Press Releases

December 07, 2016

Manchin Votes for 21st Century CURES Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes funding to fight the opioid epidemic, improves medical research and modernizes mental health services. Although Senator Manchin voted against cloture and has been blocking all live UC action on the Senate floor, he does not object to the legislation itself. "Today I voted to pass the 21st Century CURES Act because this bill will provide critical resources to address the opioid … Continue Reading

December 06, 2016

Manchin, Warner, Casey, Brown Take to the Senate Floor to fight for Retired Miners and Their Families

Without Action, 16,300 Coal Miners Will Lose Healthcare on Dec. 31 Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke on the Senate floor on the urgent need to pass the Miners Protection Act, which will protect the health and pensions of more than 120,000 retired coalminers nationwide. With 16,300 retired coal miners set to lose healthcare by Dec. 31, 2016 without Congressional action, the Senators announced that … Continue Reading

December 05, 2016

Manchin, Capito Praise Inclusion of Coal Ash Provision in Bicameral, Bipartisan WIIN Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) praised the bipartisan deal with the House of Representatives to include authorization for permit programs for the control of coal combustion residuals in the final Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act announced today. The provision makes several improvements to the coal combustion residuals section that was included in the version passed by the Senate on September 15 to better protect the … Continue Reading

December 05, 2016

Senators: No Special Consideration for Other Bills Until We Save Coal Miners Healthcare, Retirement

Coal-State Senators Look to Force Vote on Bipartisan Bill By Blocking Live UC Requests until Action is Taken to Save Retired Miners Without Action, 16,300 Coal Miners Will Lose Healthcare on Dec. 31 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, a coalition of Senators fighting to protect the health and pensions of more than 120,000 retired coalminers nationwide announced their intent to use any means necessary to make sure that these workers and their families are protected. With 16,300 retired coal miners … Continue Reading

December 05, 2016

Manchin Statement on Conversation with President-Elect Trump

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement: "Last week, President-elect Trump and I had a wide-ranging and constructive conversation about the future of our country and how we can work together to help the state of West Virginia. I was humbled and honored to share my views with the President-elect and assured him that I am willing to work in a bipartisan manner to find commonsense solutions to the serious challenges we face. I have always believed that … Continue Reading

December 02, 2016

Manchin Calling on West Virginia Coal Miners to Share their Story

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is calling on West Virginia coal miners and their families to send him their stories so he can read them on the Senate Floor, explaining the hardships they will face if we do not immediately pass the Miners Protection Act now. Miners can send their stories to "In October, 12,500 of our nation's coal miners, including 5,654 West Virginians, received notices informing them that their healthcare benefits will be … Continue Reading

December 01, 2016

Manchin Votes to Extend Iran Sanctions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the Iran Sanctions Extension Act, which extends the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to December 31, 2026. "Iran is the world's top state sponsor of terrorism, according to the Department of State, and we must do everything in our power to ensure that this regime is not able to increase its ballistic missile capabilities. Allowing the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to expire would be a concession to Iran, who continues to act … Continue Reading

November 29, 2016

Manchin Votes to Improve Healthcare in Rural Areas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted to pass the Enhancing Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to better integrate the Project ECHO model into health systems across the country. The ECHO model is an innovative continuing medical education model that uses interactive videoconferencing to link specialist teams ("hubs") with primary care providers ("spokes") in rural and underserved areas. "Communities in rural and underserved areas … Continue Reading

November 23, 2016

Manchin Wishes West Virginians a Happy Thanksgiving

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement wishing West Virginians a happy Thanksgiving: "Growing up in the Manchin household we were always taught that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. This lesson has stuck with me throughout my adult life and I have tried to pass it along to my children and grandchildren. "As Americans, we are particularly blessed to live in the land of the free because of the brave. While we should … Continue Reading

November 22, 2016

Manchin Fights for Green Bank Observatory

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to Dr. France A. Cordova, the Director of the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), urging her to continue the NSF partnership with the Green Bank Observatory (GBO). Senator Manchin is still urging West Virginians to submit public comments on the future of the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County. Senator Manchin said: "The unique scientific expertise of GBO within the research and educational communities … Continue Reading

