Press Releases

December 29, 2017

Manchin Secures Forklift for Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank in Kimball

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement following the delivery of a much needed forklift to Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank in Kimball, WV. Today Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia donated a forklift to Five Loaves & Two Fishes. After learning about the food bank's need for a forklift, Senator Manchin was instrumental in securing the forklift for the food bank. "Since I learned of the urgent need from Senator Richard Ojeda at Five … Continue Reading


December 22, 2017

Manchin Wishes West Virginians a Merry Christmas

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement wishing West Virginians a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. "Gayle and I, along with the entire Manchin family, would like to wish all West Virginians, Americans, and our brave service men and women a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. "This holiday season, it is important to celebrate our many blessings - especially the love of our families and friends. It is also a time to remember … Continue Reading


December 22, 2017

Manchin, Brown, Kaine, Warner & Casey Urge Secretary Acosta to Protect Miners Safety & Health

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL), Alexander Acosta, urging him to keep the Respirable Dust Rule to protect mine safety and miners health. This letter comes after the rule was included in the Unified Agenda for re-examination. The Senators said in part: "Given this increase in black lung disease and the devastating impact … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Good News: Energy Department Report Shows Manchin Led Storage Hub Effort Good for Appalachia

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded a Department of Energy (DOE) report that demonstrates opportunities for a natural gas liquids storage hub in the Appalachian region are vast and would lead to positive economic development. "The Appalachian Storage Hub is a vital American energy infrastructure project that will enhance energy and national security while leveraging the region's unique energy resources for the long-term economic benefit of families, manufacturers, and … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

42,240 Americans Die From Opioids Last Year, Manchin Asks When Government Will Take It Seriously

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released a statement on the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) new report on opioid overdose deaths in 2016. The report stated that in 2016, there were 42,249 opioid related overdose deaths in the US. That is a 28% increase over 2015. That's 115 people dying every day. "There has not been a year since I have been in the Senate that opioid overdose deaths have gone down, and this year is no different. Despite my best efforts to work with … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Manchin Applauds President Trump Executive Order on Critical Minerals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded President Trump for issuing an executive order to identify new sources of critical minerals - also known as rare earth elements - in the United States. Senator Manchin introduced the Rare Earth Element Advanced Coal Technologies Act (REEACT Act) in July to ensure the Department of Energy (DOE) office of Fossil Energy continues this important program, and authorizes and annual appropriation of $20 million per year through 2025. "I am … Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Manchin Disappointed to Vote No on Short Sided and Rushed Tax Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote against the rushed Senate tax plan. "For the last several months I have worked with President Trump, Gary Cohn, Marc Short and the economic team at the White House on a tax reform plan that I hoped would benefit the people of West Virginia and the country. I was honored to be invited to the White House on multiple occasions to meet with the President and know that he was genuine in his desire to … Continue Reading


December 19, 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 December 9, 2017, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 15.5 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 1% lower than last week's estimate and 0.4% higher than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. Read Senator Manchin's full report click here. … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017

MANCHIN SENDS RECOMMENDATIONS ON COMBATING OPIOID EPIDEMIC TO WEST VIRGINIA DHHR FOR USE IN RESPONSE PLAN

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Bill Crouch, Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), proposing recommendations for West Virginia's response plan to combat the opioid crisis. Last month, the DHHR announced the development of an opioid response plan through public engagement and collaboration with experts that will be presented to Governor Jim Justice and the West Virginia Legislature in January 2018. Senator Manchin … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.2 MILLION FOR WEST VIRGINIA HEAD START PROGRAMS

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $1,231,457 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to support Head Start programs in Raleigh County. "Head Start allows the children of West Virginia access to early education that is vital to their development," Senator Manchin said. "These funds will support the programs in Raleigh County, and I'm excited for the … Continue Reading


December 18, 2017

Sens. Manchin, Moran Call for Bipartisan Legislative Solution to Protect Free and Open Internet, Promote Rural Broadband Access

