Press Releases

December 15, 2017

MANCHIN APPLAUDS NEW ‘BRIDGE OF HOPE’ SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE IN RECOVERY

Charleston, W.Va. - Today at Recovery Point Charleston, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin joined representatives from Fruth Pharmacy and the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation to unveil a new program, "Bridge of Hope," that will provide scholarships for people in recovery to seek education and job training. "Today is about people right here in West Virginia who want to make a change, who have made a change, and who want a bright future," Senator Manchin said. "These scholarships will give those who … Continue Reading


December 13, 2017

MANCHIN CALLS ON FDA AND DEA TO CONSIDER RESCHEDULING NERVE-PAIN MEDICATION THAT HAS BEEN CONNECTED TO OVERDOSE DEATHS IN WEST VIRGINIA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Robert Patterson, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), asking the administrations to consider rescheduling and requiring additional risk mitigation for the drug gabapentin, a nerve-pain medication labeled as a "drug of concern" by the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy. Senator Manchin said in part: "While our focus is … Continue Reading


December 12, 2017

PENTAGON BEGINS AUDIT IN RESPONSE TO MANCHIN LED EFFORT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Department of Defense's decision to begin auditing the Pentagon, an effort led by Senator Manchin since 2012. Senator Manchin has introduced the Audit the Pentagon Act in the 112th Congress, 113th Congress and the 114th Congress and included audit language in the National Defense Authorization Act that President Trump signed today. "The United States of America has - and will continue to have - the greatest military in the … Continue Reading


December 11, 2017

MANCHIN LAUNCHES #ThisIsWV SERIES AND ENCOURAGES WEST VIRGINIANS TO SHARE STATE PRIDE

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today launched a "This is West Virginia" series to highlight the best of the state, its people and communities. Senator Manchin is encouraging West Virginians to engage in the series by sharing what makes them proud of the Mountain State by posting photos, events, individual stories and commentaries using the hashtag #ThisIsWV. "When people who aren't from West Virginia ask about our state, we jump at the chance to tell them who we are," … Continue Reading


December 11, 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 2, 2017, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 15.7 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 11.6% lower than last week's estimate and 9.0% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. Read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


December 07, 2017

MANCHIN, BIPARTISAN SENATORS URGE EXTENSION OF SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS PROGRAM

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a bipartisan group of 32 senators in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), urging them to include a reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program in any end-of-year legislation. SRS supports public schools, public roads, forest health projects, emergency services and many other essential county services for more than 775 counties across the … Continue Reading


December 07, 2017

MANCHIN, CORNYN INTRODUCE SKYLAR’S LAW TO SAVE CHILDREN LIKE SKYLAR NEESE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced "Skylar's Law," which will establish a national endangered missing advisory (EMA) communications network to enable immediate public notification for missing child cases that do not meet the strict criteria for issuance of an AMBER Alert system. In July of 2012, sixteen-year-old Skylar Neese went missing from her home in Morgantown, West Virginia. Even though Skylar's parents were immediately alarmed at … Continue Reading


December 06, 2017

MANCHIN CALLS ON FDA TO ADOPT CHANGES TO PROPERLY FIGHT OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Scott Gottlieb, calling on him to adopt three policy changes through the Opioid Policy Steering Committee in order to reduce the number of unnecessary and dangerous opioid medications available. Senator Manchin said in part: "I am strongly supportive of your effort to establish the Opioid Policy Steering Committee to strengthen FDA's response to this crisis. I … Continue Reading


December 05, 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 1, 2017, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 14.1 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 5.6% lower than last week's estimate and 13.9% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. Read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


December 05, 2017

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Help Bridge Workforce Skills Gap

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced $179,022 for West Virginia Public Broadcasting from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Funding comes through CPB's American Graduate program, which is focused on supporting community-based solutions to educate youth and improve high-school graduation rates. "We turn to our public broadcasters for our news and entertainment, and I'm excited to now see the Corporation for Public … Continue Reading


