Press Releases

August 14, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $835,000 to Recruit Firefighters and Improve Safety in Berkeley County

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $835,097 in federal funding for the Berkeley County Fire Service Board to help recruit and train more firefighters and improve the safety of the Berkeley County community. "The hardworking and dedicated firefighters in our communities are often first on the scene in an emergency, making sure that the people of West Virginia are safe," Senator Manchin said. "Thanks to this SAFER grant, the … Continue Reading

August 13, 2015

Manchin, Toomey, and Child Advocates Urge Congress to Keep Ban on "Passing the Trash" in Final Education Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) continue to urge their colleagues to take the final steps necessary to ban "passing the trash"-the terrible process whereby a school helps a child molester employee obtain a new job at another school and move onto other victims. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Toomey-Manchin measure to protect children from sexual predators in July, adding it to the Senate's education bill reauthorizing the … Continue Reading

August 12, 2015

Manchin Capito Announce More Than $614,000 for Upshur County Regional Airport Infrastructure Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced more than $614,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration for infrastructure improvements at the Upshur County Regional Airport. "Having safe and reliable infrastructure and equipment at our airports helps us attract business opportunities that drive economic development while keeping travelers safe," Senator Manchin said. "I … Continue Reading

August 12, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce TRIO Student Support Services Program Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced $451,079 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program for Shepherd University and Glenville State College. These funds aim to increase the college retention and graduation rates of TRIO SSS Program participants. "We have a responsibility to make sure that every student who is willing to work hard receives a good education and has the … Continue Reading

August 11, 2015

Manchin Joins Effort to Stop Social Security Administration's Potential Backdoor Gun Limits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a group of 25 senators in calling on the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop its plan to unfairly target the Second Amendment rights of millions of Social Security beneficiaries. In a letter to the SSA Acting Administrator, the Senators question the Administration's reported plan to begin divulging millions of Social Security beneficiaries' information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). "As … Continue Reading

August 11, 2015

Manchin Announces $2 Million to Improve Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced a total of $2 million to improve mental health and substance abuse treatment in West Virginia. The funding is being awarded to Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center in Princeton and the Westbrook Health Services Integrated Care Program (WHSIC) in Parkersburg. "Far too many West Virginians have been affected by mental health disorders, drug abuse and addiction, far too many families have been torn apart and far too … Continue Reading

August 06, 2015

Manchin and Capito Cosponsor Resolution Marking 125th Anniversary of Second Morrill Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A resolution cosponsored by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act, legislation that established educational opportunities for African-Americans with the creation of 19 land-grant universities, has passed the Senate by unanimous consent. The 1890 Land-Grant Universities are a network of historically black colleges and universities that were created to promote education in … Continue Reading

August 05, 2015

Manchin, Kirk, Ernst, Gillibrand Launch Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today launched the Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus with industry leaders Starbucks and Uber to address the challenges that this new generation of post-9/11 veterans face when entering the job market. Starbucks and Uber have committed to hiring at least 60,000 veterans and military spouses by 2018. Also in attendance was Illinois native and Student Veterans of America government … Continue Reading

August 04, 2015

Three West Virginia Fire Departments to Receive FEMA Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced $113,260 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fire departments in Mineral, Hampshire and Cabell counties. The Assistance to Firefighters Grants will help these fire departments purchase equipment needed to keep their communities safe. "Our dedicated volunteers at our local fire departments sacrifice so much to protect our families and our homes," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading

August 04, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce More than $3 Million for Head Start Programs in Fayette and Mineral Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $3,062,774 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Fayette and Mineral Counties. This funding will allow the Fayette County Child Development and Mineral County Board of Education to continue providing critical health, nutrition, education, and social services to local … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Manchin Statement on Final EPA Emissions Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final Clean Power Plan. "Our President and his Administration think our country can do without coal, and they are dead wrong. They are in denial. They deny the cold-hard fact that coal continues to generate almost 40 percent of the electricity in America, and it will play an essential role in our energy portfolio for the next thirty years. The EPA has flat … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Manchin Statement on Defunding Planned Parenthood

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement announcing he will vote to defund Planned Parenthood. "Like many West Virginians, I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion. Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization; instead those … Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Manchin, Congressional Delegation and Governor Tomblin Announce $20 Million Scientific Research Grant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Representatives David McKinley (WV-01), Alex Mooney (WV-02) and Evan Jenkins (WV-03), today announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a highly-competitive $20 million grant to West Virginia's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to boost academic scientific research and upgrade infrastructure at West Virginia University (WVU), … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Manchin Statement on 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement in honor of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. "Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson established Medicare and Medicaid, two vital programs that have since become essential to our families and communities. I have always believed we must do everything we can to help those in need and protect our beloved seniors. For five decades, Medicare and Medicaid have secured the well-being … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Manchin Votes to Fund Transportation and Highway Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted in support of two bills that will ensure funding for transportation and highway projects across West Virginia. Senator Manchin voted to pass the House's 3-month extension in order to avoid the July 31st funding lapse. He also voted to pass the Developing Roadway Infrastructure for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE) Act of 2015, which is the Senate's long-term, 6-year transportation bill that the House may take up after the August … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Manchin Secures Significant Coal Amendments to Broad Energy Bill

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Committee's passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, a comprehensive, bipartisan bill that addresses our nation's energy opportunities and challenges. Included in the bill are three of Senator Manchin's amendments that comprise the entirety of the bill's coal title and focus on promoting an all-of-the-above energy policy, keeping coal … Continue Reading

July 29, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $7.6 Million for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Programs in WV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $7,665,187 in funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for emergency preparedness and homeland security programs. This funding will be used to support law enforcement terrorism prevention activities and enhance West Virginia's emergency preparedness … Continue Reading

July 28, 2015

Manchin and Capito Commend Reinstatement of Prescription Drug Take-Back Days

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a bipartisan push by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and eight of their colleagues, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has announced that it will reinstate Prescription Drug Take-Back Days, an initiative to encourage the responsible disposal of expired or unwanted prescription drugs. In May, the Senators sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for the reinstatement of this initiative after it was discontinued. In … Continue Reading

July 28, 2015

Manchin Statement on Century Aluminum Closure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding yesterday's announcement that the Ravenswood Century Aluminum plant will permanently close. "Century Aluminum's plant closure in Ravenswood is not only disappointing for Jackson County and West Virginia but also to Century retirees. I have worked tirelessly with federal, state and local officials, company and industry executives and the retirees to reopen the plant and will continuing working to … Continue Reading

July 27, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1 Million for Fire Departments in Five West Virginia Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced more than $1 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fire departments in five West Virginia counties. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Awards will help improve training, operations and fire safety in Fayette, Randolph, Raleigh, Wayne and Tucker Counties. "Our fire fighters wake up each morning and voluntarily put their lives on line to keep … Continue Reading

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