Press Releases

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

November 11, 2012

Manchin: Honor Our Veterans All Year Long

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on Veterans Day: "The men and women of our country go to war with a noble pride, a raw courage, and a firm conviction that the power of America's values is at least as great as the power of America's weapons. It has been that way for every generation of Americans that has been willing to step into the line of fire for their fellow countrymen for the last 237 years, from Concord to Calais to Khe Sanh … Continue Reading

November 05, 2012

Manchin Meets with Secretary Napolitano, Governor Tomblin and National Guard to Assess Storm Damage

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet today with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and National Guard officials for a briefing on storm damage in West Virginia. "I truly thank my friend Janet Napolitano for everything she and this Administration have done to make sure that the people of West Virginia get the help we need to recover from this storm. She has worked hard to make sure that we've received anything we've asked for: … Continue Reading

November 02, 2012

Manchin Joins Governor Tomblin for Third Day of Storm Damage Assessment

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will travel across the state today with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the National Guard to make sure communities and first responders are getting the federal aid they need to help West Virginians to recover from the recent storm. They will visit the following locations: 11 a.m. Martinsburg 167th Airbase 222 Sabre Jet Boulevard Martinsburg, W.Va. 12:30 p.m. Preston County Emergency Operations Center 300 … Continue Reading

November 01, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Urge FEMA to Open Up More Federal Resources in Aftermath of Storm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today urged the President to approve the Governor's request that federal disaster assistance be made available to help West Virginia recover from this week's storm. President Obama on Tuesday declared a federal state of emergency in West Virginia, which authorized FEMA to provide emergency protective measures for all counties in West Virginia. Rockefeller, Manchin and Rahall today agreed with the … Continue Reading

November 01, 2012

Manchin to Join Governor Tomblin, National Guard to Continue to Assess Storm Damage

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will join Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for a second day of travel to assess damage from this week's storm. "We're touring some of the hardest-hit areas of our state today to let people know that help is on the way. We're hoping to see the areas that have been inaccessible because of the extremely heavy snowfalls and make sure that people get the supplies they need. We're working very closely together in a coordinated effort with FEMA, the … Continue Reading

October 31, 2012

Manchin, Rahall Joining Governor Tomblin on Storm Damage Assessment Tour Today

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall are joining Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on a tour of storm-struck areas in Braxton, Nicholas, Fayette and Raleigh counties. At National Guard armories and local emergency management offices, Senator Manchin and Congressman Rahall will assess the needs of residents and businesses and make sure West Virginians are receiving needed federal resources to help recover from the storm's aftermath. Senator Manchin and Congressman … Continue Reading

October 30, 2012

WV Congressional Delegation, Governor Incensed with EPA's Delay of King Coal Highway Project

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, Rep. Nick Rahall and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (all D-W.Va.) are outraged with the Environmental Protection Agency's delay of a key permit that would allow the CONSOL mine and King Coal Highway to move forward. After the EPA delayed issuing a needed 402 permit, CONSOL issued a WARN Notice tonight notifying workers that they would be laid off. The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority estimates that 2,000 acres of land could be … Continue Reading

October 30, 2012

Manchin Assures West Virginians He Will Make Sure State Has Needed Resources to Recover

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the storm and recovery efforts. "As we continue to weather this storm and recover from its effects, I know the people of West Virginia will watch out for their neighbors in the aftermath. I continue to urge everyone to listen to the directions of local authorities and to stay safe. I will remain in close contact with state and federal officials to make sure that our state has the resources we need to … Continue Reading

October 29, 2012

Manchin Urges All West Virginians to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Washington, D.C. - With Hurricane Sandy threatening serious damage in the coming days, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is encouraging West Virginians who could be affected to prepare for the storm. As with previous storms, Senator Manchin will provide updated information about who to contact for assistance on his website, "We've been through so many storms in our state, and the best way to handle a storm is to be as prepared as possible," Senator Manchin said. "That … Continue Reading

