Press Releases

July 18, 2012

Manchin: West Virginia is ‘All-Star’ State for Military Voting Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that the Military Voter Protection Project recognized West Virginia for its strong leadership efforts in promoting and protecting the voting rights of America's military service members and their families. As part of the Military Voter Protection Project's 2012 Heroes Vote Initiative, West Virginia is one of 15 states to be named as "All-Star" states for its extraordinary efforts to make it easier for servicemembers to … Continue Reading

July 17, 2012

Manchin Statement on Importance of Keeping Miners Healthy and Reducing Black Lung Cases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today about the need for standards that will keep miners healthy and reduce incidences of black lung. "The health and safety of our miners is the highest priority I have for our coal industry - it always has been, and always will be," Senator Manchin said. "When it comes to black lung, we must do everything in our power to keep our miners healthy. I know we can work together to do better, and I am … Continue Reading

July 17, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grant to Help Homeless Veterans in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced almost $260,000 in federal funding that will help prevent homelessness among our nation's veterans. Through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program, the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) awarded the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center, Inc. in Charleston with the federal funding. With this grant, the organization plans to continue to serve around 110 participant households in Kanawha, … Continue Reading

July 17, 2012

Manchin: We Need to Change the Campaign Finance System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) spoke on the Senate floor today to underscore his commitment to the DISCLOSE Act, which would increase transparency and openness in campaign financing. "The people of West Virginia believe that we need openness and transparency to stay informed and keep our democracy strong - and the DISCLOSE Act would do just that. The people of this country have a right to know who is spending large amounts of money to influence elections, and this … Continue Reading

July 17, 2012

Wednesday: Manchin to Speak at Macy’s Fulfillment Center Grand Opening

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will speak Wednesday at the grand opening of the Macy's Fulfillment Center in Martinsburg. This Direct and Consumer Fulfillment Center will serve as a hub for online and phone purchases for much of the East Coast. At its peak, the facility is expected to employ 2,000 people. "This will be a great day for the Eastern Panhandle, all of West Virginia, and for Macy's," Senator Manchin said. "Macy's has discovered what we have all always … Continue Reading

July 17, 2012

Manchin: Make Sure That America’s Olympic Uniforms are Made in the USA

Washington, D.C. - After learning that the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team's uniforms were outsourced to China, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is joining his colleagues to require that athletes' uniforms will proudly carry the "Made in the U.S.A." logo when they walk in the opening ceremonies. Along with Senator Manchin, the "Team USA Made in America Act of 2012" was introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten … Continue Reading

July 16, 2012

Manchin Supports Disclose Act to Increase Transparency, Fairness in Campaign Finance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement supporting the DISCLOSE Act. "So many West Virginians are troubled with the increasing role that money is playing in politics, and I am concerned about how much anonymous money is influencing our democratic process. Since the Supreme Court's decision on the Citizens United campaign finance case, we have seen outside groups unleash an unprecedented flood of money to sway elections - without telling us who … Continue Reading

July 16, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $186,000 Grant for Harrison County EMS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced a $186,000 federal grant for the Harrison County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for operations and safety to further its ability to protect the health and safety of the people of Harrison County. Harrison County EMS is a volunteer emergency squad based in Clarksburg, which serves communities throughout Harrison County. "The destruction of the Derecho storm this month showed once again just how essential well … Continue Reading

July 15, 2012

Manchin , Rockefeller & Rahall Announce Funds for Cancer Research at Marshall University

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, Senator Joe Manchin, and Congressman Nick Rahall today announced $426,000 in federal funds for Marshall University from the National Cancer Institute's Academic Research Enhancement Awards. "Marshall University is conducting important cancer research that holds incredible promise and this funding will help make sure that research goes on uninterrupted," Rockefeller said. "Being awarded this … Continue Reading

