Press Releases

March 05, 2013

Senator Manchin Urges West Virginians to Prepare for March Storm

LATEST UPDATES on March 2013 Storm Please contact your county office of emergency services for immediate assistance. County Emergency Services should be your first point of contact: The large winter storm continues to track toward West Virginia, with some models now showing over 20 inches of snow with 50+mph wind gusts in some areas. Travel will remain an issue with low visibility and snow covered roads, and power outages are … Continue Reading

March 05, 2013

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Participate in Library of Congress Surplus Book Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today encouraged eligible West Virginia schools, libraries and local organizations to receive free books through the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program. "Just last week I had the opportunity to read to West Virginian students on Read Across America Day and talk to them about the importance of books. The power of reading is so special and so valuable; it is something that never leaves us. I strongly encourage all schools, libraries … Continue Reading

March 05, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Federal Funding for Two Organizations in WV to Provide Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced $173,125 in federal funding for two nonprofit organizations in West Virginia to support their efforts to provide affordable housing and home ownership advice for West Virginians. "Home ownership is a true achievement for families," said Rockefeller. "These organizations help make sure West Virginians can get the help they need to purchase a home if it makes financial sense for them, and also help families learn about … Continue Reading

March 01, 2013

Manchin, Heller Announce Veterans Small Business Protection Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statements following introduction of the Veterans Small Business Protection Act: "Veterans put their lives on the line for our country, and should be confident that their families will be taken care of in a time of need. I am proud to co-sponsor this bill with Senator Heller of Nevada that helps the spouses and dependents of veteran-owned small businesses after the service members pass … Continue Reading

March 01, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Funding For Hurricane Sandy Relief in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, today announced more than $2,433,800 in federal funding, including more than $1,355,000 for Tucker County, to help West Virginia continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy by clearing remaining debris from roads. "Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc up and down the east coast and in West Virginia," said Rockefeller. "Heavy rains and snow closed schools and small businesses. And strong winds knocked down … Continue Reading

March 01, 2013

Manchin Launches New Social Media Platforms to Connect With West Virginians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today launched several new social media platforms to show West Virginians that he is focused on the issues that matter most to West Virginia. New social media outlets include a personalized Tumblr blog, a year-long photo challenge called "Project 365," and a Yelp account. "With technology rapidly changing and new platforms emerging, I want to make sure I can connect with everyone back home as much as possible," Senator Manchin said. "I … Continue Reading

February 28, 2013

Manchin Named Chairman of Armed Services Subcommittee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he will chair the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Airland in the 113th Congress. He will also continue to serve on the Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support. The Subcommittee on Airland, which was previously chaired by Senator Joe Lieberman, oversees the air and ground equipment of all four military service branches, … Continue Reading

February 28, 2013

Manchin and Rockefeller Applaud West Virginia High School Senior’s Accomplishments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller congratulated Vincent O'Leary of Wheeling for his outstanding achievement and leadership in scientific research. Vincent is among 40 high school seniors in the country selected to compete in the Intel Science Talent Search 2013, one of the most prestigious science competitions nationwide. "I know I speak for all West Virginians in congratulating our native Wheeling student, Vincent O'Leary, on becoming a finalist in one of the … Continue Reading

February 27, 2013

Manchin, Kirk, Bipartisan Group of Senators Host 'Vets Jobs Day on the Hill’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), co-founders of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, along with 36 additional Senators hosted today a set of bicameral, bipartisan activities during 'Vets Jobs Day on the Hill.' The events focused on encouraging Members of Congress to join the caucus, drawing public awareness to the barriers veterans face when trying to find jobs, and sharing information on veterans' employment initiatives. The Congressional … Continue Reading

February 27, 2013

Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus Launch Bipartisan, Bicameral Efforts to Combat Veteran Unemployment

