Press Releases

April 26, 2018

Manchin Encourages Perry and Mattis to Consider Defense Production Act to Save Coal-Fired Power Plants and Further Secure our Nation's Security

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, encouraged U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to examine the Defense Production Act to protect coal-fired power plants in West Virginia and further secure our nation's security. The Defense Production Act was enacted on September 8, 1950 at the start of the Korean War and is designed to support U.S. civil defense and war mobilization … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Manchin Urges Attorney General Jeff sessions to Restore DEA Authority and HElp Fix Bureau of Prisons Staffing Shortages in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions today at the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. He spoke with the Attorney General about the Bureau of Prisons staffing shortages in West Virginia, the pay and benefits of the FBI police force and restoring the DEA's authority to prevent opioids from entering the market. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department lead a successful raid in … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Manchin Introduces West Virginian Thomas Kleeh at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced Thomas Kleeh, United States District Court Judge Nominee for the Northern District of West Virginia, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. To watch Senator Manchin's introduction, click here. "Tom is supremely qualified for this position, yet, his greatest asset, his work with the West Virginia legislature and the state's judiciary, sets him apart from so many others," Senator Manchin said. "Tom brings such a great level of … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Manchin Applauds Formation of Program to fight the Opioid Epidemic in Huntington and Charleston

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded health care leaders in Huntington and Charleston for coming together to form the Provider Response Organization for Addiction Treatment (PROACT). This new program will help address clinical behavioral, spiritual and professional issues of those struggling with substance use disorder. "West Virginia may be the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, but we are also the epicenter of the solution. Our local leaders and officials are … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Manchin Speaks with Administrator Pruitt, Announces $1.4 Million for Brownfields Programs in west Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and is happy to announce $800,000 through the Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund for the city of Weirton, as well as an $600,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant for the Region 2 Planning and Development Council. "I was so glad to speak directly with Administrator Pruitt today to discuss the ongoing needs to ensure West Virginia is progressing in cleanup of … Continue Reading


April 24, 2018

Manchin Applauds Committteee Passage of Comprehensive Opioid Bill That Includes His Provisions

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the passage of a comprehensive opioid bill out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 includes nine provisions that Senator Manchin has pushed to help end the opioid epidemic. These include the reauthorization of funding, particularly for hard hit states like West Virginia, efforts to improve communication between patients and medical professionals, funding to expand … Continue Reading


April 24, 2018

Manchin Applauds Extension of Opioid Public Health Emergency Declaration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the President's decision to extend the opioid public health emergency declaration. "There is no question that the opioid epidemic is a national public health emergency, which is why I applauded the President's emergency declaration in October. My hope then was that federal agencies and resources would be mobilized immediately to take action to combat the epidemic in West Virginia," Senator Manchin said. "Since the declaration, … Continue Reading


April 24, 2018

Manchin Urges West Virginians to Participate in Drug Take-Back Day This Saturday

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today urges West Virginians to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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 Days have been tremendously successful in West Virginia and raise awareness about the dangers … Continue Reading


April 23, 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 14, 2018, estimated U.S. coal production total approximately 13.3 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 7.0% lower than last week's estimate and 9.4% lower than the comparable week in 2017. Read Senator Manchin's full report below or click here. … Continue Reading


April 23, 2018

Manchin Will Vote to Confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his decision to vote to confirm Secretary of State Nominee, Mike Pompeo. "After meeting with Mike Pompeo, discussing his foreign policy perspectives, and considering his distinguished time as CIA Director and his career in public service, I will vote to confirm Mike Pompeo to be our next Secretary of State. During this sensitive diplomatic time, it's important our next Secretary of State understands the … Continue Reading


April 20, 2018

Manchin Applauds Kanawha County Commission for Securing Major Sporting Events

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Kanawha County Commission for securing three major sporting events that will bring $32 million to the Mountain State. Senator Manchin supported the county's successful bid for the 2019/2020 U.S. Youth Soccer National President's Cup and the 2019 U.S. Youth Soccer East Region Tournaments, which will be held at the new Shawnee Park Multi-Sport Complex in Dunbar. "I was so proud to support Kanawha County as it worked to bring … Continue Reading


April 20, 2018

Manchin Announces More Than $300,000 For NeighborWorks Network in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that CommunityWorks Inc. and HomeOwnership Center, Inc. in West Virginia will receive $315,833 through NeighborWorks America. The funding will support efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs. "As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I work to make sure that West Virginia receives as much funding as possible to revitalize our neighborhoods, spur … Continue Reading


April 19, 2018

Manchin and Capito Secure $16K for Marshall University Conference

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $16,000 from the National Science Foundation for Marshall University Research Corporation and the 30th Cumberland Conference in Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing being held at Marshall University on May 19 -20, 2018. "Marshall University is at the cutting edge of research and I am excited to see this funding to support this annual … Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

Manchin Urges President Trump to Invoke Defense Production Act to Save Coal-Fired Plants and Further Secure Our Nation's Security

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, urged President Trump and his administration to invoke the Defense Production Act to protect coal-fired power plants in West Virginia and further secure our nation's security. The Defense Production Act was enacted on September 8, 1950 at the start of the Korean War and is designed to support U.S. civil defense and war mobilization efforts. Senator Manchin said in … Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

Manchin Announces Job Growing Partnership Between West virginia Natinal Guard and Qatar

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) and Qatar have been approved to begin a State Partnership Program, beating out multiple other states for this coveted agreement. This partnership will lead to direct investment and job growth in West Virginia, and lays the groundwork for continued military and economic cooperation. Senator Manchin spoke directly with Secretary Mattis earlier this week to press him to approve the agreement … Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

Manchin Applauds DOJ Opioid Quota Announcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the U.S. Attorney General's proposal to reduce opioid production, something Senator Manchin has been fighting for consistently over the past two years. "Since 2016, I have consistently pressured the DEA to fix the quota system and I applaud Attorney General Jeff Sessions' proposal," Senator Manchin said. "I have also pushed the DEA and the DOJ to increase their enforcement efforts against those bad actors … Continue Reading


April 17, 2018

Manchin Champions Legislation to Protect Coal-Fired Power Plants

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Energy Reliability Act of 2018 and a Senate Resolution on Grid Resilience and Reliability to ensure the continued operation of coal-fired power plants in West Virginia and across the country. The cumulative effect of over-regulation and market rules that disadvantage baseload power, among other factors, has resulted in ongoing closures and retirement announcements for coal-fired and nuclear power plants. These coal-fired … Continue Reading


April 17, 2018

Manchin Statement on the Loss of Barbara Bush

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement following the announcement Former First Lady Barbara Bush has passed. "Gayle and I are heartbroken to learn of the loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush. She served our country with grace and kindness and the world is a better place because of her contributions. The Lord has a masterful plan for all of us and I know Mrs. Bush is home with him now. We join the chorus of prayers from around the world as … Continue Reading


April 17, 2018

Manchin Urges House Veterans' Affairs Committee to Approve Renaming of Huntington VA Medical Center

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, urged the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) and the Ranking Member Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), to rename the Huntington VA Medical Center after Hershel "Woody" Williams. The resolution passed the Senate on September 7, 2017 by unanimous consent and has been held up in the House of Representatives ever since. Senator Manchin said in part: "Due to this … Continue Reading


April 17, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Expand Access to Preventive Medicine

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations committee, today announced $230,086 for the West Virginia University Research Corporation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This funding through the Preventive Medicine Residency Program will support curriculum and programs for preventive medicine residents, improving access to quality preventive health care services for West … Continue Reading

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