Press Releases

May 02, 2018

Manchin Announces FCC Official to Visit West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today Michael Janson, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Deputy Director of the Rural Broadband Auctions Taskforce will visit BridgeValley Community & Technical College in West Virginia on Friday, May 18th to discuss the Challenge Process for Mobility Fund II, a $4.5 billion program that will help companies serve rural areas with high-speed broadband. The event is intended to help state and local governments and other … Continue Reading


May 02, 2018

Manchin Urges Energy Secretary Perry to Utilize Loan Program for Fossil Energy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to encourage the continued use of the Title XVII Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program and to increase the utilization of the program for Fossil Energy projects. Senator Manchin wrote in part: "I believe that the Loan Program will continue to be a driver of projects that are critical to the future of America's energy innovation. In particular, I encourage your Department to increase … Continue Reading


May 02, 2018

Manchin Announces Agreement Between Amtrak and Collis P. Huntington to Reestablish New River Train Service

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced a tentative agreement between Amtrak and the Collis P. Huntington Society to reestablish New River Train service and begin selling tickets for the October event. "I'm so glad to announce that Amtrak and Collis P. Huntington Society have reached a general agreement on pricing that will allow them to reestablish service for the New River Train. I understand that they will need to continue further discussions to work out some of the … Continue Reading


May 01, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce More than $18 Million for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced today that West Virginia will receive $18,569,124 in funding to help provide sustainable housing. "In our communities, we believe in neighbors helping neighbors and helping those who have fallen on hard times. That's why I'm glad West Virginia will receive $18 million to help communities provide sustainable housing for West Virginians who need it. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I fought … Continue Reading


May 01, 2018

Manchin Urges NSF and NASA to Work Together to Discuss New Opportunities for Green Bank Observatory

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged Dr. France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, and the Administrator of NASA, James F. Bridenstine, to meet to discuss the future of the Green Bank Observatory and to work together to find ways to continue their investment in the observatory. In the FY18 spending bill, Senator Manchin included language to facilitate the collaboration between these two federal agencies to make sure the Green Bank Observatory … Continue Reading


May 01, 2018

Manchin Releases Weekly Energy Report

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the price and production levels of coal as well as natural gas prices in Appalachia and nationally. For the week ending in April 21, 2018, estimate U.S. coal production totaled approximately 14.1 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 6.4% lower than last week's estimate and 2.7% lower than the comparable week in 2017. Read Senator Manchin's full report below or click … Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

Manchin Makes Good on Wager with Toomey - Delivers Chico's Pepperoni Rolls

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) made good on the wager he made with Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) over the NCAA Sweet 16 game between the West Virginia University Mountaineers and Villanova University Wildcats. As promised, Senator Manchin delivered Senator Toomey pepperoni rolls from Chico's Bakery baked in Morgantown, WV and the largest producer of pepperoni rolls in the United States. "I congratulate Senator Toomey and the Villanova Wildcats on not only their Sweet 16 … Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

Manchin Releases Statement on the 40th Anniversary of Willow Island Disaster

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on the 40th anniversary of the Willow Island Disaster. "Forty years after this horrible tragedy, we continue to grieve, remember the 51 workers we lost, and pray for their families. The tragedy at the Pleasants Power Station will live forever in our hearts, and I encourage every West Virginian to honor the memory of those who lost their lives that fateful day. "No matter what, one thing that stays the same here … Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

Manchin, Capito, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Care for Children Impacted by Opioid Abuse

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Handle with Care Act to recognize and build on the successful Handle with Care program in West Virginia. The program connects children who interact with law enforcement in domestic violence situations, drug raids, overdoses, and more, to school resources that are designed to provide the child with trauma-informed care. "The impact of the opioid epidemic is felt … Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

Manchin Encourages Perry and Mattis to Consider Defense Production Act to Save Coal-Fired Power Plants and Further Secure our Nation's Security

