Press Releases

January 16, 2012

Senator Manchin Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. "Today is a very special day in our nation's history. It's a time to reflect on the life and legacy of a man who fought against injustice and inspired a movement of tolerance and equality for all Americans. Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrate his lasting legacy of hope. "Dr. King was a man who truly practiced what he preached. His strength of … Continue Reading

January 13, 2012

Manchin, Kirk Join Growing Effort for Bipartisan Seating at State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - Building on a tradition launched last year by U.S. Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announced today that they will be seatmates at the President's State of the Union address later this month. "After spending a year in Congress, it's clear to me that we must find ways to work together for the good of our country, and I believe that this new tradition demonstrates our commitment to put party … Continue Reading

January 13, 2012

Manchin Continues His Second Week of ‘Standing Up For Common Sense’ Tour

Washington, D.C. - Next week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will continue his 2-week, statewide tour of West Virginia focused on "Standing Up for Common Sense," making stops in Ghent, Beckley, Sutton, Morgantown and Blacksville. "We've had an overwhelming response everywhere we've been so far," Senator Manchin said. "People are so eager to talk about the direction this country is headed and what they can do to stand up for common sense. In West Virginia, our people are our greatest … Continue Reading

January 11, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $240,758 for Volunteer Fire Departments in Shepherdstown and Lesage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W. Va.) announced today that two fire departments in Shepherdstown and Lesage will receive a total of $240,758 under the 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funding can be used to purchase updated response equipment, new personal protective equipment and vehicles. The grant can also go toward modernizing the station and its facilities. The Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department will receive $174,305. … Continue Reading

January 11, 2012

Manchin Continues ‘Standing Up For Common Sense’ Tour with Additional Stops Across West Va.

Washington, D.C. - Next week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will continue his 2-week, statewide tour of West Virginia focused on "Standing Up for Common Sense," making stops in Ghent, Beckley, Sutton, Morgantown and Blacksville. Senator Manchin launched his "Standing Up for Common Sense" tour on Monday, kicking the week off with a "Coffee and Common Sense" event in St. Albans. He made stops in Lincoln County before ending the day with a town hall meeting in Milton. Yesterday, he … Continue Reading

January 10, 2012

Manchin Outlines a Bipartisan Path Forward to Solve Country’s Problems

Washington, D.C. - On the second day of his "Standing Up for Common Sense" tour, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said the problems facing the country are so challenging that it's time for all Americans to stand up with him, and the Senator sent a letter to the President and Congressional leaders outlining three steps that will help our elected officials do the right thing and ultimately refocus Democrats and Republicans alike on what the American people elected them to do. "For the sake … Continue Reading

January 05, 2012

'Standing Up For Common Sense': Manchin Launches 2-Week Tour of West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Beginning Monday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will launch a 2-week statewide tour focused on "Standing Up For Common Sense." During the tour, Manchin will discuss the immense policy challenges ahead in 2012 and the need to stand up for commonsense ideas that will create jobs, boost the economy, achieve energy independence, protect seniors and rebuild America. "For the sake of our state's future and our country's future, we in West Virginia must stand up for … Continue Reading

December 23, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Grant for Bancroft Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), today announced that Bancroft Volunteer Fire Department in Putnam County will receive $97,901 as part of the latest round of funding under the Fiscal Year 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. This money will assist with operations and safety. "First responders are the backbone for our public safety. With this much-needed grant they will be better equipped to protect the people of this community," said … Continue Reading

December 23, 2011

Manchin Statement on Payroll Tax Agreement

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on the payroll tax cut extension. "Today's agreement and the dysfunction of the past few weeks prove once again that now is the time for our leaders and all members of Congress to put politics aside and come together in the New Year to find the long-term compromise that proved elusive these past few weeks. "While so many West Virginians and I would have preferred a long-term deal that would … Continue Reading

