Press Releases

December 07, 2012

Manchin Asks MTV To Cancel “Buckwild”

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) asked MTV today to cancel the so-called reality show "Buckwild," which has been compared to an Appalachian version of the television program "Jersey Shore." The show is set in West Virginia. The full text of the Senator's letter is below and a PDF is attached. Dear Mr. Stephen K. Friedman, As a proud West Virginian, I am writing to formally request that you put a stop to the travesty called "Buckwild." As a U.S. Senator, I am … Continue Reading

December 06, 2012

Manchin Applauds Armstrong Hardwood Flooring for Adding 145 New Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the announcement that Armstrong Hardwood Flooring will be adding 145 new jobs in Randolph County. "Any day that West Virginia adds new jobs is a great day for our state, and 145 good-paying new jobs is a truly great day," Senator Manchin said. "West Virginia is an excellent place to do business, and this is just a further testament to the quality of our workforce and the products we make." … Continue Reading

December 06, 2012

Manchin Statement on Bipartisan Trade Agreement with Russia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the vote to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia. The agreement passed the Senate 92-4. "With a strong trading relationship with Russia, this agreement will increase our ability to create jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector," Senator Manchin said. "West Virginia is already exporting nearly $10 million a year in goods to Russia, and this will only increase trading … Continue Reading

December 05, 2012

Manchin Urges Additional Assistance for Sandy Recovery

Washington, D.C. - In testimony submitted to the Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) asked for additional assistance from FEMA to help West Virginians recover from Superstorm Sandy. "As we all know, Superstorm Sandy caused severe damage in many states on the eastern seaboard. This storm uniquely affected West Virginia with not only heavy winds and rains, but also snow accumulation of 50 inches in the mountains of Northern and Western parts of … Continue Reading

December 04, 2012

Manchin Defense Measures Cut Wasteful Contracting, Protect Veterans’ Benefits and Get Troops Out of Afghanistan

Manchin also offers measure to honor General Chuck Yeager with a second star and strengthen the Guard Washington, D.C. - As the annual defense authorization bill passed with broad bipartisan support, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) scored legislative victories by authoring nine amendments that will strengthen the military by cutting costs, taking care of service members and giving the National Guard appropriate resources. Significant provisions from the Coburn-Manchin "Audit the … Continue Reading

December 04, 2012

Manchin Statement on U.N. Disabilities Treaty

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted today in favor of the Resolution of Advice and Consent to Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a measure supported by both Republicans and Democrats. The United Nations resolution was defeated in the Senate in a 61-38 vote. The measure needed 66 votes to pass. Prior to the vote, Senator Manchin stood alongside Senator Bob Dole at an event in Washington, D.C. to recognize America's commitment to … Continue Reading

December 03, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funding for Highway Safety In WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with Senator Joe Manchin today announced over $859,000 in federal funding for the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Office to improve highway safety programs in the state. "Too often, West Virginia's families are impacted by motor vehicle accidents that could have been prevented through basic safety precautions like wearing a seatbelt or improving driver … Continue Reading

December 02, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Rahall Announce Funding for Health Centers Across WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $916,000 in federal funding for three medical centers in West Virginia to continue operations and improve preventive care. The three facilities receiving funding are Camden-On-Gauley Medical Center, Rainelle Medical Center, and St. George Medical Clinic. "Ensuring affordable health care for all West Virginians has always been one of my top priorities," said … Continue Reading

November 30, 2012

Manchin Statement on Mining Tragedies in Greenbrier and Harrison Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement after learning about the mining tragedies that took place in Greenbrier and Harrison Counties earlier today. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the mining tragedies that took place earlier today. My greatest, deepest sympathies go out to the family of the fallen miner in Greenbrier County, Steve Odell, especially to his wife, Caitlin, his mother, Peggy, along with the entire … Continue Reading

November 29, 2012

Manchin Co-Sponsors Resolution to End War in Afghanistan

**Video, Audio Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor today to help lead the fight to pass a Sense of the Senate resolution to end the war in Afghanistan. Senator Manchin was an original cosponsor of the amendment, and has been a vocal advocate for ending America's longest war. The amendment passed 62-33. "After more than 10 years, more than 2,000 American lives lost and more than $500 billion spent, it is time to bring … Continue Reading

