Press Releases

May 31, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce More Than $22,000 to Support National Park Recreational Opportunities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, (all D-W.Va.), announced today that more than $22,000 will be awarded to the New River Gorge National River and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to improve trails and bring more youth to the parks. The funding comes from the National Park Foundation's Active Trails Program. The New River Gorge National River will receive $18,000 to support Trips for Kids, a non-profit organization … Continue Reading

May 31, 2012

Manchin Demonstrates a Strong Commitment to W.Va. Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will continue his week-long statewide tour today with a visit to Wendling's Food Service in Buckhannon, where he will receive an award for his commitment to increasing opportunity and reducing government regulation. Senator Manchin is the first Senate Democrat to receive the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Award, presented by the International Foodservice Distributors Association. Senator Manchin also demonstrated his commitment to entrepreneurs … Continue Reading

May 31, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grant for West Virginia Crime Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced that the West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund will receive $1,191,000 in federal funding to help them to continue providing financial assistance to victims of Federal and State crimes. "Helping our neighbors when they are in need is at the core of every West Virginian," said Rockefeller. "Victims suffer not only physically and emotionally, but also financially as a result of violent crimes, and this … Continue Reading

May 29, 2012

Manchin Urges Support for Older Americans Act at Beckley Senior Center

Manchin is offering two commonsense amendments to the bill: the Seniors' Financial Bill of Rights and the Streamlining Services for Older Veterans Act Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) visited the Raleigh County Senior Center today to urge West Virginians to support the Older Americans Act, a law that funds programs like Meals on Wheels, adult day services, caregiver help, legal assistance, transportation and abuse prevention for the elderly. Senator Manchin is a … Continue Reading

May 25, 2012

Manchin Amends Defense Bill to Cut Expensive Contracting, Protect Veterans’ Benefits and National Guard

Senator Manchin's measures would also address veterans' unemployment Washington, D.C. - In a major legislative victory, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) successfully added provisions to the annual defense authorization bill, including measures that give our service members and families the benefits that they deserve and reduce the salaries of expensive contractors. The annual defense bill cleared the committee unanimously, with no dissenting votes from Democrats or Republicans. Since … Continue Reading

May 25, 2012

Manchin Statement on Memorial Day

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day: "Memorial Day is a special day to reflect on the courageous service of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and to whom we are eternally grateful," Senator Manchin said. "Showing our appreciation is something we should do each and every day, but on Memorial Day, we as a nation can come together to just say thank you. The freedoms we enjoy - … Continue Reading

May 24, 2012

Manchin: We Must Come Together To Keep Student Loans Affordable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about votes today on keeping student loan rates affordable. "The fact is that keeping student loan rates low should be one of the highest priorities for this country, because we must invest in the next generation," Senator Manchin said. "As Democrats and Republicans, we must come together and agree on a way to keep student loans affordable. "For the people of West Virginia, it's only fair to fund these … Continue Reading

May 24, 2012

Saturday: Manchin to Kick-Off Weeklong Tour of W.Va. with Celebration of Memorial Day

Washington, D.C. - Beginning Saturday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will launch a week-long statewide tour focused on honoring our veterans, helping small businesses and improving the quality of life for our seniors. "I'm looking forward to spending several days in our state meeting our veterans, visiting senior centers and talking to small business owners about how to kick-start our economy," Senator Manchin said. "I truly look forward to these state work periods where I can tour our … Continue Reading

May 24, 2012

Manchin Thanks Senate Colleagues for Unanimous Support of Bill to Help Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

**Video, Audio Available** Manchin's bill to reclassify all hydrocodone substances with Schedule II status passed the Senate last night Washington, D.C.- With prescription drug abuse on the rise across the country, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today thanked his colleagues in the Senate for coming together across party lines to fight addiction and abuse by unanimously supporting his measure to make it harder to get addictive painkillers. The Senator's bipartisan amendment to the … Continue Reading

May 23, 2012

Manchin Amendment Would Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

Bipartisan proposal would reclassify all hydrocodone substances with Schedule II status Washington, D.C. - With more Americans dying from prescription painkillers than heroin and cocaine combined, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced a bipartisan measure today to make it far more difficult to abuse addictive pain medicine. The Senators' bipartisan amendment to … Continue Reading

