Press Releases

December 19, 2016

Manchin Announces $87 Million in West Virginia Flood Assistance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced $87,280,000 of funding for West Virginia flood relief efforts as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) Program. This funding is in addition to the $17 million Senator Manchin announced in October bringing the total funding to $104 million through CDBG-DR. "This funding is a much needed boost for the West Virginia families that are … Continue Reading

December 19, 2016

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Nominate Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs for SBA Achievement Awards

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged West Virginians to nominate West Virginia small businesses and entrepreneurs for the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 2017 National and District Small Business Week awards. Winner of national titles will attend National Small Business Week activities in Washington, D.C. in May 2017. All nominations are due by Tuesday, January 10th. "With over 120,000 small businesses making up 96 percent of our employers, it is the … Continue Reading

December 19, 2016

Manchin Statement on Release of Final Stream Protection Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) announcement that it has finalized the stream protection rule. "While we all must carefully review this 1,648 page final rule, I want to reiterate that the proposed rule was very alarming in its scope and potential impacts. I believe that the manner in which this rule making was executed was … Continue Reading

December 16, 2016

Manchin Completes Annual Tour of All 55 Counties

Senator Manchin completes his annual tour across the Mountain State as another successful year of helping West Virginians comes to a close Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) completed his annual tour of all 55 West Virginia counties, with his last stop today in Preston County where he is delivering the keynote address at the Mountaineer Challenge Academy graduation. "As 2016 comes to a close, I am reminded once again of how fortunate we are to live in a state where our … Continue Reading

December 15, 2016

Manchin, Kaine, Warner, Brown, Casey Introduce RECLAIM Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the RECLAIM Act last week. This legislation will provide funds to states and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining. "This legislation will help the … Continue Reading

December 14, 2016

Manchin Outlines Expectations for Next EPA Administrator

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey outlining his expectations for the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. "No one has fought harder against administration overreach and regulation than I have, and I need to make sure the next EPA Administrator is as serious as I am about reforming this rogue agency," Senator Manchin said. "I've worked in a bipartisan way with my friend, Senator Shelley … Continue Reading

December 13, 2016

Manchin Applauds Signing of 21st Century CURES Act Into Law

Washington, D.C. - As a lead advocate of opioid abuse prevention and funding, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today attended the signing ceremony of the 21st Century Cures Act at the White House. This law includes funding to fight the opioid epidemic, improves medical research and modernizes mental health services. "I'm pleased the President signed this much needed legislation that will address the opioid epidemic, strengthen medical research, and expand access to mental health care," Senator … Continue Reading

December 13, 2016

Manchin Statement on Meeting with President-elect Trump

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement: "I had a very productive and informative meeting with President-elect Trump. I was honored that the President-elect asked me to meet with him and discuss ways we can work together and improve the lives of millions of Americans, and the hard-working people of West Virginia. I was humbled to be considered for the Secretary of Energy position. I have dedicated my life in public service to doing what is best for … Continue Reading

December 11, 2016

Manchin Statement on Passing of Ken Hechler

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the passing of former West Virginia Secretary of State and Congressman Ken Hechler: "Gayle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Ken Hechler's family as they mourn the loss of an incredibly caring human being and a dedicated public servant. Ken was a man of his word - a fierce advocate for West Virginians who was always willing to help any person in need. Ken was a dear friend who I could always … Continue Reading

December 09, 2016

Manchin Votes Against Continuing Resolution with Inhumane Fix for Retired Miners Healthcare

Manchin secures assurance from Majority Leader McConnell to find long-term fix for retired miners Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted against cloture for the continuing resolution because the 4-month proposal to fund retired miners healthcare is inhumane and unacceptable. Earlier today, he allowed a vote to move forward after speaking with Leader Mitch McConnell who promised him that the 22,800 miners who will lose their healthcare in April will not lose it and committed … Continue Reading

