Press Releases

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

October 26, 2011

Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America: Manchin Hosts Roundtable on Drug Abuse and its Effect on Jobs with Community, Law Enforcement Leaders

Beckley, W.V. - On the third day of his "Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America" tour, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin held a roundtable with community leaders in Beckley today to discuss the need to fight drug abuse so that employers can fill their open jobs and parents can provide for their families. Senator Manchin is working with local leaders, federal and state law enforcement officials, educators and families to combat drug abuse in West Virginia and counteract its effects on the workforce. … Continue Reading

October 25, 2011

Manchin Statement on Qarmat Ali Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement about a Defense Department report detailing what happened to 122 West Virginians in the National Guard who were exposed to potentially lethal levels of chemicals in Iraq. Nearly a year past its deadline, the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Defense released its final report explaining the circumstances around the chemical exposure, which took place at Iraq's Qarmat Ali water treatment … Continue Reading

October 25, 2011

Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America: Manchin Unveils Bill for Job Retraining

Manchin also visits students at Parkersburg-area high schools to emphasize importance of education Fairmont, W.V. - With more than three million American jobs going unfilled because workers don't have the skills needed for the positions available, and with unemployment nationwide stuck at about 9.1 percent, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today unveiled commonsense legislation to better match the unemployed with existing jobs. Senator Manchin unveiled his Retrain for Work Act, which … Continue Reading

October 24, 2011

Manchin Rebukes Afghan President Karzai For Choosing Pakistan Over United States

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released the following statement about Afghan President Hamid Karzai's remarks that his country would support Pakistan in a hypothetical conflict with the United States. "Now more than ever, President Karzai's insult to America tells me that it's time for our country to stop pouring our limited taxpayer dollars and losing precious American lives in a country where we aren't even welcome - and even worse, where they have the gall to … Continue Reading

October 24, 2011

Manchin Announces ‘Rebuild America Jobs Act’ On His Tour Of ‘Commonsense Ideas For A Stronger America’

Charleston, W.V. - With American roads and bridges crumbling, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced he is cosponsoring the Rebuild America Jobs Act to invest $60 billion in infrastructure as he kicked off his weeklong "Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America" tour. "I didn't go to Washington to be part of the problem or to play blame games, I went to be part of the solution," Senator Manchin said. "So today I am proud to announce that I am introducing the Rebuild America Jobs … Continue Reading

October 21, 2011

Manchin Statement on Troop Withdrawal from Iraq

"This is a great, happy day and I am so pleased that we will soon welcome home the brave men and women who have been serving this country in Iraq. While we celebrate this milestone as a country, we should never forget the servicemembers who are not returning home, the families who mourn them and all those who have sacrificed and have been injured in the line the duty. "While we can all be pleased that the military mission is over, I also urge the President to stop pouring billions of American … Continue Reading

October 21, 2011

Monday: Manchin Kicks Off Weeklong Focus on ‘Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will travel across West Virginia next week for a tour highlighting "Commonsense Ideas for a Stronger America." During the week, Senator Manchin will highlight the commonsense ideas that made this country strong in the past and will again help build a stronger West Virginia and a stronger America: investing in infrastructure, supporting education and retraining, fighting drug abuse in our communities, reining in job-killing regulations and … Continue Reading

October 20, 2011

Manchin Offers Commonsense Amendment to Save Jobs and Stop Creating More Debt

Washington, D.C. - In a floor speech tonight, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) offered a better way to keep teachers and first responders' jobs and stop the federal government from digging the country even deeper into debt. With the Senate poised to vote on a $35 billion measure to give states money for teachers and first responders, Senator Manchin described his amendment to provide the funding as loans instead of grants. "In my state of West Virginia, we didn't have major layoffs … Continue Reading

October 20, 2011

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Coal Ash Recycling Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2011, legislation that will ensure the safe and effective disposal of coal combustion residuals, a byproduct of coal-fired electricity generation that is also recycled as a valuable building material. Under this legislation, states could set up their own permitting program for the management and disposal of coal ash that is based on … Continue Reading

October 20, 2011

Manchin Statement On Gadhafi Death

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding Moammar Gadhafi's death. "Today is a historic moment for the Libyan people, and now is the moment for the people of Libya to take control of their own destiny and embrace a new peaceful future as a democratic state," Senator Manchin said. "I have always been concerned about the costs of the United States getting involved in foreign conflicts, especially spending taxpayer money and sending our … Continue Reading

October 19, 2011

Manchin Questions Afghan, Iraq Commission About U.S. War Commitments

Washington, D.C. -- In a Senate hearing today about spending and waste in foreign wars, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) questioned why the United States is Afghanistan's largest employer and expressed his disbelief that anyone could call the U.S. efforts anything other than nation-building. "The American people should be truly appalled that the United States is the largest employer in Afghanistan, that we build more roads and bridges and schools there than anyone else and that some … Continue Reading

October 19, 2011

Manchin Statement on 3.6 Percent Cola Increase

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the 3.6 percent cost-of-living increase announced today for Social Security recipients in 2012. "Keeping our promises to seniors is one of the most important priorities for our government, and I was pleased today to learn that our seniors who have sacrificed so much for this country will get a fair cost-of-living increase. Especially in this tough economy, when it's only gotten more expensive to buy … Continue Reading

October 18, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin, Rahall Say Techconnect WV Funding Will Help Lay the Foundation for High-Paying Jobs in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, (all D-WV) today announced that TechConnectWV has received $250,000 in funding through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) that will help to diversify West Virginia's economy, and create high-wage jobs. TechConnectWV's proposal is aimed at heightening the need for technology-based economic development and providing direct assistance to startup firms and entrepreneurs - soft … Continue Reading

October 18, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Nearly $3.15M for Rural Development Projects

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced nearly $3.15 million in funding for rural development projects from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will extend electricity lines, help farmers increase their energy efficiency and assist local businesses expand across areas of West Virginia. "As families tighten their belt buckles, it is important to make sure our West Virginia small businesses, especially in our most rural areas, … Continue Reading

October 18, 2011

Manchin to Super Committee: Use the Commonsense Ideas of West Virginians to Reduce Deficit

Washington, D.C. - Highlighting the commonsense ideas he's heard from West Virginians, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged members of the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to "go big" and reduce the nation's deficit by $4 trillion to restore confidence and do what is right for the nation's finances. "As all of you know, our nation faces a death spiral of debt. The debt crisis facing our country has reached epic proportions, and as our nation's leaders, we must … Continue Reading

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