Press Releases

March 12, 2015

Manchin Supports Renewed Effort to Establish Commonsense National Energy Policies

Senator Joe Manchin today cosponsored commonsense legislation that moves America toward a national energy efficiency strategy. Senator Manchin remains a strong supporter of this updated version of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC), which was originally introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The legislation saves consumers money, creates jobs and reduces pollution. It has received widespread support from Democrats and Republicans as well … Continue Reading

March 12, 2015

Manchin Statement Opposing WV Bill Eliminating Concealed Carry Permit and Training Requirements

Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement opposing Senate Bill 347 that eliminates permit and training requirements for those who carry concealed weapons. "As a law-abiding gun owner, hunter, card-carrying life member of the NRA and Second Amendment advocate, I have always supported a West Virginian's right to bear arms. Senate Bill 347 would allow a person to carry a concealed gun without a permit or requirement of safety training and that is irresponsible and dangerous to the … Continue Reading

March 11, 2015

Manchin Offers Advice and Encouragement to U.S. Senate Youth Program Student Delegates

Senator Manchin spoke at an opening dinner and met with the 104 student delegates at Senate reception, including Ylhang Liu of Huntington and Gene Webster Bailey, III of Charleston Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin was pleased to spend time with this year's U.S. Senate Youth Program's student delegates. As co-chair of this year's program, he was the keynote speaker on Monday evening at the opening dinner. In his speech, he spoke to the young leaders about his career in … Continue Reading

March 10, 2015

Manchin Cosponsors Landmark Legislation to Protect Families & Communities from Toxic Chemicals

Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin cosponsored major bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from toxic chemicals by updating the United States' outdated chemical regulatory program. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is the result of a bipartisan agreement that Senator Manchin helped to mediate after nearly two years of deliberations and negotiations. Lawmakers, stakeholders, and affected community leaders - like those impacted by the Freedom Industries spill in … Continue Reading

March 10, 2015

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators: Preserve Access to Manufactured Housing

Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) today reintroduced the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, bipartisan legislation that would protect the ability of manufactured home customers to buy, sell, and refinance homes, while maintaining important consumer protections. Manchin said, "Homeownership is an important goal for so many West Virginians and Americans. This bipartisan bill will help keep the American dream of owning a … Continue Reading

March 10, 2015

Manchin and Burr Introduce Bill to Reduce Veteran Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2015. This legislation would build on existing homeless veterans programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by investing in established programs that are proven to be effective and removing any residual barriers to housing for veterans. "I don't know how we, as a country, can accept that nearly 50,000 Americans who have served our country will be homeless … Continue Reading

March 10, 2015

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Reform the ACA Readmissions Program

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rob Portman (R-OH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmission Program Act, legislation to reform the Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) so that hospitals serving low-income populations are evaluated and reimbursed fairly. The Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) aims to … Continue Reading

March 09, 2015

Manchin Statement on Marshall County Mine Collapse

Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement on the fatal mine collapse that occurred Sunday night at the Marshall County Coal Co. Mine in Cameron: "Gayle and I join all West Virginians in sending our deepest condolences to the loved ones of John "Mike" Garloch of Neffs, Ohio, whose life was taken far too soon as a result of last night's tragic mine collapse in Marshall County. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the courageous miners who are suffering from … Continue Reading

March 09, 2015

Manchin Co-Chairs 53rd Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program

As co-chair of the 53rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today congratulates two West Virginia students who were selected as delegates to attend this year's program in Washington, D.C. This week, Ylhang Liu of Huntington and Gene Webster Bailey, III of Charleston will join 104 student delegates from across the country to meet with members of Congress, President Obama, a Justice of the Supreme Court, as well as other public officials and members of the … Continue Reading

March 03, 2015

Manchin Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu's Address

Senator Joe Manchin today released the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress. "I was honored to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress this morning, which I thought was tremendously strong and informative. I was also very pleased to have a West Virginian, Rabbi Victor Urecki, join me in representing West Virginia at the address. The United States has always been a strong friend, ally and partner of Israel in the … Continue Reading

February 27, 2015

Manchin Urges U.S. Navy Secretary to Name Ship After WV Icon Hershel “Woody” Williams

