Press Releases

July 27, 2017

Manchin Announces $42 Million for West Virginia Flood Recovery Efforts

Funding announcement comes after Senator Manchin's continued request for additional support for West Virginians impacted by the June 2016 flood Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that West Virginia will receive an additional $42,383,000 for flood relief from the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program to support recovery from major disasters. Senator Manchin has led the West Virginia … Continue Reading

July 26, 2017

Manchin Applauds Committee Passage of Comprehensive G.I. Bill Reforms

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs' approval of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, of which he is an original cosponsor. The legislation works to improve the post-9/11 G.I Bill and veterans' educational benefits. Two bills previously co-sponsored by Senator Manchin, S. 667 and S. 882, are included in this bill. These two provisions expand GI benefits for members of the Reserve Component … Continue Reading

July 26, 2017

Manchin Statement on CAMC's Announced Lay Offs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) announcement that it will lay off 300 employees by the end of this year. "This terrible news should be a rallying cry for everyone that it is time to come together to solve the problems facing our healthcare system. West Virginians know better than anyone how to overcome tough problems by working together. People's lives and livelihoods depend on us putting party aside … Continue Reading

July 26, 2017

Manchin: A Vote to Proceed Debate is a Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act. "Make no mistake; the vote today was a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a plan to replace it. There is no plan for the West Virginians in addiction treatment covered under expanded Medicaid; no plan for the seniors whose healthcare costs would become unaffordable; and no plan for the miner with black lung who wouldn't be able to get the care … Continue Reading

July 24, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce Pipeline Safety Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is awarding a total of $561,279 to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. The funding will support the state's efforts to ensure pipeline safety. "No profit is worth compromising the safety of our workers in West Virginia, and grants like these will allow more workers … Continue Reading

July 21, 2017

Manchin Expresses Concern to DeVos After Department of Education Denies Request for Reconsideration of Decision to Impose a Sanction on West Virginia's Public Colleges and Universities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), U.S. Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney, Evan Jenkins today sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing concern with the Department of Education's decision to deny the State of West Virginia's request for reconsideration of its provisional status and heightened cash monitoring, a sanction that will make it more difficult for schools to receive and distribute financial aid … Continue Reading

July 20, 2017

Manchin Sends Letter to SEC Urging Rejection of Sale of Chicago Stock Exchange to Chinese Firm

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter today to the heads of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) urging the Commission to reject the sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange to investors led by the Chinese firm Congqing Casin Enterprise Group (CCEG). The letter was addressed to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and Commissioners Kara M. Stein and Michael S. Piwowar. "Our government considers our stock exchanges-a key part of our national financial market infrastructure-to be … Continue Reading

July 20, 2017

Manchin Discusses Importance of Appalachian Storage Hub in Energy and Natural Resources Committee

ICYMI: MANCHIN DISCUSSES IMPORTANCE OF APPALACHIAN STORAGE HUB IN ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and leaders of the U.S. energy sector discussed the prospects for a natural gas liquids storage hub in the Appalachian Region during a hearing to examine the status and outlook for U.S. and Northern American energy and resource security before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Mark Mills of the Manhattan … Continue Reading

July 14, 2017

Manchin Introduces REACT Bill to Enhance Critical Minerals Extraction Technology

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Rare Earth Element Advancing Coal Technologies Act (REACT), which would allow for the development of technology capable of extracting rare earth elements (REEs) and minerals from coal and coal byproducts in the U.S. to re-establish domestic production. "The U.S. depends on foreign imports for its supply of rare earth elements," Senator Manchin said. "This bill will support continued research into advancing technologies that can … Continue Reading

July 14, 2017

Manchin, Markey, Blumenthal Call for Mandatory Education for Opioid Prescribers

Legislation would require prescribers of opioid pain medications and other controlled substances to undergo mandatory training on safe prescribing practices and the identification of possible substance use disorders Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in introducing legislation that requires any prescriber of opioid medications to undergo mandatory education on safe prescribing practices. Specifically, the Safe … Continue Reading

July 14, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $9.9 Million for West Virginia Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $9,989,178 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) will be awarded to Head Start programs in West Virginia. "Our kids deserve the best chances at success, and it is important to invest in programs like Head Start that will lead the next generation to a brighter tomorrow," Senator Manchin said. "This funding will continue to help these programs provide access to … Continue Reading

July 14, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce $1.3 Million for West Virginia Health Care Center

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will award $1,314,440 to the Lincoln County Primary Care Center. This funding will help to support health care operations and expanding access to care. "This funding will help strengthen health care for patients in Lincoln County and provide quality, affordable services. Our health centers play an important role in keeping our … Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Manchin Meets with FBI Director Nominee Christopher Wray

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement regarding his meeting with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Nominee, Christopher Wray. "At a time when the public's confidence in our government institutions is lower than ever, it is critically important that the person leading the FBI has sound moral character and impeccable qualifications. I watched his testimony yesterday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was impressed by … Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $11.7 Million in Funding for West Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced a total of $11,688,591 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for Yeager Airport in Charleston and Tri-State Airport in Huntington. The grants will be used to reconstruct and repair terminal and runway areas. "This funding will enable Yeager and Tri-State Airports to make necessary repairs to their existing infrastructure," Senator Manchin said. "As a pilot myself, … Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Manchin Votes to Pass Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill Out of Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to be passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "As a new member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am pleased to help draft and vote for legislation that increases funding for veterans and service members who work tirelessly to protect our country," Senator Manchin said. "I'm especially excited about a few key features of … Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Manchin Calls on Senate Colleagues to Pass the FUTURE Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined his colleagues in a colloquy on the Senate Floor to discuss the importance of the FUTURE Act, which would reform, enhance, and expand upon the current 45Q tax credit provision for carbon capture technology. "Coal is abundant and reliable and will be a part of our energy mix for years to come. We must invest in the future of coal to ensure the U.S. is a leader in commercializing cutting-edge technologies and to ensure a cleaner more … Continue Reading

July 12, 2017

Manchin, Young Propose Increased Accountability Measures for Department of Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced legislation to increase accountability at the Department of Education. Up to this point, the Department of Education has not implemented dozens of open recommendations crafted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). "I have always said that government agencies need to be more transparent and efficient and I'm proud to join my colleague Senator Young in bipartisan legislation to do just that," Senator … Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Manchin Urges DEA to Lower Opioid Quota to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

Agency should build upon last year's progress and further lower those levels for 2018 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a group of senators in sending a letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), urging the agency to better prevent painkillers from flooding the market by setting lower opioid production quotas for 2018. Last year, the DEA heeded the senators' call to address America's opioid epidemic by reducing nearly all opioid quotas by 25 percent or more. This was … Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Manchin Introduces Legislation to Allow West Virginia Colleges to Resubmit TRIO Applications

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced Defending Educational Opportunities for West Virginia Students Act of 2017, legislation to allow the Secretary of Education to review and score TRIO program applications even if they had minor budgeting errors that have been fixed. "In West Virginia, we have a lot of first time college students, many of whom come from low-income families that simply do not have the resources or experience to help their children navigate things … Continue Reading

July 10, 2017

Manchin Applauds FDA Decision to Add Immediate Release Opioids to the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to strengthen training and prescribing practices for immediate release opioids by adding them to the FDA's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). Senator Manchin has fought for years to convince the FDA to recognize the dangers of opioid medications and take steps to reduce the risk to patients. This is a significant step because approximately 90 percent of the 200 … Continue Reading

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