Press Releases

May 28, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $1 Million to Assess, Clean Up and Redevelop West Virginia Communities

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, announced that communities across West Virginia will receive a total of $1 million in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through its Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grants program to clean up and redevelop sites where environmental improvements and new jobs are needed. The Brownfields program's assessment and clean-up of unused and … Continue Reading

May 28, 2014

Manchin Calls for Independent Outside Audit Of VA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki calling for an outside, independent audit of the VA in addition to expediting the agency's internal review that is currently underway. Senator Manchin urges Secretary Shinseki to assess the efficacy of the VA's structural, systematic and personnel divisions to make sure veterans receive the best available services in a timely manner. Senator Manchin writes, in … Continue Reading

May 23, 2014

Manchin Attends White House Presidential Bill-Signing Ceremony to Honor Elite Fighter Pilots

Washington, D.C. - Two months after the American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal Act passed the Senate by unanimous consent, U.S. Senator Manchin (D-W.Va.) today proudly attended the White House's Presidential bill-signing ceremony where President Obama signed his bill into law. Senator Manchin along with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) were the lead sponsors of the bill. The law will collectively award a Congressional Gold Medal to all American Fighter Aces, who are among the most … Continue Reading

May 23, 2014

Manchin Includes 10 Provisions to Annual Senate Armed Services Committee Mark-Up of the National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that he included ten provisions to the committee's markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. On Thursday, the committee voted 25-1 to report the bill, which authorizes $514 billion funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. Senator Manchin's provisions focus on helping transitioning … Continue Reading

May 23, 2014

Manchin Statement on Memorial Day

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day: "Memorial Day is an important day in our country to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and say thank you to the men and women who have so courageously served this country and who continue to serve. We claim the freedoms we enjoy every day because of their sacrifices, and it is because of their dedication, discipline, expertise, and most of all bravery and valor, that we remain … Continue Reading

May 23, 2014

Manchin Bill Honoring Elite Fighter Pilots to be Signed by President

Washington, D.C. - Two months after the American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal Act passed the Senate by unanimous consent, U.S. Senator Manchin (D-W.Va.) today proudly announced that he will be in attendance at the White House while President Barack Obama signs his bill into law. Senator Manchin along with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) were the lead sponsors of the bill. The law will collectively award a Congressional Gold Medal to all American Fighter Aces, who are among the most … Continue Reading

May 22, 2014

Manchin Urges Administration to Evaluate Ways to Regulate Emissions

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin joined Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mark Warner (D-VA) in sending a letter to President Obama to express their deep concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for carbon dioxide emissions from new affected fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units. They requested that the … Continue Reading

May 21, 2014

Manchin Pleased Kentucky Health Co-Op Will Join WV Health Exchange

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the approval of the Kentucky Health Cooperative's application to join the West Virginia federal health insurance exchange as the second insurer alongside Highmark West Virginia. "It is great news that the Kentucky Health Cooperative will join West Virginia's federal health insurance exchange in time for the 2015 open enrollment period. The addition of the Kentucky-based co-op will spur competition … Continue Reading

May 21, 2014

Manchin Welcomes West Virginia Veterans to Washington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly welcomed 30 veterans from West Virginia to the nation's capital for the fourth "Always Free Honor Flight." Senator Manchin provided each veteran with a Congressional Record Statement to recognize the veterans' trip to Washington, D.C., which included a tour of the Capitol and visits to the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. "I am so pleased to welcome West Virginia's courageous veterans, … Continue Reading

May 16, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Nearly $87,000 for Benwood and Coalton 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 Benwood and Coalton will receive a total of $86,656 under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to purchase training and protective gear and equipment for wellness and fitness, as well as to make health and safety improvements to stations and facilities. The Benwood Volunteer Fire Department … Continue Reading

May 14, 2014

Manchin Recognized For His Avid Support of Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of National Small Business Week, the National Retail Federation (NRF) today recognized Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for his support of small businesses and the U.S. retail industry, the nation's largest private sector employer. Senator Manchin, who has spent his life working as a small businessman, received the "Heroes of Main Street" award for the second consecutive year. "From working in my grandfather's grocery store and my father's furniture shop to starting my … Continue Reading

May 13, 2014

Manchin Statement on Boone County Mine Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement on the fatal mining tragedy that occurred Monday night at Brody No. 1 Mine in Boone County: "My deepest thoughts and prayers are with the families and the loved ones of the tragedy that occurred last night in Boone County. Gayle and I join all West Virginians in sending our deepest condolences to the families of the courageous miners, Eric D. Legg of Twilight and Gary P. Hensley of Chapmanville, whose lives … Continue Reading

May 08, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller Introduce Legislation to Establish Mother's Day Commemorative Coin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - To honor West Virginia's historic role in creating Mother's Day a century ago, Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today introduced legislation to mint commemorative coins in honor of the 100th Mother's Day. The coin would help fund scientific research into life-threatening diseases that often afflict children, as well as fund osteoporosis research. "Our mothers - and the many other women who have played maternal roles in our lives - raised us, supported us, challenged … Continue Reading

May 08, 2014

Manchin Cosponsors Legislation to Launch Army Force Structure Commission

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he joined a bipartisan group of 18 senators in introducing the National Commission on the Future of the Army Act, which establishes an independent panel responsible for analyzing the major changes to the U.S. Army proposed in the President's budget. As the military continues to downscale with the end of combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army has proposed a 10 percent reduction in National Guard … Continue Reading

May 08, 2014

ICYMI: Manchin Praises Sylvia Mathews Burwell at Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today delivered remarks during the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) hearing on the nomination of Sylvia Matthews Burwell, a native of Hinton, West Virginia, to be the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Last month, President Obama nominated Burwell to lead HHS following the resignation of current HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She currently serves as the Director of the … Continue Reading

May 07, 2014

Manchin, Kirk Urge Banking Committee to Reauthorize Export-Import Bank

Washington, D.C. - As the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today sent a letter to the Committee's Chairman Tim Johnson and Ranking Member Mike Crapo requesting the leaders schedule a vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, whose funding runs out on September 30, 2014. The Subcommittee on National Security and … Continue Reading

May 06, 2014

Manchin Congratulates West Virginia's Top Youth Volunteers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated Katie Cowie, 17, of Milton and Olivia Smith, 14, of Belleville, for being selected as West Virginia's state honorees and the top two youth volunteers in the 19th annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The nationwide program honors middle school and high school students for their exceptional service to others and their community at the local, state and national levels. "I am proud to congratulate Katie and Olivia … Continue Reading

May 05, 2014

Manchin Participates in NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony

May 05, 2014

ICYMI: Manchin Participates in NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bill Ceremony

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today visited the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square and participated in the Opening Bell Ceremony. To watch the video, please click here. To view photos of the ceremony, please click here. … Continue Reading

May 02, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Significant Funding Awards for Rural Health Centers Across West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced more than $3 million in federal funding for three community health centers, located in rural or underserved areas in West Virginia, to help with operational costs and to ensure continuity in providing preventive care services. "It is incredibly important that all West Virginians, including those living in rural communities, have access to quality preventative and primary health care," Manchin said. "With this funding, … Continue Reading

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