Press Releases

May 22, 2020

Manchin Calls On Administration To Secure Benefits For National Guardsmen On COVID-19 Front Lines

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 125 bipartisan Members of Congress in calling on the Trump Administration to ensure National Guard personnel who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response efforts across the nation receive the federal benefits they have earned. On May 8th, Senator Manchin announced the Support Our National Guard Act to provide transitional healthcare benefits to National Guard servicemembers who have responded to … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Treasury Secretary Confirms To Manchin COVID-19 Funds Can Be Shared With Local Governments

Washington, DC - After continuing to hear from concerned local leaders across West Virginia, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin today about COVID-19 pandemic relief funding for West Virginia and received confirmation that the funding can be shared with state and local governments to cover salaries and benefits for employees responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Today I had a productive call with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Manchin Urges President Trump To Extend Benefits To COVID-19 Deployed Guardsmen

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on President Trump’s policy to end National Guard federal deployments on June 24th. As a result, these service members will be one day short of the 90-days necessary to qualify for early retirement and education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI bill. “The men and women of the West Virginia National Guard are the best our nation has to offer. Right now they are deployed to areas hard hit by COVID-19 to … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding To Support Nursing Traineeships 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 $38,764 for the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Health Education and Research Institute and West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This funding will support nurse anesthetist traineeships to strengthen the career path of nursing students at Marshall University … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Manchin, Hyde-Smith, Murkowski, Torres Small, Hagedorn Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill To Secure Funding For Rural Health Providers During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the bipartisan Save Our Rural Health Providers Act which creates a new formula - otherwise known as the “Manchin Formula” to ensure the Provider Relief Fund has a dedicated set-aside amount directed towards rural areas of America. Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM-02) and Jim Hagedorn (R-MN-01) will introduce the House of Representatives companion bill … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Manchin Statement On National Cemetery Guidelines For Memorial Day Visitations

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the guidelines for the national cemetery in Grafton. “My heart goes out to the Veterans groups across the state who are not able to place flags or lay wreaths at West Virginia’s national cemetery in Grafton. It is my understanding that while family members and individuals are permitted to visit and place flowers and flags at Grafton, no group flag or wreath ceremonies will be permitted. … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Manchin Statement On Director Of National Intelligence Nomination

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on opposing the nomination of John Ratcliffe to be the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). “I believe that the President should have the ability to choose their own Administration officials as long as they are well-qualified for their individual roles, and that is why I have split from most Democrats to support the vast majority of the President’s nominees. For national security positions … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.5 Million To Expand COVID-19 Testing At Rural West Virginia Health Clinics

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,571,994 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for rural health clinics across West Virginia to expand COVID-19 testing services. This funding is provided by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act that President Trump signed into law on April … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Manchin Bill To Ensure Veterans Have Help In Disability Claims Process By Reinstating 48-Hour Review Period

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC), led 5 Senators in introducing legislation to ensure Veterans and their representatives have 48 hours to review and dispute disability claims before they are finalized.“I’ve heard from Veterans across West Virginia who are upset that this rule change will erode Veterans rights,” said Senator Manchin. “Many Veterans rely on professionals to help them with the complicated claims and … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Manchin Applauds FCC Approval Of Lincoln County Primary Care Center Telehealth Program Application

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of Lincoln County Primary Care Center’s application for $967,304 to procure telehealth carts, network hardware and software upgrades, and diagnostic equipment to provide telehealth services to West Virginians at 18 rural sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member of the Financial Services & General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Manchin: Don't Raise Utility Rates In The Middle Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the actions of the West Virginia Public Service Commission to keep West Virginians connected to critical utilities and urged the Commission to not approve rate hikes for West Virginians during the COVID-19 pandemic.Senator Manchin said in part, “I appreciate the early actions of the West Virginia Public Service Commission and the utilities that operate in the state to stop service disconnections when customers have not … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Manchin Advocates For Assistance For Families, Youth, And Children In Crisis As A Result Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in advocating for the Senate to provide support for children, youth, and families in crisis or experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan group of Senators asked for dedicated funding to be included in future COVID-19 relief packages in order to meet the unique and complex needs of homeless youth and families through the programs … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Manchin Launches #MaskUpWV, Encourages West Virginians To Wear Masks In Public

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) launched a public awareness campaign encouraging all West Virginians to wear masks in public to help curb the spread of COVID-19.Senator Manchin released a public service announcement as part of the #MaskUpWV campaign launch featuring West Virginians from all walks of life stating the importance of wearing a face mask in public, and a printable flyer for West Virginia businesses to signify their employees wear masks.“As West … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Manchin Bill Provides Dedicated Relief To West Virginia Local Governments

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation to deliver critical, federal resources to states and communities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight. The State and Municipal Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Act targets $500 billion in emergency funding to every state, county and community in the country, while prioritizing assistance to the areas with the greatest need. Unlike previously allocated emergency funding, the SMART Act … Continue Reading


May 18, 2020

Manchin Urges Congressional Leaders To Support Vulnerable Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 40 bipartisan Senators in pressing Congressional leadership to include significant funding for the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) which are integral to supporting vulnerable students and their families that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, in future COVID-19 relief packages. The Senators’ letter comes as the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate existing inequities in education, from significant … Continue Reading


May 18, 2020

Manchin Urges West Virginians To Complete 2020 Census

Washington, DC - Today in a video, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged West Virginians to complete the 2020 Census to ensure they are counted and West Virginia receives funding to help communities with programs and services.“The U.S. Census is vital to ensuring all Americans are counted and represented every ten years. In West Virginia, every citizen who fills out the Census brings $20,000 in federal funding to West Virginia for vital programs and services across the state and secures … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $400K For West Virginia University Agriculture Internship

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $398,997 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to establish a summer undergraduate internship program on food microbial safety at West Virginia University (WVU).“WVU is a leader in agricultural programs, and this funding will help attract students interested in agricultural research … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $98K For Mingo County Airport

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $98,500 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority to support the completion of the Air Transportation Park in Mingo County.“Air travel is essential to expanding West Virginia’s tourism industry and giving West Virginians access to other areas of the country, especially in southern West … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $4.6 Million For West Virginia Prevention Programs, Senior Services

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $4,680,990 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for senior services, cancer prevention and control programs, and preventing and managing diabetes, heart disease and stroke.“Access to quality healthcare is critical to the well-being of every West Virginian across the Mountain State, and I applaud HHS for providing these … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Research Funding For WVU to Innovate And Increase Supply Of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Front Line Workers

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $198,499 for the West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) through the National Science Foundation (NSF). This funding will support a research project that seeks to remedy issues facing the shortage of disposable masks used as personal protective equipment (PPE) by fabricating novel and improved filters derived from natural … Continue Reading

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