Press Releases

April 03, 2012

At John Amos Power Plant, Manchin Vows to Oppose New Greenhouse Gas Rule, Highlights the Importance of Energy to Jobs and the Economy

Charleston, W.Va. - In a major speech on energy and jobs at West Virginia's John Amos power plant, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) vowed today to fight against the Environment Protection Agency's proposed new rules on greenhouse gas emissions and highlighted the connection between energy independence and creating good jobs. "Not everyone sees the connection between energy and jobs, and that's why I wanted to visit John Amos, the largest power plant in American Electric Power's system. … Continue Reading

March 30, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce More Than $43,000 for Morgan County Emergency Medical Service

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W. Va.) announced today that Morgan County Emergency Medical Service will receive more than $43,000 in funding through the Department of Homeland Security's 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to purchase training and personal protective equipment for wellness and fitness, as well as to make health and safety improvements to stations and … Continue Reading

March 29, 2012

Manchin Kicks Off Two Week Tour Focused On ‘Fighting For Every Job’

Washington, D.C. - Starting Monday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will kick off two weeks of events throughout the state to highlight how he and the people of West Virginia are "Fighting for Every Job" now and into the future. The statewide tour will highlight the connection between jobs and energy independence, the Senator's agenda to help small businesses succeed, how to revitalize American manufacturing, the importance of training our workforce through higher education, and the … Continue Reading

March 28, 2012

Manchin, Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus Kick Off ‘I Hire Veterans’ Initiative

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) and members of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus today held an event to kick off their "I Hire Veterans" initiative to encourage members of the Senate and the public to show their commitment to hiring veterans by displaying a simple logo in their offices and businesses. The "I Hire Veterans" logo is attached and available for download at Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis joined the members of the caucus for the kickoff, … Continue Reading

March 28, 2012

Manchin Unveils ‘Seniors’ Financial Bill of Rights’

Senator also unveils 'Streamlining Services for Older Veterans Act' to help older veterans get the services they have earned Washington, D.C. - At a rally with hundreds of advocates for seniors today in the nation's Capitol, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) unveiled the "Seniors' Financial Bill of Rights" to protect older Americans from financial abuse and another bill to ensure older veterans get the services they have earned. Senator Manchin joined six of his Senate colleagues to … Continue Reading

March 28, 2012

In Case You Missed It: Manchin Promotes ‘I Hire Veterans’ Initiative on ‘Morning Joe’

Click here to watch: Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" this morning to highlight the "I Hire Veterans" kickoff that the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus will hold this afternoon. Members of the media are invited to attend. "Hire a vet. You want to show your patriotism? You put yellow ribbons up, we fly the flag. If you really want to help a vet, hire a vet," Senator … Continue Reading

March 27, 2012

Manchin Votes Against Bill That Would Allow Post Office Closures, Reduce Delivery Standards And Add to the Deficit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement after voting against a measure that would allow rural post offices to close, reduce delivery standards and add to the debt. "Our post offices are part of the foundation of what makes America great, and our rural post offices are truly the lifelines to the communities they serve," Senator Manchin said. "Right now, the Postal Service wants to close 3,700 rural post offices - for a savings of $200 million. … Continue Reading

March 27, 2012

Manchin Condemns EPA Announcement To End Use of Coal As We Know It

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the Environment Protection Agency's announcement today that a new rule will effectively prevent any new coal-fired power plants from being built. "As today's announcement shows, this EPA is fully engaging in a war on coal, even though this country will continue to rely on coal as an affordable, stable and abundant energy source for decades to come," Senator Manchin said. "This approach relies totally … Continue Reading

March 27, 2012

Tomorrow: Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus to Hold Kickoff Event

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will also deliver remarks Washington, D.C. - With momentum growing for the new Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and a bipartisan group of Senators will hold a press conference tomorrow to involve the public in the caucus's growing "I Hire Veterans" movement. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will speak at the event to express her support for the caucus's efforts to put our returning servicemembers back to work. Officials … Continue Reading

March 26, 2012

Manchin Announces SBA Disaster Loans Will Be Available to West Virginians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that federal disaster loans will be available to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes in five West Virginia counties through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The loans will be available following a Presidential Disaster Declaration in Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo and Wyoming Counties. They are intended to speed the recovery of West Virginia communities following destructive weather that began March 15 and … Continue Reading

