Press Releases

May 04, 2023

Manchin, FERC Commissioners Agree: Ongoing Need for Coal in America’s Energy Mix

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to conduct oversight of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). During the hearing, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Committee, asked witnesses about the future of coal in the U.S. electric grid, the need to consider reliability when bringing new energy sources onto the grid, the pace of FERC decision making and the need for comprehensive, bipartisan energy … Continue Reading


May 04, 2023

Manchin, Bipartisan Senators Urge Reauthorization of Special Diabetes Program

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 60 bipartisan Senators in urging Senate leadership to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program (SDP), which is set to expire on September 30th, 2023. 16.2% of West Virginia adults have diabetes, the highest rate of all 50 states, and the SDP provides critical resources for research initiatives, large-scale trials and outreach and education programs for Americans living with diabetes and prediabetes. “Diabetes is one of … Continue Reading


May 03, 2023

Manchin Announces $3.4 Million to Support Affordable Housing for All West Virginians

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $3,475,029 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support safe, affordable housing for all West Virginians. The funding will specifically be used to help communities humanely and effectively address homelessness, increase the availability of safe, affordable housing for low-income families and demolish outdated public housing … Continue Reading


May 03, 2023

Manchin, Cramer Reintroduce Bipartisan Dental and Optometric Care Access Act

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) reintroduced the bipartisan Dental and Optometric Care (DOC) Access Act to give patients and doctors more control over their healthcare decisions and increase access to dental and vision care. This legislation would allow dentists, optometrists and ophthalmologists to use the medical labs of their choice and provide clarity for doctors, patients and insurers on what can be charged for services that insurers … Continue Reading


May 03, 2023

Manchin to Vote to Approve Solar Tariff Resolution to Decrease Reliance on Foreign Nations

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that he will vote to pass H.J. Res. 39, a joint resolution of disapproval of the Administration’s rule allowing tariff waivers for solar modules and cells from four Southeast Asian countries. Chairman Manchin is the only Democratic co-sponsor of the identical Senate resolution, S.J. Res. 15. “For too long we have … Continue Reading


May 03, 2023

Manchin to Vote to Overturn Unnecessary, Burdensome Prairie Chicken Endangered Species Status

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement on his decision to vote to overturn the unnecessary and burdensome U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) final rule to up-list the current status of the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) to endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). There are preexisting and successful voluntary conservation efforts to protect the LPC, and the FWS … Continue Reading


May 02, 2023

Manchin Leads Effort to Block ESG Agenda in State-Regulated Insurance

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a group of 38 Senators in expressing concerns to U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen over the Federal Insurance Office’s (FIO) recent efforts to force the Biden Administration’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda onto the state-regulated insurance industry. The Senators stressed that insurance has been regulated at the state level for more than 150 years and this mandatory … Continue Reading


May 02, 2023

Manchin Questions Haaland About Interior’s Leasing Plans and Failure to Meet Deadlines

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine the President’s budget request for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) for fiscal year 2024. During the hearing, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Committee, raised concerns about the Department’s failure to meet statutory deadlines from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the administration’s efforts … Continue Reading


May 02, 2023

Manchin Moves Ball Forward on Permitting Reform

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced the Building American Energy Security Act of 2023, the text of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment that was supported by 47 Senators (40 Democrats and 7 Republicans) in a tied floor vote in December 2022. This legislation will serve as a starting point for upcoming conversations in the Senate around reforming energy … Continue Reading


May 01, 2023

Manchin: Every Day Without Action Brings the American Government Closer to Default

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement urging President Biden to negotiate with Speaker McCarthy to avoid defaulting on the national debt. In a letter to Congressional leaders this afternoon, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned that the United States could default on the debt as soon as June 1st, 2023. "I hope President Biden's invitation to Congressional leaders is sincere and he is genuinely willing to negotiate because the … Continue Reading


May 01, 2023

Manchin Announces $7.3 Million for Appalachian Council Head Start Program

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $7,388,210 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Appalachian Council Head Start Program in Charleston. Head Start supports educational growth from birth to age 5 through services that strengthen early learning and emotional development, health and safety and family well-being. “Every child in West Virginia deserves access to a quality … Continue Reading


May 01, 2023

Manchin Announces $12.9 Million for Two West Virginia Head Start Programs

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $12,914,643 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Southwestern Community Action Council and the Community Action of South Eastern West Virginia Head Start programs. Head Start supports educational growth from birth to age 5 through services that strengthen early learning and emotional development, health and safety and family … Continue Reading


April 28, 2023

Manchin, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Enforce Iranian Oil Sanctions

Charleston, WV – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a bipartisan group of 12 Senators in urging the Biden Administration to fully enable the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office to seize Iranian oil and gas shipments. Bureaucratic hurdles imposed by the Treasury Department have limited HSI’s authority, allowing Iranian oil exports to largely evade U.S. sanctions over the past … Continue Reading


April 28, 2023

Manchin Questions U.S. Military Leaders on Transparency of Ukraine Assistance, Turkstream Pipeline, Turkey's Relationship with NATO

Washington, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, questioned U.S. military leaders on increasing accountability and transparency of U.S. support to Ukraine, vulnerabilities associated with Russian TurkStream pipeline energy supply for U.S. NATO allies in the Balkans and explaining Turkey’s strategic relationship with the North Atlantic … Continue Reading


April 27, 2023

Manchin Urges Biden to Negotiate with McCarthy

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement urging President Biden to negotiate with Speaker McCarthy to avoid defaulting on our national debt. “The clock is ticking on this debt ceiling crisis and the American people will pay the economic price if President Biden continues to refuse to sit down and negotiate a commonsense compromise that would prevent a historic default. Speaker McCarthy did his job and he … Continue Reading


April 27, 2023

Manchin Votes for Bipartisan Resolution Affirming Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted for a bipartisan, bicameral resolution to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and recognize the amendment as a valid part of the Constitution provided the 38-state threshold has been met. In January, Senator Manchin joined 52 of his bipartisan colleagues in cosponsoring this resolution. “I proudly voted to remove the procedural barrier blocking the ratification of the ERA and to … Continue Reading


April 26, 2023

Manchin Questions Commerce Secretary on Delivering Broadband to West Virginia and Enforcing Fair Trade Practices

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, questioned the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo about securing funds through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s middle-mile connectivity program to ensure access to broadband in the mountainous areas of West Virginia. Senator Manchin also pressed the Secretary on concerns over Chinese-owned companies engaging in market-distorting practices that disadvantage US … Continue Reading


April 26, 2023

Manchin Co-Sponsors Resolution to End Solar Tariff Waivers, Onshore Energy Supply Chains

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, co-sponsored Senator Rick Scott’s (R-FL) S.J.Res.15, a joint resolution disapproving of the Administration’s attempts to pause tariffs on solar imports from four Southeast Asian countries. “The United States relies on foreign nations, like China, for far too many of our energy needs, and failing to … Continue Reading


April 26, 2023

Manchin Questions Department of Energy Leadership on Rebuilding Ukraine's Energy Grid

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, questioned Department of Energy (DOE) leadership on supporting efforts to rebuild Ukraine’s energy grid. The witnesses were Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy, and Jill M. Hruby, Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). On supporting efforts to rebuild … Continue Reading


April 26, 2023

Manchin Announces $195K for Economic Development Planning Across West Virginia

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $195,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the Region 1 Planning and Development Council and the Putnam County Development Authority. The funding will support conducting a feasibility and siting study for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout southern West Virginia, as well as assisting Putnam County in developing vital economic development … Continue Reading

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