December 05, 2017

MANCHIN CALLS ON WEST VIRGINIANS TO SHARE THEIR STORIES ON WHY CHIP IS IMPORTANT TO THEM

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is asking West Virginia families to share stories on how the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has made an impact in their lives and the lives of their children. CHIP provides health insurance to almost 9 million children in America, and ensures that more than 21,000 children in West Virginia have access to the healthcare services they need. Families wishing to share their CHIP stories can email them to chip@manchin.senate.gov. … Continue Reading


December 05, 2017

ICYMI: MANCHIN QUESTIONS HEALTH OFFICIALS ON THE STATUS OF THE AMERICAN OPIOID CRISIS

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned Dr. Debra Houry, Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health and Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy of the President's Commission on … Continue Reading


December 02, 2017

Manchin Votes No on Flawed, Rushed Tax Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote against the flawed, rushed Senate tax plan. "For the last several months I have tried to work with my Republican colleagues on a tax plan that works for the people of West Virginia because I believe in tax cuts. I visited the White House with my Republican colleagues to meet with President Trump, I assembled meetings with his economic team and my Senate colleagues, and I offered idea after idea … Continue Reading


December 02, 2017

Manchin Introduces Amendment to Republican Tax Plan for West Virginians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced an amendment to the Republican tax plan to recommit the bill back to the Finance Committee in order to permanently secure tax cuts for middle-class, working people, and small businesses and to keep the medical expense deduction, the student loan interest deduction, the retirement savings incentives, the homeownership incentives and the historic tax credit. "My amendment would simply send this legislation back to the Senate Finance … Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

MANCHIN AND HELLER TO CONGRESS: PASS OUR BILL TO PROTECT VETERANS FROM DANGEROUS MEDICAL PROVIDERS

Washington, D.C. - Following the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) failed to report poorly-performing medical providers, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dean Heller (R-NV) urged the Senate to swiftly take action on their bipartisan legislation that stops the VA from concealing providers' medical mistakes. According to the GAO, the VA failed to report 90 percent of poor-performing medical providers to a national … Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON MINER DEATH IN BOONE COUNTY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Zachary Grant Harris, a coal miner who was working in Boone County. "Our coal miners and their families make unthinkable sacrifices every day. Today, we are heartbroken at the loss of Zachary Grant Harris in Boone County. Gayle and I join all West Virginians in holding the Harris family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult … Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

MANCHIN VOTES AGAINST MOTION TO PROCEED ON SENATE REPUBLICAN TAX PLAN

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote against the motion to proceed on the Senate Republican Tax Plan. "Today I voted against the motion to proceed on the Republican Tax Plan because I haven't seen a final bill. I haven't been able to review any legislation or see a Congressional Budget Office score to consider its impacts on West Virginia. I am still trying to work with my Republican colleagues and the Trump Administration to find a … Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO URGE DEPARTMENT OF STATE TO KEEP TRAINING FACILITY AT SUMMIT POINT RACEWAY OPEN

Washington, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) sent a letter to U.S Secretary of State Tillerson, urging that the State Department keeps the Summit Point Raceway training facility open, without consolidating its functions within the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC). The Senators said in part: "We understand that the State Department plans to close the Summit Point training site and consolidate its functions within the Foreign Affairs Security … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $9.2 MILLION FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN WEST VIRGINIA

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $9,295,505 - $591,505 in grant funding and $8,704,000 in approved loans - from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program for rural development projects in four West Virginia communities. "Rural development projects provide economic opportunities that are felt across very corner of West Virginia," said Senator Manchin. "This funding will be used to purchase a new … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

MANCHIN, MODERATE SENATE DEMOCRATS CALL FOR BIPARTISAN WAY FORWARD ON TAX REFORM

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Tom Carper (D-DE), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mark Warner (D-VA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Angus King (I-ME), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Gary Peters (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) at a press conference highlighting their willingness to work with Republicans on a bipartisan way forward on tax … Continue Reading

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