Press Releases

February 17, 2012

Monday: Manchin to Kickoff Tour Highlighting “Our Values, Our Priorities” With Celebration of the National Guard

During the weeklong tour, Manchin to highlight the values and priorities that make West Virginia strong, focusing on local businesses, economic growth, retraining for good jobs and creating jobs Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will launch a weeklong statewide tour focused on "Our Values, Our Priorities," starting with an event on Monday to celebrate the elevation of the National Guard to a position on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Senator Manchin, a member of the Senate … Continue Reading

February 17, 2012

Manchin Votes Against Crippling Social Security

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about voting against the 10-month payroll tax cut extension. "I want to make sure that hardworking families have more money in their pockets - but this temporary policy is the absolute wrong way to do it because it cripples Social Security," Senator Manchin said. "I know that going back home and saying we voted for tax cuts is popular, but this is not a tax cut - this is a Social Security cut. Plain and … Continue Reading

February 17, 2012

Manchin to Visit Morgan, Berkeley Counties

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will today visit Morgan and Berkeley counties, speaking with residents and making stops at local businesses to hear their commonsense ideas for future of West Virginia and this great nation. "The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is home to outstanding businesses and residents who are truly doing their part to drive economic growth in our great state," Senator Manchin said. "I am looking forward to the opportunity to visit with them to … Continue Reading

February 16, 2012

Manchin: Politics Shouldn’t Trump Fiscal Stability

Along with Obama budget proposal, payroll tax cut extension will dig deeper debt hole for the country Pathfire and FTP are available here: HD…… Instructions for accessing Pathfire: Audio is available here: Web video is available here: … Continue Reading

February 16, 2012

Manchin: Obama Wrong to Pick Winners and Losers When it Comes to Energy

Manchin also questions Department of Energy policy reversal on coal-to-liquids technology Video of the hearing is available here: Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today grilled U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and the Obama Administration about picking winners and losers when it comes to research funding for critical domestic energy resources. Senator Manchin questioned how the Obama Administration can claim they're advocating … Continue Reading

February 10, 2012

Manchin Statement on New HHS Ruling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement about the Administration's new HHS ruling: "While I review the specific provisions of this proposal, I hope that the people of West Virginia on both sides of this issue share their concerns with me. As I have said before, I want to make sure that the First Amendment of the Constitution is protected and no religious institution will be required to pay for contraceptives when it violates their views. I … Continue Reading

February 09, 2012

Manchin, Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Religious Exemption for Contraception Coverage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today will introduce bipartisan legislation, called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, that would repeal the Obama Administration's mandate requiring religious employers to cover contraception for their employees under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Last week, Manchin sent a letter to President Obama, explaining his strong opposition to the mandate that he called "a direct affront to … Continue Reading

February 08, 2012

Monday: Manchin to Hold First Senate Aging Committee Hearing in West Virginia

West Virginians are invited to attend Charleston, W.Va.- Members of the public are invited to join U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, at a meeting that will bring together officials working in the local, state and federal aging networks. During the field hearing Monday, witnesses will testify and answer questions on how to best strengthen and improve services and programs for seniors in West Virginia and across the nation. U.S. Assistant … Continue Reading

February 07, 2012

Manchin, Kirk Unveil the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus

Senator Jon Tester will also join caucus Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today announced that they have formed the bipartisan Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus, which will work to decrease the unemployment rate of the nation's 857,000 veterans who are currently looking for work. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has also joined the caucus. "As you know, one of the few issues that unifies Congress is giving veterans the benefits and respect they … Continue Reading

February 06, 2012

Manchin Votes for FAA Extension to Modernize Transportation, Create Jobs, Attract Economic Growth

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today voted in favor of a four-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. The bill has passed the House of Representatives. "While this bill is not perfect, and I have concerns about the impact of some provisions, this is a bipartisan compromise that will help businesses and communities in our great state - and throughout this nation - protect jobs, create jobs, and attract new entrepreneurs and business. In a … Continue Reading