May 21, 2012

Manchin: West Virginia Lost One of its Best Citizens Today

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the passing of Bill Stewart. "West Virginia truly lost one of its best citizens today, but my friend Bill Stewart leaves behind a lifetime of memories and love for our state," Senator Joe Manchin said. "It has been my privilege to be able to call Bill my friend ever since his days playing ball at Fairmont State. From the moment I met him, I knew that you never had to worry about Bill's enthusiasm; he … Continue Reading

May 17, 2012

Manchin Calls for Fair Treatment for West Virginia from Postal Service

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today about the U.S. Postal Service announcement regarding mail processing facilities. "I am determined to fight for every job at our area mail processing facilities because these jobs are important to so many of our communities. In West Virginia, we have the most dedicated and productive workforce and we bring our work ethic to any job we're given. I will make sure the Postal Service takes this into … Continue Reading

May 17, 2012

Manchin Welcomes Dozens of West Virginians to First-Ever ‘Wednesday Wake-Up With Joe’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) welcomed dozens of West Virginians to his office this week in his first-ever "Wednesday Wake-Up with Joe" coffee hour for constituents visiting the nation's capital. "Our first-ever coffee hour was a big success, and I truly enjoyed hearing from all the West Virginians who stopped by my office for a little coffee and common sense," Senator Manchin said. "I hope that all West Virginians will stop in at 'Wednesday Wake-Up With Joe' when … Continue Reading

May 16, 2012

Congressional Delegation Fights for WV Hospitals

WASHINGTON--Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined with the West Virginia delegation to send a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing serious concerns about a new interpretation of its regulations regarding reimbursable costs and its impact on West Virginia's critical access hospitals (CAHs). Under the CMS's new interpretation, each of West Virginia's CAHs may lose hundreds of thousands of dollars each year and since the rule is being applied … Continue Reading

May 16, 2012

Manchin Determined to Bring People Together for Bipartisan Budget Solution

**Video and Audio Available** Washington, D.C. - With the Senate expected to vote on five partisan budget proposals today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement announcing he is determined to work to bring his colleagues together on a bipartisan solution to the country's fiscal problems. "Since the day I arrived in Washington, I've worked hard to bring people together to put this country in better shape for the next generation. The solution is clear: We need to … Continue Reading

May 15, 2012

Manchin Votes to Protect U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today after voting for a bipartisan measure to bolster the market for American-made goods in other countries and protect domestic manufacturing jobs. The bill, H.R. 2072, would allow the Export-Import Bank to continue to make loans to organizations that do business with American companies through 2014, as well as gradually increase the bank's lending authority. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly … Continue Reading

May 14, 2012

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Grants for Health Centers Serving Mercer, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced that three health centers serving Mercer, Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties will receive a total of $2,402,210 in federal funding to help them continue providing comprehensive primary and preventive health care and social services to residents in those areas. "Access to health care is essential for each and every West Virginian - and it is something that I have always fought so hard for. Our health centers … Continue Reading

May 11, 2012

Manchin Launches 4th ‘Commonsense Connections’ Week

Washington, D.C. - Building off a strong record of outreach to his constituents, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is pleased to announce that his office will launch its fourth "Commonsense Connections" Week beginning Monday, May 21. Representatives from Senator Manchin's office will make more than 75 stops across West Virginia - traveling to all 55 counties - to meet with constituents, hear their commonsense priorities and concerns, and gather their feedback. "There is absolutely nothing … Continue Reading

May 10, 2012

Manchin: Athletics Strengthen Our Communities and Inspire Our Youth

The bill comes at no cost to taxpayers Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), today introduced bipartisan legislation authorizing the U.S. Mint to create a commemorative coin in recognition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The funds generated from the sale of the coin will help preserve the history of football and promote the positive values of the sport to children in … Continue Reading

May 09, 2012

Manchin Statement on Postal Service Announcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today issued the following statement about the U.S. Postal Service announcement that all 3,700 rural post offices slated for closure will remain open, with some reducing retail hours. "For months now, I have been fighting to keep our rural post offices open so that the people of our state can stay connected to this great country. I pushed very hard in the Senate to keep all our post offices open, because they truly are a lifeline and they provide … Continue Reading

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