Press Releases

May 23, 2024

West Virginia Delegation Urges HRSA To Better Classify Rural Appalachia For Federal Healthcare Resources

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with U.S. Representatives Carol Miller (R-WV) and Alex Mooney (R-WV), wrote a letter to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Carole Johnson, urging HRSA to adequately include terrain factors in their definition of rural. This classification determines communities’ eligibility to receive certain federal healthcare resources, and adopting ruggedness in the definition will … Continue Reading


May 22, 2024

Manchin: We Can’t be Open for Business if We Can’t Keep the Lights On

Washington, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV) held a hearing to examine the opportunities, risks and challenges associated with growth in demand for electric power (“load growth”) in the United States. During the hearing, Chairman Manchin discussed the main factors driving load growth, the challenges facing both existing and new generation on the grid and the need for Congress to pass comprehensive permitting reform. “The North … Continue Reading


May 22, 2024

Manchin Announces $106k For Household Energy Consumption Research

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $106,500 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for household energy consumption research in Harpers Ferry through tech startup Universal Schedule and Booking (USB). The project will investigate model software, perform tasks to model home efficiency results and collect data for mechanical equipment used in residential homes. “The National Institute of … Continue Reading


May 22, 2024

Manchin Announces $731k From Appalachian Regional Commission For Eight West Virginia Projects

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $731,738 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for eight West Virginia projects. The funding will support increasing staffing and strengthening administrative capacities for eight Local Development Districts (LDDs) across the state. “The Appalachian Regional Commission’s continued investment in revitalizing and strengthening Appalachia is great news for West Virginia and … Continue Reading


May 22, 2024

Manchin Announces $32.2 Million From Appalachian Regional Commission To Expand Broadband Across West Virginia

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $32,235,629 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the West Virginia Department of Economic Development. This funding is made possible through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and will expand access to affordable, reliable broadband … Continue Reading


May 21, 2024

Manchin Announces $5.3 Million For Two West Virginia Head Start Programs

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $5,388,747 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for two Head Start Programs at the Kanawha County Board of Education and Eastern Allegheny Council. Head Start supports educational growth from birth to age 5 through services that provide early learning and emotional development, health and safety, and family well-being. “I’m pleased HHS is investing more than … Continue Reading


May 20, 2024

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Effort To Streamline Access To Prescription Drugs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led his bipartisan colleagues in introducing the Electronic Prior Authorization for Prescription Drugs Act. The bill would streamline access to prescription drugs that require a health plan’s approval, known as prior authorization. The current process has unnecessary administrative hurdles that cause delays in care for physicians and other clinicians to get patients their essential prescriptions. “I’m proud to introduce the bipartisan … Continue Reading


May 20, 2024

ICYMI: Manchin Attends Usa Cycling Pro Road National Championships In Charleston

Washington, DC - On Sunday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) attended the USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships in Charleston, West Virginia. “It was a privilege to watch these premier athletes compete in the USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships right here in downtown Charleston,” said Senator Manchin. “Hosting this Olympic qualifying event is such a great achievement for the Mountain State and I applaud all of the cyclists on their incredible dedication to their sport. … Continue Reading


May 17, 2024

Manchin Questions U.S. Secretary Of The Navy On West Virginia’s Allegany Ballistics Laboratory, Secures His Commitment To Visit

Charleston, WV - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), questioned U.S. Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro on the importance of supporting and expanding West Virginia’s Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL). Senator Manchin also secured Secretary Del Toro’s commitment to visit the site. “You oversee one of the most unique national security assets in our country. It’s called the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory, or ABL, and it’s in … Continue Reading


May 16, 2024

Manchin Statement On The Passing Of Former West Virginia Lawmaker Bob Ashley

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the passing of former West Virginia lawmaker Bob Ashley. “Gayle and I are devastated to learn of the passing of our dear friend and longtime West Virginia public servant, Bob Ashley. I had the pleasure of working alongside Bob for many years and his dedication to helping West Virginians was absolutely unmatched. His decades of serving in both the West Virginia House of Delegates and West Virginia … Continue Reading


