Press Releases

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


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


April 05, 2017

Manchin Statement on Seventh Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement reflecting on the seven-year anniversary of the tragedy at Upper Big Branch Mine that killed 29 miners. "Today our hearts are heavy with the sad memory of the tragic Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. Seven years ago, 29 brave West Virginia miners went to work and never returned home to their loved ones. In the aftermath of that horrible day, through moments of hope and despair, all West Virginians and the … Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Manchin Urges President Trump to Address Chinese Steel Dumping and Overcapacity During Meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese steel produced with unfair subsidies and other illegal practices has a harmful impact on our national economic health and our national security interests The letter calls on the President to continue strong enforcement of U.S. trade laws and to make it clear to President Xi that Chinese steel dumping is unacceptable Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Al Franken (D-MN), Gary … Continue Reading


April 04, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $279K for WVU Stroke Research Training Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that $278,796 will be awarded to West Virginia University (WVU) from the National Institute on Aging to support the University's Stroke Research Training Program. The program aims to train the next generation of stroke researchers to better assess strokes in the context of the affected population. The training program will select the best PhD students from the participating Biomedical Sciences … Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Manchin Attends Meeting at the White House Focused on Ending the Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today attended a meeting at the White House with President Trump, Vice President Pence and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, focused on ending the opioid epidemic. "I was pleased to join President Trump and members of his administration today to discuss the opioid epidemic and the challenges that hundreds of thousands of West Virginians are facing each day because of it," Senator Manchin said. "The President's commission to combat … Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Manchin to Support Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his decision to support Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. "Senators have a constitutional obligation to advise and consent on a nominee to fill this Supreme Court vacancy and, simply put, we have a responsibility to do our jobs as elected officials. Just as I did when Merrick Garland was nominated, I met with Judge Gorsuch and evaluated his qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court. Judge … Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Manchin Passes Four Bills Out of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) passed several bills out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today with unanimous support. Senator Manchin's hydropower bill, which would allow for the relicensing of the Jennings-Randolph dam project while it obtains necessary permits and engages with the local community and stakeholders, and Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area Act of 2017 are now ready to be considered on the Senate floor. Additionally, the … Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Manchin Introduces Legislation to Require Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Before Prescribing Powerful Painkillers

Bill would require the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in all states that receive certain federal funding to combat opioid abuse and also require states to make their PDMP data available to other state Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to require the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in all states that received certain federal funding to … Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Vietnam Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Richard Burr (R-NC) designating March 29, 2017 as Vietnam Veterans Day. "West Virginia has more names on the Vietnam Wall per capita than any other state in the nation, and I am honored to serve as an original sponsor on this resolution that pays homage to the service of this generation of Veterans," Senator Manchin said. "In West Virginia, we also have one of the highest rates of … Continue Reading


March 29, 2017

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Reintroduce Sportsmen's Act

Measure Will Provide Access to Federal Lands, Protect Longstanding Traditions Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jim Risch (R-ID), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) this week reintroduced the Sportsmen's Act of 2017. This bipartisan package expands and enhances sportsmen's access by making federal lands throughout West Virginia and the nation "open unless closed" for fishing, hunting, recreational shooting, and other … Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2.4M IN ARC GRANTS FOR WEST VIRGINIA

Appalachian Regional Commission grants will support economic development projects in West Virginia Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $2,424,400 to support economic development projects in Huntington, Davis and at community colleges across West Virginia. "This funding will help create jobs, diversify our state's economy and support the Huntington and Davis … Continue Reading


March 27, 2017

Manchin, Kaine, Warner, Brown, Casey Introduce RECLAIM Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the RECLAIM Act today. This legislation will provide funds to states and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining. "This legislation will help the many … Continue Reading


March 24, 2017

Manchin and Capito Introduce Bipartisan Hydro Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced legislation to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authority to extend the Jennings-Randolph hydropower dam license so the project has time to secure other required permits and commence construction before its FERC 2-year license expires. Collaboration and engagement are key to identifying challenges and ensuring all parties have an opportunity to be heard. Part of this … Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of His Bipartisan HIRE Vets Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Senate passage of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) Veterans Act. The measure establishes a tiered recognition program within the Department of Labor to award employers based on their contributions to veteran employment. "I applaud the quick passage of the HIRE Veterans Act, an important piece of legislation that recognizes employers who hire our veterans," Senator Manchin said. "Over the past couple … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce more than $2.4 Million in FEMA Funding for Flood Recovery Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $2,460,761 from U.S Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia. Individual awards listed below: $1,046,559.61 - The West Virginia School Building Authority to replace Richwood Middle & High Schools and Summerville Middle School in Nicholas County that were damaged as a result of flooding in West Virginia on June … Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

Manchin Statement on New Jobs in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the announcement that Weirton, West Virginia will be the site for the first U.S. manufacturing operation for Bidell Gas Compression. "I'm thrilled that Bidell Gas Compression is making this investment in West Virginia. This is great news for the residents of Weirton and the entire state of West Virginia. During my time as United States Senator, I have been committed to enhancing our job climate so every … Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

Manchin Statement on Closing of Mohawk Industries Flooring Plant in Holden

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the closing of Mohawk Industries flooring plant in Holden, affecting Logan and Mingo communities. "I am very disappointed by the announcement of Mohawk Industries' decision to close its flooring plant in Holden, leaving 111 residents without employment in Logan and Mingo Counties. This decision affects the livelihood of West Virginians who count on these jobs to take care of their families and my … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Manchin, Wyden, Brown, Casey and Warner Urge Finance Committee to Act on Miners Protection Act Before Moving Lighthizer Nomination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Senate Finance Committee Democrats Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Bob Casey, D-Penn., Mark Warner, D-Va. today called on the Senate Finance Committee to protect coal miner's pensions before advancing out of the Finance Committee the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be the United States Trade Representative. Last week these senators sent a letter to Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) requesting the Miners Protection Act be attached … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Support Economic Recovery in Central Appalachia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced $710,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support economic recovery efforts by the Region I Planning and Development Council in Mercer County. The award will be used to establish a comprehensive database of manufacturers that will be available as a resource during disaster recovery in the southern region of the state. "This federal investment will support job … Continue Reading

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