Press Releases

May 15, 2018

Manchin Condems House for Not Passing Resolution to Rename the Huntington VA After Woody Williams

Washington, D.C. - As the one-year anniversary of introducing the resolution approaches, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) condemns the House of Representatives for not passing a resolution to rename the Huntington VA Medical Center after Hershel "Woody" Williams. "Woody has dedicated his life to public service, and he has represented the state of West Virginia with the utmost honor and distinction for almost 100 years. It is only fitting that a West Virginia VA Medical Center be named to honor … Continue Reading


May 14, 2018

Manchin Welcomes Qatar Officials to West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) welcomed Qatar Defense Attaché Brigadier General Yousef Al Kuwari, Air Force Attaché Colonel Mohamed Al Manai, Army Attaché Colonel Khalid Al Naimi, and Government Affairs Advisor for Defense Attaché Ms. Sarah El-Zeini to West Virginia today. The Qatar officials toured the West Virginia National Guard's 130th Air Wing and met with state officials to discuss development and planning. "I was so honored to finally … Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

Manchin to Welcome Qatar Officials to West Virginia on Monday

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will welcome Qatar Defense Attaché Brig Gen Yousef Al Kuwari, Air Force Attaché Col Mohamed Al Manai, Army Attaché Col Khalid Al Naimi, and Government Affairs Advisor for Defense Attaché Ms. Sarah El-Zeini to West Virginia on Monday in Charleston. The Qatar officials will tour the West Virginia National Guard's 130th Air Wing and will meet with state officials to discuss development and planning. "This partnership … Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

Manchin Congratulates Drug Court Graduates in Kanawha County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) congratulated Kanawha County Drug Court graduates in his keynote address at their graduation ceremony today. Senator Manchin was joined by Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper, Sheriff Mike Rutherford, and Judge Jennifer Bailey in celebrating seven graduates. "Drug court changes lives - but it doesn't do the work for you. You have to commit to it. It's about hard work. It's about day-in, day-out commitment. It's about accountability. And … Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce $4.5 Million for Head Start in Southern West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $4,537,034 for Coalfield Community Action Partnership (CAP) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Funding will support Coalfield CAP's Head Start program in Mingo and McDowell counties. "Children in Williamson deserve access to a world class education and Head Start programs help establish a solid education foundation. We know … Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

Manchin Launches 10th 'Commonsense Connections' Week with 100 Visits

Manchin staff will visit every county in one week Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is pleased to announce that his office will launch its tenth "Commonsense Connections" Week beginning Friday, May 18 and ending Friday, May 25. Representatives from Senator Manchin's office will make 100 stops across the state, visiting all 55 counties to hear West Virginians' commonsense priorities and concerns and to offer the Senator's assistance with federal agencies through … Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

Manchin Statement on Safe Return of 3 Americans That Were Held Captive in North Korea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement following the safe return of Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song after being held captive in North Korea. "I am thrilled to see the return of these Americans after more than a year of confinement in North Korea. I congratulate President Trump and Secretary Pompeo on this accomplishment and appreciate their commitment to these necessary negotiations. Gayle and I join all West Virginians in praying for … Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

Manchin Statement on President Trump's Decision to Pull Out of the Iran Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement after President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. Senator Manchin was one of only four Democrats to vote against the Iran Deal in 2015. "I opposed the Iran deal three years ago because we gave away too much upfront and got far too little in return. The deal I opposed gave Iran $100 billion dollars on day one for a promise that they wouldn't pursue nuclear weapons for only 10 years, but it … Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Historical Education and the Arts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $794,100 for West Virginia through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This funding will support programs that preserve West Virginia's rich cultural history and promote arts education. "Anyone who has been to one of our many festivals knows every West Virginia community has its own story to tell," Senator Capito said. "From music to … Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1.7 Million for Maternal and Child Health

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,714,764 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for West Virginia Health and Human Resources for Maternal and Child Health Services. "The health of our families begins with the health of mothers and children. This funding will support programs that invest in the health of West Virginia mothers and children. When our … Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Manchin, Heitkamp Introduce Bill to Protect Coal Jobs and Develop Technologies to Secure Coal's Future