March 26, 2012

Manchin Votes Again to End $24 Billion in Oil Subsidies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement after voting tonight to move forward with a bill to end $24 billion in subsidies for big oil companies and instead invest in mine safety, renewable energy sources and cleaner coal production. "If you believe that oil companies will reduce their prices because taxpayers are giving them billions of dollars in subsidies, then I have some beachfront property to sell you in Farmington, West Virginia," Senator … Continue Reading

March 23, 2012

Manchin Applauds Federal Court Ruling that EPA Cannot Retroactively Veto Spruce Mine Permit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement about the U.S. District Court ruling that the EPA cannot retroactively veto the Spruce Mine permit issued for by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "I applaud our courts for stating clearly and unequivocally that a bureaucratic agency like the EPA cannot run the lives of hardworking Americans," Senator Manchin said. "I always knew that the EPA's decision to retroactively veto a coal mining permit … Continue Reading

March 23, 2012

Manchin Opens FEMA Office in Logan County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tomorrow will visit Logan County to open a Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center to help with flooding assistance. The office is scheduled to be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Logan County is one of three counties in West Virginia that yesterday was confirmed a Presidential Disaster Declaration site. "I am honored to visit Logan County for the opening of this FEMA office," Senator … Continue Reading

March 23, 2012

Manchin Statement on Receiving Additional Federal Disaster Aid for Lincoln, Logan and Mingo Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) made the following statement today about the Presidential Disaster Declaration for Lincoln, Logan and Mingo counties, which were devastated by severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides in the past few weeks. "So many West Virginians have lost everything during the last month because of severe weather," Senator Manchin said. "I applaud the swift assistance of all of those involved with granting this declaration, especially … Continue Reading

March 22, 2012

Manchin: Our Mission in Afghanistan is Not Sustainable

Washington, D.C.-In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) questioned General John R. Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan; and the Honorable James N. Miller, Jr., Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy about the United States' continued presence in Afghanistan and the long-term sustainability of the Afghan security forces. Senator Manchin has repeatedly expressed his … Continue Reading

March 22, 2012

Manchin Asks Napolitano for Federal Disaster Aid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) spoke with and wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today to underscore West Virginia's critical need for additional federal assistance after more devastating storms caused severe damage in Lincoln, Logan and Mingo counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has again requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the affected areas, … Continue Reading

March 22, 2012

Manchin Focuses on Jobs in the Eastern Panhandle

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tomorrow will visit Berkeley and Jefferson counties to talk about the employment and economic issues facing residents and businesses in the Eastern Panhandle. He will speak with local leaders and community members about current challenges and how everyone can come together to find solutions. "The Eastern Panhandle is an area of our state where we have experienced tremendous growth, but at the same time, I know that folks are still … Continue Reading

March 22, 2012

Manchin: Drug Abuse Hearing Bringing Attention to Misuse and Addiction Problems

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) praised his colleague Senator Jay Rockefeller (also D-W.Va.) for bringing stakeholders together for a Congressional hearing today in Washington, D.C. on the role of Medicare and Medicaid in preventing and treating the overprescribing, misuse of, and addiction to prescription drugs. "I've always said the drug problem has reached epidemic proportions. I don't know of a family that hasn't been affected - either directly or indirectly. This … Continue Reading

March 21, 2012

Manchin Statement on Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement today to recognize national Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Day, which is being observed today. TBI is a dangerously under-recognized disease that affects many of our military men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2001, 320,000 soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have sustained a brain injury during deployment, and it is the … Continue Reading

March 21, 2012

Manchin Honors Mikulski for Becoming Longest-Serving Woman in Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) delivered a floor speech this afternoon to honor Senator Barbara Mikulski for becoming the longest-serving female member of Congress. In joining his colleagues in paying tribute to the Maryland Senator, Senator Manchin also said that there aren't enough women in the Senate and that he strongly believes Congress needs more women like Senator Mikulski. Senator Manchin's remarks as prepared for delivery are below. M. President, I too … Continue Reading

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