Press Releases

November 25, 2015

Manchin Wishes West Virginians a Happy Thanksgiving

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement wishing West Virginians a happy Thanksgiving: "I have always said that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. This is a lesson that I learned from my parents at a young age, and it has stuck with me throughout my life. It is a message I have proudly passed along to my own children and grandchildren. Starting at Thanksgiving and throughout this holiday season, I encourage all West … Continue Reading


November 24, 2015

Manchin Announces Service Academy Nominations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that he will nominate 40 West Virginia students from 20 counties to the U.S. service academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. "It is such an honor to recommend 40 of West Virginia's brightest young men and women to the U.S. service academies," Senator Manchin said. "All of … Continue Reading


November 24, 2015

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Shop Small this Saturday

Washington, D.C. ? U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged West Virginians to shop at West Virginia small businesses this Saturday, November 28th in celebration of the sixth annual Small Business Saturday. "We all know that small businesses are the engine of our economy, providing the goods and services we depend on every day," Senator Manchin said. "From our family-owned restaurants and coffee shops, to the local convenience stores, West Virginia's more than 120,000 small … Continue Reading


November 19, 2015

Manchin Seeks Vote on International Climate Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), introduced a bipartisan resolution today expressing the Sense of the Senate that any agreement reached at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties pursuant to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held this December be put for a vote before the U.S. Senate. "The U.S. Senate must be able to exercise its constitutional role to approve any agreement … Continue Reading


November 19, 2015

Manchin, Kirk Target Government Waste and Inefficiency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) this week introduced the Government Transformation Act, a bill which creates an independent commission to target government waste and inefficiency. The bill would also provide actionable recommendations to Congress in order to enhance government effectiveness, efficiency and credibility in government programs. "The first step to getting our financial house in order is reducing government waste and inefficiency," Senator … Continue Reading


November 19, 2015

Manchin Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Sportsmen's Act of 2015

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee, today applauded the bipartisan passage of the Sportsmen's Act of 2015. The legislation will enhance hunting, fishing and recreational shooting opportunities by increasing access to federal lands. It also includes the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bill passed the ENR Committee by … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Manchin Urges Funding for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) recently sent a bipartisan letter to Senate appropriators to request that any final appropriations package include necessary resources for critical substance abuse prevention and treatment services. The Senator is seeking funding at the highest possible level for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) - programs located within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Manchin Sends West Virginia Priorities to Highway Bill Negotiators

Washington, D.C. - As House and Senate negotiators go to conference to work out a long-term transportation bill, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is urging the committee to include provisions in the final bill that are important for West Virginia. "West Virginia has 38,000 miles of public roads, many of which are in poor condition and in need of repair," Senator Manchin said. "We are in serious need of a federal, long-term funding bill that goes beyond the status quo to address our state's and … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Manchin Urges Conferees to Shorten Multi-Year Highway Bill and Maximize Investments on Crumbling Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to House-Senate conferees negotiating a final Highway and Transportation Bill compromise, urging them to focus on our nation's crumbling infrastructure by shortening the authorization period for the bill and using the savings to maximize annual investment levels for all surface transportation programs. The Senators wrote in part: "Over the past 20 years, total federal, state, and local investment in transportation has … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce USDA Funding to Support West Virginia State University

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $1,798,667 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Funding will support research, teaching and extension activities at West Virginia State University, which is an 1890 historically black land-grant university. "West Virginia State University continues to lead West Virginia and our nation by providing opportunities through … Continue Reading


November 17, 2015

Manchin Applauds Passage of Resolutions to Eliminate Unreasonable EPA Regulations for Coal-Fired Plants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Senate's passage of two resolutions to roll back the onerous Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for new and existing coal-fired power plants. The Senate voted to pass a resolution introduced by Senator Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to stop the Administration from imposing its anti-coal regulations for new coal-fired power plants. The Senate also voted to pass a separate resolution … Continue Reading


November 17, 2015

Manchin Applauds CAMC for Receiving Nation's Highest Health Care Award

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded Charleston Area Medical Center Health System (CAMC) on being named as one of four recipients of the 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence. CAMC is being recognized for its outstanding commitment to sustainable excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership in the health care category. The 2015 Baldrige Award will be presented at an … Continue Reading


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

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