Press Releases

October 20, 2011

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Coal Ash Recycling Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2011, legislation that will ensure the safe and effective disposal of coal combustion residuals, a byproduct of coal-fired electricity generation that is also recycled as a valuable building material. Under this legislation, states could set up their own permitting program for the management and disposal of coal ash that is based on … Continue Reading

October 20, 2011

Manchin Statement On Gadhafi Death

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding Moammar Gadhafi's death. "Today is a historic moment for the Libyan people, and now is the moment for the people of Libya to take control of their own destiny and embrace a new peaceful future as a democratic state," Senator Manchin said. "I have always been concerned about the costs of the United States getting involved in foreign conflicts, especially spending taxpayer money and sending our … Continue Reading

October 19, 2011

Manchin Questions Afghan, Iraq Commission About U.S. War Commitments

Washington, D.C. -- In a Senate hearing today about spending and waste in foreign wars, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) questioned why the United States is Afghanistan's largest employer and expressed his disbelief that anyone could call the U.S. efforts anything other than nation-building. "The American people should be truly appalled that the United States is the largest employer in Afghanistan, that we build more roads and bridges and schools there than anyone else and that some … Continue Reading

October 19, 2011

Manchin Statement on 3.6 Percent Cola Increase

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the 3.6 percent cost-of-living increase announced today for Social Security recipients in 2012. "Keeping our promises to seniors is one of the most important priorities for our government, and I was pleased today to learn that our seniors who have sacrificed so much for this country will get a fair cost-of-living increase. Especially in this tough economy, when it's only gotten more expensive to buy … Continue Reading

October 18, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin, Rahall Say Techconnect WV Funding Will Help Lay the Foundation for High-Paying Jobs in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, (all D-WV) today announced that TechConnectWV has received $250,000 in funding through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) that will help to diversify West Virginia's economy, and create high-wage jobs. TechConnectWV's proposal is aimed at heightening the need for technology-based economic development and providing direct assistance to startup firms and entrepreneurs - soft … Continue Reading

October 18, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Nearly $3.15M for Rural Development Projects

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced nearly $3.15 million in funding for rural development projects from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will extend electricity lines, help farmers increase their energy efficiency and assist local businesses expand across areas of West Virginia. "As families tighten their belt buckles, it is important to make sure our West Virginia small businesses, especially in our most rural areas, … Continue Reading

October 18, 2011

Manchin to Super Committee: Use the Commonsense Ideas of West Virginians to Reduce Deficit

Washington, D.C. - Highlighting the commonsense ideas he's heard from West Virginians, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged members of the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to "go big" and reduce the nation's deficit by $4 trillion to restore confidence and do what is right for the nation's finances. "As all of you know, our nation faces a death spiral of debt. The debt crisis facing our country has reached epic proportions, and as our nation's leaders, we must … Continue Reading

October 17, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce More Than $3.5M to Improve Parkersburg Transit Facility and Replace Monongalia Co. Buses

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced more than $3.5 million in federal grants to build a new transportation facility in Parkersburg and to replace rundown buses in Monongalia County. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. "Making infrastructure improvements to our transportation facilities is an investment that helps create jobs and boost the economy here in West Virginia and across America," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading

October 13, 2011

Rahall, Rockefeller, Manchin Announce DOT Funding for Tri-State Transit Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Thursday announced that the Tri-State Transit Authority (TTA) has been awarded a $2.6 million grant for its facility and fleet in Huntington. "Transit is an essential part of any vibrant community's economy, and our state's transportation system is the lifeline for West Virginians, from our most rural communities to our urban city centers," said Rahall, top Democrat on the … Continue Reading

October 13, 2011

Manchin to Deliver Remarks at Funeral of Mike Puskar

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will speak today at the funeral of his dear friend Mike Puskar, who passed away Friday. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. The full text of his remarks - as prepared for delivery -- are included below. "Only a few people in your lifetime stand out as people of the highest caliber, people who truly care about making the world a better place not only for the present generation, but also for … Continue Reading

