Press Releases

March 30, 2023

Manchin Announces $631K for 3 West Virginia Rural Development Projects

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $631,809 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program for three West Virginia projects. The funding will support constructing a new office and maintenance shop for the Hardy County Public Service District and bolstering marketing efforts for two local agricultural businesses. “Investing in our communities spurs economic development and creates … Continue Reading


March 30, 2023

ICYMI: Manchin: The Only Person Who Can Rein in This Extremism is Biden

Washington, DC - This evening, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) on the national debt crisis, the urgent need for fiscal responsibility and the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. To read the op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, click here. Senator Manchin wrote: America is fast approaching another needless emergency—the raising of the national debt ceiling. This impending crisis isn’t an accident but a result of the inaction of … Continue Reading


March 29, 2023

Manchin Applauds FDA Approval of First Over-The-Counter Naloxone

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Narcan as the first over-the-counter (OTC) naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that rapidly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and today’s decision paves the way for it to be sold directly to consumers in places like drug stores, convenience stores and grocery stores. “In the last year, more than 106,000 Americans and … Continue Reading


March 29, 2023

Manchin Votes to Repeal Overreaching WOTUS Rule

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to overturn the recently revised definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). This new and overreaching rule was finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on January 18th, 2023 and went into effect on March 20th, 2023. Senator Manchin was the only Democratic cosponsor of the joint resolution of disapproval that passed the Senate … Continue Reading


March 29, 2023

Manchin Questions USDA Secretary, Budget Director on Ensuring Accurate Classifications, Proportionate Funding Levels for Rural America

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, questioned Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and John Rapp, Director of the USDA Office of Budget and Program Analysis during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies hearing. Senator Manchin questioned the witnesses on accurately classifying rural America to include … Continue Reading


March 29, 2023

Manchin Welcomes IRA Mandated Lease Sale 259

Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, welcomed the Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 259 that offered approximately 13,600 blocks on 73.3 million acres on the Outer Continental Shelf. Chairman Manchin’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) mandated Lease Sale 259, which the Administration had previously cancelled, take place by March 31, 2023. Chairman Manchin’s provision mandating the sale resulted in over … Continue Reading


March 29, 2023

Senate Passes Manchin Bipartisan Legislation to Repeal AUMFs Against Iraq

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the Senate passage of his bipartisan legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs) against Iraq. The bill passed the Senate 66-30 and reinforced the Constitutionally-granted authority of Congress to declare the use of military force in a prolonged engagement. “It has been more than 20 years since Congress passed these AUMFs and … Continue Reading


March 29, 2023

Manchin Chairs First Cybersecurity Subcommittee Hearing of 118th Congress

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, led the first Cybersecurity Subcommittee hearing of the 118th Congress. Senator Manchin questioned Mr. John B. Sherman, Chief Information Officer at the Department of Defense (DoD), and Lieutenant General Robert J. Skinner, Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) on the upcoming Locked … Continue Reading


March 28, 2023

Manchin Questions U.S. Attorney General on West Virginia Law Enforcement Personnel Shortages, Stopping the Flow of Fentanyl, Holding Russia Accountable for War Crimes in Ukraine

Washington, DC - Today during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science hearing, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, questioned U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on addressing law enforcement personnel shortages in West Virginia, stopping the flow of fentanyl into the United States and holding Russia accountable for war crimes committed in Ukraine. On addressing law enforcement personnel shortages in West … Continue Reading


March 28, 2023

Manchin Questions Department of Defense Leadership on Importance of Passing a Budget on Time, Oversight of Aid to Ukraine

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, questioned Department of Defense (DoD) leadership on the importance of passing a national budget on time and on ensuring accountability and oversight in U.S. assistance to Ukraine. The witnesses were Lloyd J. Austin III, Secretary of Defense, Michael J. McCord, Under Secretary of Defense and General Mark … Continue Reading


March 28, 2023

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Combatting Illicit Xylazine Act

