Press Releases

April 13, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $139,502 to Better Prepare Low-Income Families for the Workforce

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.), today announced that local housing programs across West Virginia will receive $139,502 to support the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Family Self-Sufficiency Program, which assists very low-income families find employment and achieve economic independence. Local public housing agencies are responsible for administering this assistance. "These funds will help us care for our most … Continue Reading

April 09, 2011

Manchin Statement on Tonight's Budget Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding the budget agreement that was reached tonight: "Today's agreement is a victory for fiscal responsibility, West Virginians and the American people. I am especially pleased that with this bipartisan compromise, the brave men and women serving in our military will continue to receive their paychecks on time, and seniors and veterans will experience no interruption in the vital services they rely on. … Continue Reading

April 08, 2011

Manchin: Focus on Budget Crisis, Come Together to Put Fiscal House in Order

Washington, D.C. -With the clock ticking toward a possible federal government shutdown, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) delivered a speech tonight on the floor of the U.S. Senate urging his colleagues to focus on budget issues instead of social issues and come to consensus. If no compromise can be reached, the government will shut down at midnight. Below are Senator Manchin's remarks, as prepared for delivery: "When I was governor of West Virginia, we grappled with putting a budget … Continue Reading

April 08, 2011

Manchin Supports Legislation to Ensure Members of the Military Receive Pay During Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - After pledging to return his pay to the U.S. Treasury for as long as the government shuts down, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he will also cosponsor legislation to ensure that military personnel - including all active, reserve, and Coast Guard - will continue to receive their pay without interruption in the event of a government shutdown. Without this legislation, members of the military will experience a delay in their pay for serving this nation. … Continue Reading

April 07, 2011

Manchin's 'No Budget, No Pay' Pledge Gains Bipartisan Support

Washington, D.C. - Republicans and Democrats alike are joining U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in his "No Budget, No Pay" pledge to forego their federal salaries if the government shuts down. Just a few hours ago, Senator Manchin began circulating a letter urging all his colleagues - from the President and Vice President to all Members of the House and Senate - to do the same, and either give their salaries to the U.S. Treasury Department or donate them to charities. "I'm so encouraged … Continue Reading

April 07, 2011

Manchin: I Will Forgo My Federal Salary if the Government Shuts Down

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will return his federal salary to the U.S. Treasury Department if the government shuts down, and is urging all his colleagues - from the President and Vice President to all Members of the House and Senate - to do the same. In a letter he is circulating to his colleagues today asking them to make the same pledge, Senator Manchin says it does not make any sense for elected officials to get paid during a government shutdown. "The bottom … Continue Reading

April 06, 2011

Manchin Votes to Rein in EPA, Prevent Agency from Overstepping Its Authority

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today voted in favor of two critical measures to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from overreaching its authority to regulate what has not been legislated. He issued the following statement about the measures, sponsored by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky): "I believe it is fundamentally wrong for any bureaucratic agency to go around the will of the people and try to regulate what we … Continue Reading

April 06, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce $915,867 For Health Centers Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. -Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.) today announced that the Belington Community Medical Services Association (BCMSA), Shenandoah Valley Medical System, Inc. in Martinsburg and Community Health Systems, Inc. HHS (CHS) in Beckley will receive a total of $915,867 from the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Health Center Cluster Program. These funds will help these health centers continue and improve their operations. The Belington … Continue Reading

April 05, 2011

West Virginia Delegation Honors Fallen Miners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller today joined members of the House and Senate Congressional delegation and introduced a resolution in honor of the 29 miners who perished at the Upper Big Branch mine in April of last year. "I am honored to join my West Virginia colleagues in calling upon the United States Congress to pay tribute to the lost lives at the Upper Big Branch mine. Today's anniversary is an important time to reflect on the 29 men who went into work that day and never … Continue Reading

April 05, 2011

Manchin Delivers Floor Speech Commemorating First Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy

**Audio, Web Video and Pathfire Available** Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) this morning delivered a speech on the Senate floor commemorating the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 miners. This evening, Senator Manchin will join the families of the 29 miners at a ceremony marking the anniversary at the Whitesville Elementary School Gymnasium in Whitesville. Broadcast-quality video of the speech is now available on Pathfire. … Continue Reading

