Press Releases

October 16, 2017

MANCHIN CALLS FOR WHITE HOUSE TO WITHDRAW REP. MARINO NOMINATION TO LEAD NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY OFFICE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to the White House demanding that Rep. Tom Marino's nomination be pulled from consideration to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Senator Manchin urged swift action in response to the Washington Post article outlining Rep. Marino's involvement in passing a bill weakening the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. "I was horrified when I read the … Continue Reading


October 12, 2017

MANCHIN JOINS CAPITAL HIGH SCHOOL FOR OPENING OF JROTC CHALLENGE COURSE

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today joined Brigadier General Harrison B. Gilliam of the West Virginia National Guard and representatives of Capital High School for the grand opening of the school's new JROTC challenge course. Senator Manchin met with leaders of Capital High's Cougar Battalion last year who were working on making the course a reality. He connected them with the West Virginia National Guard, which offered to take the lead on constructing the new obstacle … Continue Reading


October 12, 2017

Manchin, Capito Call for Senate Action to Renew Career and Technical Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) yesterday joined a bipartisan group of 57 other senators in calling on Senate leaders to renew the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides funding for critical career and technical education. "It is crucial that the Senate work in a bipartisan effort to help our nation's students acquire the skills needed to be successful in today's work environment," the senators wrote in a … Continue Reading


October 11, 2017

MANCHIN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $8 MILLION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR WEST VIRGINIA

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced $8,335,145 in funding from Economic Development Administration (EDA) to assist in economic development projects in Mingo, Braxton, Randolph, Kanawha, Monongalia, Marion, Hancock and Mercer Counties. The grants are estimated to impact 1,289 jobs and leverage $75,750,000 in private investments. "The West Virginian economy is dependent on the availability and access to jobs at all skill-levels, and it's important to make sure … Continue Reading


October 11, 2017

MANCHIN OPENS RECOVERY POINT PARKERSBURG

Parkersburg, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today joined the Wood County community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Recovery Point Parkersburg, a $1.78 million residential recovery program that will help those battling substance abuse. The 85-bed facility is the newest location for Recovery Point West Virginia, a nonprofit that offers recovery services at no cost to people across the state. "Recovery Point is helping West Virginians achieve health and independence across our … Continue Reading


October 10, 2017

MANCHIN JOINS U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR ACOSTA FOR MINE SAFETY TOUR

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta for a mine safety tour of ICG Beckley, LLC's Pocahontas Beckley Mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Officials from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), which is an agency overseen by the Secretary of Labor, also participated in the mine safety tour. Following a ride in a mantrip that transported the group underground, Secretary Acosta and … Continue Reading


October 10, 2017

MANCHIN APPLAUDS CMS FOR EXPANDING MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT IN WEST VIRGINIA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) decision to expand Medicaid coverage of substance abuse treatment, including inpatient treatment at large residential facilities in West Virginia. "An important part of ending the opioid epidemic is making sure that people struggling with opioid abuse have access to substance abuse treatment. That's why I am thrilled CMS has approved West Virginia's … Continue Reading


October 10, 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 6, 2017 estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 15.3 million short tons. This production estimate is 4.4% higher than last week's estimate and 2.7% higher than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. Read Senator Manchin's full report below or click here. … Continue Reading


October 10, 2017

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON FIRST LADY’S VISIT TO WEST VIRGINIA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement today regarding First Lady Melania Trump's visit to West Virginia to tour Huntington's Lily's Place, a facility that provides short-term medical care to babies born addicted to drugs. "I'm pleased the First Lady has come to West Virginia to bring national attention to the front-line of the opioid epidemic and to learn first-hand about the impacts the opioid epidemic is having on children in Huntington and … Continue Reading


October 09, 2017

MANCHIN APPLAUDS EPA DECISION TO ROLL BACK CLEAN POWER PLAN

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement following Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's announcement that he will sign a proposed rule to roll back the Clean Power Plan. "I am pleased that the EPA, Administrator Pruitt and President Trump are pursuing an all-of-the-above energy policy that acknowledges and respects the role coal will play in our energy portfolio. For eight years, the misguided Obama-era policies … Continue Reading


