Press Releases

May 18, 2017

Manchin Pleased Trump Intends to Renegotiate NAFTA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement following the letter President Trump sent to Congress notifying lawmakers of his intention to open trade talks with Canada and Mexico with the intention of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "I'm pleased President Trump is moving forward with efforts to renegotiate NAFTA. In our state alone, more than 30,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs have been lost as a result of NAFTA. Even … Continue Reading


May 18, 2017

Manchin, Collins and Representatives Walz and Mast Lead Resolution Supporting Purple Heart Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Representatives Tim Walz (D-MN) and Brian Mast (R-FL) led a joint resolution in support of Purple Heart Day on August 7th. Their bipartisan resolution was cosponsored by 23 Senators and 11 Representatives. 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 … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Manchin, Capito Highlight Benefits of Appalachian Storage Hub in Letter to National Economic Council

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) sent a letter to the Director of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn, encouraging him to examine the benefits of the development and construction of the Appalachian Storage Hub, a world class natural gas liquid storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region. The Senators said in part: "The Appalachian Storage Hub is a vital American infrastructure project that would enhance energy and national … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Manchin Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Veterans Recruitment Bill

American Law Enforcement Heroes Act incentivizes law enforcement agencies to hire military veterans through grant applications Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the unanimous passage of the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, bipartisan legislation to help state and local law enforcement hire veterans onto their forces, which passed the Senate yesterday. The legislation will prioritize the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $2.9 Million for West Virginia Healthcare Services

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award $2,978,843 to the Clay Battelle Health Services Association and Preston-Taylor Community Health Centers, Inc. This funding will support these organizations and their efforts to expand comprehensive health services and coordinate care among patients. "I am thrilled to see this funding head to Clay, Preston and Taylor … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Manchin's State Offices to Kick Off 9th 'Commonsense Connections' Week with Open House

Manchin staff will visit every county in one week Washington, D.C. - Next week, the office of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will hold his ninth "Commonsense Connections" Week. Beginning Monday, May 22, representatives from Senator Manchin's office will make more than 80 stops across the state, touching every county, to bring federal government to West Virginians, hear their commonsense priorities and concerns, and take feedback to the Senator. To kick off the week, on Monday afternoon, … Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More than $402K for WVU for Rural Communities & Sustainable Agriculture

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that $ 402,890 will be awarded to West Virginia University (WVU) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve sustainable agriculture and help rural communities thrive. "I am pleased to see this investment head to West Virginia University to support programs that help our rural communities in West Virginia make necessary advancements," Senator … Continue Reading


May 15, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce More than $3.2 Million in Additional Resources for Disaster Recovery

Overall funding for West Virginia recovery efforts totals more than $107 million WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced West Virginia will receive an additional $3,212,000 through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program (CDBG-DR). These funds are used to support recovery from major disasters, such as last June's floods. The additional funding brings the total amount the state will receive to assist in … Continue Reading


May 11, 2017

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Broadband Deployment Using Accurate Coverage Maps

The "Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017" requires the FCC to ensure their broadband coverage maps reflect the real-world experiences of consumers in rural America Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) today introduced the Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017. This legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to collect broadband coverage data that is valid, consistent, and … Continue Reading


May 11, 2017

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Miners Pension Protection Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced the Miners Pension Protection Act, legislation to secure our nation's retired miners pensions by shoring up the 1974 Pension Plan which is headed for insolvency due to coal company bankruptcies and the 2008 financial crisis. The Miners Pension Protection Act will amend the Surface Mining … Continue Reading


May 10, 2017

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Veteran Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2017. This legislation would build on existing homeless veterans programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by investing in established programs that are proven to be effective and removing any residual barriers to housing for Veterans. "West Virginia's Veterans and their families have made unimaginable sacrifices to keep us safe, and when these men and women return home … Continue Reading


May 09, 2017

Manchin Ready to Work in Bipartisan, Transparent Way to Reform and Improve Health Care System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined the entire democratic caucus in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, urging them to work in a bipartisan transparent way to reform and improve the health care system. The caucus said in part: "We urge you to drop the current partisan effort to repeal and replace health care reform through … Continue Reading


May 09, 2017

Manchin Calls for Designation of Wood County as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is supporting the efforts of a coalition of law enforcement agencies asking that Wood County, West Virginia be designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). The HIDTA designation would enable Wood County to receive federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts among federal, state and local law enforcement officials. It also will allow local agencies to benefit from ongoing … Continue Reading


May 05, 2017

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Reauthorize Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced legislation reauthorizing the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program (SRS). The SRS program provides funds that support public schools, public roads, forest health projects, emergency services and many other essential county services for 43 counties in West Virginia. Congress passed the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act in 2000 after counties containing tax-exempt federally owned public … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Manchin Secures West Virginia Priorities in Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill that includes a permanent solution for retired miners healthcare benefits, funding to fight the opioid epidemic, additional disaster funding to support ongoing recovery efforts from last summer's devastating floods, along with investments in fossil energy research and broadband expansion. In February, Senator Manchin sent a letter to President Trump describing the specific … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Manchin Praises Passage of Spending Bill Guaranteeing Retired Miners Healthcare

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the fiscal year 2017 spending bill that includes a permanent solution for retired miners' healthcare benefits, which Senator Manchin brokered with President Trump and House and Senate Leadership. This provision requires that the federal government and coal operators honor their obligation of lifetime healthcare benefits to retired miners and their families who are facing uncertainty as a result of the financial crisis and … Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Manchin Secures Permanent Solution for miners Healthcare Benefits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) secured a permanent solution for retired miners healthcare benefits in the 2017 fiscal year spending bill, which Congress will vote on this week. This provision requires that the federal government and coal operators honor their obligation of healthcare benefits to retired miners and their families who are facing uncertainty as a result of the financial crisis and corporate bankruptcies. "For years I have been working side-by-side with the … Continue Reading


April 28, 2017

Manchin Statement on D.C. Court of Appeals Decision to Suspend Clean Power Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement after the D.C. Court of Appeals granted President Trump's request to suspend the Clean Power Plan lawsuit. "I applaud the D.C. Court of Appeals for recognizing that these regulations are simply unlawful. This ruling against the Clean Power Plan is an important step to prevent further job losses, increases in consumers' utility rates, and more damage to our economy. Today, coal makes up 30% of our electric portfolio … Continue Reading


April 28, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $3.3 Million for Huntington Head Start Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $3,384,277 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will be awarded to Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc. in Huntington. This funding will enable Head Start programs in Huntington to continue to provide critical health, nutrition, education, and social services to local families and children. "Our children … Continue Reading


April 28, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce FEMA Firefighter Grants for Monongalia and Preston Counties

Grants Awarded to Fire Departments in Morgantown and Terra Alta WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $419,342 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fire departments in Morgantown and Terra Alta. The grants awarded through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program will help local fire departments purchase new equipment. "Our brave firefighters and ‎first responders put their lives on the line … Continue Reading

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