Press Releases

June 29, 2012

Manchin Meets with WV Bicyclists at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

**Photos Available** Washington, D.C. - Last night at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) greeted a group of eight bicyclists from West Virginia who completed a 425-mile ride from Huntington to Washington, D.C. to raise money and awareness to help homeless veterans. "The men and women who have served so bravely in the defense of our country deserve the very best in treatment and care, and even one veteran sleeping on the street is one too many. My total … Continue Reading

June 28, 2012

Manchin Applauds Bipartisan Agreement on Jobs-Creating Transportation Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement about a bipartisan agreement on the surface transportation bill. "Investing in infrastructure isn't a Democratic idea or a Republican idea - it's an American idea. While this measure is not perfect, I am pleased that my colleagues were able to work together across party lines to reach an agreement. When it comes to infrastructure and all of our critical priorities, our states are counting on us to work … Continue Reading

June 28, 2012

Manchin Praises Dupont’s Commitment to National Guard and Reserve

Washington, D.C. -- As the co-chair and founder of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), representatives from DuPont and officials from the Department of Defense at a ceremony today highlighting the value that members of the National Guard and Reserve add to private companies. At the ceremony, DuPont formally reaffirmed their corporate commitment to the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve organization. ESGR is a … Continue Reading

June 28, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller and Rahall Welcome Advocates for Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall today issued the following statements on the six-day, 425-mile ride from Huntington to Washington, D.C. by eight bicyclists advocating for the Homeless Veterans Resource Center in Huntington. "This was a tough ride through the mountains of West Virginia and into Washington, D.C. - and a committed journey that reflects the sacrifices of those they're advocating for. I applaud the bicyclists for … Continue Reading

June 28, 2012

Manchin Statement on Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the Supreme Court's ruling on the health care law today. "We should all recognize that the health care challenges that many West Virginians and Americans face are not going to go away unless Congress takes additional action to repair this bill. Now that the Court has ruled, we can move forward with fixing what is wrong with this bill and saving what is right. I have always been determined to reduce … Continue Reading

June 27, 2012

Manchin Addresses Prescription Drug Abuse, Student Loans and Energy Needs in Latest Installment of ‘Manchin’s Mailbox’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released his fourth episode of "Manchin's Mailbox" today to answer questions from West Virginians about his positions on critical issues, including fighting the war on prescription drug abuse, keeping student loan interest rates low and keeping good energy jobs in the state. The 6-minute question-and-answer session can be found here. "I truly value the concept of 'retail government,' so I can personally reach out to the people of West … Continue Reading

June 27, 2012

Manchin on Second Anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd’s Death

**Audio, Video Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement in advance of the second anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd's death. "Today, we remember our dear friend and a great statesman for all his contributions to our beautiful state and great nation. An unwavering defender of the Constitution and a determined fighter for West Virginia, Senator Robert C. Byrd remains on West Virginians' minds, while his legacy of public service … Continue Reading

June 27, 2012

Manchin Congratulates Marshall University on its Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after learning that Marshall University's Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate accreditation status by the Accreditation Council For Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. "I congratulate Marshall University, President Kopp and the faculty and staff of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy on achieving Precandidate accreditation status for the Doctor of Pharmacy … Continue Reading

June 26, 2012

Manchin Shares Stories of West Virginians’ Efforts to Fight Drug Abuse

Manchin applauds expected passage of provision to put tighter controls on synthetic substances Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin went to the Senate floor this morning to share the personal stories of West Virginians who are demanding that lawmakers confront the prescription drug epidemic. Senator Manchin offered a measure to put tighter controls on a highly addictive painkiller called hydrocodone. The measure passed unanimously across party lines in the Senate, but was ultimately … Continue Reading

June 25, 2012

Manchin Statement on the Advancement of the FDA Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement about his support for a bill to continue funding the Food and Drug Administration's prescription drug and device approval process in a Senate vote tonight. "While this bill isn't perfect, I supported the FDA bill tonight because it contains so many important provisions that will ensure that people get the medicine they need," Senator Manchin said. "However, I am extremely disappointed that the bill didn't … Continue Reading

