Press Releases

August 21, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Three West Virginia Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced today that the Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department, Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department and South Berkeley Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad will receive funding to enhance fire prevention and safety operations through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Programs. "Our committed firefighters, who wake up each morning and leave their families at home, … Continue Reading

August 19, 2015

Manchin Urges West Virginians to Read Iran Nuclear Deal on His Website

Washington, D.C. - As he carefully considers the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginians to visit his website to read the full text of the Iran nuclear deal for themselves. Since the deal was announced on July 14th, Senator Manchin has been actively engaged with West Virginians, top U.S. officials, U.S. military leaders, world diplomats and foreign policy experts to hear their thoughts and concerns. "Right now, I am hearing from experts on both sides … Continue Reading

August 18, 2015

Manchin Statement on EPA Proposed Methane Emissions Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed methane emissions regulations for oil and natural-gas drilling. "More overreach from the EPA is the last thing we need right now," Senator Manchin said. "This Administration has already taken an ax to our coal jobs, and now it is targeting our thriving natural gas industry, which has already made significant progress in reducing methane … Continue Reading

August 17, 2015

Manchin Condemns Outrageous FDA Decision to Approve OxyContin for 11 Year Olds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to the Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Stephen Ostroff, condemning the agency's recent decision to approve OxyContin for use for children as young as 11 years old. "This recent decision by the FDA to prescribe OxyContin to children as young as 11 years old is a horrifying example of the disconnect between the FDA approval process and the realities the deadly … Continue Reading

August 17, 2015

Manchin Applauds Crucial Funding to Fight Growing Heroin Threat in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for granting additional funding for West Virginia's designated High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) to address the recent surge in heroin trafficking and overdoses and to help reduce drug abuse. A total of $2.5 million will fund the Heroin Response Strategy, a partnership among five regional HIDTA programs - Appalachia, New England, Philadelphia/Camden, … Continue Reading

August 14, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $835,000 to Recruit Firefighters and Improve Safety in Berkeley County

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $835,097 in federal funding for the Berkeley County Fire Service Board to help recruit and train more firefighters and improve the safety of the Berkeley County community. "The hardworking and dedicated firefighters in our communities are often first on the scene in an emergency, making sure that the people of West Virginia are safe," Senator Manchin said. "Thanks to this SAFER grant, the … Continue Reading

August 13, 2015

Manchin, Toomey, and Child Advocates Urge Congress to Keep Ban on "Passing the Trash" in Final Education Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) continue to urge their colleagues to take the final steps necessary to ban "passing the trash"-the terrible process whereby a school helps a child molester employee obtain a new job at another school and move onto other victims. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Toomey-Manchin measure to protect children from sexual predators in July, adding it to the Senate's education bill reauthorizing the … Continue Reading

August 12, 2015

Manchin Capito Announce More Than $614,000 for Upshur County Regional Airport Infrastructure Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced more than $614,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration for infrastructure improvements at the Upshur County Regional Airport. "Having safe and reliable infrastructure and equipment at our airports helps us attract business opportunities that drive economic development while keeping travelers safe," Senator Manchin said. "I … Continue Reading

August 12, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce TRIO Student Support Services Program Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced $451,079 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program for Shepherd University and Glenville State College. These funds aim to increase the college retention and graduation rates of TRIO SSS Program participants. "We have a responsibility to make sure that every student who is willing to work hard receives a good education and has the … Continue Reading

August 11, 2015

Manchin Joins Effort to Stop Social Security Administration's Potential Backdoor Gun Limits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a group of 25 senators in calling on the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop its plan to unfairly target the Second Amendment rights of millions of Social Security beneficiaries. In a letter to the SSA Acting Administrator, the Senators question the Administration's reported plan to begin divulging millions of Social Security beneficiaries' information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). "As … Continue Reading

August 11, 2015

Manchin Announces $2 Million to Improve Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced a total of $2 million to improve mental health and substance abuse treatment in West Virginia. The funding is being awarded to Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center in Princeton and the Westbrook Health Services Integrated Care Program (WHSIC) in Parkersburg. "Far too many West Virginians have been affected by mental health disorders, drug abuse and addiction, far too many families have been torn apart and far too … Continue Reading

August 06, 2015

Manchin and Capito Cosponsor Resolution Marking 125th Anniversary of Second Morrill Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A resolution cosponsored by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act, legislation that established educational opportunities for African-Americans with the creation of 19 land-grant universities, has passed the Senate by unanimous consent. The 1890 Land-Grant Universities are a network of historically black colleges and universities that were created to promote education in … Continue Reading

August 05, 2015

Manchin, Kirk, Ernst, Gillibrand Launch Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today launched the Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus with industry leaders Starbucks and Uber to address the challenges that this new generation of post-9/11 veterans face when entering the job market. Starbucks and Uber have committed to hiring at least 60,000 veterans and military spouses by 2018. Also in attendance was Illinois native and Student Veterans of America government … Continue Reading

August 04, 2015

Three West Virginia Fire Departments to Receive FEMA Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced $113,260 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fire departments in Mineral, Hampshire and Cabell counties. The Assistance to Firefighters Grants will help these fire departments purchase equipment needed to keep their communities safe. "Our dedicated volunteers at our local fire departments sacrifice so much to protect our families and our homes," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading

August 04, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce More than $3 Million for Head Start Programs in Fayette and Mineral Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $3,062,774 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Fayette and Mineral Counties. This funding will allow the Fayette County Child Development and Mineral County Board of Education to continue providing critical health, nutrition, education, and social services to local … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Manchin Statement on Final EPA Emissions Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final Clean Power Plan. "Our President and his Administration think our country can do without coal, and they are dead wrong. They are in denial. They deny the cold-hard fact that coal continues to generate almost 40 percent of the electricity in America, and it will play an essential role in our energy portfolio for the next thirty years. The EPA has flat … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Manchin Statement on Defunding Planned Parenthood

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement announcing he will vote to defund Planned Parenthood. "Like many West Virginians, I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion. Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization; instead those … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Manchin, Congressional Delegation and Governor Tomblin Announce $20 Million Scientific Research Grant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Representatives David McKinley (WV-01), Alex Mooney (WV-02) and Evan Jenkins (WV-03), today announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a highly-competitive $20 million grant to West Virginia's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to boost academic scientific research and upgrade infrastructure at West Virginia University (WVU), … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Manchin Secures Significant Coal Amendments to Broad Energy Bill

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Committee's passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, a comprehensive, bipartisan bill that addresses our nation's energy opportunities and challenges. Included in the bill are three of Senator Manchin's amendments that comprise the entirety of the bill's coal title and focus on promoting an all-of-the-above energy policy, keeping coal … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Manchin Votes to Fund Transportation and Highway Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted in support of two bills that will ensure funding for transportation and highway projects across West Virginia. Senator Manchin voted to pass the House's 3-month extension in order to avoid the July 31st funding lapse. He also voted to pass the Developing Roadway Infrastructure for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE) Act of 2015, which is the Senate's long-term, 6-year transportation bill that the House may take up after the August … Continue Reading

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