Press Releases

April 05, 2020

Manchin Statement On 10th Anniversary Of Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the tenth anniversary of the tragedy that killed 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine disaster in Whitesville, West Virginia.“Not a day goes by that I don’t think of those we lost ten years ago when 29 brave West Virginia coal miners were killed in the UBB mine disaster. Today, as we remember them ten years later, our hearts are heavy with the sad memory of that unspeakable tragedy. My heart … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Manchin Again Urges President Trump To Increase Domestic Production And Improve Distribution Of Medical Supplies

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to produce, procure, and distribute the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), tests, and testing materials our healthcare professionals need to care for Americans and West Virginians who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 23rd, Senator Manchin introduced two bills to require the use of the Defense Production Act to produce needed … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Manchin Applauds Approval Of West Virginia Disaster Declaration

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded President Trump’s approval of a major disaster declaration for West Virginia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The disaster declaration allows West Virginia to access funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).“We know our population in West Virginia is among the most vulnerable to complications from the coronavirus. Our healthcare professionals need all the help they can get when it comes to providing the … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Manchin Urges Administration To Continue Covering All Costs Of National Guard Troops Activation

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) along with Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today wrote to President Trump requesting the Administration extend the Title 32 authority for all National Guard troops activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for at least 180 days. By doing so, the federal government would continue covering 100 percent of the costs of this activation.March 27th - Senator Manchin and Senator Capito sent a … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Financial Institutions: We Need Federal Guidance To Issue SBA Loans

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke with the West Virginia Bankers Association, Community Bankers of West Virginia, and the West Virginia Credit Union League to hear their concerns about the ongoing challenges supporting their customers through the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the announcement that banks and credit unions will begin issuing small business loans today, the lenders expressed their frustrations with the lack of guidance and direction from the U.S. … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More than $55 Million to Help State Transit Systems Respond to COVID-19

CHARLESTON, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $55,656,246 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for West Virginia. Specifically, the funding, which was made possible following President Trump’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), will assist communities and public transportation systems in West … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Architects Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with the West Virginia American Institute of Architects to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “West Virginia’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy and they are getting hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We must prioritize supporting our small businesses, employees, and owners so they can stay afloat during these difficult times. I fought hard to include funding in the third … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $300K For Economic Development In West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $306,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for economic development across West Virginia.“It is great to see the EDA supporting regional economic development across West Virginia. Especially as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, our economy is essential for creating good paying jobs, boosting economic development, and improving the … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Manchin Asks West Virginians To Send Stories Of Being WV Strong During Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) asked West Virginians to send his office their stories of being WV Strong during the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting the lives of every West Virginian and American. "In times of uncertainty, and even tragedy, West Virginians have always risen to the challenge and done what it takes to get each other back on our feet. We set the standard in the nation for what it means to be a statewide community. As Abraham Lincoln said, "the better … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Press Association Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with the West Virginia Press Association to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "The West Virginia Press Association and its member newspapers are critical to keeping West Virginians informed, especially during times of crisis like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I truly appreciate their vital work to our state and every West Virginian so it was beneficial for me to hear from them first hand … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $2.2 Million For Maternal And Child Health Services In West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,228,429 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) for maternal and child health services in West Virginia. "Access to healthcare is essential for West Virginians and Americans, especially during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic we are currently experiencing. … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $2.5 Million For Senior Services In West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,571,641 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for senior services across West Virginia. "This funding is critical to ensuring seniors in West Virginia have access to the care and essential services every citizen deserves, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $19 Million from HUD for West Virginia Communities to Handle Coronavirus Outbreak

CHARLESTON, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $19 million for communities across West Virginia in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Programs, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Rural Development Investment in Monroe County

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Business and Development Loan Guarantee for the West Virginia Great Barrel Company's (WVGBC) Audrina Mill in Monroe County. This USDA Rural Development loan of $4.9 million will help the sawmill manage manufacturing and flooring costs, as well as save 47 jobs. "West Virginia is home to many small … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Manchin Applauds Williamson Health And Wellness Acquisition Of Williamson Memorial Hospital

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the acquisition of Williamson Memorial Hospital in Mingo County by Williamson Health and Wellness. "On Monday I received notification that the Williamson Memorial Hospital would be closing their doors by the end of April due to financial issues. Closing any of our rural hospitals, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is unacceptable and irresponsible, so I worked with the administration at Williamson Memorial Hospital to … Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

WV Delegation Sends Letter to President Trump in Support of Governor Justice’s Disaster Declaration Request

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with U.S. Representatives David McKinley (R-WV), Alex Mooney (R-WV), and Carol Miller (R-WV) today sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump in support of Governor Jim Justice's request for an expedited major disaster declaration for West Virginia as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "Though West Virginia was the last state to have its first reported case in the country, we see how fast … Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Manchin Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging HHS To Help Rural Health Providers

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a letter with 41 Senators and 81 Representatives to the Trump Administration urging them to provide immediate assistance to rural hospitals and clinics. Senator Manchin also cosponsored The Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act, legislation to address the crisis facing our healthcare system as the spread of COVID-19 increasingly strains hospitals and providers across the country. The lawmakers said in part, "We are … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Manchin Statement On Williamson Memorial Hospital Closure Announcement

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the announced closure of Williamson Memorial Hospital in Mingo County. "It is impossible to overstate how essential our rural hospitals are in West Virginia. Williamson Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in Mingo County. As the COVID-19 pandemic increases the need for medical facilities we must do everything possible to keep our rural hospitals running. It is unconscionable that during a pandemic … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Manchin Applauds USDA Approval Of Waivers To Feed More West Virginia Students During Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) decision to approve and issue waivers to expand access to meals for 200,000 students in West Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The coronavirus pandemic is already affecting our students and their education through the closure of schools throughout our state and we must do everything possible to make sure these students don't go hungry because they're not in school. I applaud the … Continue Reading


March 29, 2020

Manchin Statement On First Coronavirus Related Death In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement after West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed the first coronavirus related death in West Virginia. "Today is a sad day for every West Virginian as we lost one of our own to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gayle and I send our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and loved ones. This virus is unlike anything we have seen in our lifetime and today it hit home for every West … Continue Reading

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