Press Releases

June 06, 2018

Manchin Statement on Death of a Coal Miner in Randolph County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Ronald R. Taylor, a coal miner from Barbour County who was working in Randolph County. "Gayle and I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Ronald R. Taylor in Randolph County. West Virginians are all too familiar with the sacrifices coal miners and their families make to keep the lights on across America. It is times like this that those sacrifices become even more … Continue Reading

June 06, 2018

Manchin Outlines West Virginia Priorities for Recently Announced August Session

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) highlighting West Virginia priorities that the Senate should focus on while they are in session in August. Senator Manchin said in part: "I am optimistic about the additional opportunities we have to tackle the major problems facing the American people with the recently announced August work period, but we must work together to make it a productive use of taxpayer dollars. The American … Continue Reading

June 06, 2018

Manchin Applauds President for Signing VA Mission Act into Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded President Trump for signing the VA MISSION Act, legislation that will improve non-VA care and expand the Caregivers program to Veterans of all eras. Senator Manchin has personally championed expanding caregiver benefits to veterans of all eras including family caregivers of veterans injured during World War II, the Korean, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War. "I applaud President Trump for signing this commonsense, bipartisan … Continue Reading

June 06, 2018

Manchin Fighting to Keep Amtrak Ticket Agent in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke with Amtrak Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Gardner today and urged him to reverse its decision to remove its ticket agent from the station in Charleston until they can agree on the fundamental facts about how ticket sale and daily ridership are calculated. Currently, there is only one Amtrak ticket agent in West Virginia, which will officially be eliminated today. Senator Manchin is drafting … Continue Reading

June 06, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $13 Million for West Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a total of $13,974,736 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support improvement projects at airports in Raleigh, Kanawha, Mercer, and Greenbrier counties. "As a pilot myself, I understand how crucial it is for us to maintain airport infrastructure. Our rural airports serve an important role in our communities and local … Continue Reading

June 06, 2018

ICYMI: Manchin Hosts Mobility Fund Q&A with FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel & Hampshire County Broadband Chair Cox

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Senator Manchin (D-WV) hosted a question and answer session with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Aaron Cox, Chairman of the Hampshire County Broadband Initiative Council via Facebook Live about broadband access in West Virginia, the Mobility Fund II and how West Virginians can challenge the mapping process. To watch the full video, click here. "I am grateful Commissioner Rosenworcel and Chairman Cox joined me to … Continue Reading

June 06, 2018

Manchin Applauds Childhood Cancer Bill Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the signing of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act into law. This legislation, which Senator Manchin cosponsored, establishes a childhood cancer registry that improves the tracking of childhood cancers and expands funding opportunities to states seeking to improve the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors. "In order to end childhood cancer once and for all we must invest and … Continue Reading

June 05, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $25 Million for West Virginia Health Clinics

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 Services (HHS) has awarded $24,763,266 to health clinics across West Virginia in twelve different counties, including Mercer, Webster, Kanawha, Monongalia, Upshur, Hardy, Lincoln, Marion, Greenbrier, McDowell, Wirt, and Cabell. The grants are awarded through HHS's Health Center Cluster Program, which … Continue Reading

June 05, 2018

Manchin Questions Devos about Administration Plans to Eliminate Substance Abuse Treatment and Counseling in Schools

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about the proposed FY 2019 budget for the U.S. Department of Education that eliminates funding for the Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants program. Most recently, Congress appropriated $1.1 billion to the SSAEG program in the FY 2018 Omnibus. In West Virginia, this block grant can be used to provide mental health services and counseling to students who are dealing … Continue Reading

June 05, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $1.8 Million for Black Lung Clinics Program

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $1,786,069 in funding for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for the Black Lung Coal Miner Clinics Program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Coal miners sacrifice a lot to keep our lights on, heat our homes, and power our businesses, including their own health. Miners who suffer from black lung deserve the best possible treatment and care and I'm … Continue Reading

