Press Releases

November 16, 2015

In Wake of Paris Attacks, Manchin Calls for Increased Efforts to Keep the U.S. Safe

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to President Obama, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) are calling for increased efforts to ensure that no refugee related to the Syrian crisis is allowed into the United States unless the U.S. government can guarantee, with 100 percent assurance, that the refugee is not involved with ISIS. In the letter, the Senators request that the Administration outline the challenges it faces for checking the background of Syrian refugees and … Continue Reading

November 12, 2015

Manchin Pays Tribute to Ritchie County Veterans on Appreciation Tour to Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), in a Congressional Record Statement, proudly recognized 20 Veterans from Ritchie County, West Virginia who traveled to the nation's capital today to visit the memorials that were built in their honor. The Veteran Appreciation Tour included wreath-laying ceremonies at the Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the World War II Memorial. They also toured the Arlington National Cemetery and had private time for a wreath-laying ceremony at … Continue Reading

November 12, 2015

Manchin, Cornyn Introduce Bill Honoring Elite Group of Vietnam Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced legislation to award an elite group of Vietnam veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal. The 'Dust Off' crews, as they were known by their radio call sign, flew unarmed air ambulances into hostile areas to rescue the wounded, providing critical medical treatment as they evacuated troops out of harm's way to waiting medical facilities during the Vietnam War. Sens. Cornyn and Manchin's bill would award members of … Continue Reading

November 11, 2015

Manchin: Honor Our Veterans Every Day

Washington, D.C. - In honor of Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged West Virginians to recognize the sacrifices and contributions and thank our nation's Veterans not just on Veterans Day, but every day. "The sacrifices and patriotism of our Veterans who have served this country know no bounds," Senator Manchin said. "No matter the war, no matter the rank, no matter the duty, every one of our heroic Veterans has answered America's call. It doesn't seem right that we … Continue Reading

November 11, 2015

Senators Manchin, Blunt Introduce Bipartisan Hire Vets Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Roy Blunt (MO) today introduced the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) Veterans Act, legislation creating an annual, tiered recognition program to award employers based on their contributions to veteran employment. The HIRE Vets Act would establish a program within the Department of Labor that annually recognizes qualified employers for meeting certain criteria designed to encourage veteran friendly businesses, including: … Continue Reading

November 10, 2015

Manchin Votes to Pass Appropriations Bill That Provides Additional Funding for Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted to pass the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon/VA) Appropriations Act, legislation that funds critical Veterans' benefits and programs. Senator Manchin voted for this Mil-Con VA appropriations bill only after it was updated to reflect the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. The updated language provides more than $2 billion in additional funding for the nation's Veterans. "We made a sacred commitment to our … Continue Reading

November 10, 2015

Manchin, Group of Senators Applaud CDC for New Prescribing Guidelines

Washington, D.C. - As the prescription drug abuse epidemic continues to have devastating effects on individuals, families and communities across America, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ed Markey (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Angus King (I-ME) sent a letter to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden, applauding the agency's newly released Draft Guidelines … Continue Reading

November 10, 2015

Manchin Refutes Basis of Clean Power Plan in Letter to EPA Administrator

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy criticizing the EPA for establishing the Clean Power Plan standards for new coal-fired power plants that are based on a presently failing Canadian carbon, capture and sequestration (CCS) project. In the letter, Senator Manchin points out that the EPA's New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new coal-fired plants in the United States are based … Continue Reading

November 10, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce Assistance for Beckley-Area Veterans Struggling With Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $22,593 in funding for the Housing Authority of Raleigh County to provide housing assistance for homeless Veterans. "The men and women who have courageously defended our country deserve the best care and benefits, and even one Veteran sleeping on the street is one too many," Senator Manchin said. "I am pleased that Raleigh County will receive funds to assist those who are struggling with … Continue Reading

