Press Releases

February 01, 2011

Manchin Cosponsors Bill That Would Give National Guard a Seat With The Joint Chiefs of Staff

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will cosponsor the Guardians of Freedom Act of 2011, a bill introduced by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) to elevate the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to a position on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "Our National Guard and Reserve forces have bravely assumed a major role in our combat missions, and they deserve a seat at the table along with our active duty forces," Manchin said. "I am proud to work with Senator Rockefeller on this … Continue Reading

January 31, 2011

Manchin Comments on Alpha Natural Resources' Merger with Massey Energy

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement regarding news that Alpha Natural Resources Inc. will acquire Massey Energy Co. "Alpha Natural Resources is an American company with a long and storied history in our region, and I am proud that they will supply West Virginia's coal to the nation and the world," Manchin said. "I am hopeful that Alpha will keep high-paying jobs for the hardworking West Virginians who work in the mines now as well as … Continue Reading

January 31, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Lead Colleagues in Fight to Protect Coal And Manufacturing State Economies

Washington, D.C.-Senator Jay Rockefeller today was joined by Senators Jim Webb (D-VA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) in introducing legislation to suspend Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gases from stationary sources for two years. "I'm proud that today we took important action to safeguard jobs, the coal industry, and the entire economy as we move toward clean coal … Continue Reading

January 29, 2011

Manchin Holds First 'Coffee and Common Sense' Event in Follansbee

Washington, D.C. - On the heels of his "Call for Common Sense" tour, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today held his first "Coffee and Common Sense" event in Follansbee. Dozens of members of the community came out for the inaugural event at Ariana's Restaurant to share their concerns, priorities and commonsense ideas. Sen. Manchin will hold numerous "Coffee and Common Sense" events in towns all over the state over the course of his first term. "Meeting with my fellow West Virginians is … Continue Reading

January 27, 2011

Manchin: West Virginians Deserve A Government That Works For Them

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) today backed several measures that would change the way the Senate does business, voting for new rules that would allow more open debate and increase transparency for the American people. "West Virginians deserve a government that works for them, and they are understandably frustrated with the way things get done - or don't - in Washington," Manchin said. "The new rules we adopted today will ensure that we're operating with greater … Continue Reading

January 27, 2011

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce $209,000 Grant for Folsom Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin ( both D-W.Va.), today announced that Folsom Volunteer Fire Department in Wetzel County will receive $209,000 in needed funds as part of the eighth round of funding under the Fiscal Year 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. This money will assist with vehicle acquisition. "The people of West Virginia count on first responders to be there for our communities - they put their lives on the line every day andwe thank … Continue Reading

January 27, 2011

Saturday: Manchin Launches Coffee and Common Sense

Washington, D.C. - Following his successful "Call for Common Sense" tour, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) will join constituents Saturday in Follansbee for his first "Coffee and Common Sense with Senator Joe" event, an ongoing series of open conversations with constituents during which he hopes to hear more ideas, concerns and priorities from West Virginians. In keeping with Senator Manchin's philosophy of retail government, the Senator will hold numerous "Coffee and Common Sense with … Continue Reading

January 27, 2011

Manchin Earns Spots on 3 Key Committees for the 112th Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) today announced that he will represent West Virginia on three critical Senate committees that will tackle the important work of addressing our nation's energy needs, standing up for the members of the military and keeping our promises to seniors. Senator Manchin has been named to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Special Committee on Aging. "I am proud to … Continue Reading

January 26, 2011

Rockefeller, Murray, Harkin, Manchin Introduce the Robert C. Byrd Mine And Workplace Safety and Health Act

Washington, D.C.-Senators Jay Rockefeller, Tom Harkin (D- Iowa), Patty Murray (D- Wash.) and Joe Manchin III (D- W.Va.) introduced mine safety legislation to promote a culture of safety in mining and other industries. Senator Rockefeller has been a longtime proponent of strengthening workplace safety regulations and initially introduced the Robert C. Byrd Mine and Workplace Safety and Health Act in the summer of 2010. The legislation is a first step to making sure that miners in West … Continue Reading

January 26, 2011

Call for Common Sense - A Tour of West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wrapped up his "Call for Common Sense" tour last week, a two-week trip that included more than a dozen stops across the state. Sen. Manchin used the tour as an opportunity to hear from a diverse group of West Virginians about their concerns, insights and commonsense ideas for Washington. Senator Manchin has authored an op-ed (below) about the highlights of his "Common Sense" tour of West Virginia. Newspapers and online sites in West … Continue Reading

