Press Releases

March 29, 2016

Manchin Applauds Administration's New Actions to Address the Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - After attending the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) welcomed the Administration's new efforts to combat the prescription opioid and heroin abuse. During a panel discussion with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senator Manchin ‎applauded the Administration's engagement on the issue and expressed optimism that more meaningful progress could continue to be made to curb opioid … Continue Reading

March 23, 2016

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Full Funding of the Court Appointed Special Advocated (CASA) Program

Senators support $12 million in funding for dedicated advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and a bipartisan group of 25 Senators are urging the full funding of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in fiscal year (FY) 2017. This program is critical to the 251,000 abused or neglected children who have highly trained and deeply dedicated CASA advocates appointed on their behalf, and to the 451,000 child victims who are … Continue Reading

March 23, 2016

Manchin Applauds FDA Opioid Labeling Requirement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for toughening its labeling requirements for immediate-release opioid medications. "This warning label requirement is a good first step in preventing the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, but more needs to be done," Senator Manchin said. "Prescribers are on the frontlines of this epidemic and I have been pushing for prescriber and consumer education on opioids as part of a comprehensive … Continue Reading

March 22, 2016

Manchin, Warner, Kane Push to Equip Mine Rescuers With State-of-the-Art Communications Technology

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) have called for $6 million in funding to fully equip all U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) mine rescue teams with state-of-the-art, next-generation mine rescue communications equipment that allows rescuers to respond quickly in the event of an underground emergency. "Traditional communications systems used during mine rescue are tedious, slow and ineffective, and require running … Continue Reading

March 18, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Health Clinics in Clay and Beckley

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that Community Care of West Virginia in Clay, WV and Community Health Systems, Inc. in Beckley, WV will receive grants of $3,472,945 and $2,942,742, respectively. The funding provided will assure that both centers can continue providing high-quality services to vulnerable populations. "I commend Community Care of West Virginia and Community Health Systems, Inc. for the primary and preventive … Continue Reading

March 18, 2016

Manchin, Capito Applaud WVU Leadership on Veterans Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today applauded West Virginia University for offering special entrepreneurship courses for Veterans. The online summer course is designed specifically for Veterans interested in entrepreneurship and takes into account the unique challenges they face when transitioning to civilian life and completing higher education. "One of our nation's great challenges today is making sure that our Veterans can transition to … Continue Reading

March 17, 2016

Manchin Authorizes Funding for Yeager Airport in FAA Reauthorization

Senator Manchin's provision ensures that airports impacted by a natural disaster can use federal funding to make critical repairs Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Committee's passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill. Included in the bill is Senator Manchin's amendment to allow airports that have been impacted by a Presidential disaster declaration … Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Manchin Urges West Virginians to Send Thoughts on Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

Washington, D.C. - As he carefully evaluates the qualifications of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is asking West Virginians to send their thoughts and concerns on his nomination to SupremeCourtNominee@Manchin.Senate.Gov. He is also encouraging West Virginians to review his qualifications and his record. "I look forward to evaluating Merrick Garland's qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court," Senator Manchin said. "Senators have a … Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce $1.3 Million to Prevent Prescription Drug Overdoses in West Virginia

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced a $1,331,985 Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Grant for the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to prevent prescription drug overdoses in West Virginia. The aim of the program is to support states as they enact and evaluate prevention strategies to end prescription drug abuse and overdoses. "Prescription drug abuse is devastating communities all over our … Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Manchin Statement on President's Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the President's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. "I look forward to evaluating Merrick Garland's qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court. 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. I believe the Senate must give Merrick Garland fair consideration and … Continue Reading

March 15, 2016

Manchin Applauds Release of CDC Guidelines for Responsible Opioid Prescribing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidelines for prescribing opioids for managing chronic pain. The guidelines will help physicians take into account the very real and prevalent danger of addiction and overdose death when prescribing opioids for chronic pain. They will help reduce opioid addiction and diversion and save lives without compromising access to needed treatment. The guidelines, detailed … Continue Reading

March 11, 2016

Funding for Substance Abuse Services Coming to Community Health Centers in Five West Virginia Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that five community health centers across West Virginia will receive more than $1.7 million to improve and expand substance abuse services. This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding will help health centers better address the substance abuse treatment needs in their communities, with a focus on treating opioid use disorders. The five community health centers receiving awards are … Continue Reading

March 10, 2016

Manchin and Capito Congratulate West Virginia’s U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) met with Arka Gupta of Charleston and Adrien Inman of Martinsburg this week during their visit to Washington as part of the United States Senate Youth Program's (USSYP) 54th annual Washington Week. Gupta and Inman were recently selected as West Virginia's USSYP student delegates for 2016. "It was a privilege to meet with this year's student delegates from West Virginia, Arka and Adrien," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading

March 10, 2016

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage Of Comprehensive Opioid Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauds the Senate passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA), bipartisan legislation that will combat the opioid epidemic nationwide, but believes more needs to be done. "The Senate's passage of CARA is a good first step in our fight to end the opioid epidemic, but more needs to be done," Senator Manchin said. "I am glad that my consumer education amendment to ensure that advocacy groups have access to funds they … Continue Reading

March 09, 2016

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $6 Million in Funding for Housing Programs Across State

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that housing facilities across West Virginia will receive a total of $5,938,355 under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program for projects with the goal of ending homelessness. "In West Virginia, we have a strong tradition of neighbors helping neighbors and we know the importance of helping those who have fallen on hard times," Senator … Continue Reading

March 03, 2016

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of His Consumer Education Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Senate passage of his consumer education amendment to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA). His amendment will strengthen the bill by helping those on the frontlines of this terrible epidemic provide their communities with the information they need to help stop the spread of opioid addiction and help people seek treatment. "There is simply too little understanding about the dangers of these drugs. Too many … Continue Reading

March 03, 2016

Manchin Stands Up for West Virginia at Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the Administration's insensitivity to the damage it has done to West Virginia's economy and to West Virginians' livelihoods. He pointed out that between July 2014 and July 2015, West Virginia lost 19,000 jobs. "Based on the projections, the United States still needs West Virginia to do the heavy lifting and to produce the energy the country needs and has always counted on from … Continue Reading

March 02, 2016

Manchin Delivers Opening Remarks on Coal Ash Recycling Legislation at the Environment and Public Works Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered opening remarks at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing today on the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act. Senators Manchin and John Hoeven (R-ND) introduced this legislation in January to continue their efforts to find a common sense approach to ensuring safe disposal of coal ash while also preserving the economic opportunities and benefits associated with re-use of coal ash. This measure will … Continue Reading

March 01, 2016

Manchin Introduces UMWA President to Testify Before Senate Finance Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced Mr. Cecil Roberts, the President of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), to the Senate Finance Committee today. He testified to the importance of the Miners Protection Act, legislation to ensure the federal government and coal operators honor their obligation of lifetime pensions and health benefits to retired miners and their families who are facing uncertainty as a result of the financial crisis and corporate … Continue Reading

March 01, 2016

Manchin Speaks at FDA Public Meeting on Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke at a public meeting held by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Science Board today. He discussed the FDA's past actions, which have not considered the public health impact or assessed the realities of the deadly opioid epidemic when approving dangerous opioid medications. "The FDA serves a critical role as the agency that oversees the approval of these addictive drugs, but time and time again has failed to consider public health … Continue Reading

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