Press Releases

February 15, 2016

Manchin Statement on Senate's Constitutional Obligation to Vote on Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the Senate's constitutional obligation to vote on a Supreme Court nominee. "I believe that the President should nominate and the Senate should follow its constitutional obligation and advise and consent on the nomination. We have a responsibility to the American people to fulfill our duties. I will evaluate any nominee before the Senate based on their qualifications and judicial philosophy. I would hope that … Continue Reading

February 11, 2016

Manchin Bill Demands FDA Address Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Changing the Culture of the FDA Act, a bill to expand the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) mission statement to require that the agency address the nation's opioid epidemic. Senator Manchin believes that the FDA plays a critical role in the growing opioid epidemic since the agency oversees the approval of dangerously addictive drugs. However, to date, the agency has failed to consider the devastating public health … Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

Manchin, Capito Congratulate West Virginia's Top Youth Volunteers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today congratulated Sofia Salon, 16, of Daniels and Arin Dorsey, 13, of Fayetteville, on being selected as West Virginia's state honorees and the top two youth volunteers in the 21st annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The nationwide program honors middle school and high school students for their exceptional service at the local, state and national levels. "I have always said that West Virginians are … Continue Reading

February 09, 2016

Manchin Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Block EPA Clean Power Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement after the Supreme Court ruled it would block the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) carbon rules for power plants while the courts consider a legal challenge from states and industry groups. "Today's Supreme Court ruling sends a strong signal to the EPA that it must stop ignoring the damage its regulations are causing to our energy sector, our economy and our way of life in West Virginia. I have made it clear that … Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Manchin Appreciates but Not Impressed by the FDA Decision to Slightly Improve Response to Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today was encouraged by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to slightly improve the agency's response to the opioid epidemic; however, he continues to believe that sweeping changes are necessary. The FDA changes include convening an advisory committee for opioids without abuse-deterrent properties and for pediatric indications, considering the public health impact when approving highly addictive and dangerous opioid medications … Continue Reading

February 02, 2016

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $1.8 Million for West Virginia Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $1,838,642 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for Head Start programs in West Virginia. This funding will allow the Eastern Allegheny Council for Human Services Head Start in Hardy County and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) to continue providing critical health, nutrition, … Continue Reading

January 29, 2016

Manchin Statement on Right-to-Work Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the Right-to-Work legislation currently under deliberation in the West Virginia State Legislature. "During my time as Governor of West Virginia, and now your Senator, I never had a single company tell me that it would relocate to our great state if only we would pass 'right-to-work' legislation. Simply put, this is a partisan bill that will do nothing to create jobs in West Virginia. During these … Continue Reading

January 29, 2016

Manchin Bill to Cut Government Waste Signed Into Law

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, President Obama signed into law Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) bipartisan bill to save taxpayer dollars by providing additional oversight over federal grant programs. The Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act, which was reintroduced by Senator Manchin and Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) last April,‎ will require agencies to close out expired grant accounts with zero dollar balances and undisbursed funds remaining. These expired accounts cost taxpayers … Continue Reading

January 29, 2016

Manchin Outraged by Study Finding Most Opioid Overdose Patients Continue to Receive Opioid Prescriptions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a statement on a recent study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine that found over 90 percent of the 3,000 chronic pain patients included in the study who had survived an opioid related overdose between 2000 and 2012 continued to receive opioid medications from their doctors. The results of the study, conducted by researchers at Boston Medical Center, are alarming considering the prescription drug epidemic in America and the … Continue Reading

January 29, 2016

Manchin and Capito Congratulate Town of Rainelle for Winning Local Foods, Local Places Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the town of Rainelle in Greenbrier County has been selected as one of six communities nationwide to win the federal Local Foods, Local Places competition. The competition, hosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

Manchin Will Filibuster FDA Nominee Robert Califf for Big Pharma Ties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that he will filibuster the Obama Administration's nominee, Robert Califf, to be the next Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of his strong ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Senator Manchin believes that, with his long-term, significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Califf is not the champion the FDA needs to tackle this deadly epidemic, especially given the FDA's failure to … Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

West Virginia Delegation Sends Letter to Surface Transportation Board Opposing Norfolk Southern Takeover

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Representative Evan Jenkins (R-WV) and Representative David McKinley (R-WV) in sending a letter opposing Canadian Pacific Railway's plan to acquire Norfolk Southern. The letter, sent to U.S. Surface Transportation Board Chairman David Elliot, Vice Chairman Ann Begeman, and board member Debra Miller, details the potentially devastating impact the merger would have on West Virginia's economy and … Continue Reading

January 26, 2016

Manchin Calls for Hearing On Attempted Wall Street Takeover of Norfolk Southern

Washington, D.C. - At a press conference in Charleston, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that he is calling for an immediate Senate investigation into Canadian Pacific Railway's plan to acquire Norfolk Southern, a transaction that will profit Wall Street investors, while potentially costing hundreds of jobs in West Virginia. Senator Manchin is insisting that the details of this merger be thoroughly reviewed by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation before … Continue Reading

January 26, 2016

Manchin Applauds 1.1 Billion Reduction in Opioid Tablets Since Rescheduling of Hydrocodone

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the drastic reduction of opioid prescriptions by 26.3 million, or 1.1 billion tablets, since moving the hydrocodone-combination drugs from Schedule III to Schedule II, an effort he led in 2013 and 2014. The research, conducted by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was published in a JAMA Internal Medicine report on Monday. "These reductions in opioid prescriptions are … Continue Reading

January 21, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Mingo County Community Health Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the Williamson Health and Wellness Center in Mingo County will receive $343,887 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding, awarded through the Health Center Cluster Grant Program, will support health care operations and expand access to care. "All West Virginians deserve access to primary and preventive care that will keep them healthy," … Continue Reading

January 21, 2016

Manchin Votes to Override WOTUS Veto

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted to override the President's veto of S. J. Res. 22, a resolution to disapprove the "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that expanded the types of waterways subject to federal regulation. The Senate failed to advance the measure to override the veto by a 52-40 vote. "I voted to override the President's veto today because, if the WOTUS rule … Continue Reading

January 21, 2016

Manchin, Hoeven Introduce Updated Coal Ash Recycling Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Hoeven (R-ND) yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation that will create a states-first approach to regulating coal ash that provides both certainty for the safe and efficient recycling of coal ash and an enforceable state permit program for the disposal of coal ash. This legislation, which will be considered at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, builds on the … Continue Reading

January 20, 2016

Manchin Votes to Strengthen Vetting Standards for Refugees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement after voting to begin debate on the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, a bill to strengthen the vetting standards for refugees coming into the United States from Iraq and Syria. The Senate blocked debate on the bill by a 55-43 vote. "While our country has a long history of welcoming refugees and has an important role to play in the heartbreaking Syrian refugee crisis, it is the … Continue Reading

January 20, 2016


Map issued by The Weather Channel Senator Manchin Urges West Virginians to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather Most of West Virginia is projected to get a significant amount of snowfall from a high impact winter storm moving through the state from Friday into Saturday. Senator Manchin is advising all West Virginians to make preparations in case of an emergency, to take precautions and to be in contact with their County Office of Emergency Services if necessary. Each County Office of Emergency … Continue Reading

January 19, 2016

Manchin Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the Aracoma Mine Disaster

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on the 10th anniversary of the Aracoma mine disaster: "Today, Gayle and I join all West Virginians in remembering the brave miners we tragically lost 10 years ago at Aracoma. My thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones today, and I want them to know that the miners and their families will always be remembered. In their honor, we have passed historic legislation, which increased the number of emergency … Continue Reading

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