Press Releases

May 13, 2020

Manchin Applauds FCC Approval Of Wirt County Health Services Telehealth Program Application

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of Wirt County Health Services Association/Coplin Health System’s application for $274,432 to provide telehealth services to West Virginians during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member of the Financial Services & General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the FCC’s budget, Senator Manchin helped support $200 million in funding for the … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin Welcomes New Beckley VAMC Director, Discusses COVID-19 Pandemic And Quality Of Care For West Virginia Veterans

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke with Desmond McMullan, the newly appointed Director of the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) about COVID-19 testing at the VAMC, preparing for a surge in cases, protecting VAMC employees, and the ongoing investigation into Veteran sexual assaults at the VAMC. “Today I spoke with the Director Desmond McMullan, the new Director of the Beckley VAMC. Director McMullan has the experience and knowledge to lead … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Manchin Urges Transparency In VA Disability Claims Process During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC), led the call for transparency and accountability as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) suspends in-person compensation and pension (C&P) exams for Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.In a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie today, Manchin and his committee colleagues pressed the Department to outline its plans for transitioning to virtual C&P exams during the … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin Statement On HUD Deputy Secretary, DHS Chief Financial Officer Nominations

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on supporting Brian Montgomery to be the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Troy Edger to be Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). “The Senate confirmed two nominations today, HUD Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery and DHS CFO Troy Edgar. Mr. Montgomery has decades of experience in the housing sector, previously serving … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $11 Million In Community Relief Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $11,193,235 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was signed into law on Friday, March 27. This funding will help address increased unemployment and economic disruption in … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin: There Is No Excuse For State To Sit On Money Any Longer

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement about the need for West Virginia Governor Jim Justice to begin distributing the $1.25 billion allocated to West Virginia through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “I disagree with the Governor, this is not political it is a matter of survival for all West Virginians. Simply put, the state of West Virginia has $1.25 billion in the bank that Congress allocated through the … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $7.7. Million In Energy Assistance For West Virginia Families

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $7,715,683 for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). LIHEAP, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides financial assistance to low-income Americans for whom energy costs represent … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin Bill To Improve Medicare Payments Program, Provide Financial Relief For Healthcare Providers On Front Lines Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced he will introduce legislation to reduce interest rates and modify repayment obligations for healthcare providers who’ve sought financial assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic through Medicare’s Accelerated and Advance Payments Program. This program was expanded under the CARES Act to allow for hospitals, physicians and other Medicare-participating providers to apply for upfront payments from Medicare to help cover revenue … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Push For Child Care Support In Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a bipartisan letter urging Senate leadership to include child care funding in the next COVID-19 relief package.The Senators said in part, “We write today regarding our nation’s child care providers. As Congress considers additional relief for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical we provide additional support for the child care sector to ensure providers can maintain operations and continue to meet the needs of … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

More Than 850 Conservation Groups Call On Congress To Pass Manchin's Great American Outdoors Act

Washington, DC - More than 850 conservation groups sent a letter to Congressional leadership supporting the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, introduced by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The West Virginia Environmental Council, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Land Trust, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and West Virginia Wilderness Coalition are among the groups who support the passage of … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Colleagues In Urging Inclusion Of New Markets For State-Inspected Meat And Poultry Act In Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, urging them to pass the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act as part of future COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. Across the country, meat and poultry processing facilities have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a backlog of product for our producers and in West Virginia, the pandemic is beginning to affect the … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce ARC Support for West Virginia Communities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $3,750,000 for Appalachian Community Development Financial Intuitions (CDFI) to provide support for small businesses amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This funding is made available through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will help support operational costs of community lenders in Appalachia that have suspended … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $5.7 Million for West Virginia Community Recovery Efforts

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $5,750,278 for communities across West Virginia to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Manchin Bill To Help Servicemembers And Families During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced a bipartisan bill to expand the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to provide additional legal protections for servicemembers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.The SCRA provides legal protection to servicemembers to prevent them from being taken advantage of while on duty or deployed, and can postpone or suspend financial or civil obligations - including preventing foreclosures, evictions or repossession of a vehicle under … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce National Science Foundation Award For West Virginia University

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $254,532 for the West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) through the National Science Foundation (NSF). This funding will support a research project that will help medical professionals understand the restoration of walking ability in rehabilitation processes. “I am pleased the National Science Foundation is … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Manchin, Capito Lead Bipartisan Resolution To Honor Our Nation's Teachers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced a bipartisan resolution to honor our nation’s teachers and commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week for May 4th-8th.“West Virginia teachers have stepped up during these challenging times to provide our students with education and support. They are innovative and adaptive and we are so proud of their continued work during the COVID-19 pandemic and every day. Their work does not go unnoticed … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Manchin Hears From Main Street Fairmont, Marion County Chamber of Commerce Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with Main Street Fairmont and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“In West Virginia our Main Streets are the lifeblood of our communities and they are hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused many businesses to close their doors. Our small and local businesses need help to stay afloat during this pandemic and while Congress has allocated … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Manchin, Ernst To Introduce Bill To Give National Guardsmen Responding To COVID-19 Pandemic Transitional Healthcare Benefits

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced they will introduce the Support Our National Guard Act next week. This bill will provide transitional healthcare benefits to National Guard servicemembers who have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic under Title 32 502(f) orders.When a National Guard servicemember deploys on an operation abroad, the federal government provides that Guardsman with … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $9.8 Million To Expand COVID-19 Testing In Health Centers Across West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $9,833,557 to support 28 health centers in expanding their capacity for coronavirus testing. This funding is made as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump at the end of April.“As states across America prepare to slowly reopen, we must … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Manchin: Republican Lawsuit To Eliminate Healthcare For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions During COVID-19 Is Unthinkable

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to file with Republican Attorneys General in the Texas v. United States case which aims to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional.“The DOJ is continuing to double down on this awful Republican lawsuit which would leave 800,000 West Virginians and millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions without health insurance. This was always a … Continue Reading

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