April 05, 2011

Manchin Votes to Repeal Onerous 1099 Provision, Applauds Bipartisan Effort

Washington, D.C. - As the lead Democrat on a measure to repeal part of the health care law, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted today in favor of that bill, which will eliminate the onerous 1099 mandate of the new health care law that would require businesses, charities and churches to file an IRS form for any transaction greater than $600. Manchin was the original and lead Democratic cosponsor of the legislation first introduced by Senator Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) to repeal the 1099 rule. … Continue Reading

April 05, 2011

Tuesday: Manchin to Deliver Floor Speech Commemorating First Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will deliver a speech this morning on the Senate floor commemorating the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 miners. Later tonight, Senator Manchin will also attend a memorial in Whitesville, West Virginia marking the first anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Tragedy. The memorial will be held at the Whitesville Elementary School Gymnasium in Whitesville. Details as follows:TUESDAY, April 5, 2011 … Continue Reading

April 04, 2011

Manchin: We Need To Put American Jobs First

**Photo Attached** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today underscored his commitment to making America strong again by focusing on domestic job creation in a speech to the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. "We need to rebuild America by putting American jobs first," Senator Manchin said. "We need to create a new economy that creates real jobs in America that support a family - instead of the empty promise of a job that may come decades from … Continue Reading

April 01, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce $74,034 in Grants for Shavers Fork Fire Rescue and Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), today announced that Shavers Fork Fire Rescue in Pocahontas County will receive $57,884 and that the Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department in Marshall County will receive $16,150 as part of the latest round of funding under the Fiscal Year 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. This money will assist with operations and safety. "First responders and firefighters are the backbones for our public safety. … Continue Reading

March 31, 2011

Manchin Offers Suggestions, Insight at Hearing on First Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Tragedy

***TV FOOTAGE, WEB VIDEO, AUDIO, PHOTOS AVAILABLE*** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today questioned mine safety authorities about commonsense ways to improve safety and coordination between state and federal agencies to prevent tragedies like the Upper Big Branch explosion that killed 29 miners nearly a year ago. During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing to examine efforts to improve mine safety in light of the anniversary, … Continue Reading

March 31, 2011

Manchin, Senate Democrats Call on Speaker Boehner to Immediately Hold a Vote on 'No Budget, No Pay' Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today joined with 16 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) urging him to immediately take up and pass legislation that would prevent Members of Congress and the President of the United States from being paid during a shutdown of the federal government. "If Washington can't figure out a commonsense, bipartisan plan to fund the government, no one will pay a higher price than hard-working … Continue Reading

March 30, 2011

Manchin Comments on President's Speech on America's Energy Future

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement today after President Obama made remarks on achieving "A Secure Energy Future." "While the President made timely remarks today about the critical need for this nation to achieve energy security, they did not go far enough to address the brutal truth that this nation will never become energy secure or independent unless we utilize all of our resources, including coal, natural gas, wind, solar, hydro and … Continue Reading

March 30, 2011

Rahall, Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Funding for Fayette County Water Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin III (both D-W.Va.), announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development has approved a grant of $270,000 to complete Armstrong Public Service District's water treatment and distribution system upgrade. "I am pleased to announce this grant to improve southern West Virginia's water infrastructure, one that will greatly benefit hundreds of Fayette County residents," said … Continue Reading

March 29, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Host Screening of "Coal" Production

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.) today will bring the story of West Virginia coal miners to the U.S. Capitol when they host the premiere of the documentary series "Coal," which has been praised as an accurate and moving portrayal of what life working in a West Virginia mine. "I am honored to be able to introduce the gritty reality of mining to my colleagues here in Washington. Our nation thrives on the energy provided by coal and this film … Continue Reading

March 29, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $20,425 Grant for Weston Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.), today announced that the Weston Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. will receive $20,425 in funding through the Department of Homeland Security's 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, and to make health and safety modifications to stations and facilities. "I … Continue Reading

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