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today introduced the Fossil Energy Utilization, Enhancement, and Leadership Act, a bill that will help protect coal jobs and develop new technologies to be used domestically and exported internationally. "Over the last decade, our nation's electricity grid has experienced a major shift in its domestic fuel supply mix. In order to maintain affordable and reliable electricity, it is critical for our country to support … Continue Reading


May 07, 2018

Manchin Applauds First Lady's "Be Best" Initiative, Especially Its Focus on How the Opioid Epidemic Impacts Children

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded First Lady Melania Trump's "Be Best" initiative, which in part focuses on how the opioid epidemic impacts children and highlighted Huntington's Lily's Place, a facility that provides short-term medical care to babies born addicted to drugs. "I applaud the First Lady for choosing to focus on how one of the biggest challenges facing our country, the opioid epidemic, impacts the most vulnerable among us, our children. The First Lady … Continue Reading


May 07, 2018

Manchin Statement on Walmart's New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded Walmart's announcement to limit the number of opioid pills prescribed for an initial opioid prescription, in line with the CDC's opioid prescribing guidelines, and to require e-prescriptions of opioids and other controlled substances to reduce abuse and diversion. "I applaud Walmart's decision to proactively implement policies that will change the way they prescribe opioids and improve their prescription verification system. These … Continue Reading


May 04, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $10 Million for Head Start Programs in Southern West Virginia

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration of Children and Families has awarded $10,362,033 for Head Start programs in Bluefield and Huntington. Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia, Inc. in Bluefield was awarded $3,526,925 and Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc. in Huntington was awarded … Continue Reading


May 04, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce $70,000 Eonomic Development Grant for Region 4

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration will award $70,000 to the Region IV Planning and Development Council which includes Fayette, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, and Webster counties. "These public-private partnerships are the key to business expansion and diversifying our economy. This funding will create jobs and more private investment opportunities that will … Continue Reading


May 04, 2018

Manchin, Durbin and Markey Urge FDA to Remove High-Dose Opioids From the Market

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ed Markey (D-MA) urged U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to remove ultra-high dose opioids removed from the market. The Senators said in part: "A particular concern with ultra-high dose opioids is accidental ingestion, borrowed medication, and recreational use. Studies have shown that 12 million Americans misuse prescription opioids annually, and more than half of all misuse … Continue Reading


May 03, 2018

Manchin Releases Report Outlining Severe Pension Crisis Facing American Workers on Anniversary of Securing Miners' Healthcare

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the pending crisis facing multiemployer pension plans, including the United Mine Workers of America 1974 Pension fund. Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of Senator Manchin securing healthcare benefits for retired miners. To read the Senator Manchin's full report, click here. "America's workers, and especially our coal miners, are the backbone of our economy. For generations, they have deferred their … Continue Reading


May 03, 2018

Manchin Unveils New Analysis Showing Economic Impact of Opioid Crisis in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a new report on the economic impact of the opioid crisis in West Virginia. The analysis, modeled after a national analysis conducted by the Council for Economic Advisers, found that in 2016 alone the opioid crisis cost West Virginia over $8.72 billion in fatalities, health care spending, addiction treatment, criminal justice, and lost productivity. The largest economic impact of the crisis in West Virginia was opioid-related … Continue Reading


May 03, 2018

Manchin, Capito Congratulate West Virginia's Top Youth Volunteers

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) congratulated Kayla McKinney and Lakyn Campbell for receiving the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award alongside 102 other extraordinary young Americans across the nation. "West Virginian's are dedicated to neighbors helping neighbors," said Senator Manchin. "Kayla and Lakyn represent the best of West Virginia and the nation. They have set extraordinary examples for all West Virginians and their … Continue Reading


May 02, 2018

Manchin Announces FCC Official to Visit West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today Michael Janson, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Deputy Director of the Rural Broadband Auctions Taskforce will visit BridgeValley Community & Technical College in West Virginia on Friday, May 18th to discuss the Challenge Process for Mobility Fund II, a $4.5 billion program that will help companies serve rural areas with high-speed broadband. The event is intended to help state and local governments and other … Continue Reading

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