Press Releases

June 18, 2015

Manchin Statement on Tragic Shooting in Charleston, S.C.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement on the tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. "Today, Gayle and I join all West Virginians and Americans in sending our thoughts and prayers to the people of Charleston, South Carolina as they mourn this absolutely horrific tragedy. Our hearts weigh heavy for the loved ones of the nine souls who were lost and for the entire Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church community. We pray they find the … Continue Reading

June 16, 2015

Manchin Pleased with Chemical Spill Study Results

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) met with Dr. Rahul Gupta, Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health, to discuss the results of the National Toxicology Program's (NTP) year-long series of toxicity studies to evaluate MCHM and other chemicals that spilled into the Elk River on January 9, 2014. Senator Manchin applauded the results, which indicate no long-term health effects should be expected for residents who … Continue Reading

June 15, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Protect West Virginia Seniors from Fraud and Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $242,072 in federal funding to the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services for Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program projects. The program aims to protect seniors from healthcare fraud and abuse through education and training that increases awareness and understanding of healthcare programs. "Senior services have always been a top priority of mine - as West Virginia's former Governor … Continue Reading

June 15, 2015

Manchin's Ride for Fallen Service Heroes Raises $35K for Gold Star Families

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that Sunday's inaugural Ride for Fallen Service Heroes raised $35,000 for the West Virginia National Guard Foundation for Gold Star Families, families who have lost loved ones in defense of our country. Senator Manchin presented the check to the families at a picnic at the West Virginia National Guard Armory following the round-trip motorcycle ride from Charleston to Fayetteville, which was sponsored by the Harley Owners Group … Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Manchin Speaks Out Against Defense Budget Gimmick to Fund Wars Without Paying for Them

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered remarks on the Senate floor to stress the importance of preventing any additional war funding until Congress gets serious about addressing the nation's budget. "I have always said that being a super power means more than super military might; it means super diplomacy, super restraint and super fiscal responsibility," Senator Manchin said. "The U.S. has - and will continue to have - the greatest military in the world. But in … Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Manchin Statement On Court Decision To Dismiss Climate Rule Lawsuits

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Manchin (D-WV) released a statement on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruling that lawsuits from a coalition of states and energy producers challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed carbon emissions rule must wait for the final rule later this summer before challenging it in court. "More than ever before, the overreach of the EPA is taking a toll on West Virginia and other energy-producing states across our … Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Manchin, Capito, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on Council to Close the Digital Divide

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) joined a bipartisan effort to ensure the federal government prioritizes high-speed broadband access for rural Americans. In a letter signed by more than a dozen Senators, the Senators pressed Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Co-Chairs of the Broadband Opportunity Council, for a detailed analysis of the various federal broadband initiatives that can be coordinated … Continue Reading

June 08, 2015

Manchin Statement on Today's Opening of Permanent Health Clinic for Mercer County Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin released a statement on today's opening of Mercer County's permanent Princeton VA Clinic, which will provide greater access to primary care and telehealth services to the growing number of veterans in the area. The clinic has the capacity to serve a total of 1,200 eligible veterans. "As the number of veterans continues to grow in southern West Virginia, it is wonderful that the Princeton VA Clinic is now open for business. It is long overdue, but … Continue Reading

June 05, 2015

Manchin, Ambassador of Qatar Announce $50K Investment in Reconnecting McDowell

Washington, D.C. - Today, at the West Virginia State Capitol, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced that the Embassy of the State of Qatar will make a $50,000 philanthropic investment in Reconnecting McDowell, a comprehensive, long-term initiative to revitalize McDowell County. The funding will go toward ongoing efforts to expand health and social services, promote economic development, improve education opportunities and expand broadband in the local community. The announcement was … Continue Reading

June 04, 2015

West Virginia to Receive More Than $5 Million in AmeriCorps Investments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced more than $5 million in AmeriCorps investments across West Virginia. The funding includes $3.9 million in grants for West Virginia nonprofits and $1 million in educations scholarships for AmeriCorps members in the state. The grants will also leverage an additional $2.6 million in local matching support. Several West Virginia organizations will receive AmeriCorps funding: The Education … Continue Reading

June 02, 2015

Manchin Statement on Passage of USA Freedom Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement after voting in support of the bipartisan "USA Freedom Act of 2015," legislation to reform the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance authorities. The bill passed the Senate by a 67-32 vote. "The defense of our country and protection of our civil liberties should always be above politics, and I am pleased that we came together to pass a much-needed, commonsense surveillance reform bill," Senator … Continue Reading

June 01, 2015

Manchin Calls for Permanent Director to Oversee Pipeline and Crude-By-Rail Safety

Washington, D.C. - Last week U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, (D-W.Va.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) are calling on President Obama to nominate a permanent administrator to head the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the agency responsible for overseeing pipeline and … Continue Reading

June 01, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced more than $10 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for health centers throughout West Virginia to continue supporting healthcare operations and expanding access to care. "All West Virginians deserve access to quality, affordable health care," Senator Manchin said. "This funding will help strengthen and expand treatment services for our … Continue Reading

May 27, 2015

Manchin Statement on EPA's Final "Waters of the U.S." Rule

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, a measure to define which waterways fall under the jurisdiction of the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers under the Clean Water Act. "Today, the EPA is once again dangerously overreaching its boundaries by expanding the definition of water sources it can regulate," Senator Manchin said. "It is … Continue Reading

May 23, 2015

Manchin Statement on Memorial Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day: "Memorial Day is an important day in our country to pay homage to our fallen soldiers and thank the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, this country with valor and distinction. It is because of their dedication, discipline, expertise, and bravery that we remain a strong and secure nation. "Today, we should also recognize the families who have lost loved … Continue Reading

May 23, 2015

Manchin Statement on Senate Passage of TPA Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement on the Senate passage of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), legislation granting the President fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). "I am deeply alarmed that the Senate has passed this harmful piece of legislation that will give the President the authority to negotiate the most expansive trade deal in American history without any congressional input. … Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Manchin Statement on Mine Layoffs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding today's announced mine layoffs: "First, my heart goes out to the miners who lost their jobs and the families who depended on those jobs, and to all the Americans who will pay higher energy prices because this country lacks an energy policy that fully uses all of our domestic resources to benefit our great country. "Our coal companies have ridden the ups and downs of the market for many years, but … Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Manchin and Scott Launch Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Tim Scott (R-SC) today launched the Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus in an effort to raise awareness and show that the United States Senate is serious about helping the millions of American families whose lives have been torn apart by prescription drug abuse. With 17,000 Americans losing their lives to prescription opioid overdoses every year - or 46 Americans every day - Senators Manchin and Scott believe America must refocus its … Continue Reading

May 21, 2015

Manchin Presents America's Elite Fighter Pilots with Congressional Gold Medal

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered remarks at a special ceremony honoring one of America's most decorated and distinguished military groups, the American Fighter Aces. He joined Congressional leaders, including Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to award the special group of veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal. The American Fighter Aces are pilots credited with … Continue Reading

May 20, 2015

Manchin and Capito Call for Reinstatement of National Drug Take-Back Days

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), along with eight of their Senate colleagues, today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for the reinstatement of National Drug Take-Back Days. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently issued regulations that would legally expand options for disposing of controlled substances. At the same time, the agency also announced that it will no longer sponsor National … Continue Reading

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