Press Releases

September 30, 2011

Rahall, Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Funding for Expanding Healthcare in West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Representative Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Friday announced federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to promote capital investments in health care providers and to increase access to preventive dental services. "Working together in public-private collaborations can help bring more accessible, quality health care to the children and families who need it most," said Rahall, who is the top … Continue Reading

September 29, 2011

Rockefeller and Manchin Call for Naming October as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Joe Manchin today announced their support of a resolution designating October 2011 as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. As West Virginia faces one of the highest rates of prescription drug abuse in the country, this designation would help reinforce the need to raise awareness of this epidemic in the state and throughout the country. National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month has … Continue Reading

September 28, 2011

Tomorrow: Manchin To Early Vote

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tomorrow will cast his ballot for the special gubernatorial election at 10 a.m. at the J. Harper Meredith Building in Fairmont. He will later attend the Preston County Buckwheat Festival. THURSDAY, September 29, 2011 Early Vote When: 10 a.m. Where: First floor, J. Harper Meredith Building (Directly behind the Marion County Courthouse), 200 Jackson Street, Fairmont What: Senator Manchin will early vote in the special … Continue Reading

September 28, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin, Rahall Announce Funding for Job Training and Workforce Development in Huntington

WASHINGTON, D.C - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D - WV), today announced that Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington has received $5 million in funding to develop programs to help people who have lost their jobs find employment by providing them with targeted job training that meets specific industry needs. The grant, which is being awarded through the Department of Labor (DOL), will enable the college to educate and train … Continue Reading

September 28, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin, Rahall Announce Federal Funds to Protect Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, as well as Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $1,998,033 in federal funding to help communities and organizations in West Virginia protect survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, and make sure they have access to needed support "It is absolutely essential that every West Virginia family is safe and secure," said Rockefeller. "These awards will enable our communities throughout the state to help survivors of sexual … Continue Reading

September 27, 2011

Manchin, West Virginia Congressional Delegation Call for Federal Action to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today said that fighting drug abuse in West Virginia and across the nation remains a top priority, and affirmed his support for that goal along with the West Virginia Congressional delegation in a letter sent to White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director R. Gil Kerlikowske on the need to continue efforts to combat prescription drug abuse in West Virginia. Senator Manchin met with Director Kerlikowske on Sept. 20 … Continue Reading

September 27, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce more than $1.2 Million for Background Checks on Health Care Providers

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Representative Nick Rahall, (all D-W.Va.) today announced that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will receive more than $1.2 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Program to conduct background checks on health care workers who are directly involved with patients. The funding will identify efficient, effective and economical practices for long term care facilities and … Continue Reading

September 26, 2011

Manchin Proposes Amendment to Pay For Disaster Relief with $1.6 Billion in Afghanistan Funding

Washington, D.C. - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today said that the petty, partisan squabbles that define Congress must end, and he offered an amendment to pay for the Federal Emergency Management Agency by eliminating $1.6 billion from programs that will fund nation building in Afghanistan. Senator Manchin expressed his enormous frustration - and that of the American people - at watching our nation's leaders engaged in yet another political exercise - … Continue Reading

September 26, 2011

Manchin Announces Third ‘Commonsense Connections’ Week: 'Your Government, Your Voice'

Washington, D.C. - In keeping with his philosophy of retail government, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that his office will launch its third "Commonsense Connections" Week - "Your Government, Your Voice" - beginning Tuesday, October 11. Representatives from Senator Manchin's office will travel to every county in West Virginia to meet with constituents and hear their commonsense priorities and concerns, as well as their ideas for how to cut spending, reform government, and … Continue Reading

September 26, 2011

Manchin-Sponsored Legislation to Roll Back EPA’s Cement MACT Rule Would Save Construction Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is sponsoring bipartisan legislation to protect cement and construction industry jobs across America. The Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act (S. 1610) directs the Environmental Protection Agency to re-propose and finalize a more reasonable Cement MACT rule that gives the industry enough time to comply with the new emission standards. "With tens of thousands of good American jobs on the line, now is not the time to inflict … Continue Reading

