Press Releases

May 23, 2015

Manchin Statement on Senate Passage of TPA Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement on the Senate passage of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), legislation granting the President fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). "I am deeply alarmed that the Senate has passed this harmful piece of legislation that will give the President the authority to negotiate the most expansive trade deal in American history without any congressional input. … Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Manchin Statement on Mine Layoffs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding today's announced mine layoffs: "First, my heart goes out to the miners who lost their jobs and the families who depended on those jobs, and to all the Americans who will pay higher energy prices because this country lacks an energy policy that fully uses all of our domestic resources to benefit our great country. "Our coal companies have ridden the ups and downs of the market for many years, but … Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Manchin and Scott Launch Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Tim Scott (R-SC) today launched the Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus in an effort to raise awareness and show that the United States Senate is serious about helping the millions of American families whose lives have been torn apart by prescription drug abuse. With 17,000 Americans losing their lives to prescription opioid overdoses every year - or 46 Americans every day - Senators Manchin and Scott believe America must refocus its … Continue Reading

May 21, 2015

Manchin Presents America's Elite Fighter Pilots with Congressional Gold Medal

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered remarks at a special ceremony honoring one of America's most decorated and distinguished military groups, the American Fighter Aces. He joined Congressional leaders, including Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to award the special group of veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal. The American Fighter Aces are pilots credited with … Continue Reading

May 20, 2015

Manchin and Capito Call for Reinstatement of National Drug Take-Back Days

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), along with eight of their Senate colleagues, today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for the reinstatement of National Drug Take-Back Days. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently issued regulations that would legally expand options for disposing of controlled substances. At the same time, the agency also announced that it will no longer sponsor National … Continue Reading

May 20, 2015

Manchin-Heller Ride Act Passes Committee

Washington, D.C. - Today, the ROV in-Depth Examination (RIDE) Act (S.1040), bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee earlier today. S.1040 puts the brakes on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC's) flawed proposed mandatory standards for lateral stability and vehicle handling that could have unintended safety consequences and limit these vehicles' ability … Continue Reading

May 20, 2015

Manchin and Capito Welcome West Virginia Veterans to Washington

Manchin and Capito present each veteran with Congressional Record Statements to honor his service 'America's Got Talent' winner Landau Murphy sings National Anthem to veterans Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) proudly welcomed 29 veterans from West Virginia to the nation's capital for the fifth "Always Free Honor Flight." The Flight included a reception to award the Congressional Gold Medal to a Tuskegee Airman from Beckley, West … Continue Reading

May 19, 2015

Senators Manchin and Warren Introduce 'Trade Transparency Act'

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced the Trade Transparency Act, a bill that would require the President to release the scrubbed bracketed text of any trade agreement at least 60 days before Congress grants fast track authority to grease the skids for approval of that agreement. "Before any Member of Congress is asked to vote on the most expansive trade bill in U.S. history, the American people deserve to see what is in the … Continue Reading

May 19, 2015

Manchin Calls On Council To Close The Digital Divide

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Co-Chairs of the Broadband Opportunity Council, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging them to coordinate with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to analyze how various programs are promoting broadband deployment and adoption in rural America. The report, due no later than August 20, 2015, would examine the successes and failures at … Continue Reading

May 19, 2015

Manchin, Bipartisan Senators Introduce Bill to Enhance Efforts to Lift the U.S. Oil Export Ban

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced the American Crude Oil Export Equality Act to help lift the outdated, 40-year ban on exporting American crude oil. The bipartisan bill seeks to reinforce the need to lift the oil export ban by going line-by-line through federal laws already on the books to strike any mention of or reference to the prohibitions on crude oil exports. It also would clearly … Continue Reading

May 18, 2015

Manchin to Join Inaugural Motorcycle Ride for Fallen Service Heroes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will serve as the Special Guest Road Captain for the 2015 Ride for Fallen Service Heroes on Flag Day, Sunday, June 14. This inaugural ride is sponsored by the Harley Owners Group (HOG) Capitol City WV Chapter #5439 and benefits the West Virginia National Guard Foundation and the families of fallen West Virginia service members. "Like all West Virginians, I feel a special surge of emotion every time I see the American flag," Senator … Continue Reading

May 14, 2015

Manchin Supports Crack Down of Currency Manipulation and Protections for Steelworkers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after voting in support of cracking down on currency manipulation, a practice that experts believe has cost America hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of good-paying jobs in manufacturing. This legislation would also make it easier for U.S. steel producers to win tariff cases by allowing companies to include more evidence to prove unfair trade practices. "West Virginia is truly home to some of … Continue Reading

May 14, 2015

Manchin, Heitkamp Introduce Commonsense Bills to Provide Viable Path Forward For Coal

Senators' Proposals Work to Incentivize and Streamline Clean Coal Policies, Making Sure Coal Remains Key to Our National Energy Mix WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today introduced a package of bills to support the development of clean coal energy and make sure coal remains a key part of America's energy mix well into the future. Both outspoken advocates for a strong path forward for coal - an energy source that the United States depends on … Continue Reading

May 14, 2015

Manchin Continues to Oppose Trade Promotion Authority That Will Hurt WV Workers

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement on his continued opposition to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), legislation that would give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). "Although I am pleased that the Senate voted to crack down on currency manipulation and support trade adjustment assistance to workers who have lost their jobs to foreign trade deals, I still cannot support giving the … Continue Reading

May 13, 2015

Manchin, Capito and Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Roll Back “Clean Power Plan”

"The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act enables us to fight back against the assault on coal, and the broader threat to affordable, reliable energy nationwide" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) to introduce The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA),which will help rein in President Obama's "Clean Power Plan while also ensuring reliable and affordable energy, putting jobs and our economy first, and curbing federal … Continue Reading

May 12, 2015

Manchin Opposes Trade Promotion Authority That Will Hurt West Virginia Workers

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement on his opposition to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), legislation that would give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). "For the sake of our West Virginia workers and thousands of good-paying jobs, I cannot support this measure that would grant the President the authority to block Congress from weighing in on any pending trade agreements. … Continue Reading

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

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