Press Releases

October 29, 2013

Manchin Proud to Stand in Support of Miners at Capitol Coal Rally

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) rallied with West Virginia coal miners and workers from the mining, manufacturing, labor and construction industries at the American Energy Jobs Rally in Washington to fight for America's energy sector and our nation's hardworking coal miners. "Coal miners are some the bravest and most patriotic men and women I have ever met in my life and it is always an honor to stand side by side with our hardworking miners, especially during … Continue Reading

October 28, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funding for Efforts to Combat Substance Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced $733,068 in federal funding for community organizations across the state to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth in West Virginia. The funding comes from the Office of National Drug Control Policy's (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant program with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). "In West Virginia and across this country, substance abuse has become … Continue Reading

October 28, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Pipeline Safety in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin, along with Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $697,000 in federal funding for pipeline safety efforts in West Virginia. "In West Virginia, investing in natural gas is important for job creation and economic growth, but the bottom line is that we need to make sure drilling is done safely," Manchin said. "We are fortunate that no one … Continue Reading

October 25, 2013

Manchin Urges West Virginians To Participate in National Drug Take Back Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) encouraged West Virginians to participate in the seventh National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During the event, local law enforcement officials will anonymously collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications at more than 130 locations around the state with no questions asked. "Prescription drug abuse in our state and our nation has reached a crisis … Continue Reading

October 24, 2013

Manchin Applauds FDA for Rescheduling Hydrocodone to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

Washington, D.C. - After years of fighting in the United States Senate to help curb the nation's prescription drug abuse epidemic, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) expressed his appreciation today after Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius informed Senator Manchin that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will recommend rescheduling hydrocodone combination drugs from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance. Hydrocodone is a highly addictive … Continue Reading

October 24, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding to Boost Economy and Create Good-Paying Jobs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide $420,000 to regional development councils to help spur economic growth and create good-paying jobs across West Virginia. These EDA projects aim to strengthen West Virginia's economy by bringing together the public and private sectors to establish strategies that will boost local and regional economies … Continue Reading

October 23, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for West Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senator Joe Manchin, along with Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced more than $8.9 million in federal funding awards for airport improvements in Kanawha, Randolph and Wayne Counties. "Having reliable, safe and innovative infrastructure and equipment at our airports helps us attract business opportunities that drive economic development while keeping … Continue Reading

October 23, 2013

Manchin Honored to Receive Annual Achievement Award from Washington Coal Club

Washington, D.C. - The Washington Coal Club today will present its 2013 Annual Achievement Award to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). This prestigious award is dedicated to an individual or individuals who have recently made a meaningful contribution to the health and sustainability of the larger coal community. Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Richard A. Bajura, Director of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University, will also receive awards. "I humbly … Continue Reading

October 22, 2013

Health Care Help From Joe

Health Care Help From Joe What you need to know about enrolling under the Affordable Care Act I understand that the Health Insurance Marketplace website,, has not been operating properly. However, my staff and I are here to help, and we will do everything in our power to make the enrollment process simpler for you and your family or small business. For immediate assistance, call my office at 202-224-3954 or fill out a contact form by clicking here. Four ways to apply … Continue Reading

October 22, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for City of Huntington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of an ongoing redevelopment of Harris Riverfront Park, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall, (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Federal funding for the City of Huntington to construct a new skateboarding park. The City of Huntington is partnering with the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District to integrate elements of a "street" skateboarding park into the newly greened landscape of Harris Riverfront Park. The $50,000 … Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Manchin Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Avoid Default and Reopen Government

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the passage of the bipartisan agreement that prevents a default on our debt and reopens the federal government. "I am pleased that our leaders could put politics aside and come together in a bipartisan way to reach a deal that reopens the government and prevents a first-ever default on our debt. I thank Senator Susan Collins and our group of fourteen bipartisan senators - seven Republicans, six … Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Senators Urge Passage of Bipartisan Plan to Open Government and Avoid Default

WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of United States Senators is urging Congressional approval of a bipartisan Reid-McConnell agreement to reopen the federal government and avoid a default on the national debt. The group of fourteen senators-seven Republicans, six Democrats, and one Independent- have been negotiating a compromise plan to reopen government, avert the default, and restart budget negotiations on a long-term fiscal plan to deal with our nation's unsustainable debt, among other … Continue Reading

October 15, 2013

Manchin and Half the Senate Send Letter to White House Denouncing U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Washington, D.C. - For the third time, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and a group of 47 additional senators, today sent a letter to President Obama reiterating that the Senate overwhelmingly opposes the ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and will not be bound by its obligations. "Under no circumstances should this country surrender our gun rights to the control of the United Nations," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading

October 09, 2013

Manchin Calls For Full Investigation of FDA & Personnel After Reports of ‘Pay To Play’ Between Pain Medicine Companies and Agency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration informing them he will be calling for a full investigation after news reports of 'pay to play' allegations between the pharmaceutical industry and FDA officials overseeing safety regulations of painkiller medicine. This week, The Washington Post reported that private companies paid as much as $25,000 to participate in FDA advisory panel discussions on federal … Continue Reading

October 09, 2013

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Announce Funding for Anti-Drug Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (all D-W.Va.), Wednesday announced Federal funding for two southern West Virginia community coalitions working to strengthen local anti-drug efforts among youths. "West Virginians have shown that we are not powerless in battling drug abuse. The STOP Coalition and Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership are excellent … Continue Reading

October 08, 2013

Manchin Thanks Fisher House For Volunteering To Cover Expenses For Families Of Fallen Soldiers During Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - Today, following reports that the Department of Defense would not be able to pay death gratuities to families of service members killed in combat, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) worked with the CEO of the Fisher House Foundation, Ken Fisher, to make sure these families are taken care of in their time of greatest need. The Fisher House generously agreed to offer the families an advance grant until the government can make reimbursements at an appropriate time. The … Continue Reading

October 07, 2013

ICYMI: Manchin Letter to Secretary Hagel Results in Ending National Guard and Reserve Furlough

Washington, D.C. - ICYMI: On Friday, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) led an effort to make sure all service members, the National Guard, and civilian workers who help protect the United States return to work during the government shutdown. Senator Manchin, along with a group of 49 bipartisan senators, sent a letter to Secretary Hagel to ensure that the "Pay Our Military Act" was quickly implemented so all service members, including National Guard and Reserves, and civilians who work for the … Continue Reading

October 07, 2013

Manchin, Rahall Announce Funding for Summers County Wastewater Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall (both D-W.Va.), Monday announced Federal funding for the Meadow Creek Public Service District (PSD) Wastewater System extension project. "This funding for the Meadow Creek project will not only extend water and wastewater services to current residents and businesses, it also will help to put into place the necessary water infrastructure for the area's tourism industry and future economic development, helping to bring new … Continue Reading

October 04, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Send Letter to Department of Defense to Ensure National Guard and Reserves Receive Pay During Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, and 48 other bipartisan senators, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) today sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging that the National Guard and Reserves, and the civilians who support our troops, receive pay during the government shutdown. Even though the "Pay Our Military Act" was quickly signed into law before the government shut down to make sure all military personnel receive … Continue Reading

October 04, 2013

Senator Manchin and 49 Bipartisan Senators Send Letter to Department of Defense to Ensure National Guard and Reserves Receive Pay During Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mark Udall (D-CO), John Hoeven (R-ND), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and 44 additional bipartisan Senators today sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging that the National Guard and Reserves, and the civilians who support our troops, receive pay during the government shutdown. Even though the "Pay Our Military Act" was quickly signed into law before the government shut down to make sure all … Continue Reading

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