Press Releases

February 06, 2018

Manchin Statement on Miner Death in Barbour County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Leonard W. Griffith, a coal miner who was working in Barbour County. "Our coal miners and their families make unthinkable sacrifices to keep our state and nation strong. As West Virginians, we honor that hard work every day, and we come together in prayerful resolve when we lose one of our own. Gayle and I were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Leonard W. Griffith in … Continue Reading


February 06, 2018

Manchin Signs Bipartisan Letter Urging Community Health Centers Funding

Washington, D.C. - Senator Manchin joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on Senate leadership to immediately reauthorize funding for community health centers. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Manchin and 66 of his Senate colleagues expressed their strong support for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care for families across the country. "Community … Continue Reading


February 06, 2018

Manchin Urges Senate Leadership to Fund Opioids Recovery Efforts and Rural Broadband Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - As Republican and Democratic Senate leadership continue to negotiate a funding package to keep the government open, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to fund opioid treatment and recovery programs and efforts to deploy broadband infrastructure in rural West Virginia - two of his major priorities in the spending bill. "West Virginia has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic and to … Continue Reading


February 06, 2018

Manchin Pledges to Return to Era of Bipartisan Cooperation and Agreement

Washington, D.C. - As part of his continued effort to make Washington work, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today again pledged on the Senate Floor to return to an era of bipartisan cooperation and agreement in order to restore civility to the United States Senate and our political discourse. He is urging his colleagues to join him in signing this pledge and taking the first step to show the American people that they are here to work towards a better United States. To watch his full remarks on … Continue Reading


February 05, 2018

Manchin Applauds the Appointment of Dr. Michael Brumage to Lead the WV DHHR Drug Control Policy Office

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the appointment of Dr. Michael Brumage to lead the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Drug Control Policy office. "Our state is the epicenter of the opioid epidemic and is constantly trying new and innovative ways to prevent drug overdoses, get those suffering from substance use disorder into treatment and prevent drugs from getting on the streets. The Drug Control Policy office will streamline our … Continue Reading


February 05, 2018

Manchin Urges the VA to Reconsider Transferring Criticized Director to West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - In response to the New York Times article detailing the manipulation of critical data at the Roseburg, Oregon VA Medical Center, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to reconsider its decision to transfer former director Douglas Paxton to the Huntington VA Medical Center. Senator Manchin's concerns were raised following reports that Paxton was going to be reassigned to be assistant director at the Huntington VAMC. "Our Veterans … Continue Reading


February 05, 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 January 27, 2018, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 15.3 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 4.7% higher than last week's estimate and 3.2% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2017. To read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


February 02, 2018

Veterans program Manchin championed begins accepting applications

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced the HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration will begin accepting applications today, February 2. The program is the result of Senator Manchin's legislation, the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) Veterans Act. The Medallion Program Demonstration is a tiered recognition program within the Department of Labor to award employers based on their contributions to Veteran employment. Senator Manchin is also the … Continue Reading


January 31, 2018

Manchin Applauds EPA Finalizing Delay of Waters of the US Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it will finalize the regulation to delay the Obama-era "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule today. "I am glad the Administration will finalize the delay of the harmful WOTUS rule," Senator Manchin said. "Had this rule gone into effect it could have created financial and regulatory burden for our state and local communities. I don't know a single West Virginian … Continue Reading


January 31, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More than $1.48 Million for Rural Development in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a total of $1,810,074 to encourage economic development throughout rural West Virginia. "These grants will better enable businesses in rural West Virginia to thrive in our twenty-first century economy," Senator Manchin said. "When local businesses succeed, our rural communities and families succeed. I'm … Continue Reading


January 29, 2018

Manchin Honored Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader Will Be His Guest at the State of the Union

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced today that he is honored to invite Jan Rader, Huntington Fire Chief, as his guest for the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening at the U.S. Capitol. Last year, there was an estimated 2,000 opioid overdoses in Cabell County and Chief Rader has led the Huntington Fire Department's effort to combat this epidemic. She was also featured in the Oscar nominated Netflix documentary Heroin(e). "In the face of the opioid epidemic, Chief … Continue Reading


January 29, 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 January 20, 2018, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 14.6 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 8.7% higher than last week's estimate and 11.2% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2017. To read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


January 25, 2018

Manchin Encourages Action to Improve Drug Pricing Transparency in Medicare Part D

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) yesterday joined a bipartisan group of senators in expressing support for a proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would help increase the transparency and accuracy of prescription drug costs in Medicare Part D. A current lack of transparency in pharmacy price concessions in Medicare Part D often negatively affect beneficiaries, lead to higher costs for seniors, and create uncertainty for the community … Continue Reading


January 23, 2018

Manchin: Coal Got the Job Done During Bomb Cyclone

Washington, D.C. - During today's Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre and other reliability experts about the important role coal plays in the country's energy portfolio and grid reliability. "For those people who believe we can do without fossil completely, I want us all to be completely honest and accurate with them - we can't," Senator Manchin said. "What would this … Continue Reading


January 22, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1 Million for Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $1,074,964 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to support Head Start services in Pendleton, Grant, Hardy and Hampshire counties. "Head Start programs are an important part of our educational landscape in West Virginia," Senator Manchin said. "I'm excited to see this funding head to Pendleton, Grant, Hardy and … Continue Reading


January 22, 2018

Manchin Proud Bipartisan Compromise Passed in the Senate to End Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after the bipartisan compromise that he led passed the Senate, ending the government shutdown. "I worked all weekend and brought together more than 20 Republicans and Democrats to help both sides come to an agreement to end this government shutdown. While others were focused on placing political blame, I was focused on solving the problem, and I'm glad to say we got it done. I'm proud we were able to come … Continue Reading


January 19, 2018

Manchin Applauds Fisher House for Volunteering to Cover Expenses for Families of Fallen Soldiers During Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - In the event of a government shutdown, the Department of Defense would not be able to pay death gratuities to families of service members killed in combat without additional legislation from Congress. If that happens, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has worked with the CEO of the Fisher House Foundation, Ken Fisher, to make sure these families are taken care of in their time of greatest need. The Fisher House generously agreed to offer the families an advance grant … Continue Reading


January 19, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Expand Telemedicine in Five West Virginia Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced a $100,079 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants program that will expand telemedicine in five West Virginia counties. Funding will go to the CAMC Health Education and Research Institute to help physicians provide obstetrical care remotely to West Virginians in Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Nicholas, and Webster counties. "Investing in … Continue Reading


January 19, 2018

Manchin Introduces Bill to Withhold Congressional Pay if the Government Shuts Down

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced legislation to withhold the pay of members of Congress during a government shutdown. "In West Virginia, we know that when you don't do your job, you don't get paid. If Congress can't come together to fulfil one of our most basic constitutional obligations, then we don't deserve to get paid either," Senator Manchin said. In accordance with the 27th Amendment forbidding Congress from raising or lowering its pay, the No … Continue Reading


January 19, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $1.4 Million in ARC Grants for West Virginia

Appalachian Regional Commission grants will support economic development projects in West Virginia Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $1,379,000 to support economic development projects throughout West Virginia. "Appalachian Regional Commission funding supports economic and community development throughout our rural communities in West Virginia. These grants … Continue Reading

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