Press Releases

January 14, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce West Virginia Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 5-12 in Washington, D.C. Arka Gupta of Charleston and Adrien Inman of Martinsburg were chosen to represent West Virginia at the program's 54th annual Washington Week. "I am proud to congratulate Arka Gupta and Adrien Inman on being selected as West … Continue Reading

January 14, 2016

Jefferson County Receives High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Designation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) applauded the designation of Jefferson County, West Virginia as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) today. Jefferson is one of 14 additional counties in 10 states that was announced by Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli. The HIDTA designation will enable Jefferson County to receive federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts among … Continue Reading

January 05, 2016

Manchin Responds to President Obama's Executive Actions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on President Obama's executive actions on gun measures. "As Governor, I worked with members of both political parties in West Virginia to reach commonsense solutions on important issues. And as Senator, I worked with Republican Senators like Pat Toomey, Mark Kirk, Susan Collins, and John McCain to introduce a commonsense background check bill that protected the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun … Continue Reading

December 23, 2015

Manchin Family Wishes All West Virginians a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement wishing all West Virginians a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. "On behalf of my wife Gayle and the entire Manchin family, I would like to wish all West Virginians and Americans a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. "There is no time like the holidays to celebrate the love of families and friends and reflect on our countless blessings. I have always said that if you … Continue Reading

December 23, 2015

Manchin Condemns Delay of New CDC Draft Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell urging the agency to support the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Draft Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing, which have been delayed in response to pressure from outside groups, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Senator Manchin wrote in part: "The CDC very recently released alarming new … Continue Reading

December 21, 2015

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of GONE Act to Cut Government Waste

Washington, D.C. - On Friday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed The Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act, bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars by providing additional oversight over the financial accountability of federal grant programs. The bill, which was reintroduced by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) in April,‎ would require agencies to close out expired grant accounts with zero dollar balances and undisbursed funding remaining. These expired … Continue Reading

December 21, 2015

Manchin and Capito Congratulate Wheeling Jesuit on Volleyball National Championship

Washington, D.C. - A resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) congratulating the Wheeling Jesuit University Women's Volleyball team on their victory in the Division II National Championship passed late Friday. The Senate resolution recognizes the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals players and coaches on their victory over Palm Beach Atlantic University. To read the resolution in its entirety, click here. "I am so proud of the Wheeling Jesuit volleyball … Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Manchin Votes Against Irresponsible $680 Billion Tax Extenders Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement after voting against $680 billion in tax expenditures to millionaires and billionaires included in the $1.1 trillion spending package, especially since the bill omits the fiscally responsible Miners Protection Act. "Instead of voting on just a $1.1 trillion spending bill that helps veterans, middle class families, our defense department, our border security and a host of other valuable federal programs, we … Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Manchin Applauds Passage of Chemical Safety Reform Legislation

Washington, D.C. - As a lead cosponsor and a staunch advocate of chemical safety reforms, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Senate passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The Senate passed the bill by voice vote on Thursday evening to send the bipartisan legislation to the President's desk. This bill would ensure the safety of the chemicals Americans use every day by updating the United States' outdated chemical regulatory program. "I am pleased … Continue Reading

December 17, 2015

Manchin Condemns Irresponsible $680 Billion Tax Extenders Package in Senate Floor Speech

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor explaining his opposition to the $680 billion in tax expenditures included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package. Senator Manchin encouraged his colleagues to vote against the deal that adds to our mounting national debt, extends tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and ignores the fiscally responsible "Miners Protection Act." To watch Senator Manchin's floor remarks, click here. Senator … Continue Reading

December 16, 2015

Manchin, Kirk Call for Additional Background Screening of All Visa Applicants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) yesterday sent a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to immediately require social media screening as a part of the visa background check process for all those seeking to enter the United States on a visa. The letter comes after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed one of the San Bernardino attackers, Tashfeen Malik, had posted social media messages professing her radicalization before … Continue Reading

December 16, 2015

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of PBOR 2

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today hailed the Senate's unanimous passage of the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (S. 571). "General Aviation is losing 6,000 pilots per year because of antiquated regulations and unnecessary bureaucratic barriers," said Manchin. "This industry contributes $219 billion to the U.S. economy each year and supports 1.1 million jobs. I am proud to have helped lead this effort with Senator Inhofe to finish what we started in … Continue Reading

December 14, 2015

Manchin Statement Three Years After Sandy Hook Tragedy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement three years after 26 people were killed during the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: "Today, Gayle and I join all West Virginians and Americans across the country in remembrance and in sending our thoughts and our prayers to the families who lost their loved ones in the horrific tragedy in Newtown. As we keep these families in our thoughts, let us recognize their endless … Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Manchin and Capito Statement on Greenbrier County VA Announcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today welcomed the announcement of a new permanent location for the Greenbrier County VA Clinic. The announcement follows VA Secretary Robert McDonald's visit to West Virginia in September and previous commitments to reopen the Greenbrier Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). According to the Beckley Department of Veterans Affairs, the new clinic will be located at 228 Shamrock Lane in Ronceverte, West … Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Manchin, Hoyer, Scott, Brown Statement on Every Student Succeeds Act Being Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) released the following statements after President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law at a White House signing ceremony today. The bipartisan bill includes the Community Support for School Success program which establishes annual grant funding for the Full-Service … Continue Reading

December 10, 2015

Manchin-Hoeven Veterans Access Long-Term Care Legislation Passed by VA Committee, Included in VA Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Hoeven (R-ND) today announced that the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has included provisions from two Manchin-Hoeven bills that will allow Veterans greater access to long term care (LTC) services near loved ones and friends in their home communities: the Veterans Access to Extended Care Act and the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act. Extended care providers include such facilities as nursing centers, … Continue Reading

December 10, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $7 Million for Infrastructure Repair in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that West Virginia will receive $7,397,643 from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help finance federal road and bridge repairs in 19 counties following severe weather incidents in the spring and summer of 2015. "The severe weather earlier this year took a toll on communities throughout West Virginia, impacting our businesses, highways, roads and … Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Manchin Applauds Committee Passage of Bill to Improve Care for Veterans

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Committee's markup and passage of the Veterans Homeless Programs, Caregiver Services, and Other Improvements Act of 2015, legislation to increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improve Veterans' benefits and health care. The bill unanimously passed the Committee by voice vote and now heads to the full Senate for consideration. The bill … Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Senators Manchin, Kirk, and Representatives Ellison, Fitzpatrick introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Expand Access to Credit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today announced the introduction of The Credit Access and Inclusion Act (S. 2355), which helps consumers without traditional credit histories access credit by allowing non-financial service providers, like gas, electric and telecommunication companies, to report their customers' on-time payments to credit reporting agencies. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, nearly 50 Americans are "credit invisible" - … Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Manchin Votes to Overhaul Education Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), legislation to reauthorize through 2020 the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The legislation includes measures that will scale back federal interference in the public school system and ensure all children in America and West Virginia have access to a well-rounded, high-quality education that enables them to compete and … Continue Reading

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