Press Releases

May 23, 2012

Manchin Amendment Would Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

Bipartisan proposal would reclassify all hydrocodone substances with Schedule II status Washington, D.C. - With more Americans dying from prescription painkillers than heroin and cocaine combined, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced a bipartisan measure today to make it far more difficult to abuse addictive pain medicine. The Senators' bipartisan amendment to … Continue Reading

May 21, 2012

Manchin: West Virginia Lost One of its Best Citizens Today

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the passing of Bill Stewart. "West Virginia truly lost one of its best citizens today, but my friend Bill Stewart leaves behind a lifetime of memories and love for our state," Senator Joe Manchin said. "It has been my privilege to be able to call Bill my friend ever since his days playing ball at Fairmont State. From the moment I met him, I knew that you never had to worry about Bill's enthusiasm; he … Continue Reading

May 17, 2012

Manchin Calls for Fair Treatment for West Virginia from Postal Service

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today about the U.S. Postal Service announcement regarding mail processing facilities. "I am determined to fight for every job at our area mail processing facilities because these jobs are important to so many of our communities. In West Virginia, we have the most dedicated and productive workforce and we bring our work ethic to any job we're given. I will make sure the Postal Service takes this into … Continue Reading

May 17, 2012

Manchin Welcomes Dozens of West Virginians to First-Ever ‘Wednesday Wake-Up With Joe’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) welcomed dozens of West Virginians to his office this week in his first-ever "Wednesday Wake-Up with Joe" coffee hour for constituents visiting the nation's capital. "Our first-ever coffee hour was a big success, and I truly enjoyed hearing from all the West Virginians who stopped by my office for a little coffee and common sense," Senator Manchin said. "I hope that all West Virginians will stop in at 'Wednesday Wake-Up With Joe' when … Continue Reading

May 16, 2012

Congressional Delegation Fights for WV Hospitals

WASHINGTON--Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined with the West Virginia delegation to send a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing serious concerns about a new interpretation of its regulations regarding reimbursable costs and its impact on West Virginia's critical access hospitals (CAHs). Under the CMS's new interpretation, each of West Virginia's CAHs may lose hundreds of thousands of dollars each year and since the rule is being applied … Continue Reading

May 16, 2012

Manchin Determined to Bring People Together for Bipartisan Budget Solution

**Video and Audio Available** Washington, D.C. - With the Senate expected to vote on five partisan budget proposals today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement announcing he is determined to work to bring his colleagues together on a bipartisan solution to the country's fiscal problems. "Since the day I arrived in Washington, I've worked hard to bring people together to put this country in better shape for the next generation. The solution is clear: We need to … Continue Reading

May 15, 2012

Manchin Votes to Protect U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today after voting for a bipartisan measure to bolster the market for American-made goods in other countries and protect domestic manufacturing jobs. The bill, H.R. 2072, would allow the Export-Import Bank to continue to make loans to organizations that do business with American companies through 2014, as well as gradually increase the bank's lending authority. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly … Continue Reading

May 14, 2012

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Grants for Health Centers Serving Mercer, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced that three health centers serving Mercer, Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties will receive a total of $2,402,210 in federal funding to help them continue providing comprehensive primary and preventive health care and social services to residents in those areas. "Access to health care is essential for each and every West Virginian - and it is something that I have always fought so hard for. Our health centers … Continue Reading

May 11, 2012

Manchin Launches 4th ‘Commonsense Connections’ Week

Washington, D.C. - Building off a strong record of outreach to his constituents, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is pleased to announce that his office will launch its fourth "Commonsense Connections" Week beginning Monday, May 21. Representatives from Senator Manchin's office will make more than 75 stops across West Virginia - traveling to all 55 counties - to meet with constituents, hear their commonsense priorities and concerns, and gather their feedback. "There is absolutely nothing … Continue Reading

