Press Releases

March 29, 2017

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Reintroduce Sportsmen's Act

Measure Will Provide Access to Federal Lands, Protect Longstanding Traditions Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jim Risch (R-ID), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) this week reintroduced the Sportsmen's Act of 2017. This bipartisan package expands and enhances sportsmen's access by making federal lands throughout West Virginia and the nation "open unless closed" for fishing, hunting, recreational shooting, and other … Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2.4M IN ARC GRANTS FOR WEST VIRGINIA

Appalachian Regional Commission grants will support economic development projects in West Virginia Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $2,424,400 to support economic development projects in Huntington, Davis and at community colleges across West Virginia. "This funding will help create jobs, diversify our state's economy and support the Huntington and Davis … Continue Reading


March 27, 2017

Manchin, Kaine, Warner, Brown, Casey Introduce RECLAIM Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the RECLAIM Act today. This legislation will provide funds to states and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining. "This legislation will help the many … Continue Reading


March 24, 2017

Manchin and Capito Introduce Bipartisan Hydro Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced legislation to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authority to extend the Jennings-Randolph hydropower dam license so the project has time to secure other required permits and commence construction before its FERC 2-year license expires. Collaboration and engagement are key to identifying challenges and ensuring all parties have an opportunity to be heard. Part of this … Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of His Bipartisan HIRE Vets Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Senate passage of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) Veterans Act. The measure establishes a tiered recognition program within the Department of Labor to award employers based on their contributions to veteran employment. "I applaud the quick passage of the HIRE Veterans Act, an important piece of legislation that recognizes employers who hire our veterans," Senator Manchin said. "Over the past couple … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce more than $2.4 Million in FEMA Funding for Flood Recovery Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $2,460,761 from U.S Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia. Individual awards listed below: $1,046,559.61 - The West Virginia School Building Authority to replace Richwood Middle & High Schools and Summerville Middle School in Nicholas County that were damaged as a result of flooding in West Virginia on June … Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

Manchin Statement on New Jobs in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the announcement that Weirton, West Virginia will be the site for the first U.S. manufacturing operation for Bidell Gas Compression. "I'm thrilled that Bidell Gas Compression is making this investment in West Virginia. This is great news for the residents of Weirton and the entire state of West Virginia. During my time as United States Senator, I have been committed to enhancing our job climate so every … Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

Manchin Statement on Closing of Mohawk Industries Flooring Plant in Holden

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the closing of Mohawk Industries flooring plant in Holden, affecting Logan and Mingo communities. "I am very disappointed by the announcement of Mohawk Industries' decision to close its flooring plant in Holden, leaving 111 residents without employment in Logan and Mingo Counties. This decision affects the livelihood of West Virginians who count on these jobs to take care of their families and my … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Manchin, Wyden, Brown, Casey and Warner Urge Finance Committee to Act on Miners Protection Act Before Moving Lighthizer Nomination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Senate Finance Committee Democrats Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Bob Casey, D-Penn., Mark Warner, D-Va. today called on the Senate Finance Committee to protect coal miner's pensions before advancing out of the Finance Committee the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be the United States Trade Representative. Last week these senators sent a letter to Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) requesting the Miners Protection Act be attached … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Support Economic Recovery in Central Appalachia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced $710,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support economic recovery efforts by the Region I Planning and Development Council in Mercer County. The award will be used to establish a comprehensive database of manufacturers that will be available as a resource during disaster recovery in the southern region of the state. "This federal investment will support job … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Manchin and Capito Re-Introduce "Jessie's Law" to Save and Protect Recovering Addicts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) re-introduced Jessie's Law, legislation to help ensure that medical professionals have full knowledge of their patient's previous opioid addiction when consent is given. This will help prevent tragic events like the death of Jessie Grubb by providing physicians and other medical professionals with this information at every step of a patient's care, enabling them to consider the patient's addiction when … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Manchin, Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus Welcomes Senator Sullivan as New Co-Chair

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Tim Walz (D-MN) today welcomed Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) as a co-chair of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus for the 115th Congress. "I am happy to welcome my colleague Senator Sullivan to the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus," Senator Manchin said. "One of the few issues that unifies Congress is recognizing the patriotism and service of our nation's veterans, and helping them find … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Manchin Introduces Vet Connect Act to Reduce Opioid Abuse Among Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Vet Connect Act of 2017, which would streamline health records sharing between the Department of Veterans Affairs and community healthcare providers. Under current law, veterans being treated for drug abuse, alcoholism or alcohol abuse, infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or sickle cell anemia must provide written consent to the VA in order to share their health records with their community providers. … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Manchin Introduces Legislation to Give Recovering Addicts a Clean Start

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Clean Start Act, which will give recovering addicts who committed nonviolent federal offenses because of their addictions a "clean start" and a chance to build a sober lifestyle, free of a criminal record, if they complete a yearlong drug treatment program. "I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of opioid abuse on individuals, families, and communities in my state and around the country," Senator Manchin said. "As a … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Rural Water Systems

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced bipartisan legislation to make sure rural and small water systems have the technical training and assistance they need to improve wastewater treatment in rural communities. "Investing in water infrastructure projects in rural communities not only improves the quality of life for West Virginians, but preserves countless good-paying jobs, boosts economic development and improves the prosperity of our families, businesses and … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Manchin Re-Introduces LifeBOAT Act

The LifeBOAT Act would establish reliable funding to expand access to substance abuse treatment Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) re-introduced the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT Act), which would establish a permanent funding … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary nominee, Rick Perry. "Today, I voted to confirm Governor Rick Perry as the Secretary of the Department of Energy. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place. Secretary Perry has pledged to work with me on an all of the above energy policy. He has also committed to visiting West Virginia … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm HUD Secretary Nominee Ben Carson

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary nominee, Ben Carson. "Today I voted to confirm Ben Carson as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place. I applaud Secretary Carson for his willingness to serve our country. I believe he understands … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

Manchin Furious Retired Miners Received Benefit Termination Letters While Senate Fails to Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is furious that 22,800 retired miners are receiving letters today letting them know that their healthcare benefits will be terminated at the end of April and is calling on Congress to act immediately to prevent this devastating failure. "Our retired miners' healthcare and pension benefits are in jeopardy yet again as the Senate fails to act," Senator Manchin said. "Since the passage of a four-month extension of this deadline to April, I have … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Interior Secretary Nominee Ryan Zinke

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Interior Secretary nominee, Ryan Zinke. "As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place, and as a Senator it is my job to evaluate a nominee's qualifications and determine if their vision aligns with the principles I have set forth in my years of work on behalf of West Virginians. After meeting with Congressman Zinke … Continue Reading

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