Press Releases

February 27, 2020

Manchin Introduces SAFE Kids Act To Educate Students On Substance Use

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Saving America's Future by Educating (SAFE) Kids Act of 2020. The SAFE Kids Act directs the Department of Education along with several health agencies to develop evidence-based, age appropriate curriculum on the negative impacts of substance use - including but not limited to opioids, tobacco, and vaping. This legislation also establishes a competitive grant program for states to implement the curriculum in public schools. … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.6 Million For Damaged Roads Across 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 a grant of $2,626,972 through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads program. This funding will help improve infrastructure throughout West Virginia and repair existing federal roads that have been devastated by flood damage. "I am thankful to the DOT for providing funds to address some of the terrible … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $300,000 For Senior Corps Organizations 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 a grant of $302,661 through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for West Virginia Senior Corps organizations. This funding will create opportunities for citizens 55 and older to use their skills and experience to better their communities through a multitude of service projects. "Our senior citizens are one of the best resources to … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Manchin Named Honorary UMWA Member

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was named an honorary member of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). Senator Manchin received this honor for his relentless work over the last 5 years to secure pensions for 92,000 coal miners and their widows and healthcare benefits for 36,000 coal miners. "My grandfather, Papa Joe, started working in the mines at nine years of age and I will never forget his stories of how hard he worked and fought for his fellow miners to … Continue Reading


February 25, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $2.2 Million For Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,243,658 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start programs in West Virginia. "Early education is an essential part of our children's lives and will ensure a brighter future for generations to come. Head Start ensures that every child they serve, no matter their background or circumstance, have the skills and … Continue Reading


February 24, 2020

Manchin Rated Most Bipartisan Member Of Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on CQ Roll Call's recent release of bipartisan Congressional rankings. For the second year in a row, Senator Manchin has been ranked the most bipartisan Member of Congress, voting with Democrats 50.2% of the time and voting with Republicans 49.8%. CQ Roll Call is the only ranking of bipartisanship based on actual votes taken by Members of Congress. "I am again honored to be ranked the most bipartisan … Continue Reading


February 24, 2020

ICYMI: Manchin Holds Town Halls And Public Field Hearing During February Recess

Washington, D.C. - Last week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) held public town halls in Huntington and Charleston on the FY 2021 budget, college affordability, broadband access, healthcare, and other issues facing our state and nation. While in Charleston, Senator Manchin also visited the West Virginia Capitol to hear from state lawmakers and visit with West Virginians exploring the Capitol grounds. He also held a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee field hearing in Beckley to … Continue Reading


February 24, 2020

Manchin Statement On The Death Of Katherine Johnson

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson of White Sulphur Springs and a NASA mathematician whose work helped send the first American astronauts into space and to the Moon. "Gayle and I are terribly saddened to hear of the passing of Katherine Johnson, a stellar mathematician and proud West Virginian and we join all Americans and West Virginians in mourning the loss of an incredible American. A … Continue Reading


February 22, 2020

Manchin Applauds Cost Share Adjustment Approval Resulting In Millions Of Funding For West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Administration's approval of the cost share adjustment for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and West Virginia from the current 75% federal-25% state to 90% federal-10% state. The approval for the federal cost-share increase for recovery projects associated with the 2016 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in West Virginia will not only increase the federal funding on public assistance projects … Continue Reading


February 21, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $47 Million For Housing Development Across 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 $47,559,125 from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for various housing development programs across West Virginia. "Every West Virginian deserves to have a roof over their head, regardless of where they live or their background. This funding will help provide that basic necessity for people across our state. I am proud of HUD's … Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Manchin Statement on The Death Of James "JD" Stanard

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of James Dyer "JD" Stanard of Boliar and a member of the Greatest Generation who served in the 82nd Airborne Division during major battles of World War II. "Gayle and I are terribly saddened to hear of the passing of James Dyer Stanard, a U.S. Army Veteran and proud West Virginian. James served our country bravely during World War II from 1942-1945 in the 319th Artillery Company of the 82nd … Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Manchin Leads Group Of 30 Senators Calling On EPA To Deliver On Promises Made In PFAS Action Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a group of 30 Senators in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting he provide an updated timeline for when the EPA will implement commitments made in the agency's plan to combat exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The EPA released its plan, the PFAS Action Plan, one year ago and has yet to implement many of the commitments outlined in the strategy. The Senators wrote, … Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Manchin Introduces Resolution To Honor 75th Anniversary Of Iwo Jima

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced a Joint Resolution to honor the 75th Anniversary of the Battle for Iwo Jima during World War II. The resolution recognizes the gallantry and heroism demonstrated seventy-five years ago during the victory that was led by the United States Marine Corps over Imperial Japan on the island of Iwo Jima. A companion resolution was introduced in House. "Seventy-five years ago today our brave Marines led America to victory over the … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

Manchin, Cramer, Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Give Guard And Reserve Members Equal Hazard-Duty Incentive Pay

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan bill to give National Guard and Reserve members equal hazard duty incentive pay (HDIP). Identical bipartisan legislation has already been introduced in the House. Hazard Duty Incentive Pay is a type of special and incentive pay used to improve recruiting and retention by increasing compensation for hazardous duty assignments or conditions. This pay is in addition to … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

Manchin Statement On The Announced Closure Of Fairmont Regional Medical Center

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the announced closure of Fairmont Regional Medical Center. "Marion County and Fairmont are my home area. This is where I grew up. And we know that the 11th largest county and the 7th largest city in West Virginia can't survive without a quality hospital. This is an unfortunate and painful trend across rural America. The closing of rural hospitals and clinics continues to make access to quality care … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Manchin, Shaheen, Baldwin Lead Colleagues In Fighting To Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions In FY21 Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today led 44 Senators in a letter to the Administration urging President Trump to direct the Department of Justice (DOJ) to protect the law of the land, which provides health care coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The Administration's Fiscal Year 2021 proposed budget continues to fund DOJ's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which protects access to … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Manchin Statement On Administration's Decision To Transfer $3.8B From Military To Fund Border Wall

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement in response to the Department of Defense (DoD) decision to transfer $3.8 billion from various DoD accounts, including $1.765 billion from the National Guard and Reserve, to fund construction of the southwest border wall. "No other Democrat has been more supportive of securing our border. I have voted time and again to fund construction of a border wall. But we cannot do so at the expense of our brave … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Manchin Statement On Bipartisan Iran War Powers Resolution Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to support S.J.Res 68, the bipartisan Iran War Powers Resolution, which requires the President to receive direct authorization or declaration from Congress for the use of military force against Iran. "The late Senator Robert C. Byrd liked to say he worked with 10 Presidents but he never worked for one because Congress and the President are equal branches of government. I voted to approve S.J.Res … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding For Marshall University Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a grant of $434,180 to support Marshall University's Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). "Marshall University conducts essential research that impacts countless lives every day and this funding will ensure their research continues. I applaud … Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Manchin Leads Colleagues In Advocating For Veterans With Issues Related To Agent Orange Exposure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today led 42 Democratic Senators in advocating for the Trump Administration to add health conditions so Vietnam Veterans suffering from health conditions associated with their exposure to Agent Orange can receive critical benefits. In their letter, the Senators specifically called on the Administration to end the years-long delay of adding Bladder Cancer, Hypothyroidism, Parkinsonism, and Hypertension to the Department of Veterans Affairs' … Continue Reading

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