Press Releases

June 29, 2015

Manchin Applauds Michigan v. EPA Ruling

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement applauding the Supreme Court's ruling in the Michigan v. EPA case. "Today's Supreme Court ruling sends a strong signal to the EPA that it must stop ignoring the economic damage its regulations are causing to our energy sector and our economy. By forcing dozens of coal-fired power plants to close, the EPA's job-killing regulations have already had a devastating impact on jobs, energy prices, the … Continue Reading

June 26, 2015

Manchin Statement on Five Year Anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd's Passing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on the five-year anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd's death. "It is hard to believe it has been five years since we lost our beloved statesman, Senator Robert C. Byrd. Throughout his life of service, he was a force in the United States Senate, a champion of our Constitution and a proud West Virginian, who devoted himself to his family, his state and his country. His contributions and dedication to … Continue Reading

June 26, 2015

Manchin Statement on Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case. "America is a nation of laws, and we must respect and abide by the Supreme Court's … Continue Reading

June 25, 2015

Manchin Statement on King v. Burwell Ruling

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in the King v. Burwell case. "I have always said that this law is not perfect, and that we need to repair it, not repeal it. After all, it is simply unacceptable to go back to the days when millions of Americans, including about 250,000 West Virginians, went without health insurance, or when we spent more than any other country in the world on health care but still ranked … Continue Reading

June 23, 2015

Manchin Congratulates Harrison and Raleigh County Students For Receiving Prestigious Presidential Scholar Award

Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) congratulated West Virginia's 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Kelsey D. Lantz of Robert C. Byrd High School in Harrison County and Josef C. Heller of Shady Spring High School in Raleigh County. The students were selected by the White House Commission from more than 4,300 qualifying candidates for their academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community. "Kelsey and … Continue Reading

June 22, 2015

Manchin Cosponsers Bill To Address VA Overprescribing Practices

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) cosponsored the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Actto address problematic overprescribing practices and provide safer and more effective pain management services to our nation's veterans. The bipartisan legislation puts reforms in place to improve opioid therapy and pain management. It also implements education training, increases safety measures, improves patient advocacy, expands … Continue Reading

June 19, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $80,000 for Cora Volenteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the Cora Volunteer Fire Department will receive $80,158 in funding through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to make health and safety improvements to stations and facilities, to purchase training and protective gear, and equipment for wellness and fitness. "Our courageous … Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Manchin Demands Reforms to Lifeline Program

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) expressed his frustration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for voting 3-2 on a proposal to expand the Lifeline universal service program to include broadband Internet services. The original program, which subsidizes monthly telephone services for eligible low-income participants, is riddled with fundamental flaws that have led its costs to rise from $800 million in 2009 to $1.7 billion in 2014. In a March 2015 report … Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

West Virginia Delegation Applauds Funding for Workforce West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, along with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins, applauded the Department of Labor's approval of Workforce West Virginia's emergency comprehensive workforce training proposal. The $5.2 million grant will expand job training programs for unemployed West Virginians, particularly those individuals in the coal mining industry and industries related to and affected by continued mining layoffs. On … Continue Reading

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 18, 2015

Manchin Responds to Pope Francis on Climate Change

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement in response to Pope Francis's recent proclamations on climate change. "I have said repeatedly that I believe climate change is real, and that the more than 7 billion people living on this Earth have contributed to its warming. I also believe, like Pope Francis, that we must work together to help solve this problem by investing in the technologies of the future that will help provide reliable, affordable and … Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Manchin Opposes Fiscally Irresponsible Defense Bills

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement on his opposition to the fiscally irresponsible defense bills and his strong support for the troops. "First of all, I have always supported our troops, and I always will. But for the first time since I have been in Washington, we are not legislating by crisis. We are not voting at midnight before a deadline expires. We are finally debating legislation that would set and fund our national defense … 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

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