October 06, 2017

Manchin Statement on West Virginia Manufacturers Visiting with Donald Trump

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on West Virginia manufacturers visiting with President Trump at the White House to discuss tax reform. "I'm proud of the West Virginia manufacturers that joined President Trump at the White House today to talk about the need for comprehensive tax reform. I've always said that West Virginia has the most dedicated workforce and that when given a fair shake, we can compete with anyone. Manufacturing is … Continue Reading


October 06, 2017

MANCHIN URGES SECRETARY ROSS TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO AMERICAN STEEL COMPANIES

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asking for information about the ongoing investigation into the impact of steel and aluminum imports on our national security. Senator Manchin said in part: "In the months since the investigations began, steel imports have only increased as foreign suppliers have rushed to dump additional product onto the American market in anticipation of the investigation's conclusion. This … Continue Reading


October 06, 2017

MANCHIN BRINGS FREE BLACK LUNG SCREENINGS TO MATEWAN AND OCEANA

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today announced that NIOSH's Mobile Occupational Safety and Health Units will be set up in Matewan and Oceana, providing free black lung exams, from Monday, October 16 through Friday, October 20. Senator Manchin visited with coal miners in Matewan and Oceana earlier this year, and he promised then to work with NIOSH to bring the mobile clinics to them. "I'd like to thank NIOSH for accepting my invitation to provide these free screenings, and I … Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

MANCHIN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION THAT PUTS WORKERS AND THEIR HARD-EARNED RETIREMENT FIRST

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Prioritizing Our Workers Act (POWA), legislation that would revise the priorities section of the bankruptcy code to place unpaid vested benefits in defined benefit pension plans at the front of the line. "Every pay period, hard-working Americans choose to defer their hard-earned wages in order to earn pension benefits for their retirement. That pension gives them a piece of mind that their future, and their family's … Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

MANCHIN SENDS LETTER TO FERC IN SUPPORT OF LONG TERM COAL FIRED POWER PLANT UTILIZATION AND GRID RESILIENCE

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), encouraging them to ensure that coal-fired baseload units are appropriately recognized for the reliability and resilience they provide to our electric grid. Manchin said in part: "As you undertake this rulemaking within your statutory obligations under section 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act to ensure just and reasonable rates, I encourage you to ensure … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

MANCHIN ENCOURAGES HHS TO FOLLOW GAO RECOMMENDATION AND TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO ADDRESS NEONATAL ABSTINENCE SYNDROME

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement encouraging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the recommendations outlined in a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on neonatal abstinence syndrome. "Neonatal abstinence syndrome is one of the most tragic consequences of the opioid epidemic. These babies are born addicted to opioids through no fault of their own and we must do everything we can to help them and … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Manchin Releases Report Detailing Digital Divide in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report providing an update on the progress of broadband access in West Virginia and highlighting the work that still needs to be done. "In the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt understood that every American needed reliable electricity to succeed in the new economy, but utilities were only delivering electricity to large cities and leaving rural America behind. We are facing the same crisis today where rural broadband … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Bolster Harrison County’s Response to Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced $479,545 for the Harrison County Sheriff's Department from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance. Funding will help support the county's goal of using analytical technology and broad-based collaborative partnerships to create a program that brings together law enforcement and community-based partners to fight the opioid epidemic. "Local law enforcement see … Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

ICYMI: MANCHIN CO-CHAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON IMPORTANCE OF APPALACHIAN STORAGE HUB

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today co-chaired an Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing on a number of legislative proposals and highlighted the importance of federal support and partnership for the development of a natural gas liquids storage hub in the Appalachian region. Senator Manchin said in part: "West Virginia and the greater Appalachian region have an extraordinary opportunity at hand. The quad-states of West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and … Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $1 Million to Assist Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced $922,947 for West Virginia from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Funding will be used to improve forensic capabilities and assist law enforcement with investigating crimes. "Keeping our state safe takes a lot of work and effort from our law enforcement officers. It is my top priority to assist them in their work in any way possible," Senator Manchin said. "I look forward to watching … Continue Reading

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