Press Releases

May 22, 2014

Manchin Urges Administration to Evaluate Ways to Regulate Emissions

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin joined Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mark Warner (D-VA) in sending a letter to President Obama to express their deep concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for carbon dioxide emissions from new affected fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units. They requested that the … Continue Reading

May 21, 2014

Manchin Pleased Kentucky Health Co-Op Will Join WV Health Exchange

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the approval of the Kentucky Health Cooperative's application to join the West Virginia federal health insurance exchange as the second insurer alongside Highmark West Virginia. "It is great news that the Kentucky Health Cooperative will join West Virginia's federal health insurance exchange in time for the 2015 open enrollment period. The addition of the Kentucky-based co-op will spur competition … Continue Reading

May 21, 2014

Manchin Welcomes West Virginia Veterans to Washington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly welcomed 30 veterans from West Virginia to the nation's capital for the fourth "Always Free Honor Flight." Senator Manchin provided each veteran with a Congressional Record Statement to recognize the veterans' trip to Washington, D.C., which included a tour of the Capitol and visits to the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. "I am so pleased to welcome West Virginia's courageous veterans, … Continue Reading

May 16, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Nearly $87,000 for Benwood and Coalton Volunteer Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) announced today that volunteer fire departments in Benwood and Coalton will receive a total of $86,656 under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to purchase training and protective gear and equipment for wellness and fitness, as well as to make health and safety improvements to stations and facilities. The Benwood Volunteer Fire Department … Continue Reading

May 14, 2014

Manchin Recognized For His Avid Support of Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of National Small Business Week, the National Retail Federation (NRF) today recognized Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for his support of small businesses and the U.S. retail industry, the nation's largest private sector employer. Senator Manchin, who has spent his life working as a small businessman, received the "Heroes of Main Street" award for the second consecutive year. "From working in my grandfather's grocery store and my father's furniture shop to starting my … Continue Reading

May 13, 2014

Manchin Statement on Boone County Mine Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement on the fatal mining tragedy that occurred Monday night at Brody No. 1 Mine in Boone County: "My deepest thoughts and prayers are with the families and the loved ones of the tragedy that occurred last night in Boone County. Gayle and I join all West Virginians in sending our deepest condolences to the families of the courageous miners, Eric D. Legg of Twilight and Gary P. Hensley of Chapmanville, whose lives … Continue Reading

May 08, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller Introduce Legislation to Establish Mother's Day Commemorative Coin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - To honor West Virginia's historic role in creating Mother's Day a century ago, Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today introduced legislation to mint commemorative coins in honor of the 100th Mother's Day. The coin would help fund scientific research into life-threatening diseases that often afflict children, as well as fund osteoporosis research. "Our mothers - and the many other women who have played maternal roles in our lives - raised us, supported us, challenged … Continue Reading

May 08, 2014

Manchin Cosponsors Legislation to Launch Army Force Structure Commission

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he joined a bipartisan group of 18 senators in introducing the National Commission on the Future of the Army Act, which establishes an independent panel responsible for analyzing the major changes to the U.S. Army proposed in the President's budget. As the military continues to downscale with the end of combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army has proposed a 10 percent reduction in National Guard … Continue Reading

May 08, 2014

ICYMI: Manchin Praises Sylvia Mathews Burwell at Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today delivered remarks during the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) hearing on the nomination of Sylvia Matthews Burwell, a native of Hinton, West Virginia, to be the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Last month, President Obama nominated Burwell to lead HHS following the resignation of current HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She currently serves as the Director of the … Continue Reading

May 07, 2014

Manchin, Kirk Urge Banking Committee to Reauthorize Export-Import Bank

Washington, D.C. - As the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today sent a letter to the Committee's Chairman Tim Johnson and Ranking Member Mike Crapo requesting the leaders schedule a vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, whose funding runs out on September 30, 2014. The Subcommittee on National Security and … Continue Reading

May 06, 2014

Manchin Congratulates West Virginia's Top Youth Volunteers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated Katie Cowie, 17, of Milton and Olivia Smith, 14, of Belleville, for being selected as West Virginia's state honorees and the top two youth volunteers in the 19th annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The nationwide program honors middle school and high school students for their exceptional service to others and their community at the local, state and national levels. "I am proud to congratulate Katie and Olivia … Continue Reading

May 05, 2014

Manchin Participates in NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony

May 05, 2014

ICYMI: Manchin Participates in NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bill Ceremony

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today visited the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square and participated in the Opening Bell Ceremony. To watch the video, please click here. To view photos of the ceremony, please click here. … Continue Reading

May 02, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Significant Funding Awards for Rural Health Centers Across West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced more than $3 million in federal funding for three community health centers, located in rural or underserved areas in West Virginia, to help with operational costs and to ensure continuity in providing preventive care services. "It is incredibly important that all West Virginians, including those living in rural communities, have access to quality preventative and primary health care," Manchin said. "With this funding, … Continue Reading

May 02, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Southern West Virginia Head Start Program

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Friday announced Head Start funding for Community Action of South Eastern West Virginia (CASE WV) in Bluefield. "In West Virginia, taking care of our children - and ensuring that we do everything in our power to help them achieve a brighter future - is a top priority," Manchin said. "That's why it is critical to invest in educational opportunities like Head Start. With grants like these, … Continue Reading

May 01, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Job-Creating Investments Across State

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that the Economic Development Administration will provide a total of $210,000 to regional councils around the state to invest in economic development strategies that support job creation. The funding will bring together the public and private sectors to establish a plan to diversify and strengthen regional economies. "Bringing together our public and private sectors is important to helping boost … Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Manchin Statement on Minimum Wage Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after the Senate failed to pass legislation that would increase the national minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. "I am disappointed that the Senate failed to pass an increase in the minimum wage," Senator Manchin said. "This bill would cut the number of Americans enrolled in SNAP by more than 3 million and save taxpayers almost $4.6 billion. We can all agree that Americans who work hard … Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Senators Manchin and Burr Introduce 'No Bonuses for Tax Cheats Act'

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the No Bonuses for Tax Cheats Act. This legislation is in response to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report, which brought to light the $2.8 million in bonuses that the IRS gave to employees who were delinquent on their taxes or who had committed serious misconduct, including fraud and drug use. The No Bonuses for Tax Cheats Act would bar the IRS from paying out bonuses … Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Manchin Urges West Virginians to Apply for Program to Train Laid-Off Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D- W.Va.) today encouraged West Virginians to apply for the Job-Driven (JD) National Emergency Grants (NEGs) program, a new initiative under the U.S. Department of Labor that will allocate $150 million in funding to states to train laid-off workers for available jobs. Funding will also be used to provide services, such as coaching, counseling and direct job placement that help connect laid-off workers, including the long-term unemployed, with jobs. The … Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Manchin Submits Formal Recommendation to Reschedule Hydrocodone During DEA Comment Period

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) submitted a public comment to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) encouraging the agency to reschedule hydrocodone-combination drugs, which are found in highly addictive painkillers like Vicodin and Lortab, from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance. The DEA is the lead federal agency in enforcing narcotics and controlled substances laws and regulations, however, before any proposed rule such as rescheduling … Continue Reading

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