Press Releases

September 17, 2014

Manchin Delivers Senate Floor Speech Opposing Funding Syrian Opposition Forces

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor outlining why he opposes funding, arming or training Syrian opposition forces. He also expressed opposition to voting for the Continuing Resolution if it includes a measure that will support the Syrian opposition forces. Please read the full text of Senator Manchin's remarks below. M. President, I rise today to discuss the gravest and most important issue we can debate in congress. I'm here … Continue Reading

September 17, 2014

Manchin and Toomey Introduce Legislation to Protect Valuable Veterans Employment and Training Services

Senators Manchin and Toomey introduce the Protect VETS Act to restore employment and training assistance to our veterans Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today introduced the Protect VETS Act (Protect Veterans Employment & Training Services Act) to restore valuable federal employment and training assistance to our military veterans. The legislation specifically aims to ensure that our veterans continue to have access to job assistance specialists that … Continue Reading

September 16, 2014

Manchin, Hoeven, Donnelly, Murkowski Introduce Measure to Streamline Cross-Border Permitting Process, Preventing Long Delays to Projects Like Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, a measure that will prevent unnecessarily protracted delays for important energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline is now in its sixth year of review following five favorable environmental impact studies (EIS). The North American Energy Infrastructure Act eliminates the … Continue Reading

September 15, 2014

Manchin Alarmed by New Report on Rising Coal Plant Retirements

Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) expressed concern after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an updated report on the projected number of retiring coal-fired plants in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for carbon dioxide emissions. According to the report, approximately 13 percent of coal-fueled generating capacity has either been retired since 2012 or is planned for retirement by 2025, which surpasses the previous … Continue Reading

September 15, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce $3.6 Million Improvement Grant for Yeager Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced more than $3.6 million in federal funding for the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority to carry out ongoing infrastructure improvements at Yeager Airport. "Investing in transportation infrastructure will keep our residents and travelers safe while also attracting new business and promoting economic growth," Manchin said. "I am … Continue Reading

September 12, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce More Than $2 Million for Critical Water Infrastructure Project in Calhoun County

Funding will help install new water lines and improve reliability and quality of water service for residents Washington, D.C. -- U.S Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced that a total of $2,415,000 has been awarded to the Pleasant Hill Public Service District for the Water Extension and Line Replacement project. The project aims to improve the quality and reliability of the water service in Calhoun County by installing 28,000 feet of new waterline. The new waterline will … Continue Reading

September 10, 2014

Manchin Statement on 13th Anniversary of September 11

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the thirteenth anniversary of September 11th. "On the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, we come together as a nation to reflect and remember the many lives lost on one of the most horrific days in American history. The shocking images of the Twin Towers falling, the Pentagon in flames, and the rural Pennsylvania field scattered with fiery debris will be forever imbedded in our minds as … Continue Reading

September 09, 2014

Manchin Congratulates Shinnston Native on Being Honored as a 'Champion of Change' at the White House

Senator Manchin thanks Brittany Valdez for her commitment to helping West Virginians through her use of the TapToTalk smartphone application Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin congratulated Brittany Valdez, a Shinnston native, on being honored at the White House as a national "Champion of Change." Brittany has been recognized for her development of the TapToTalk smartphone application to help emergency responders communicate with individuals during disasters and emergency … Continue Reading

September 08, 2014

Manchin Applauds DEA's Final Rule to Safely Dispose of Unused or Unwanted Prescription Drugs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today applauded the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) finalized rules for the safe and secure disposal of prescription drugs, as required under the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. According to the DEA, the regulations outline processes to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal. The new rules also permit long-term-care facilities to do … Continue Reading

September 05, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announced $4 Million for Higher Education Institutions in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a total of $4,000,000 through its Strengthening Institutes Program (SIP) to the University of Charleston and West Virginia Wesleyan College. The funds will be used to improve and strengthen their academic programs, institutional management, and financial stability in order to become self-sufficient and better serve students in need. "By providing our colleges and … Continue Reading

August 29, 2014

Manchin Statement on Labor Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement in honor of Labor Day: "On this Labor Day, I encourage all West Virginians to take a moment in between picnics, parades and time with family and friends to reflect on the true reason for this annual celebration-our dedicated American workforce. It is important not just today, but every day, for us to pay tribute to the hardworking men and women across West Virginia and America whose strength, vision and … Continue Reading

August 29, 2014

Manchin to Host Veterans Employment Forum on Sept. 10th in Washington, D.C.

On behalf of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus,Senator Joe Manchin III, Senator Mark Kirk,Representative Jeff Denham, and Representative Tim Walzwarmly welcome all veterans, as well as Active, Reserve, National Guard, military families, and supportersto a veteran employment focused forum at our Nation's Capitol. Please join us at the Kennedy Caucus RoomRussell Senate Office Building - Room 325Wednesday, September 10, 2014RSVP - … Continue Reading

August 27, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce More Than $852,000 for WV Volunteer Fire Departments

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced that $852,302 will be awarded to three West Virginia volunteer fire departments through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will help the volunteer fire departments in Buffalo, Sherrard and Walton supply critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary to protect local communities. "Day after day the dedicated volunteers at our … Continue Reading

August 27, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Significant Funding for Health Centers Across West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced more than $997,600 in federal grant funding for four community health centers across West Virginia. The funds will help support efforts aimed at coordinating patient health care through patient-centered medical homes. "Our West Virginia families and children all across our state, including our most rural communities, deserve to have access to the best quality healthcare services," Manchin said. "These grants will … Continue Reading

August 26, 2014

Manchin Encourages West Virginia Students to Apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program and Scholarship

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin encouraged West Virginia high school juniors and seniors interested in government and public service to apply for the 53rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two applicants will be selected by the West Virginia Department of Education to attend the week-long government educational program held in Washington, D.C. on March 7-14, 2015. In addition, the delegates will each receive a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship to the college … Continue Reading

August 22, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs Statewide

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Representative Nick Rahall, announced $526,266 in funding to help individuals and families in West Virginia with non-disaster related emergencies. The funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and will be used to expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for West Virginians in need. "As West Virginians, we … Continue Reading

August 21, 2014

Manchin Applauds DEA's Final Rule to Reschedule Hydrocodone

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officially announced the final rule 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. Rescheduling these drugs will ensure proper limits for prescription refills, tighter controls at pharmacies and more visits to a doctor … Continue Reading

August 20, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Funding for WV Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with U.S. Representative Nick Rahall, today announced more than $1.4 million for local law enforcement. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which supports state and local law enforcement in their efforts to prevent and control crime. "Crime and substance abuse wreaks so much havoc on our families, our communities and our state," Manchin … Continue Reading

August 14, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Funding to Launch Childhood Development Project in Kanawha County

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced $722,800 to establish Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health) in Kanawha County, specifically in Charleston's West Side. The program will coordinate the efforts of existing early childhood programs, identify problems related to mental illness and substance abuse and promote physical, emotional, cognitive, social and behavioral wellness in children from birth through age … Continue Reading

August 11, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $2.6 Million to Help West Virginia Veterans in Need

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $2,620,000 in funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program to assist homeless veterans and their families in West Virginia. The program will provide outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and assistance in receiving other public benefits. The program will also provide rental, utility and … Continue Reading

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