Press Releases

October 07, 2011

Manchin Statement on 10th Anniversary of War in Afghanistan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. "The decade since 9/11 has brought dramatic changes to our country and the world we live in, but one thing hasn't changed: the United States of America will bring our enemies to justice and pursue those who would seek to do us harm," Senator Manchin said. "The men and women of our armed forces and the intelligence community, along with their … Continue Reading

October 06, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Call on Senate to Quickly Confirm Judge Gina Marie Groh to Federal Bench

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee's passage today of Judge Gina Marie Groh's nomination to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia. They urged the full Senate to quickly confirm her for this position. Rockefeller sent a letter to the White House in March requesting that Judge Groh be nominated for this federal judgeship. This seat has been vacant since the passing of Judge W. Craig … Continue Reading

October 06, 2011

Manchin Statement on Ruling in EPA Lawsuit

**FTP, Pathfire, Audio, Video Available** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D.-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the U.S. District Court's partial summary judgment that the Environmental Protection Agency has overstepped its statutory authority under the Clean Water Act. As Governor, Senator Manchin filed the first lawsuit against the EPA because the agency overreached its authority. "I'm excited to hear that the federal court has ruled in favor of West Virginia - and … Continue Reading

October 06, 2011

Manchin Congratulates WV Angels in Adoption

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) congratulated West Virginia's recipients of the 2011 Angels in Adoption award in his office this week. Nick and Jorun Picciano of Williamstown were honored in the nation's capital for their incredible work with the Children's Home Society of West Virginia that allowed them to first foster and then adopt their son, Josh. "The Piccianos have a wonderful story to tell, and they demonstrate what it means to open your heart and share your … Continue Reading

October 06, 2011

Manchin Unveils New Senate Website, Calls for Ideas to Cut Deficit by Oct. 14

Manchin asking West Virginians for their suggestions to include in official letter to deficit reduction super committee ***Deficit reduction ideas should be sent to*** ***Video message from Senator Manchin below*** ***Screen shots of the site are also included*** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today is asking West Virginians to use his new website,, to give him their commonsense ideas for cutting the deficit before … Continue Reading

October 05, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin & Rahall Announce Federal Funds to Improve Mine Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, as well as Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $437,000 in federal funding for organizations and universities to train miners and mine rescue teams to prepare for emergencies and prevent accidents. "The tragedies at the Sago, Aracoma, and Upper Big Branch mines are vivid memories and we must do whatever it takes to prevent other mining accidents here in West Virginia and around the country," said Rockefeller. "These awards … Continue Reading

October 05, 2011

Manchin Statement on West Va. Election Results

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement tonight on the results of the West Virginia gubernatorial election: "After tonight, we must put politics aside and move on with our work of making West Virginia an even better place to live," Senator Manchin said. "I congratulate my friend Earl Ray Tomblin for this well-deserved victory tonight, and I truly look forward to continuing to work with him on our shared priorities for our state. The people of West … Continue Reading

October 04, 2011

Manchin Remarks Introducing West Virginian for Federal Bench

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced a West Virginia native - Stephanie Thacker - in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today to support her nomination for the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Manchin cited Thacker's wide-ranging expertise and outstanding courtroom and academic accomplishments as a phenomenal candidate. Senator Manchin told the Judiciary Committee that he is proud to call her a fellow West Virginian and hopes that she will be confirmed quickly. … Continue Reading

October 04, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin, Rahall Announce Funding That Will Help Prevent Chronic Disease in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D - WV), today announced that the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health is receiving $1,883,603 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help prevent chronic diseases. The funding will help approximately 1.8 million people in West Virginia, including a rural population of 800,000. In July, Rockefeller wrote a letter of support for the West Virginia Bureau for Public … Continue Reading

October 04, 2011

‘Caring For Your Aging Loved Ones’: Manchin Staff to Host Q-And-A Sessions about Senior Services