November 06, 2015

Manchin Statement on President's Decision to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline Proposal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. "In my opinion, this decision was based purely on political desires and not policy facts. The facts are that multiple State Department studies have all concluded that the pipeline will have no significant impact on our environment, and this project would have created over 20,000 direct jobs. The President and this Administration … Continue Reading

November 04, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Boost Jobs and Urban Development in Beckley and Vienna

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $367,411 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program. The purpose of the CDBG program is to develop communities by providing the means necessary to establish practical housing and living environments, while also promoting greater job growth and other opportunities. "Investments that improve our … Continue Reading

November 03, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $12 Million in Funding from U.S. Department of Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced loans and grants for five projects in West Virginia to develop water and wastewater infrastructure. The funds have been awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and will provide rural communities with the resources necessary to improve or repair their water and wastewater systems. USDA has awarded $12,246,000 to four West Virginia communities for projects in the Water and … Continue Reading

November 03, 2015

Manchin Votes to Block Overreaching WOTUS Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted to advance a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule. "The EPA wrote and finalized this rule without consulting some of the people who care about clean water the most: everyday West Virginians and Americans," Senator Manchin said. "This overreaching rule would impose a heavy financial burden on all of us and would lead interruptions on myriad of economic … Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Manchin Statement on the Budget Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the budget deal: "I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans were able to come together, negotiate, and arrive at a budget deal that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. While this agreement is far from perfect, it is a first step toward getting Congress back on track. At a minimum, this bipartisan compromise gets us out of the cycle of legislating from crisis to crisis and allows us to focus … Continue Reading

October 29, 2015

Senators Introduce Bill to Withhold Bonuses From Tax Cheats

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Thune (R-SD), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) yesterday introduced the No Bonuses for Tax Cheats Act which withholds bonuses from federal employees who are delinquent on their taxes or have engaged in documented misconduct. "The fact that millions of dollars in bonuses have been given to IRS employees who haven't been paying their taxes is alarming and completely unacceptable," Senator Manchin said. "No … Continue Reading

October 29, 2015

Manchin Congratulates Paul Ryan on Becoming Speaker of the House

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement congratulating Congressman Paul Ryan on becoming Speaker of the House of Representatives. "I congratulate Paul Ryan as he becomes the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. Paul is a principled leader, and I believe in his ability to govern reasonably and responsibly. My hope is that, in this new role, he will bring people together from all sides to find commonsense solutions to the challenges we … Continue Reading

October 28, 2015

Manchin Applauds Confirmation of West Virginia Native Sarah Feinberg as Railroad Administrator

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Senate's confirmation of West Virginia native Sarah Feinberg to be the permanent Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Feinberg has been serving as the Acting Administrator of the FRA since January 9, 2015. In that role, Feinberg has led the FRA through a challenging year that has included multiple high profile accidents, including the February 16th train derailment outside Mount Carbon, West … Continue Reading

October 27, 2015

West Virginia Congressional Delegation Urges Continued Support for Summit Point Training Facility

Washington D.C. - Today, members of West Virginia's congressional delegation and their staff met with Assistant Secretary Gregory Starr from the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security to discuss the Summit Point Training Facility in Jefferson County, West Virginia. The Summit Point Training Facility does vital work ensuring the safety of our diplomats, embassy staff and their families. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Armed Services Committee, has written several … Continue Reading

October 27, 2015

Manchin, McConnell Introduce Measure to Overturn EPA's Regulation on New Coal-Fired Plants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today introduced a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to stop the Administration from imposing its anti-coal regulation on new coal-fired plants. "I have vowed to do everything I can to fight to protect the people and the communities of West Virginia, which have been absolutely devastated by this Administration's overreaching rules on the coal industry," Senator … Continue Reading

October 27, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1 Million to Support Family Health Care Services

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $1,191,631 in funding to the West Virginia Office of Maternal and Child Health Services (OMCHS) to support various programs with the goal of building better health care infrastructure in West Virginia. OMCHS programs specialize in serving the needs of women, infants, children, families, and children with special health care needs. "In West Virginia, the health and well-being of our families and … Continue Reading

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