Press Releases

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


April 28, 2017

Manchin Supports Short-Term Funding with Assurance Permanent Healthcare Fix for Miners will be on Final Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued a statement on his support of the short-term continuing resolution that passed the Senate by unanimous consent today to keep the government funded through next week. "I am supporting the short-term funding bill that will keep the government open until next week only because I received assurances that a permanent healthcare fix for our retired miners will be in the final spending package and the inclusion of explicit language covering … Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

Manchin and UMWA Retired Miners Call for Permanent Healthcare Fix at Press Conference

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a press conference today hosted by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) calling for a permanent healthcare fix in government funding legislation. "We would not be at this point today if it weren't for the retired miners and their widows who have come to Capitol Hill, talked with their representatives, made phone calls and written letters," Senator Manchin said. "It's because of their hard work that we are so close to … Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Manchin and Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Authorize Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced a bipartisan legislation to authorize the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, a private foundation, to begin the process of constructing a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The memorial will honor men and women in uniform, the Fallen servicemembers, their families, and all those who have been impacted by our nation's longest war. "Throughout our country we have many memorials … Continue Reading


April 24, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary nominee, Sonny Perdue. "As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place. As the nation's Secretary of Agriculture, I have confidence that Governor Perdue will work tirelessly to ensure that duplicative and harmful regulations that affect our farmers and agribusinesses are removed. "During my … Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Manchin Co-Hosts Regional Job Fair in Huntingotn

Senator Manchin co-hosted a Regional Job Fair with Marshall University, WorkForce West Virginia and others Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin co-hosted a regional job and resource fair at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. The free event was co-hosted with Marshall University, WorkForce West Virginia, City of Huntington, Southwest West Virginia Region 2 Workforce Investment Board, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, Huntington VA Medical Center, Huntington … Continue Reading


April 20, 2017

Manchin and Capito Applaud HHS Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement that $5,881,983 in opioid crisis grants will be awarded to West Virginia. Funding will support prevention, treatment and recovery services. HHS Secretary Tom Price announced the grants as part of the Trump administration's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in America. The grants will be awarded to all 50 states and total … Continue Reading


April 17, 2017

WV Delegation, UMWA President Urge Congressional Leadership to Include Permanent Solution For Miners' Benefits in Government Funding Resolution

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 and Cecil Roberts, President of United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging them to include a permanent solution for the miners' benefits in the government funding bill that Congress will … Continue Reading


April 12, 2017

Manchin and Wicker Urge FCC to Expand Broadband Access Using Accurate Coverage Maps

Manchin, Wicker call on FCC to promote new broadband deployment in a manner that accounts for the real-world experiences in rural America Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the newly-created Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force to ensure the broadband coverage data it collects is consistent, reliable, and robust. The Senators noted that accurate data that reflects the real mobile … Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Manchin Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the air strikes in Syria. "Earlier this week, the world watched the devastating effects of chemicals weapons on innocent civilians and children after the Syrian regime decided to use these outlawed weapons against its own people. This isn't the first time they have committed such a heinous crime. Four years ago, they attacked their people with chemical weapons and at that time, we believed there was a … Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

Manchin Statement on Using the Nuclear Option

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Senate's plan to use the nuclear option. "I am deeply disappointed that, later today, many Senators plan to vote for the nuclear option, taking another step toward destroying the Senate. As I said when I voted against the Democrats' nuclear option in 2013, I firmly believe that the filibuster is vital to protecting the minority's views and exactly why the Framers of our Constitution made the … Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Manchin, Casey, Scott and Cartwright Introduce Bills to Protect Miners and Strengthen Safety Standards

Legislation would prevent coal companies from unfairly denying benefits to deserving miners and families Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bob Casey (D-PA) and House Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17) introduced the Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act of 2017 and the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act of 2017. These bills would reform the federal program that provides benefits to coal miners … Continue Reading

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