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Tim Walz (D-MN), co-chairs of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, today kicked off activities for the 113th Congress during a "Day on the Hill" highlighting the Caucus' commitment to increasing veterans' employment and the "I Hire Vets" initiative. "Few issues unify Congress more than providing veterans the benefits and respect they have earned and deserve," … Continue Reading

February 26, 2013

Manchin Warns Sequestration Will Take an Ax to West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released a report today that demonstrates how destructive the sequester's across-the-board budget cuts will be to West Virginia safety programs, businesses, veterans, seniors, children and families. The cuts are set to go into effect on Friday. "It is discouraging and shameful that Congress cannot work in a bipartisan manner to come together and reach a long-term compromise to get our fiscal house in order and stop these reckless spending … Continue Reading

February 25, 2013

Senator Manchin Announces New Chief of Staff

Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today the appointment of Hayden Rogers as his new chief of staff. "Hayden will be a tremendous asset to our team and I am thrilled to have him on board," Senator Manchin said. "From his time as a small business owner to his work in public service, Hayden brings to our office a unique range of talents and a commonsense, solutions-driven approach that I truly admire. He embodies the values important to West Virginians and has the … Continue Reading

February 24, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Funding For Three WV Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, and Congressman Nick Rahall today announced more than $173,000 in federal funding for three West Virginia fire departments to purchase safety equipment, and strengthen professional training and wellness programs. "West Virginia's volunteer firefighters are completely dedicated to our state, our communities, and our families. That unwavering commitment deserves our support," said Rockefeller. "Providing professional training and … Continue Reading

February 15, 2013

Manchin, Hoeven, Senators Urge the President to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) and John Hoeven (R-ND) joined a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday to hold a colloquy, or discussion, on the U.S. Senate floor to underscore the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline project for the nation. One by one, both Republicans and Democrats made common cause, urging the Obama Administration to approve the long-delayed project, saying it will create jobs, boost the nation's economy and help advance the country toward true energy … Continue Reading

February 15, 2013

Manchin Named Energy Subcommittee Chairman

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he will chair the Senate Energy's Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining that oversees national mining policy, mining education and research, public lands and wildlife refuges. "It is an honor and a privilege to chair the Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining since it oversees so many issues that West Virginians care about the most, especially when it comes to mining policies and public lands," … Continue Reading

February 14, 2013

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Fight To Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration today to urge immediate action on rescheduling drugs containing hydrocodone to help curb the prescription drug abuse epidemic, as recommended by the FDA's own advisory board. The letter was also signed by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator … Continue Reading

February 14, 2013

Senators Manchin and Toomey Pledge To Work Together On Energy Issues

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) pledged to work together on regional energy issues after participating today in the Jones Day Energy Conference in Pittsburgh. The Senators discussed how to rev up the region's economic energy engine. The conference brought together leaders from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio to discuss how the region can create jobs, take control of our energy's future, and boost the economy now and for future … Continue Reading

February 14, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Reintroduce Legislation To Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall today announced they have introduced companion legislation to combat the growing prescription drug abuse epidemic. Senator Joe Manchin cosponsored the Senate bill. In the last decade, West Virginia has experienced a tragic increase in deaths and overdoses from prescription drugs. West Virginia has one of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the country, and nine out of ten drug-related deaths in the state result … Continue Reading

February 13, 2013

Manchin Statement on State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement about the State of the Union address. "I was pleased to hear the President strike a bipartisan and cooperative tone in his speech last night. He discussed commonsense priorities and a balanced approach to getting our fiscal house in order and creating American jobs. I was, however, disappointed that he refused to mention coal when he discussed controlling our energy future. I've consistently pushed for an … Continue Reading

February 12, 2013

Manchin Fights for West Virginia Women and Children

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted today to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), legislation that is critical to the continued funding of grant programs that prevent domestic crimes and violence across West Virginia. The bill passed in the Senate today 78-22. "In 2010, there were more than 11,000 domestic violence investigations in West Virginia," Senator Manchin said. "Any act of violence is one too many, and fighting on behalf of all … Continue Reading

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