Press Releases

July 14, 2017

Manchin, Markey, Blumenthal Call for Mandatory Education for Opioid Prescribers

Legislation would require prescribers of opioid pain medications and other controlled substances to undergo mandatory training on safe prescribing practices and the identification of possible substance use disorders Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in introducing legislation that requires any prescriber of opioid medications to undergo mandatory education on safe prescribing practices. Specifically, the Safe … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $9.9 Million for West Virginia Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $9,989,178 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) will be awarded to Head Start programs in West Virginia. "Our kids deserve the best chances at success, and it is important to invest in programs like Head Start that will lead the next generation to a brighter tomorrow," Senator Manchin said. "This funding will continue to help these programs provide access to … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce $1.3 Million for West Virginia Health Care Center

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will award $1,314,440 to the Lincoln County Primary Care Center. This funding will help to support health care operations and expanding access to care. "This funding will help strengthen health care for patients in Lincoln County and provide quality, affordable services. Our health centers play an important role in keeping our … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Manchin Meets with FBI Director Nominee Christopher Wray

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement regarding his meeting with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Nominee, Christopher Wray. "At a time when the public's confidence in our government institutions is lower than ever, it is critically important that the person leading the FBI has sound moral character and impeccable qualifications. I watched his testimony yesterday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was impressed by … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $11.7 Million in Funding for West Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced a total of $11,688,591 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for Yeager Airport in Charleston and Tri-State Airport in Huntington. The grants will be used to reconstruct and repair terminal and runway areas. "This funding will enable Yeager and Tri-State Airports to make necessary repairs to their existing infrastructure," Senator Manchin said. "As a pilot myself, … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Manchin Calls on Senate Colleagues to Pass the FUTURE Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined his colleagues in a colloquy on the Senate Floor to discuss the importance of the FUTURE Act, which would reform, enhance, and expand upon the current 45Q tax credit provision for carbon capture technology. "Coal is abundant and reliable and will be a part of our energy mix for years to come. We must invest in the future of coal to ensure the U.S. is a leader in commercializing cutting-edge technologies and to ensure a cleaner more … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Manchin Votes to Pass Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill Out of Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to be passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "As a new member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am pleased to help draft and vote for legislation that increases funding for veterans and service members who work tirelessly to protect our country," Senator Manchin said. "I'm especially excited about a few key features of … Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

Manchin, Young Propose Increased Accountability Measures for Department of Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced legislation to increase accountability at the Department of Education. Up to this point, the Department of Education has not implemented dozens of open recommendations crafted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). "I have always said that government agencies need to be more transparent and efficient and I'm proud to join my colleague Senator Young in bipartisan legislation to do just that," Senator … Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Manchin Urges DEA to Lower Opioid Quota to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

Agency should build upon last year's progress and further lower those levels for 2018 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a group of senators in sending a letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), urging the agency to better prevent painkillers from flooding the market by setting lower opioid production quotas for 2018. Last year, the DEA heeded the senators' call to address America's opioid epidemic by reducing nearly all opioid quotas by 25 percent or more. This was … Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Manchin Introduces Legislation to Allow West Virginia Colleges to Resubmit TRIO Applications

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced Defending Educational Opportunities for West Virginia Students Act of 2017, legislation to allow the Secretary of Education to review and score TRIO program applications even if they had minor budgeting errors that have been fixed. "In West Virginia, we have a lot of first time college students, many of whom come from low-income families that simply do not have the resources or experience to help their children navigate things … Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Manchin Applauds FDA Decision to Add Immediate Release Opioids to the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to strengthen training and prescribing practices for immediate release opioids by adding them to the FDA's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). Senator Manchin has fought for years to convince the FDA to recognize the dangers of opioid medications and take steps to reduce the risk to patients. This is a significant step because approximately 90 percent of the 200 … Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $1.5 Million for Flood Recovery in Clay County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced West Virginia will receive $1,464,105 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in efforts to recover from the June 2016 floods. The funds have been awarded to the Clay County Board of Education to complete repairs on facilities at the Clay County High School football … Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $2.8 Million for West Virginia Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $2,826,948 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) will be awarded to Head Start programs in West Virginia. "Programs like Head Start are imperative to ensuring academic success in communities across our state," Senator Manchin said. "Every West Virginia child deserves the best chance at a bright future. With this funding, our families and children will have … Continue Reading


July 07, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $45k for Restoration of Civil War Battlefields in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced a total of $44,525.95 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Interior for the restoration of West Virginia's Shepherdstown Battlefield in Jefferson County. This funding will be used to preserve over 14 acres of historic battle grounds in West Virginia. "As a state born out of the Civil War, West Virginia's earliest history is directly tied to the battlefields where our ancestors sacrificed … Continue Reading


July 06, 2017

Manchin Welcomes Secretary Perry to West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined members of the West Virginia delegation in welcoming U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to West Virginia. They toured the Longview Power Plant in Maidsville and the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown. "I was thrilled to show my good friend Secretary Perry around my great state of West Virginia and show him all we have to offer," Senator Manchin said. "Longview Power Plant and the National Energy Technology … Continue Reading


July 06, 2017

Manchin Applauds Decision by Endo International to Remove Opioid Pain Medication from Market

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded Endo International's decision to voluntarily pull its opioid pain medication, Opana ER, from the market. Last month, Senator Manchin and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked Endo International to cease selling the medication after determining that the drug's risks outweighed its medical benefits and that it was contributing to the opioid epidemic in West Virginia and across the country. "I'm glad to see that Endo … Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $19 Million for West Virginian Health Care Centers

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $19,212,223 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for health centers throughout West Virginia. "Every West Virginia community deserves quality healthcare facilities and this funding will support the health centers that provide the primary and preventive care that many West Virginians rely on," Senator Manchin said. "I will continue to advocate for organizations … Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Manchin Supports Plan to Restore National Forest

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today, following a meeting between Frank Jezioro, the Senator's Sportsmen and Natural Resources Liaison, and Clyde Thompson, Monongahela National Forest Supervisor, issued the following statement of support for forest restoration projects in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Currently, the Monongahela National Forest is on target to harvest 11.1 million board feet of timber. "As a lifelong hunter myself, I understand the … Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

Manchin Statement on Fourth of July

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement in honor of the Fourth of July. "Every July Fourth, America comes together to celebrate the birth of our great nation and remember the values and truths that our Founding Fathers declared hundreds of years ago. The United States of America is still the greatest country on Earth and the hope of the world, even with all our challenges and troubles. It is up to us to keep our torch of freedom burning … Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

Manchin Speaks at National Youth Science Camp Senate Luncheon

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke today at the senate luncheon for the National Youth Science Camp. The luncheon is held by the National Youth Science Foundation as a part of its summer STEM camp. The participants of the National Youth Science Camp are chosen through a rigorous selection process overseen by each state's governor. Two participants are selected from each state and the District of Columbia. The 2017 West Virginia delegates are Isabel Mirfakhraie and Joseph … Continue Reading

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