Press Releases

June 01, 2020

Manchin Statement On Nationwide Social Justice Action

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the social justice actions across America over the past several days. “My heart aches. Far too many African American men and women have been wrongfully killed, and those responsible have not been held accountable. The tragic death of George Floyd has evoked collective outrage and pain. I thank my fellow West Virginians for taking social justice action in communities across West … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Manchin Statement On Bluefield Regional Medical Center Inpatient And Ancillary Services Closing

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the announced closure of Bluefield Regional Medical Center (BRMC). BRMC will be closing all inpatient and ancillary services by July 30th. Princeton Community Hospital (PCH) has stated that the emergency department will remain open. “The announcement that Bluefield Regional Medical Center will close is another painful loss for southern West Virginia - especially as we navigate … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Manchin Applauds $27 Million In AML Funds Allocated For Projects Across West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, applauded the allocation of $27,196,483 in Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Economic and Community Development Pilot funds for projects across West Virginia. AML pilot funds are allocated through the Senate Appropriations Committee.“West Virginia has provided our nation with the energy we needed to become the leader we are today, and, without coal, that would not have been possible. Now, it is … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Manchin Statement On President Trump Terminating United States Relationship With World Health Organization

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to terminate the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) during the global COVID-19 pandemic. “The entire world is battling COVID-19 right now and in West Virginia, we continue to see additional cases reported. The United States cannot eliminate this virus on our own and to withdraw from the World Health Organization - the … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Manchin Applauds West Virginians For Conducting Over 270 Broadband Speed Tests In The Last Two Weeks

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the efforts of West Virginians who have submitted over 270 broadband speed tests in the last two weeks to prove the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband coverage maps are incorrect. If a school or organization is interested in joining Senator Manchin to conduct speed tests, please email speedtest@manchin.senate.gov.“Two weeks ago, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel and I teamed up with the students of Lewis County High … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $2.7 Million For West Virginia Hospital Preparedness Programs

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,692,879 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Hospital Preparedness Programs in West Virginia.“Our healthcare and hospital workers are working tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to care for those affected. This funding will help support the emergency management personnel located in our … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $1.1 Million For Job Corps Scholars In West Virginia

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a $1,186,900 grant for Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg through the Job Corps Scholars Program. This funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and will provide young individuals in West Virginia with quality vocational and academic instruction opportunities. “The COVID-19 … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Manchin: Senate Should Consider PPP DEAL Act After House Of Representatives Passes PPP Loan Deadline Extension

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives voting to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness period from 8 to 24 weeks and amend the rehire date from June 30th to December 31st. This is consistent with Senator Manchin’s PPP DEAL Act which would also extend the coverage period for the loan forgiveness program and amend the rehire date. “I’m excited to see the House of Representatives … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

After Manchin Advocates For Extension Of National Guard Orders, President Trump Extends Through Mid-August

Charleston, WV - Today, after U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) advocated for an extension of the Title 32 502(f) orders for the National Guard servicemembers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump announced his decision to extend the orders through mid-August. This extension is necessary to ensure those servicemembers on the front lines of the pandemic receive full GI bill and retirement benefits for their service. “I am pleased President Trump has listened to my … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Manchin Asks For Crisis Counseling Support For West Virginians Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Secretary Gaynor requesting access to the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) for West Virginians dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of May 26th, West Virginia had 1,808 confirmed COVID-19 cases, officially surpassing the eligibility threshold of 1,000 cases per million residents within the state established by FEMA.The Senator said in part, … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Manchin Urges HUD To Allocate Funding And Provide Guidance For Community Block Grants

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a bipartisan group of Senators calling on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to take action and work quickly to allocate all remaining Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding from the CARES Act and publish comprehensive guidance for use of those funds, including for previously announced funding.The Senators said in part, “We write regarding … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Manchin, Wicker, Hyde-Smith, Capito Urge President Trump to Award Medal of Freedom to Hershel "Woody" Williams

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) urged President Trump to award Hershel “Woody” Williams, Marine Veteran, West Virginia native, and Medal of Honor recipient, the Medal of Freedom for his incredible work through the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation advocating for Gold Star families while educating and inspiring many generations of young Americans. The Senators said in … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $2 Million For Water Infrastructure Project In Jackson County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a $2,000,000 Rural Development investment loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Waste and Water Disposal Loan and Grant Program for southern Jackson County. This Rural Development investment will be used to extend water service to White Pine, Windell Ridge, Jim Ridge, and Station Camp. This project received additional … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.2 Million For West Virginia Water, Air Pollution Management Programs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,252,716 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for water and air pollution management and monitoring programs.“Every West Virginian deserves clean air to breathe and fresh water to drink. This funding will go towards improving West Virginia’s water and air quality … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Manchin Applauds Amtrak For Re-Staffing Charleston Station Ticket Agents

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded Amtrak’s announcement of their intent to re-staff the Charleston Amtrak station, following through on a provision Senator Manchin authored in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 federal appropriations bill requiring Amtrak to re-staff stations with ticket agents that were removed in 2018, including Charleston. Senator Manchin has been fighting to restore staffing at the Charleston station since 2018 when Amtrak announced it was … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $2 Million For Black Lung Clinics In West Virginia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,065,696 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support Black Lung Clinic Programs across the state.“Our brave miners risk their lives every day to power our nation and they rely on black lung clinics for assistance with medical diagnoses, treatment and … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $31 Million For West Virginia Nursing Homes

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $31,017,500 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for professional nursing homes in West Virginia. “Our nursing homes have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and we must do everything possible to help them care for our elderly friends and family,” said Senator Manchin. “This funding will help our … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Manchin Applauds FCC Collaboration With IMLS To Increase Broadband, Hotspots During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to partner with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help bridge the digital divide and expand broadband access in libraries across the United States. West Virginia has received $161,936 through IMLS to expand broadband access using mobile hotspots through libraries across the state.“The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the digital divide in our … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Manchin Calls On Administration To Secure Benefits For National Guardsmen On COVID-19 Front Lines

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 125 bipartisan Members of Congress in calling on the Trump Administration to ensure National Guard personnel who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response efforts across the nation receive the federal benefits they have earned. On May 8th, Senator Manchin announced the Support Our National Guard Act to provide transitional healthcare benefits to National Guard servicemembers who have responded to … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Treasury Secretary Confirms To Manchin COVID-19 Funds Can Be Shared With Local Governments

Washington, DC - After continuing to hear from concerned local leaders across West Virginia, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin today about COVID-19 pandemic relief funding for West Virginia and received confirmation that the funding can be shared with state and local governments to cover salaries and benefits for employees responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Today I had a productive call with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin … Continue Reading

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