Press Releases

October 27, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce More than $9 Million in Economic Development Grants

EDA and ARC funding will support programs throughout West Virginia and in hard-hit coal communities WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced several grants through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) totaling $9,335,158. This funding aims to grow West Virginia's economy and will support a variety of projects and programs in Cabell, Kanawha, Marion, Mercer, Mingo, Monongalia, … Continue Reading


October 27, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Investments to Boost Economy and Create Jobs in Bluefield

Bluefield will benefit from more than $2 million EDA investment Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that Bluefield will receive $2,040,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to invest in development of an industrial incubator to serve start-up businesses in Bluefield. This region has been hit particularly hard by the decline in coal production, and this investment will help to strengthen the regional economy. The … Continue Reading


October 26, 2016

Manchin Pleased Secretary Carter Halted National Guard Clawbacks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter decision to halt the National Guard bonus clawbacks. The Pentagon was trying to take back $20 million in bonuses that were given to thousands of National Guard service members and veterans when they enlisted. "Since the beginning of this great nation, the National Guard played a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of Americans. As a member of the Senate … Continue Reading


October 25, 2016

Manchin Announces Launch of Statewide Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative

Mallinckrodt is donating 55,000 drug deactivation pouches to the state - 1,000 to every county Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined elected officials and community leaders at Winfield Middle School, during National Red Ribbon Week to unveil a statewide drug prevention initiative. Mallinckrodt has pledged to donate 55,000 drug deactivation pouches to the state to ensure proper disposal of unused or outdated prescription medications. Each of the 55 counties will … Continue Reading


October 24, 2016

Manchin, Capito Announce $1.7 Million in FEMA Funding for Flood Recovery Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $1,710,060 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia. The $1.7 million grant will be used by the Nicholas County School District for emergency protective measures to secure temporary facilities destroyed or damaged as a result of the historic flooding in West Virginia on June … Continue Reading


October 19, 2016

Manchin, Capito Announce $2.6 Million in FEMA Funding for Flood Recovery Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $2,683,773 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia. The $2.6 million grant will be used by the Nicholas County School District for emergency protective measures to secure temporary facilities destroyed or damaged as a result of the historic flooding in West Virginia on June … Continue Reading


October 13, 2016

Monongalia County Receives High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Designation

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Representative David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) applauded the designation of Monongalia County, West Virginia as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Monongalia is one of 18 counties nationwide that was announced by Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli. The HIDTA designation will enable Monongalia County to receive federal resources to further the coordination and … Continue Reading


October 11, 2016

Manchin Welcomes Chairman Wheeler to West Virginia

Manchin hosted Chairman Wheeler at locations throughout West Virginia to meet with key stakeholders from West Virginia's communication technology sector Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler in West Virginia to meet with key stakeholders from West Virginia's communication technology sector. Senator Manchin and Chairman Wheeler hosted an Innovation and Broadband Connectivity Roundtable, visited Union … Continue Reading


October 07, 2016

Manchin and Capito Statement on Patriot Voluntary Employee Beneficial Association Letter

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued this joint statement about a Patriot Voluntary Employee Beneficial Association (Patriot VEBA) letter notifying beneficiaries it will run out of money on December 31, 2016. The letter was sent to approximately 12,500 coal mine retirees and their dependents, including 5,000 West Virginians, on October 5, 2016: "It's no secret that America's coal communities are suffering, and this letter is just the … Continue Reading


October 06, 2016

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $200K for Rural Business Development in West Virginia

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $191,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development program. Four organizations in Barbour, Hardy and Monroe counties will use this funding for individual business development projects. "These investments in our rural communities will provide much needed resources to West Virginia small businesses," Senator Manchin said. "Helping local businesses to expand is a … Continue Reading


October 06, 2016

Delegation Urges HUD to Allocate Funding to West Virginia Flood Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), along with Representatives David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) and Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), sent a letter to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro in support of disaster recovery funding for West Virginia from the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG) program included in the recently passed Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, … Continue Reading


October 06, 2016

Manchin Applauds DEA Decision to Lower Opioid Quotas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) along with Senators Amy Klobuchar, Dick Durbin (I-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Angus King (I-ME) today commended the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) decision to lower opioid quotas. Earlier this year, Manchin and the other Senators sent a letter urging DEA Acting Administrator Rosenberg to use the agency's quota-setting authority to limit the quantity of opioid pills on the market. The DEA announced this week … Continue Reading


October 05, 2016

Manchin and Capito Applaud New Mine Rescue and Emergency Preparedness Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) welcomed a $171,805 award for West Virginia University (WVU) from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration. The funding will support mine rescue and mine emergency preparedness efforts. WVU is one of six organizations receiving funding through the Brookwood-Sago Grant Program, which promotes mine safety, while honoring the West Virginia miners lost in the 2006 Sago Mine … Continue Reading


October 05, 2016

Manchin Participates in Environment and Public Works Subcommittee Field Hearing in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) made a statement at the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee's Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee in Logan. He focused on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) harmful regulations and how they've affected West Virginia's economy. Senator Manchin also stressed the importance of passing the Miner's Protection Act as soon as possible in order to secure health care and retirement security for thousands of West … Continue Reading


October 04, 2016

Manchin Announces Funding to Improve Transportation Safety in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced $317,804 from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Hazardous Materials Emergency Grant Program (HMEP). This funding will go towards developing or revising emergency plans and training activities to account for bulk transportation of energy products by rail and over the road; Conducting commodity flow studies to determine the frequency and quantity of hazardous … Continue Reading


October 04, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that several local governments in West Virginia will receive grants totaling $418,473 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The State Side of the LWCF provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. "As a lifelong, avid sportsman, I'm thrilled that more than $400,000 in funding … Continue Reading


October 03, 2016

Manchin Announces FCC Chairman Wheeler Visit To West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will travel to West Virginia on October 11. "I am pleased that Chairman Wheeler has accepted my invitation to come see firsthand the real communication challenges facing West Virginia and our neighbors across rural America," said Senator Manchin. "I am pleased that Chairman Wheeler has answered my call to move forward with the second phase of the Mobility Fund, … Continue Reading


October 03, 2016

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Local Police Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced more than $560,000 in federal grants for West Virginia from the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. These grants will aid police departments in Cameron, Parkersburg, and Roane and Summers Counties. "Our law enforcement officers throughout West Virginia go above and beyond to protect our communities," Senator Manchin said. "These COPS … Continue Reading


October 03, 2016

Manchin Announces $300k For Disability Housing Program

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living will receive a $300,000 Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living is an advocacy resource center for people with disabilities and the communities in which they live. "In West Virginia, we have a long standing tradition of neighbors helping … Continue Reading


October 03, 2016

Manchin Attends Seminar To Help West Virginia Businesses Get Online

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered remarks at a seminar in Wheeling, hosted by Google and the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation (DRWVF). The seminar is part of Google's Let's Put Our Cities on the Map program, which focuses on helping small businesses use online tools to expand their business. Let's Put Our Cities on the Map is a program that empowers communities to support their local businesses and encourage them to get online where the majority of people … Continue Reading

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