January 26, 2011

Manchin Reacts to President's State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement tonight following the President's State of the Union address: "I was encouraged to hear the President call for more bipartisanship and civility and the critical need for Democrats and Republicans to share the responsibility for governing. We worked across party lines in West Virginia, and I know that Washington can learn from our example. "I was heartened to hear the President's renewed focus on … Continue Reading

January 26, 2011

Manchin Responds to President's State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)'s response to the President's State of the Union Address last night will be available today. His remarks are available in an audio actuality for use by radio, as well as in a Web video. The audio actuality is available here: The web video is available here: … Continue Reading

January 25, 2011

Manchin Previews President's State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today outlined what he expects and hopes to hear in the President's annual State of the Union Address this evening. His remarks are available in an audio actuality for use by radio, as well as in a Web video. The audio actuality is available here: The web video is available here: … Continue Reading

January 21, 2011

Manchin Statement Honoring Retiring Major General Tackett

Charleston, W.V. - Senator Joe Manchin today presented Major General Allen Tackett with a statement he will enter in the Congressional Record honoring Major Tackett's 15 years of service as Adjutant General of West Virginia's National Guard. Below is Manchin's statement as presented to General Tackett: M. President, today I rise to recognize General Allen Tackett, the Adjutant General for the West Virginia National Guard who will retire effective January 31, 2011. General Tackett's … Continue Reading

January 20, 2011

Sen. Manchin to Introduce Bill to Prevent EPA From Retroactively Vetoing Permits

Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has delivered a letter to his Senate colleagues urging them to join with him and cosponsor legislation to oppose last week's unprecedented regulatory actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that threaten jobs and investments in every state. Sen. Manchin told his fellow lawmakers that he will introduce legislation in the coming weeks to prevent the EPA from retroactively vetoing permits that have already been granted and are in … Continue Reading

January 19, 2011

Manchin Announces Full Senate Communications Team

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced the appointment of key staff members to his communications team following the recent announcement of Communications Director Emily Bittner, who will lead the department. Senator Manchin named Marni Goldberg as his press secretary in the D.C. office and Katie Longo as press assistant in D.C. Senator Manchin has previously announced that longtime aide Sara Payne Scarbro will serve as both his Deputy State Director and West Virginia … Continue Reading

January 17, 2011

Senator Manchin's Statement On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Charleston, W.Va. - Senator Joe Manchin today issued the following statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Sen. Manchin is currently conducting a two-week "Call for Common Sense" Tour in West Virginia and will today deliver remarks honoring Dr. King at the "Perspectives on Leadership" luncheon hosted by Vision Shared and Generation West Virginia and at the Morgantown Community Coalition for Social Justice MLK Day Celebration. "Today is a very special day in our nation's history. It's a … Continue Reading

January 14, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $42,103 in Funding For Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Joe Manchin III and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W. Va.) announced today that the Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department will receive a total of $42,103 under the 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. This funding may be used to purchase updated response equipment, new personal protective equipment and vehicles. The grant may also go toward modernizing the station and its facilities. "The hardworking volunteers at our local fire … Continue Reading

January 14, 2011

Press Updated: Highlights of Senator Manchin's "Call for Common Sense" Tour

United States Senator Joe Manchin concluded the first week of his "Call for Common Sense" Tour Friday with a town hall meeting at the West Virginia Wood Technology Center in Elkins. The meeting - attended by about 50 people - focused on economic development, infrastructure and a discussion of ways to improve economic opportunity in West Virginia and the nation. Below, please find the highlights of the first week of Senator Manchin's "Call for Common Sense" Tour. Sen. Manchin launched … Continue Reading

January 13, 2011

Senator Manchin: EPA's Unprecedented and Irresponsible Decision Jeopardizes our Economic Recovery and Jobs

Charleston, W.Va. - Senator Joe Manchin today voiced his strong opposition to the unprecedented decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to retroactively veto a coal mining permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. The permit was already approved after an exhaustive, approximately 10-year regulatory process which included time for an extensive review by the EPA. "Today's EPA decision is not just fundamentally wrong, it is an unprecedented act by the federal … Continue Reading

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