Press Releases

December 30, 2012

Manchin Introduces 'CALM' Act to Ease Fiscal Cliff

See Handout Attachment Below Washington, D.C. - With the country barreling toward the fiscal cliff and no deal in sight, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) offered legislation to alleviate the worst immediate effects of the cliff, while also providing a path forward to a long-term solution. Senator Manchin introduced the "Cliff Alleviation at the Last Minute," or CALM Act, with less than 36 hours to go before the massive tax hikes and deep spending cuts from the cliff start to take … Continue Reading

December 28, 2012

Senator Manchin and Colleagues Call for National Commission on Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), John McCain (R-AZ), and Susan Collins (R-ME) sent a letter to Vice President Joseph Biden urging that when he submits the conclusions of his task force on gun violence to the President and Congress in January, he recommend the establishment of a National Commission Violence. The senators also transmitted a draft bill describing their proposal for such a commission. The text of the letter follows: December 27, 2012 The … Continue Reading

December 27, 2012

Manchin Statement on Lisa Jackson

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today about the departure of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. "There is no question that Lisa Jackson and I definitely have our differences, but we were always able to have a respectful dialogue. I wish her well in her next endeavor. I will continue to fight for a balanced energy policy for the United States - which is exactly what we have in West Virginia - and I look forward to working with anyone willing to … Continue Reading

December 27, 2012

Manchin Announces Service Academy Nominations

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he will nominate 34 West Virginia students 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. "I am so honored to recommend 34 of our state's brightest young men and women to the U.S. service academies," Senator Manchin said. "All of our students worked … Continue Reading

December 26, 2012

Manchin, Gov. Tomblin and Members of Congressional Delegation Announce NEG for WorkForce West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall today announced the U.S. Department of Labor granted a $300,000 National Emergency Grant (NEG) to WorkForce West Virginia. The grant will create approximately 35 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist with the clean-up and recovery efforts as a result of the effects of Hurricane Sandy. "I'm grateful for this federal support," Gov. Tomblin said. "This grant … Continue Reading

December 24, 2012

Manchin Christmas Greetings

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wishes all West Virginians a Merry Christmas and issued the following statement about the holiday. "I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is the best time of the year because there's so much to celebrate - especially the love of our families and friends. It's also the season that has brought hope and joy to the world since that very first Christmas more than 2,000 years ago. During this blessed time of the … Continue Reading

December 18, 2012

Manchin Statement on Conversation with President Obama

Washington, D.C. - Senator Manchin issued the following statement after the President of the United States called him. "The President called me this afternoon. We agree that as Americans and parents, all of our children belong to all of us - and we must work together to keep our precious children safe. "I believe that we must have a dialogue and bring parties from all sides to the table. I know my friends at the NRA and those who support our Second Amendment rights will participate because … Continue Reading

December 17, 2012

Manchin Statement on Senator Inouye’s Passing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the death of Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI). "I was so saddened to hear of the death of my colleague and friend, Dan Inouye, a lifelong friend to our beloved Robert C. Byrd. It was my privilege to know him when I was Governor and more closely in the two years we served together. You could not find a kinder, gentler or more genuine person than Dan Inouye. He was a true American hero in every sense of the … Continue Reading

December 17, 2012

Manchin: ‘Everything Should Be On The Table’

Washington, D.C. - As a lifetime member of the NRA and proud Second Amendment supporter, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the need for public action in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Newtown. "This awful massacre of our youngest children has changed us, and everything should be on the table. We need to move beyond dialogue - we need to take a sensible, reasonable approach to the issue of mass violence. I ask all of my colleagues to sit down … Continue Reading

December 13, 2012

WV Congressional Delegation Honors the National Guard's Legacy of Service

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin as well as U.S. Representatives Nick Rahall, Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley in honoring the National Guard's legacy of service. The men and women of the National Guard have continued to defend against threats both foreign and domestic. These Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen have answered the call not only to fight for, but to aid, their fellow Americans in times of disaster-both natural and … Continue Reading