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, encouraged U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to examine the Defense Production Act to protect coal-fired power plants in West Virginia and further secure our nation's security. The Defense Production Act was enacted on September 8, 1950 at the start of the Korean War and is designed to support U.S. civil defense and war mobilization … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Manchin Urges Attorney General Jeff sessions to Restore DEA Authority and HElp Fix Bureau of Prisons Staffing Shortages in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions today at the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. He spoke with the Attorney General about the Bureau of Prisons staffing shortages in West Virginia, the pay and benefits of the FBI police force and restoring the DEA's authority to prevent opioids from entering the market. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department lead a successful raid in … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Manchin Introduces West Virginian Thomas Kleeh at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced Thomas Kleeh, United States District Court Judge Nominee for the Northern District of West Virginia, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. To watch Senator Manchin's introduction, click here. "Tom is supremely qualified for this position, yet, his greatest asset, his work with the West Virginia legislature and the state's judiciary, sets him apart from so many others," Senator Manchin said. "Tom brings such a great level of … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Manchin Applauds Formation of Program to fight the Opioid Epidemic in Huntington and Charleston

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded health care leaders in Huntington and Charleston for coming together to form the Provider Response Organization for Addiction Treatment (PROACT). This new program will help address clinical behavioral, spiritual and professional issues of those struggling with substance use disorder. "West Virginia may be the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, but we are also the epicenter of the solution. Our local leaders and officials are … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Manchin Speaks with Administrator Pruitt, Announces $1.4 Million for Brownfields Programs in west Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and is happy to announce $800,000 through the Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund for the city of Weirton, as well as an $600,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant for the Region 2 Planning and Development Council. "I was so glad to speak directly with Administrator Pruitt today to discuss the ongoing needs to ensure West Virginia is progressing in cleanup of … Continue Reading


April 24, 2018

Manchin Applauds Committteee Passage of Comprehensive Opioid Bill That Includes His Provisions

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the passage of a comprehensive opioid bill out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 includes nine provisions that Senator Manchin has pushed to help end the opioid epidemic. These include the reauthorization of funding, particularly for hard hit states like West Virginia, efforts to improve communication between patients and medical professionals, funding to expand … Continue Reading


April 24, 2018

Manchin Applauds Extension of Opioid Public Health Emergency Declaration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the President's decision to extend the opioid public health emergency declaration. "There is no question that the opioid epidemic is a national public health emergency, which is why I applauded the President's emergency declaration in October. My hope then was that federal agencies and resources would be mobilized immediately to take action to combat the epidemic in West Virginia," Senator Manchin said. "Since the declaration, … Continue Reading


April 24, 2018

Manchin Urges West Virginians to Participate in Drug Take-Back Day This Saturday

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today urges West Virginians to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drug Take-Back Day is an opportunity for the public to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by disposing of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. "Drug Take-Back Days have been tremendously successful in West Virginia and raise awareness about the dangers … Continue Reading


April 23, 2018

Manchin Releases Weekly Energy Report

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the price and production levels of coal as well as natural gas prices in Appalachia and nationally. For the week ending in April 14, 2018, estimated U.S. coal production total approximately 13.3 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 7.0% lower than last week's estimate and 9.4% lower than the comparable week in 2017. Read Senator Manchin's full report below or click here. … Continue Reading


April 23, 2018

Manchin Will Vote to Confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his decision to vote to confirm Secretary of State Nominee, Mike Pompeo. "After meeting with Mike Pompeo, discussing his foreign policy perspectives, and considering his distinguished time as CIA Director and his career in public service, I will vote to confirm Mike Pompeo to be our next Secretary of State. During this sensitive diplomatic time, it's important our next Secretary of State understands the … Continue Reading


April 20, 2018

Manchin Applauds Kanawha County Commission for Securing Major Sporting Events

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Kanawha County Commission for securing three major sporting events that will bring $32 million to the Mountain State. Senator Manchin supported the county's successful bid for the 2019/2020 U.S. Youth Soccer National President's Cup and the 2019 U.S. Youth Soccer East Region Tournaments, which will be held at the new Shawnee Park Multi-Sport Complex in Dunbar. "I was so proud to support Kanawha County as it worked to bring … Continue Reading

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