Press Releases

September 09, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Significant Funding for Community Development, Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $23 million in federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for community development, affordable housing, and homelessness prevention and relief in West Virginia. "In West Virginia, we understand the value of helping one another, especially in times of struggle," said Manchin. "We need to do everything we can to make sure that our neighbors … Continue Reading

September 06, 2013

Manchin Helps to Raise Awareness of Veterans' Mental Health Services

Washington, D.C. - With military suicide rates at record highs, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urges West Virginians and Americans nationwide to support veterans in crisis and spread the word about VA mental health services during Suicide Prevention Month this September. "The men and women who have bravely served the best country in the world are our heroes - plain and simple. We must never forget their patriotism, their courage and their sacrifices. They've risked their lives so that we … Continue Reading

September 05, 2013

Manchin Statement on Syria

"The decision to use U.S. military force is one of the most serious decisions I have ever made. Over the past few weeks I have heard the concerns from thousands of West Virginians on the situation in Syria. This past week, I have attended hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which I am a member, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committees, of which I am not a member, to hear Secretaries Hagel and Kerry, and General Dempsey testify. I have attended classified briefings by the … Continue Reading

September 03, 2013

Manchin Seeks West Virginians Opinions on Syria

My statement on Syria: I want to hear from West Virginians on what, if any, military action should be taken. Your feedback is invaluable as Congress debates this critical national security issue. Please email me at; Tweet me @Sen_JoeManchin and use #Syria; or Send me a Facebook message on … Continue Reading

September 02, 2013

Manchin Statement Celebrating Labor Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement onLabor Day. "Today, we honor the hardworking men and women who keep West Virginia and our greatcountry running every day," Senator Manchin said. "As we spend time with familyand friends, let us take a moment to celebrate our strong, diverse anddedicated workforce that has built America from the ground up. Americans havetirelessly fought to make this country the best country in the world. Let'scommemorate our … Continue Reading

September 01, 2013

Manchin to Suspend WV Events to Return to Washington for Syria Briefings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement on suspending his West Virginia events following Labor Day to return to Washington to attend briefings on the situation in Syria. "The decision to authorize the use of U.S. military force and weapons is one of the most difficult that a country can make, and is not one that should be made without all the available facts or without the consultation of Congress. I am pleased that the President decided to seek … Continue Reading

August 30, 2013

Manchin Statement on Military Action in Syria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on Syria after a secure briefing from the White House. "I am deeply concerned by the use of chemical weapons in Syria against innocent people, but after over a decade of war in the Middle East, there needs to be compelling evidence that there is an imminent threat to the security of the American people or our allies before any military action is taken. I do … Continue Reading

August 29, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Funding for City of Princeton Law Enforcement

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Wednesday announced federal funding for the City of Princeton Police Department to enhance the Detective Bureau's ability to serve and protect the community. "It is so important to invest in our state police to make sure they have the necessary resources and tools to protect our local residents," Manchin said. "I'm pleased to announce that this grant will help our crime-fighting … Continue Reading

August 28, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for West Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, along Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced more than $6 million in federal funding awards for airport improvements in Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Greenbrier, Harrison, Marion, Mercer, Monongalia, Nicholas, Raleigh, Randolph, Upshur, and Wood Counties. "Transportation infrastructure is a commonsense investment to create jobs," said Manchin. "By … Continue Reading

August 27, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding to Encourage STEM Studies at Bridgemont Community & Technical College

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $617,500 in federal funding for the Bridgemont Community and Technical College to provide scholarships for talented students in its applied and engineering technology programs. The funding comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, which gives grants to colleges and universities to use toward … Continue Reading

August 23, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Rental Assistance For Veterans Struggling with Homelessness

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $105,000 in federal funding to Raleigh County to provide rental assistance for homeless veterans. "Whether it is finding them a place to live or helping them get a good-paying job, we should do all that we can to provide our brave and honorable veterans with the best care and treatment as they return home," Manchin said. "These courageous Americans have risked their lives … Continue Reading

August 21, 2013

Manchin Pleased with Court Decision to Maintain Health Benefits for Retirees and Their Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit for overturning the St. Louis judge's opinion that Peabody could stop paying retirees their health care benefits. "Today's decision confirms what I, and most West Virginians, believe is just common sense: that miners are entitled to the benefits they have earned and companies are required to keep the promises they have made. … Continue Reading

August 16, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Logan and Mingo Counties

Logan, W.Va. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall,(all D-W.Va.), Friday announced Federal funding for Logan and Mingo Counties to upgrade first responder equipment and facilities. "Our law enforcement and first responders put themselves in the line of danger each and every day for the safety of West Virginians," said Manchin. "It is important to provide them with the resources and tools necessary to respond efficiently. This funding will greatly benefit the … Continue Reading

August 16, 2013

Manchin Statement on Patriot Coal and UMWA Agreement

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement in response to the Patriot Coal and United Mine Workers of America agreement reached today: "In today's toxic environment, it is easy to be against compromise and walk away from negotiations. It is encouraging to see our labor and corporate leaders stand up, come together and find a solution necessary to preserve thousands of jobs, restore and protect the health and pension benefits that hardworking miners … Continue Reading

August 12, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Assistance For Derecho Response and Relief in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $1,272,908 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management to help the state recover from the June 2012 Derecho. The funding will help offset the cost of activating the State's Emergency Operations Center during the Derecho in June 2012. "West Virginians have always helped one another in times of … Continue Reading

August 09, 2013

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Smart Economic Investments to Create Jobs in Mid-Ohio Valley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that the Economic Development Administration will provide $60,000 to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council to invest in job creation and economic development in the region. The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council consists of the counties of Calhoun, Jackson, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood. "Establishing strategies to bring good-paying jobs to our state that will deliver paychecks for West … Continue Reading

August 06, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce USDA Funding for Community Facilities in Southern West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Federal funding has been awarded for community organizations in Mingo, Wayne and Wyoming Counties to renovate and upgrade community facilities. "Investments in our rural communities are important to attracting businesses and residents and strengthening our economy," said Senator Manchin. "This critical funding will support economic development projects in rural West … Continue Reading

August 05, 2013

Manchin, Kirk, Davis Bill Would Require Farmer Input on EPA Regulations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced their bipartisan, bicameral legislation to require the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to review any proposed rule or regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that may affect agriculture and to seek farmers' advice and recommendations. The Review EPA's Language on Agriculture and Thoroughly Engage (RELATE) with the Farm Act of 2013 allows … Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Manchin Statement from the Energy and Natural Resources Hearing on the Political Status of Puerto Rico

Thank you Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Murkowski for holding this hearing today on the political status of Puerto Rico. As a former governor, I am uniquely aware of the great responsibility of that office. The voters, through their constitutionally granted right to free and fair elections, choose a governor to carry out the duties of the office and to handle the needs of the state. The governor is accountable and responsible to the people of the state. And if those people, the voters, … Continue Reading

July 31, 2013

Senators Manchin and McCain Seek Information on Abuse and Neglect of Military Children

Washington, D.C. ¬- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John McCain (R-AZ) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel seeking information on the rising incidents of child abuse and neglect within the military and pledging to work with the Department of Defense to successfully address this issue. The text of the letter is attached and below. July 31, 2013 The Honorable Chuck HagelSecretary of Defense1000 Defense PentagonWashington, D.C. 20301-1000 Dear Secretary Hagel, We … Continue Reading

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