Press Releases

December 04, 2015

Manchin Skypes with Ritchie County High School Students as Part of Global Skype Event

Washington, D.C. - As part of Microsoft's first-ever global Skype-a-Thon, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) answered questions from Ritchie County High School students through Skype, a popular videoconferencing website. The students asked Senator Manchin questions on a variety of current policy issues. Senator Manchin has used Skype to talk with students or virtually attend events throughout West Virginia about 70 times since taking office. The videoconferencing website has served as an … Continue Reading


December 03, 2015

Manchin Applauds Passage of Long-Term Highway Bill and Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the passage of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, legislation that provides $305 billion over the next five years to improve the nation's transportation infrastructure. The legislation reforms and strengthens transportation programs, provides certainty and more flexibility for states, streamlines project approval processes and enhances transportation safety. Under the FAST Act, West Virginia will receive … Continue Reading


December 03, 2015

Manchin Opposes Legislation that would Strip Health Care from More Than 200,000 West Virginians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted against the reconciliation legislation that would repeal significant provisions of the Affordable Care Act. "I have always said that this law is not perfect but we need to repair, not repeal it. It's reckless to repeal a law when, before it, we spent more than any other country on health care but still ranked only 43rd in the world in health and wellness. In 2015 alone, more than 29,000 West Virginians enrolled in health insurance … Continue Reading


December 03, 2015

Senator Manchin Re-Introduces Commonsense Background Checks Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today re-introduced the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act to prevent convicted criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from purchasing guns, while not infringing on law-abiding gun owners' Second Amendment rights. This commonsense legislation expands existing background checks to gun shows and online sales - a loophole easily exploited by criminals and the mentally insane who have inflicted … Continue Reading


December 03, 2015

Manchin Statement on Conviction of Don Blankenship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement after a jury convicted former Massey Energy chief executive Don Blankenship on criminal charges of conspiracy to break safety regulations, but not guilty of the two securities charges at the Upper Big Branch mine: "After a long and exhaustive trial, I am pleased the jury's decision today has brought some measure of justice to one of the most tragic mining disasters in recent history. With this verdict, the … Continue Reading


December 01, 2015

Manchin Applauds House Passage of Resolutions to Overturn President's Clean Power Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the House passage of his resolution to roll back the onerous Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for new coal-fired power plants. The House also voted to pass a separate resolution introduced by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) - and cosponsored by Senator Manchin - to prevent the Administration from moving forward with its proposed anti-coal regulations for existing coal-fired power … Continue Reading


December 01, 2015

Manchin Secures Temporary VA Clinic in Greenbrier County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that a temporary VA health clinic will open in Greenbrier County by the end of this month, according to an email notification from the Beckley VA Medical Center. The clinic will be located at the Rhema Christian Center in Lewisburg and will serve thousands of southern West Virginia Veterans until a permanent replacement clinic is established. "In September, Secretary McDonald and I traveled to southern West Virginia to meet … Continue Reading


December 01, 2015

Manchin, Kirk and Rubio Lead Bipartisan Resolution to Reinforce Iran Sanctions by State and Local Governments

Washington, D.C. - As international inspectors prepare to release what's likely to be a controversial "final assessment" of Iran's nuclear weapons efforts, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced a bipartisan measure, S.Con.Res. 26, to reaffirm congressional support for continued sanctions by state and local governments in the United States against Iran's sponsorship of terrorism, human rights violations, and other illicit … Continue Reading


November 25, 2015

Manchin Wishes West Virginians a Happy Thanksgiving

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement wishing West Virginians a happy Thanksgiving: "I have always said that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. This is a lesson that I learned from my parents at a young age, and it has stuck with me throughout my life. It is a message I have proudly passed along to my own children and grandchildren. Starting at Thanksgiving and throughout this holiday season, I encourage all West … Continue Reading


November 24, 2015

Manchin Announces Service Academy Nominations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that he will nominate 40 West Virginia students from 20 counties to the U.S. service academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. "It is such an honor to recommend 40 of West Virginia's brightest young men and women to the U.S. service academies," Senator Manchin said. "All of … Continue Reading


November 24, 2015

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Shop Small this Saturday

Washington, D.C. ? U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged West Virginians to shop at West Virginia small businesses this Saturday, November 28th in celebration of the sixth annual Small Business Saturday. "We all know that small businesses are the engine of our economy, providing the goods and services we depend on every day," Senator Manchin said. "From our family-owned restaurants and coffee shops, to the local convenience stores, West Virginia's more than 120,000 small … Continue Reading


November 19, 2015

Manchin Seeks Vote on International Climate Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), introduced a bipartisan resolution today expressing the Sense of the Senate that any agreement reached at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties pursuant to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held this December be put for a vote before the U.S. Senate. "The U.S. Senate must be able to exercise its constitutional role to approve any agreement … Continue Reading


November 19, 2015

Manchin, Kirk Target Government Waste and Inefficiency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) this week introduced the Government Transformation Act, a bill which creates an independent commission to target government waste and inefficiency. The bill would also provide actionable recommendations to Congress in order to enhance government effectiveness, efficiency and credibility in government programs. "The first step to getting our financial house in order is reducing government waste and inefficiency," Senator … Continue Reading


November 19, 2015

Manchin Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Sportsmen's Act of 2015

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee, today applauded the bipartisan passage of the Sportsmen's Act of 2015. The legislation will enhance hunting, fishing and recreational shooting opportunities by increasing access to federal lands. It also includes the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bill passed the ENR Committee by … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Manchin Urges Funding for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) recently sent a bipartisan letter to Senate appropriators to request that any final appropriations package include necessary resources for critical substance abuse prevention and treatment services. The Senator is seeking funding at the highest possible level for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) - programs located within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Manchin Sends West Virginia Priorities to Highway Bill Negotiators

Washington, D.C. - As House and Senate negotiators go to conference to work out a long-term transportation bill, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is urging the committee to include provisions in the final bill that are important for West Virginia. "West Virginia has 38,000 miles of public roads, many of which are in poor condition and in need of repair," Senator Manchin said. "We are in serious need of a federal, long-term funding bill that goes beyond the status quo to address our state's and … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Manchin Urges Conferees to Shorten Multi-Year Highway Bill and Maximize Investments on Crumbling Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to House-Senate conferees negotiating a final Highway and Transportation Bill compromise, urging them to focus on our nation's crumbling infrastructure by shortening the authorization period for the bill and using the savings to maximize annual investment levels for all surface transportation programs. The Senators wrote in part: "Over the past 20 years, total federal, state, and local investment in transportation has … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce USDA Funding to Support West Virginia State University

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $1,798,667 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Funding will support research, teaching and extension activities at West Virginia State University, which is an 1890 historically black land-grant university. "West Virginia State University continues to lead West Virginia and our nation by providing opportunities through … Continue Reading


November 17, 2015

Manchin Applauds Passage of Resolutions to Eliminate Unreasonable EPA Regulations for Coal-Fired Plants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Senate's passage of two resolutions to roll back the onerous Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for new and existing coal-fired power plants. The Senate voted to pass a resolution introduced by Senator Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to stop the Administration from imposing its anti-coal regulations for new coal-fired power plants. The Senate also voted to pass a separate resolution … Continue Reading


November 17, 2015

Manchin Applauds CAMC for Receiving Nation's Highest Health Care Award

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded Charleston Area Medical Center Health System (CAMC) on being named as one of four recipients of the 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence. CAMC is being recognized for its outstanding commitment to sustainable excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership in the health care category. The 2015 Baldrige Award will be presented at an … Continue Reading

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