Press Releases

May 11, 2020

Manchin Bill To Help Servicemembers And Families During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced a bipartisan bill to expand the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to provide additional legal protections for servicemembers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.The SCRA provides legal protection to servicemembers to prevent them from being taken advantage of while on duty or deployed, and can postpone or suspend financial or civil obligations - including preventing foreclosures, evictions or repossession of a vehicle under … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce National Science Foundation Award For West Virginia University

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $254,532 for the West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) through the National Science Foundation (NSF). This funding will support a research project that will help medical professionals understand the restoration of walking ability in rehabilitation processes. “I am pleased the National Science Foundation is … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Manchin, Capito Lead Bipartisan Resolution To Honor Our Nation's Teachers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced a bipartisan resolution to honor our nation’s teachers and commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week for May 4th-8th.“West Virginia teachers have stepped up during these challenging times to provide our students with education and support. They are innovative and adaptive and we are so proud of their continued work during the COVID-19 pandemic and every day. Their work does not go unnoticed … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Manchin Hears From Main Street Fairmont, Marion County Chamber of Commerce Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with Main Street Fairmont and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“In West Virginia our Main Streets are the lifeblood of our communities and they are hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused many businesses to close their doors. Our small and local businesses need help to stay afloat during this pandemic and while Congress has allocated … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Manchin, Ernst To Introduce Bill To Give National Guardsmen Responding To COVID-19 Pandemic Transitional Healthcare Benefits

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced they will introduce the Support Our National Guard Act next week. This bill will provide transitional healthcare benefits to National Guard servicemembers who have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic under Title 32 502(f) orders.When a National Guard servicemember deploys on an operation abroad, the federal government provides that Guardsman with … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $9.8 Million To Expand COVID-19 Testing In Health Centers Across West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $9,833,557 to support 28 health centers in expanding their capacity for coronavirus testing. This funding is made as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump at the end of April.“As states across America prepare to slowly reopen, we must … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Manchin: Republican Lawsuit To Eliminate Healthcare For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions During COVID-19 Is Unthinkable

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to file with Republican Attorneys General in the Texas v. United States case which aims to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional.“The DOJ is continuing to double down on this awful Republican lawsuit which would leave 800,000 West Virginians and millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions without health insurance. This was always a … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

AG Barr Tells Manchin No More Transfers Of Out-Of-State Inmates To West Virginia

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) received assurances from U.S. Attorney General (AG) William Barr that no more new out-of-state inmates will be transferred to FCI Gilmer or FCC Hazelton during the COVID-19 pandemic.“This morning I received confirmation from AG Barr that West Virginia facilities will no longer receive transfers of new out-of-state inmates. Many of these inmates were being transferred from COVID-19 hotspots across the country, putting the safety of … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Manchin Bill Ensures Danger Pay For Marshals Abroad

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the bipartisan Danger Pay for U.S. Marshals Act, a bill that makes U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) employees eligible for “danger pay” when serving abroad.“Every day our U.S. Marshals put themselves in harm’s way to ensure our safety. Currently, U.S. Marshals are stationed in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Columbia, all posts that would be eligible if Marshals qualified for danger pay. The Danger Pay for U.S. … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Manchin: Next COVID-19 Relief Package Must Have Commonsense, Bipartisan Fixes

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to include commonsense, bipartisan fixes that help rural states like West Virginia in the next COVID-19 relief package. Senator Manchin’s letter includes West Virginia priorities such as dedicated rural hospital funding, support for small businesses, and widespread COVID-19 testing.“Over the past few months, across the ideological spectrum, Members of Congress have put partisanship aside … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Manchin Votes To Override Presidential Veto On Bipartisan Iran War Powers Resolution

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to override President Trump’s veto of S.J.Res 68, the bipartisan Iran War Powers Resolution, which requires the President to receive direct authorization or declaration from Congress for the use of military force against Iran, which the Senate passed on February 13th, 2020. The Senate did not meet the threshold to override the Presidential veto in a 49-44 vote. “In February, the Senate … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Manchin, Capito Introduce Bill to Support Broadband Expansion Projects

Washington, DC - U.S. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced the Eliminating Barriers to Rural Internet Development Grant Eligibility (E-BRIDGE) Act, which would remove obstacles for broadband projects to receive Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants. Specifically, the legislation ensures that local communities can partner with the private sector and gives communities more flexibility in complying with their funding match … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Manchin: Next Coronavirus Relief Package Must Include Funding For Senior Nutrition Services

Washington, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) encouraged Senate colleagues to include funding for senior nutrition programs - like home-based nutrition delivery services - in the next COVID-19 relief legislation. During a weekly Democratic meeting to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on older Americans, Senator Manchin questioned Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels, about the need for increased investments in home-based delivery vehicles and senior nutrition … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Family Resource Network, Center on Budget and Policy, REALTORS Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in separate calls with the West Virginia Family Resource Network, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, and West Virginia Association of REALTORS to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“West Virginians continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic every day and we must continue to support one another through these difficult times. Today I listened to the concerns of the West … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Manchin: West Virginia Priorities Secured In Water Infrastructure Bills

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) secured West Virginia priorities in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020, which were both passed by the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee today.“Today the EPW Committee unanimously passed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020, two bills which include major priorities for West Virginia. I am proud to have … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Manchin Votes For NCSC Director, Again Urges McConnell To Focus Senate On COVID-19 Priorities

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on his support for William Evanina as the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). He also urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell again to focus the Senate on COVID-19 related issues.“Today the Senate confirmed William Evanina to serve as the Director of the NCSC. As Director of the NCSC, Mr. Evanina is responsible … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Manchin Bill Provides Relief To Local Governments In West Virginia Responding To The COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led six Senators in announcing a plan to provide local governments with direct federal relief that can be used to pay for essential services and offset lost revenues and increased costs from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Direct Support for Communities Act would complement direct relief to states, which is also vital in this crisis. “Local governments in West Virginia and across America are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

ICYMI: Manchin Supported Bill To Increase Transparency, Accountability Of COVID-19 Small Business Relief Efforts

Charleston, WV - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) supported efforts to pass the Transparency and Oversight of COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Act by unanimous consent on the Senate floor. The Transparency and Oversight of COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Act would require the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide Congress and the public with timely, detailed data on the agency’s COVID-19 small business relief programs, including the Paycheck Protection … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Call For Hazard Pay, Increased Safety Measures For Federal Employees And Contractors

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 19 bipartisan Senators in calling on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell T. Vought and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Michael J. Rigas to take immediate steps to support federal employees and contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senators’ letter emphasizes several actions that the Administration should take now to support these crucial public servants.The Senators … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Manchin Praises USDA Approval Of West Virginia Food Assistance Pandemic EBT Application

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval of West Virginia’s application for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) cards which provide families with support to feed their children throughout the summer while children are not in school. On April 23, Senator Manchin sent a letter to USDA Secretary Perdue advocating for West Virginia’s application for this program. “I am pleased the USDA approved West … Continue Reading

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