September 26, 2011

Rahall, Rockefeller and Manchin Announce Federal Grant to Expand Substance Abuse Services

BECKELEY, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin III (both D-W.Va.), announced today federal funding has been awarded to expand substance abuse and mental health treatment services to women, children and families in southern West Virginia. "Innocent lives are at stake every time an expectant mother abuses her body with drugs. This funding helps turn tragic living into triumphal family life for parents and children alike. Every family … Continue Reading

September 26, 2011

Senate Passes Manchin-Sponsored Legislation to Reduce Fraud in Small Business Contracting, Improve Disabled Veterans’ Access to Contracts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today applauded Senate passage of the Small Business Contracting Fraud Prevention Act of 2011, which was first introduced by his Republican colleague Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). The bipartisan, commonsense bill is designed make sure only qualified small businesses win contracts with the federal government, and the legislation places special emphasis rooting out fraud from businesses claiming they are controlled by disabled veterans. … Continue Reading

September 26, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Nearly $5 Million for Housing Projects Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that five projects across West Virginia will receive nearly $5 million to help low-income families find good-paying jobs, as well as to redevelop part of downtown Ranson to create 150 jobs and improve infrastructure. These funds are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "Creating jobs and getting Americans back to work are key to rebuilding America and boosting our … Continue Reading

September 23, 2011

On Senate Floor, Manchin Says President Obama’s Deficit Plan Falls Short of Bipartisan Approach

***PATHFIRE, FTP, Audio, Web Video Included*** Manchin pushes super committee to make reforms for tax fairness and deficit reductions of at least $4 trillion Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today called for a bipartisan approach to deficit reduction and said that the President's recommendations unveiled this week fall short of what the country needs to put its fiscal house in order. Senator Manchin also called on all members of Congress to keep their summer agreement … Continue Reading

September 23, 2011

Rahall, Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Funding to Build Civic Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Friday announced federal funding for the West Virginia Development Office to increase leadership development and civic entrepreneurship in ten West Virginia counties. "There are a lot of creative ideas in some of our most challenged economies in West Virginia, and I daily hear good suggestions from individuals and organizations throughout the counties this … Continue Reading

September 23, 2011

Manchin Votes to Support Workers Whose Jobs Have Been Lost to Foreign Trade

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today voted to renew and extend Trade Adjustment Assistance, which provides needed training, assistance and job opportunities for West Virginians and any American worker who has lost their jobs because of foreign trade. While workers look for new jobs, Trade Adjustment Assistance offers several benefits and services, including job training, job search and relocation allowances, income support, and assistance with health care premium costs. … Continue Reading

September 23, 2011

Manchin Congratulates West Virginia Principals of the Year

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated two West Virginia educators who are being honored in the nation's capital for their dedication and commitment to students. Gary Higginbotham, from Ravenswood Middle School in Jackson County, and Bill Hughes, from Winfield High School in Putnam County, were named Middle and High School Principal of the year, respectively. Mr. Higginbotham and Mr. Hughes are being honored at the National Principals Institute for their … Continue Reading

September 22, 2011

Manchin to Defense Secretary Panetta: Time to Rebuild America

**Audio and Video Available** Washington, D.C. - In Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's first appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee to discuss Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) made clear that the United States needs to shift its mission to counter-terrorism and focus on rebuilding America, not Afghanistan or Iraq. Senator Manchin, who enjoys a strong relationship with Secretary Panetta, explained how he arrived at his position by citing a number of statistics … Continue Reading

September 22, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $187,000 to Ensure the Safety And Health of West Virginia Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) today announced that the West Virginia University Research Corporation will receive $187,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor's Susan Hardwood Training Grant Program to ensure the safety and health of West Virginia workers through hands-on training and educational programs. The West Virginia University Research Corporation will provide safety and health training to high-risk workers … Continue Reading

September 19, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Federal Funds to Build New Airplane Parking and Loading Area at Fairmont Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced that the Fairmont Municipal Airport will receive $2,451,000 in federal funding for the construction of an apron to park and load aircraft. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Rockefeller has jurisdiction over the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and has worked to make sure West Virginia's airports have the resources they need to attract economic development and serve their … Continue Reading

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