Press Releases

June 29, 2020

Manchin Urges Research On Risks Of PFAS Exposure And Contracting COVID-19

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 19 Senators in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct research on the potential effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure and COVID-19 infection.The Senators said in part, “We write to express our concern about the potential risks that the novel coronavirus or “COVID-19” may pose for people who have been exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). As our … Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $28K For Drinking Water Protection In West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $28,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a state public water supervision program in southern West Virginia. This funding will be distributed to the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR) and will help develop state drinking water standards and collect public water system data.“Every West Virginian … Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $1 Million For West Virginia Tobacco Control Program

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,024,172 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the West Virginia tobacco control program.“West Virginia has one of the highest rates of lung cancer per capita in the nation. This tobacco control program will help increase awareness about the effects of tobacco and the need for regular lung cancer screenings for … Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Manchin Calls On Amtrak To Commit To Resuming Daily Long-Distance Service

Charleston, WV - This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) called on Amtrak to commit to resuming daily service for its long-distance routes across the country and provide a detailed timeline on the plan to resume those services. Amtrak recently released a plan to cut 20% of its workforce and reduce service on most long-distance trains down to three-days-per-week, but failed to provide adequate data supporting these cuts or give an indication on when it plans to resume full service. … Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Manchin Appalled By Republican Attorneys General, DOJ Actions To Eliminate Healthcare For Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the appalling decision by the Republican Attorneys General and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to file amicus briefs in California v Texas, the case which aims to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional.“Our country is in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the worst health crisis anyone alive today has ever seen. This is one of the most critical times for Americans to have … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Manchin Submits Over 1,000 Speed Tests To FCC, Sets New Goal Of 2,000 By End Of Year

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced he has submitted over 1,000 speed tests from West Virginians across the state to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). These speed tests prove the FCC’s broadband coverage maps are incorrect and need to be fixed before billions of dollars of one-time federal funds are all spent.“Earlier this year I set a goal of submitting 1,000 speed tests to the FCC from West Virginians by the end of 2020. Today, I am proud to … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $2 Million To Vaccinate Children 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 $1,992,636 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide access to vaccines for children in West Virginia.“Vaccines are vital to keeping our children healthy and safe from deadly diseases that are preventable. This funding will increase parent’s access to vaccines for their children to protect them against preventable … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Manchin Statement On Resignation Of West Virginia Bureau For Public Health Commissioner Dr. Slemp

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the resignation of State Health Officer and Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health, Dr. Cathy Slemp. “I want to thank Dr. Slemp for her longtime commitment to our state. In my work with Dr. Slemp I have always found her to be knowledgeable, helpful and professional. When I served as Governor she was a trusted advisor as we navigated the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and prepared … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $1 Million For West Virginia Anti-Methamphetamine, Illegal Opioids Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) for West Virginia anti-methamphetamine and illegal opioid production program. “West Virginia has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic that has taken thousands of West Virginians from us and harmed countless others. As the state … Continue Reading


June 24, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $5 Million For West Virginia Public Health, Emergency Preparedness

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $5,066,485 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Public Health and Emergency Preparedness program.“As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we must make sure our first responders and healthcare providers have the support they need to work on the … Continue Reading


June 24, 2020

Manchin Votes To Start Debate On Police Reform Bill

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to start debate on the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. “This is a pivotal moment in the history of our country. I voted YES to start debate in the Senate on police reform legislation because I believe we can no longer turn a blind eye to racial injustice, while citizens across the country are demonstrating in the streets to demand … Continue Reading


June 24, 2020

Manchin Applauds FCC Approval Of Mon Health Medical Center Telehealth Program Application

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of Mon Health Medical Center’s application for $283,396 to implement a telehealth platform that will help provide the full spectrum of telehealth visits for patients, including COVID-19 screening and diagnosis, medication management, chronic disease management, and behavioral health visits. As a member of the Financial Services & General Government (FSGG) … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $169K In Support Of Humanities Across 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 $169,738 from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) for Marshall University, West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, and Shepherd University. This funding was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and will provide resources and logistical support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.“The … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Manchin Statement On the 4th Anniversary of The 2016 Flood in West Virginia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the fourth anniversary of the flood which devastated communities throughout West Virginia in 2016. “Today every West Virginian is repeatedly reminded of the awful flooding four years ago that ravaged southern West Virginia, the families whose lives were forever changed by the loss of their loved ones, and the thousands of West Virginians who lost their homes. I know there is no sentiment that can … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $10 Million For WVU NIFA Project

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $10,000,000 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to support a research project seeking to improve the sustainability of the nation’s food supply at West Virginia University (WVU). This project will create a collaborative, sustainable, and economical biomass for value-added products program in the Mid-Atlantic region of … Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $221K For Opioid Prescription Study At WVU

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $221,692 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for West Virginia University (WVU). This funding will be used to support a study entitled “Assessing the Impact of Opioid Prescription Duration Limits,” and will help further WVU’s understanding on factors contributing to the opioid crisis. “As the opioid epidemic continues to … Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

Manchin Welcomes SBA Administrator Carranza To Morgantown, Shows EIDL, PPP Loan Impact on West Virginia Businesses

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today welcomed Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza to Morgantown to highlight the impact of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs on West Virginia small businesses. Senator Manchin, Administrator Carranza, Regional Administrator Steve Bulger, small businesses, banks, and economic development stakeholders discussed the need to quickly implement critical changes … Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $7.2 Million For Head Start In North Central West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $7,265,496 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start programs through the North Central West Virginia Community Action Agency.“As a strong supporter of Head Start programs for many years and a continuous advocate for Head Start funding through the Appropriations Committee, I am pleased to see West Virginia … Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Almost $100K For Shepherd University Connectivity Project

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $99,999 for Shepherd University through the National Science Foundation (NSF). This funding will support bringing fiber optic connectivity to Shepherd University’s campus, and improve overall access to internet for students, staff, and faculty. “Across West Virginia, broadband access continues to be a critical issue for many … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $26 Million For Clendenin Elementary School

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $26,851,044.60 for the Kanawha County Board of Education’s School Building Authority for relocation of the Clendenin Elementary School. This funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and will support the construction of Clendenin Elementary School after it was severely damaged in the 2016 … Continue Reading

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