Press Releases

May 12, 2015

Manchin Launches 7th 'Commonsense Connections' Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is pleased to announce that his office will launch its seventh "Commonsense Connections" Week beginning Monday, May 18. Representatives from Senator Manchin's office will make more than 80 stops across the state to bring federal government to West Virginians, hear their commonsense priorities and concerns, and to take this information back to the Senator. "I believe in retail government - bringing the government directly to our citizens, … Continue Reading

May 12, 2015

Manchin and Capito Call on FCC to Modernize Rules to Support Rural Broadband Services

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with 59 of their Senate colleagues, sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler calling for a modernization of Universal Service Fund (USF) rules to ensure that Americans in rural communities have access to affordable broadband services. Under the current rules, Universal Service … Continue Reading

May 11, 2015

Manchin Urges President to 'Ban the Box' on Federal Job Applications

Washington, D.C. - U S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined 26 of his Senate colleagues in urging President Obama to expand job opportunities and reduce recidivism by taking executive action and requiring federal contractors and federal agencies to "ban the box" on job applications. "Ban the Box" refers to the section on job applications that inquires whether the applicant has ever been convicted. For the more than 70 million Americans who have served their time and are trying to rebuild their … Continue Reading

May 11, 2015

Manchin, Former Governors Caucus Members Call for Investments in U.S. Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - As Infrastructure Week 2015 begins, Senator Manchin (D-WV) and fellow members of the Former Governors Caucus, sent a letter calling on their Senate colleagues to commit to fully funding national infrastructure projects and avoid the trend of short-term fixes that have become routine in recent years. The Senators noted that economists estimate that increasing infrastructure funding by one percent of real GDP would increase economic output over a three year period by $240 … Continue Reading

May 10, 2015

Manchin Statement on Celebrating Mother's Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on celebrating Mother's Day. "Our families are so special to all of us in West Virginia, and I am especially proud that the national Mother's Day tradition originated in Grafton, West Virginia by pioneer, Anna Jarvis. Our mothers raised us, guided us, nurtured us, taught us right from wrong, supported us and always believed in us. Almost a year ago, my beloved mother, Mary, passed away. I continue to … Continue Reading

May 08, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $10 Million for Community Health Centers in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that four West Virginia health centers will receive a total of $9,968,539 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding will be used to help the health centers continue providing comprehensive primary and preventive health care to local residents. "It's so important that our families can get the preventive and primary care that will keep them healthy," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

WV Delegation Calls on President to Grant Additional Federal Assistance for Storm Damage

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, along with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins, sent a letter to President Obama to express their full support of Governor Tomblin's request for additional federal assistance due to multiple severe storms that caused considerable damage to infrastructure, homes, personal property and businesses across West Virginia from April 3 through April 5, 2015. Please read the full text of the letter below, … Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the Senate passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act by a vote of 98-1. The legislation will allow Congress a 30-day review of any final nuclear deal reached during negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, which includes China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany. "The American people are committed to ensuring Iran is never able to acquire a nuclear weapon. … Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $700,000 for Community Art Programs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced a total of $703,600 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to West Virginia nonprofit and art organizations. The funding will be used to preserve the Mountain State's cultural heritage and expand opportunities for residents and to experience and participate in the arts. "Our rich, cultural heritage is an important part of who we are as West Virginians, and the resources provided by NEA … Continue Reading

May 06, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1 Million for Hardy County Health Center

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $1,096,606 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the E.A. Hawse Health Center in Hardy County. The funding will be used to continue expanding operations to better serve underinsured and uninsured West Virginians living in the rural Potomac Highlands region. A portion of the funding will also be used for outreach efforts and federal healthcare … Continue Reading

May 06, 2015

Manchin Reports on VA Backlog Progress, Introduces Bill to Address Claims Delay

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the VA Backlog Working Group and the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Bob Casey (D-PA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), David Vitter (R-LA), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Susan Collins (R-ME) to release the 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, comprehensive legislation designed to create a system that can withstand surges in disability claims without … Continue Reading

May 05, 2015

Manchin Votes No on Budget Resolution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on his vote against the budget resolution. "Since I have been in the Senate, I have insisted that we pass a sensible budget - one that takes a balanced approach to reducing our national debt and protecting the programs many West Virginians depend on every day. I voted against this budget because it fails to strike that balance. Instead, this unrealistic budget would cut vital health care and education … Continue Reading

May 05, 2015

Manchin, Capito Introduce Legislation to Preserve Access to Community Pharmacies

Washington, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation today to help preserve senior citizens' access to the prescription drugs and important healthcare services provided by community pharmacies. The bill, Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act, S. 1190 is also cosponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). "The Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act is an important step in allowing seniors to go to … Continue Reading

May 04, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $6.8 Million for Housing Programs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $6,787,508 in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to public housing authorities across West Virginia. The funding will be used for operations and management efforts to help ensure safe and decent public housing across the state. "In West Virginia, we understand the importance of supporting one another in times of need," Senator Manchin said. "We should do … Continue Reading

May 04, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce USDA Rural Development Funding for Paden City

PADEN CITY, W.VA. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funding for a water and waste disposal project in Paden City. The city will receive a $2.9 million loan and $471,000 grant for needed improvements to its wastewater system. "Investing in infrastructure projects improves the quality of life for our residents, preserves good-paying jobs and boosts economic development in our communities," … Continue Reading

May 01, 2015

Manchin and Capito Urge Review of Oil Volatility Transportation by Rail

Washington, D.C. - As U.S. railroads have increased crude oil shipments by more than 3,300 percent in just the past few years, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) remain concerned that additional safety measures to transport volatile energy products must be implemented in a timely manner. Following today's release of a new Department of Transportation rule on tank car standards, the Senators sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and … Continue Reading

April 30, 2015

Manchin, Capito Introduce Legislation to Rein in EPA Jurisdiction on Water Sources

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the Water Quality Protection Act, which addresses long-standing concerns regarding a rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to redefine the "waters of the U.S." definition under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule stems from a draft guidance document on "waters of the … Continue Reading

April 30, 2015

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Submit Comments on Black Lung Benefits Rules

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today encouraged West Virginians to formally submit their comments to the Federal Register regarding the proposed rule to the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA) regulations. The rule, published by the Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), would improve the black lung benefits program by addressing obstacles that prevent miners with black lung from seeking benefits. This proposed rule includes reforms offered in the … Continue Reading

April 28, 2015

Manchin and Fischer Introduce the GONE Act

Washington, D.C. - This afternoon, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to close out thousands of expired grant accounts, which cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. The bill, known as S. 1115 - The Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act was first introduced by Senators Fischer and Manchin in 2013. This legislation would require agencies to close out expired, empty grant accounts. It would also require … Continue Reading

April 28, 2015

Manchin Applauds Committee Passage of Bill to Protect Families and Communities from Toxic Chemicals

Washington, D.C. - As a lead cosponsor and a staunch advocate of chemical safety reforms, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin applauded the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee for the passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The committee voted 15-5 to move forward the bipartisan legislation, which would ensure the safety of the chemicals Americans use every day by updating the United States' outdated chemical regulatory program. The Frank R. … Continue Reading

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