Press Releases

October 20, 2015

Manchin Applauds Navy Decision to Name Ship After West Virginia Veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient Woody Williams

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the U.S. Navy's decision to name a Navy ship after West Virginia World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel "Woody" Williams. The decision comes after Senator Manchin sent a letter to U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recommending that a Navy ship be named after Woody Williams for his outstanding sacrifice and dedication to the nation. "I am thrilled the U.S. Navy will name a Navy ship after World War II Medal of … Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

Manchin and Capito Statement on Site Selection for Charleston VA Clinic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) welcomed today's announcement about the site selection for the relocation of the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Charleston, West Virginia. According to the VA, the new location for the Charleston clinic will be on Route 119 South at 700 Technology Drive in South Charleston and is expected to open in the summer of 2016. The current clinic will remain operational until the new clinic is open. "Our … Continue Reading


October 07, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce $3 Million in ARC Grants for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that four West Virginia projects will receive a total of $3 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for infrastructure, health and economic development improvements. The Logan County Public Service District's Phase III-B1 Wastewater project will receive $1,500,000; the Town of Union's Water System Improvements project will receive $1,000,000; the West Virginia Development … Continue Reading


October 06, 2015

Manchin, Capito Applaud Funding to Help West Virginia Workers Affected by Coal Mining Layoffs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today applauded the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announcement that a supplemental National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG), worth up to $7.6 million, is being awarded to WorkForce West Virginia to help West Virginia workers affected by coal mining industry layoffs rejoin the workforce. The grant's initial release of $3.2 million will assist about 900 participants enrolled in the grant project, and an … Continue Reading


October 06, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce $800,000 for Revitalization Project in Southern West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $800,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families to the Coalfield Development Corporation in southern West Virginia. The funding will be used to enhance job creation and business development through Reclaim Appalachia, a project to deconstruct older buildings with no further economic life and either repurpose or donate the … Continue Reading


October 06, 2015

Manchin Calls for Passage of Lautenberg Act to Protect West Virginia Families From Dangerous Chemicals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor calling on the chamber to pass the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from toxic chemicals by updating the country's outdated chemical regulatory program. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is the result of a bipartisan agreement that Senator Manchin helped negotiate after nearly two years of … Continue Reading


October 03, 2015

Manchin Statement on the Passing of West Virginian in Afghanistan Plane Crash

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the passing of Staff Sergeant Ryan Hammond, the Marshall County native who died in the Thursday crash of a U.S. Air Force C-130 in Afghanistan. "Gayle and I join all West Virginians in praying for Ryan Hammond's family and friends in the wake of this awful tragedy. West Virginia and the United States lost a brave airman whose dedicated and courageous service to this country will never be forgotten. Our … Continue Reading


October 02, 2015

Manchin Calls for Commerce Committee Hearing on Wireless Coverage Gaps in Rural America

Washington, D.C. - As significant broadband coverage gaps still exist in West Virginia and across rural America, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation & the Internet Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Ranking Member Brian Schatz (D-HI) requesting a hearing to address the state of advanced wireless service in America today. "As Senators who represent rural and remote states, you know how important access to … Continue Reading


October 02, 2015

Manchin, Murphy, Udall, Lee Call for an End to the Failed Syria Train and Equip Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter, U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry and Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan urging them to end the Syria Train and Equip Program - an unsuccessful effort to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters - which has endangered Americans and further escalated conflict in the region. The Senators … Continue Reading


October 01, 2015

Manchin Condemns EPA Ozone Rule That Will Hurt Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today strongly criticized the ground-level ozone rule released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The rule, which lowers the ground level ozone standard from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts per billion, would increase energy prices, curb job growth and hinder economic opportunities by setting the standard at an unrealistically low level. "I've always said we need to strike a balance between the environment and the economy. … Continue Reading


October 01, 2015

Manchin Votes Against Bill That Shorts Funding for Veterans

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today voted against the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations bill that underfunds veterans' benefits and programs. The bill is $1.2 billion below the President's request and shortchanges veterans programs by $857 million. "We made a sacred commitment to our veterans when we sent them to war that we would do whatever it takes it take care of them when they returned," Senator Manchin said. "This bill does … Continue Reading


October 01, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Combat Drug Abuse in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced a total of $620,005 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to support continued efforts to combat drug abuse in West Virginia. The City of Huntington will receive $220,005 in funding to support the enhancement of drug court services. Specifically, the grant award will help establish new capabilities in underserved communities, enhance training programs for drug court experts, and … Continue Reading


September 30, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding for Pipeline Safety Research at West Virginia University

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $100,000 in funding for West Virginia University to research new ideas and technologies that will improve the safety of the nation's energy transportation pipelines. The funding is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP). "Our research and development teams at … Continue Reading


September 30, 2015

Manchin Congratulates West Virginia's 2015 National Blue Ribbon Honor Schools

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) congratulated Evans Elementary School in Evans and Gihon Elementary School in Parkersburg for being recognized as West Virginia's National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 based on overall academic excellence and progress in closing achievement gaps among students. "The students, teachers and families at Evans Elementary and Gihon Elementary Schools have earned this esteemed Blue Ribbon honor by working together to ensure that all students … Continue Reading


September 30, 2015

Manchin, Warner, Kaine Introduce Sweeping Reforms to Black Lung Benefits Program

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) proposed sweeping reforms to the federal program that provides benefits to coal miners suffering from black lung disease. Federal law requires that coal companies compensate miners who contract black lung, which is caused by inhaling coal dust over an extended period of time, but coal companies routinely deploy an array of unfair tactics to avoid paying miners the benefits they deserve. To help … Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

Manchin Fights to Limit Domestic Meth Production in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today hosted a briefing on how West Virginia has worked to address methamphetamine abuse. The purpose of this briefing is to help spread awareness of efforts West Virginia and other jurisdictions have made to turn the tide against meth abuse and how communities can combat the rise of meth cooks. "Crystal Meth destroys families and communities, and the costs associated with addiction - premature deaths, drug treatment, lost productivity, … Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

Manchin Announces Funding to Spur Economic Growth and Job Creation in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award $500,000 to TechConnect's ScaleUp West Virginia initiative to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. This funding will spur innovation and entrepreneurship, long-term competitiveness and diversification and job creation across West Virginia. "In order to improve … Continue Reading


September 28, 2015

WVU Fire Training Academy, Volunteer Fire Departments Receive FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced new Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) awards totaling $663,582 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding will benefit West Virginia University's (WVU) State Fire Training Academy, the Mt. Clare Volunteer Fire Department in Harrison County and the Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department in Lincoln County. "Our dedicated firefighters and ‎first responders are on the … Continue Reading


September 24, 2015

Manchin Statement on Pope Francis' Address to Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on Pope Francis' address to the United States Congress. "I was blessed and honored to hear Pope Francis' address to the United States Congress and the American people. His call to raise those out of poverty, lend a hand to our neighbors, provide opportunity to all and of compassion and love through the Golden Rule are most needed at this troubling time in our world, our nation and our Capitol. I hope … Continue Reading


September 23, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1 Million for Critical Water Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $1,146,400 to support water infrastructure projects in Clay and McDowell Counties. The Clay Public Service District's Pack Fork and Independence Road Waterline Extension project aims to provide safe, reliable water service to 134 households and two organizations in an isolated part of Clay County by constructing approximately … Continue Reading

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