December 22, 2011

Manchin Statement on Death of Mike Lakin

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today after learning that Mike Lakin, a member of the National Guard and pilot for the State of West Virginia, died in a plane crash in Ohio. "Gayle and I were so saddened to hear today about Mike's tragic death. Mike was so proud to serve his country and the state of West Virginia, and I am so grateful for his service," Senator Manchin said. "While no words can give comfort, our thoughts and prayers are … Continue Reading

December 22, 2011

Rahall, Rockefeller, Manchin Announce $8 Million to Help West Virginians Stay Warm This Winter

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Thursday announced the release of $8.2 million in federal funds for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, to assist West Virginia's most vulnerable households in keeping the heat on this winter. "In too many cases, seniors on fixed incomes or working families who have fallen on tough economic times are forced to choose between keeping the heat on and putting … Continue Reading

December 21, 2011

Manchin Statement on New, Onerous EPA Rules

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement today about new regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that - by the agency's own estimates - will cost billions to implement, causing significant job losses at a time when West Virginians and Americans can least afford them. The EPA issued its final Utility MACT rule today. "Today's announcement of yet another onerous rule by the EPA completely ignores the devastating impact these … Continue Reading

December 21, 2011

Protecting our Hunting and Fishing Rights

As an avid hunter and fisherman, I will always protect our rights. I would never encourage, support, or vote for anything that would take away even one acre of land we are currently using for hunting and fishing in West Virginia. As Governor and now as your United States Senator, I have truly sought not only to preserve - but also to enhance - the resources we hold dear along with the tradition of hunting that is so important to our state and its people. Earlier this year, at the request … Continue Reading

December 19, 2011

Manchin-Coats ‘Fair Compliance Act’ Gains Support from Senators Thune, Moran

Washington, D.C. - The bipartisan Senate effort to create reasonable timelines for utilities to comply with two major Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules gained momentum today as Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) announced additional cosponsors, Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). Thune and Moran join a growing list of supporters, including Senators Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Bob Corker … Continue Reading

December 19, 2011

Manchin Announces Service Academy Nominations

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he will nominate 28 West Virginia students to the U.S. service academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The students are from the following counties: Berkeley, Morgan, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Ohio, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Summers and Wood. "West Virginians have … Continue Reading

December 19, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Encourage West Virginians to Check for Unclaimed Tax Refunds

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Representative Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) today encouraged West Virginians to check whether they are among the nearly 100,000 Americans who have not claimed $153.3 million in tax refunds. "Especially when so many families are struggling to make ends meet, I strongly encourage all West Virginians to take a look at their records to see if they can collect any tax refunds from the IRS," Senator Manchin said. "Please … Continue Reading

December 17, 2011

Manchin Statement on Senate Passage of Annual Funding Measure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today after the Senate passed an appropriations package that will fund the government through the end of September 2012. "Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate have started down the difficult road of cutting back on government spending while making sure that government can perform its vital functions, from paying our troops to building our roads to protecting our homeland to being prepared to … Continue Reading

December 17, 2011

Manchin: Americans Deserve Better Than 2-Month Stopgap Measures and Partisan Games

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement after voting against a 2-month proposal to extend the payroll tax cut. "No matter where anyone stands on the payroll tax debate, this 2-month proposal is a failure for the American people. I am furious and disgusted that anyone could imagine this stopgap measure is the best that Congress could offer hard-working Americans, seniors and the unemployed. Delaying a decision for another two months makes no sense - … Continue Reading

December 16, 2011

'Manchin’s Mailbox:' Episode 2

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released his second episode of "Manchin's Mailbox" to answer questions from West Virginians about his positions on how to fix the nation's fiscal crisis, his bipartisan "Fair Compliance Act" and the extension of unemployment benefits. The 6-minute question-and-answer session can be found here. "Whether I am traveling around West Virginia or working in Washington to represent the values of our great state, this feature is an … Continue Reading

December 15, 2011

Manchin Applauds Elevation of National Guard to Joint Chiefs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted today for final passage of a bipartisan bill to elevate the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and fund the Department of Defense for the coming year. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act will now go to the President's desk for his signature. Senator Manchin, who was part of the group negotiating a compromise on the differences between a Senate … Continue Reading

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