Press Releases

July 20, 2011

Building Your Business, Building Our Future: Manchin Staff to Host Small Business Outreach Sessions

***Special video message and audio actuality from Senator Manchin included below*** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) staff will host three "Building Your Business, Building Our Future" workshops next week to focus on helping small businesses and entrepreneurs hoping to get their start. Senator Manchin's office will welcome officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center to meetings in Charleston, Fairmont, … Continue Reading

July 19, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Push for Full Funding of Appalachian Development Highway System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-WV) today announced that they have introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), which helps focus investments in rural parts of West Virginia and other states. The bill creates jobs and economic development opportunities for underserved areas of Appalachia and includes the support of Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama. "The people of Appalachia deserve to … Continue Reading

July 19, 2011

Manchin Joins Colleagues to Urge Defense Department to Address Failing Infrastructure at Military Schools

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today joined 11 of his Senate colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter urging Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to address the state of disrepair of many Department of Defense (DOD) schools for children of military families. More than 86,000 children attend DOD schools across the United States, Europe, and the Pacific region. "Our servicemembers and their families sacrifice so much for this country, so the last thing that our country … Continue Reading

July 19, 2011

Manchin Statement on Gang of Six Budget Meeting

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement about a bipartisan budget meeting hosted by the Gang of Six this morning. More than 50 Senators from both political parties attended. "In the eight plus months I have been in Congress, I have never seen a more encouraging meeting, one in which members of both parties demonstrated their willingness to put aside partisanship and the next election for the future of our country," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading

July 15, 2011

Manchin to Geithner: We Must Put Social Security First

***Pathfire, Audio Available*** Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner stressing the critical importance of keeping our promise to America's seniors and making Social Security a top priority if Washington should fail to come to an agreement on the debt ceiling by August 2. "If the worst happens, and Washington fails to do what is right and come to an agreement on the debt ceiling, families should not pay the … Continue Reading

July 14, 2011

Manchin Statement on AEP's Decision To End CCS Project At Mountaineer Plant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today made the following statement regarding the announcement that American Electric Power will not move forward with plans to continue developing carbon capture and sequestration technology at the Mountaineer plant in West Virginia.? "I understand that in tough economic times, we cannot raise utility rates on our constituents in order to fund the development of new technologies," Senator Manchin said. "Still, I strongly believe in … Continue Reading

July 12, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $2,785,000 in Funding for Rural Development Projects in Harrison and Randolph Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced funding for two rural development projects funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will improve infrastructure in Harrison County and extend public water services to residents in Randolph County. The Dovetail Estates Property Owners Association, Inc., located in Bridgeport, will receive a $125,000 loan to repair resurface subdivision streets and install underground utilities. The … Continue Reading

July 11, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin, Rahall Announce Over $1.7 Million for Upgraded County Buses, Bus Maintenance Throughout West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, announced $1,209,694 in new federal funding plus $438,842 in reallocated funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for new public transit buses and vans to serve 19 counties in West Virginia. They also announced $97,600 for the Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority to purchase a lift that will enable maintenance work to be completed on its 31 vehicles including 26 public transit … Continue Reading

July 11, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin, Rahall Announce $36,741 in Federal Funding for the Raleigh County Airport Authority to Purchase Safety Equipment

Washington, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), along with Congressman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), today announced that the Raleigh County Airport Authority has been awarded a $36,741 grant through the Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant, awarded through the FAA's Airport Improvement Program (AIP), will enable the airport to purchase aircraft rescue and firefighting safety equipment. It will also provide for the purchase of … Continue Reading

July 11, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce $193,750 in Rural Business Development Grants for West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.) today announced local farmers are finding new markets for their products because of rural business development grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA awarded $98,750 to the Center for Economic Options. Those funds are to be used in assisting local-foods businesses in Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, and Webster counties. Additionally, the city of Morgantown is receiving $95,000 to build upon an existing … Continue Reading

