Press Releases

December 09, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.6 Million In Flood Relief For Richwood

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,648,506 from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for Richwood to help repair damage that occurred during the 2016 floods. Specifically, this funding will be used to restore the roadway and damaged right-of-ways, restore the drainage system, and install a redesigned storm sewer, municipal water, and sanitary sewer system … Continue Reading


December 09, 2020

Manchin Statement On The Death Of John Gillenwater At Chemical Plant Explosion In Belle

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of John Gillenwater at the Optima Chemical facility explosion last night in Belle. “Gayle and I send our thoughts and prayers to John Gillenwater’s family, friends, and loved ones, especially his wife Tina and their children. It is heartbreaking to lose a fellow West Virginian, especially so close to the holidays. This is tragic loss for the community and all of West Virginia. … Continue Reading


December 08, 2020

Manchin, Whitehouse, Barrasso, Cramer, Hoeven, Smith, Capito Introduce 45Q Legislation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), John Barrasso (R-WY), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) yesterday introduced the 45Q Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) Tax Credit Amendments Act of 2020—legislation that makes targeted statutory changes to maximize the utility of the credit enacted as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. These narrow, discrete improvements will ensure … Continue Reading


December 08, 2020

Manchin: Congress Must Reauthorize Secure Rural Schools And PILT Program Funding

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 27 bipartisan Senators in urging Congressional leadership to include a reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) and maintain robust Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program funding as part of the Appropriations process. “SRS and PILT serve as a lifeline to rural America’s local governments and now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the budgets of these rural counties have taken … Continue Reading


December 07, 2020

Manchin Statement On The Death Of Chuck Yeager

Washington, DC - This evening, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the death of American hero and West Virginian, Chuck Yeager. “General Chuck Yeager was an American hero. West Virginia’s native son was larger than life and an inspiration for generations of Americans. He bravely served our nation as a pilot for more than 30 years in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and Vietnam. When he became the first pilot to break the sound barrier … Continue Reading


December 07, 2020

Manchin Announces $362 Million to Expand Broadband Access Across West Virginia

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced $362,066,660 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase I auction to expand broadband access at nearly 120,000 locations across West Virginia over the next decade.“Today’s announcement is great news for West Virginia. This first phase of funding will help our state deploy broadband access to nearly 120,000 locations across the Mountain State, bringing Internet access to … Continue Reading


December 07, 2020

Manchin, Capito Bill to Prevent Clarksburg VA Abuses Signed Into Law

Washington, DC - Last week, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito’s (R-WV) bill, The Improving Safety and Security for Veterans Act of 2019, was signed into law by President Trump. The bill passed the House of Representatives in November 2020 and passed the Senate in December 2019.“After the seven horrific murders at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center, our Veterans and their families deserve transparency and answers. The victims and their families deserve justice and … Continue Reading


December 03, 2020

Manchin Applauds Administration Decision To Extend Title 32 Orders For National Guard COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Trump Administration’s decision to extend the National Guard Title 32 502(f) orders through March 2021 for COVID-19 pandemic response across the United States and West Virginia. Since March, National Guard units in West Virginia have supported response to help West Virginians, from distributing much-needed food supplies, to running remote testing locations, and assisting as needed across the state.“Our National … Continue Reading


December 03, 2020

Manchin Statement On The Death Of Charleston Police Officer Cassie Johnson

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Charleston police officer Cassie Johnson. “Gayle and I are absolutely heartbroken to hear of Patrolman Cassie Johnson’s passing. I know our entire home state feels the loss of a first responder - those who are selflessly willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve our communities. Cassie’s legacy and service will never be forgotten. We extend our deepest … Continue Reading


December 02, 2020

Manchin Statement On Leadership Support For Bipartisan, Bicameral COVID-19 Emergency Relief Framework

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the statement of support from Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi on the bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 emergency relief framework announced yesterday.“The bipartisan, bicameral framework we released yesterday is the culmination of weeks of discussion, compromise and negotiation. I’m glad Senator Schumer and Leader Pelosi recognize the importance of getting something done and I hope Senator … Continue Reading


