Press Releases

June 16, 2011

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Vote for Ripley's Alpine Theater

**Video, Audio Available** Washington, D.C. - In a YouTube video today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is encouraging all West Virginians to go online and vote for the Alpine Theater in downtown Ripley in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's second "This Place Matters Challenge." This innovative competition allows communities across the country to compete through photos and stories for money to save a place that matters to them. "I just voted for Main Street in … Continue Reading

June 15, 2011

Manchin Reacts to 'Appalling' Report on Government Waste

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement after learning that wasteful spending in federal agencies jumped $15 billion from 2009 to 2010, to $125 billion. "With the nation facing a death spiral of debt, West Virginians expect their government to do everything it can to ferret out waste and fraud. Instead, government waste actually increased in 2010 in dozens of federal programs," Senator Manchin said. "The fact that we wasted $125 … Continue Reading

June 14, 2011

Manchin Statement on Vote to Reduce Food Costs, Curtail Ethanol Subsidies and Lower the Deficit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about his vote supporting an amendment to reduce food costs, curtail ethanol subsidies and redirect the subsidies to reduce the deficit. "Families in West Virginia and across this nation are watching every penny, and we need to stop providing costly ethanol subsidies that do not even reduce gas prices and actually jack up food costs and grocery bills - it just doesn't make commonsense in this tough … Continue Reading

June 13, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $2,415,000 in Funding for Rural Development Projects in Bridgeport and Morgantown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced funding for two rural development projects funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will improve public facilities and services in north-central West Virginia. The Shepherd's Corner, Inc. in Bridgeport will receive a $102,000 loan and an $18,000 grant to build a distribution center. The facility will provide food, clothing and household goods to individuals and families in need. … Continue Reading

June 09, 2011

Manchin Statement on Planned Closure of 3 American Electric Power Plants in West Va.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement upon learning that American Electric Power plans to shut down three plants in West Virginia, resulting in 242 lost jobs. "My heart truly goes out to the hardworking men and women who have spent years working at American Electric Power and are now facing an uncertain future," Senator Manchin said. "My office is ready and prepared to help these hardworking West Virginians and their families … Continue Reading

June 09, 2011

Manchin Supports Commonsense Law Reining In EPA and Federal Bureaucrats

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he is cosponsoring the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011 - also known as the REINS Act - which would require Congressional approval of any interim or final regulation from the Executive Branch bureaucracy that costs more than $100 million. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) introduced the bill. "The announcement by American Electric Power that it will shut down three plants in West … Continue Reading

June 08, 2011

Manchin meets with WV native Jennifer Garner about Save the Children program

**Photo, Video and Audio Available** VIDEO is available here: AUDIO is available here: Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today met with West Virginia native Jennifer Garner, artist ambassador for Save the Children; Mark Shriver, Vice President and Managing Director of U.S. Programs for Save the Children; and additional representatives from the organization … Continue Reading

June 08, 2011

Manchin Statement on Vote Supporting Tester Amendment to Swipe Fee Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after he voted in favor of a bipartisan measure to study the debit interchange market to ensure that new rules don't hurt job creation, consumers or community banks and credit unions. "I believe that these swipe fees are far too expensive and must be reduced as soon as possible, but it just didn't make sense to enact regulations that could threaten the survival of community banks and credit … Continue Reading

June 07, 2011

In Senate Energy Hearing, Manchin Stresses the Role Coal Plays in Achieving Energy Independence

**Audio and Video Available** AUDIO of Senator Manchin's questions is available here: manchinqa2 060711.mp3 VIDEO of Senator Manchin's questions is available here: Washington, D.C.-- In an Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing this morning, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) pressed Steven G. Chalk, an official with the U.S. Department of Energy on how to achieve energy independence within this generation, defended the … Continue Reading

June 07, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $25K to Fight Drug Abuse in Communities Across West Virginia

Federal funds awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and U.S. Representative Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) today announced that five local groups committed to fighting drug abuse in West Virginia have been selected as winners of the 2011 Competition for Community-Based Substance Abuse Initiatives, which is an effort of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to combat local substance abuse problems. The … Continue Reading

