Press Releases

April 28, 2017

Manchin and Capito Announce FEMA Firefighter Grants for Monongalia and Preston Counties

Grants Awarded to Fire Departments in Morgantown and Terra Alta WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $419,342 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fire departments in Morgantown and Terra Alta. The grants awarded through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program will help local fire departments purchase new equipment. "Our brave firefighters and ‎first responders put their lives on the line … Continue Reading


April 28, 2017

Manchin Supports Short-Term Funding with Assurance Permanent Healthcare Fix for Miners will be on Final Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued a statement on his support of the short-term continuing resolution that passed the Senate by unanimous consent today to keep the government funded through next week. "I am supporting the short-term funding bill that will keep the government open until next week only because I received assurances that a permanent healthcare fix for our retired miners will be in the final spending package and the inclusion of explicit language covering … Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

Manchin and UMWA Retired Miners Call for Permanent Healthcare Fix at Press Conference

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a press conference today hosted by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) calling for a permanent healthcare fix in government funding legislation. "We would not be at this point today if it weren't for the retired miners and their widows who have come to Capitol Hill, talked with their representatives, made phone calls and written letters," Senator Manchin said. "It's because of their hard work that we are so close to … Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Manchin and Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Authorize Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced a bipartisan legislation to authorize the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, a private foundation, to begin the process of constructing a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The memorial will honor men and women in uniform, the Fallen servicemembers, their families, and all those who have been impacted by our nation's longest war. "Throughout our country we have many memorials … Continue Reading


April 24, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary nominee, Sonny Perdue. "As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place. As the nation's Secretary of Agriculture, I have confidence that Governor Perdue will work tirelessly to ensure that duplicative and harmful regulations that affect our farmers and agribusinesses are removed. "During my … Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Manchin Co-Hosts Regional Job Fair in Huntingotn

Senator Manchin co-hosted a Regional Job Fair with Marshall University, WorkForce West Virginia and others Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin co-hosted a regional job and resource fair at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. The free event was co-hosted with Marshall University, WorkForce West Virginia, City of Huntington, Southwest West Virginia Region 2 Workforce Investment Board, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, Huntington VA Medical Center, Huntington … Continue Reading


April 20, 2017

Manchin and Capito Applaud HHS Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement that $5,881,983 in opioid crisis grants will be awarded to West Virginia. Funding will support prevention, treatment and recovery services. HHS Secretary Tom Price announced the grants as part of the Trump administration's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in America. The grants will be awarded to all 50 states and total … Continue Reading


April 17, 2017

WV Delegation, UMWA President Urge Congressional Leadership to Include Permanent Solution For Miners' Benefits in Government Funding Resolution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), U.S. Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney, Evan Jenkins and Cecil Roberts, President of United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging them to include a permanent solution for the miners' benefits in the government funding bill that Congress will … Continue Reading


April 12, 2017

Manchin and Wicker Urge FCC to Expand Broadband Access Using Accurate Coverage Maps

Manchin, Wicker call on FCC to promote new broadband deployment in a manner that accounts for the real-world experiences in rural America Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the newly-created Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force to ensure the broadband coverage data it collects is consistent, reliable, and robust. The Senators noted that accurate data that reflects the real mobile … Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Manchin Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the air strikes in Syria. "Earlier this week, the world watched the devastating effects of chemicals weapons on innocent civilians and children after the Syrian regime decided to use these outlawed weapons against its own people. This isn't the first time they have committed such a heinous crime. Four years ago, they attacked their people with chemical weapons and at that time, we believed there was a … Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

Manchin Statement on Using the Nuclear Option

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Senate's plan to use the nuclear option. "I am deeply disappointed that, later today, many Senators plan to vote for the nuclear option, taking another step toward destroying the Senate. As I said when I voted against the Democrats' nuclear option in 2013, I firmly believe that the filibuster is vital to protecting the minority's views and exactly why the Framers of our Constitution made the … 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, 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

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