Press Releases

April 24, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce West Virginia’s Eligibility for $86 Million in K-12 Education Funding

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) andShelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced West Virginia’s eligibility for $86,640,471 to support continued learning for K-12 students whose educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus. This funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund (ESSER Fund), which received additional funding in the … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Manchin, Capito Lead Bipartisan Colleagues Calling For Relief For Rural Broadcasters, Local Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) led 74 Senators in calling for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to support radio and television broadcasters and local newspapers during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Senators said in part, “Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide local and national news, emergency alerts, educational programs, and more to all corners of the United States. In … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Manchin, Capito Advocate For Small Airports During Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to support small airports during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide critical flexibility in the Essential Air Service (EAS) program.The Senators said in part, “The Essential Air Service (EAS) Program connects over 170 small communities in the U.S. to the National Air Transportation System, providing rural communities that simply are not profitable to serve … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Manchin Hears From Wheeling Area Chamber Of Commerce Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a tele-town hall with the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“Local and small businesses across West Virginia have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our communities and economies are hurting and we must do everything possible to help our rural small businesses stay afloat. That’s why I fought for dedicated rural funding in the additional emergency … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Manchin: West Virginia Minority Communities Disproportionately Impacted By COVID-19

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with West Virginia African American community leaders to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“Across the country, minority communities are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In West Virginia, African Americans make up only 3% of our population but we have seen much higher rates of critical COVID-19 patients who are African American. We know this community is often … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Manchin Remains Worried Emergency Funding Will Not Reach Rural Communities

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the bipartisan $484 billion coronavirus relief package to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program and increase funding for hospitals.“I’m glad the Senate was able to come to a bipartisan compromise that increases funding for healthcare and small businesses, instead of Mitch McConnell’s original proposal that did nothing for healthcare and very little for small business in West Virginia. … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Manchin Statement On HHS Emergency Funding Distribution Plan

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar announced an additional $10 billion will be dedicated to rural healthcare providers. This comes after weeks of Senator Manchin urging additional funding be targeted specifically at rural healthcare providers.“I’m glad to see HHS Secretary Azar recognize that rural health providers are getting left behind as we battle … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $6 Million For Senior Support Services In West Virginia Communities Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $6 million for communities across West Virginia to aid older adults and individuals with disabilities in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Manchin Hears From The Alliance For The Economic Development Of Southern West Virginia Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with the Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia and other educational partners to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“West Virginia’s students are dealing with the sudden effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and have had to quickly adapt to new learning situations. Today I spoke with the Alliance and other educational partners, listened to their concerns and answered … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Manchin, Lankford, Tester, Hyde-Smith To FCC: Without Updates To 5G Fund Maps, Millions Will Be Left Without Broadband Access

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), James Lankford (R-OK), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update the broadband coverage maps being used to distribute the 5G Fund’s $9 billion to expand reliable broadband access across America. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that millions in America, especially those in rural states like West Virginia, do not have the reliable … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Manchin Demands Answers From SBA On Behalf Of WV Small Business Owners

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide clarification on the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), and other financial assistance measures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency funding packages. Senator Manchin highlighted two West Virginia owned businesses, Kin Ship Goods a local clothing and home goods store based in Charleston that proudly … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Physical Therapists, Hospitality And Travel Associations Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in separate calls with the West Virginia Physical Therapy Association and the Food Service Division of the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“Across West Virginia, our healthcare professionals are rapidly adjusting to caring for their patients with new services like telehealth to ensure that while we are practicing social distancing due to … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Manchin, Capito Lead Bipartisan Colleagues In Calling For Financial Security For Rural Communities During Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) led 27 Senators on a letter calling for the Senate to finally provide much-needed financial certainty during the COVID-19 pandemic for rural communities to ensure long-term funding needed for essential services through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs.The … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $13 Million For Health Care Centers Across West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $12,824,107 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administrations (HRSA) for health centers across West Virginia.“Healthcare facilities across our state are vital during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially our health centers that provide West Virginians with essential health … Continue Reading


April 19, 2020

Manchin Asks West Virginia Businesses To Send Him SBA Assistance Experiences

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) asked West Virginia businesses who are receiving Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans or other financial assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to send their experiences and feedback to his office at common_sense@manchin.senate.gov.“West Virginia businesses are being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA programs are meant to help businesses across America, but the rural small businesses like ours in West … Continue Reading


April 18, 2020

Manchin Statement On The Passing Of Nelle Chilton

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the passing of Nelle Chilton. “Nelle embodied the compassionate and generous spirit we West Virginians are known for. She was a social worker and accomplished business woman. But her true passion was community development and her impacts will be felt across the Kanawha Valley and entire state for generations to come. From the outdoor green space at the Clay Center to the many boards she … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Manchin Urges Congressional Leaders To Expand Healthcare Coverage In Future Coronavirus Emergency Funding

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 38 Senators in pressing congressional leaders to ensure that any future coronavirus relief legislation includes strong measures to secure healthcare coverage for Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter, the Senators urged Senate and House leaders to take steps to ensure that those who have lost their employer-based benefits, and those who are uninsured or underinsured, do not have to face this major … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce NASA Research Award for West Virginia University

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee, today announced an award of $100,000 to West Virginia University (WVU) for space research from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). This funding was made available under the Rapid Response Research program and will help … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $3 Million For Affordable Housing In West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $3,000,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Trust Fund (HTF) through the CARES Act, which was signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, to preserve and expand affordable housing options and provide assistance for low-income families in West Virginia.“Investment in public housing is critical to the … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Manchin Leads Colleagues In Calling For MSHA To Implement Emergency Standards To Protect Miners During Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led eight Senators in calling for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to implement emergency standards to protect America’s brave coal miners who continue to power our nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.“Coal miners are the backbone of this country; they have always risked their lives to provide the power that keeps our lights on and the energy flowing to our homes and businesses. When it comes to the coal … Continue Reading

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