Press Releases

August 22, 2017

Manchin Announces More Than $157,000 for Rural Projects that Promote Economic Growth

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced $157,634 in grant funding from the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for four rural West Virginia businesses. The funds will be used to assist in the implementation of energy efficient improvements, and will bring economic opportunities to communities in Greenbrier, Hardy, Jefferson and Randolph counties. "Rural businesses from all corners of West Virginia provide some of our country's best products," said Senator … Continue Reading


August 17, 2017

Manchin and Capito Applaud DOE Investment in WVU Research Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that West Virginia University (WVU) Research Corporation was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to move on to a second phase of research for the "Recovery of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from Coal Mine Drainage" project. This news comes after Senator Capito wrote a letter of support for WVU urging Energy Secretary Rick Perry to support the second phase of their research by … Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

Manchin Statement on Century Aluminum Retiree Settlement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding today's announcement that the retirees of Ravenswood Century Aluminum plant will receive $23 million over 10 years for healthcare benefits. "In 2009, the plant closed and in 2010, all the employees were told all of their health care benefits, that had been promised to them and negotiated in good faith, were gone by the stroke of a pen. These are some of the hardest-working people. They don't ask for … Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

WV Delegation Calls on President to Grant Major Disaster Declaration

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and U.S. Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins sent a letter to President Trump expressing their full support for Governor Jim Justice's request to declare a major disaster for the state of West Virginia as a result of the extreme flooding throughout the state. The extreme flooding has devastated a dozen of West Virginia's counties, has left thousands without power, and has destroyed … Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

Manchin Statement on White Supremacist Rally in Charlottesville

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. "Gayle and I extend our deepest sympathies to those who lost their lives this weekend in Charlottesville. Heather Heyer died standing up against the forces of evil and hatred, and Troopers Bates and Cullen died serving the highest ideals of their community, state, and country. I condemn in the strongest possible way the hatred and bigotry carried out by white … Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

Manchin Sends Letter to President Trump Condemning Sale of Chicago Stock Exchange to Chinese Firm

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to President Trump urging the President to prevent the sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) to investors led by the Chinese firm Congqing Casin Exterprise Group (CCEG). In the letter, Sen. Manchin notes the threat to America's financial markets the sale of CHX to CCEG presents. "The Chinese government categorically rejects the bedrock free-market principles upon which the American economy-and especially the American … Continue Reading


August 10, 2017

Manchin Statement on Cardinal Health Accusations Toward Lily's Place

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement today regarding the recent accusation by Cardinal Health toward Lily's Place's in their role in contributing to opioid epidemic. "I'm shocked and appalled that Cardinal Health would have the gall to blame Lily's Place for fueling the current opioid epidemic," Senator Manchin said. "Lily's Place works tirelessly to save infants stricken by the opioid crisis. Cardinal Health's claim is an attempt by a large … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Manchin and Ernst Bipartisan Legislation to Move Forward on the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - This week, bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), known as the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, passed the Senate unanimously. The bill, sponsored by Congressmen Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) is a companion measure to S. 926, which Manchin and Ernst introduced in April. The legislation previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to President Trump's desk. The Senators' … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Manchin, Collins Applaud Passage of Their Resolution Supporting Purple Heart Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) applauded the unanimous passage of their joint resolution declaring August 7th Purple Heart Day. Their bipartisan resolution was cosponsored by 31 Senators. Purple Heart Day recognizes the sacrifices of those who have earned the Purple Heart Medal and is commemorated each year on the anniversary of George Washington creating the "Badge for Military Merit," the precursor to the Purple Heart. The resolution supports … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of Comprehensive "Forever G.I. Bill"

Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the unanimous passage of the bipartisan bill to modernize and strengthen G.I. Bill education benefits for West Virginia veterans, Reservists and their families. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act amends the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill by striking down the arbitrary 15-year window for veterans to use their G.I. Bill education benefits. "I'm proud of my colleagues in the Senate for giving our veterans the tools to achieve … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Manchin Statement on the Passing of West Virginia National Guard Airman in Kuwait

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the passing of Barboursville native West Virginia Air National Guard Tech Sgt. David Board, who died in Kuwait in a non-combat-related incident. "Gayle and I are heartbroken after hearing of the passing of Tech Sgt. David Board. We join all West Virginians in praying for David's family and friends in the wake of this devastating tragedy. The United States and West Virginia have lost a courageous airman … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Manchin Statement on President's Trip to West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the President's visit to West Virginia today. "The President is coming to West Virginia, and I'm excited he is. I know some Democrats, especially those in Washington, D.C., would not want the President to visit their state. As Americans, we should always be honored to have a President visit our state whoever he or she is regardless of political party. All Americans should hope for the President to succeed, … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Manchin Statement on Senate Passing his Legislation, "Jessie's Law," to Save and Protect those Recovering from Addiction

Jessie's Law will help ensure physicians and other medical professionals have full knowledge of a patient's previous opioid addiction when determining appropriate medical care Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the decision in the Senate to pass Jessie's Law, his legislation to help ensure that medical professionals have full knowledge of their patient's previous opioid addiction if the patient gives consent. This will help prevent tragic events like the death of … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Manchin Mobile Broadband Efforts Advance in Congress and at FCC

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017 passed unanimously through the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) answered Manchin's call to advance the Mobility Fund II, which will provide $4.53 billion to expand rural broadband access. "These votes are significant steps towards closing the broadband coverage gaps that exist in West Virginia," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce FEMA Firefighter Grants for July

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced $4,252,133 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fire safety in nine West Virginia counties. The grants - awarded through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program - will help local departments purchase equipment and recruit personnel. "I am very grateful to our brave firefighters and … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Assist with Recovery Efforts Following 2016 Flood

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced $4 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Labor for Workforce West Virginia. The funds will be used to support approximately 500 workers who are assisting with recovery efforts following the flooding that swept through West Virginia last summer. Last July, the department awarded $3.5 million to Workforce West Virginia through the National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Manchin's Staff Holding Mobile Office House for Flood Support and Recovery

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who visited Marion County yesterday to meet with residents and tour flood-impacted communities, has asked his staff to mobilize office hours in impacted counties in North Central West Virginia and the Northern Panhandle. "So many of our neighbors are in need following last weekend's severe flooding," Senator Manchin said. "Yesterday, I met with many friends and neighbors in Farmington, Mannington and Rachel who shared with me how devastated they … Continue Reading


July 31, 2017

Manchin Agrees - Opioid Crisis is a National Emergency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis report, concluding that the President should declare a state of emergency because of the opioid epidemic. "When I'm on the ground in my home state of West Virginia and when I hear the stories of those struggling with opioid addiction it's obvious our country is in crisis," Senator Manchin said. "Declaring a national emergency … Continue Reading


July 29, 2017

Manchin Statement on Flooding in North Central and Northern Panhandle West Virginia

Charleston, WV. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement regarding the flooding in Marion, Harrison, Monongalia, Wetzel, Marshall and Ohio counties. "Today Governor Justice declared a state of emergency for six West Virginia counties because of extreme flooding," Senator Manchin said. "I've been in touch with state and local officials and my office is ready to assist in any way possible. Gayle and I send our thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by this … Continue Reading


July 28, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $8 Million for West Virginia Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $8,037,121 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to support Head Start programs in Williamson, Bluefield, Beckley, Oceana and Moorefield. "Our children in West Virginia deserve the best education resources available," Senator Manchin said. "This grant money will ensure the success of early childhood education … Continue Reading

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