Press Releases

March 09, 2015

Manchin Statement on Marshall County Mine Collapse

Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement on the fatal mine collapse that occurred Sunday night at the Marshall County Coal Co. Mine in Cameron: "Gayle and I join all West Virginians in sending our deepest condolences to the loved ones of John "Mike" Garloch of Neffs, Ohio, whose life was taken far too soon as a result of last night's tragic mine collapse in Marshall County. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the courageous miners who are suffering from … Continue Reading

March 09, 2015

Manchin Co-Chairs 53rd Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program

As co-chair of the 53rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today congratulates two West Virginia students who were selected as delegates to attend this year's program in Washington, D.C. This week, Ylhang Liu of Huntington and Gene Webster Bailey, III of Charleston will join 104 student delegates from across the country to meet with members of Congress, President Obama, a Justice of the Supreme Court, as well as other public officials and members of the … Continue Reading

March 03, 2015

Manchin Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu's Address

Senator Joe Manchin today released the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress. "I was honored to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress this morning, which I thought was tremendously strong and informative. I was also very pleased to have a West Virginian, Rabbi Victor Urecki, join me in representing West Virginia at the address. The United States has always been a strong friend, ally and partner of Israel in the … Continue Reading

February 27, 2015

Manchin Urges U.S. Navy Secretary to Name Ship After WV Icon Hershel “Woody” Williams

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a letter to U.S. Navy Secretary Mabus to request consideration of naming a Navy ship after Medal of Honor recipient and renowned West Virginian, Hershel "Woody" Williams. Senator Manchin writes, in part: "Naming a ship for Woody will not only honor his legacy, but also the legacy of scores of West Virginia Veterans and families who have given so much to keep our nation strong." Please read Senator Manchin's letter to U.S. … Continue Reading

February 26, 2015

Manchin, Capito Urge VA to Upgrade Veterans Choice Card Program

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined 40 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of Veterans' Affairs Robert McDonald to raise serious concerns about the implementation of the Veterans Choice Card program, which allows veterans who live 40 miles from the closest VA facility or who face a significant delay in scheduling an appointment to access non-VA care. However, many veterans in West Virginia and across the nation who face barriers … Continue Reading

February 26, 2015

Manchin Introduces "Pilot's Bill of Rights 2"

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2), legislation to expand the 3rd class medical exemption for recreational pilots and broaden the protections provided in the original Pilot's Bill of Rights signed into law in 2012. "As a pilot myself and as Co-Chairman of the General Aviation Caucus, it has always been a top priority of mine to address the unique challenges faced by the general aviation sector and to reduce the … Continue Reading

February 25, 2015

Manchin, Kirk Emphasize Importance of Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today joined suppliers from 41 states to discuss the importance of reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which is set to expire on June 30, 2015. They plan to introduce legislation soon to allow the Bank to continue supporting American exports and jobs through September 30, 2019. Key provisions of the Senators' bipartisan Export-Import Bank reauthorization bill include: focusing on small businesses by increasing the … Continue Reading

February 24, 2015

Manchin, Boozman Aim to Bring Transparency Fairness to EPA Science Review Process

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced legislation to improve confidence in the fairness and transparency of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and rulemaking by reforming the science advisory process. The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act makes changes to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) by increasing transparency, enabling SAB reviews of EPA "risk or hazard assessments" that are used to justify regulations, ensuring that the dissenting views … Continue Reading

February 23, 2015

Manchin Applauds Reopening of Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement on the announcement that the Veterans Affairs Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Maxwelton will reopen on Friday, February 27 at 8 a.m. According to the Beckley VA Medical Center, veterans will be contacted to confirm their appointments at the clinic. They can also contact the clinic at 304-497-3900 beginning Thursday, February 26 with questions or to schedule an appointment. "I am so … Continue Reading

February 17, 2015

Manchin Statement After Touring Train Derailment Site

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today issued the following statement after touring the CSX train derailment site in Fayette County. "First and foremost, after touring the derailment site, I am thankful that all West Virginians are safe. We must work together to find ways to ensure this type of accident does not happen again and transport this material as safe as humanly possible. I will be working with federal, state and industry officials in the coming weeks to make the necessary … Continue Reading