October 22, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller & Rahall Applaud FEMA for Granting 16 Additional West Virginia Counties Individual Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today applauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency for granting 16 additional West Virginia counties individual assistance for property owners affected by a severe "derecho" storm earlier this summer. After FEMA's September decision providing Individual Assistance to four West Virginia counties, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin requested FEMA expand assistance to additional counties. FEMA … Continue Reading

October 18, 2012

Manchin Applauds Growing Support to End Military Contractors’ Exorbitant Salaries and Stand Up for a Strong Defense

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today welcomed the growing support from public interest organizations for his effort to put an end to exorbitant, taxpayer-funded salaries to military contractors - which come at the cost of hardworking uniformed servicemembers and a strong military. "I appreciate the fact that our effort is getting so much attention - and particularly from people who understand how critical it is that we get a handle on our government's spending," … Continue Reading

October 18, 2012

Manchin Proud to Honor an American Hero

Charleston, W.V. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly honored the highly decorated Marine and recipient of the Medal of Honor, Hershel "Woody" Williams, today at the brand new Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center. "When you have people like Woody Williams in this country, you know we have and always will have a great country," Senator Manchin said at ceremonies dedicating the Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center in honor of Williams. "There are 3,459 Medal of Honor recipients - and … Continue Reading

October 17, 2012

Manchin, Rahall, Rockefeller Urge FEMA to Grant State’s Request for Additional Disaster Assistance

BECKLEY, W.Va. - The West Virginia Congressional Delegation today released the following statements in response to Governor Tomblin's request that 20 additional counties be added to the Federal Disaster Declaration that was issued following the June 29 derecho storm and extended power outage: "The derecho and subsequent storms that struck on June 29th took a terrible toll on West Virginia residents and businesses. Having toured several communities following the storm, I witnessed firsthand … Continue Reading

October 15, 2012

Manchin Celebrates Hundreds of Potential New Jobs at Gestamp Ribbon-Cutting

South Charleston, W.Va. - At a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Gestamp today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told the crowd that he was so proud to be part of the partnership that re-opened the stamping plant for potentially hundreds of good-paying jobs. "Government can do two things with your money - spend it or invest it. When I was governor, we chose to invest it," Senator Manchin said. "And one of the investments we made that really paid off was in Ray Park and his vision for this … Continue Reading

October 14, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grant for Mental Health Training Program at West Virginia University

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Joe Manchin today announced $476,263 in federal funding from the health care reform law for a mental and behavioral health training program at West Virginia University. "I've heard from West Virginians around the state about the need for better access to quality mental health care for our children, servicemembers, veterans and their families," Senator Rockefeller said. "West Virginia has a … Continue Reading

October 11, 2012

Manchin Applauds Decision to Fight Unfair Trade From China, Protect Good West Virginia Jobs

Manchin's letter cited devastating effect on West Virginia manufacturing businesses, especially Felman Productions of Letart Charleston, W.Va. - After U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged the International Trade Commission to continue to enforce an anti-dumping order against China and other countries, the organization announced today that it would keep these important policies in place. In a Sept. 5 letter, Senator Manchin described the devastating effect in West Virginia - especially … Continue Reading

October 11, 2012

Manchin Keeps Up the Fight on Prescription Drug Abuse

Charleston, W.Va. - When lobbyists killed Senator Manchin's measure to make it harder to abuse drugs containing hydrocodone in May, he vowed to West Virginians that he would keep up the fight to end the prescription drug epidemic. Later this month, Senator Manchin will make good on that promise. The Food and Drug Administration is holding a public meeting on the dangers of hydrocodone at its headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. Senator Manchin will speak before the FDA's Drug Safety and Risk … Continue Reading

October 04, 2012

Manchin Congratulates Parkersburg Businesswoman on Prestigious Small Business Award

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) congratulated Judy K. Sheppard, President and CEO of Professional Services of America, on receiving the 2012 West Virginia and Region 3 Minority Small Business Person of the Year award presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The award recognizes personal entrepreneurial achievements and business development. "I've worked with Judy for years and can attest firsthand that she deserves this extremely prestigious award," Senator … Continue Reading

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