Press Releases

March 10, 2016

Manchin and Capito Congratulate West Virginia’s U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) met with Arka Gupta of Charleston and Adrien Inman of Martinsburg this week during their visit to Washington as part of the United States Senate Youth Program's (USSYP) 54th annual Washington Week. Gupta and Inman were recently selected as West Virginia's USSYP student delegates for 2016. "It was a privilege to meet with this year's student delegates from West Virginia, Arka and Adrien," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading

March 10, 2016

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage Of Comprehensive Opioid Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauds the Senate passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA), bipartisan legislation that will combat the opioid epidemic nationwide, but believes more needs to be done. "The Senate's passage of CARA is a good first step in our fight to end the opioid epidemic, but more needs to be done," Senator Manchin said. "I am glad that my consumer education amendment to ensure that advocacy groups have access to funds they … Continue Reading

March 09, 2016

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $6 Million in Funding for Housing Programs Across State

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that housing facilities across West Virginia will receive a total of $5,938,355 under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program for projects with the goal of ending homelessness. "In West Virginia, we have a strong tradition of neighbors helping neighbors and we know the importance of helping those who have fallen on hard times," Senator … Continue Reading

March 03, 2016

Manchin Applauds Senate Passage of His Consumer Education Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Senate passage of his consumer education amendment to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA). His amendment will strengthen the bill by helping those on the frontlines of this terrible epidemic provide their communities with the information they need to help stop the spread of opioid addiction and help people seek treatment. "There is simply too little understanding about the dangers of these drugs. Too many … Continue Reading

March 03, 2016

Manchin Stands Up for West Virginia at Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the Administration's insensitivity to the damage it has done to West Virginia's economy and to West Virginians' livelihoods. He pointed out that between July 2014 and July 2015, West Virginia lost 19,000 jobs. "Based on the projections, the United States still needs West Virginia to do the heavy lifting and to produce the energy the country needs and has always counted on from … Continue Reading

March 02, 2016

Manchin Delivers Opening Remarks on Coal Ash Recycling Legislation at the Environment and Public Works Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered opening remarks at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing today on the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act. Senators Manchin and John Hoeven (R-ND) introduced this legislation in January to continue their efforts to find a common sense approach to ensuring safe disposal of coal ash while also preserving the economic opportunities and benefits associated with re-use of coal ash. This measure will … Continue Reading

March 01, 2016

Manchin Introduces Five Amendments to Improve Comprehensive Opioid Legislation

Washington D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced five amendments to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA), bipartisan legislation to address the opioid epidemic nationwide. His amendments improve this legislation by raising funding for substance abuse treatment, changing the culture at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), requiring the FDA to seek advice of its advisory committee before approving any new opioid medication, making prescriber education … Continue Reading

March 01, 2016

Manchin Introduces UMWA President to Testify Before Senate Finance Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced Mr. Cecil Roberts, the President of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), to the Senate Finance Committee today. He testified to the importance of the Miners Protection Act, legislation to ensure the federal government and coal operators honor their obligation of lifetime pensions and health benefits to retired miners and their families who are facing uncertainty as a result of the financial crisis and corporate … Continue Reading

March 01, 2016

Manchin Speaks at FDA Public Meeting on Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke at a public meeting held by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Science Board today. He discussed the FDA's past actions, which have not considered the public health impact or assessed the realities of the deadly opioid epidemic when approving dangerous opioid medications. "The FDA serves a critical role as the agency that oversees the approval of these addictive drugs, but time and time again has failed to consider public health … Continue Reading

February 24, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce $800K for WVU Scientific Research and Education Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $800,000 to West Virginia University from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research and education programs in the environmental engineering and health chemistry fields. These grants will allow the University to continue making advancements in science and engineering and developing the knowledge and cutting edge technologies necessary to grow the state's economy and … Continue Reading

February 24, 2016

Manchin Disappointed in Senate Confirmation of Dr. Califf as FDA Commissioner

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today expressed his disappointment in the Senate's confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf to be the next Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. "The fight I led against Dr. Califf was not personal. It was a fight to change the culture of the FDA starting from the top," Senator Manchin said. "I still believe that we must act now to change the culture at the FDA if we have any hope of stopping the prescription drug abuse epidemic that is … Continue Reading

February 23, 2016

Manchin Statement on President's Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on President Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay facility. "After leading a bipartisan fact-finding mission to Guantanamo Bay in 2014, I came to the belief that the detention facility there should be shut down because it does nothing to make our country safer and costs us millions in tax dollars. In 2015, American taxpayers spent $445 million to operate the facility, which now houses 91 detainees. … Continue Reading

February 23, 2016

Manchin, Capito Urge Circuit Court to Block EPA Attempt to Transform the Nation’s Electricity Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) filed an amicus brief today in the case of State of West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. The effort led by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate EPW Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) garnered support from 34 Senators and 171 … Continue Reading

February 22, 2016

Manchin, Markey Discuss Opposition to FDA Nominee Dr. Robert Califf

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) held a press conference today to discuss their opposition to Dr. Robert Califf to become the next Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Senators were joined by leading law enforcement officers and medical and public health leaders in calling for reforms at the FDA to respond to the prescription drug and heroin crisis, including West Virginians Rodney Miller, Executive Director West Virginia … Continue Reading

February 18, 2016

Manchin Announces Job and Resource Fairs Throughout West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that he will cohost job and resource fairs throughout the state. Senator Manchin is partnering with Volunteer West Virginia, Wheeling Jesuit University, High Technology Foundation, WorkForce West Virginia, Logan, Marion, Morgantown and Harrison Chambers of Commerce, American Public University, Pierpont Community and Technical College, Fairmont State University, and West Virginia University, the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial … Continue Reading

February 15, 2016

Manchin Statement on Senate's Constitutional Obligation to Vote on Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the Senate's constitutional obligation to vote on a Supreme Court nominee. "I believe that the President should nominate and the Senate should follow its constitutional obligation and advise and consent on the nomination. We have a responsibility to the American people to fulfill our duties. I will evaluate any nominee before the Senate based on their qualifications and judicial philosophy. I would hope that … Continue Reading

February 11, 2016

Manchin Bill Demands FDA Address Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Changing the Culture of the FDA Act, a bill to expand the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) mission statement to require that the agency address the nation's opioid epidemic. Senator Manchin believes that the FDA plays a critical role in the growing opioid epidemic since the agency oversees the approval of dangerously addictive drugs. However, to date, the agency has failed to consider the devastating public health … Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

Manchin, Capito Congratulate West Virginia's Top Youth Volunteers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today congratulated Sofia Salon, 16, of Daniels and Arin Dorsey, 13, of Fayetteville, on being selected as West Virginia's state honorees and the top two youth volunteers in the 21st annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The nationwide program honors middle school and high school students for their exceptional service at the local, state and national levels. "I have always said that West Virginians are … Continue Reading

February 09, 2016

Manchin Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Block EPA Clean Power Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement after the Supreme Court ruled it would block the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) carbon rules for power plants while the courts consider a legal challenge from states and industry groups. "Today's Supreme Court ruling sends a strong signal to the EPA that it must stop ignoring the damage its regulations are causing to our energy sector, our economy and our way of life in West Virginia. I have made it clear that … Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Manchin Appreciates but Not Impressed by the FDA Decision to Slightly Improve Response to Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today was encouraged by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to slightly improve the agency's response to the opioid epidemic; however, he continues to believe that sweeping changes are necessary. The FDA changes include convening an advisory committee for opioids without abuse-deterrent properties and for pediatric indications, considering the public health impact when approving highly addictive and dangerous opioid medications … Continue Reading

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