Press Releases

April 14, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for West Virginia University Cancer Biology Research

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that Federal funding has been awarded by the National Cancer Institute to West Virginia University to fund cutting edge research to fight cancer. "This is wonderful news for WVU and our entire state," Senator Manchin said. "For our economy to continue to grow we must attract the best and brightest students to West Virginia, and investing in academic research is a way to do so. This grant will … Continue Reading

April 12, 2016

Manchin, Capito, Jenkins, McKinley Welcome Canadian Pacific's Decision to End Norfolk Southern Takeover

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Representatives Evan Jenkins (R-WV) and David McKinley (R-WV) today applauded Canadian Pacific Railway's announcement that it will end efforts to takeover Norfolk Southern. The announcement comes after they expressed their concerns about the merger due to the potentially devastating impact it would have on West Virginia's economy. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Army expressed their … Continue Reading

April 08, 2016

Mancin, Senators Introduce Bipartisan PROP Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), joined by his colleagues Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced legislation Thursday to reduce the pressure doctors currently face that may lead to the overprescribing of opioid painkillers. Currently, patient survey results are factored into Medicare incentive payments to hospitals. But experts point out that questions specifically related to pain management could have the unintended … Continue Reading

April 07, 2016

Manchin Urges Quick Action on Comprehensive Mine Safety Bill

Washington, D.C. - In the wake of the sentencing of Don Blankenship, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and the Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to urge action on the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act of 2015. This legislation would increase penalties for repeat offenders, reform a system that allows millions in safety fines to go unpaid and end a backlog of safety … Continue Reading

April 06, 2016

Manchin Statement on Sentencing of Don Blankenship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the sentencing of former Massey Energy chief executive Don Blankenship to one year in prison, one year on supervised release and $250,000 fine on criminal charges of conspiracy to break safety regulations at the Upper Big Branch mine. "This awful tragedy and this case have caused us to set precedence in West Virginia. In our state, we will not allow the prioritization of production and profits over the … Continue Reading

April 05, 2016

Manchin Statement on Sixth Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement reflecting on the six-year anniversary of the tragedy at Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 miners. "Six years ago I grieved with the miners' families, West Virginians and the entire nation during the hours and days after the unspeakable mining tragedy at Upper Big Branch. Today on this sad anniversary, our hearts weigh heavy as we remember the tragic Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. Not a day goes by … Continue Reading

March 29, 2016

Manchin Applauds Administration's New Actions to Address the Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - After attending the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) welcomed the Administration's new efforts to combat the prescription opioid and heroin abuse. During a panel discussion with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senator Manchin ‎applauded the Administration's engagement on the issue and expressed optimism that more meaningful progress could continue to be made to curb opioid … Continue Reading

March 29, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $1.4 Million for Head Start Projects in Wyoming County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that MountainHeart Community Services, Inc. in Matheny will receive $1,381,731 for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF), will allow MountainHeart Community Services, Inc. to continue providing critical health, nutrition, education and social services to West … Continue Reading

March 23, 2016

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Full Funding of the Court Appointed Special Advocated (CASA) Program

Senators support $12 million in funding for dedicated advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and a bipartisan group of 25 Senators are urging the full funding of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in fiscal year (FY) 2017. This program is critical to the 251,000 abused or neglected children who have highly trained and deeply dedicated CASA advocates appointed on their behalf, and to the 451,000 child victims who are … Continue Reading

March 23, 2016

Manchin Applauds FDA Opioid Labeling Requirement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for toughening its labeling requirements for immediate-release opioid medications. "This warning label requirement is a good first step in preventing the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, but more needs to be done," Senator Manchin said. "Prescribers are on the frontlines of this epidemic and I have been pushing for prescriber and consumer education on opioids as part of a comprehensive … Continue Reading

March 22, 2016

Manchin, Warner, Kane Push to Equip Mine Rescuers With State-of-the-Art Communications Technology

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) have called for $6 million in funding to fully equip all U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) mine rescue teams with state-of-the-art, next-generation mine rescue communications equipment that allows rescuers to respond quickly in the event of an underground emergency. "Traditional communications systems used during mine rescue are tedious, slow and ineffective, and require running … Continue Reading

March 18, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Health Clinics in Clay and Beckley

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that Community Care of West Virginia in Clay, WV and Community Health Systems, Inc. in Beckley, WV will receive grants of $3,472,945 and $2,942,742, respectively. The funding provided will assure that both centers can continue providing high-quality services to vulnerable populations. "I commend Community Care of West Virginia and Community Health Systems, Inc. for the primary and preventive … Continue Reading

March 18, 2016

Manchin, Capito Applaud WVU Leadership on Veterans Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today applauded West Virginia University for offering special entrepreneurship courses for Veterans. The online summer course is designed specifically for Veterans interested in entrepreneurship and takes into account the unique challenges they face when transitioning to civilian life and completing higher education. "One of our nation's great challenges today is making sure that our Veterans can transition to … Continue Reading

March 17, 2016

Manchin Authorizes Funding for Yeager Airport in FAA Reauthorization

Senator Manchin's provision ensures that airports impacted by a natural disaster can use federal funding to make critical repairs Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Committee's passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill. Included in the bill is Senator Manchin's amendment to allow airports that have been impacted by a Presidential disaster declaration … Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Manchin Urges West Virginians to Send Thoughts on Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

Washington, D.C. - As he carefully evaluates the qualifications of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is asking West Virginians to send their thoughts and concerns on his nomination to SupremeCourtNominee@Manchin.Senate.Gov. He is also encouraging West Virginians to review his qualifications and his record. "I look forward to evaluating Merrick Garland's qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court," Senator Manchin said. "Senators have a … Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce $1.3 Million to Prevent Prescription Drug Overdoses in West Virginia

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced a $1,331,985 Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Grant for the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to prevent prescription drug overdoses in West Virginia. The aim of the program is to support states as they enact and evaluate prevention strategies to end prescription drug abuse and overdoses. "Prescription drug abuse is devastating communities all over our … Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Manchin Statement on President's Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the President's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. "I look forward to evaluating Merrick Garland's qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court. Senators have a constitutional obligation to advise and consent on a nominee to fill this Supreme Court vacancy and, simply put, we have a responsibility to do our jobs as elected officials. I believe the Senate must give Merrick Garland fair consideration and … Continue Reading

March 15, 2016

Manchin Applauds Release of CDC Guidelines for Responsible Opioid Prescribing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidelines for prescribing opioids for managing chronic pain. The guidelines will help physicians take into account the very real and prevalent danger of addiction and overdose death when prescribing opioids for chronic pain. They will help reduce opioid addiction and diversion and save lives without compromising access to needed treatment. The guidelines, detailed … Continue Reading

March 11, 2016

Funding for Substance Abuse Services Coming to Community Health Centers in Five West Virginia Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that five community health centers across West Virginia will receive more than $1.7 million to improve and expand substance abuse services. This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding will help health centers better address the substance abuse treatment needs in their communities, with a focus on treating opioid use disorders. The five community health centers receiving awards are … Continue Reading

March 10, 2016

Manchin and Capito Congratulate West Virginia’s U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) met with Arka Gupta of Charleston and Adrien Inman of Martinsburg this week during their visit to Washington as part of the United States Senate Youth Program's (USSYP) 54th annual Washington Week. Gupta and Inman were recently selected as West Virginia's USSYP student delegates for 2016. "It was a privilege to meet with this year's student delegates from West Virginia, Arka and Adrien," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading

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