June 25, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce More Than $653K to Hire Veterans for Law Enforcement Jobs in WV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) announced today that five cities in West Virginia will receive more than $653,000 to hire veterans as law enforcement officers through the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office. All new officers hired under the grant must be military veterans who have served for at least 180 days of active military service. "Even though many of us are forced to tighten our belts during … Continue Reading

June 21, 2012

Manchin: ‘I Don’t Know How We Can Ignore Prescription Drug Abuse Much Longer’

**Audio, Video Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) vowed today to continue his fight against prescription drug abuse and find a way forward for his hydrocodone rescheduling amendment. Two weeks ago, the Senate unanimously adopted a Manchin-sponsored measure to make it harder to get hydrocodone pills for illegitimate reasons. Senator Manchin's amendment to the FDA bill moved hydrocodone to the list of Schedule II substances from the list of Schedule III … Continue Reading

June 21, 2012

Manchin-Sponsored Amendment in Farm Bill Will Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

Washington, D.C. - In a strong bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate passed a significant measure today to reform the country's agriculture policy to reduce the deficit by $23 billion while also supporting 16 million jobs. In addition, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act contains a Manchin-sponsored amendment that would help young children develop healthy eating habits. The bill passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 64-35. The Manchin amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte … Continue Reading

June 20, 2012

Manchin Celebrates State’s History on West Virginia Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement in celebration of West Virginia Day. "The history of our state is so special. We are one of two states to be born out of the Civil War, and President Lincoln's handprints are all over our state, as he was responsible for our creation. The history of our state is so important to me, and West Virginia Day is a day to remember how we came to be and how proud we are to be West Virginians. It's also a day to … Continue Reading

June 20, 2012

Senate Passes Manchin Measure to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan amendment offered by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to help children develop healthy eating habits passed the Senate moments ago with unanimous support from his colleagues. The amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), would require the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture to develop, implement and promote national dietary guidelines for pregnant women and children between the ages zero and 2. No such standards exist … Continue Reading

June 20, 2012

Manchin: ‘Enough Is Enough’ From The EPA

Washington, D.C. - Pointing to the thousands West Virginians whose good jobs depend directly and indirectly on the coal industry and reasonable utility rates, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said today that he will continue to fight against any overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency. Senator Manchin voted in favor of a Congressional resolution that would stop the EPA from implementing the Utility MACT rule, which is one of the most expensive rules in agency history. … Continue Reading

June 19, 2012

NYT Reports Manchin Fighting Lobbying Efforts to Sink New Controls on Painkillers

Washington, D.C. - In case you missed it, the New York Times is highlighting efforts by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to fight prescription drug abuse by putting stricter controls on the highly-addictive painkiller hydrocodone. The provision was unanimously added to the Senate version of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act on May 23, but was not included in the House bill. "I am determined to see this thing through. I'm not giving up on this. This measure will pass, whether it … Continue Reading

June 14, 2012

Manchin Fights for Measure to Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse in House-Senate Compromise Bill

Manchin's measure was adopted unanimously in Senate vote on FDA bill, is now being negotiated with House of Representatives Washington, D.C. - As Senate and House negotiators iron out a compromise on a bill to fund the FDA, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is fighting to keep his amendment to make it more difficult to get hydrocodone illegitimately. In a floor speech this afternoon, Senator Manchin urged negotiators of a House-Senate compromise of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act to … Continue Reading

June 14, 2012

In Unprecedented Energy Tour, Manchin Hosting Senate Committee Leaders in West Virginia

Senators Wyden and Murkowski to visit important energy production sites throughout the state to learn more about West Virginia's contributions to energy Governor Tomblin will join delegation at briefing and press conference Saturday Charleston, W.Va. - In an unprecedented effort to bring lawmakers together around a commonsense energy policy, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is inviting the incoming Chairperson and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to … Continue Reading

June 14, 2012

Manchin Recognizes Army’s 237th Birthday

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement commemorating the 237th birthday of the United States Army. "For 237 years, the United States Army has defended this country with bravery and with honor, and we could not be more grateful. Particularly in West Virginia, we are so proud of the contributions of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to serve in the Army and build this nation into what we are today - the … Continue Reading

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