Press Releases

March 26, 2020

ICYMI: Senate Passes Manchin's Protecting Jessica Grubb's Legacy Act

Washington, D.C. - Last night, the Senate unanimously passed Protecting Jessica Grubb's Legacy Act (Legacy Act), legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), as part of the third COVID-19 emergency funding package. The Legacy Act will change existing privacy regulations, known as 42 CFR Part 2, surrounding medical records for those suffering with substance use disorder. The goal of the Legacy Act is to save lives by ensuring that medical providers do not accidentally give opioids … Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $1.7 Million For Coronavirus Response At West Virginia 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 $1,739,288 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the coronavirus response across West Virginia through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 which President Trump signed into law on March 6th. "In a rural state like West Virginia, health centers play a vital role in our … Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Manchin Secures Funding For Hospitals, Healthcare Workers, Unemployed, Small Businesses In Third Coronavirus Emergency Funding Package

Washington, D.C. - Today, after securing funding for healthcare workers, unemployed, small businesses, and state and local governments, and voting yes on the third COVID-19 emergency funding package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement. "On Sunday morning, Mitch McConnell shared his Republican legislative proposal with the Senate Democrats and it did not have adequate funding to address the unprecedented … Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Counties, Municipal Leagues, County Commissioners, Sheriffs, And Economic Development Council Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in separate calls with West Virginia Counties, County Commissioners, Municipal Leagues, Sheriffs, and the Economic Development Council to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Today I heard from our county and local officials who are doing everything they can to support their communities during this time of uncertainty. They are working around the clock to support those on the front lines like the … Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce West Virginia's Eligibility For Millions In Opioid Relief

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced West Virginia is eligible to receive an estimated $43 million through the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. The funding would come through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). "West Virginia has the highest overdose death rate per capita in the nation and every West Virginian knows someone who has been … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

Manchin Collaborates With United Way And Others To Encourage West Virginians To Sew Medical Masks

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is announcing an enduring collaboration with United Way of West Virginia, West Virginia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, Philanthropy WV, Senior Corps, WVU Extension Service, the Robert C. Byrd Institute, the Council of Churches and many others to encourage West Virginians to pitch in and help our doctors, nurses, health care workers and first responders on the front lines of this pandemic. This first collaboration will unite … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $1.5 Million To Provide Meals For Older West Virginians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,551,372 as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older West Virginians. "Over half of West Virginians are vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak, and are at high risk of complications, especially the … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Manufacturers Association Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. "Our West Virginia manufacturers are vital to the state's economy and employ a lot of qualified, talented West Virginians. Their work is essential, especially during the coronavirus outbreak which is why I have introduced two bills to require the President to use his full authority to quickly produce … Continue Reading


March 23, 2020

Manchin Calls On Administration To Utilize Defense Production Act

Washington, D.C. - After hearing from medical professionals across West Virginia about the desperate need for medical supplies and testing, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced two bills to require the full use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to produce these supplies. Both bills would require the President to use his full authority to quickly produce and ensure access to supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), for healthcare professionals and those on the … Continue Reading


March 23, 2020

Manchin Fights For West Virginia Healthcare Workers On Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today spoke on the Senate Floor about the lack of adequate funding to protect healthcare professionals as they fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Republican proposal protects Wall Street instead of helping those on the front lines, our healthcare providers, and small businesses. To watch Senator Manchin's speech please click here. "This comes down to, can we give people the confidence that we can rise to the occasion to … Continue Reading


March 23, 2020

Manchin Statement On Stay-At-Home Order For West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after Governor Justice declared the stay-at-home order for West Virginia. "This afternoon Governor Justice made the decision to place West Virginia under a stay-at-home order beginning at 8pm on Tuesday, March 24th. I urge every West Virginian to abide by this order. We must come together to do the difficult things required to slow the spread of COVID-19. This outbreak is serious and the only option is to … Continue Reading


March 22, 2020

Manchin: Funding Package Does Not Support Hospitals, Healthcare Professionals Or Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted against moving forward with the latest Republican proposal for the third coronavirus funding package. He urges Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to come to the table and craft a bipartisan bill that improves our ability to treat COVID-19, protects those on the front lines, helps hard working Americans, and supports small businesses. "Mitch McConnell's proposal fails miserably at protecting the people most impacted by COVID-19. It … Continue Reading


March 22, 2020

Manchin Calls On West Virginians To Adhere To Federal Recommendations

Washington, D.C. - Today, after speaking with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to discuss the situation in West Virginia, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is sharing clear and specific social distancing and safety recommendations every West Virginian should be implementing to slow the spread of COVID-19. "This morning I spoke with Dr. Fauci, a trusted medical expert on COVID-19, about the specifics challenges we are facing here in … Continue Reading


March 21, 2020

Manchin Requests Update On Medical Supplies From Coronavirus Task Force

Washington, D.C. - In light of the outcry from West Virginia healthcare professionals across the state, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today requested an update from the coronavirus taskforce on the stockpiles of medical supplies available across the United States. Senator Manchin's letter says in part, "Given the scale of the threat that COVID-19 poses to public health, responding to the outbreak is placing substantial strain on state, local, territorial, and tribal public health agencies' … Continue Reading


March 21, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Teachers Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with the West Virginia American Federation of Teachers to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. "West Virginia's teachers are the backbone of our state. During this outbreak, our teachers are going above and beyond their call of duty to ensure our students are still learning, even if they aren't in the classroom. Without a school to go to, 120,000 students in West Virginia could go hungry, … Continue Reading


March 21, 2020

Manchin: We Must Support Those On The Front Lines With Medical Supplies

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is calling for West Virginians to support our medical professionals by making medical supplies they need desperately during the coronavirus outbreak. "West Virginians have always supported those on the front lines. Right now, our medical professionals are on the front lines. It's more important now than ever to support them as they fight this virus. Today I'm calling on West Virginians and our companies to be creative and do what they … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Hospitals, Chamber Of Commerce, Senior Centers Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in separate calls with the West Virginia Hospital Association, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the West Virginia Directors for Senior and Community Services to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. "Across our state people are working around the clock to help West Virginians. These three organizations are providing healthcare to our citizens, supporting the state's economy, and caring for our … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Nurses, Doctors Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in separate calls with the West Virginia Nursing Association and the West Virginia State Medical Association to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. "Our nurses, doctors and healthcare providers are on the front lines of this outbreak and we must ensure that they all have the necessary personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other supplies needed so they can care for those affected by the virus without … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Manchin Statement On Fairmont Regional Medical Center Closing During Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on Fairmont Regional Medical Center (FRMC) closing its doors this evening during the coronavirus outbreak. "I have done everything in my power to keep Fairmont Regional Medical Center open and operating. Unfortunately, it is closing tonight. Our state, nation and world are facing an unprecedented pandemic in the wake of the COVID-19 virus outbreak and the closing of FRMC only creates additional … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Manchin Statement On Senate Coronavirus Response Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after the Senate voted 90-8 today to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. "While I am frustrated it took us several days to finally pass this emergency funding, I am relieved we did so. This is just the beginning of what America's workers and families are going to need to survive this unprecedented virus. There are good things in this package: free coronavirus testing, expanded unemployment … Continue Reading

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