Press Releases

October 02, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Ajit Pai as Federal Communications Commission Chairman

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin released the following statement on voting to confirm Ajit Pai as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman. "After working with Ajit Pai for several years as an FCC Commissioner and after the last several months working with him as Chair, tonight I was glad to vote to confirm him as the FCC Chairman. Ajit and I have been working together on a number of ways to bridge the digital divide in our country, especially in West Virginia, … Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

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 September 23, 2017 estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 14.7 million short tons. This production estimate is 5.3% lower than last week's estimate and 4.7% higher than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. Read Senator Manchin's full report below or click … Continue Reading


September 29, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $12 Million in Funding to Help Crime Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced a total of $11,714,873 for West Virginia from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Funding will go towards providing support services and compensation to victims of crime. "Victims of crime may possess deep wounds and trauma that they can carry long after the incident," Senator Manchin said. "The Justice Department works to make sure all crime victims are adequately tended to and … Continue Reading


September 29, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $750K FOR COALFIELD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $780,800 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families to support the development and improvement of the Coalfield Development Corporation's factory in Wayne, West Virginia. The grant will assist in expanding community job training programs and services for West Virginia displaced by layoffs in the coal mining industry. "Harmful … Continue Reading


September 29, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $750K FOR COALFIELD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $780,800 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families to support the development and improvement of the Coalfield Development Corporation's factory in Wayne, West Virginia. The grant will assist in expanding community job training programs and services for West Virginia displaced by layoffs in the coal mining industry. "Harmful … Continue Reading


September 29, 2017

MANCHIN SECURES VETERANS UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM FOR TWO WEST VIRGINIA COLLEGES

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that Concord University and Davis & Elkins College will receive $263,938 and $375,319 respectively under the Department of Education's Veterans Upward Bound Program. "Our veterans have fulfilled a commitment to protect our nation and we have a responsibility to make sure that those who are willing to work hard receive a good education and have the necessary resources and training to achieve their educational goals and careers as … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

MANCHIN COMMENDS GROUNDBREAKING OF NEW SECTION OF CORRIDOR H

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today commended the groundbreaking of a new $821 million section of Corridor H between Kerens and Parsons. As Governor, Senator Manchin made completing Corridor H a priority - opening more than half of the project during his administration - and continues to fight for funding today as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "Corridor H has been a top priority for me as a Governor and now as a Senator and I am glad that we are one … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

WOOD COUNTY RECEIVES HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA DESIGNATION

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Representative David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) applauded the designation of Wood County, West Virginia as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). On May 9, 2017, Senator Manchin and Representative McKinley sent a letter to the Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy, Richard Baum, encouraging the designation of Wood County as HIDTA County. Wood County is one of 16 counties nationwide receiving this designation, … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON MSHA NOMINEE ZATEZALO

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the nomination of David Zatezalo to lead the Mine Safety and Health Administration. "In West Virginia we are painfully familiar with the human toll that accompanies a mine accident. I have comforted too many families who have lost loved ones serving our nation in the mines. Strong leadership at the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) is non-negotiable. Since the beginning of 2017, 12 miners have lost … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

MANCHIN CONTINUES TO FIGHT FOR FUNDING FOR WEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Appropriation Committee, U.S. Senator Manchin (D-WV) is fighting to ensure that community health centers in West Virginia receive the funding they need to continue providing quality healthcare to West Virginians. The program funding is set to expire on September 30, 2017 unless reauthorized by Congress. West Virginia has 30 community health centers that serve 438,035 West Virginians. If the program is not reauthorized, these West Virginia health … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

MANCHIN CALLS ON HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES TO ENSURE PATIENT ACCESS TO NON-OPIOID PAIN TREATMENTS

Washington, D.C. - In response to the New York Times report, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Anthem and UnitedHealth Group imploring them to make less addictive, alternative pain management drugs and physical therapy readily available and affordable immediately, while also increasing coverage of substance abuse treatment. Senator Manchin said in part: "That is why I was so disappointed to see the article "Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $6 Million in Criminal Justice, Drug Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced a total of $6,230,291 for West Virginia from the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ). A significant amount of the funding will go towards responding to West Virginia's opioid crisis through programs authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Additional funding will enhance state law enforcement data collection and storage, support services for sexual assault victims, … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

ICYMI: MANCHIN QUESTIONS DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY NOMINEES ON COAL R&D AND GRID RELIABILITY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today questioned nominees for the Department of Energy. Senator Manchin discussed the importance of technology development with Steven E. Winberg, nominee for Assistant Secretary of Energy, Fossil Energy. If confirmed, Mr. Winberg's responsibility will include management of the National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) in Morgantown, WV. Senator Manchin also discussed the importance of baseload power plants with Bruce J. Walker, nominee for … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

Manchin, Capito, McCaskill, Shelby, Introduce Bill to Provide Regulatory Relief for Wood Heater Manufacturers

U.S Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today introduced legislation to provide regulatory relief to wood and pellet heater manufacturers by delaying implementation of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performance standards. The bipartisan bill extends the effective date of the standards by three years, allowing manufactures the time they need to comply. "West Virginia has one of the highest levels of … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

MANCHIN APPLAUDS TOYOTA’S NEW $115 MILLION INVESTMENT IN WEST VIRGINIA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia's announcement that it will invest $115.3 million in its Buffalo facility to produce the first American-made transaxles for hybrid cars. "I am thrilled that Toyota has announced it will invest an additional $115 million in its Buffalo plant. Since Toyota established its plant in Buffalo in 1996, we have shared a close partnership with the company. More than 1,600 … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $750K IN LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND GRANTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced a total of $777,984 in grant funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This funding will be used to make improvements to various outdoor facilities in Tucker, Summers, Wayne, Marshall and Berkeley counties. The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides matching funds to state and local communities for acquisition, development and conservation of public parks and open spaces. "I have … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

MANCHIN THANKS CVS FOR MAKING PROACTIVE CHANGES TO PRESCRIBING GUIDELINES

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to CVS Health, thanking them for their proactive changes to prescribing guidelines in an effort to address the opioid epidemic and highlighting the work that still needs to be done by all stakeholders, including pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies, to end this crisis. The changes CVS is making include working to limit the number of opioid pills prescribed to what the patient needs, boosting funding for addiction programs and … Continue Reading


September 25, 2017

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 September16, 2017 estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 15.5 million short tons. This production estimate is 1.1% lower than last week's estimate and 7.2% higher than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. Read Senator Manchin's full report by clicking here. … Continue Reading


September 25, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce $350K for Huntington to Address Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $350,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Public Health and Science and Office of Minority Health to support the City of Huntington's effort in battling the opioid crisis. The funds will support the minority health community programs to improve minority health. "Huntington is ground zero for the opioid crisis in America," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading


September 22, 2017

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON CVS DECISION TO MAKE PROACTIVE CHANGES TO PRESCRIBING GUIDELINES

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the announcement of CVS Health's initiatives to limit the number of opioid pills prescribed to what the patient needs, boosting funding for addiction programs and counseling, and strengthening programs for the safe disposal of opioids will combat prescription abuse. "I am thankful and appreciative of CVS Health's decision to make these proactive changes to combat the opioid epidemic that is plaguing West Virginia," Senator … Continue Reading

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