Press Releases

April 28, 2021

Manchin Reintroduces Bill To Protect Americans From Dangerous Opioids

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced the Protecting Americans from Dangerous Opioids Act, which would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove one opioid medication currently on the market for every new opioid medication that they approve. "Last year was the highest number of overdose deaths the United States has ever recorded, with likely over half of those involving an opioid or synthetic-opioid. It's simply heartbreaking to lose so many … Continue Reading


April 28, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce NASA Project Funding for WVU

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $199,999 from NASA's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Rapid Response Research (R3) program to West Virginia University (WVU). This funding will support two individual projects at WVU that were selected through a competitive process. "West Virginians have always played a role in NASA's developments and achievements, … Continue Reading


April 27, 2021

Manchin Questions Witnesses On Business Practices, Waste Within The Department of Defense

Video of Senator Manchin during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Department of Defense's management challenges and opportunities can be found here Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), questioned a panel of witnesses on the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) business practices and management challenges and opportunities during the SASC hearing. Senator Manchin questioned Mr. Peter Levine, Senior Research … Continue Reading


April 27, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding for Hepatitis Surveillance, Infectious Disease Consequences of Opioids

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $393,182 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Integrated Viral Hepatitis Surveillance to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). Of the total awarded, $78,659 is specifically appropriated to address the infectious disease consequences of opioid use in West Virginia. "Every West Virginian has … Continue Reading


April 27, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce $1 Million From National Science Foundation For Research Projects In West Virginia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,049,182 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for three research projects in West Virginia. "West Virginia continues to be a leader in many research fields, including biology and technology. The National Science Foundation is a great partner for the Mountain State, and I am pleased by the continued investment in our state," said Senator … Continue Reading


April 27, 2021

Manchin Votes Against Janet McCabe For Deputy EPA Administrator

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote against the nomination of Janet McCabe for Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "I could not support Janet McCabe's nomination. During her time as Acting Assistant Administrator of the EPA, she was one of the chief architects of the Clean Power Plan that would have required coal plants to use unproven technology. I firmly believe that we need to invest in … Continue Reading


April 26, 2021

Manchin Bill To Change FDA Culture, Address Role In Drug Epidemic

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced the Changing the Culture of the FDA Act, which would amend the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mission statement to include the agency's responsibility for addressing the ongoing drug epidemic. "In 2020, more than 87,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, and we can safely assume that 51% of those deaths involved opioids or synthetic opioids. The FDA must acknowledge their involvement in this national crisis that has … Continue Reading


April 26, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Replace Diesel School Buses in West Virginia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $180,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace older, diesel school buses in West Virginia. This funding will be made available through rebates from the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), which was reauthorized as part of the FY21 year-end funding package … Continue Reading


April 23, 2021

Manchin: West Virginia To Receive $1.2 Million For Students Experiencing Homelessness In First Round Of American Rescue Plan Funding

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a roundtable with Department of Education Secretary Cardona, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and students from around the United States, including a student from West Virginia, to discuss the students’ own experiences with homelessness and the $800 million included in the American Rescue Plan that will help identify and assist students currently experiencing homelessness across the United States. West Virginia will … Continue Reading


April 23, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce $99K For West Virginia Airports

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $99,162 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for three airports across West Virginia. "West Virginia airports are hubs for economic development and provide visitors and tourists with access to our beautiful state. The aerospace and tourism industries have been hit especially hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this funding from DOT … Continue Reading


April 23, 2021

Manchin Urges West Virginians To Participate In Drug Take Back Day This Saturday

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged West Virginians to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 24th. 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 Day is an important program that protects our communities, families, friends and loved ones by safely disposing of … Continue Reading


April 23, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $14.4 Million For West Virginia Head Start Programs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $14,443,862 for Head Start programs across West Virginia. This funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Head Start Emergency Supplemental grants that were allocated in the year-end funding package to support early childhood education and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Early education is … Continue Reading


April 23, 2021

Manchin Announces More Than $53 Million From American Rescue Plan To Expand COVID-19 Testing In West Virignia

Video of Senator Manchin's statement on funding from the American Rescue Plan for COVID-19 testing can be found here Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced West Virginia will receive $53,978,589 from the American Rescue Plan to expand COVID-19 testing across the state. "We know that widespread COVID-19 testing is one of the most effective ways to curb the spread of the virus in our communities. While more than 34% of West Virginians have received at least one … Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce Rural Development Loan from USDA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a $750,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to Woodlands Community Lenders in Elkins, West Virginia. This Rural Development Investment will be used to make loans to small businesses in Barbour, Randolph, and Tucker Counties and will create and retain hundreds of jobs. "Small businesses are the heart of our economy, and many have … Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Manchin Votes For Bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted for the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. The Senate passed the legislation 94-1. "The rise in hate crimes and harassment against Asian Americans throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic is unacceptable and un-American. Today, I voted for the bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act because no American should be the subject of harassment and hate. This legislation is a fantastic example of what can be accomplished when Senators put … Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Manchin, Scott Bill To Allow For Patients To Decide If They Are Treated With Opiods

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced the bipartisan Non-Opioid Directive (NOD) Act, which would establish a non-opioid directive form that allows patients to notify health professionals that they do not wish to be treated with opioids. The NOD Act is based on legislation that has already passed in multiple states. "Every West Virginian has been impacted by the opioid epidemic that has ravaged our state and our people. Communities across the … Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Manchin: American Rescue Plan Delivers $25 Million Increase In Food Assistance Benefits For West Virginians

Video of Senator Manchin's statement on food assistance benefits from the American Rescue Plan can be found here Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced the American Rescue Plan will deliver $25 million in food assistance benefits for West Virginians by extending current SNAP benefit levels, giving West Virginians receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits an average monthly increase of $28 per person. The American Rescue Plan passed in … Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Manchin: Permanently Reschedule Fentanyl Now To Save American Lives

To watch Senator Manchin deliver remarks on the Senate Floor click here Washington, DC - This evening, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered remarks on the Senate Floor urging Congress to pass his bipartisan bill, the FIGHT Fentanyl Act, which would permanently reschedule fentanyl and fentanyl related substances. "In 2019, 36,359 people died because of fentanyl. That's 51% of all overdose deaths that year. We know 2020 was a record year in drug overdoses, mainly driven by fentanyl … Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce $418K For Rural Healthcare Providers In West Virginia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $418,872 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for two West Virginia rural healthcare providers. This funding is part of the HRSA community-based Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program, which expands and improves rural healthcare by innovative, evidence-based approaches tailored to the specific needs of the local … Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Manchin Urges Internet Company CEOS To Not Leave West Virginians Who Rely On 2G, 3G Internet Services Behind

Washington, DC - This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 13 Senators in requesting information from the CEOs of Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T on their companies' plans to transition away from 2G or 3G services beginning in 2022. Many West Virginians currently rely on 2G or 3G services because for some West Virginians it is the only option in their area and is typically less expensive than 4G and 5G service plans. The Senators said in part, "Every day millions of Americans rely on … Continue Reading

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