Press Releases

December 09, 2015

Manchin Applauds Committee Passage of Bill to Improve Care for Veterans

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Committee's markup and passage of the Veterans Homeless Programs, Caregiver Services, and Other Improvements Act of 2015, legislation to increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improve Veterans' benefits and health care. The bill unanimously passed the Committee by voice vote and now heads to the full Senate for consideration. The bill … Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Senators Manchin, Kirk, and Representatives Ellison, Fitzpatrick introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Expand Access to Credit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today announced the introduction of The Credit Access and Inclusion Act (S. 2355), which helps consumers without traditional credit histories access credit by allowing non-financial service providers, like gas, electric and telecommunication companies, to report their customers' on-time payments to credit reporting agencies. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, nearly 50 Americans are "credit invisible" - … Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Manchin Votes to Overhaul Education Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), legislation to reauthorize through 2020 the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The legislation includes measures that will scale back federal interference in the public school system and ensure all children in America and West Virginia have access to a well-rounded, high-quality education that enables them to compete and … Continue Reading

December 08, 2015

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Nominate Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs for Achievement Awards

Washington, D.C. ? U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged West Virginians to nominate West Virginia small businesses and entrepreneurs for the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 2016 Small Business Week awards and for the West Virginia's District Office awards. Winners of the West Virginia District Office awards will compete for national titles. Winner of national titles will attend National Small Business Week activities in Washington, D.C. in May 2016. All nominations are … Continue Reading

December 07, 2015

Manchin Welcomes Attendees to 8th Annual WV Identification Intelligence Expo

Washington, D.C. - As Honorary Chair of the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) welcomed representatives from identification intelligence companies and federal agencies to West Virginia for the eighth annual Identification Intelligence Expo on Sunday. This was first time this identification intelligence industry event was held in West Virginia. It was also the first time the event, held over the course of two days, incorporated a trade mission for … Continue Reading

December 07, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $350K for Employment Assistance in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $350,159 in federal funding for local housing agencies in West Virginia to help families in need find employment and become economically independent. "One of our core values as West Virginians is helping our neighbors who are struggling and in need our support," Senator Manchin said. "We should help those in need to make sure they have the resources they need to get back on their feet, provide … Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Manchin Skypes with Ritchie County High School Students as Part of Global Skype Event

Washington, D.C. - As part of Microsoft's first-ever global Skype-a-Thon, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) answered questions from Ritchie County High School students through Skype, a popular videoconferencing website. The students asked Senator Manchin questions on a variety of current policy issues. Senator Manchin has used Skype to talk with students or virtually attend events throughout West Virginia about 70 times since taking office. The videoconferencing website has served as an … Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Manchin Applauds Passage of Long-Term Highway Bill and Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the passage of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, legislation that provides $305 billion over the next five years to improve the nation's transportation infrastructure. The legislation reforms and strengthens transportation programs, provides certainty and more flexibility for states, streamlines project approval processes and enhances transportation safety. Under the FAST Act, West Virginia will receive … Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Manchin Opposes Legislation that would Strip Health Care from More Than 200,000 West Virginians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted against the reconciliation legislation that would repeal significant provisions of the Affordable Care Act. "I have always said that this law is not perfect but we need to repair, not repeal it. It's reckless to repeal a law when, before it, we spent more than any other country on health care but still ranked only 43rd in the world in health and wellness. In 2015 alone, more than 29,000 West Virginians enrolled in health insurance … Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Senator Manchin Re-Introduces Commonsense Background Checks Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today re-introduced the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act to prevent convicted criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from purchasing guns, while not infringing on law-abiding gun owners' Second Amendment rights. This commonsense legislation expands existing background checks to gun shows and online sales - a loophole easily exploited by criminals and the mentally insane who have inflicted … Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Manchin Statement on Conviction of Don Blankenship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement after a jury convicted former Massey Energy chief executive Don Blankenship on criminal charges of conspiracy to break safety regulations, but not guilty of the two securities charges at the Upper Big Branch mine: "After a long and exhaustive trial, I am pleased the jury's decision today has brought some measure of justice to one of the most tragic mining disasters in recent history. With this verdict, the … Continue Reading

December 01, 2015

Manchin Applauds House Passage of Resolutions to Overturn President's Clean Power Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the House passage of his resolution to roll back the onerous Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for new coal-fired power plants. The House also voted to pass a separate resolution introduced by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) - and cosponsored by Senator Manchin - to prevent the Administration from moving forward with its proposed anti-coal regulations for existing coal-fired power … Continue Reading

December 01, 2015

Manchin Secures Temporary VA Clinic in Greenbrier County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that a temporary VA health clinic will open in Greenbrier County by the end of this month, according to an email notification from the Beckley VA Medical Center. The clinic will be located at the Rhema Christian Center in Lewisburg and will serve thousands of southern West Virginia Veterans until a permanent replacement clinic is established. "In September, Secretary McDonald and I traveled to southern West Virginia to meet … Continue Reading

December 01, 2015

Manchin, Kirk and Rubio Lead Bipartisan Resolution to Reinforce Iran Sanctions by State and Local Governments

Washington, D.C. - As international inspectors prepare to release what's likely to be a controversial "final assessment" of Iran's nuclear weapons efforts, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced a bipartisan measure, S.Con.Res. 26, to reaffirm congressional support for continued sanctions by state and local governments in the United States against Iran's sponsorship of terrorism, human rights violations, and other illicit … Continue Reading

November 25, 2015

Manchin Wishes West Virginians a Happy Thanksgiving

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement wishing West Virginians a happy Thanksgiving: "I have always said that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. This is a lesson that I learned from my parents at a young age, and it has stuck with me throughout my life. It is a message I have proudly passed along to my own children and grandchildren. Starting at Thanksgiving and throughout this holiday season, I encourage all West … Continue Reading

November 24, 2015

Manchin Announces Service Academy Nominations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that he will nominate 40 West Virginia students from 20 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 40 of West Virginia's brightest young men and women to the U.S. service academies," Senator Manchin said. "All of … Continue Reading

November 24, 2015

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Shop Small this Saturday

Washington, D.C. ? U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged West Virginians to shop at West Virginia small businesses this Saturday, November 28th in celebration of the sixth annual Small Business Saturday. "We all know that small businesses are the engine of our economy, providing the goods and services we depend on every day," Senator Manchin said. "From our family-owned restaurants and coffee shops, to the local convenience stores, West Virginia's more than 120,000 small … Continue Reading

November 19, 2015

Manchin Seeks Vote on International Climate Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), introduced a bipartisan resolution today expressing the Sense of the Senate that any agreement reached at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties pursuant to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held this December be put for a vote before the U.S. Senate. "The U.S. Senate must be able to exercise its constitutional role to approve any agreement … Continue Reading

November 19, 2015

Manchin, Kirk Target Government Waste and Inefficiency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) this week introduced the Government Transformation Act, a bill which creates an independent commission to target government waste and inefficiency. The bill would also provide actionable recommendations to Congress in order to enhance government effectiveness, efficiency and credibility in government programs. "The first step to getting our financial house in order is reducing government waste and inefficiency," Senator … Continue Reading

November 19, 2015

Manchin Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Sportsmen's Act of 2015

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee, today applauded the bipartisan passage of the Sportsmen's Act of 2015. The legislation will enhance hunting, fishing and recreational shooting opportunities by increasing access to federal lands. It also includes the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bill passed the ENR Committee by … Continue Reading

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