Press Releases

November 14, 2011

Manchin Chairs Senate Energy Committee Field Hearing on Marcellus Shale’s Job Creation Potential

Charleston, W.Va.-- Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today chaired his first-ever field hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Marcellus Shale development and production. The hearing, which will focus on Marcellus' tremendous job creation potential and development challenges, was held in Charleston. His opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below. "I'd like to call this hearing to order. "I'd like to welcome the members of Congress who have … Continue Reading

November 14, 2011

10 AM Monday: Manchin to Bring Senate Energy Committee to WV for Marcellus Shale Hearing

***Webcast available*** Manchin will also speak at NETL's Business Opportunity Session Charleston, W.Va.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is pleased to welcome officials from the federal and state governments, along with business and environmental representatives, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of developing the Marcellus Shale at his first-ever Congressional field hearing today. The hearing will take place beginning at 10 a.m. in the 7th Floor Courtroom of the Robert … Continue Reading

November 13, 2011

Manchin Introduces Governor Earl Ray Tomblin at Inaugural Ceremony

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today introduced Governor Earl Ray Tomblin at his inaugural ceremony at the West Virginia State Capitol. Manchin's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below: "Today is a very proud day for me, to stand with all of you and my dear friend, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. "We stand together on this day as leaders of a great and strong state. A state that truly stands out in our great nation in these challenging times. … Continue Reading

November 10, 2011

Manchin Votes for Bipartisan Jobs Bill to Help get our Veterans Back to Work and End Unfair Penalty on Contractors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted today for bipartisan legislation to create jobs for veterans by giving employers tax incentives to hire them and ending an unfair, blanket penalty on all government contractors. "Our federal government has got to focus on creating jobs and treat people fairly, whether it's our brave veterans who are struggling to find work, or whether it's the small business contractors who work hard and create good jobs," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading

November 10, 2011

Manchin Offers Commonsense, Bipartisan Proposal to Improve EPA Rules

**FTP, Audio and Video Available** Washington, D.C. - After a measure to eliminate an onerous EPA rule for power plants failed in the U.S. Senate today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) offered his own commonsense, bipartisan bill to improve compliance with two of the EPA's most expensive rules ever on coal plants. The "Fair Compliance Act of 2011," which Senator Manchin wrote with Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) would create reasonable timelines and benchmarks for utilities to comply with … Continue Reading

November 10, 2011

Manchin Pushes Top Military Brass to Elevate National Guard

**Audio and Video Available** Washington, D.C. - In a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) encouraged the nation's top military brass to welcome the National Guard to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Military leaders have opposed adding the Chair of the National Guard to the highest levels of the nation's armed services, but Senator Manchin has strongly pushed for the Guard's elevation and is a cosponsor of Senator Jay Rockefeller's … Continue Reading

November 10, 2011

Friday: Manchin to Mark Veterans Day at Events

**FTP, Audio and Web Video Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will participate in Charleston's 69th annual Veteran's Day parade and ceremony, attend the West Virginia's Female Veteran Memorial Statue Unveiling Ceremony and tour the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center to honor America's military men and women on Veteran's Day. More details about the events are below. "With thousands of brave men and women serving our country in two wars overseas, this Veterans Day … Continue Reading

November 10, 2011

10 AM Thursday: At Armed Services Hearing, Manchin Will Push for Elevating National Guard to Joint Chiefs of Staff

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will push military leaders today to elevate the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to a position on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which would give the Guard a voice at the highest levels of the nation's military. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about adding the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to the Joint Chiefs, Manchin will express his strong support for pending legislation … Continue Reading

November 09, 2011

Manchin and Coats Introduce Bipartisan “Fair Compliance Act” to Protect American Jobs, Prevent Spikes in Energy Costs for Consumers

Washington, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) introduced the bipartisan "Fair Compliance Act" today to create reasonable timelines and benchmarks for utilities to comply with two major Environmental Protection Agency rules to protect jobs and keep utility rates stable. The legislation would extend the compliance deadline for the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) by three years and the deadline for the Utility MACT rule by two years - so that both would fall on … Continue Reading

November 09, 2011

Spotlight on Marcellus: Manchin to Bring Senate Energy Committee to Charleston to Highlight Tremendous Potential of Marcellus Shale

Experts to offer testimony to address economic, safety and environmental concerns Charleston, W.Va.- The incredible potential of the Marcellus Shale - along with the challenges its development poses - will be the topic of a Congressional field hearing on Nov. 14 when U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) brings the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Charleston, West Virginia for his first-ever field hearing. "This hearing is an opportunity for West Virginia to demonstrate our … Continue Reading

