Press Releases

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


January 19, 2018

Manchin: I Will Not Vote to Shut Down the Government

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on why he will not vote to shut down the government. "I have never and will never vote to shut down the government. Today, I will vote to keep the government open for a fourth time for FY2018 through a continuing resolution. Just because I will vote to pass this doesn't mean I like it. We are already more than 3 months in to FY 2018 and we still don't have a plan to fund our government. Every time we pass … Continue Reading


January 19, 2018

Manchin, Heller Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dean Heller (R-NV) today introduced the Small Business Credit Availability Act, bipartisan legislation to modernize rules for Business Development Companies (BDCs), lenders that are critical to helping America's small businesses grow. Specifically, the bill would help BDCs deploy more financing capital to small and mid-size businesses and provide parity on securities offerings and related rules between BDCs and other operating companies … Continue Reading


January 18, 2018

Senate Passes Resolution to Honor University of Charleston Men's Soccer Team

Resolution congratulates University of Charleston men's soccer team for winning the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed a resolution authored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and co-sponsored by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to congratulate the University of Charleston men's soccer team for winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Men's Soccer Championship at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri on December … Continue Reading


January 18, 2018

ICYMI: Manchin Stresses Importance of Appalachian Storage Hub to DOE Nominees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) stressed the importance of cooperation from the Department of Energy with the proposed Mid-Atlantic Energy Hub when questioning Ms. Melissa F. Burnison to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs) and Ms. Anne Marie White to an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Environmental Management) during their joint confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. "In my state we … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce West Virginia Students Selected for 2018 U.S. Senate Youth Program

Students from Charleston and Clay will attend week-long program in Washington, D.C., receive scholarship WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced the two West Virginia high school students who will serve as delegates to the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C. Jerry Lacy of Charleston and Ely Osborne of Clay were selected as two of more than 100 student delegates to attend the program's … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

ICYMI: Manchin Questions VA Secretary About Clarksburg VA, Opioids and Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin when he testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Senator Manchin asked Secretary Shulkin about the timeline for the Clarksburg VA hospital becoming fully operational again after the hospital's autoclave was deemed inadequate. "On December 20th, a high-risk Veteran contacted my office after his bypass surgery was cancelled while he was laying on the … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Manchin Fights to Make Sure West Virginians are Properly Counted in Upcoming Census

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross today in response to a New York Times article that reported new measures being used to conduct the 2020 Census could negatively impact the population count in rural areas of West Virginia. Senator Manchin said in part: "According to the New York Times article, due to budget cuts, the Department cancelled testing in Bluefield, West Virginia that would have better informed how … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $8 Million to Combat Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $8,327,359 for 63 local homeless assistances programs across West Virginia. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care program and will help support local programs serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. "This funding will make sure West Virginians struggling with homelessness including, children, seniors and … Continue Reading


January 16, 2018

Manchin Calls for Bipartisan Solution on Net Neutrality

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on his cosponsorship of legislation to overturn the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) repeal of the net neutrality rule. "I have heard from thousands of West Virginians who want an internet that is free of content-based discrimination and support increased reliable, affordable internet access throughout our state. I strongly oppose the FCC's decision to repeal basic net neutrality protections, and … Continue Reading


January 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 January 6, 2018, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 12.1 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 15.1% higher than last week's estimate and 11% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2017. To read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


January 15, 2018

Manchin Statement on Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of our nation's most influential and inspiring leaders of all time. Although Dr. King's life was sadly cut short, he made a lasting and powerful impact on our country by helping millions of Americans fight discrimination and segregation, and by peacefully fighting racial injustice. The revolutionary movement that … Continue Reading


January 12, 2018

Group of Senators Urge President Trump to Renew the Opioid Health Emergency Declaration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Angus King (I-ME), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to renew the opioid public health emergency declaration because of little action since its original declaration in October. The Senators said in part: "On October 26, 2017, you … Continue Reading


January 10, 2018

Manchin Applauds President Trump's Executive Action to Streamline Broadband Buildout in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded President Trump's executive order and memorandum aimed at expanding broadband access in rural communities in West Virginia and across the country. The President's executive action is in line with bipartisan legislation Manchin introduced along with Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) last year to streamline the application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal lands. The President's executive action directs … Continue Reading


January 09, 2018

Manchin Statement on FERC Decision

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision to terminate the Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing and the subsequent decision to initiate a new proceeding to examine grid resilience. "I applaud Secretary Perry for his ongoing leadership in making sure our electric grid is reliable," Senator Manchin said. "I believe that action to prevent imminent closures of important … Continue Reading


January 08, 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 December 30, 2017, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 10.5 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 32.4% lower than last week's estimate and 28.1% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. To read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


January 03, 2018

Manchin Applauds Department of Energy Progress Toward $1.9 Billion Loan Guarantee for Appalachian Storage Hub

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to invite the Appalachia Development Group, LLC (ADG) to begin Part 2 of the application process for a $1.9 billion loan guarantee - a critical step in the loan guarantee process. Senator Manchin has led efforts in the Senate to help develop the Appalachian Storage Hub, which would create jobs and grow the economy in the Appalachian region. Senator Manchin commends ADG's work and looks … Continue Reading


January 02, 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 December 23, 2017, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 15.5 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 2.4% higher than last week's estimate and 3.2% higher than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. To read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


January 02, 2018

Manchin Statement on the 12th Anniversary of the Sago Mine Disaster

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on the 12th anniversary of the Sago mine disaster. "Twelve years ago, twelve brave miners tragically lost their lives at Sago. On that day, I grieved with the miners' families and with all West Virginians. I think of those miners and the strength and sacrifices of their families each and every day, and my thoughts and prayers are with them and their loved ones on this sad anniversary. After Sago, we worked to … Continue Reading


December 29, 2017

Manchin Statement on Miner Death in Fayette County

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Thurman A. Watts, a coal miner who was working in Fayette County. "All of West Virginia is heartbroken to learn of the loss of Thurman A. Watts today. Yet again, we are reminded of the incredible sacrifices our coal miners and their families make every day. Gayle and I join the entire state in sending our thoughts and prayers to the Watts family during this difficult time." … Continue Reading

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