Washington, D.C. - Staff from the office of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will host four meetings to learn about "Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones" later this month to inform West Virginians of all ages about the services and benefits that are available to their older loved ones. Senator Manchin's staff will host representatives from the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services on Tuesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 19 in Berkeley Springs, Logan, Sutton and Weirton to provide … Continue Reading

October 03, 2011

Manchin Votes to Keep Manufacturing Jobs in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted tonight in favor of legislation he cosponsored that would penalize China for manipulating their currency, a practice that experts believe has cost America hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of good-paying jobs in manufacturing. "West Virginia is truly home to some of the hardest working people in the world, and we can compete against anyone - as long as the playing field is fair," Senator Manchin said. "But China's unfair … Continue Reading

October 03, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Rahall Announce $1.3M to Support Law Enforcement Jobs in WV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Representative Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) today announced that six cities in West Virginia will receive a total of $1,327,255 to hire, keep, and/or rehire law enforcement officers through the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office. "With state and local budgets hurting in these tough economic times, it is more important than ever that our local law enforcement agencies have the … Continue Reading

October 03, 2011

Senator Joe Manchin Named West Virginia Sportsperson of the Year

ROANOKE, W.Va. - Because of his outstanding support of hunting and fishing initiatives in the state during his time as governor, and because of his continuing support of those initiatives in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Joe Manchin recently was named West Virginia Sportsperson of the Year by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Wildlife Federation. The award was presented by DNR Director Frank Jezioro during West Virginia's Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing … Continue Reading

September 30, 2011

Rahall, Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Funding for Expanding Healthcare in West Virginia

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Representative Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), Friday announced federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to promote capital investments in health care providers and to increase access to preventive dental services. "Working together in public-private collaborations can help bring more accessible, quality health care to the children and families who need it most," said Rahall, who is the top … Continue Reading

September 29, 2011

Rockefeller and Manchin Call for Naming October as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Joe Manchin today announced their support of a resolution designating October 2011 as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. As West Virginia faces one of the highest rates of prescription drug abuse in the country, this designation would help reinforce the need to raise awareness of this epidemic in the state and throughout the country. National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month has … Continue Reading

September 28, 2011

Tomorrow: Manchin To Early Vote

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tomorrow will cast his ballot for the special gubernatorial election at 10 a.m. at the J. Harper Meredith Building in Fairmont. He will later attend the Preston County Buckwheat Festival. THURSDAY, September 29, 2011 Early Vote When: 10 a.m. Where: First floor, J. Harper Meredith Building (Directly behind the Marion County Courthouse), 200 Jackson Street, Fairmont What: Senator Manchin will early vote in the special … Continue Reading

September 28, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin, Rahall Announce Funding for Job Training and Workforce Development in Huntington

WASHINGTON, D.C - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D - WV), today announced that Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington has received $5 million in funding to develop programs to help people who have lost their jobs find employment by providing them with targeted job training that meets specific industry needs. The grant, which is being awarded through the Department of Labor (DOL), will enable the college to educate and train … Continue Reading

September 28, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin, Rahall Announce Federal Funds to Protect Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, as well as Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced $1,998,033 in federal funding to help communities and organizations in West Virginia protect survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, and make sure they have access to needed support "It is absolutely essential that every West Virginia family is safe and secure," said Rockefeller. "These awards will enable our communities throughout the state to help survivors of sexual … Continue Reading

September 27, 2011

Manchin, West Virginia Congressional Delegation Call for Federal Action to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today said that fighting drug abuse in West Virginia and across the nation remains a top priority, and affirmed his support for that goal along with the West Virginia Congressional delegation in a letter sent to White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director R. Gil Kerlikowske on the need to continue efforts to combat prescription drug abuse in West Virginia. Senator Manchin met with Director Kerlikowske on Sept. 20 … Continue Reading

September 27, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce more than $1.2 Million for Background Checks on Health Care Providers

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Representative Nick Rahall, (all D-W.Va.) today announced that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will receive more than $1.2 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Program to conduct background checks on health care workers who are directly involved with patients. The funding will identify efficient, effective and economical practices for long term care facilities and … Continue Reading

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