Press Releases

March 03, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce $50,730 Grant for Belle Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), today announced that the Belle Fire Department in Kanawha County will receive $50,730 as part of the latest round of funding under the Fiscal Year 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. This money will assist with operations and safety. "First responders are on the front lines when it comes to protecting our communities and we thank them for the incredible service they provide," said Rockefeller. "This … Continue Reading

March 03, 2011

Manchin Statement on Boehner's Wrong-Headed Refusal to Allow WWI Veteran Buckles to Lie in State

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement after Speaker John Boehner refused to allow the country's last World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, to be honored by lying in state in the U.S. Capitol. "It is unconscionable that Speaker Boehner would deny this honor to the last living American veteran of World War I," Senator Manchin said. "Frank Buckles was the standard-bearer of a great cause, and spent the last years of his long life fighting to make … Continue Reading

March 02, 2011

Manchin, Moderate Senators Call for Action on Education Reform

**Photos Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and fellow moderate Senators Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Tom Carper (D-Delaware), and Chris Coons (D-Delaware) to introduce their goals for education reform as work progresses on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which funds primary and secondary education. "Right now, our nation's schools aren't producing the … Continue Reading

March 02, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Recommend West Virginia Circuit Judge Gina Marie Groh for Federal Judgeship

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller today announced that he is asking the White House to nominate Judge Gina Marie Groh to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, in Martinsburg. This position became vacant in 2006 with the death of Judge W. Craig Broadwater. "Judge Groh is a proven leader in West Virginia's legal community and is dedicated to upholding the principles of justice and fairness, which we expect from all members of our … Continue Reading

March 02, 2011

Readout of Senator Manchin’s Trip Overseas, Summarizing Meetings with Military Commanders, U.S. Diplomats, Local Officials and Troops on the Ground

**With NEW Visuals Available Online** Senator Joe Manchin just completed a 9-day fact-finding mission to six countries in the Middle East, traveling through war zones while visiting with national leaders and American allies. The Senator met with foreign Presidents and Prime Ministers, visited with the men and women of West Virginia who are serving on the ground and discussed the operations with senior U.S. diplomats and military commanders. "This was my first trip to the region as … Continue Reading

March 02, 2011

Manchin Calls for Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he will cosponsor a measure that encourages Congress and the states to ratify a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, a step that would force the federal government to finally live within its means. "We must work together, in a bipartisan manner, to get our fiscal house in order," Manchin said. "After all, families balance their budgets and so do states. After years of explosive growth … Continue Reading

March 02, 2011

Manchin Votes for $4 Billion in Budget Cuts

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement after voting for the Continuing Resolution that calls for $4 billion in cuts to the federal budget over the next two weeks. The bipartisan Continuing Resolution will keep the government running for an additional two weeks after the current funding measure expires Friday. The measure passed 91-9. "Everyone - Republicans and Democrats - must come together to figure out a commonsense, bipartisan … Continue Reading

March 02, 2011

Manchin Statement Honoring Marshall University

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated Marshall University on its 50th anniversary of becoming a university, and entered a statement of commemoration in the Congressional Record on the institution's behalf. "Marshall University is a proud and historic educational mainstay in West Virginia," Senator Manchin said. "Marshall makes an exceptional contribution to our state, with tens of thousands of well-educated graduates and with more than 14,000 … Continue Reading

February 28, 2011

Manchin Staff Visits All 55 Counties During Senator's Mission in the Middle East

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that while he was traveling through the Middle East on a fact-finding mission, his office staff visited every one of the state's 55 counties during more than 80 events for "Commonsense Connections Week" and spoke to hundreds of West Virginians about their priorities, concerns and ideas. During the month of February alone, Senator Manchin and his staff held more than 100 outreach events, including "Coffee and Common Sense" … Continue Reading

February 28, 2011

Manchin Statement on Passing of Frank Buckles

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement about the death of Frank W. Buckles, the longest surviving U.S. veteran of WWI. It was an honor and a privilege to get to know Frank Buckles, and I count him among the most inspirational Americans I've ever met. Frank touched my life, and the lives of so many, with his bravery and commitment to serving this great nation. He lived a long and rich life as a true American patriot, and I hope that his … Continue Reading

