Press Releases

March 18, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Tourism Industry And Small Businesses On Concerns Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. "The tourism industry and small businesses are essential to West Virginia's economy and right now they are making decisions that are devastating to their own businesses to help make our communities safer during the coronavirus outbreak. We have to make sure that these businesses are supported by … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Manchin: We Must Keep Fairmont Regional Open During Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on efforts to keep Fairmont Regional Medical Center (FRMC) open during the coronavirus outbreak. "I am imploring our state government and medical officials to keep medical centers like FRMC open during the outbreak. These facilities are going to be essential to helping provide the necessary healthcare to everyone affected by this deadly virus. West Virginia has the most at risk population in the country … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Manchin Presses VA On Coronavirus Outbreak Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today pressed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie on the VA's plans and preparations for the coronavirus outbreak that will disproportionately affect many Veterans. Senator Manchin said in part, "The safety and well-being of every West Virginian must remain our top priority. Veterans across West Virginia have raised their hand to defend and protect our nation and are no strangers to thriving during difficult times. … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Manchin Speaks On Supporting Americans At Risk During Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today spoke on the Senate Floor on the need to support Americans at risk during the coronavirus outbreak. To watch Senator Manchin's speech please click here. "Up until a few days ago my state of West Virginia felt we were immune. There were no cases reported in our state. I knew that wasn't the case and many people knew we weren't testing because the amount of tests needed weren't out there, so people had a false sense of maybe hope or … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Manchin: We Need To Focus On Supporting American Workers, Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on focusing on medical research and supporting American workers and small businesses. "My top priority remains the health and safety of every West Virginian as we fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The government's main focus right now must be two-fold: investing in medical research to quickly end this pandemic and supporting the average American worker and small business owners who are being … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Manchin Statement On First Confirmed Coronavirus Case In West Virginia And The Closing Of Restaurants, Bars And Casinos

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the first confirmed COVID-19 case in West Virginia in the Eastern Panhandle and on Governor Justice's decision to close restaurants, bars, and casinos while allowing carry out options. "Today Governor Justice has confirmed the first coronavirus case in our state in the Eastern Panhandle. The safety and well-being of every West Virginian must remain our top priority and we all share the responsibility … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Manchin Gets Commitment From FDA Commissioner To Expedite Coronavirus Testing For West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke to Dr. Stephen Hahn, the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the urgent need for COVID-19 testing in West Virginia hospitals. Senator Manchin also urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec to provide personal protective equipment (PPEs) which includes gloves, gowns, face shields, and masks, to … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $5.5 Million For Coronavirus Response In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $5,556,448 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the coronavirus response across West Virginia. This funding is through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. "Our state and local public health professionals are vital to addressing and preparing for this coronavirus outbreak. This … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

WV Delegation Members Send Letter Of Support To FAA For Yeager Airport Runway Extension

Washington, D.C. -West Virginia Congressional delegation members U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Representatives Alex Mooney (WV-02) and Carol Miller (WV-03) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Stephen Dickson, on Friday to show support for the proposed runway extension at Yeager Airport. Read the full letter below or click here. Dear Mr. Dickson, We write to you on behalf of Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charleston, WV. … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Manchin Calls On Senate To Act Now On Emergency Coronavirus Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today called on the Senate to act immediately on emergency coronavirus funding, which has already been passed by the House of Representatives. Watch Senator Manchin speak on the Senate Floor on the need to pass emergency coronavirus funding now. "I have no doubt Democrats and Republicans will come together and take care and help people and will come to the aid of the economy of our country and I hope they realize the people that really need … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $60 Million For Additional West Virginia Flood Recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $60,979,321.56 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support construction and repair, most notably of schools in Greenbrier, Nicholas, and Kanawha counties. This funding from the FEMA Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation grant program was released after a modification was made to the … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Manchin Statement On WVU Temporarily Acquiring Fairmont Regional Medical Center

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the announcement by West Virginia University (WVU) to temporarily acquire Fairmont Regional Medical Center (FRMC). WVU will be taking over the FRMC emergency department while they establish a new small hospital facility. Since last month when FRMC announced the closure of their facilities, Senator Manchin has worked tirelessly to ensure that Marion County residents receive the quality care they … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Manchin Statement On Closure Of West Virginia Schools Due To Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the closure of West Virginia schools due to the coronavirus outbreak. "The decision by Governor Justice to close West Virginia schools due to the coronavirus outbreak was the most prudent decision based on the advice we have received from public health experts, including the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. They have made it clear that the most … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Manchin Asks, USDA Approves West Virginia To Provide Meals To Children During Coronavirus Outbreak

Washington, D.C. - Late last night following a letter from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA approved a waiver for the West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition to prepare to feed children meals following the Summer Food Service Program and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option guidelines if West Virginia schools close due to the coronavirus outbreak. This approval allows West Virginia to be reimbursed for the … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Senate Passes Manchin Resolution Honoring Americorps Volunteers

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed S. Res. 540, introduced by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), designating March 8-14 as AmeriCorps week. The resolution acknowledges the significant accomplishments of AmeriCorps members and alumni, and raises awareness about the importance of national service. "West Virginia has always had a long tradition of neighbors helping neighbors. National service is an important part of our future as a state and nation, and its impact can never be … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Manchin Urges Caution As Coronavirus Spreads

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement urging West Virginians to exercise caution in the coming weeks as the coronavirus spreads throughout the United States. "I am urging West Virginians to take deliberate precautions to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, I have decided against holding any public events next week. After a Senate staffer from a different office tested … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Manchin, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Bill to Promote Fair Hiring In Banking

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to reduce barriers to employment in the banking industry for qualified applicants with minor criminal records. Currently, otherwise highly qualified individuals with minor arrest or conviction records are prohibited from working in the banking industry because of a provision in the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, which requires financial institutions to screen out applicants with criminal … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Congress Passes Manchin's Proposals To Address Incorrect Broadband Coverage Maps

Washington, D.C. - Today the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Act (Broadband DATA Act). This bill will help to fix the country's faulty broadband coverage maps and contains several key provisions that came directly from Senator Manchin's efforts as well as his bill, the Map Improvement Act of 2019. Senator Manchin also questioned Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai today on incorrect broadband coverage maps during an … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $600,000 For West Virginia University Research Corporation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $633,296 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) for West Virginia University (WVU) Research Cooperation. This funding will go towards a project that will examine neural processes involved with human social attention and visual focus. "I am glad that the National Science … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

ICYMI: Congress Passes Manchin Priorities In Supporting Older Americans Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Senate passage of the Supporting Older Americans Act last week. The Supporting Older Americans Act is a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act with a 6% increase in funding for Title III, which supports home-based nutrition delivery services which are essential to many of West Virginia's aging population. The bill also authorizes the Grandparents Raising Grand Kids Act for an additional year, creating a taskforce to provide … Continue Reading

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