Press Releases

June 19, 2017

Manchin Pledges to Return to Era of Bipartisan Cooperation and Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today pledged to return to an era of bipartisan cooperation and agreement in order to restore civility to the United States Senate and our political discourse. He is urging his colleagues to join him in signing this pledge and taking the first step to show the American people that they are here to work towards a better United States. "Several years ago I took a personal pledge to not campaign against a sitting colleague," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Manchin Gets Assurance from DeVos that WVU, WVSU Funding is Being Reconsidered

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today spoke with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on the phone about figuring out a way for West Virginia University and West Virginia State University to reapply for Upward Bound funding, and received her assurance that the issue is being reconsidered. "Today I spoke with Secretary DeVos about the importance of Upward Bound programs in West Virginia. In West Virginia, we have a lot of first time college students, many of … Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Manchin Statement on Celebrating Father's Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement about the celebration of Father's Day. "Today, I celebrate with all West Virginians the fathers and father-figures who have supported and loved us throughout our lives. The impact fathers and grandfathers have in the lives of the people who love them is why we dedicate this day to them. West Virginia was one of the first places to devote a day to fathers over 100 years ago. In July 1908, a Sunday sermon … Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Manchin Votes for Additional Sanctions on Iran and Russia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, which imposes sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program, its support for acts of terrorism, and its continuing abuses of human rights. This legislation also includes a provision that expands sanctions on the Russian government. "Iran is the world's top state sponsor of terrorism, according to the Department of State, and we must do everything in our power to … Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Manchin, Heller Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Rural Broadband

The "Rural Broadband Deployment Streamlining Act" ensures efforts to deploy broadband infrastructure are expedited Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand Americans' access to broadband by streamlining the application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal lands. "Streamlining efforts to expand broadband deployment in rural areas like much of West Virginia is a necessary part of … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $11.6 Million for Wildlife and Fish Restoration

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced more than $11.6 million in funding for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program from the U.S. Department of Interior. "Everyone should be able to enjoy West Virginia's natural beauty," Senator Manchin said. "It is vital that we preserve the outdoors for the state's future generations and visitors. This funding will help ensure that … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $28 Million in Funding for West Virginia Housing Programs

Washington D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced more than $28 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for West Virginia housing programs across the state. "We know the importance of helping out our neighbors in times of need in West Virginia," Senator Manchin said. "This funding will enable communities across the state to improve public housing and promote safe and stable living environments. This … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Manchin Urges DeVos to Allow West Virginia Upward Bound Programs to Apply for Federal Grant Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) yesterday sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing deep concern with the Department of Education's decision to reject the Upward Bound application at West Virginia State University and the McNair Scholars Program application at West Virginia University because of two minor technicalities. Senator Manchin said in part: "As the Secretary of Education, it is your job to put the needs of students above … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Manchin and Capito announce more than $5.9M in ARC Grants for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a total of $5,927,807 to support economic development projects across West Virginia in Summersville, Logan, Charleston, Bluefield State College and Pierpont Community & Technical College in Fairmont. "These grants will help train students, create jobs, link together our communities and diversify the economy of our state," Senator Manchin … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Manchin Statement on Miner Death in Boone County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Rodney Osborne, a coal miner who was working in Boone County. "Our coal miners and their families make unthinkable sacrifices, day in and day out, to keep our state and nation strong. Today, as we mourn the loss of Rodney Osborne in Boone County, we come together to lift up his family, friends, coworkers and loved ones in prayer. As West Virginians, the loss of one of our own is felt in … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Manchin Statement on Shooting of Congressional Member, Aides and Capitol Police

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, aides and Capitol Police officers. "Gayle and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to Congressman Scalise, aides and Capitol Police officers who were injured today and their families. It's unimaginable that someone would target my colleagues as they were practicing for a charitable baseball game that creates bipartisanship and comradery. We must also never take our … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Manchin Questions Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein on Drug Court Funding for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when he testified in front of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on the FY 2018 budget. Senator Manchin expressed his concerns about the opioid epidemic in West Virginia and the Department of Justice's funding for programs that are working to end this epidemic. In his questioning, he specifically asked Deputy AG Rosenstein about the … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Manchin Statement Commemorating Flag Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement commemorating U.S. Flag Day. In honor of Flag Day, Senator Manchin's staff is presenting flags at events in locations including Delbarton, Sutton, Star City and Wheeling. "Each and every day, students, Veterans, soldiers, scouts, and Americans pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. We salute it; we fight for it; we cherish it; we honor it and every year on June 14, we come together to … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce $600,000 for WVU Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Research

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced today that West Virginia University (WVU) will receive a $600,000 grant to fund Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Research. WVU's researchers will work to design a SOFC compatible with hydrocarbon use, while evaluating coatings aimed at reaching 50 percent or greater power density using hydrocarbon fuel. "In West Virginia, we understand the importance of innovation and research and continue to do all we … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $65K for Nurse Anesthetist Training

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award $65,400 to Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Health System. The funds will be used to assist with nurse anesthetist training. "CAMC delivers quality medical care to thousands of West Virginians each year. West Virginia faces a unique set of healthcare challenges and it is critically important that we continue to invest … Continue Reading


June 12, 2017

Manchin and Capito Introduce Legislation to Secure Loan Opportunity for the Appalachian Storage Hub

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced legislation to help establish the Appalachian Storage Hub in order to create jobs and economic growth in West Virginia. The Capitalizing American Storage Potential (CASP) Act, would make a regional storage hub eligible for the Department of Energy's successful Title XVII loan guarantee program, allowing the Mountain State to realize the unique opportunities associated with Appalachia's abundant … Continue Reading


June 09, 2017

Manchin Applauds FDA Decision to Remove Opioid Pain Medication from Market

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to ask Endo Pharmaceutical to voluntarily remove its opioid pain medication, Opana ER, from the market. This is the first time the FDA has asked a pharmaceutical company to remove a drug because of the public health consequences of abuse. Prior to this decision by the FDA, Senator Manchin had privately urged Endo Pharmaceuticals to voluntarily remove Opana from the market after … Continue Reading


June 09, 2017

Manchin, Fischer Introduce Government Reform Bill to Save Millions of Taxpayer Dollars

RECOUP Act Would Permit U.S. Treasury Department to Recover Federal Government Assets; Save $85 Million Over 10 Years Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) have introduced the Recovering and Collecting Unclaimed Federal Property Act, commonly known as the RECOUP Act. This government reform bill would save taxpayer dollars. The Treasury Department budget estimates enacting the RECOUP Act would save $85 million in taxpayer dollars over the course of ten … Continue Reading


June 09, 2017

Manchin to Join 3rd Annual Motorcycle Ride for Fallen Service Heroes

Event to honor the WV National Guard Foundation and the Families of Fallen Service Members Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will serve as the Special Guest Road Captain for the 3rd Annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes on Saturday, July 8. This year's ride benefits the West Virginia National Guard Foundation, the families of Fallen West Virginia Service Members and the establishment of a new Gold Star monument in West Virginia. In the coming weeks, special guests who will … Continue Reading


June 06, 2017

Manchin Questions Betsy Devos on Effects of Proposed Education Budget in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos today when she testified in front of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on the Department of Education's FY 2018 budget. Senator Manchin expressed his concern about the significant cuts to the Department of Education and its effects on schools, students and families in West Virginia. In his questioning, he said he is especially … Continue Reading

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