Press Releases

August 04, 2017

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of Comprehensive "Forever G.I. Bill"

Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the unanimous passage of the bipartisan bill to modernize and strengthen G.I. Bill education benefits for West Virginia veterans, Reservists and their families. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act amends the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill by striking down the arbitrary 15-year window for veterans to use their G.I. Bill education benefits. "I'm proud of my colleagues in the Senate for giving our veterans the tools to achieve … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Manchin Statement on the Passing of West Virginia National Guard Airman in Kuwait

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the passing of Barboursville native West Virginia Air National Guard Tech Sgt. David Board, who died in Kuwait in a non-combat-related incident. "Gayle and I are heartbroken after hearing of the passing of Tech Sgt. David Board. We join all West Virginians in praying for David's family and friends in the wake of this devastating tragedy. The United States and West Virginia have lost a courageous airman … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Manchin Statement on President's Trip to West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the President's visit to West Virginia today. "The President is coming to West Virginia, and I'm excited he is. I know some Democrats, especially those in Washington, D.C., would not want the President to visit their state. As Americans, we should always be honored to have a President visit our state whoever he or she is regardless of political party. All Americans should hope for the President to succeed, … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Manchin Statement on Senate Passing his Legislation, "Jessie's Law," to Save and Protect those Recovering from Addiction

Jessie's Law will help ensure physicians and other medical professionals have full knowledge of a patient's previous opioid addiction when determining appropriate medical care Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the decision in the Senate to pass Jessie's Law, his legislation to help ensure that medical professionals have full knowledge of their patient's previous opioid addiction if the patient gives consent. This will help prevent tragic events like the death of … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Manchin Mobile Broadband Efforts Advance in Congress and at FCC

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017 passed unanimously through the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) answered Manchin's call to advance the Mobility Fund II, which will provide $4.53 billion to expand rural broadband access. "These votes are significant steps towards closing the broadband coverage gaps that exist in West Virginia," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce FEMA Firefighter Grants for July

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced $4,252,133 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fire safety in nine West Virginia counties. The grants - awarded through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program - will help local departments purchase equipment and recruit personnel. "I am very grateful to our brave firefighters and … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Assist with Recovery Efforts Following 2016 Flood

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced $4 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Labor for Workforce West Virginia. The funds will be used to support approximately 500 workers who are assisting with recovery efforts following the flooding that swept through West Virginia last summer. Last July, the department awarded $3.5 million to Workforce West Virginia through the National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Manchin's Staff Holding Mobile Office House for Flood Support and Recovery

Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who visited Marion County yesterday to meet with residents and tour flood-impacted communities, has asked his staff to mobilize office hours in impacted counties in North Central West Virginia and the Northern Panhandle. "So many of our neighbors are in need following last weekend's severe flooding," Senator Manchin said. "Yesterday, I met with many friends and neighbors in Farmington, Mannington and Rachel who shared with me how devastated they … Continue Reading


July 31, 2017

Manchin Agrees - Opioid Crisis is a National Emergency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis report, concluding that the President should declare a state of emergency because of the opioid epidemic. "When I'm on the ground in my home state of West Virginia and when I hear the stories of those struggling with opioid addiction it's obvious our country is in crisis," Senator Manchin said. "Declaring a national emergency … Continue Reading


July 29, 2017

Manchin Statement on Flooding in North Central and Northern Panhandle West Virginia

Charleston, WV. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement regarding the flooding in Marion, Harrison, Monongalia, Wetzel, Marshall and Ohio counties. "Today Governor Justice declared a state of emergency for six West Virginia counties because of extreme flooding," Senator Manchin said. "I've been in touch with state and local officials and my office is ready to assist in any way possible. Gayle and I send our thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by this … Continue Reading


July 28, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $8 Million for West Virginia Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $8,037,121 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to support Head Start programs in Williamson, Bluefield, Beckley, Oceana and Moorefield. "Our children in West Virginia deserve the best education resources available," Senator Manchin said. "This grant money will ensure the success of early childhood education … Continue Reading


July 28, 2017

Manchin Statement on the Failed Senate Attempt to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act, which failed tonight in the Senate. "Tonight the Senate rejected the partisan approach to repealing the Affordable Care Act. As I have said before, the only way to fix what is wrong with the Affordable Care Act is to work together in a bipartisan way to improve the system for all Americans. We gave millions of our neighbors the greatest wealth in … Continue Reading


July 27, 2017

Manchin Announces $42 Million for West Virginia Flood Recovery Efforts

Funding announcement comes after Senator Manchin's continued request for additional support for West Virginians impacted by the June 2016 flood Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that West Virginia will receive an additional $42,383,000 for flood relief from the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program to support recovery from major disasters. Senator Manchin has led the West Virginia … Continue Reading


July 26, 2017

Manchin Applauds Committee Passage of Comprehensive G.I. Bill Reforms

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs' approval of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, of which he is an original cosponsor. The legislation works to improve the post-9/11 G.I Bill and veterans' educational benefits. Two bills previously co-sponsored by Senator Manchin, S. 667 and S. 882, are included in this bill. These two provisions expand GI benefits for members of the Reserve Component … Continue Reading


July 26, 2017

Manchin Statement on CAMC's Announced Lay Offs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) announcement that it will lay off 300 employees by the end of this year. "This terrible news should be a rallying cry for everyone that it is time to come together to solve the problems facing our healthcare system. West Virginians know better than anyone how to overcome tough problems by working together. People's lives and livelihoods depend on us putting party aside … Continue Reading


July 26, 2017

Manchin: A Vote to Proceed Debate is a Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act. "Make no mistake; the vote today was a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a plan to replace it. There is no plan for the West Virginians in addiction treatment covered under expanded Medicaid; no plan for the seniors whose healthcare costs would become unaffordable; and no plan for the miner with black lung who wouldn't be able to get the care … Continue Reading


July 24, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce Pipeline Safety Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is awarding a total of $561,279 to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. The funding will support the state's efforts to ensure pipeline safety. "No profit is worth compromising the safety of our workers in West Virginia, and grants like these will allow more workers … Continue Reading


July 21, 2017

Manchin Expresses Concern to DeVos After Department of Education Denies Request for Reconsideration of Decision to Impose a Sanction on West Virginia's Public Colleges and Universities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), U.S. Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney, Evan Jenkins today sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing concern with the Department of Education's decision to deny the State of West Virginia's request for reconsideration of its provisional status and heightened cash monitoring, a sanction that will make it more difficult for schools to receive and distribute financial aid … Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Manchin Sends Letter to SEC Urging Rejection of Sale of Chicago Stock Exchange to Chinese Firm

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter today to the heads of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) urging the Commission to reject the sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange to investors led by the Chinese firm Congqing Casin Enterprise Group (CCEG). The letter was addressed to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and Commissioners Kara M. Stein and Michael S. Piwowar. "Our government considers our stock exchanges-a key part of our national financial market infrastructure-to be … Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Manchin Discusses Importance of Appalachian Storage Hub in Energy and Natural Resources Committee

ICYMI: MANCHIN DISCUSSES IMPORTANCE OF APPALACHIAN STORAGE HUB IN ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and leaders of the U.S. energy sector discussed the prospects for a natural gas liquids storage hub in the Appalachian Region during a hearing to examine the status and outlook for U.S. and Northern American energy and resource security before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Mark Mills of the Manhattan … Continue Reading

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