Press Releases

March 07, 2017

Manchin, Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus Welcomes Senator Sullivan as New Co-Chair

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Tim Walz (D-MN) today welcomed Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) as a co-chair of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus for the 115th Congress. "I am happy to welcome my colleague Senator Sullivan to the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus," Senator Manchin said. "One of the few issues that unifies Congress is recognizing the patriotism and service of our nation's veterans, and helping them find … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Manchin Introduces Vet Connect Act to Reduce Opioid Abuse Among Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Vet Connect Act of 2017, which would streamline health records sharing between the Department of Veterans Affairs and community healthcare providers. Under current law, veterans being treated for drug abuse, alcoholism or alcohol abuse, infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or sickle cell anemia must provide written consent to the VA in order to share their health records with their community providers. … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Manchin Introduces Legislation to Give Recovering Addicts a Clean Start

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Clean Start Act, which will give recovering addicts who committed nonviolent federal offenses because of their addictions a "clean start" and a chance to build a sober lifestyle, free of a criminal record, if they complete a yearlong drug treatment program. "I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of opioid abuse on individuals, families, and communities in my state and around the country," Senator Manchin said. "As a … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Rural Water Systems

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced bipartisan legislation to make sure rural and small water systems have the technical training and assistance they need to improve wastewater treatment in rural communities. "Investing in water infrastructure projects in rural communities not only improves the quality of life for West Virginians, but preserves countless good-paying jobs, boosts economic development and improves the prosperity of our families, businesses and … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Manchin Re-Introduces LifeBOAT Act

The LifeBOAT Act would establish reliable funding to expand access to substance abuse treatment Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) re-introduced the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT Act), which would establish a permanent funding … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary nominee, Rick Perry. "Today, I voted to confirm Governor Rick Perry as the Secretary of the Department of Energy. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place. Secretary Perry has pledged to work with me on an all of the above energy policy. He has also committed to visiting West Virginia … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm HUD Secretary Nominee Ben Carson

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary nominee, Ben Carson. "Today I voted to confirm Ben Carson as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place. I applaud Secretary Carson for his willingness to serve our country. I believe he understands … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

Manchin Furious Retired Miners Received Benefit Termination Letters While Senate Fails to Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is furious that 22,800 retired miners are receiving letters today letting them know that their healthcare benefits will be terminated at the end of April and is calling on Congress to act immediately to prevent this devastating failure. "Our retired miners' healthcare and pension benefits are in jeopardy yet again as the Senate fails to act," Senator Manchin said. "Since the passage of a four-month extension of this deadline to April, I have … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Interior Secretary Nominee Ryan Zinke

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Interior Secretary nominee, Ryan Zinke. "As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place, and as a Senator it is my job to evaluate a nominee's qualifications and determine if their vision aligns with the principles I have set forth in my years of work on behalf of West Virginians. After meeting with Congressman Zinke … Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Manchin Statement on Miner Death in McDowell County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of a coal miner in McDowell County. "Gayle and I were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of a coal miner in McDowell County. As a West Virginian, the loss of a coal miner is always heartbreaking. We join all West Virginians in sending our thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones of the lost coal miner." … Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Manchin Requests Quick Action on Miner's Protection Act

Manchin, Democratic Members of Senate Finance Committee call for Miner's Protection Act to be attached to waiver needed for the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be the U.S. Trade Representative Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Ron Wyden … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce $1.9 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 $1,977,081 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia. The more than $1.9 million grant will be used by the Nicholas County School District for emergency protective measures to secure temporary facilities destroyed or damaged as a result of the historic flooding in West Virginia on June 23, 2016. … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

FCC Approves Manchin Priorities to Expand Broadband Access in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for answering his calls to prioritize mobile broadband deployment in rural and underserved communities through Phase II of the Mobility Fund and to protect West Virginia's small internet service providers from burdensome regulations. "These votes are a critical step towards expanding high-speed mobile broadband coverage in rural communities throughout West Virginia and allowing small … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Manchin, Blunt Introduce Bipartisan HIRE Vets Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), members of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, recently introduced 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. "Over the past couple of years, many American businesses both small and large have joined the effort to hire veterans and … Continue Reading


February 22, 2017

Manchin Outlines West Virginia Priorities in Letter to President Trump

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter urging President Trump to consider West Virginia priorities when crafting his 2018 budget proposal. Senator Manchin highlighted areas that need special attention including caring for our children and those in need, improving the economy and creating jobs, keeping our promise to seniors and veterans, prioritizing our national security and improving our infrastructure and energy independence. As a member of the Senate … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm EPA Adminstrator Scott Pruitt

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his vote to confirm the nominee for the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt. "As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have the chance to put his team in place. Every West Virginian wants clean air and clean water and I intend to be vigilant in working with Administrator Pruitt to ensure that our fundamental environmental protections … Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Manchin Attends Signing of His Measure to Overturn Anti-Coal Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) attended the signing ceremony of the resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) which Senator Manchin introduced to overturn the "stream protection rule." Last year, the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE) decided to send its final stream protection rule to the White House without fulfilling obligations for state engagement as directed by Congress. "I have led … Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Manchin Votes Against Office of Management & Budget Director Nominee Mick Mulvaney

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his vote against the Director of the Office of Management and Budget nominee, Rep. Mick Mulvaney. "As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place, but as a Senator it is my job to evaluate a nominee's qualifications and determine if their vision aligns with the principles I have set forth in my years of work on behalf of West Virginians. After meeting with … Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Manchin Introduces Energy Efficiency Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC), commonsense legislation that moves America toward a national energy efficiency strategy. The legislation saves consumers money, creates jobs and reduces pollution. It has received widespread support from Democrats and Republicans as well as industry leaders, energy efficiency advocates and environmental stakeholders. "It is past time our nation develops a reasonable and … Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Manchin, Cardin, Capito, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to Designate Appalachian Forest Heritage Area

Legislation will provide a framework to continue to conserve the cultural, natural and historical heritage Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation will provide a cooperative management framework to West Virginia and Maryland, eighteen counties within those states, all levels of government and the … Continue Reading

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