Press Releases

May 15, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $600K For Opioid Response In Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $600,000 for West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Funding comes through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program and will support planning for prevention and treatment efforts in rural communities across West Virginia. "Every single community in West … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Manchin Introduces Two Bills To Fight The Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Opioid Quota Openness, Transparency, and Awareness (QuOTA) Act and the Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act. The QuOTA Act will address the opioid crisis through increasing transparency of the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) production quotas for manufacturers so that the general public will have more information about these dangerous prescriptions. The Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act will change the DEA … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Manchin Advocates For Implementation Of Three Digit Dialing Code For Veterans In Crisis To Prevent Veteran Suicides

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to pledge his support for and request a timeline and implementation plan regarding a three-digit dialing code for the VA Crisis Line to combat Veteran suicide. Currently, the VA Crisis Line does not have an easy to remember … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.2 Million For Rural Water Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,225,000 for the Washington Pike Public Service District through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. This rural development investment will be used to upgrade and replace infrastructure that serves approximately 1,383 customers. The funding will help provide an emergency water supply, … Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $18 Million For WV Rural Airport Runway Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $18 million for two West Virginia airports through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Funding will support runway improvements and rehabilitation. "As a pilot, I know the importance of keeping our airport runways in top-notch condition. Small, rural airports particularly need our help, which is why I worked with my colleagues to include … Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Manchin Applauds EPA Administrator Wheeler For Minden Cleanup Announcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), applauds Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Wheeler for his addition of the Shaffer Equipment/Arbuckle Creek area to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL), which prioritizes areas of contamination that affect local communities and environmental health. "This is a great step in the right direction for the Shaffer Equipment/Arbuckle Creek area so that they can begin fixing the situation that is harming residents of … Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Manchin Launches 11th 'Commonsense Connections' Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is pleased to announce that his office will launch its 11th "Commonsense Connections" Week beginning Monday, May 20 and ending Friday, May 24. Representatives from Senator Manchin's office will make stops across the state, visiting all 55 counties to hear West Virginians' commonsense priorities and concerns and to offer the Senator's assistance with federal agencies through casework. "I believe in retail government - bringing the government … Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $178K For WVU Neuroscience Clinical Trial

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $178,421 for West Virginia University (WVU) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Funding will support clinical research related to neurological disorders. "Great strides have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous medical conditions, however neurological disorders remain an area where more research is … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.6 Million For Cancer Prevention In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,691,530 for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding will support cancer prevention and control initiatives around the state of West Virginia. "Far too many West Virginians have lost loved ones to cancer. While cancer treatments have made major advancements in … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Manchin, Capito Congratulate West Virginia's Top Youth Volunteers Of 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) congratulated Quinn Raffo of Craigsville and Chloe Orecchio of Weirton for receiving the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Award alongside 100 other extraordinary, service-minded young Americans. "I want to personally congratulate Quinn and Chloe on their service and contributions to the state of West Virginia. One of the best qualities of West Virginians is that we are committed to helping our neighbors and … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Manchin, Cassidy And Bipartisan Group Of Senators Reintroduce Bill To Protect Disaster Relief Volunteers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Angus King (I-ME), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reintroduced the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act to provide medical professionals with a limited, but consistent, level of legal protection while volunteering during federally-declared disasters. "In June 2016, we suffered terrible flooding in West Virginia, not only were homes and properties destroyed but so many West … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Manchin, Stabenow And Rubio Introduce Bipartisan PFAS Accountability Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today led eight other Senators in announcing the introduction of the PFAS Accountability Act. This legislation would hold federal agencies accountable for addressing contamination for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military bases across the country. It comes just days after the release of a new report showing that Michigan has the most PFAS-contaminated sites in the nation. "I am … Continue Reading


May 09, 2019

Manchin, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill To Release Long Awaited Funds To West Virginia, Texas, and Other States

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) today introduced the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act. The bill directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to release $16 billion in long-awaited disaster relief funding within 60 days to nine states and two U.S. territories including West Virginia, Texas and Puerto Rico. These funds were originally appropriated for … Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

Manchin, Collins Urge DOJ To Defend Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today urged the Department of Justice and Attorney General Barr to reconsider the Administration's refusal to defend Americans with pre-existing conditions. This case is currently being appealed in the Fifth Circuit, and if the ruling is upheld, hundreds of thousands of West Virginians and Mainers, and millions of Americans, will be at risk of losing health insurance. If this decision stands, families across the … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Manchin: Sweetheart Settlement With McKesson Sells Out West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Governor Jim Justice's horrific and inadequate settlement with McKesson Corporation for flooding West Virginia with opioids and killing thousands of West Virginians. "It's no surprise to me that Patrick Morrisey and Jim Justice have allowed this type of thievery and have cut a sweetheart deal with McKesson that sells out West Virginia out of the … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Manchin Secures NASA Administrator Attendance At Renaming For Katherine Johnson On July 2nd

Washington, DC - In the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science hearing today on the FY 2020 budget for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), invited Administrator Jim Bridenstine to join him in West Virginia for the renaming of the Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in Fairmont to the Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility. In a follow up call, Administrator Bridenstine committed to coming to … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Manchin Statement On Verso Paper Mill Closure, Impacting Mineral County, Potomac Highlands Region

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the closure of Verso's paper mill in Luke, Maryland, which will impact West Virginians in Mineral County and throughout the Potomac Highlands region. The closing will eliminate 675 jobs and will negatively impact the local economies of both states. "I am incredibly disappointed by the news that Verso's paper mill in Luke, Maryland will close this summer, and my heart goes out to the 675 hard-working … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $249K For West Virginia Rural Hospitals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $249,186 for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) through the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program. Funding will support small rural hospitals in providing affordable care to West Virginians through assisting with the purchase of equipment, software, and … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Manchin's Target Practice & Marksmanship Training Bill To Be Signed By The President

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), today applauded the passage of his legislation, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, in the House of Representatives. The legislation, which passed the Senate by voice vote earlier this month, would provide a responsible incentive for creating and maintaining public shooting ranges. "As an avid sportsman, I know firsthand that our heritage as gun owners is important to who we are as West Virginians and Americans. This … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Manchin Leads Group Of Senators In Reintroducing Reclaim Act To Invest In Coal Communities

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR), led a group of Senators in reintroducing the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act of 2019, to provide opportunities for coal reclamation and economic development in communities impacted by the downturn in the coal industry. "The RECLAIM Act is an investment in the coal communities that have … Continue Reading

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