December 01, 2020

Manchin, Collins, Warner, Cassidy, Shaheen, Murkowski, King, Romney, Hassan Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral COVID-19 Emergency Relief Framework

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Warner (D-VA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Angus King (I-ME), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Gottheimer (D-NJ-5), Tom Reed (R-NY-23), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16), Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Dean Phillips (D-MN-3), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-7), and Fred Upton (R-MI-6) of the Problem Solvers Caucus announced a bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 … Continue Reading


November 30, 2020

Manchin Applauds Morgantown Black Bears Inclusion In MLB Draft League

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Major League Baseball (MLB), USA Baseball and MLB Draft League decision to transition the Morgantown Black Bears into the MLB Draft League. This follows the recent announcement that Bluefield and Princeton will be joining the rest of the Appalachian League in the MLB Prospect Development Pipeline. "Today's announcement is wonderful news for the Morgantown Black Bears who provide so many West Virginians with … Continue Reading


November 25, 2020

Manchin Wishes West Virginians A Happy Thanksgiving

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement wishing West Virginians a happy Thanksgiving.“Tomorrow’s celebrations once again remind us of the importance of family - the source of life’s greatest joys and its deepest bonds. We are so blessed with the riches of loving families and friends, a beautiful state to call home, and the knowledge that we are truly a statewide community with an unbreakable bond. This year has brought unprecedented … Continue Reading


November 25, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $485K For Infrastructure Projects Across West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $485,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the planning and implementation of infrastructure projects across West Virginia including water and wastewater system improvements.“Infrastructure investments are vital to growing West Virginia’s economy, creating good-paying jobs and ensuring our fellow West Virginians have access … Continue Reading


November 24, 2020

Manchin, Capito Applaud Selection Of West Virginia National Guard For New C-130J Aircraft

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) applauded the selection of the West Virginia National Guard 130th Airlift Wing, McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston for the current Air National Guard’s C-130J Recapitalization and Basing program. The West Virginia delegation sent a letter in July urging the U.S. Air Force to choose the West Virginia National Guard base in Charleston.“Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the West … Continue Reading


November 24, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Emergency Food And Shelter Program Eligibility In West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced West Virginia’s eligibility for up to $749,920 from the FY20 Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board. This funding, which was made available by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), is allocated to qualified cities/counties to assist local organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering, and providing critical … Continue Reading


November 24, 2020

Manchin Slams VA Privatization Of Compensation And Pension Exams For Disabled Veterans

Charleston, WV - Last week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, led his colleagues in expressing concerns about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) recent decision to increase the privatization of Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams, negatively impacting services and benefits provided to disabled Veterans.The Senators said in part, “We were alarmed to learn that VA’s vision for the future of the C&P program is to fully … Continue Reading


November 24, 2020

Manchin Statement On Biden Cabinet Nominees

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on President-elect Biden’s cabinet nominations. “President-elect Biden has announced several well-qualified, experienced and professional nominees for various roles within his administration and will continue to do so in the coming days and weeks. As a former Governor, I understand how critical it is for an executive leader to build a team he can trust and is ready to begin the critical work … Continue Reading


November 23, 2020

Manchin Statement On The Death Of Taylor Scott Halstead At Kanawha County Mine Facility

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Taylor Scott Halstead at the American Eagle Mine in Kanawha County. “Gayle and I send our hearts out to Taylor Scott Halstead’s family, friends, and loved ones. This terrible news is especially heartbreaking during the holidays. Our miners put their lives on the line every day as they enter the mines and power our great nation. We are deeply grateful for their sacrifices, and … Continue Reading


November 23, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $1.3 Million For COVID-19 Response In West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,389,154 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia’s Office of the Adjutant General. The funds will be used to support emergency protective measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Specifically, this funding provides the required 75 percent cost share … Continue Reading

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