October 12, 2011

Manchin Statement Opposing Free Trade Deals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D.W.Va.) issued the following statement in advance of voting against the Colombia, Panama and Korea free trade agreements in the Senate tonight. "With a jobs crisis in this country, we need to do everything in our power to create jobs here in America - and that starts with keeping the jobs we have, not sending them to other countries," Senator Manchin said. "We have done enough exporting jobs, and it's time to rebuild America. If we want to save … Continue Reading

October 12, 2011

Manchin Discusses Vote to End Filibuster to Improve Jobs Bill and Put Americans Back to Work

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) spoke with West Virginia reporters on a press conference call today to discuss why he voted in favor of debating the jobs bill. Below is the full text of Senator Manchin's remarks, as prepared for delivery. "As you all know, I ran for the Senate to bring commonsense values back to Washington. "Unfortunately, the legislative process in Washington has gotten so dysfunctional that it doesn't make much sense at all. "Instead … Continue Reading

October 12, 2011

E-mail Your Debt Reduction Ideas Senator Manchin is collecting your ideas on cutting the deficit. You can email Senator Manchin will use your ideas in a formal letter to the Congressional deficit reduction committee as the committee prepares its … Continue Reading

October 11, 2011

Manchin Votes to Keep Manufacturing Jobs in West Virginia and America

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted tonight for final passage of his bipartisan, commonsense bill to penalize China for manipulating their currency, a practice that experts believe has cost America hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of good-paying jobs in manufacturing. "West Virginia is truly home to some of the hardest working people in the world, and we can compete against anyone - as long as the playing field is fair. The Senate took the right step … Continue Reading

October 11, 2011

Manchin Votes to End Filibuster to Improve Bill and Create American Jobs

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after voting in favor of ending the filibuster on the American Jobs Act. "While it would be easy to vote against this procedural motion, for the sake of our nation taking the right steps to create jobs and make the right investments to rebuild America, I will support the motion to proceed. But let there be no mistake, if this bill does not change, if it is not improved, if it is not more focused on … Continue Reading

October 11, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin and Delegation Urge USPS to Consider Impact of Proposed Mail Processing Consolidations on WV Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller today led West Virginia's Congressional delegation in sending a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe expressing their strong concerns about the potential mail processing consolidations in West Virginia. The delegation urged USPS to seriously consider the impact that the consolidations would have on jobs, and requested that the USPS consider moving and keeping mail processing operations in West … Continue Reading

October 11, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Federal Grant for Shepherd University Nursing Education Program

WASHINGTON, D.C - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced $1,013,781 in federal funding for Shepherd University's Department of Nursing Education which will provide scholarships, academic support services personnel, and faculty and student professional development. "Nurses are the backbone of hospitals throughout West Virginia and the country," said Rockefeller. "This funding will make it possible to train more West Virginians, particularly those from rural areas, to get … Continue Reading

October 08, 2011

Manchin Statement on Passing of Mike Puskar

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the passing of Mike Puskar. "Mike Puskar dedicated his life to help others and to make a real, lasting impact in West Virginia. He had a tremendous heart and a strong sense of giving. Mike truly epitomized the word 'friend' at every level. We can see Mike's handprint everywhere, at West Virginia University, at Mylan Park and in charitable organizations throughout West Virginia that serve those in … Continue Reading

October 07, 2011

Manchin Statement on 10th Anniversary of War in Afghanistan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. "The decade since 9/11 has brought dramatic changes to our country and the world we live in, but one thing hasn't changed: the United States of America will bring our enemies to justice and pursue those who would seek to do us harm," Senator Manchin said. "The men and women of our armed forces and the intelligence community, along with their … Continue Reading

October 06, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Call on Senate to Quickly Confirm Judge Gina Marie Groh to Federal Bench

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee's passage today of Judge Gina Marie Groh's nomination to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia. They urged the full Senate to quickly confirm her for this position. Rockefeller sent a letter to the White House in March requesting that Judge Groh be nominated for this federal judgeship. This seat has been vacant since the passing of Judge W. Craig … Continue Reading

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