Press Releases

March 30, 2017

Manchin to Support Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his decision to support Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. "Senators have a constitutional obligation to advise and consent on a nominee to fill this Supreme Court vacancy and, simply put, we have a responsibility to do our jobs as elected officials. Just as I did when Merrick Garland was nominated, I met with Judge Gorsuch and evaluated his qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court. Judge … Continue Reading

March 30, 2017

Manchin Introduces Legislation to Require Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Before Prescribing Powerful Painkillers

Bill would require the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in all states that receive certain federal funding to combat opioid abuse and also require states to make their PDMP data available to other state Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to require the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in all states that received certain federal funding to … Continue Reading

March 30, 2017

Manchin Passes Four Bills Out of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) passed several bills out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today with unanimous support. Senator Manchin's hydropower bill, which would allow for the relicensing of the Jennings-Randolph dam project while it obtains necessary permits and engages with the local community and stakeholders, and Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area Act of 2017 are now ready to be considered on the Senate floor. Additionally, the … Continue Reading

March 30, 2017

Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Vietnam Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Richard Burr (R-NC) designating March 29, 2017 as Vietnam Veterans Day. "West Virginia has more names on the Vietnam Wall per capita than any other state in the nation, and I am honored to serve as an original sponsor on this resolution that pays homage to the service of this generation of Veterans," Senator Manchin said. "In West Virginia, we also have one of the highest rates of … Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Reintroduce Sportsmen's Act

Measure Will Provide Access to Federal Lands, Protect Longstanding Traditions Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jim Risch (R-ID), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) this week reintroduced the Sportsmen's Act of 2017. This bipartisan package expands and enhances sportsmen's access by making federal lands throughout West Virginia and the nation "open unless closed" for fishing, hunting, recreational shooting, and other … Continue Reading

March 28, 2017


Appalachian Regional Commission grants will support economic development projects in West Virginia Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $2,424,400 to support economic development projects in Huntington, Davis and at community colleges across West Virginia. "This funding will help create jobs, diversify our state's economy and support the Huntington and Davis … Continue Reading

March 27, 2017

Manchin, Kaine, Warner, Brown, Casey Introduce RECLAIM Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the RECLAIM Act today. This legislation will provide funds to states and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining. "This legislation will help the many … Continue Reading

March 24, 2017

Manchin and Capito Introduce Bipartisan Hydro Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced legislation to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authority to extend the Jennings-Randolph hydropower dam license so the project has time to secure other required permits and commence construction before its FERC 2-year license expires. Collaboration and engagement are key to identifying challenges and ensuring all parties have an opportunity to be heard. Part of this … Continue Reading

March 22, 2017

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of His Bipartisan HIRE Vets Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Senate passage of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) Veterans Act. The measure establishes a tiered recognition program within the Department of Labor to award employers based on their contributions to veteran employment. "I applaud the quick passage of the HIRE Veterans Act, an important piece of legislation that recognizes employers who hire our veterans," Senator Manchin said. "Over the past couple … Continue Reading

March 15, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce more than $2.4 Million in FEMA Funding for Flood Recovery Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $2,460,761 from U.S Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia. Individual awards listed below: $1,046,559.61 - The West Virginia School Building Authority to replace Richwood Middle & High Schools and Summerville Middle School in Nicholas County that were damaged as a result of flooding in West Virginia on June … Continue Reading

March 10, 2017

Manchin Statement on New Jobs in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the announcement that Weirton, West Virginia will be the site for the first U.S. manufacturing operation for Bidell Gas Compression. "I'm thrilled that Bidell Gas Compression is making this investment in West Virginia. This is great news for the residents of Weirton and the entire state of West Virginia. During my time as United States Senator, I have been committed to enhancing our job climate so every … Continue Reading

March 09, 2017

Manchin Statement on Closing of Mohawk Industries Flooring Plant in Holden

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the closing of Mohawk Industries flooring plant in Holden, affecting Logan and Mingo communities. "I am very disappointed by the announcement of Mohawk Industries' decision to close its flooring plant in Holden, leaving 111 residents without employment in Logan and Mingo Counties. This decision affects the livelihood of West Virginians who count on these jobs to take care of their families and my … Continue Reading

March 08, 2017

Manchin, Wyden, Brown, Casey and Warner Urge Finance Committee to Act on Miners Protection Act Before Moving Lighthizer Nomination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Senate Finance Committee Democrats Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Bob Casey, D-Penn., Mark Warner, D-Va. today called on the Senate Finance Committee to protect coal miner's pensions before advancing out of the Finance Committee the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be the United States Trade Representative. Last week these senators sent a letter to Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) requesting the Miners Protection Act be attached … Continue Reading

March 08, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Support Economic Recovery in Central Appalachia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced $710,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support economic recovery efforts by the Region I Planning and Development Council in Mercer County. The award will be used to establish a comprehensive database of manufacturers that will be available as a resource during disaster recovery in the southern region of the state. "This federal investment will support job … Continue Reading

March 08, 2017

Manchin and Capito Re-Introduce "Jessie's Law" to Save and Protect Recovering Addicts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) re-introduced Jessie's Law, legislation to help ensure that medical professionals have full knowledge of their patient's previous opioid addiction when consent is given. This will help prevent tragic events like the death of Jessie Grubb by providing physicians and other medical professionals with this information at every step of a patient's care, enabling them to consider the patient's addiction when … Continue Reading

March 07, 2017

Manchin, Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus Welcomes Senator Sullivan as New Co-Chair

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Tim Walz (D-MN) today welcomed Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) as a co-chair of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus for the 115th Congress. "I am happy to welcome my colleague Senator Sullivan to the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus," Senator Manchin said. "One of the few issues that unifies Congress is recognizing the patriotism and service of our nation's veterans, and helping them find … Continue Reading

March 06, 2017

Manchin Introduces Vet Connect Act to Reduce Opioid Abuse Among Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Vet Connect Act of 2017, which would streamline health records sharing between the Department of Veterans Affairs and community healthcare providers. Under current law, veterans being treated for drug abuse, alcoholism or alcohol abuse, infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or sickle cell anemia must provide written consent to the VA in order to share their health records with their community providers. … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Manchin Introduces Legislation to Give Recovering Addicts a Clean Start

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Clean Start Act, which will give recovering addicts who committed nonviolent federal offenses because of their addictions a "clean start" and a chance to build a sober lifestyle, free of a criminal record, if they complete a yearlong drug treatment program. "I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of opioid abuse on individuals, families, and communities in my state and around the country," Senator Manchin said. "As a … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Rural Water Systems

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced bipartisan legislation to make sure rural and small water systems have the technical training and assistance they need to improve wastewater treatment in rural communities. "Investing in water infrastructure projects in rural communities not only improves the quality of life for West Virginians, but preserves countless good-paying jobs, boosts economic development and improves the prosperity of our families, businesses and … Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Manchin Re-Introduces LifeBOAT Act

The LifeBOAT Act would establish reliable funding to expand access to substance abuse treatment Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) re-introduced the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT Act), which would establish a permanent funding … Continue Reading

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