Press Releases

June 18, 2018

Manchin to Co-Sponsor Keep Families Together Act

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his decision to co-sponsor the Keep Families Together Act to keep families together as they enter the country. "As a father, grandfather, and Christian, I am wholeheartedly opposed to any policy that allows innocent children to be separated from their parents as they enter our country. We need to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws, which is why I have voted multiple times on billions … Continue Reading


June 15, 2018

Manchin Statement on Celebrating Father's Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement about the celebration of Father's Day. "Of everything I have ever done, being a father and 'Dadoo' have brought me the most pride. Today, we celebrate all West Virginian fathers and father figures who work tirelessly to raise their families, to be good role models to our young people, and to love and support the ones closest to them. "During a Sunday sermon in July of 1908, West Virginia became one of … Continue Reading


June 15, 2018

Manchin Provision Ensures West Virginia Gets Fair Share of Opioids Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured language to ensure that West Virginia is eligible for a total of $27,910,443 in federal funding through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the form of State Opioid Response Grants, including $142.5 million set aside for the ten states - led by West Virginia - with the highest mortality rates related to … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Spending Bill with Manchin Provisions to Fully Fund Green Bank Observatory, End to BOP Overreliance on Augmentation and Passage of Skylar's Law Pass Appropriations Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) secured funding for top West Virginia priorities in the FY19 Commerce, Justice, Science, Interior & Environment and Legislative Branch spending bills, which were passed by the full Appropriations Committee today. Senator Manchin included provisions to preserve current and future operations at the Green Bank Observatory, end the Bureau of Prisons' overreliance on augmentation and implement Senator Manchin's bill, Skylar's Law, which would … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Manchin: Congress to Blame for Pension Crisis, Not United Mine Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a hearing of the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans where he questioned Mr. Chris Langan, Vice President of Finance, UPS; Ms. Aliya Wong, Executive Director of Retirement Policy; U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Mary Moorkamp, Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer; Schnuck Markets; and Mr. Burke Blackman, President, Egger Steel Company. "Let me make sure you understand, the working person in … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

ICYMI: Manchin Reads Letters From West Virginians About Importance of Protecting Coverage for Those with Pre-Existing Conditions on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) took to the Senate floor today to read letters from West Virginians about the importance of continuing to require insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing conditions. An ongoing lawsuit, led by 20 U.S. Attorneys General, including the Attorney General of West Virginia, and as of last week no longer being defended by the U.S. Department of Justice, would allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage to West Virginians with … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Manchin, Sullivan Introduce Bill Requiring GAO to Study Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced the Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act, which will require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to evaluate and report on the capacity of both residential and inpatient treatment facilities along with the status of their availability and needs. This will be the first federal government study on substance use disorder treatment infrastructure in the United States. "In order for the … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Manchin Questions FERC Commissioners About Securing Coal Plants to Ensure a Resilient and Reliable Electric Grid

Washington, D.C. - During today's Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioners about the disproportionate impact of rising energy costs on West Virginians, as well as the essential role that coal continues to play in producing electricity - especially during extreme weather events. "Everyone has been talking about cost. I represent a state that has an 18% poverty level. We rank … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Manchin Secures Passage of Skylar's Law, Full Funding for the Green Bank Observatory and End to BOP Overreliance on Augmentation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) secured funding for top West Virginia priorities including opioids, rural communities and economic development. The FY19 Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies appropriations bill, which will be voted on in the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies today, also includes provisions to preserve current and future operations at the Green Bank Observatory, end the Bureau of Prisons' overreliance … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Manchin and Capito Join Bipartisan Effort in Demanding Release of Water Safety Report

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) joined a bipartisan group of 12 Senators in demanding the administration release the results of a study regarding what levels of certain chemicals are safe in drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to recent news reports, has been blocking the release of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) study on the toxic Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). PFAS is a … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Rural Development Funding

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $738,638 for West Virginia from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Rural Development. Funding will support improvements to the City of Petersburg's wastewater treatment plant, allowing the city to better serve its more than 1,200 sewer customers, and energy efficiency projects for two West Virginian small businesses. "Our rural … Continue Reading


June 11, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $3 Million for WV National Cancer Prevention and Control Programs

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,948,747 in funding for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "One in eight West Virginias will suffer from cancer during their lifetime. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources does important work in … Continue Reading


June 11, 2018

Manchin Asks West Virginians to Share Concerns About Elimination of Protections for Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is asking West Virginians to share their stories about how the repeal of the current provision prohibiting insurance companies from denying healthcare coverage to people with pre-existing conditions would impact them and their families. An ongoing lawsuit, led by 20 U.S. Attorneys General which as of last Friday will no longer be defended by the U.S. Department of Justice, would allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage to West … Continue Reading


June 11, 2018

As net Neutrality Protections Expire, Manchin Calls for Bipartisan Legislative Fix

Washington, D.C. - Today as net neutrality protections expire, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is calling for a bipartisan legislative fix to protect net neutrality and prevent blocked or slow internet traffic and higher prices for popular sites. "I am disappointed that net neutrality protections for all Americans will end today. Like West Virginians, the internet has always been and should always be free. It's why they've told me that they want an internet that is free of content-based … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Manchin Announces DOD Will Reimburse Martinsburg for Filtration System in Big Springs Water Plant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that a provision was included in the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that will allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to pay for clean-up costs related to contamination of Martinsburg water supply. "In 2016, the EPA issued a new advisory for PFOA in drinking water. Martinsburg and other West Virginia municipalities were faced with the daunting news that their citizens needed alternative drinking … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Manchin Encourages West Virginia Insurance Commissioner to Prevent Healthcare Costs From Skyrocketing the Fall

Washington, D.C. - Before rates are certified for the upcoming year, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Allan McVey to take action to prevent healthcare costs from skyrocketing this fall. From 2017 to 2018, insurance premiums have gone up by $71 a month and by this fall, premiums are projected to increase by $1,400. Senator Manchin said in part: "Our state saw double digit cost increases last year and early estimates indicate that we may see … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce $17.7 Million for West Virginia Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $17,767,672 for West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration. Funding will support the continued operation of several community health centers across the state. "Community health centers work tirelessly every day to give West Virginians access to preventive and primary … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $10 Million for Head Start Programs in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, announced $9,657,911 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to support Head Start services in Charleston and Kanawha County. "Education is every community's ticket to a more productive and prosperous future," Senator Manchin said. "Head Start Programs are key to better … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Manchin Encourages West Virginia Insurance Commissioner to Prevent Healthcare Costs from Skyrocketing this Fall

Washington, D.C. - Before rates are certified for the upcoming year, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Allan McVey to take action to prevent healthcare costs from skyrocketing this fall. From 2017 to 2018, insurance premiums have gone up by $71 a month and by this fall, premiums are projected to increase by $1,400. Senator Manchin said in part: "Our state saw double digit cost increases last year and early estimates indicate that we may see … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Manchin Secures Language to Ensure Amtrak Ticket Agent in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) secured language in the FY19 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that will ensure Amtrak has to employ one ticketing agent in every state, including West Virginia. This comes after weeks of Senator Manchin fighting to keep the one and only ticketing agent in West Virginia after Amtrak announced they were terminating the position, which took effect yesterday. "After weeks of speaking with … Continue Reading

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