February 03, 2012

Manchin to National Park Service: You Must Protect Hunting, Fishing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sent a letter to the Director of the National Park Service this week asking for written assurances that West Virginia's hunting and fishing heritage would be protected if any new parks are created in the state, or he would withdraw his support for a survey of areas in and around Tucker County. "Without unequivocal statements from the National Park Service that allay my concerns and those of my constituents, I will not support this effort … Continue Reading

February 03, 2012

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Funding for West Virginia Caregivers and Nurses

WASHINGTON, D.C., - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D - WV) today announced that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded two new grants totaling $98,000 in West Virginia. The money will help expand membership at the Faith in Action National Network (FIANN) in Wheeling and assist the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program's efforts to address West Virginia's nursing shortage. "I am grateful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for doing so much to address health … Continue Reading

February 02, 2012

Manchin Votes for Final Passage of Stock Act to Ban Insider Trading in Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today voted for final passage of the STOCK (Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge) Act, a measure that would prohibit members of Congress and their staff from using inside knowledge to profit by trading on Wall Street. The bill passed the Senate 96-3. "I am pleased that a large, bipartisan group of Senators have come together to support this commonsense measure that will hold members of Congress accountable to those we represent," … Continue Reading

February 02, 2012

Manchin Proposes Commonsense Legislation to Protect Hunting Rights on Federal Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and his Republican colleague Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced bipartisan legislation that protects open access and the rights of recreational hunters and fisherman on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service Lands. "As Governor, and now as Senator from the great state of West Virginia, I have always sought to preserve and enhance the tradition of hunting that is so important to our state and its people," Senator … Continue Reading

February 02, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $140,553 for Volunteer Fire Departments Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W. Va.) announced today that three fire departments across West Virginia will receive $140,553 in funding through the Department of Homeland Security's 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to purchase training and personal protective equipment for wellness and fitness, as well as to make health and safety modifications to stations and … Continue Reading

January 31, 2012

Manchin Questions Why Commonsense Keystone XL Pipeline Has Become a ‘Political Football’

Experts join business and labor in agreeing that building the pipeline will create good-paying jobs in America Video is available here: ManchinEnergyRedo.mp4Audio is available here: Washington, D.C. - In a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee today on the country's energy outlook for 2012, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin questioned experts about why the Keystone XL pipeline has become a "political football" when everyone agrees it would create jobs and reduce … Continue Reading

January 30, 2012

Manchin Votes for Stock Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted tonight to prohibit members of Congress and their staff from using inside knowledge to profit on Wall Street. The Senator released the following statement about his vote in favor of the STOCK (Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge) Act. "The ability and opportunity to serve the American people is truly a privilege, and we must treat that privilege with the utmost respect. The STOCK Act will reinforce the simple fact that no member … Continue Reading

January 30, 2012

Manchin, Bipartisan Group Introduce Legislation to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and a bipartisan group of 43 other Senators today announced that they will introduce legislation to create American jobs by approving the Keystone XL pipeline project under Congress's authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. The Keystone XL pipeline project would transport oil from Canada to the United States. The project has earned the strong support of both business and labor, and this … Continue Reading

January 30, 2012

Hoeven-Lugar-Vitter, Bipartisan Group of Senators to Introduce Legislation to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), David Vitter (R-La.) and a total of 44 senators today announced that they will introduce legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project under Congress's authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. The bipartisan group of senators committed to working together to advance this critical project for the United States. Hoeven, Lugar and the other senators have been … Continue Reading

January 26, 2012

Manchin Will Vote to Reject $1.2T Increase that Would Raise U.S. Debt Limit to $16.4 Trillion

For the first time since World War II, total U.S. debt now exceeds the gross domestic product Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who became the first Senate Democrat to announce he would vote against raising the debt ceiling without a long-term fix in place last March, said today that he will vote against the latest debt ceiling hike. The $1.2 trillion increase would be the second highest in history and would allow U.S. debt to reach $16.4 trillion by the end of the … Continue Reading

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