Press Releases

May 23, 2019

Manchin Secures $106 Million In Disaster Aid For West Virginia In Disaster Relief Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today praised the passage of a $19.1 billion disaster relief package to help Americans and West Virginians recover from recent hurricanes, flooding, and other natural disasters. The package includes a provision Senator Manchin championed that would release $106 million owed to West Virginia for mitigation and resilience activities through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant - Disaster … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Manchin Applauds The Passage Of The Bipartisan Traced Act Limiting Spam And Robocalls

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), applauded the passage of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, which he originally co-sponsored. The bipartisan bill will address the increasing number of spam and robocalls that individuals receive, as well as, put measures in place to deter spam and robocall numbers from increasing. A study conducted by First Orion projected that in 2019, 44.6% of calls to mobile phones will be spam. The TRACED Act … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Manchin Secures West Virginia Priorities In National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, secured provisions in the committee's markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, a vital piece of legislation that authorizes defense funding and provides authorities for our military to defend the nation. On Wednesday, the committee voted to report the bill, which authorizes $750 billion in funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Manchin Introduces, Endorses U.S. District Court Nominee Frank W. Volk At Senate Confirmation Hearing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), introduced and endorsed President Trump's nominee for the U.S. District Court Judge of the Southern District of West Virginia, Frank W. Volk, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Currently, Volk is the Chief Judge on the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. During his career, he has also served as editor-in-chief of the West Virginia Law Review and has taught at West … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Manchin Announces Agreement to Reimburse Martinsburg for PFAS Clean Up

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced an agreement from the U.S. Air Force to reimburse the City of Martinsburg $4,915,628 following the 2016 rebuilding of the city's water treatment facility to clean up an prevent perfuoroalkyl and polyfluoroakyl substance (PFAS) contamination. "I'm glad to see the Department of Defense working with the City of Martinsburg to take ownership of a problem we have been trying to solve for three years. I will continue to encourage … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Manchin, Capito Welcome West Virginia Veterans To Washington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) proudly welcomed thirty-one Veterans and their families from West Virginia to the nation's capital for the tenth "Always Free Honor Flight." Senator Manchin provided each Veteran with a Congressional Record Statement to recognize their trip to Washington, D.C., which included a visit to the Arlington Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Manchin Welcomes West Virginia Solar Energy Representative To Senate Energy Committee

To watch a video of Senator Manchin's opening remarks, please click here. To watch a video of Senator Manchin's questioning, please click here. To watch a video of Mr. Conant's testimony, please click here. Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine opportunities to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts in the United States. Mr. Dan Conant, Founder and President of Solar Holler, testified before the Committee … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Manchin Introduces Legislation To Overturn Expansion Of Junk Insurance Plans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced legislation to overturn the administration's expansion of short-term health insurance plans that aren't required to provide healthcare coverage for people with pre-existing conditions or cover services such as prescription drugs, emergency room visits, substance use disorder treatment, or maternity care. The House companion legislation passed as part of H.R. 987 on Thursday, 234-183. The No Junk Plans Act is cosponsored by the … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Manchin, Capito And Maryland Members Push For Meeting With Verso CEO Before Luke Mill Operations Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - Last night, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Congressmen David McKinley (R-WV) and David Trone (D-MD) wrote to Verso's Interim CEO Leslie Lederer asking him to meet with the delegation before Luke paper mill operations cease on May 31, 2019. The members expressed their deep concern about the future of the mill, its workers, and the entire community. "Our constituents deserve to know what Verso … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $485K For Improving Broadband Coverage In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced three grants totaling $485,435 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The funding will be used to improve broadband coverage through technical assistance and engineering studies in three different counties across the state of West Virginia. "Adequate access to broadband is crucial to the health of West Virginia businesses and … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Manchin,Capito Announce $6.7 Million For Head Start In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $6,738,607 for the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Appalachian Council from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This funding will go to support Head Start programs across the state of West Virginia. "Head Start programs are so important to many children who benefit from the program's … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $781K To Support The Arts Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $781,100 for West Virginia through the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding will support arts and music programs across the state and assist the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History with its statewide activities. "The arts are essential to West Virginia; they play a major role in our communities and how we tell our stories. It is … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Manchin, Capito Introduce Resolution Requesting State Funeral For Last Surviving WWII Medal of Honor Recipient

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), introduced a resolution requesting a state funeral for the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient. There are only three living Medal of Honor recipients remaining from WWII, including West Virginia native and Iwo Jima veteran, Woody Williams. This state funeral would not only recognize their individual service and sacrifice, but would act as a final salute to the Greatest Generation and those who … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce Over $2 Million For Watershed Pollution Management In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,036,921 for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The funding will be used for watershed pollution management efforts such as watershed planning, monitoring measures, best management practices (BMPs) as well as education and outreach programs in West Virginia's second and third … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $750K In NASA Research For WVU

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $750,000 over three years for West Virginia University (WVU) through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Funding will support research into the effect of solar activity on Earth and will help enhance WVU's growing research capabilities in the field of physics. "West … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Manchin Introduces Bill To Change Bankruptcy Code To Protect Workers' Pensions

Washington, D.C. - U.S Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Prioritizing Our Workers Act, legislation that would make changes to the current bankruptcy code, requiring companies going through bankruptcy proceedings to pay unpaid vested benefits, like workers' pensions before they payout other claims against them. Currently, companies undergoing bankruptcy have to pay attorney's fees and other high-priority claims first but the same standards do not apply to workers' pensions funds. "I … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Manchin, Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Improve Broadband Coverage Maps

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), introduced the Map Improvement Act of 2019 to ensure that federal funding for broadband coverage expansion goes to the places where it is most needed. States like West Virginia and Colorado rely on federal funding for broadband improvements, and in order to achieve this, we need accurate data that correctly depicts the coverage people are actually experiencing. Unfortunately, the existing system overstates … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $600K For Opioid Response In Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $600,000 for West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Funding comes through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program and will support planning for prevention and treatment efforts in rural communities across West Virginia. "Every single community in West … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Manchin Introduces Two Bills To Fight The Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Opioid Quota Openness, Transparency, and Awareness (QuOTA) Act and the Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act. The QuOTA Act will address the opioid crisis through increasing transparency of the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) production quotas for manufacturers so that the general public will have more information about these dangerous prescriptions. The Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act will change the DEA … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Manchin Advocates For Implementation Of Three Digit Dialing Code For Veterans In Crisis To Prevent Veteran Suicides

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to pledge his support for and request a timeline and implementation plan regarding a three-digit dialing code for the VA Crisis Line to combat Veteran suicide. Currently, the VA Crisis Line does not have an easy to remember … Continue Reading

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