February 25, 2011

Manchin Sponsors Legislation Refusing His Pay if Government Is Shut Down

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today signed on to legislation that would prohibit Members of Congress and the President from being paid during a government shutdown or if the government hits the debt limit. "If Washington can't figure out a commonsense, bipartisan plan to fund the government, no one will pay a higher price than hard-working families across West Virginia and the United States," Senator Manchin said. "It defies all common sense to keep paying elected … Continue Reading

February 25, 2011

Manchin Congratulates Toyota on Planned Investment, Job Creation at Buffalo Plant

**Web Video Available** Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated Toyota on its planned multi-million dollar Buffalo plant expansion. Senator Manchin sent his congratulations in a video message, available here: The Senator was unable to join the announcement event in person because he is currently on a fact-finding mission in the Middle East, traveling to countries including Pakistan and Afghanistan to meet … Continue Reading

February 24, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $749,886 For Volunteer Fire Departments Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, (both D-W. Va.) today announced that volunteer fire departments across West Virginia will receive a total of $749,886 under the Operations and Safety and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) divisions of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The awards are below. SAFER Funding: Weston Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. ($280,395) Operations and Safety Funding: Oak Hill Fire … Continue Reading

February 23, 2011

Manchin Releases New Photos of Afghanistan Fact-Finding Trip

**Photos Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released new images of his fact-finding mission in Afghanistan. Senator Manchin traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan this week and is currently traveling through other states in the region as part of a multi-country fact-finding trip. Senator Manchin is meeting West Virginians serving overseas, talking to local leaders as well as hearing from U.S. commanders on the ground. Photos are attached, and captions … Continue Reading

February 23, 2011

ICYMI: Mineral Daily News-Tribune Editorial Applauds Manchin's Commonsense Constituent Outreach

Washington, D.C. - The Mineral Daily News-Tribune this week published an editorial applauding Senator Manchin's (D-W.Va.) "Commonsense Connections Week," an unprecedented initiative during which staff will reach out to constituents all over the state. In a series of informal gatherings during the week, Manchin staff will meet with West Virginians in more than 80 locations to discuss their commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns. The editorial said: "We applaud both Manchin and McKinley for … Continue Reading

February 22, 2011

Manchin Launches "Commonsense Connections" Week, A New Constituent Outreach Initiative

**Audio, Video, Photos and New Logo Available** Charleston, W.Va. - Representatives from the office of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today launched an unprecedented statewide tour that will reach West Virginians in every part of the state as the Senator is traveling on a fact-finding mission in the Middle East. In a press conference today, State Director Kelley Goes introduced "Commonsense Connections Week," a series of informal gatherings during which staff will be available to meet … Continue Reading

February 21, 2011

Senator Manchin Travels to Middle East

**Photos Available** Washington, D.C. - On a conference call with West Virginia reporters this morning, United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced that he is currently on a fact finding mission in the Middle East. Senator Manchin has already visited Pakistan and Afghanistan, and he will continue to update West Virginians on his insights and experiences. On today's call, Senator Manchin expressed his tremendous pride in the brave men and women serving in the Middle East. Manchin … Continue Reading

February 20, 2011

Manchin Acts to Preserve Drug Monitoring Program That Helps Keep Illegal Substances Out of West Virginia, Other States

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is taking action to ensure that prescription drugs stay out of the hands of individuals who abuse them. In a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott today, Manchin joined fellow Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in urging Gov. Scott to abandon efforts to defund his state's prescription drug monitoring program. Given the prevalence of illegal prescription drug trafficking from … Continue Reading

February 20, 2011

Tomorrow: Manchin to Host Conference Call

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will tomorrow host a conference call for West Virginia reporters at 8:30 a.m. All participants are asked to call in at 8:25 a.m. and to mute all background noise and hold music as the call is being recorded. MONDAY, February 21, 2011 Press Conference Call When: 8:30 a.m. How to call in: Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7000 Participant Access Code: 237397# To exit the call at any time, press *3 You can mute/unmute … Continue Reading

February 18, 2011

Manchin Applauds Passage of Legislation to Name Martinsburg Federal Courthouse in Honor of Judge W. Craig Broadwater

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today applauded Senate passage of legislation to designate the federal building and United States courthouse at 217 West King Street in Martinsburg as the "W. Craig Broadwater Federal Building and United States Courthouse." "This is a fitting tribute to Judge Craig Broadwater and the work he did in West Virginia, not only as the first Federal District Court Judge to be permanently assigned to Martinsburg, but also as a veteran and … Continue Reading

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