December 12, 2012

Manchin Earns Spot on Senate Banking Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he will represent West Virginians on the Senate Banking Committee, in addition to his current assignments on the Energy, Armed Services and Aging committees. "At a time when we our economy is still wounded and recovering ever so slowly, it is important that our community banks and local credit unions serve their customers and communities to the best of their ability," Senator Manchin said. "We need to make sure that … Continue Reading

December 11, 2012

Manchin Statement on Sissonville Gas Explosion

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement today after hearing about the devastating gas explosion in Sissonville. "I am so very thankful to hear that there have been no fatalities reported at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with the people injured in today's explosion. Although it is truly devastating that so many buildings, structures and roads have been severely damaged, material objects can be rebuilt or replaced; lives, however, … Continue Reading

December 11, 2012

Manchin Votes to Help Community Banks Lend More Money for Job Creation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted today to extend the Transaction Account Guarantee program, an effort that has widespread support from West Virginia's community banks as a proven way to encourage lending. The program is fully funded by the member banks and would not cost taxpayers a single penny. The Transaction Account Guarantee program offers unlimited deposit insurance coverage on non-interest-bearing deposits like checking accounts. The previous limit was … Continue Reading

December 11, 2012

Manchin Congratulates University of Charleston on Expansion

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) applauded the University of Charleston's announcement today that the school is embarking on major expansions in Beckley and Martinsburg, as well as online. The University of Charleston's expansion came after the school took over Mountain State University. New locations will be named UC-Charleston, UC-Martinsburg and UC-Net. "I could not be more proud of the way the people of our state came together to continue educating the students … Continue Reading

December 07, 2012

Manchin Statement on Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released today a statement on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. "There are days that define America, and this is one of them - the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In that attack - on December 7, 1941 - 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 were wounded, and America was plunged into the deadliest war in all of human history. President Roosevelt famously called that December 7th a day of 'infamy.' But it also was a day of destiny … Continue Reading

December 07, 2012

Manchin Asks MTV To Cancel “Buckwild”

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) asked MTV today to cancel the so-called reality show "Buckwild," which has been compared to an Appalachian version of the television program "Jersey Shore." The show is set in West Virginia. The full text of the Senator's letter is below and a PDF is attached. Dear Mr. Stephen K. Friedman, As a proud West Virginian, I am writing to formally request that you put a stop to the travesty called "Buckwild." As a U.S. Senator, I am … Continue Reading

December 06, 2012

Manchin Applauds Armstrong Hardwood Flooring for Adding 145 New Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the announcement that Armstrong Hardwood Flooring will be adding 145 new jobs in Randolph County. "Any day that West Virginia adds new jobs is a great day for our state, and 145 good-paying new jobs is a truly great day," Senator Manchin said. "West Virginia is an excellent place to do business, and this is just a further testament to the quality of our workforce and the products we make." … Continue Reading

December 06, 2012

Manchin Statement on Bipartisan Trade Agreement with Russia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the vote to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia. The agreement passed the Senate 92-4. "With a strong trading relationship with Russia, this agreement will increase our ability to create jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector," Senator Manchin said. "West Virginia is already exporting nearly $10 million a year in goods to Russia, and this will only increase trading … Continue Reading

December 05, 2012

Manchin Urges Additional Assistance for Sandy Recovery

Washington, D.C. - In testimony submitted to the Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) asked for additional assistance from FEMA to help West Virginians recover from Superstorm Sandy. "As we all know, Superstorm Sandy caused severe damage in many states on the eastern seaboard. This storm uniquely affected West Virginia with not only heavy winds and rains, but also snow accumulation of 50 inches in the mountains of Northern and Western parts of … Continue Reading

December 04, 2012

Manchin Defense Measures Cut Wasteful Contracting, Protect Veterans’ Benefits and Get Troops Out of Afghanistan

Manchin also offers measure to honor General Chuck Yeager with a second star and strengthen the Guard Washington, D.C. - As the annual defense authorization bill passed with broad bipartisan support, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) scored legislative victories by authoring nine amendments that will strengthen the military by cutting costs, taking care of service members and giving the National Guard appropriate resources. Significant provisions from the Coburn-Manchin "Audit the … Continue Reading

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