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Combating Illicit Xylazine Act to take action against a dangerous drug causing overdoses in West Virginia and across the country. Xylazine, also known as “tranq,” is an easily accessible veterinary tranquilizer that leads to depressed breathing and heart rate, unconsciousness, necrosis and even death. “In the last year, more than 106,000 Americans and 1,400 West Virginians died from drug related … Continue Reading


March 28, 2023

Manchin Announces More Than $1 Million from Appalachian Regional Commission for 13 West Virginia Projects

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,072,505 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for 13 West Virginia projects. The funding will support increasing staffing and strengthening administrative capacities for eleven Local Development Districts (LDDs) and two non-profit organizations across the state. “The Appalachian Regional Commission’s continued investment in revitalizing and strengthening … Continue Reading


March 28, 2023

Manchin Announces $1.5 Million for School-Based Mental Health Training at WVU, Concord University

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,595,817 from the U.S. Department of Education Mental Health Service Professionals Demonstration Program for West Virginia University (WVU) and Concord University. The funding will support the training of school-based mental health service providers for employment in schools and local educational agencies across West Virginia.  "Strengthening school-based mental health … Continue Reading


March 28, 2023

Manchin Announces $9.7 Million to Support Affordable Housing for All West Virginians

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $9,755,284 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support quality, affordable housing for all West Virginians. The funding will bolster community-based efforts to address homelessness by helping connect vulnerable individuals and families with critical supportive services. “Every West Virginian deserves a roof over their head and a warm, safe … Continue Reading


March 27, 2023

ICYMI: Manchin Travels Eastern Panhandle for Morgan County Job Fair, Town Hall at Shepherd University, Community Visits

Washington, DC - On Thursday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) attended the Morgan County Job Fair at the Cacapon State Park Lodge to assist West Virginians pursuing employment opportunities and afterwards joined local restaurant leaders for a roundtable discussion on the state’s hospitality industry at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. On Friday, Senator Manchin hosted a town hall at Shepherd University with students, faculty and local guests, followed by several community visits … Continue Reading


March 27, 2023

Manchin, Budd, Boozman Reintroduce Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Gold Star Spouses

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ted Budd (R-NC) and John Boozman (R-AR) reintroduced a bipartisan resolution to designate April 5th, 2023 as Gold Star Wives Day. The resolution honors the sacrifices made by the spouses and families of fallen members of the United States Armed Forces. “I cannot imagine the pain of losing a loved one in the line of duty, and West Virginians and Americans are forever grateful to the brave patriots and their families who have sacrificed … Continue Reading


March 23, 2023

Manchin, Committee Convene to Examine Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities to the United States’ Energy Infrastructure

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine the steps needed to address the cybersecurity vulnerabilities to the United States’ energy infrastructure. During the hearing, Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV) discussed how the nation’s aging grid, evolving energy system, and new energy sources coming online have created vulnerabilities in the United States’ energy infrastructure cybersecurity. “Our energy system is rapidly evolving. … Continue Reading


March 23, 2023

Manchin Questions Transportation Secretary on Funding for Rural Areas, Hydrogen Energy Infrastructure, Railway Safety, National Pilot Shortage

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, questioned Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on securing federal funding for rural areas, the importance of investing in hydrogen energy infrastructure, strengthening railway safety and supporting the Letting Experienced Pilots Fly Act. On securing federal funding for rural areas: “20% of Americans live in rural areas, about 66 million people. … Continue Reading


March 23, 2023

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan National Women in Agriculture Day Resolution

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate March 23rd, 2023 as National Women in Agriculture Day to recognize the critical contributions of West Virginian and American women in the agriculture industry.  “West Virginia’s farmers, ranchers and livestock producers play a critical role in our state’s economy and provide nutritious food for their communities, and women have always had an essential role in the industry,” said Senator … Continue Reading


March 23, 2023

Manchin Statement on Death of Miner Cecil Barker

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the death of miner Cecil Barker, who was fatally injured Wednesday morning while working as a surveyor at Century Mining’s Longview Mine in Barbour County. Mr. Barker served as a coal miner for 18 years.“Gayle and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Cecil Barker yesterday at Century Mining’s Longview Mine in Barbour County. We ask all West Virginians to join us in keeping his family, … Continue Reading

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