Press Releases

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


February 14, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Linda McMahon to Lead Small Business Administration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA). "Today I voted to confirm Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have the chance to put his team in place. With over 120,000 small businesses making up 96 percent of our employers in West Virginia, the SBA is crucial in helping … Continue Reading


February 13, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $769K for WVU STEM Programs

Funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support efforts to recruit and prepare STEM teachers Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that $768,998 will be awarded to West Virginia University (WVU) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to partner with Doddridge and Marion County School Districts to recruit and prepare mathematics and science majors for careers in teaching … Continue Reading


February 13, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Secretary of Veterans Affairs Nominee David Shulkin

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm David Shulkin as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. "As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place. I am proud that West Virginia has one of the highest rates of military service in the nation, and that is why it is essential that the Department of Veterans Affairs has strong leadership. For the past 19 … Continue Reading


February 11, 2017

Manchin Applauds Century Aluminum for Honoring Health Benefits for Retirees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded Century Aluminum's decision to provide the earned healthcare benefits to its retired steelworkers of its closed Ravenswood Plant in Jackson County. ‎ "I applaud Century Aluminum and CEO Mike Bless for honoring the healthcare benefits that these retired steelworkers have earned and deserve. I am also so proud of the United Steelworkers union for fighting for the benefits that they have earned through a lifetime of hard work and … Continue Reading


February 10, 2017

Manchin Votes Against HHS Secretary Nominee Tom Price

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his vote against the Department of Health and Human Services nominee, Rep. Tom Price. "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 Rep. Tom Price, … Continue Reading


February 10, 2017

Manchin Votes Against HHS Secretary Nominee Tom Price

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his vote against the Department of Health and Human Services nominee, Rep. Tom Price. "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 Rep. Tom Price, … Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Manchin Statement on Meeting with President Trump

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his meeting with President Trump. "Today my colleagues and I had a very productive meeting with President Trump. We discussed his Supreme Court nominee Judge Gorsuch, ways we can improve and invest in our infrastructure and fighting the opioid abuse epidemic. I will continue to review Judge Gorsuch's record, qualifications and his future testimony to determine if I will support him. I look forward to working with … Continue Reading


February 08, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm DOJ Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions. "As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place. I have known Jeff for more than a decade and he is not only my colleague but I consider him a friend. After working with him in many capacities during my time in the United States Senate, I believe I can work … Continue Reading


February 08, 2017

Manchin to Oppose HHS Secretary Nominee Tom Price

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his opposition to the Department of Health and Human Services nominee, Rep. Tom Price. "Although I have always believed that an executive should be able to put their team together, I cannot in good conscience vote for Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services. As a Member of Congress, Rep. Price has led the Republican effort to privatize Medicare and turn it into a voucher program which … Continue Reading


February 07, 2017

Manchin Votes Against Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his vote against U.S. Department of Education nominee, Betsy DeVos. "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 they can lead that agency. After meeting with Betsy DeVos, reviewing her experience and watching her hearing, I could not vote for her to be our next Secretary … Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Manchin Introduces Bill to Deliver on the Promise of Broadband Access for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced a bill that would create a committee to develop policies and recommendations that promote deployment of broadband access in rural areas across West Virginia. "Delivering affordable, reliable broadband access is both a critical and necessary step towards closing the broadband gap in rural and remote areas of the nation, like much of West Virginia," Senator Manchin said. "The job of serving the Mountain State is far from done. … Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Manchin Leads Renewed Efforts to Close Rural Broadband Gap

Manchin leads Bipartisan Call to Expand Mobile Network in Rural America WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., today sent a letter to the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to prioritize mobile broadband deployment in rural and underserved areas. Specifically, the Senator called on the agency to move forward with Phase II of the Universal Service Fund's (USF) Mobility Fund, which is aimed at providing broadband service to these areas. "Access … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm Rex Tillerson as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of State. "As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place to conduct our nation's foreign affairs. I have known Rex Tillerson for years through our work with the Boy Scouts of America and know him to be honorable and patriotic. I have no hesitation in supporting Rex Tillerson's … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Manchin to Vote Against Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his plans to vote against U.S. Department of Education Secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos. "As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place, but I have serious concerns about the qualifications of Betsy DeVos. Betsy DeVos has spent her entire career advocating for school choice including public school vouchers and charter schools. This approach does not … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Manchin Reintroduces Ozone Bill in 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) were joined today by Representatives Pete Olson (R-Texas), Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) in reintroducing the Ozone Standards Implementation Act in the 115th Congress. This legislation, which was introduced in both the House and Senate, would update how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) addresses ozone requirements in the Clean Air Act. Currently, the EPA must … Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Manchin Statement on President's Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the President's Supreme Court nominee, Judge 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 look forward to evaluating Judge Neil Gorsuch's qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court. I still … Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce more than $14 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 $14,014,493 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia. Individual awards listed below: $3,066,778.50 - The State of West Virginia School Building Authority for demolition of the Summersville Middle School, which was damaged as a result of the historic flooding in West Virginia on June 23. $6,604,350.87 - The … Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Secretary Chao

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. "Today I voted to confirm Elaine Chao as the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place. Investments in infrastructure create good paying jobs within our state and better prepare West Virginia to compete in our global … Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Manchin Introduces Measure to Overturn Anti-Coal Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the "stream buffer rule." Last year, the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE)'s decided to send its final stream protection rule to the White House without fulfilling obligations for state engagement as directed by Congress. "The last Administration's long list of overreaching regulations … Continue Reading

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