Press Releases

June 26, 2017

Momentum Builds for Manchin Efforts to Expand Broadband Access in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Last week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) followed up the commitment from U.S. Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai to help close broadband gaps in West Virginia by building support for his Rural Wireless Access Act of 2017 with the bill's seventh co-sponsor. The Rural Wireless Act would require the FCC to improve the way it collects mobile broadband coverage data, which is necessary to expand broadband deployment in West Virginia. "Over twenty … Continue Reading

June 23, 2017

Manchin Joins White Sulphur Springs Community on One-Year Anniversary of Flooding

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. - In remembrance of the 23 lives lost in last year's historic flooding, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today joined members of the White Sulphur Springs community for a trio of events paying tribute to those who perished and everyone who has worked to recover and rebuild. Three new landmarks were dedicated today, including a memorial in Old Mill Park designed to honor the eight people who lost their lives in White Sulphur Springs. Two new parks on Mill Hill Drive - … Continue Reading

June 23, 2017

Manchin presents West Virginian and former intern with prestigious Congressional Award Gold Medal

Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) presented Alonzo Webb of Ridgeley with the Congressional Award Gold Medal after accomplishing impressive goals in four areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. The voluntary participants can earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals based on their level of achievement. Alonzo dedicated the last two years to completing … Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Manchin Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Historic Flooding in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the historic flooding in West Virginia. "Last June, we lost 23 of our own here in West Virginia after tragic flooding hit our state. Families, communities and businesses were devastated. But, as we always do in times of challenge and trial, West Virginians banded strongly together. Local fire halls and churches were food pantries and safe havens. First responders and … Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Manchin Statement on the Republican Healthcare Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Republican Healthcare bill that was released to the public today. "I agree with President Trump that the House bill needed more heart, and it seems that the Senate bill needs more soul. Based on my initial review, the healthcare bill released by Republican Leadership today appears to be as bad of a deal for West Virginia as the House bill. It maintains severe cuts to Medicaid, raises costs for seniors, … Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Manchin Thanks Secretary Perry for Accepting His Invitation to Come to West Virginia

Secretary Perry will visit West Virginia in July Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today thanked U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Perry for accepting his invitation to visit West Virginia in July. It will be Secretary Perry's first official visit to West Virginia. He will join Senators Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to visit research and development hubs across the state. "I'm looking forward to showing our beautiful state to my good friend Secretary Perry in … Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Manchin and Moran Call on FCC to Expand Broadband Access in Rural America

Manchin, Moran lead effort to expand rural broadband deployment through the Remote Areas Fund Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), today sent a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move forward with the Remote Areas Fund (RAF). The Senators urged the FCC to structure the RAF in a manner that expands broadband access to the tens of thousands of West Virginians and Kansans living in rural and remote areas. The Senators said in … Continue Reading

June 21, 2017

Manchin Gets Commitment from FCC Chairman to Fix Broadband Coverage Gaps in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned U.S. Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai on broadband gaps in West Virginia when he testified in front of the Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee on the FY 2018 budget. Senator Manchin secured a commitment to bring more broadband service to West Virginia and rural communities around the country. He asked Chairman Pai to work with Congress and the Appropriations committee in order to … Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Manchin Meets with West Virginians Opposed to the House Healthcare Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) met with a group of about 50 West Virginians who were in Washington, D.C. to voice their concerns with the House healthcare bill and how it will impact West Virginia. "I was glad to meet with people representing West Virginia in Washington today to hear more about how the House healthcare bill would affect families across the state," Senator Manchin said. "West Virginians are making sure that their voices are heard and I thank everyone … Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Manchin Celebrates West Virginia's 154th Birthday

Washington, D.C. - To commemorate the Mountain State's 154th birthday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) shared West Virginia's state food, the pepperoni roll, with all of his colleagues in the U.S. Senate and invited them to the West Virginia State Society celebration on June 28th. "The State of West Virginia was founded during the Civil War by patriots who were willing to risk their lives in a united pursuit of justice and freedom," Senator Manchin said. "Since our state was forged through … Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Manchin Releases Report Detailing How the House Healthcare Bill Would Worsen the Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing how the House Healthcare bill would worsen the opioid crisis in West Virginia after participating in a conference call with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli and other law enforcement officials. "Now is not the time to reduce and eliminate the critical funding being used to fight the opioid epidemic," Senator Manchin said. "As many as 2.8 million Americans with a substance use … Continue Reading

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

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