May 16, 2024

Manchin, Committee Question Forest Service Chief Randy Moore on President’s FY 2025 Budget Request

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV) held a hearing to question U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Randy Moore on the President’s budget request for the USFS for Fiscal year (FY) 2025. During the hearing, Chairman Manchin discussed staffing issues at the USFS, the opportunity to salvage burnt timber and the closure of 25 sawmills nationwide.  “All signs point to an active fire year in the U.S., and I know my colleagues from … Continue Reading


May 16, 2024

Manchin Statement On Death Of Miner Virgil Paynter

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the death of coal miner Virgil Paynter, who was fatally injured Thursday morning at the CM Energy Operations LP Surface Mine in Wyoming County. “Gayle and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Virgil Paynter at the CM Energy Operations LP Surface Mine in Wyoming County. We ask all West Virginians to join us in keeping his family, friends and loved ones in our prayers during this devastating … Continue Reading


May 15, 2024

Manchin Announces $1.6 Million For Rainelle Medical Center, Two Medical Research Projects At West Virginia University

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,640,522 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Rainelle Medical Center and two West Virginia University (WVU) medical research projects focusing on aging and vision.  “I’m pleased HHS is investing more than $1.6 million to strengthen health services in Greenbrier County and advance important aging and vision research at WVU," said Senator Manchin. … Continue Reading


May 15, 2024

Manchin Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Overturn Biden Administration Investment Planning Rule

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led his colleagues in introducing a bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn a rule from the Department of Labor (DOL) that would endanger financial choice and access. The DOL’s new rule broadens the definition of a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which threatens a wide range of financial tools that consumers in West Virginia and across the country rely on, … Continue Reading


May 15, 2024

Manchin Announces $1.1 Million For Seven West Virginia Arts And Music Initiatives

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,121,900 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for seven initiatives in West Virginia. The funding will be used to expand arts programs statewide, as well as support the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Wheeling Symphony Society. “West Virginia has a vibrant culture of arts and music, and our entire state is proud of the important role that artists and musicians … Continue Reading


May 14, 2024

Thanks To Manchin Efforts, USPS Pauses Planned Changes To Mail Delivery Network

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, released the following statement after the United States Postal Service (USPS) committed to pausing its planned changes to mail delivery networks until January 1, 2025. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s decision is a direct response to the letter Senator Manchin and his bipartisan colleagues sent last week, which expressed concern over the impacts … Continue Reading


May 14, 2024

Manchin Announces More Than $1.3 Million For Three West Virginia Research Projects

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,372,387 from National Science Foundation (NSF) for research projects at West Virginia University (WVU) and Marshall University. The funding will support research into solar fuels production, flame-retardant systems for 3D-printed products, and cartilage repair. “The National Science Foundation continues to be an important partner for the Mountain State through its investments … Continue Reading


May 14, 2024

Manchin Announces $29.2M to Plug Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells in West Virginia

Washington, DC — Today, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that West Virginia will receive $29.2 million through the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to plug approximately 200 orphaned oil and gas wells. This funding is made possible by Chairman Manchin’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  “I am so proud that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to deliver for West Virginia. This funding builds on the work that … Continue Reading


May 13, 2024

Manchin Announces $38.6 Million For 14 Rural Development Projects Across West Virginia

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $38,688,868 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program for 14 projects across West Virginia. The initiatives will provide energy efficiency upgrades for a variety of businesses statewide, renovate more than 300 apartment units in Beckley, and more. “Investing in our local communities spurs economic development and creates good-paying, long-term jobs,” … Continue Reading


May 13, 2024

Manchin Gives West Virginia University College Of Arts And Sciences Commencement Speech

Charleston, WV - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke at West Virginia University’s (WVU) Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony to applaud the graduates on their terrific accomplishments. “What I learned at WVU gave me the tools and the confidence to do anything I dreamed possible,” Senator Manchin said in part. “WVU Mountaineers always overcome. The history of this institution shows a dogged persistence in overcoming challenges with creative and … Continue Reading

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