Press Releases

January 31, 2020

Manchin Announces $131 Million To Rebuild Three Schools Damaged By 2016 Floods

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $131,671,998.45 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to rebuild Richwood Middle School, Richwood High School and Summersville Middle School which were critically damaged by the devastating 2016 floods. With these awards, West Virginia has exceeded FEMA's threshold to modify the cost-share agreement from the current 75% federal-25% state to 90% federal-10% state. As … Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

Manchin Applauds Veterans Affairs Committee Passage Of Ten Bills Including Landmark Legislation On Veterans Mental Health And Suicide Prevention

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Committee, today applauded the passage of ten bills from the VA Committee. The legislation passed addresses Veterans mental health, including a suicide prevention bill Senator Manchin introduced in March 2019 to help prevent Veterans from dying by suicide. The legislation also includes important legislation for West Virginia Veterans to modernize and expand Veterans rural transportation. The legislation now … Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Manchin Receives Letter From Sir Richard Branson On Virgin Hyperloop In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today received a response to the letter he sent to Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Group, the parent organization of Virgin Hyperloop One. Manchin has been advocating for West Virginia as a potential site for the company's certification and test center and wrote to Branson after meeting with representatives from the company in Fall 2019. "I am glad to hear from Sir Richard Branson on my letter urging Virgin Hyperloop One to consider … Continue Reading


January 23, 2020

Manchin Urges West Virginians To Send Questions On Impeachment Process

Washington, D.C. - As he listens intently to the House Managers and President Trump's legal team, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) asks West Virginians to send him their questions about the impeachment trial by emailing impeachment@manchin.senate.gov or calling 202-224-3954. "I have said from the beginning of this process that President Trump deserves a fair trial. This is a complicated and lengthy process. I am sure many West Virginians have questions, which is why I am asking them to contact … Continue Reading


January 20, 2020

Manchin, Capito Deliver Major USDA Broadband Announcement For Harrison County

Harrison County, WV - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today joined with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) West Virginia State Director Kris Warner to announce an $18.7 million broadband investment. The grant, which is through USDA's ReConnect program, will support a high-speed broadband infrastructure project that will create or improve rural broadband for more than 6,300 rural households and approximately … Continue Reading


January 20, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding To Prevent Youth Suicide

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a grant totaling $736,000 to support the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) and their youth suicide prevention program. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "It's always difficult to lose a young West Virginian too soon which is made even harder when it's preventable because … Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Manchin Urges DOT Secretary Chao To Resolve Raleigh County Airport Issue

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to urge Secretary Chao to resolve a situation at Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW)'s in which the Department is requesting reimbursement in the amount of $173,888 from the airport after providing those funds in June of last year. BKW participates in the Alternate Essential Air Service (EAS) program, which helps small … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Manchin Statement On Supporting USMCA Trade Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on his support for the United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal. "During my time in the Senate, I've voted against every trade deal because of the devastating impacts they have had on West Virginia. 30,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs left West Virginia because of NAFTA. We can't allow that to happen to our nation's workforce again. … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Manchin, Capito Applaud Passage Of Resolution To Honor University Of Charleston Men's Soccer Team

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today applaud the passage of their resolution congratulating the University of Charleston men's soccer team for winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Men's Soccer Championship at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 14, 2019. The Senate passed the resolution by unanimous consent. "I am a proud supporter of the University of Charleston's soccer program and like so … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Manchin Praises Clorox Investment In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released a statement praising Clorox's estimated $190 million investment in Berkeley County, West Virginia. "Clorox has been a great partner with West Virginia for many years and I am proud that they are planning to expand their business in our state. This new, high-tech manufacturing facility will provide over 100 jobs and create an economic investment of $190 million for Berkeley County which is a great economic boost for not only the … Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Manchin Urges West Virginia Legislators To Protect West Virginians With Pre-existing Conditions Against West Virginia Attorney General's Inhumane Lawsuit

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter urging caution with respect to the West Virginia Healthcare Continuity Act to Members of the West Virginia State Legislature and urging them to support the state's withdrawal from the Texas v. United States lawsuit. The lawsuit, which West Virginia's Attorney General joined in 2017, could cause nearly 800,000 West Virginians and millions of Americans who have pre-existing conditions to lose their health insurance. In December, the … Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Manchin Statement On Confirmation Of FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released a statement on the confirmation of Peter Gaynor as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator. "Today the Senate confirmed Peter Gaynor as FEMA Administrator by a vote of 81-8 after passing out of committee with bipartisan support. As a state that has been ravaged by natural disasters like the flooding in 2016, FEMA has been instrumental in ensuring that West Virginians recover and build resilience for the future. … Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Manchin, Capito Show Support For Emerging Technologies In Letter To DOT Secretary Chao

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, sent a letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao in support of the establishment of the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council that is intended to support innovative transportation projects like Virgin Hyperloop One. West Virginia is a leading competitor for the location of Virgin's high-speed … Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce $75K For Workforce Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $75,695 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for EdVenture, a workforce development program that creates opportunities for students and young entrepreneurs to find success in their community. "I strongly believe that we should better prepare our students in high school to enter the workforce, so when they graduate they can make a decision to either receive a higher education or enter … Continue Reading


January 10, 2020

Manchin, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Secure Black Lung Disability Trust Fund

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Doug Jones (D-AL), Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced S. 3172, the Black Lung Benefits Disability Trust Fund Solvency Act of 2020 which would extend the black lung excise tax through December 31, 2030 to ensure that coal miners suffering from the disease have access to the medical care that they desperately need. Without the revenue from this tax, the Black Lung Disability Trust … Continue Reading


January 10, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $8 Million For Housing, Fighting Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $8,601,585 to multiple entities fighting against homelessness in West Virginia. Funding is provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "Investment in public housing infrastructure is critical to the health of our communities. Everyone, no matter their circumstances, deserves to have a roof over their head. Access to … Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Manchin Statement On The Situation In Iran

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the situation in Iran. "Yesterday I received a briefing from Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel and Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo and have a better understanding of the intent behind the recent actions taken by the Administration. There was not an imminent threat to the United States' homeland and the … Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Manchin, Lankford, Tester, Blackburn, Kennedy Urge FCC Chairman To Provide Broadband For Rural Communities Before Expanding 5G Coverage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), James Lankford (R-OK), Jon Tester (D-MT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and John Kennedy (R-LA) today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging the FCC to focus their efforts on providing reliable broadband to rural communities before expanding 5G coverage, as indicated by the announcement of the FCC's 5G Fund. The Senators said in part, "While we commend the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or … Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

ICYMI: Senate Passes Manchin Backed Anti-Robocall Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the passage of the bipartisan Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act last month. This legislation will give regulators more time to find scammers and levy fines for those who are caught, promote call authentication and blocking adoption, and bring relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally flout … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Manchin, Capito Applaud FAA Decision To Continue 24 Hour Air Traffic Control Operations At Yeager Airport

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today applauded the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) decision to continue 24 hour Air Traffic Control operations at the Yeager Airport. In October, the FAA released a memo with the proposal to cut 24 hour Air Traffic Control operations at Yeager Airport. "The FAA announcement that Yeager Airport will continue their 24 hour Air Traffic Control operations is great news for Charleston and West Virginia and … Continue Reading

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