Press Releases

May 11, 2012

Manchin Launches 4th ‘Commonsense Connections’ Week

Washington, D.C. - Building off a strong record of outreach to his constituents, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is pleased to announce that his office will launch its fourth "Commonsense Connections" Week beginning Monday, May 21. Representatives from Senator Manchin's office will make more than 75 stops across West Virginia - traveling to all 55 counties - to meet with constituents, hear their commonsense priorities and concerns, and gather their feedback. "There is absolutely nothing … Continue Reading

May 10, 2012

Manchin: Athletics Strengthen Our Communities and Inspire Our Youth

The bill comes at no cost to taxpayers Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), today introduced bipartisan legislation authorizing the U.S. Mint to create a commemorative coin in recognition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The funds generated from the sale of the coin will help preserve the history of football and promote the positive values of the sport to children in … Continue Reading

May 09, 2012

Manchin Statement on Postal Service Announcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today issued the following statement about the U.S. Postal Service announcement that all 3,700 rural post offices slated for closure will remain open, with some reducing retail hours. "For months now, I have been fighting to keep our rural post offices open so that the people of our state can stay connected to this great country. I pushed very hard in the Senate to keep all our post offices open, because they truly are a lifeline and they provide … Continue Reading

May 09, 2012

May 16: Manchin Invites West Virginians To Join Him For ‘Wednesday Wake-Up With Joe’

All West Virginians are invited to attend Washington, D.C. - Building off of the success of numerous constituent outreach initiatives he has started since taking office, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced the launch of a new weekly coffee hour called "Wednesday Wake-Up with Joe." All West Virginians are invited to attend these morning get-togethers, which will be held in Senator Manchin's Washington office every Wednesday that the Senate is in session. "I am so excited … Continue Reading

May 08, 2012

Manchin to Vote to Keep Student Loan Interest Rate Affordable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will vote today to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling in the 2012-13 school year, which would make it more difficult for all West Virginians and all Americans to access higher education. Without congressional action, the interest rate on federally-subsidized Stafford student loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1. "We have to work together to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling, because every dollar … Continue Reading

May 08, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Call On Postal Service to Continue Moratorium and Avoid Post Office Closures in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin urged the U.S. Postal Service to reconsider closing 150 post offices and consolidating mail processing centers in West Virginia as these actions unfairly target jobs and postal services in West Virginia, as well as other rural states. The Senators, in a joint letter, specifically asked the Postmaster General to extend the current moratorium on any post office closings and mail processing center consolidations in the state. Last … Continue Reading

May 07, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grants for Airports in Marion, Mason, Mercer Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced that airports in Marion, Mason, and Mercer counties will receive a total of $939,210 in federal funding to make necessary upgrades to the airports and runways, improving travel and safety at the airports. "Safety is a priority for our airfields. This funding will help upgrade these vital airports to make sure pilots, passengers, and … Continue Reading

May 03, 2012

Manchin Urges Postal Service to Extend Moratorium Preventing Post Office Closures

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today joined a bipartisan group of 43 Senators in a letter urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to extend its current moratorium on post office closures until after a postal reform bill is signed into law. The current moratorium is scheduled to expire on May 15. "Communities across West Virginia and the nation are facing great uncertainty about the future of their post offices," Senator Manchin said. "Right now there are 3,700 post … Continue Reading

May 01, 2012

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller: DOT Approves Airline Proposal for Raleigh County Air Service

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, top Democrat on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Senator Joe Manchin III (all D-W.Va.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has selected air carrier Silver Airways to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Raleigh County Memorial Airport in Beckley for a two-year term of service, replacing Colgan Air, which … Continue Reading

May 01, 2012

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Expected New Air Service in Morgantown, Clarksburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) selected Silver Airways to provide air service at Morgantown's and Clarksburg's airports. The service is currently provided by Colgan Air, but that company is ending service. "This is an excellent first step to make sure residents around Morgantown and Clarksburg maintain commercial … Continue Reading

