Press Releases

February 20, 2011

Tomorrow: Manchin to Host Conference Call

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will tomorrow host a conference call for West Virginia reporters at 8:30 a.m. All participants are asked to call in at 8:25 a.m. and to mute all background noise and hold music as the call is being recorded. MONDAY, February 21, 2011 Press Conference Call When: 8:30 a.m. How to call in: Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7000 Participant Access Code: 237397# To exit the call at any time, press *3 You can mute/unmute … Continue Reading

February 20, 2011

Manchin Acts to Preserve Drug Monitoring Program That Helps Keep Illegal Substances Out of West Virginia, Other States

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is taking action to ensure that prescription drugs stay out of the hands of individuals who abuse them. In a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott today, Manchin joined fellow Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in urging Gov. Scott to abandon efforts to defund his state's prescription drug monitoring program. Given the prevalence of illegal prescription drug trafficking from … Continue Reading

February 18, 2011

Manchin Applauds Passage of Legislation to Name Martinsburg Federal Courthouse in Honor of Judge W. Craig Broadwater

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today applauded Senate passage of legislation to designate the federal building and United States courthouse at 217 West King Street in Martinsburg as the "W. Craig Broadwater Federal Building and United States Courthouse." "This is a fitting tribute to Judge Craig Broadwater and the work he did in West Virginia, not only as the first Federal District Court Judge to be permanently assigned to Martinsburg, but also as a veteran and … Continue Reading

February 17, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce $949,938 in Funding for Fire Departments Across West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin III (both D-W.Va.), today announced that the following fire departments throughout West Virginia will receive a total of $949,938 as part of the 12th round of funding under the 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The following fire departments were awarded grants: Bakerton Fire Department ($180,500) Beckley Fire Department ($158,889) Deerwalk Volunteer Fire Department ($102,648) Flatwoods Community Volunteer Fire … Continue Reading

February 17, 2011

Manchin: Passage of FAA Bill Protects Jobs, Boosts Our Economy, and Makes Travel Safer for Our Families

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement after supporting final passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act "We took the right commonsense step tonight to keep our families safe and bolster our fragile economy, protect 11 million jobs and support $1.2 trillion in economic activity," Senator Manchin said. "In addition to protecting a critical segment of our economy, we also … Continue Reading

February 16, 2011

Manchin Statement on Fatal Shooting of Deputy U.S. Marshal in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement after the tragic shooting of a Deputy U.S. Marshal in West Virginia. "I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the Deputy U.S. Marshal who today lost his life in West Virginia while honorably serving our state and this nation," Manchin said. "The loss of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty is a stark reminder of the incredible bravery and sacrifice of … Continue Reading

February 16, 2011

ICYMI: Times West Virginian Highlights Manchin as an Independent-Minded Moderate

Washington, D.C. - The Times West Virginian this week published an article highlighting United States Senator Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) niche as an independent-minded moderate who is willing to break with the White House on a wide range of issues. The full story is below: Manchin backs health care 'repair' Senator: 'I truly believe all bills need to bipartisan' By J. Miles Layton FAIRMONT - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is carving out a niche as an independent-minded moderate who is … Continue Reading

February 16, 2011

Manchin Joins West Virginia Delegation in Meeting to Focus On Fighting for State Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller today convened the first West Virginia delegation meeting of this year to discuss state priorities. As the senior member of the West Virginia delegation, Rockefeller announced that he is hoping to hold regular meetings with the Congressional delegation to find ways to work together more closely on issues like job creation and retention, mine safety, highway funding and deficit reduction. It's important for us to gather regularly and focus on working … Continue Reading

February 15, 2011

Manchin Statement on President Obama's Budget Proposal

**Audio and Web Video Available** Audio available here: Web video available here: Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding President Obama's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal: "We must not let the budget debate be driven by party interests for the next election. It must be driven to serve the next generation and … Continue Reading

February 11, 2011

Manchin Congratulates Lewisburg for Being Named America's Coolest Small Town

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today congratulated Lewisburg for being named America's Coolest Small Town as part of an annual contest sponsored by Budget Travel magazine. Lewisburg was the only town in West Virginia nominated for the honor. "After this great honor, I'm happy to be visiting Lewisburg tomorrow for one of my 'Coffee and Common Sense' events. Every time I visit, I am just amazed by both its beauty and friendliness," Senator Manchin said. "All of … Continue Reading

