Press Releases

May 24, 2013

Manchin Increases Accessibility For Constituents

Washington, D.C. - Building upon his constituent outreach, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today, two office improvements that will continue to increase accessibility for constituents - a mobile office and a new Charleston office location. "It is truly an honor to serve fellow West Virginians as U.S. Senator, and I always want to be easily accessible to all constituents," Senator Manchin said. "My staff and I are constantly looking for ways to meet and hear from residents and … Continue Reading

May 24, 2013

Manchin to Offer Legislation in Honor of Memorial Day

Washington, D.C. -In honor of Memorial Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will introduce legislation to expand benefits and services to our veterans and active service members. This legislation specifically aims to expand burial rights for certain members of the Reserves and National Guard, remove GI Bill transferability barriers for those with service-related injuries, and provide our military with the tools to succeed to use their GI Bill benefit. "Showing our appreciation to our … Continue Reading

May 24, 2013

Manchin Joins Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Red Tape For Job Creators

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) to renew their bipartisan push to significantly reform the federal regulatory process and reduce unnecessary burdens on job creators. The "Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013" reforms the current rulemaking process to lower costs and improve the quality of new regulations. This bipartisan, bicameral effort is the first of its kind in more than a decade to reform and minimize … Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

Manchin and Hoeven Introduce Bipartisan All-of-the-Above Energy Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), introduced the "All-Of-The-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2013" to improve the energy efficiency of federal buildings. The legislation ensures that alterations and additions to federal buildings meet minimum energy efficiency requirements, encourages the use of energy management systems and maintains those systems' proper operation. "I am proud to work with my good friend John … Continue Reading

May 22, 2013

Manchin Encourages Military Families to Participate in Free Museums Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today urged West Virginia's active military personnel and their families to participate in the fourth Blue Star Museums Initiative, a summer program offered by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and a record-breaking 2,000 museums across America. The program will begin on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, and extend through Labor Day, September 2, 2013. "One of the most important things we … Continue Reading

May 22, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Reach Agreement to Reform Nation's Chemical Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va), along with Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA), announced a groundbreaking, bipartisan agreement to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and ensure the safety of everyday consumer products to better protect American families. Their legislation would significantly update and improve TSCA, which has proven ineffective and is criticized by both the public health community and industry. The legislation … Continue Reading

May 21, 2013

Manchin Praises WVU Athletes For Assisting Oklahomans

Washington, D.C. - In the aftermath of the fatal tornadoes that devastated communities in Moore, Oklahoma, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement praising the West Virginia University baseball team for their charitable efforts in collecting clothes and supplies to assist the communities and families in Moore. The team was in Oklahoma City for a Big 12 tournament. "West Virginians have always answered the call to help one another in times of tragedy, and as … Continue Reading

May 20, 2013

Manchin Pleased Overreaching Federal Education Rules Renounced

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he was pleased West Virginia's request to withdraw from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was granted by the U.S. Department of Education. The waiver allows the state to implement education reforms best fit for West Virginia children, teachers, schools and communities. "While one of our top priorities must be to continue raising our standards and making sure that we have the best-educated children in the world, it is … Continue Reading

May 20, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Health Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Monday announced more than $515,000 in federal funding for the Northern Greenbrier Health Clinic in Williamsburg to continue operations and improve preventive care. "With Federal investments in community health centers, we expand access to quality and affordable care for West Virginian families, and certainly those are funds that I will continue to do all I can to secure for our … Continue Reading

May 17, 2013

Manchin Remembers Servicemembers on Armed Forces Day

Washington, D.C. - On Armed Forces Day, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urges all West Virginians to thank a veteran or current serving member of the National Guard, Reserve or active military. The national theme for this year's Armed Forces Day is "Strong and Resilient: Prepared to Meet any Challenge," and is a keen reminder that our nation is at war and our men and women remain in harm's way. "This week, I was honored to welcome veterans from all generations to Washington, DC for the … Continue Reading