November 28, 2012

Manchin Statement on Upper Big Branch Investigation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about a former Massey executive agreeing to plead guilty to criminal conspiracy charges as a result of the ongoing investigation into the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. "I hope and pray that our great state will never again endure a tragedy like the Upper Big Branch deaths, and criminal charges are an important step in bringing those responsible to justice. I have always urged our prosecutors to pursue … Continue Reading

November 28, 2012

Manchin Discusses Future of Coal With Lifelong Advocate “Bugs” Stover

Washington, D.C. - After walking from Wyoming County to the nation's Capitol, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) welcomed Wyoming County Circuit Clerk David "Bugs" Stover to discuss the importance of promoting coal production in West Virginia and across America. "There's just no one else who fights for coal like Bugs, and it was truly a pleasure to talk with him about how I'm going to fight every day along with him," Senator Manchin said. "As I've always said, you can live with coal or you … Continue Reading

November 27, 2012

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Announce Federal Disaster Declaration Granted for State of West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced that a major disaster declaration has been issued for the State of West Virginia, providing Federal disaster assistance to help communities recover from Hurricane Sandy. "Having travelled to several counties in the aftermath of the storm and seen first-hand the ferocity with which Hurricane Sandy struck West Virginia communities, I welcome the Federal … Continue Reading

November 21, 2012

Manchin: If You Can Count Your Blessings, You Can Share Your Blessings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on giving thanks this Thanksgiving holiday: "Every Thanksgiving, I recall one of the most important lessons my parents taught me: If you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. "No other national holiday reflects the American character more than Thanksgiving. It is the one day of the year that the entire American family gathers together to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy in … Continue Reading

November 20, 2012

Manchin Joins Community Members in Serving Others

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will join other volunteers today and Wednesday to serve food to the less fortunate and thank the volunteers for their dedication and hard work. "Every Thanksgiving, I recall one of the most important lessons my parents taught me: If you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings," Senator Manchin said. "That is why Gayle and I think it is so important to spend time serving others who need a helping hand, especially during … Continue Reading

November 15, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, 11 Additional Senators Request Disaster Aid for Superstorm Sandy in 2013 Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) have joined 11 other senators from states impacted by Superstorm Sandy and asked President Obama to provide additional emergency aid for federal disaster assistance programs. The Senators wrote to the President and asked him to take swift action so the necessary funds can be used to help victims of Sandy rebuild and recover. The Senators also requested an increased federal share for recovery costs. Senators Manchin … Continue Reading

November 14, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller & Rahall Urge West Virginians Affected by Derecho to Apply for FEMA Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today reminded West Virginians that the deadline for applying for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) related to this summer's "derecho" is fast approaching. Following a letter Rockefeller, Manchin and Rahall wrote to President Obama in September asking for reconsideration of an earlier denial of Individual Assistance to Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and … Continue Reading

November 13, 2012

Manchin Bill Would Increase Sportsmen's Access to Pubic Lands, Preserve Hunting and Fishing Rights

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted tonight for a measure that he co-sponsored to increase sportsmen's access to public lands, protect special habitats and preserve hunting and fishing rights. The Senate voted 92-5 to move forward with consideration of the bill and will continue debating the measure this week. More than 50 sportmen's groups, including the National Rifle Association, support the measure. "Our hunting and fishing heritage - especially in West Virginia - … Continue Reading

November 13, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funds for WV Police to Protect Children Against Internet Crime

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced more than $275,000 in federal funding to the West Virginia State Police to help law enforcement investigate and prosecute sexual exploitation against children. The grant will also help the West Virginia State Police upgrade their computer capabilities to help reduce the backlog of cases and streamline analysis. "The Internet is a great resource for learning, but it can also put kids at risk," said Rockefeller. … Continue Reading

November 13, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funds to Strengthen Sexual Violence Prevention & Education in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced more than $150,000 in federal funding for the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources to continue the Rape Prevention and Education program. "Making sure West Virginians are safe in their homes and in their communities is so important, and we must do everything possible to reduce sexual violence," said Rockefeller, cosponsor of the Violence Against Women Act. "Improving education and building … Continue Reading

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