Press Releases

June 25, 2014

Manchin and Whitehouse Staking Out Common Ground on Energy and Climate Policy

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) held a colloquy on the Senate floor to discuss the impacts of climate change and the importance of coal in America's energy portfolio. The two Senators agreed that climate change is a real problem that human activity is contributing to, and that coal and other fossil fuels will need to be part of the nation's energy mix for decades. They also identified some specific policies that they plan to work … Continue Reading

June 25, 2014

Manchin Congratulates Raleigh County Students for Recieving Prestigious Presidential Scholar Award

Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin congratulated West Virginia's 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars, David A. Buch of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley and Nicole M. Hegele of Shady Spring High School in Shady Spring. The Raleigh County students were selected by the White House Commission from more than 3,000 qualifying candidates for their academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community. "With their hard … Continue Reading

June 25, 2014

Manchin Congratulates City of Williamson for Receiving 'Culture of Health' Prize

Washington, D.C - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated the city of Williamson for being one of six winners to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize for its work to help improve the community's health and wellbeing through creative and innovative strategies. Williamson was selected from more than 250 applicants across the country and will receive a cash prize of $25,000 in recognition of its commitment to building a "Culture of … Continue Reading

June 25, 2014

Manchin Announces Nearly $192,000 for WorkForce West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that WorkForce West Virginia will receive $191,863 in federal funding through the Re-Employment and Eligibility Assessments program (REA) administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) to help West Virginians who are out of work find employment opportunities. "The longevity of this stubborn economic slump has left many West Virginians still struggling to find good-paying jobs," Senator Manchin said. "This grant gives … Continue Reading

June 23, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce More Than $842,000 for Housing Programs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced that housing programs across West Virginia will receive $842,303 in funding through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funds will go toward assisting individuals, families and communities experiencing homelessness. "The people of West Virginia have always embraced the concept of … Continue Reading

June 20, 2014

Manchin Wishes West Virginia a Happy 151st Birthday

Washington, D.C. - On the eve of West Virginia Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor to honor the great state of West Virginia by wishing the state a happy 151st birthday. He encouraged all West Virginians to celebrate West Virginia's fascinating history, rich culture, strong traditions along with the kind and compassionate people who call the Mountain State their home. To watch a YouTube video of Senator Manchin's Senate floor remarks, please click … Continue Reading

June 20, 2014

Manchin Applauds Young West Virginian on Receiving Prestigious Congressional Award Gold Medal

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.) congratulated Aarthy Shah of Vienna for receiving the Congressional Award Gold Medal after accomplishing impressive goals in four areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. The voluntary participants can earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals based on their level of achievement. Aarthy focused on the four program … Continue Reading

June 19, 2014

Manchin, Wicker, Kirk, Nelson Introduce Bill to Reform Hospital Readmissions Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced the Hospital Readmission Accuracy and Accountability Act to ensure that hospitals serving low-income populations are evaluated and reimbursed fairly under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). This budget-neutral legislation requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to account for patient socio-economic status when … Continue Reading

June 17, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce $151,050 for Clendenin and Mineral Wells 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 Clendenin and Mineral Wells will receive a total of $151,050 under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The operations and safety programs can use the funds to make health and safety improvements to stations and facilities, as well as to purchase equipment for fitness and wellness, and training and protective gear. The Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department … Continue Reading

June 11, 2014

Manchin Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan VA Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement after the Senate passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and John McCain (R-AZ) that will improve veterans' access to medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill also mandates that the VA hire an independent auditor, which was a measure Senator Manchin had originally called for in the wake of the VA's reported problems. Senator Manchin was an … Continue Reading

June 11, 2014

Manchin Calls on President to Bring All Troops Home From Afghanistan Once and For All

Senator Manchin yesterday sent a letter to the White House requesting President Obama to reconsider his decision to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after December 2014 and continue to prepare for a complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the region by the end of this year. Senator Manchin wrote, in part: "Inevitably, our substantial sponsorship of the Afghan state will end. Whether that happens tomorrow or in 2016 or later, the inevitable outcome is a corrupt narco-state unwilling to … Continue Reading

June 09, 2014

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call On DOJ to Immediately Investigate Evidence of Criminal Wrongdoing at VA Medical Facilities

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and 18 additional Senators called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to immediately investigate evidence of criminal wrongdoing at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities. While the VA inspector general is currently conducting a criminal investigation and has consulted DOJ throughout the process, the Senators … Continue Reading

June 06, 2014

Manchin and Toomey Spearhead Bipartisan Effort to Strengthen Protections for Federal Correctional Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Continuing their bipartisan efforts to protect federal correctional officers, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) introduced legislation Thursday to permit correctional officers to carry their personal firearms while they commute to-and-from work. The bill would allow officers to carry their firearms and store them in either central secure storage areas located outside of the secure perimeter of their prisons or in Bureau of Prison approved vehicle … Continue Reading

June 06, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce more than $6 Million for Appalachian Council Head Start

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced$6,282,431 in federal funding for the AFL-CIO Appalachian Council for its HeadStart Program. The program provides services to children and families in thecounties of Boone, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Jackson, Pleasants, Putnam, Roane,Tyler, Wirt and Wood. "It is our responsibility to make sure our children grow up in a safe and lovingenvironment where they are provided with all the resources necessary to helpthem … Continue Reading

June 05, 2014

Manchin Congratulates Sylvia Mathews Burwell On Confirmation To Be Next HHS Secretary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the Senate vote to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Senate confirmed Burwell's nomination by a vote of 78-17. "I am so pleased that the Senate voted today to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. We are all products of our environment, and as a native of the … Continue Reading

June 05, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Marshall University Academic Research Program

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S., Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Thursday announced Federal funding has been awarded by the National Cancer Institute to Marshall University to research a cutting edge concept to fight cancer. "In order to grow our economy, create jobs for the future and attract the best and brightest students to West Virginia, it is critical that we invest in academic research at our colleges and universities," Manchin said. "This … Continue Reading

June 04, 2014

ICYMI: Manchin Delivers Remarks on Senate Floor in Support of Sylvia Mathews Burwell Confirmation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor to express his full support for Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be confirmed as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS). The Senate is expected to vote on Burwell's confirmation … Continue Reading

June 02, 2014

Manchin Statement on EPA's Proposed Carbon Emissions Rules

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed Existing Source Performance Standards for carbon dioxide emissions produced by fossil fuel power plants. "There is no doubt that seven billion people have had an impact on our world's climate; however, the proposed EPA rule does little to address the global problem with global solutions. Instead, today's rule appears to be more about … Continue Reading

June 02, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Nearly $2.4 Million for West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced $2,370,843 in federal funding for two medical centers in West Virginia to continue operations and improve health care services. The facilities receiving funding are Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center and Preston-Taylor Communities Health Centers. "It is incredibly important that all West Virginians, including those living in rural communities, have access to quality preventative and primary health care," … Continue Reading

May 30, 2014

Manchin Statement on Shinseki Resignation and the VA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the resignation of Eric Shinseki as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. "Eric Shinseki is an honorable and courageous man who devoted his life to protecting our nation, its service members and veterans. His decision to resign as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the right one, though I regret that he had to do it. "The past decade has seen a dramatic rise in … Continue Reading

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