Press Releases

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


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

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