Press Releases

May 05, 2020

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Call For Hazard Pay, Increased Safety Measures For Federal Employees And Contractors

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 19 bipartisan Senators in calling on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell T. Vought and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Michael J. Rigas to take immediate steps to support federal employees and contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senators’ letter emphasizes several actions that the Administration should take now to support these crucial public servants.The Senators … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Manchin Praises USDA Approval Of West Virginia Food Assistance Pandemic EBT Application

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval of West Virginia’s application for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) cards which provide families with support to feed their children throughout the summer while children are not in school. On April 23, Senator Manchin sent a letter to USDA Secretary Perdue advocating for West Virginia’s application for this program. “I am pleased the USDA approved West … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Manchin Urges SBA To Quickly Distribute EIDL Loans To West Virginia Small Businesses

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 23 Senators in urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to quickly administer Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to West Virginia small businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Small businesses and non-profits that have shut down to protect the public's health are relying on access to financial relief to survive. Congress has given the SBA funds and authority to administer the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $3.2 Million in Brownfield Grant Funding Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $3,254,910 through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Grant Program. This funding will help provide assessments to previously developed land that may be contaminated with hazardous waste, clean-up projects, environmental job training, technical assistance, and research. "Every West Virginian deserves fresh air to breathe … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Manchin Calls On Administration To Develop National COVID-19 Testing Plan

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today led 42 Senators in calling on President Trump and his Administration to develop a comprehensive national strategic plan of action by May 24th to ensure states have sufficient tests to begin safely re-opening.“While states and Tribes play a critical role in the COVID-19 response, there are certain responsibilities that can only be fulfilled by the federal government…We urge you to quickly allocate the $25 billion provided in the law … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $3.4 Million For Americorps 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 $3,481,390 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support around 130 AmeriCorps members across West Virginia. "West Virginians are some of the most giving people and are always willing to help their neighbor in times of need. AmeriCorps volunteers serve across our state and become a part of our communities, supporting … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Manchin Votes For Nuclear Regulatory Commission IG, Urges McConnell To Get To Work On COVID-19 Related Priorities

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his support for Robert Feitel as Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the need to focus the Senate on COVID-19 related issues.“This evening the Senate voted to confirm Robert Feitel as Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Feitel is an experienced public servant with decades of service at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Manchin Statement On First COVID-19 Case At FCI Gilmer

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the first positive COVID-19 case at FCI Gilmer after the transfer of new out-of-state prisoners to the facility.“When the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced their plans to send additional inmates to facilities in Glenville and Hazelton this was what we feared would happen. This reckless decision on the part of BOP has endangered our hardworking correctional officers and their families, the entire … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Manchin: Rural Healthcare Providers Need More Funding

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on West Virginia healthcare providers receiving funding allocated specifically for rural providers in the additional emergency response funding package.“Today West Virginia was awarded $159.6 million for our rural healthcare providers. This is welcome news and I hope it will aid our underfunded rural providers. But we can do better. West Virginia ranks sixth for the highest number of rural providers … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Manchin, Collins Urge USDA To Halt SNAP Changes That Would Hurt Food Assistance For Low-Income Families And Seniors

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, to halt a proposal that would put food assistance benefits at risk for 3.1 million individuals, including 25,000 in West Virginia. Senators Manchin and Collins urged USDA, in light of the deepening public health and economic crisis, to immediately suspend rulemaking on the proposal, which was originally published in July 2019.“As millions of … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $1 Million for Medical Support Services 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 $1,227,347 in funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for medical support services across West Virginia. This funding will provide clinical research for neurological disorders, cancer protection and diagnostic research, and support for graduate medical education. “Our healthcare professionals have been on the … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $100K For COVID-19 Research At WVU

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $109,440 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the West Virginia University Research Corporation. This funding will be used to research how Appalachians respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to better understand how to disseminate information in similar crises in the future.“The COVID-19 pandemic suddenly changed every West … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Manchin Applauds Distribution Of Rural Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Response Funding

Charleston, WV - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement that rural healthcare providers will begin to receive funding from the additional COVID-19 emergency response funding that was passed last week.“I continue to hear from healthcare professionals across West Virginia who desperately need financial support in order to continue caring for their fellow West Virginians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Opportunity for Additional Relief Funding for Higher Education Institutions 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 the eligibility for additional relief funding for higher-education institutions across West Virginia. This emergency funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Education, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was signed into law on Friday, March 27. This … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia County Officials Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with West Virginia county officials to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Manchin has advocated for the next COVID-19 emergency relief package to have more flexible, dedicated funding for state and local governments to combat the pandemic and take care of their communities.“West Virginia’s county officials are on the front lines of the economic crisis that is being caused by the … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $4.5 Million For Airports 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 $4,549,594 from the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airports across West Virginia.“Our airports in West Virginia provide access to our beautiful state for tourists and give West Virginians access to the rest of the United States. Without these airports, our state’s tourism industry and economy … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Manchin: FCC Broadband Report Is Plain Wrong

Charleston, WV - Today, after the release of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2020 Broadband Deployment Report, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) again called on FCC Chairman Pai to update the broadband coverage maps that dictate where funding is distributed to expand broadband coverage for Americans. Senator Manchin also sent Chairman Pai an additional 107 speed tests from West Virginians across the Mountain State which continue to prove the FCC’s maps are wrong.The Senator … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Manchin Releases Report Outlining Racial Disparities With COVID-19

Charleston, WV - Today. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing how COVID-19 disproportionately impacts communities of color in West Virginia and across the country. Despite making up only 3 percent of the West Virginia population, 7.9 percent of positive COVID-19 patients identify as black.    “We know that communities of color across the country are at greater risk for COVID-19 complications and West Virginia is no exception. A lack of access to … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Manchin: We Must Work On COVID-19 Solutions, Not McConnell's Personal Agenda

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to bring the U.S. Senate back into session in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic without any plans to address this crisis and instead confirm unrelated judges and Administration appointees. “On Monday, 100 Senators from across the country will travel back to our nation’s capital. Some of these Senators will return from COVID-19 'hotspots' … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Manchin Announces Bill To Federalize Medical Supply Chain, Increase National Production And Create A Fair Process For Supply Delivery

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced legislation that lays out a framework for an effective COVID-19 pandemic response by federalizing and adding critical oversight and transparency to the supply chain for critical medical supplies and equipment. The Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act requires the president to utilize all available authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to mobilize a federal response to the pandemic through an equitable … Continue Reading

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