November 08, 2011

Manchin Sponsors Legislation to Honor Montford Point Marines with Congressional Gold Medal

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is cosponsoring legislation to honor the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps with the United States' highest civilian honor. The Montford Point Marines of World War II are a group of about 20,000 African American Marines who trained at Camp Montford Point near segregated Jacksonville, North Carolina. "The service of the Montford Point Marines - even as they were being treated unequally - is a remarkable … Continue Reading

November 07, 2011

Manchin Outraged By Huge Bonuses For Execs At Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac

Despite receiving $141 billion in bailout funds from taxpayers, Fannie and Freddie paid out enormous bonuses In bipartisan letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency and Treasury, Manchin and 59 Senate colleagues call executive bonuses 'wasteful, wildly imprudent' Senators urge changes to executive compensation policy Washington, D.C.- Expressing outrage over the recent news that nearly $13 million in bonus pay was approved for 10 executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - even as … Continue Reading

November 03, 2011

Manchin Congratulates W.Va’s Stephanie Thacker on Advancing Toward Senate Confirmation

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) congratulated West Virginia's Stephanie Thacker today after her nomination to the federal bench received unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Thacker has been nominated to be a federal judge for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. "I am so pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee recognized that Stephanie Thacker would serve the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals well and gave her nomination a unanimous vote today. The … Continue Reading

November 03, 2011

Manchin Votes for Democratic and GOP Proposals to Create Jobs, Invest in Infrastructure

Manchin also supports GOP plan to rein in EPA and extend transportation spending Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted today for two commonsense measures to invest in infrastructure and create jobs - his own "Rebuild America Jobs Act" and another measure that Republicans sponsored - and also urged his colleagues to put politics aside so that both measures could pass. "Washington has become so dysfunctional and so focused on scoring political points that instead of … Continue Reading

November 02, 2011

Manchin Urges Senate to Pass His ‘Rebuild America Jobs Act’ to Fix Infrastructure and Create American Jobs

Washington, D.C. - In a press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged his colleagues today to pass the "Rebuild America Jobs Act," a bill that would invest $60 billion in infrastructure across this country and create American jobs rebuilding West Virginia and this great nation. Senator Manchin first unveiled his "Rebuild America Jobs Act" at a press conference in Charleston last week, during his "Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America" week. Today, he joined … Continue Reading

November 01, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Tout State’s Biometrics Industry at Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today said West Virginia is a world leader in the biometric industry and has the workforce, infrastructure and research facilities in place to get even stronger. "More and more, biometric companies from around the nation - and from all around the globe - are coming to West Virginia to do business," Rockefeller said. "West Virginia is a place where innovation and ingenuity, combined with a workforce that's second-to-none, are … Continue Reading

October 31, 2011

West Virginia Congressional Delegation and Governor Congratulate WV Air National Guard on Historic Training Exercises

WASHINGTON, D.C - West Virginia's Congressional delegation and Governor today congratulated the West Virginia National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing, based in Martinsburg, on completing a historic exercise showcasing the West Virginia Air National Guard's readiness and capability at a time when our military faces intense demands from both extensive use in multiple conflicts abroad and federal budget issues at home. The exercise showed the West Virginia Air National Guard is capable and … Continue Reading

October 28, 2011

Manchin Congratulates WVU On Big 12 Membership

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the news that West Virginia University will become part of the Big 12 conference. "This is a great day for West Virginia and a very proud day for Mountaineers," Senator Manchin said. "I'm so happy that the Big 12 made its final decision on the merits: the strength of WVU's athletics, our academics and our spirit. Joining the Big 12 will showcase our state in a whole new way. I've always said that … Continue Reading

October 27, 2011

Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America: Manchin Ends Tour with Focus on Creating Energy Jobs

Morgantown, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today wrapped up his weeklong tour of West Virginia focused on "Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America" with events focusing on creating jobs by expanding domestic energy production and achieving energy independence within this generation. "West Virginians know that our great country is at a crossroads. Our economy is struggling, job growth is anemic, and the economic outlook is weak," Senator Manchin said. "And with this nation's jobs … Continue Reading

October 26, 2011

Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Lawmakers Support Pill Mill Crackdown Legislation

WASHINGTON - During the 23rd annual National Red Ribbon Week to promote drug abuse prevention, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the United States Senate and House of Representatives have come together in support of legislation that will combat the nation's fastest growing drug epidemic - prescription drug abuse. United States Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) have joined Congressmen Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Edward Markey (D-MA) in introducing the Pill Mill Crackdown Act of … Continue Reading

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