September 30, 2019, and would minimize risk to taxpayers by requiring a regular audit of the Bank's risk management practices and procedures. Currently, the Bank's authorization is set to expire June 30, 2015, and would impact more than 200,000 American jobs that are supported through the … Continue Reading

March 19, 2015

Manchin, Boozman Bill Improves Highway Safety

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin, John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the safety of America's roads and highways by eliminating a hurdle in the commercial trucking industry's pre-employment drug screening process. The Drug Free Commercial Driver Act of 2015 would allow the U.S. Department of Transportation to recognize hair testing as an alternative option to give companies greater flexibility when conducting drug and alcohol testing. Under current … Continue Reading

March 19, 2015

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Former Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the passing of former Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass. "Gayle and I are sorry to learn of the passing of our dear friend Commissioner Gus Douglass," Senator Manchin said. "I always enjoyed working with Gus. He was enthusiastic about his job. Each year at the West Virginia State Fair, Gus and I would eagerly walk the fairgrounds, stopping to admire the very best of West Virginia. Whether it was award-winning pies, the … Continue Reading

March 19, 2015

Manchin, Moran, and Capito Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reform Examination Process for Financial Institutions

Washington, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin, Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today introduced The Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act (S. 774). The bipartisan legislation would reform the examination process for financial institutions by requiring regulatory agencies to issue examination determinations promptly, as well as give banks and other supervised financial institutions the right to have those determinations reviewed. "An effective and fair … Continue Reading

March 18, 2015

Manchin to Senate: Confirm Loretta Lynch

Today, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) met with U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch and issued the following statement. "I had the pleasure today of meeting with United States Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, and I have no doubt that her experience and record make her uniquely qualified to serve as our next U.S. Attorney General. After more than 130 days since her nomination, it is time to put politics aside and confirm her as our next U.S. Attorney General. I urge my Senate … Continue Reading

March 18, 2015

Manchin Introduces Bill to Promote Railroad Infrastructure

Today, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced the Track, Railroad, and Infrastructure Network (TRAIN) Act, which would reform the environmental permitting process for rail projects in order to facilitate a more efficient way to approve rail infrastructure. The bipartisan legislation would promote additional investment in rail systems without compromising environmental quality. "Our nation's railroads move 29 million carloads every year and take millions of trucks off the … Continue Reading

March 17, 2015

Manchin, Thune Introduce Bill to Block Expensive EPA Regulation that Hinders Economic Opportunities

Senators Joe Manchin and John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing costly regulations that would increase energy prices, curb job growth and hinder economic opportunities by setting the ground-level ozone standard at an unprecedented low level. The bill, The Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act, would stem the economic harm from a lower ozone standard by requiring the EPA to focus on the worst areas for air quality … Continue Reading

March 16, 2015

Manchin Praises Beckley Teacher on Nationally-Recognized Outstanding Performance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today congratulated Daniels resident and Woodrow Wilson High School teacher Karen Bonnett for being honored as the Midwest District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators - at its 130th National Convention & Expo this week in Seattle. She will vie with four other district winners for the distinguished honor of National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, … Continue Reading

March 16, 2015

Manchin, Hoeven Introduce Veterans Access to Extended Care Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today introduced the Veterans Access to Extended Care Act, bipartisan legislation they authored to allow veterans greater access to long-term care (LTC) services in their home communities. Specifically, the legislation will enable veterans to stay in nursing homes in their home communities near loved ones and friends because those nursing homes will be able to receive Veterans Administration reimbursement … Continue Reading

March 13, 2015

Manchin Visits Yeager Airport Landslide Site

Charleston, W.V. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin visited today the Yeager Airport landslide site to assess damage and learn about developing plans to contain the hillside devastation, prepare for potential widespread flooding, and begin rebuilding the impacted area. Senator Manchin, along with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Senator Shelley Moore Capito, met with Airport Director Rick Atkinson, Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper, Commissioner Dave Hardy, Director of Kanawha County … Continue Reading

March 12, 2015

Manchin Supports Renewed Effort to Establish Commonsense National Energy Policies

Senator Joe Manchin today cosponsored commonsense legislation that moves America toward a national energy efficiency strategy. Senator Manchin remains a strong supporter of this updated version of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC), which was originally introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The legislation saves consumers money, creates jobs and reduces pollution. It has received widespread support from Democrats and Republicans as well … Continue Reading

March 12, 2015

Manchin Statement Opposing WV Bill Eliminating Concealed Carry Permit and Training Requirements

Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement opposing Senate Bill 347 that eliminates permit and training requirements for those who carry concealed weapons. "As a law-abiding gun owner, hunter, card-carrying life member of the NRA and Second Amendment advocate, I have always supported a West Virginian's right to bear arms. Senate Bill 347 would allow a person to carry a concealed gun without a permit or requirement of safety training and that is irresponsible and dangerous to the … Continue Reading

March 11, 2015

Manchin Offers Advice and Encouragement to U.S. Senate Youth Program Student Delegates

Senator Manchin spoke at an opening dinner and met with the 104 student delegates at Senate reception, including Ylhang Liu of Huntington and Gene Webster Bailey, III of Charleston Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin was pleased to spend time with this year's U.S. Senate Youth Program's student delegates. As co-chair of this year's program, he was the keynote speaker on Monday evening at the opening dinner. In his speech, he spoke to the young leaders about his career in … Continue Reading

March 10, 2015

Manchin Cosponsors Landmark Legislation to Protect Families & Communities from Toxic Chemicals

Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin cosponsored major bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from toxic chemicals by updating the United States' outdated chemical regulatory program. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is the result of a bipartisan agreement that Senator Manchin helped to mediate after nearly two years of deliberations and negotiations. Lawmakers, stakeholders, and affected community leaders - like those impacted by the Freedom Industries spill in … Continue Reading

March 10, 2015

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators: Preserve Access to Manufactured Housing

Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) today reintroduced the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, bipartisan legislation that would protect the ability of manufactured home customers to buy, sell, and refinance homes, while maintaining important consumer protections. Manchin said, "Homeownership is an important goal for so many West Virginians and Americans. This bipartisan bill will help keep the American dream of owning a … Continue Reading

March 10, 2015

Manchin and Burr Introduce Bill to Reduce Veteran Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2015. This legislation would build on existing homeless veterans programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by investing in established programs that are proven to be effective and removing any residual barriers to housing for veterans. "I don't know how we, as a country, can accept that nearly 50,000 Americans who have served our country will be homeless … Continue Reading

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