February 16, 2015


To view more photos, please click here. Our office has been in close touch with federal, State and local officials, CSX representatives, residents and emergency responders in Fayette and Kanawha Counties, where today's devastating train derailment has forced many local residents to evacuate the area. I know that there are many West Virginians in need, and we are doing everything we possibly can to help get the necessary resources and assistance as quickly as we can. Please remember to lend a … Continue Reading

February 12, 2015

Manchin, Toomey Introduce Bill to Help Protect Children in Schools

Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today called on the Senate to take long-overdue action on their bipartisan bill to keep sexual and violent predators out of our kids' classrooms. The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act requires schools to perform background checks on all new and existing employees and forbids schools from hiring persons who have been convicted of certain crimes-including any violent or sexual crime against a child. It also bans schools … Continue Reading

February 11, 2015

Manchin Announces Permanent Health Clinic for Veterans in Mercer County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today announced that Mercer County's mobile health clinic, which served as an extension of the Beckley VA Medical Center, will become a permanent VA clinic in Princeton to help the growing number of veterans in the area access primary care and telehealth services. The Princeton VA Clinic is expected to open by this summer and will have the capacity to serve a total of 1,200 eligible veterans. "As the number of veterans continues to grow in southern … Continue Reading

February 10, 2015

Manchin Statement on Procter & Gamble Announcement of Facility That Will Create Hundreds of Permanent Jobs in WV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today released the following statement after learning Procter & Gamble will invest $500 million in a new manufacturing facility that is projected to create 700 permanent jobs and 1,000 temporary construction positions. "It is great news for the residents of Berkeley County, the Eastern Panhandle and the entire state of West Virginia that Procter & Gamble plans to move forward with Project Independence, a vast manufacturing project that … Continue Reading

February 05, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce $1.4 million for Early Head Start Programs in Raleigh County

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced $1,403,889 in federal funding to Raleigh County Community Action Association for Early Head Start programs. This funding will allow Raleigh County's Early Head Start programs to partner with local child care providers that serve infants and toddlers in order to expand early learning and development opportunities and prepare children for the transition into preschool. "In our state, we prioritize based on … Continue Reading

February 04, 2015

Manchin, Flake Introduce Bill to Stop Double-Dipping in Benefits

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Reducing Overlapping Payments Act, legislation to prevent individuals who are actively collecting unemployment benefits - and who, by definition, must be "able and available for work" - from simultaneously collecting disability benefits intended for those who cannot work. The legislation would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to temporarily suspend Disability Insurance (DI) … Continue Reading

February 04, 2015

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Hold Pentagon Accountable for Financial Audit

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY), introduced the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2015, which would establish strict penalties should the Department of Defense (DoD) not meet its legal obligation to be audit-ready by 2017. The Defense Department is the only federal agency that has never fully complied with financial management laws and currently remains on the Government Accountability's Office (GAO) … Continue Reading

February 04, 2015

Manchin Statement on President's FY 2016 Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on President Obama's FY 2016 Budget. "Since I joined the Senate more than four years ago, I have continually expressed my grave concerns about our growing national debt and our need to get our financial house in order. In the past five years alone, the country's debt has increased by $5 trillion, which brings our debt to over $18 trillion. That has to stop now, which is why I've repeatedly called for a … Continue Reading

February 04, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More than 390,000 for Pendleton Community Care

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced $390,016 in federal funding for Pendleton Community Care in Franklin, West Virginia. The funding will be used to help the local health center improve access and care to residents. "Pendleton Community Care is such an important facility that helps West Virginia families who are living in our rural areas access to reliable, quality health care," Senator Manchin said. "This funding will support the local … Continue Reading

February 03, 2015

Manchin Statement Opposing Politically Motivated Homeland Security Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on his opposition to the House Homeland Security bill. "At this time when our country faces many threats, both at home and abroad, I am not willing to hold our Department of Homeland Security funding hostage over any piece of legislation. Doing so could put the lives of West Virginians and Americans at risk. That is why I will vote against the politically motivated Department of Homeland Security … Continue Reading

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