Press Releases

January 12, 2018

Group of Senators Urge President Trump to Renew the Opioid Health Emergency Declaration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Angus King (I-ME), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to renew the opioid public health emergency declaration because of little action since its original declaration in October. The Senators said in part: "On October 26, 2017, you … Continue Reading


January 10, 2018

Manchin Applauds President Trump's Executive Action to Streamline Broadband Buildout in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded President Trump's executive order and memorandum aimed at expanding broadband access in rural communities in West Virginia and across the country. The President's executive action is in line with bipartisan legislation Manchin introduced along with Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) last year to streamline the application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal lands. The President's executive action directs … Continue Reading


January 09, 2018

Manchin Statement on FERC Decision

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision to terminate the Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing and the subsequent decision to initiate a new proceeding to examine grid resilience. "I applaud Secretary Perry for his ongoing leadership in making sure our electric grid is reliable," Senator Manchin said. "I believe that action to prevent imminent closures of important … Continue Reading


January 08, 2018

Manchin Releases Weekly Energy Report

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the price and production levels of coal as well as natural gas prices in Appalachia and nationally. For the week ending December 30, 2017, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 10.5 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 32.4% lower than last week's estimate and 28.1% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. To read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


January 03, 2018

Manchin Applauds Department of Energy Progress Toward $1.9 Billion Loan Guarantee for Appalachian Storage Hub

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to invite the Appalachia Development Group, LLC (ADG) to begin Part 2 of the application process for a $1.9 billion loan guarantee - a critical step in the loan guarantee process. Senator Manchin has led efforts in the Senate to help develop the Appalachian Storage Hub, which would create jobs and grow the economy in the Appalachian region. Senator Manchin commends ADG's work and looks … Continue Reading


January 02, 2018

Manchin Releases Weekly Energy Report

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the price and production levels of coal as well as natural gas prices in Appalachia and nationally. For the week ending December 23, 2017, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 15.5 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 2.4% higher than last week's estimate and 3.2% higher than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. To read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


January 02, 2018

Manchin Statement on the 12th Anniversary of the Sago Mine Disaster

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on the 12th anniversary of the Sago mine disaster. "Twelve years ago, twelve brave miners tragically lost their lives at Sago. On that day, I grieved with the miners' families and with all West Virginians. I think of those miners and the strength and sacrifices of their families each and every day, and my thoughts and prayers are with them and their loved ones on this sad anniversary. After Sago, we worked to … Continue Reading


December 29, 2017

Manchin Statement on Miner Death in Fayette County

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Thurman A. Watts, a coal miner who was working in Fayette County. "All of West Virginia is heartbroken to learn of the loss of Thurman A. Watts today. Yet again, we are reminded of the incredible sacrifices our coal miners and their families make every day. Gayle and I join the entire state in sending our thoughts and prayers to the Watts family during this difficult time." … Continue Reading


December 29, 2017

Manchin Secures Forklift for Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank in Kimball

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement following the delivery of a much needed forklift to Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank in Kimball, WV. Today Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia donated a forklift to Five Loaves & Two Fishes. After learning about the food bank's need for a forklift, Senator Manchin was instrumental in securing the forklift for the food bank. "Since I learned of the urgent need from Senator Richard Ojeda at Five … Continue Reading


December 22, 2017

Manchin Wishes West Virginians a Merry Christmas

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement wishing West Virginians a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. "Gayle and I, along with the entire Manchin family, would like to wish all West Virginians, Americans, and our brave service men and women a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. "This holiday season, it is important to celebrate our many blessings - especially the love of our families and friends. It is also a time to remember … Continue Reading


December 22, 2017

Manchin, Brown, Kaine, Warner & Casey Urge Secretary Acosta to Protect Miners Safety & Health

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL), Alexander Acosta, urging him to keep the Respirable Dust Rule to protect mine safety and miners health. This letter comes after the rule was included in the Unified Agenda for re-examination. The Senators said in part: "Given this increase in black lung disease and the devastating impact … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Good News: Energy Department Report Shows Manchin Led Storage Hub Effort Good for Appalachia

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded a Department of Energy (DOE) report that demonstrates opportunities for a natural gas liquids storage hub in the Appalachian region are vast and would lead to positive economic development. "The Appalachian Storage Hub is a vital American energy infrastructure project that will enhance energy and national security while leveraging the region's unique energy resources for the long-term economic benefit of families, manufacturers, and … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

42,240 Americans Die From Opioids Last Year, Manchin Asks When Government Will Take It Seriously

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released a statement on the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) new report on opioid overdose deaths in 2016. The report stated that in 2016, there were 42,249 opioid related overdose deaths in the US. That is a 28% increase over 2015. That's 115 people dying every day. "There has not been a year since I have been in the Senate that opioid overdose deaths have gone down, and this year is no different. Despite my best efforts to work with … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Manchin Applauds President Trump Executive Order on Critical Minerals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded President Trump for issuing an executive order to identify new sources of critical minerals - also known as rare earth elements - in the United States. Senator Manchin introduced the Rare Earth Element Advanced Coal Technologies Act (REEACT Act) in July to ensure the Department of Energy (DOE) office of Fossil Energy continues this important program, and authorizes and annual appropriation of $20 million per year through 2025. "I am … Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Manchin Disappointed to Vote No on Short Sided and Rushed Tax Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote against the rushed Senate tax plan. "For the last several months I have worked with President Trump, Gary Cohn, Marc Short and the economic team at the White House on a tax reform plan that I hoped would benefit the people of West Virginia and the country. I was honored to be invited to the White House on multiple occasions to meet with the President and know that he was genuine in his desire to … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017

MANCHIN RELEASES WEEKLY ENERGY REPORT

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the price and production levels of coal as well as natural gas prices in Appalachia and nationally. For the week ending December 9, 2017, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 15.5 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 1% lower than last week's estimate and 0.4% higher than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. Read Senator Manchin's full report click here. … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017

MANCHIN SENDS RECOMMENDATIONS ON COMBATING OPIOID EPIDEMIC TO WEST VIRGINIA DHHR FOR USE IN RESPONSE PLAN

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Bill Crouch, Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), proposing recommendations for West Virginia's response plan to combat the opioid crisis. Last month, the DHHR announced the development of an opioid response plan through public engagement and collaboration with experts that will be presented to Governor Jim Justice and the West Virginia Legislature in January 2018. Senator Manchin … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1.2 MILLION FOR WEST VIRGINIA HEAD START PROGRAMS

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $1,231,457 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to support Head Start programs in Raleigh County. "Head Start allows the children of West Virginia access to early education that is vital to their development," Senator Manchin said. "These funds will support the programs in Raleigh County, and I'm excited for the … Continue Reading


December 18, 2017

Sens. Manchin, Moran Call for Bipartisan Legislative Solution to Protect Free and Open Internet, Promote Rural Broadband Access

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, today issued the following statement: "As senators who have been working to close the digital divide, we believe federal policy must continue to promote the expansion of broadband access across rural America. Consumers and innovators deserve clear rules of the road that will continue to ensure the internet … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

Manchin, Capito Urge Congressional Leadership to Commit Resources to Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the nation's opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the country, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on Senate leadership to provide states with the resources they need to tackle this ongoing public health emergency. In their letter, the bipartisan group urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to include … Continue Reading

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