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a letter to U.S. Navy Secretary Mabus to request consideration of naming a Navy ship after Medal of Honor recipient and renowned West Virginian, Hershel "Woody" Williams. Senator Manchin writes, in part: "Naming a ship for Woody will not only honor his legacy, but also the legacy of scores of West Virginia Veterans and families who have given so much to keep our nation strong." Please read Senator Manchin's letter to U.S. … Continue Reading

February 26, 2015

Manchin, Capito Urge VA to Upgrade Veterans Choice Card Program

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined 40 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of Veterans' Affairs Robert McDonald to raise serious concerns about the implementation of the Veterans Choice Card program, which allows veterans who live 40 miles from the closest VA facility or who face a significant delay in scheduling an appointment to access non-VA care. However, many veterans in West Virginia and across the nation who face barriers … Continue Reading

February 26, 2015

Manchin Introduces "Pilot's Bill of Rights 2"

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2), legislation to expand the 3rd class medical exemption for recreational pilots and broaden the protections provided in the original Pilot's Bill of Rights signed into law in 2012. "As a pilot myself and as Co-Chairman of the General Aviation Caucus, it has always been a top priority of mine to address the unique challenges faced by the general aviation sector and to reduce the … Continue Reading

February 25, 2015

Manchin, Kirk Emphasize Importance of Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today joined suppliers from 41 states to discuss the importance of reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which is set to expire on June 30, 2015. They plan to introduce legislation soon to allow the Bank to continue supporting American exports and jobs through September 30, 2019. Key provisions of the Senators' bipartisan Export-Import Bank reauthorization bill include: focusing on small businesses by increasing the … Continue Reading

February 24, 2015

Manchin, Boozman Aim to Bring Transparency Fairness to EPA Science Review Process

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced legislation to improve confidence in the fairness and transparency of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and rulemaking by reforming the science advisory process. The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act makes changes to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) by increasing transparency, enabling SAB reviews of EPA "risk or hazard assessments" that are used to justify regulations, ensuring that the dissenting views … Continue Reading

February 23, 2015

Manchin Applauds Reopening of Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement on the announcement that the Veterans Affairs Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Maxwelton will reopen on Friday, February 27 at 8 a.m. According to the Beckley VA Medical Center, veterans will be contacted to confirm their appointments at the clinic. They can also contact the clinic at 304-497-3900 beginning Thursday, February 26 with questions or to schedule an appointment. "I am so … Continue Reading

February 17, 2015

Manchin Statement After Touring Train Derailment Site

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today issued the following statement after touring the CSX train derailment site in Fayette County. "First and foremost, after touring the derailment site, I am thankful that all West Virginians are safe. We must work together to find ways to ensure this type of accident does not happen again and transport this material as safe as humanly possible. I will be working with federal, state and industry officials in the coming weeks to make the necessary … Continue Reading

February 16, 2015


To view more photos, please click here. Our office has been in close touch with federal, State and local officials, CSX representatives, residents and emergency responders in Fayette and Kanawha Counties, where today's devastating train derailment has forced many local residents to evacuate the area. I know that there are many West Virginians in need, and we are doing everything we possibly can to help get the necessary resources and assistance as quickly as we can. Please remember to lend a … Continue Reading

February 12, 2015

Manchin, Toomey Introduce Bill to Help Protect Children in Schools

Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today called on the Senate to take long-overdue action on their bipartisan bill to keep sexual and violent predators out of our kids' classrooms. The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act requires schools to perform background checks on all new and existing employees and forbids schools from hiring persons who have been convicted of certain crimes-including any violent or sexual crime against a child. It also bans schools … Continue Reading

February 11, 2015

Manchin Announces Permanent Health Clinic for Veterans in Mercer County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today announced that Mercer County's mobile health clinic, which served as an extension of the Beckley VA Medical Center, will become a permanent VA clinic in Princeton to help the growing number of veterans in the area access primary care and telehealth services. The Princeton VA Clinic is expected to open by this summer and will have the capacity to serve a total of 1,200 eligible veterans. "As the number of veterans continues to grow in southern … Continue Reading

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