Press Releases

October 28, 2017

MANCHIN APPLAUDS NEW DEA ENFORCEMENT TEAM IN CHARLESTON TO COMBAT THE FLOW OF OPIOIDS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announcement that Charleston will receive one of six new enforcement teams in the nation to help combat the flow of opioids, including fentanyl, in West Virginia. These teams will consist of DEA Special Agents and State and Local Task Force Officers and will enhance DEA's ability to combat trafficking in heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues and the violence associated with drug trafficking. … Continue Reading


October 27, 2017

Manchin and Capito Continue Pushing for Plan to Reopen Martinsburg Water Plant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today continued working to produce an agreement between the city of Martinsburg and the U.S. Air Force that will make it possible for the city to reopen the Big Springs Water Plant. "I am extremely disappointed. It's been over ten months since an Air Force representative told the City that they would resolve the issue and it is unacceptable that there is still no solution. The City of Martinsburg simply … Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

MANCHIN PRAISES PRESIDENT TRUMP’S OPIOID PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS DECLARATION

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauds President Trump for taking important steps to fight the opioid epidemic, including declaring a public health crisis to make federal resources more available and flexible for states. As part of the public health emergency, President Trump announced he is expanding telemedicine, improving childhood education about substance use, helping people recovering from substance use disorder find jobs, and increasing access to treatment beds. … Continue Reading


October 25, 2017

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON EPA NOMINEE DOURSON

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the nomination of Dr. Michael Dourson to lead the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). "In West Virginia, we are unfortunately familiar with the dangers that can arise when we neglect to properly comply with and enforce our chemical regulations. We all remember the horrors of the January 2014 chemical spill on the Elk River when thousands of West Virginians … Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

MANCHIN SPEAKS WITH EPA ADMINSTRATOR PRUITT, MAYOR JOYCE, COMMISSIONER COLOMBO ABOUT WOOD COUNTY FIRE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today spoke with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce and Wood County Commissioner Jimmy Colombo about the industrial fire on the outskirts of Parkersburg at the former Ames Tool Plant. "Today I spoke with Administrator Pruitt to make him aware of the latest on the situation in Wood County and ask that he ensure the EPA is providing any equipment and technical assistance necessary to … Continue Reading


October 23, 2017

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON MINER DEATH IN RALEIGH COUNTY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of a coal miner in Raleigh County. "I am heartbroken to learn of the loss of James Adkins in Raleigh County today. We are again reminded of the incredible sacrifices made by our coal miners and their families each and every day. Gayle and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Mr. … Continue Reading


October 21, 2017

Manchin Attends Woody Williams Ship Christening

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) attended the ship christening of USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (T-ESB4) in San Diego, California with Medal of Honor recipient and renowned West Virginian, Hershel "Woody" Williams. This christening came just 2 years after the announcement the Navy would name a ship after Woody. "Watching the USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams christening by Woody's side was one of my proudest moments," Senator Manchin said. "This ship christening is a long time … Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

MANCHIN REQUESTS UPDATE ON DRUG ENFORCEMENT LAW

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information on the impact of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act highlighted in a recent report from the Washington Post and "60 Minutes." The letter was also signed by 32 other Senators. "In light of these reports and as Congress evaluates this law taking into account the nation's … Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

MANCHIN TO ATTEND WOODY WILLIAMS SHIP CHRISTENING

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today he will attend the ship christening of USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (T-ESB4) in San Diego, California with Medal of Honor recipient and renowned West Virginian, Hershel "Woody" Williams. This christening comes just 2 years after the announcement the Navy would name a ship after Woody. "I am so honored that my friend Woody invited me to the christening of his ship - the USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

MANCHIN: CURRENT BUDGET AND TAX REFORM PROPOSAL DO NOT REFLECT MY CONVERSATIONS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement after voting against the budget resolution that passed the Senate. The budget passed 51-49. "Today I voted against a budget proposal that would cut $472 billion cut from Medicare and would increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion. I'm embarrassed that this body voted to saddle our children with more debt while slashing funding for a program that is crucially important to West Virginia's seniors. This budget … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $25M for West Virginia Communities

Resources will support community development efforts, help vulnerable individuals and those in need WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced a total of $24,922,939 for West Virginia from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funding will go towards state and local efforts to improve quality of life and support economic development in communities across the state. The resources will also help ensure the … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE WERETH 11 & WEST VIRGINIA SOLDIER FROM PIEDMONT

Washington, D.C. - This week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution authored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) recognizing the 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion who were massacred in Wereth, Belgium during the Battle of tahe Bulge in December 1944. Piedmont native, James 'Aubrey' Stewart, was a member of the "Wereth 11." "These soldiers were tortured by Nazi troops, yet they stood brave in the face of evil. They made the ultimate sacrifice and this recognition is … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO URGE OPIOID COMMISSION INCLUDE LEGACY ACT IN FINAL REPORT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie and The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis urging them to include The Legacy Act in their final report. The Protecting Jessie Grubb's Legacy Act (Legacy Act) will give healthcare providers access to their patient's entire medical history, which will allow them to provide the appropriate care. The Senators said in part: "We were … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $121,000 FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $121,575 in grant funding from the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Community Facilities Grants. This funding will be used to assist in the development of renewable energy systems and to provide rural law enforcement equipment for use in their operations. "Rural West Virginia is home to an immense amount of natural beauty and an abundance of … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

MANCHIN VOTES NO ON BUDGET

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on his vote against the motion to proceed to the budget resolution. "The budget I voted against today will cut Medicare by $472 billion while increasing the deficit by $1.5 trillion. It is unconscionable that we would saddle our children with even more debt, while cutting funds vital to West Virginia's seniors. Passing this budget on a strict party line vote will prevent us from passing tax reform that … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON BIPARTISAN HEALTHCARE DEAL

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the bipartisan Affordable Care Act (ACA) deal struck by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA). "I am thrilled that Senator Alexander and Senator Murray reached a bipartisan deal to begin fixing the ACA. After months squandered on a partisan approach to repealing Obamacare, both sides of the aisle have finally come together on viable fixes to stabilize our current healthcare system to make … Continue Reading


October 17, 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 October 13, 2017 estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 15.1 million short tons. This production estimate is 1.3% higher than last week's estimate and 3.6% higher than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. Read Senator Manchin's full report below or click … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

MANCHIN APPLAUDS PULLING MARINO NOMINATION, THANKS PRESIDENT FOR RECOGNIZING NEED FOR LEADERSHIP AT NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY OFFICE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the news that Rep. Tom Marino pulled his nomination from consideration to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Senator Manchin also thanked President Trump for recognizing the need for real leadership at the ONDCP and will help in any way in picking the next nominee. "I applaud the President for recognizing that we need real leadership at the ONCDP and recognizing that Tom Marino was not it," … Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

MANCHIN ANNOUNCES LEGISLATIVE REPEAL FOR 2016 LAW PREVENTING AGGRESSIVE DEA ENFORCEMENT OF OPIOID DISTRIBUTORS AND MANUFACTURERS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced legislation repealing the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 after the Washington Post report indicated that the legislation has dramatically restricted the ability of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to crack down on opioid distributors and manufacturers suspected of wrongdoing. "I am horrified by how harmful this bill has been for our efforts to effectively fight the opioid epidemic … Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Improve Safety, Health of West Virginians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced a total of $125,700 for West Virginia communities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Funding will be used to purchase vehicles and equipment for law enforcement and exercise equipment for senior citizens. "These investments in West Virginia's law enforcement officials are an important part of keeping our communities protected," Senator Manchin said. "I'm pleased to see these … Continue Reading

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