November 22, 2016

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Shop Small this Saturday

Small Business Saturday is November 26 Washington, D.C. ? U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged West Virginians to shop at West Virginia small businesses this Saturday, November 26th in celebration of the seventh annual Small Business Saturday. "Whether it's a local coffee shop, a family owned bakery or a tech start-up, these small businesses are what fuels our economy," Senator Manchin said. "Small businesses are the fiber of our communities and they are critical to our state's … Continue Reading

November 22, 2016

Manchin, Capito, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Immediate Passage of Miners Protection Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) joined 20 bipartisan Senators in a letter to Senate and House leadership, calling for the passage of the Miners Protection Act by the end of this year. Without a change to current law, 12,500 of the country's retired coal miners will lose their healthcare on December 31, 2016. The Senators said in part: "During the month of October, approximately 12,500 of our nation's retired coal miners received notices … Continue Reading

November 16, 2016

Manchin Named Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Vice-Chair

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today he will serve as Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Vice-Chair. "I am honored to represent West Virginia in a Senate Leadership role and to bring our values and beliefs to the table to get the Senate working like it used to. My role in leadership is simple: to be a voice for the pro-growth, commonsense policies that West Virginians support and to work with Republicans to move those policies forward. It's now … Continue Reading

November 15, 2016

Manchin Votes to Add Gold Star Family Stories to Veterans History Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the Gold Star Families Voices Act that would allow Gold Star Families to add their collection of video and audio recordings of biographical histories by immediate family members of Fallen service members to the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center. This legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 97-0 and is on its way to the President for his signature. "Allowing Gold Star Families to add their service … Continue Reading

November 15, 2016

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 Bombardier will expand the West Virginia Air Center that provides maintenance services for Bombardier-manufactured commercial aircrafts. "I am thrilled that Bombardier is continuing to invest in West Virginia. This is great news for the residents of Bridgeport and the entire state of West Virginia. Years of strategic investments, fiscally-responsible policies, and a well-trained, … Continue Reading

November 11, 2016

Manchin Statement on Leader Reid's Statement

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) comments regarding Donald Trump. "Senator Harry Reid's statement today attacking President-elect Trump is wrong! It is an absolute embarrassment to the Senate as an institution, our Democratic party, and the nation. I want to be very clear, he does not speak for me. As difficult as it is for anyone to lose an election, the American people have spoken and Donald Trump is … Continue Reading

November 11, 2016

Manchin: Americans Owe our Liberties, Freedoms to our Veterans

Washington, D.C. - In honor of Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) encouraged West Virginians to recognize the sacrifices and contributions and thank our nation's Veterans not just on Veterans Day, but every day. Today Senator Manchin celebrated Veterans Day at Capital High School in Charleston, where he also awarded a Purple Heart to the family of West Virginia Veteran, John Himelrick."I've always said that West Virginia is one of the most patriotic states in the country," Senator … Continue Reading

November 03, 2016

Manchin, Capito Announce more than $1 Million for Maternal and Child Health Services in West Virginia

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $1,162,326 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that will support the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Services programs. The funding will support programs with the goals of increasing healthy pregnancies, improving birth outcomes and reducing infant mortality. "We know that lifelong health starts with a healthy pregnancy, so … Continue Reading

November 02, 2016

Manchin, Capito, Jenkins Provide Information on How to Submit Public Comment on the Future of Green Bank Observatory

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-WV) are providing West Virginians with information on public meetings and how to submit public comments on the future of the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will hold two public meetings on November 9th and accept written public comments until November 19th. "Our state takes enormous pride in the awe-inspiring scientific … Continue Reading

November 01, 2016

Manchin, Group of Senators Call on DEA, Justice Department to Explain Reduction of Enforcement Efforts Against Wholesale Opioid Distributors

Senators express concerns that DEA, in coordination with DOJ, scaled back enforcement against violators, allowing more legal controlled substances to enter the illicit drug market as opioid epidemic exploded Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a group of senators in sending a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) questioning both agencies about lax enforcement efforts against wholesale opioid distributors that may have … Continue Reading

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