May 10, 2012

Manchin: Athletics Strengthen Our Communities and Inspire Our Youth

The bill comes at no cost to taxpayers Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), today introduced bipartisan legislation authorizing the U.S. Mint to create a commemorative coin in recognition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The funds generated from the sale of the coin will help preserve the history of football and promote the positive values of the sport to children in … Continue Reading

May 09, 2012

Manchin Statement on Postal Service Announcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today issued the following statement about the U.S. Postal Service announcement that all 3,700 rural post offices slated for closure will remain open, with some reducing retail hours. "For months now, I have been fighting to keep our rural post offices open so that the people of our state can stay connected to this great country. I pushed very hard in the Senate to keep all our post offices open, because they truly are a lifeline and they provide … Continue Reading

May 09, 2012

May 16: Manchin Invites West Virginians To Join Him For ‘Wednesday Wake-Up With Joe’

All West Virginians are invited to attend Washington, D.C. - Building off of the success of numerous constituent outreach initiatives he has started since taking office, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced the launch of a new weekly coffee hour called "Wednesday Wake-Up with Joe." All West Virginians are invited to attend these morning get-togethers, which will be held in Senator Manchin's Washington office every Wednesday that the Senate is in session. "I am so excited … Continue Reading

May 08, 2012

Manchin to Vote to Keep Student Loan Interest Rate Affordable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will vote today to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling in the 2012-13 school year, which would make it more difficult for all West Virginians and all Americans to access higher education. Without congressional action, the interest rate on federally-subsidized Stafford student loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1. "We have to work together to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling, because every dollar … Continue Reading

May 08, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Call On Postal Service to Continue Moratorium and Avoid Post Office Closures in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin urged the U.S. Postal Service to reconsider closing 150 post offices and consolidating mail processing centers in West Virginia as these actions unfairly target jobs and postal services in West Virginia, as well as other rural states. The Senators, in a joint letter, specifically asked the Postmaster General to extend the current moratorium on any post office closings and mail processing center consolidations in the state. Last … Continue Reading

May 07, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grants for Airports in Marion, Mason, Mercer Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced that airports in Marion, Mason, and Mercer counties will receive a total of $939,210 in federal funding to make necessary upgrades to the airports and runways, improving travel and safety at the airports. "Safety is a priority for our airfields. This funding will help upgrade these vital airports to make sure pilots, passengers, and … Continue Reading

May 03, 2012

Manchin Urges Postal Service to Extend Moratorium Preventing Post Office Closures

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today joined a bipartisan group of 43 Senators in a letter urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to extend its current moratorium on post office closures until after a postal reform bill is signed into law. The current moratorium is scheduled to expire on May 15. "Communities across West Virginia and the nation are facing great uncertainty about the future of their post offices," Senator Manchin said. "Right now there are 3,700 post … Continue Reading

May 01, 2012

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller: DOT Approves Airline Proposal for Raleigh County Air Service

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, top Democrat on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Senator Joe Manchin III (all D-W.Va.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected air carrier Silver Airways to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Raleigh County Memorial Airport in Beckley for a two-year term of service, replacing Colgan Air, which … Continue Reading

May 01, 2012

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Expected New Air Service in Morgantown, Clarksburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) selected Silver Airways to provide air service at Morgantown's and Clarksburg's airports. The service is currently provided by Colgan Air, but that company is ending service. "This is an excellent first step to make sure residents around Morgantown and Clarksburg maintain commercial … Continue Reading

April 27, 2012

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) encouraged West Virginians today to turn in any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to locations across the state to participate in the fourth National Drug Take Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This opportunity can reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse, and increase awareness of this critical public … Continue Reading

April 26, 2012

Manchin to Vote to Protect Women and Children Against Violence

Watch Senator Manchin speak on the Senate floor here: Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today emphasized the critical importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, legislation that the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence has called the "most critical piece of legislation affecting the safety of survivors of domestic violence and their children in every county of West … Continue Reading

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