December 07, 2016

Manchin Votes for 21st Century CURES Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes funding to fight the opioid epidemic, improves medical research and modernizes mental health services. Although Senator Manchin voted against cloture and has been blocking all live UC action on the Senate floor, he does not object to the legislation itself. "Today I voted to pass the 21st Century CURES Act because this bill will provide critical resources to address the opioid … Continue Reading

December 06, 2016

Manchin, Warner, Casey, Brown Take to the Senate Floor to fight for Retired Miners and Their Families

Without Action, 16,300 Coal Miners Will Lose Healthcare on Dec. 31 Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke on the Senate floor on the urgent need to pass the Miners Protection Act, which will protect the health and pensions of more than 120,000 retired coalminers nationwide. With 16,300 retired coal miners set to lose healthcare by Dec. 31, 2016 without Congressional action, the Senators announced that … Continue Reading

December 05, 2016

Manchin, Capito Praise Inclusion of Coal Ash Provision in Bicameral, Bipartisan WIIN Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) praised the bipartisan deal with the House of Representatives to include authorization for permit programs for the control of coal combustion residuals in the final Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act announced today. The provision makes several improvements to the coal combustion residuals section that was included in the version passed by the Senate on September 15 to better protect the … Continue Reading

December 05, 2016

Senators: No Special Consideration for Other Bills Until We Save Coal Miners Healthcare, Retirement

Coal-State Senators Look to Force Vote on Bipartisan Bill By Blocking Live UC Requests until Action is Taken to Save Retired Miners Without Action, 16,300 Coal Miners Will Lose Healthcare on Dec. 31 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, a coalition of Senators fighting to protect the health and pensions of more than 120,000 retired coalminers nationwide announced their intent to use any means necessary to make sure that these workers and their families are protected. With 16,300 retired coal miners … Continue Reading

December 05, 2016

Manchin Statement on Conversation with President-Elect Trump

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement: "Last week, President-elect Trump and I had a wide-ranging and constructive conversation about the future of our country and how we can work together to help the state of West Virginia. I was humbled and honored to share my views with the President-elect and assured him that I am willing to work in a bipartisan manner to find commonsense solutions to the serious challenges we face. I have always believed that … Continue Reading

December 02, 2016

Manchin Calling on West Virginia Coal Miners to Share their Story

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is calling on West Virginia coal miners and their families to send him their stories so he can read them on the Senate Floor, explaining the hardships they will face if we do not immediately pass the Miners Protection Act now. Miners can send their stories to "In October, 12,500 of our nation's coal miners, including 5,654 West Virginians, received notices informing them that their healthcare benefits will be … Continue Reading

December 01, 2016

Manchin Votes to Extend Iran Sanctions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted for the Iran Sanctions Extension Act, which extends the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to December 31, 2026. "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 ensure that this regime is not able to increase its ballistic missile capabilities. Allowing the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to expire would be a concession to Iran, who continues to act … Continue Reading

November 29, 2016

Manchin Votes to Improve Healthcare in Rural Areas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted to pass the Enhancing Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to better integrate the Project ECHO model into health systems across the country. The ECHO model is an innovative continuing medical education model that uses interactive videoconferencing to link specialist teams ("hubs") with primary care providers ("spokes") in rural and underserved areas. "Communities in rural and underserved areas … Continue Reading

November 23, 2016

Manchin Wishes West Virginians a Happy Thanksgiving

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement wishing West Virginians a happy Thanksgiving: "Growing up in the Manchin household we were always taught that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. This lesson has stuck with me throughout my adult life and I have tried to pass it along to my children and grandchildren. "As Americans, we are particularly blessed to live in the land of the free because of the brave. While we should … Continue Reading

November 22, 2016

Manchin Fights for Green Bank Observatory

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to Dr. France A. Cordova, the Director of the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), urging her to continue the NSF partnership with the Green Bank Observatory (GBO). Senator Manchin is still urging West Virginians to submit public comments on the future of the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County. Senator Manchin said: "The unique scientific expertise of GBO within the research and educational communities … Continue Reading

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