February 11, 2011

Manchin Statement on the Resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement in response to the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the situation in Egypt: "This is a historic day, one that has demonstrated the power of people to strive passionately and successfully toward substantial change in a peaceful manner. The Egyptian people want real democracy, free and fair elections, and a voice in their country's future. I hope that the change in power that has been … Continue Reading

February 11, 2011

Tomorrow: Manchin to visit Lewisburg—His choice for America’s Coolest Small Town—For Coffee and Common Sense

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will visit Lewisburg and White Sulphur SpringsSaturday for his third consecutive weekend of "Coffee and Common Sense" events. Following his successful "Call for Common Sense" tour in January, Senator Manchin launched his "Coffee and Common Sense" series for more conversations to hear West Virginians' ideas, concerns and priorities. In keeping with Senator Manchin's philosophy of retail government, he will hold numerous "Coffee and Common … Continue Reading

February 09, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Applaud More Than $92,000 in Grants for McMechen and Culloden Volunteer Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), today applauded funding that will reach two West Virginia fire departments. McMechen Volunteer Fire Department in Marshall County and Culloden Volunteer Fire Department in Cabell County will receive $92,098 in funds as part of the 10th round of funding under the Fiscal Year 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The McMechen Volunteer Fire Department will receive $83,643 and the Culloden … Continue Reading

February 09, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $378,748 for Frankford, McMechen Volunteer Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W. Va.) today announced that Frankford Volunteer Fire Department in Greenbrier County and McMechen Volunteer Fire Department in Marshall County will receive a total of $378,748 under the Vehicle Acquisition Division of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The awards are as follows: Frankford Volunteer Fire Department ($95,000) McMechen Volunteer Fire Department … Continue Reading

February 09, 2011

Manchin Encourages Veterans' Caregivers To Use New Support Line

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is encouraging those who care for veterans to use a new toll-free telephone line just launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs to seek support, gather information about new caregiver benefits, and receive referrals to local caregiver support coordinators. "Veterans, their families, and their caregivers have sacrificed again and again for West Virginians and for our great nation," Manchin said. "Their patriotism and service … Continue Reading

February 08, 2011

Manchin Advocates for Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment for our Returning Service Members

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is urging the Department of Defense to ensure that service members with traumatic brain injuries receive the best possible treatment when they return home. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Manchin and a bipartisan group of 73 members of the House and Senate shared their concern that service members returning from the battlefield today are unable to receive therapies that treat traumatic brain injury unless they … Continue Reading

February 08, 2011

Manchin Congratulates West Virginia's Top Youth Volunteers

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) today congratulated Lauren Lanier, 17, of Point Pleasant and Kambria Price, 10, of Harpers Ferry, who have been named West Virginia's top two youth volunteers, earning the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The nationwide program honors middle school and high school students for their exceptional service to others at the local, state and national level. "The dedication and commitment to serving others that Lauren and Kambria … Continue Reading

February 08, 2011

Manchin Announces Support for Bipartisan, Commonsense Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he will cosponsor the Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act, a bipartisan, commonsense measure to help rein in spending and close our budget deficits. The bill gives the President the authority to single out and remove wasteful spending and other non-entitlement spending in legislation, providing another tool to rein in out-of-control spending. This authority would not affect critical programs like Medicare and … Continue Reading

February 04, 2011

Manchin Addresses West Virginia Coal Association Symposium

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today addressed the annual West Virginia Coal Association Symposium, drawing applause from the crowd as he discussed his first piece of legislation, the "EPA Fair Play Act of 2011." "I believe it is absolutely wrong - the unbridled power that these agencies have. Or, the power they are exercising because they think they have it," Senator Manchin said. "It's wrong not just for West Virginia, it's wrong for America." Senator Manchin yesterday … Continue Reading

February 03, 2011

Manchin Delivers Maiden Speech, A 4-Point Commonsense Agenda

Washington, D.C. - In his introductory speech as U.S. Senator, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today took the floor for the first time and outlined his 4-point commonsense agenda to create jobs, restore fiscal responsibility, develop a balanced energy policy that establishes energy independence within this generation and keep our promises to seniors and veterans. Senator Manchin also introduced his first piece of legislation, the bipartisan "EPA Fair Play Act," which would prevent the agency … Continue Reading

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