Press Releases

September 11, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $2 Million in Funding to Combat Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced a total of $2,169,679 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that will improve West Virginia's ability to combat crime, specifically sexual assault. The West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services (FRIS) will receive $998,879 from the DOJ Office on Violence Against Women. The West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services will receive $1,170,800 from … Continue Reading


September 11, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Entrepreneurship and Education Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that three West Virginia organizations, the Consortium for Entrepreneurial Education in Charleston, the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation in Fairmont, and the Jobs for West Virginia's Graduates program in Cabell, Wayne and Wyoming Counties, will receive $100,000, $125,000 and $130,000 respectively from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for programs fostering … Continue Reading


September 11, 2015

Manchin Statement on 14th Anniversary of September 11

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the fourteenth anniversary of September 11th. "Fourteen years later, the memories of 9/11 are still very real for us as a nation. Each and every one of us can remember exactly where we were when we first learned that our country was under attack. It was a day when all Americans shared a terrible tragedy. But that day, even as we experienced the grief of great loss and the shock of vulnerability, our … Continue Reading


September 10, 2015

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Beckley Native, Tuskegee Airman John M. Watson Jr.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today issued a statement on the passing of Sergeant John M. Watson, Jr., a Beckley native and World War II veteran who served as an Aircraft Crew Chief for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African American pilots in American armed forces history to fly and maintain combat aircraft. "Gayle and I are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Sergeant John Watson, a true American hero and an emblem of patriotism and courage. As a Tuskegee Airman, … Continue Reading


September 09, 2015

Manchin, Kaine, Warner Call for Investigation into FDA Decision on Oxycontin

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today sent a letter to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) calling for an investigation into the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to approve OxyContin for use by children as young as 11-years-old and an examination of the rise in the opioid misuse, abuse and consequent overdose deaths. "The … Continue Reading


September 09, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Combat Youth Substance Abuse in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that three West Virginia community coalitions, Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Morgan County Partnership and the Strong Through Our Plan (STOP) Coalition, will each receive $125,000 annually for the next five years from the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program to reduce youth substance use. "Every day, 2,500 young Americans abuse a prescription pain reliever for … Continue Reading


September 08, 2015

Manchin Announces He Will Vote Against Iran Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement announcing his final decision to vote against the Iran nuclear deal. "When this process began, I was supportive of the diplomatic efforts led by Secretaries Kerry and Moniz. I have always believed that to truly be a super power, you must engage in super diplomacy. Whenever I am able, I will choose diplomacy over war because the stakes are so high for West Virginia, which has one of the highest rates of … Continue Reading


September 04, 2015

Manchin Statement on Labor Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement in honor of Labor Day. "This Labor Day we honor the strong and steadfast men and women who have tirelessly fought to make America the best country in the world and who continue to keep our state and nation running. In West Virginia, the dedication and work ethic of our workers is second to none. They have always set the bar for productivity, quality and innovation. They work hard every day, take care of their … Continue Reading


September 04, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $918,000 for Necessary Safety Improvements at WV Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced today that seven volunteer fire departments in West Virginia will receive a total of $918,751 under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to purchase training and protective gear and equipment for wellness and fitness, as well as to make health and safety improvements to stations and facilities. "Our first responders in … Continue Reading


September 03, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $782,000 for Pipeline and Crude-By-Rail Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced West Virginia will receive $782,849 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) to improve West Virginia's response to hazardous materials transportation incidents and better protect communities and families. West Virginia will receive $198,828 through the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grants (HMEP) program, … Continue Reading


September 01, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Expand Drug Court Services in Huntington

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $141,237 for the City of Huntington's Women's Empowerment and Addiction Recovery (WEAR) Program, a specialized program within the current drug court that will address the needs of women in the sex trade who are battling drug addiction and mental health issues. In addition to undergoing the standard drug court model, participants will receive mental and physical health care counseling and … Continue Reading


September 01, 2015

Manchin Statement on the Decision to Relocate WVU Tech

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the decision to relocate West Virginia University Institute of Technology. "I am deeply saddened by the news of the closing of this historic educational institution in Montgomery. However, after talking to President Gee, I am optimistic that proper replacement options for the current students of WVU Tech will be made available quickly and that viable opportunities will be available for the city of … Continue Reading


August 31, 2015

West Virginia University Libraries Selected to Receive Sparks! Ignition Grant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded West Virginia University (WVU) Libraries with a Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries to address challenges faced by the student veteran community. "Student veterans face unique challenges when pursuing a degree in higher education, and we have a responsibility to them to make sure they have the tools and resources they … Continue Reading


August 28, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $850,000 to Boost Fire Prevention and Safety Operations in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced today that the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department, Hooverston Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Cora Volunteer Fire Department and Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department will receive funding to enhance fire prevention and safety operations through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Programs. "My experience working with the volunteer rescue squad … Continue Reading


August 27, 2015

Manchin Encourages West Virginia Students to Apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program and Scholarship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginia high school juniors and seniors interested in government and public service to apply for the 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two applicants will be selected by the West Virginia Department of Education to attend the week-long government educational program held in Washington, D.C. on March 5-12, 2016. In addition, the delegates will each receive a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship to the … Continue Reading


August 25, 2015

Manchin Announces $200,000 for Williamson Health and Wellness Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that the Williamson Health and Wellness Center will receive $200,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program to enhance physical and psychosocial (psychological and social) health care services for individuals living with diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive … Continue Reading


August 21, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Investment to Boost Economy and Create Jobs in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide $70,000 to the Region 4 Planning and Development Council to invest in job creation and economic development in the region. The Region 4 Planning and Development Council consists of Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster Counties. "It is critical that our public and private sectors work together to help boost our … Continue Reading


August 21, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Three West Virginia Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced today that the Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department, Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department and South Berkeley Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad will receive funding to enhance fire prevention and safety operations through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Programs. "Our committed firefighters, who wake up each morning and leave their families at home, … Continue Reading


August 19, 2015

Manchin Urges West Virginians to Read Iran Nuclear Deal on His Website

Washington, D.C. - As he carefully considers the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginians to visit his website to read the full text of the Iran nuclear deal for themselves. Since the deal was announced on July 14th, Senator Manchin has been actively engaged with West Virginians, top U.S. officials, U.S. military leaders, world diplomats and foreign policy experts to hear their thoughts and concerns. "Right now, I am hearing from experts on both sides … Continue Reading


August 18, 2015

Manchin Statement on EPA Proposed Methane Emissions Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed methane emissions regulations for oil and natural-gas drilling. "More overreach from the EPA is the last thing we need right now," Senator Manchin said. "This Administration has already taken an ax to our coal jobs, and now it is targeting our thriving natural gas industry, which has already made significant progress in reducing methane … Continue Reading

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