Press Releases

May 19, 2020

Manchin Launches #MaskUpWV, Encourages West Virginians To Wear Masks In Public

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) launched a public awareness campaign encouraging all West Virginians to wear masks in public to help curb the spread of COVID-19.Senator Manchin released a public service announcement as part of the #MaskUpWV campaign launch featuring West Virginians from all walks of life stating the importance of wearing a face mask in public, and a printable flyer for West Virginia businesses to signify their employees wear masks.“As West … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Manchin Bill Provides Dedicated Relief To West Virginia Local Governments

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation to deliver critical, federal resources to states and communities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight. The State and Municipal Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Act targets $500 billion in emergency funding to every state, county and community in the country, while prioritizing assistance to the areas with the greatest need. Unlike previously allocated emergency funding, the SMART Act … Continue Reading


May 18, 2020

Manchin Urges Congressional Leaders To Support Vulnerable Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 40 bipartisan Senators in pressing Congressional leadership to include significant funding for the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) which are integral to supporting vulnerable students and their families that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, in future COVID-19 relief packages. The Senators’ letter comes as the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate existing inequities in education, from significant … Continue Reading


May 18, 2020

Manchin Urges West Virginians To Complete 2020 Census

Washington, DC - Today in a video, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged West Virginians to complete the 2020 Census to ensure they are counted and West Virginia receives funding to help communities with programs and services.“The U.S. Census is vital to ensuring all Americans are counted and represented every ten years. In West Virginia, every citizen who fills out the Census brings $20,000 in federal funding to West Virginia for vital programs and services across the state and secures … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $400K For West Virginia University Agriculture Internship

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $398,997 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to establish a summer undergraduate internship program on food microbial safety at West Virginia University (WVU).“WVU is a leader in agricultural programs, and this funding will help attract students interested in agricultural research … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $98K For Mingo County Airport

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $98,500 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority to support the completion of the Air Transportation Park in Mingo County.“Air travel is essential to expanding West Virginia’s tourism industry and giving West Virginians access to other areas of the country, especially in southern West … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $4.6 Million For West Virginia Prevention Programs, Senior Services

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $4,680,990 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for senior services, cancer prevention and control programs, and preventing and managing diabetes, heart disease and stroke.“Access to quality healthcare is critical to the well-being of every West Virginian across the Mountain State, and I applaud HHS for providing these … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Research Funding For WVU to Innovate And Increase Supply Of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Front Line Workers

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $198,499 for the West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) through the National Science Foundation (NSF). This funding will support a research project that seeks to remedy issues facing the shortage of disposable masks used as personal protective equipment (PPE) by fabricating novel and improved filters derived from natural … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce COVID Recovery Funds For West Virginia Law Enforcement

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $4,735,577 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CEFS) Program, which received funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This funding will be used to assist West Virginia and local governments in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus. … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin Recognizes West Virginia Law Enforcement During National Police Week

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a resolution designating the week of May 10-16 as National Police Week which is an annual event honoring law enforcement officers and their families and the 185 police officers that died in the line of duty in 2019.“Our law enforcement officers risk their lives every day, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. West Virginia’s law enforcement officers protect their communities with strength and integrity. We must continue to support … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Housing Resources For West Virginians As A Result Of COVID Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced three Mainstream Voucher Program recipients in West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The additional funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This funding will be used to assist public housing agencies in West Virginia with services and expenses in … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin Votes To Reauthorize Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on his decision to support H.R. 6172, USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020, which reauthorizes the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The Senate passed the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act 80-16. “Every day, the United States faces immense threats and we are only able to defend ourselves because of the incredible work of … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel Encourage Lewis County High School To Submit Speed Tests During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel encouraged Lewis County High School students to submit broadband speed tests while they are learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Manchin will send these speed tests to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to advocate for the FCC to create a public feedback system and fix their broadband coverage maps, which determine where federal … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding for Family Violence Prevention Services In West Virginia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $270,038 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Family Violence Prevention and Services formula grants program, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This funding will be used to provide temporary housing, assistance, and supportive services to victims of … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $57 Million To Increase COVID-19 Testing In West Virginia

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $57,211,926 from the CARES Act for West Virginia to increase COVID-19 testing across the state. “In order to eventually reopen our state safely, we must rapidly expand testing for all West Virginians. But I continue to hear from West Virginians across the state who can’t get tested before returning to work and healthcare providers who don’t … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Manchin Joins Democratic Amicus Brief To Protect West Virginians' Healthcare

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined an amicus brief filed in California v Texas (formerly Texas v United States), the case brought by Republican Attorneys General which aims to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional.“I was appalled last week when the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued to double down on their support for this terrible Republican lawsuit to leave 800,000 West Virginians and millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin Hears From West Virginia Municipal League Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with the West Virginia Municipal League to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“West Virginia’s towns and cities are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their communities and they need help to take care of their communities during this crisis. West Virginia has $1.25 billion sitting in the bank waiting to be distributed to municipalities, and I’ve called on Governor Justice … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin, Durbin, Kaine, Brown, Casey, Capito, Warner Introduce Bill To Protect Miners From COVID-19 Exposure

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act which would require the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) within 7 days of enactment to protect our miners from COVID-19 exposure at the mines. Additionally, the bill would forbid mine operators from … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin, Romney, Leahy, Gardner, Wyden Bill To Extend PPP Loan Deadline From 8 To 16 Weeks

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Deadline Extension Adjustment for Loans (DEAL) Act. The PPP DEAL Act will extend the loan forgiveness period from 8 to 16 weeks and amend the rehire date from June 30th to 16 weeks after the PPP loan is awarded. Additional information on the PPP DEAL Act can be found here.“Small businesses across the … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $1 Million In FEMA COVID-19 Relief

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,074,068 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Performance Grant Program - COVID-19 Supplemental (EMPG-S). This funding was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was signed into law on Friday, March 27, and will assist West Virginians in their … Continue Reading

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