April 27, 2012

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) encouraged West Virginians today to turn in any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to locations across the state to participate in the fourth National Drug Take Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This opportunity can reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse, and increase awareness of this critical public … Continue Reading

April 26, 2012

Manchin to Vote to Protect Women and Children Against Violence

Watch Senator Manchin speak on the Senate floor here: Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today emphasized the critical importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, legislation that the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence has called the "most critical piece of legislation affecting the safety of survivors of domestic violence and their children in every county of West … Continue Reading

April 25, 2012

Manchin Fights to Keep All Postal Facilities Open for At Least 2 Years

Manchin provision would have prevented closure of 3,700 post offices, including 150 in West Virginia, for a two-year period Provision would have saved 35,000 jobs at mail processing facilities that could still close Watch Senator Manchin speak on the Senate floor here: Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged his colleagues today to support an amendment to the Postal Reform bill that would have … Continue Reading

April 19, 2012

Manchin: ‘The Postal Service is America’

Encourages Senate colleagues to support Manchin-sponsored provision that would keep 150 W.Va. post offices open for at least two years Watch here: Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor to highlight the critical role that post offices play in rural communities in West Virginia. He encouraged his colleagues to support a provision he's authored that would … Continue Reading

April 18, 2012

Manchin Grills Defense Department Officials on Overreliance on Private Contractors Overseas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned Department of Defense officials at a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee hearing today about the military's overdependence on overseas service and security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I'm concerned that we are cutting 100,000 service members by 2017, but no one can tell me how many contractors we are cutting," Senator Manchin said. "I can't even get an accurate figure on how many we have." Senator Manchin pointed … Continue Reading

April 18, 2012

Manchin Proposes Measure To Keep All Postal Facilities Open For Two Years

Potential closure list includes 150 locations in West Virginia Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is fighting to ensure that the 3,700 postal facilities - including 150 in West Virginia - being considered for closure would remain open for at least two years while the Postal Service considers better cost-savings measures. Senator Manchin introduced an amendment today to the postal reform bill that would allow these facilities to remain open for business and keep the … Continue Reading

April 16, 2012

Manchin: Thacker a ‘First-Rate’ Addition to Federal Bench

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) congratulated West Virginia's Stephanie Thacker today after the Senate confirmed her appointment to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Senator Manchin entered remarks into the Congressional Record congratulating Thacker and thanking his Senate colleagues for her swift confirmation. Those remarks are included below. "M. President, I rise today to congratulate Stephanie Dawn Thacker, a native of Hamlin, West Virginia, on her … Continue Reading

April 16, 2012

Manchin: Buffett Rule Would Make Tax System More Fair

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor today supporting the Buffett Rule to make sure that some people who make a million dollars or more a year don't pay a lower tax rate than hardworking West Virginians. "We [in West Virginia] just don't understand why hardworking middle income people are paying a much higher tax rate than some of the wealthiest people in this country," Senator Manchin said. "Take our coal miners, who go to the mine … Continue Reading

April 13, 2012

Manchin Wraps Up ‘Fighting For Every Job’ Tour With Visit to Consol Energy Robinson Run Coal Mine to See New Mine Communication Technology

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wrapped up his two-week "Fighting for Every Job" tour today with a visit to the CONSOL Energy Robinson Run Coal Mine, where he saw a demonstration of new mine communication technology. The technology is designed to allow trapped miners to communicate with rescuers on the surface in an emergency situation. "After our horrible mine tragedies in West Virginia - especially after the Sago and Aracoma disasters, and most recently Upper Big … Continue Reading

April 13, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce More Than $514,000 to Create Jobs to Clean Up Storm Damage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), announced today that Workforce West Virginia will receive more than $514,000 in funding through the Department of Labor's National Emergency Grant program. The funds will go toward creating 65 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to help in the cleanup and recovery efforts from the devastating storms that hit areas across West Virginia in March. This grant will cover … Continue Reading

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