June 06, 2011

Manchin Urges Federal Law Enforcement to Shut Down Online Black Market for Illegal Drugs

**Images Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has urged the U.S. Attorney General and Drug Enforcement Agency to immediately shut down an anonymous online black market for drugs, including prescription drugs, cocaine, LSD and heroin. The illicit network, called Silk Road, allows users anywhere in the country to purchase illicit drugs using untraceable currency and have them shipped to their homes via the United States Postal Service. "West … Continue Reading

June 02, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $461,173 Federal Grant for Tri-State Airport in Huntington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, as well as Congressman Nick Rahall announced $461,173 in federal funding for the Tri-State Airport in Huntington. The Tri-State Airport will use the funding to upgrade the runway and taxiway. These improvements will help ensure the safety of the passengers, provide businesses better access to Huntington so they can grow and expand in the area, and give tourists easy and safer access to the state. The grant was awarded … Continue Reading

May 30, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Hold Firm on Halting Free Trade Agreements Until Trade Adjustment Assistance is Extended

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin sent a letter to President Barack Obama reinforcing his decision not to submit any free trade agreements to Congress-including pending agreements for Colombia, Panama, and South Korea-until Congress agrees to extend a long-term extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), including the 2009 bipartisan reforms. Rockefeller and Manchin, along with 39 other Senators, asked the President to work with them to secure bipartisan support … Continue Reading

May 27, 2011

Manchin Statement on Memorial Day

Audio of Senator Manchin's Memorial Day Message: Video of Senator Manchin's Memorial Day Message: Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day: "Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to meet and talk with the brave men and women who are serving our country in Afghanistan. It was an honor to thank … Continue Reading

May 26, 2011

Manchin Announces Memorial Day Week Events on Veterans Services

***Special video message and audio actuality from Senator Manchin included below*** Audio of Senator Manchin's Memorial Day Message: Video of Senator Manchin's Memorial Day Message: Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that his staff will hold eight public meetings across West Virginia next week to help veterans navigate the medical … Continue Reading

May 25, 2011

Manchin Statement on Senate Vote on Ryan Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today voted against the draconian Ryan budget proposal. The measure failed 40-57. Senator Manchin released the following statement: "I voted against the draconian Ryan budget for the simple reason that it doesn't honor our values as Americans, keep our promises to seniors or protect our priorities as West Virginians," Senator Manchin said. "I strongly believe we must get our fiscal house in order and protect our seniors, but we will … Continue Reading

May 20, 2011

Manchin Announces 2nd Commonsense Connections Week: 'Your Government, Your Voice'

***Special video message and audio actuality from Senator Manchin included below*** Senator Manchin's audio message is available here: http://demradio/actualities/manchin/051911_MANCHIN2.mp3 Senator Manchin's video message is available here: Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that his office will launch a second "Commonsense Connections" Week - Your Government, Your Voice - beginning Monday, May 23, 2011. … Continue Reading

May 20, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Say Grants Will Increase Job Skills Training

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Jay Rockefeller today joined with Senator Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall in announcing that the Department of Labor is awarding more than $1.7 million in grants to two West Virginia agencies to create new job training programs for young people. The grants, awarded to the Southern Appalachian Labor School, in Kincaid, and to the West Virginia Housing Authority, in Huntington, will go toward YouthBuild programs designed to provide education and training to … Continue Reading

May 19, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Congratulate West Virginia Circuit Judge Gina Marie Groh on Nomination to the Federal Bench

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin released the following statements after President Obama nominated Judge Gina Marie Groh to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Martinsburg. This position became vacant in 2006 after the death of Judge W. Craig Broadwater. Rockefeller sent a letter to the White House in March requesting that Judge Groh be nominated for this federal judgeship. "Judge Groh has always been a fair … Continue Reading

May 19, 2011

Senator Manchin Statement on Independent UBB Investigation

**Audio Available** Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today issued the following statement about special investigator J. Davitt McAteer's report into the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Then-Gov. Manchin appointed McAteer to lead an independent investigation into the explosion that killed 29 miners on April 5, 2010. "My thoughts and prayers today are with the families of the 29 miners who died at Upper Big Branch. As the independent investigation reports, this tragedy could have … Continue Reading

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