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, today issued the following statement: "As senators who have been working to close the digital divide, we believe federal policy must continue to promote the expansion of broadband access across rural America. Consumers and innovators deserve clear rules of the road that will continue to ensure the internet … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

Manchin, Capito Urge Congressional Leadership to Commit Resources to Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the nation's opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the country, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on Senate leadership to provide states with the resources they need to tackle this ongoing public health emergency. In their letter, the bipartisan group urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to include … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

MANCHIN APPLAUDS NEW ‘BRIDGE OF HOPE’ SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE IN RECOVERY

Charleston, W.Va. - Today at Recovery Point Charleston, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin joined representatives from Fruth Pharmacy and the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation to unveil a new program, "Bridge of Hope," that will provide scholarships for people in recovery to seek education and job training. "Today is about people right here in West Virginia who want to make a change, who have made a change, and who want a bright future," Senator Manchin said. "These scholarships will give those who … Continue Reading


December 13, 2017

MANCHIN CALLS ON FDA AND DEA TO CONSIDER RESCHEDULING NERVE-PAIN MEDICATION THAT HAS BEEN CONNECTED TO OVERDOSE DEATHS IN WEST VIRGINIA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Robert Patterson, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), asking the administrations to consider rescheduling and requiring additional risk mitigation for the drug gabapentin, a nerve-pain medication labeled as a "drug of concern" by the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy. Senator Manchin said in part: "While our focus is … Continue Reading


December 12, 2017

PENTAGON BEGINS AUDIT IN RESPONSE TO MANCHIN LED EFFORT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Department of Defense's decision to begin auditing the Pentagon, an effort led by Senator Manchin since 2012. Senator Manchin has introduced the Audit the Pentagon Act in the 112th Congress, 113th Congress and the 114th Congress and included audit language in the National Defense Authorization Act that President Trump signed today. "The United States of America has - and will continue to have - the greatest military in the … Continue Reading


December 11, 2017

MANCHIN LAUNCHES #ThisIsWV SERIES AND ENCOURAGES WEST VIRGINIANS TO SHARE STATE PRIDE

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today launched a "This is West Virginia" series to highlight the best of the state, its people and communities. Senator Manchin is encouraging West Virginians to engage in the series by sharing what makes them proud of the Mountain State by posting photos, events, individual stories and commentaries using the hashtag #ThisIsWV. "When people who aren't from West Virginia ask about our state, we jump at the chance to tell them who we are," … Continue Reading


December 11, 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 December 2, 2017, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 15.7 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 11.6% lower than last week's estimate and 9.0% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. Read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


December 07, 2017

MANCHIN, BIPARTISAN SENATORS URGE EXTENSION OF SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS PROGRAM

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a bipartisan group of 32 senators in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), urging them to include a reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program in any end-of-year legislation. SRS supports public schools, public roads, forest health projects, emergency services and many other essential county services for more than 775 counties across the … Continue Reading


December 07, 2017

MANCHIN, CORNYN INTRODUCE SKYLAR’S LAW TO SAVE CHILDREN LIKE SKYLAR NEESE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced "Skylar's Law," which will establish a national endangered missing advisory (EMA) communications network to enable immediate public notification for missing child cases that do not meet the strict criteria for issuance of an AMBER Alert system. In July of 2012, sixteen-year-old Skylar Neese went missing from her home in Morgantown, West Virginia. Even though Skylar's parents were immediately alarmed at … Continue Reading


December 06, 2017

MANCHIN CALLS ON FDA TO ADOPT CHANGES TO PROPERLY FIGHT OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Scott Gottlieb, calling on him to adopt three policy changes through the Opioid Policy Steering Committee in order to reduce the number of unnecessary and dangerous opioid medications available. Senator Manchin said in part: "I am strongly supportive of your effort to establish the Opioid Policy Steering Committee to strengthen FDA's response to this crisis. I … Continue Reading

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