July 11, 2011

Manchin, Kohl Introduce Silver Alert Bill to Help Locate Missing Seniors

Washington, D.C.- United States Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.), Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, have introduced legislation to create a nationwide network for locating missing adults and senior citizens. The Silver Alert Act, which is currently in place in West Virginia, would create a federal program modeled after the AMBER Alert and provide federal coordination and assistance to local and state law enforcement agencies. A similar version of the … Continue Reading

July 11, 2011

Manchin Attends Ribbon Cutting For Mon-Fayette Expressway

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today attended the ribbon cutting for the Mon-Fayette Expressway in Morgantown. The completion of the expressway will support commerce, attract residents, and provide new incentives for companies looking to invest in the area and create jobs. "This is an exciting day for businesses and the people of West Virginia here in Morgantown. By working together, we have accomplished something significant- we're improving infrastructure so … Continue Reading

July 08, 2011

Manchin Visits Jefferson County

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today visited Jefferson County to meet with local officials, residents and members of the Shepherd University community. His day began with a public discussion at the Charles Town library with mayors and other community leaders from Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties. There, Senator Manchin asked West Virginians to share their foremost concerns, and provide their input and advice on the challenges facing West Virginia and the nation. … Continue Reading

July 07, 2011

Manchin: New EPA Standards Another Job-Destroying Power Grab

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today made the following statement on the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency today. "The continued jobs-destroying overreach of the EPA is outrageous, and it's incomprehensible that in these difficult economic times, the Administration would be so callous as to arbitrarily impose onerous rules that they know will cost countless American jobs and raise the daily costs of life for so many … Continue Reading

July 01, 2011

Manchin Statement on Fourth of July

**Audio, Video and Pathfire Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement to mark the July Fourth holiday. "This weekend, we will come together with our families, our friends and our communities to celebrate the birth of our great nation. Even with all our challenges and troubles, the United States of America is still the hope of the world, and it is up to us to keep our torch of freedom burning bright for the next generation," … Continue Reading

June 28, 2011

Manchin Statement On One Year Anniversary of Robert C. Byrd's Death

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd's death. "One year ago today, the people of West Virginia and our nation lost a beloved pillar in our nation's history - U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. Indeed, the senator's influence stretched well beyond the borders of the Mountain State, and today, we remember a fine statesman and his many contributions. "As the longest serving member of … Continue Reading

June 28, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $372,400 in Funding for Rural Development Projects in Wayne and Weirton

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Representative Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) today announced funding for two rural development projects funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will improve public safety services in southern West Virginia as well as create jobs and bolster business in the Northern Panhandle. The Wayne County Building Commission in Wayne will receive a Community Facility Direct Loan of $300,000 to continue the construction of a … Continue Reading

June 27, 2011

Rebuild America, Not Afghanistan

In the past 10 years, our nation has spent nearly $443 billion and lost more than 1,500 brave men and women in Afghanistan. Over the next decade, we're projected to spend nearly $500 billion more - all as we borrow historic amounts from China and ask Americans to face higher taxes or cuts to critical programs I believe in, such as Head Start, Social Security and Medicare. At the same time, we have now hit our debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion, and the President is asking Congress to raise the … Continue Reading

June 21, 2011

Manchin: It’s Time to Rebuild America, Not Afghanistan

***Pathfire, Audio Available*** Washington, D.C.- In a conference call with West Virginia reporters today, United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) called on President Obama to begin a substantial and responsible reduction in the United States' military presence in Afghanistan. With the country facing a death spiral of debt, Senator Manchin urged the President to focus this nation's resources on rebuilding America, not rebuilding Afghanistan. Audio of Senator Manchin's comments is … Continue Reading

June 20, 2011

Manchin Applauds New Federal Aid to Help Mercer, Putnam Counties Fight Rampant Drug Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today applauded the Office of National Drug Control Policy for taking a move to help Mercer and Putnam counties in the fight against drug abuse that is plaguing West Virginia. Putnam and Mercer counties have been designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs), which will enhance coordination and development of drug-control efforts among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. "This is a positive step … Continue Reading

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