Press Releases

April 17, 2018

Manchin Statement on DOJ Drug Raid in Huntington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement about the drug raids conducted by the Department of Justice and Huntington Police in Huntington, WV today. "This morning the Department of Justice and Huntington Police conducted a series of drug raids in Huntington. These raids send a strong message to those who come to West Virginia with the intent of poisoning our people. Bringing an end to the opioid epidemic will require a multi-pronged approach and the … Continue Reading


April 16, 2018

Manchin Releases Weekly Energy Report

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the price and production levels of coal as well as natural gas prices in Appalachia and nationally. For the week ending in April 7, 2018, estimated U.S. coal production total approximately 14.3 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 2.9% lower than last week's estimate and 6.3% higher than the comparable week in 2017. Read Senator Manchin's full report below or click … Continue Reading


April 13, 2018

Manchin Champions Improvements and Funding For West Virginia GEAR UP

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the GEAR UP for Success Act, which intends to improve the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP), a federal grant program that seeks to increase college awareness, readiness, and success for low-income and underrepresented students. "Our children are our future. If we are going to continue to compete in a high-tech 21st century economy, we have to make sure that young people have the resources … Continue Reading


April 13, 2018

Manchin Announces Meeting Between Amtrak and Collis P. Huntington Officials

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will bring Amtrak and Collis P. Huntington officials together to discuss a pathway forward to reestablishing service for the New River Train on Tuesday. "I applaud Amtrak for heeding my calls and agreeing to sit down with Collis P. Huntington to try to work out a solution to reestablish New River Train service," Senator Manchin said. "Each year, the New River Train travels from Huntington to Hinton for Railroad Days - bringing visitors and … Continue Reading


April 13, 2018

Manchin Champions Improvements and Funding for West Virginia Gear Up

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the GEAR UP for Success Act, which intends to improve the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP), a federal grant program that seeks to increase college awareness, readiness, and success for low-income and underrepresented students. He also is fighting for increased funding for the GEAR UP program to better serve students in West Virginia. "Our children are our future. If we are going to continue … Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

Manchin Votes to Confirm Deputy EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his vote to confirm the nominee for the next Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Andrew Wheeler. "Every West Virginian wants clean air and clean water and I intend to be vigilant in working with the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that our fundamental environmental protections are implemented in a sound, fair and effective way. I believe that the economy and the environment … Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

Manchin Applauds bill Signing To Fight Online Sex Trafficking

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the bill signing of legislation he cosponsored, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017. This legislation will allow state authorities to combat websites facilitating sex trafficking. "For too long, sex traffickers have been able to use the darkest corners of the internet to traffic young people and commit unconscionable violence. These websites are also guilty of these crimes and must be held … Continue Reading


April 11, 2018

Manchin Applauds Nomination of J.C. Raffety as U.S. Marshal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the nomination of West Virginian J.C. Raffety to serve as U.S. Marshal for Northern District of West Virginia. "With almost 50 years of law enforcement experience, J.C. Raffety is well qualified to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia. Throughout his distinguished career he has proven time and time again his dedication to law and order, and our state of West Virginia. I'm glad President Trump nominated … Continue Reading


April 11, 2018

Manchin Encourages Health and Human Services Secretary to Begin Creating Standards Set by Jessie's Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) encouraged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar to create and disseminate the standards required through Jessie's Law, which was passed by Congress when it was included in the FY18 spending bill, as soon as possible. Senator Manchin is also asking for regular updates on the progress of these standards. Senator Manchin said in part: "The Senate passed this important bill by unanimous consent on August 3, … Continue Reading


April 11, 2018

ICYMI: Manchin Visits Pepperoni Chic for Lunch

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) visited the new pop-up restaurant in Washington, D.C. called Pepperoni Chic, a restaurant that specializes in the West Virginia delicacy pepperoni rolls. The restaurant is owned by Fairmont, West Virginia native Karen Shannon. To watch a video of Senator Manchin's visit, please click here. To watch a video of Senator Manchin tasting the Pepperoni Chic pepperoni roll, click … Continue Reading


April 11, 2018

ICYMI: Secretary Chao Commits to Working with Manchin on New River Train, Corridor H and Yeager Airport

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Amtrak's decision to end private and charter trains - which would impact the New River Train service in West Virginia - and funding to complete Corridor H in West Virginia. To watch Senator Manchin's questioning, click here. "Amtrak's decision to end charter services would have a particularly devastating effect on the annual New River Train, which runs from Huntington to … Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

Manchin Announces More Than $28.2 Million for West Virginia Flood Relief

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced $28,244,069 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for highway repairs across the state in response to damages that occurred as a result of the June 2016 and October 2017 flooding. "Many parts of our state were severely damaged by the June 2016 and October 2017 flooding. But as a state, we came together and have shown yet again what a resilient people we are. This funding from the Department of Transportation … Continue Reading


April 09, 2018

Manchin Again Urges President Trump to Preserve Coal-Fired Power Plants in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, continued his longstanding advocacy for federal agencies to use their authority to keep coal-fired power plants running by urging President Trump and his administration to act now to protect West Virginia jobs and the reliability of our electric grid. Senator Manchin has sent four letters advocating to protect endangered plants and grid reliability. He has also spoken with … Continue Reading


April 09, 2018

Manchin Releases Weekly Energy Report

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the price and production levels of coal as well as natural gas prices in Appalachia and nationally. For the week ending in March 31, 2018, estimate U.S. coal production totaled approximately 14.7 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 4.9% lower than last week's estimate and 3.1% higher than the comparable week in 2017. To read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


April 09, 2018

Manchin Announces $375,000 Grant for West Virginia University Research

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Eye Institute has awarded West Virginia University (WVU) $375,000 for vision research relating to mechanisms behind retinal photoreceptor cells outer segment biogenesis. "I am glad that West Virginia University has been recognized for the important research they are conducting at WVU Eye Institute. Their scientific findings will lead to a better understanding of … Continue Reading


April 06, 2018

Multiple Manchin Provisions included in Bipartisan Opioid Package

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that many of his provisions are included in The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, bipartisan opioid legislation that will improve the ability of the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), and the … Continue Reading


April 06, 2018

Manchin Announces More Than $106 Million for Disaster Recover in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated an additional $106,500,000 to West Virginia to help rebuild communities that were impacted by the 2016 flooding. This funding is granted through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. "Since the flooding that devastated our state in 2016, I have fought tirelessly to ensure we … Continue Reading


April 06, 2018

Following their phone call, Manchin urges amtrak CEO to provide more information on new policy concerning private and charter trains

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Richard Anderson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtrak, urging him to provide more information to organizations on how they can appeal the newly established policy that would no longer allow Amtrak to accept private and charter trains. Senator Manchin said in part: "During our previous conversation, I was encouraged to hear that Amtrak plans to allow some operators to apply for an exception and would review … Continue Reading


April 05, 2018

Manchin Statement on Eighth Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement commemorating the 29 miners who were killed in the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster eight years ago. Senator Manchin will attend a Remembrance Ceremony for the 8th Anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in Whitesville. "Eight years ago, 29 brave and hard-working miners left their homes and their families for another day of work in the mine and never returned home. Since that tragic day, West … Continue Reading


April 03, 2018

Manchin Urges Amtrak CEO to Allow New River Train to Continue in West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke with Richard Anderson, CEO of Amtrak, regarding the company's decision to no longer accept private and charter trains. This change would affect tourism in West Virginia communities with the discontinuance of the New River Train, which has operated out of Huntington for more than 50 years and is an important contributor to tourism-related economic activity in the state. "This decision will have a significant impact on the tourism industry … Continue Reading

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