Press Releases

March 04, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $1.5 Million Wastewater Investment For Welch

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,500,000 for the City of Welch through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants. This funding will support the expansion of the city's wastewater system into North Welch, serving approximately 93 new customers. "Updating and investing in our wastewater infrastructure is absolutely critical, … Continue Reading


March 04, 2019

Manchin Praises Facebook's Investment In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on Facebook's announcement that it will lay fiber throughout West Virginia to connect Facebook data centers in Ohio and Virginia. The project will construct 275 miles of fiber through West Virginia between Ashburn, VA and Columbus, OH. The state will gain access to a portion of the fiber while providing Facebook access to the rights-of-way in the state. "Today's announcement by Facebook is a great investment … Continue Reading


March 01, 2019

Manchin Urges Bezos To Invest In West Virginia With New Amazon Headquarters

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, urging him to choose West Virginia as the new site of Amazon's second headquarters, in response to the cancellation of the headquarters site in Long Island City, New York. The letter highlights West Virginia's hardworking citizens, business-friendly economic environment, vast interstate highway system, and beautiful landscape as reasons why it is the perfect location for a new Amazon headquarters. … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $14 Million For Health Centers

Washington, D.C. - 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 Service (HHS) has awarded $14,065,214 to health centers in West Virginia. "These health centers are providing essential services to West Virginians across our state," Senator Manchin said. "Without these centers, many West Virginians would not have accessible healthcare without travelling long … Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Manchin Upset To Hear The New River Train Has Been Canceled

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is saddened to hear that the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society will cancel its operation of the New River Train in 2019, and he will continue working with all parties to find a solution. Over the last year, Amtrak has significantly raised costs for charter trains such as the New River Train, making it unable to continue to operate. Senator Manchin has been and will continue working with both Collis P. Huntington and Amtrak to … Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Manchin Voted Against Confirming Andrew Wheeler To Be EPA Administrator

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted against confirming Andrew Wheeler to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "When I voted to confirm Mr. Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the EPA, I did so because I thought the President deserved to have his team in place. I also believed that I could work with Mr. Wheeler. Today, I voted against him to be the permanent Administrator of the EPA because as Acting Administrator, he hasn't … Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Manchin Announces $1.4 Million To Repair Damaged Roads In Wetzel County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,422,591 for West Virginia through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) public assistance grant program. Funding will assist the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) with repairs to roadways in Wetzel County that was damaged as a result of storms in April 2018. "I am grateful that the WV Division of Highways has received this funding." Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading


February 22, 2019

Manchin Applauds the Appalachian Regional Commission's Investment in WV Coal Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), announced more than $3.6 million in grants to 8 different organizations across West Virginia through the Appalachian Regional Commission's (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Grant Program. These investments from ARC are aimed at diversifying the local economies of coal communities, including expanding the local food economy, substance abuse recovery program access and health services. In … Continue Reading


February 21, 2019

Manchin Statement On The Passing Of Evelyn Roberts

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement regarding the passing of Evelyn Roberts, mother of Cecil Roberts, President of United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). "Gayle and I are terribly saddened to hear the news of Evelyn Roberts' passing. Evelyn lived an incredibly long, lively and productive life of nearly 100 years in our wonderful state. She loved and was loved by all who knew her and dedicated herself to the betterment of hardworking … Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Manchin, Lankford Lead Bipartisan Letter Concerning The FCC's Broadband Coverage Maps

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and James Lankford (R-OK) led a bipartisan letter to Chairman Pai of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), advocating for a public feedback mechanism to allow consumers and states to help inform broadband coverage maps and report any lack of broadband access to the FCC. The letter was also signed by U.S Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Angus King (I-ME), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Michael … Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Manchin Applauds Appropriations Deal With Border Wall Funding And West Virginia Priorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the spending deal announced today which included $1.375 billion for a border wall and $1.7 billion for border security and humanitarian aid. "I'm glad Republicans and Democrats have come together on these six appropriations bills and that the President has indicated he would sign them in order to avert another government shutdown. The $3 billion for border security is desperately needed to secure our border. These bills also … Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Manchin Welcomes WV National Guard Official To Infrastructure Security Hearing

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, welcomed Major William J. Keber of the West Virginia National Guard Critical Infrastructure Protection Battalion as a witness at today's cybersecurity hearing. The hearing also featured witnesses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. "This … Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Manchin, Gardner, Moran, Cassidy and Collins Introduce VA Accountability Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the VA Provider Accountability Act, legislation that would bring much needed accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A troubling GAO report from 2017 revealed an unacceptable trend of VA facilities failing to report providers who made major medical errors to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the relevant state licensing … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Secure Rural Schools Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program (SRS). The program, which provides $1.7 million to West Virginia counties every year, expired on September 30, 2018. The legislation would extend the program for two years. "Forty-three West Virginia counties receive Secure Rural Schools payments to fund our schools, … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Manchin Secures Significant West Virginia Wins In Public Lands Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, secured the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the national designation of the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area and an increase in the funding cap for the Wheeling National Heritage Area as part of Natural Resources Management Act. "West Virginia has a rich cultural history and at the core of that is our deep appreciation for the … Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Manchin Introduces Resolution Supporting Gold Star Families Rememberance Day

Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Doug Jones (D-AL) last week introduced a resolution expressing support for the designation of March 2, 2019 as "Gold Star Families Remembrance Day." Gold Star Families are those who have lost a family member in service to the nation. Currently the United States observes Gold Star Mother's Day and Gold Star Spouses Day. Congressman Bob Latta (R-Ohio) introduced companion legislation … Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Manchin Announces New West Virginia Broadband Partnership

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that West Virginia will be included in the new National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) initiative that will help make sure the national broadband availability map is accurate. This is especially important to rural states like West Virginia and the seven other states included the program. "Our state, the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council and my office have been leading the effort to make … Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Manchin Praises Investment To Improve Infrastructure In White Sulphur Springs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today praised the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) award of $1.5 million to White Sulphur Springs in order to improve the town's aging water infrastructure. "This investment marks an important milestone in our recovery from the flooding that ravaged our beautiful state and shows yet again that West Virginians are resilient. Investing in water infrastructure projects that are outdated not only improves … Continue Reading


February 08, 2019

Manchin Reintroduces Legislation in the 116th Congress to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has reintroduced six bills to help combat the current opioid epidemic in West Virginia and America. Each bill addresses a different aspect of the opioid crisis, which includes providing individuals with nonviolent drug offenses the chance to have their records sealed, providing federal funds to expand access to substance abuse treatment, and requires greater accountability at the Food and Drug Administration when approving new opioids. "West … Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

Manchin Applauds Infor's Announcement Of New Location In Charleston

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is pleased with Infor's announcement that they will be opening a new location in Charleston, West Virginia. Infor is a global technology company that develops cloud-based solutions for federal, state, and local government agencies. Infor's new Charleston location will create more than one hundred jobs for West Virginians and they will partner with Marshall University and West Virginia State University to provide jobs to recent and future … Continue Reading

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