Press Releases

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

June 13, 2012

Manchin Measure Would Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

West Va. ranks 10th in the nation for childhood obesity, at 18.9 percent Washington, D.C. - With childhood obesity rates at record highs, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced an amendment today to help children develop healthy eating habits. His bipartisan 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 … Continue Reading

June 12, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller & Rahall Announce Federal Funds for Mine Safety Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, as well as Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced that West Virginia has been awarded $563,256 in federal funding to help improve mine safety training to protect miners and the communities where mining is taking place. The funding from the U.S. Department of Labor's grant to the state will be used to fund health and safety training, and education programs for miners, mine operators and contractors working on mine properties. … Continue Reading

June 12, 2012

Manchin Supports Effort to Rein in EPA on New Power Plant Rule

Republican Senator Inhofe thanks Senator Manchin on the Senate floor for his support Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about an upcoming vote on a Congressional Joint Resolution of Disapproval that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with a new rule that hurts jobs in West Virginia and around the country. The EPA's stringent new rule, known as Utility MACT, was finalized in December and would require power … Continue Reading

June 08, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Brown, Mikulski, Cardin Work to Protect Benefits for RG Steel Employees & Retirees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced that they sent letters to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman asking them to make sure that eligible RG Steel employees and retirees receive benefits to help them seek new employment and access affordable health coverage. RG Steel filed for bankruptcy on May … Continue Reading

June 07, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Reflect on Meetings with the Families of UBB Victims

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, Jay Rockefeller and Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) issued the following statements today about their meetings with the families of the victims of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Senator Manchin met with the families today, and Senator Rockefeller and Rep. Rahall met with the families on Wednesday. "It was my honor and privilege to meet today with the families who lost loved ones in the Upper Big Branch mining tragedy, and to discuss … Continue Reading

June 06, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller & Rahall Meet With Families Who Lost Loved Ones At Upper Big Branch Mine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today issued the following statements on meetings with the families who lost loved ones at the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. The group of families met with Rockefeller and Rahall today and will meet with Manchin tomorrow. "Congress needs to recognize the urgency of passing mine safety legislation, and I've been very frustrated that it has yet to happen. I greatly appreciated meeting … Continue Reading

June 06, 2012

Manchin Welcomes West Virginia Veterans to Washington

**Video, Audio Available** Manchin accompanies veterans to memorials honoring their service Washington, D.C. - On the 68th anniversary of D-Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly welcomed 31 veterans from West Virginia to the nation's capital for the state's inaugural "Always Free Honor Flight." The veterans visited the capital free of cost to see the memorials built in their honor. Twelve of them served in World War II, three served in the Korean War and 16 served in Vietnam. … Continue Reading

June 05, 2012

Manchin: Nothing Fair About Paycheck Gap

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement announcing that he strongly supports the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure this afternoon. "People should earn the same pay for the same work. Period," Senator Manchin said. "It shouldn't matter whether you're a woman or a man - you should be treated fairly no matter what. The fact that working women in West Virginia are earning 70 cents to every dollar a man makes just … Continue Reading

June 01, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grants for Three West Virginia Regional Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced that three regional airports serving Barbour, Marshall, and Upshur counties will receive a total of $795,727 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to help them construct new hangar buildings. "West Virginia's airports are critical lifelines for our businesses, tourism, and our state's economy. And making sure they receive the upgrades they need will enable our communities to continue to see the … Continue Reading

June 01, 2012

Manchin Fights to Protect Jobs in Rural West Va. Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is fighting for legislation that will help protect the jobs of teachers, road crews, police officers and other county employees in rural areas of West Virginia and the nation. He has joined a bipartisan group of 25 Senators who are urging negotiators working on the Surface Transportation bill to keep one-year extensions of two commonsense programs, Secure Rural Schools and Payments in Lieu of Taxes. "Without this funding, counties' … Continue Reading

May 31, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce More Than $22,000 to Support National Park Recreational Opportunities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, (all D-W.Va.), announced today that more than $22,000 will be awarded to the New River Gorge National River and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to improve trails and bring more youth to the parks. The funding comes from the National Park Foundation's Active Trails Program. The New River Gorge National River will receive $18,000 to support Trips for Kids, a non-profit organization … Continue Reading

May 31, 2012

Manchin Demonstrates a Strong Commitment to W.Va. Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will continue his week-long statewide tour today with a visit to Wendling's Food Service in Buckhannon, where he will receive an award for his commitment to increasing opportunity and reducing government regulation. Senator Manchin is the first Senate Democrat to receive the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Award, presented by the International Foodservice Distributors Association. Senator Manchin also demonstrated his commitment to entrepreneurs … Continue Reading

May 31, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grant for West Virginia Crime Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced that the West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund will receive $1,191,000 in federal funding to help them to continue providing financial assistance to victims of Federal and State crimes. "Helping our neighbors when they are in need is at the core of every West Virginian," said Rockefeller. "Victims suffer not only physically and emotionally, but also financially as a result of violent crimes, and this … Continue Reading

May 29, 2012

Manchin Urges Support for Older Americans Act at Beckley Senior Center

Manchin is offering two commonsense amendments to the bill: the Seniors' Financial Bill of Rights and the Streamlining Services for Older Veterans Act Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) visited the Raleigh County Senior Center today to urge West Virginians to support the Older Americans Act, a law that funds programs like Meals on Wheels, adult day services, caregiver help, legal assistance, transportation and abuse prevention for the elderly. Senator Manchin is a … Continue Reading

May 25, 2012

Manchin Amends Defense Bill to Cut Expensive Contracting, Protect Veterans’ Benefits and National Guard

Senator Manchin's measures would also address veterans' unemployment Washington, D.C. - In a major legislative victory, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) successfully added provisions to the annual defense authorization bill, including measures that give our service members and families the benefits that they deserve and reduce the salaries of expensive contractors. The annual defense bill cleared the committee unanimously, with no dissenting votes from Democrats or Republicans. Since … Continue Reading

May 25, 2012

Manchin Statement on Memorial Day

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day: "Memorial Day is a special day to reflect on the courageous service of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and to whom we are eternally grateful," Senator Manchin said. "Showing our appreciation is something we should do each and every day, but on Memorial Day, we as a nation can come together to just say thank you. The freedoms we enjoy - … Continue Reading

May 24, 2012

Manchin: We Must Come Together To Keep Student Loans Affordable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about votes today on keeping student loan rates affordable. "The fact is that keeping student loan rates low should be one of the highest priorities for this country, because we must invest in the next generation," Senator Manchin said. "As Democrats and Republicans, we must come together and agree on a way to keep student loans affordable. "For the people of West Virginia, it's only fair to fund these … Continue Reading

May 24, 2012

Saturday: Manchin to Kick-Off Weeklong Tour of W.Va. with Celebration of Memorial Day

Washington, D.C. - Beginning Saturday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will launch a week-long statewide tour focused on honoring our veterans, helping small businesses and improving the quality of life for our seniors. "I'm looking forward to spending several days in our state meeting our veterans, visiting senior centers and talking to small business owners about how to kick-start our economy," Senator Manchin said. "I truly look forward to these state work periods where I can tour our … Continue Reading

May 24, 2012

Manchin Thanks Senate Colleagues for Unanimous Support of Bill to Help Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

**Video, Audio Available** Manchin's bill to reclassify all hydrocodone substances with Schedule II status passed the Senate last night Washington, D.C.- With prescription drug abuse on the rise across the country, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today thanked his colleagues in the Senate for coming together across party lines to fight addiction and abuse by unanimously supporting his measure to make it harder to get addictive painkillers. The Senator's bipartisan amendment to the … Continue Reading

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