May 17, 2013

Manchin Celebrates Opening of Canaan Shooting Range

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) celebrated today the opening of the Sporting Clay and Shooting Facility at the Canaan Valley State Park. "Recreational shooting ranges and West Virginia state parks are a natural fit," Senator Manchin said. "This is a wonderful new addition to Canaan Valley State Park and another great destination for families to spend their vacations in West Virginia. If you like outdoor activities, we've got camping, hiking, fishing, cross country and … Continue Reading

May 17, 2013

Senators Manchin and Corker Introduce Bill to Fix Consequence of Renewable Fuels Mandate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced the "Foreign Fuels Reduction Act," legislation that would help ensure only domestically-sourced fuels are used to meet the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). "It is time for America to create an all-of-the-above energy policy that will help lead us to energy independence," Manchin said. "It's simply common sense to use all of our resources, and that includes non-food based biofuels. I am proud to cosponsor … Continue Reading

May 16, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Federal Assistance For Hurricane Sandy Response and Relief in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced $1,045,590 in federal funding to help alleviate the cost of West Virginia's emergency response and relief during Hurricane Sandy. "Hurricane Sandy called on our response teams requiring a lot of financial support upfront, and continues to require resources as our communities work to recover," said Rockefeller. "West Virginia's National Guard, first responders, and Emergency Operations Center are top-notch, and they … Continue Reading

May 15, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Federal Funding for Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced $97,584 in federal funding for the Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new equipment to keep their firefighters safe on the job. "The Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department keeps families and homes in Lewisburg and across Greenbrier County safe. And we must do all we can to protect those volunteer firefighters while they're on the job," said Rockefeller. "Providing our firefighters with safety equipment is … Continue Reading

May 15, 2013

Manchin Welcomes West Virginia Veterans to Washington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly welcomed 31 veterans from West Virginia to the nation's capital for the state's third "Always Free Honor Flight" in less than a year. The veterans visited the capital free of cost to see the memorials built in their honor. Eleven served in World War II, one in World War II and Korea, 10 in Korea, one in Korea and Vietnam, four in Vietnam, and two in all three wars. Two other veterans served as escorts for the group, along with … Continue Reading

May 13, 2013

Manchin: ‘Actions of the IRS are Unacceptable and Un-American"

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement in response to allegations that agents at the Internal Revenue Service targeted specific groups based on their political ideologies. "The actions of the IRS are unacceptable and un-American. Government agencies using their bureaucratic muscle to target Americans for their political beliefs cannot be tolerated. The President must immediately condemn this attack on our values, find those individuals in his … Continue Reading

May 10, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Bipartisan Senators Continue the Fight to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) and Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today to urge immediate action on rescheduling drugs containing hydrocodone to help combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic, as recommended by the FDA's own advisory board. The letter emphasizes that the FDA has exceeded the "reasonable time" requirement of the Controlled Substances Act. The bipartisan, … Continue Reading

May 09, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funding For Assistance to Prevent Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced more than $181,780 in federal funding for local housing agencies to help homeless individuals and families access permanent and transitional housing, and other essential services. "Homelessness is tragic, and it affects far too many people who fall on difficult circumstances unexpectedly," said Rockefeller. "This funding not only helps give homeless West Virginians a path to permanent housing, it also provides … Continue Reading

May 08, 2013

Manchin Praises Wetzel County Students For Leading Anti-bullying Campaign

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) talked to Magnolia High School students today through Skype, a popular videoconferencing website. The students informed Senator Manchin about a new organization they created called "The Impact Group," which focuses on ways to prevent bullying in schools. Senator Manchin also answered several questions on how schools can develop programs to increase awareness of bullying and what role government can play in improving school safety. "It is … Continue Reading

May 08, 2013

Senators Move to Block Iran’s Access to Foreign Exchange Reserves

WASHINGTON - United States Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Susan Collins (R-Me.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to block Iran's access to billions of dollars worth of foreign exchange reserves and limit the ability of designated Iranian entities like the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) to conduct transactions in foreign currencies, including euros. The Iran Sanctions Loophole … Continue Reading

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