July 12, 2012

Manchin Statement on Senate Jobs Measure That Won’t Create Jobs and Adds to Deficit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about voting against S. 2237, the so-called Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act. "This bill might sound like a good idea, but the fact is that it won't create jobs and it adds too much to our deficit," Senator Manchin said. "The people of West Virginia sent me to Washington to make hard choices, not make politically easy votes. I believe in helping our small businesses create jobs, but this bill doesn't … Continue Reading

July 12, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $1.8M Grant to Help Train Laid-Off Miners

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Representative Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) announced today that Workforce West Virginia will receive $1.8 million to provide reemployment services to about 200 West Virginia workers affected by statewide layoffs in the mining industry. This National Emergency Grant from the Department of Labor will be managed by the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc. "Our coal miners are some of the hardest working … Continue Reading

July 12, 2012

Manchin Seeks to Help Mountain State University Students Affected by Loss of Accreditation

Washington, D.C. - After learning that Mountain State University's accreditation is being revoked, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is working to make sure that all possible resources are made available to any affected students and personnel. Senator Manchin is working closely with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Learning Commission, which is an independent corporation of the … Continue Reading

July 11, 2012

Manchin: ‘It’s Wrong’ to Invest in Reliable Electricity for Afghanistan When West Virginians are Still Without Power

Manchin highlights newly announced $94 million project to make Afghanistan's grid more reliable while Americans suffer at home **Audio, Video Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) blasted a new project to provide reliable electricity to Afghanistan while tens of thousands of his constituents are still without power and water nearly two weeks after a major storm. "I rise this morning to address a situation that is very hard for me to believe and makes no sense … Continue Reading

July 06, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Significant Grants for Nursing Programs and Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced two grants totaling almost $100,000 in federal funding that will provide loans and scholarships for graduate and post-graduate students in West Virginia - including at Marshall University -- in the nursing program and traineeships for nurse anesthetist students. "Providing excellent education and training to the future nurses and health care providers of … Continue Reading

July 05, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller and Rahall Announce Extension for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller, Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency is extending the paper application deadline for the Assistance to Firefighters grant program, which provides federal funds for agencies needing critical equipment, training and other fire-fighting resources. Rockefeller this week sent a letter to FEMA Administrator William Fugate seeking an extension amid widespread power outages in West Virginia and the … Continue Reading

July 03, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Almost $6.3 Million for Yeager Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin announced that Yeager Airport in Charleston will receive almost $6.3 million in federal funding for airport runway improvements to help keep the airport safe and running smoothly, which is especially vital in the wake of last week's storm. "Making sure West Virginia's airports are as effective and safe as possible is absolutely essential," said Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. … Continue Reading

July 03, 2012

Manchin Statement on Call with Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) spoke today with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about West Virginia's critical needs following last week's severe storms. "I had a very good conversation with my friend Secretary Napolitano, and she told me that her heart goes out to the people of West Virginia. She assured me that the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA will do all they can to help our state recover. I specifically mentioned that West Virginia is … Continue Reading

July 03, 2012

Manchin Statement on Celebrating America’s Independence Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on celebrating America's Independence Day: "As we gather with our families and friends to celebrate the Fourth of July this year, many of our fellow West Virginians are still dealing with the serious damage caused by last weekend's severe storms, and our thoughts and prayers are with them. This is a time to come together to lend our neighbors a helping hand and check on your neighbors in need, and I know … Continue Reading

July 01, 2012


Information from FEMA available here: Urges West Virginians to report any information about stolen Frontier Communications generators LATEST UPDATE Washington, D.C. - In the aftermath of severe storms that have left hundreds of thousands of West Virginians without power in very hot weather, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is advising those in need to be in contact with their County Office of Emergency Services. At this early stage of … Continue Reading

June 30, 2012

Manchin Statement on West Virginia State of Emergency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement about the declared State of Emergency in West Virginia: "Last night's storms caused severe damage and left hundreds of thousands of West Virginians without electricity in this extreme heat. I urge all West Virginians to be very careful, stay hydrated, and check on your neighbors - especially the elderly. I know the state will do all it can to care for those in need, and I will do everything in my power … Continue Reading

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