June 04, 2018

Manchin Secures Funding for Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) secured $7 million for a new visitors center at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Tucker County. Senator Manchin secured a one-time increase of funds for deferred maintenance for the Fish and Wildlife Service in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill, and also secured language directing the Fish and Wildlife Service to prioritize funding for a new visitors center at the Refuge. "I am so glad to have worked with the U.S. Fish … Continue Reading

June 01, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $114,689 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development. Funding will support law enforcement in the City of Spencer by allowing the city to purchase a police vehicle and various equipment, and improve energy efficiency for several small businesses in West Virginia. "Our law enforcement officials put their lives on … Continue Reading

June 01, 2018

Manchin Encouraged by Consideration of Defense Production Act to Save Coal-Fired Power Plants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraged that President Trump and the Department of Energy are considering the use of the Defense Production Act and other statutory authorities, to protect only clean-burning coal-fired power plants that have invested in emissions controls and to further ensure our nation's security. As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Manchin first encouraged President Trump, and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry … Continue Reading

May 31, 2018

Manchin Applauds EPA Regional Administrator for Visiting Minden Following his Urging

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the announcement that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio will host a public listening session in Minden to provide a brief update regarding the EPA's investigative activities and hear residents' concern regarding contamination in the community. Earlier this month, Senator Manchin urged Regional Administrator Servidio to visit Minden. The session will be held on … Continue Reading

May 31, 2018

Manchin Urges Viacom President to Reconsider 'West Virginia Wilder'

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Viacom President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Bakish urging him to reconsider production of 'West Virginia Wilder' and visit West Virginia for a tour of the real West Virginia. Senator Manchin wrote in part: "After watching the trailer for 'West Virginia Wilder,' I feel compelled to speak up on behalf of West Virginia and West Virginians out of a deep sense of concern. I believe that you can make a compelling show … Continue Reading

May 30, 2018

Manchin Applauds President Trump for Signing Right to Try Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded President Trump for signing the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act, which will give terminally ill patients the right try experimental treatments. "I applaud President Trump for signing the bipartisan Right to Try Act to expand pathways to treatment for critically ill patients while also implementing safeguards through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that ensure patient … Continue Reading

May 29, 2018

Manchin Receives Waiver from FCC to Participate in Challenge Process to Ensure West Virginia Broadband Coverage Maps are Accurate

Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) a waiver to participate as a challenger in the Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process, to make sure that broadband coverage maps in West Virginia are accurate. To read Senator Manchin's waiver request, click here. "In 2015, the FCC thought that 99.9% of Americans had access to wireless coverage so I brought the Chairman to West Virginia so he could see for himself the challenges we face … Continue Reading

May 25, 2018

Manchin Statement on Memorial Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day. "As Americans and as West Virginians, today we show our deepest gratitude and come together to show our lasting respects. Memorial Day is an important day in our country to pay homage to our fallen soldiers and thank the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, this country with valor and distinction. It's because of their commitment, bravery and valor that we … Continue Reading

May 25, 2018

Manchin Urges DeVos to Support Federal TRIO Programs

Washington, D.C. - Senator Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urging her to follow the clear intent of Congress and read and score applications from the FY 2017 TRIO competitions that had minor technical and budgetary issues and to use new funding provided in the FY18 spending bill to provide a funding increase for all current TRIO grantees. Senator Manchin wrote in part: "The additional $60 million in TRIO funding can allow additional schools, … Continue Reading

May 25, 2018

Manchin and Kennedy Introduce Anti-Corruption Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced the Justice Against Corruption on K Street Act, also known as the JACK Act. The JACK Act would require lobbyists to disclose if they have ever been convicted of bribery, extortion, embezzlement, illegal kickbacks, tax evasion or money laundering in their lobbying disclosure and registration forms. "I think many people would be surprised to learn that lobbyists don't need to disclose if they have been … Continue Reading

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