Press Releases

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


September 23, 2015

Manchin and Capito Urge West Virginians to Participate in Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today urged West Virginians to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drug Take-Back Day is an opportunity for the public to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by disposing of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. "Prescription drug abuse continues to devastate communities in our state … Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Manchin Calls on FCC to Deliver on Promise of Universal Service

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler calling on the FCC to deliver on its promise of universal service by improving the Mobility Fund, which was established by the agency to significantly improve wireless coverage in unserved, rural areas by supporting private investment. Manchin called for immediate improvements to the program and invited Chairman Wheeler to West Virginia to see firsthand the … Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Manchin Statement on Pope Francis' Visit to the United States

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on Pope Francis' visit to the United States. "It is extremely ‎exciting and truly an honor for the United States of America to have Pope Francis visit. As a practicing Catholic, I am honored to be able to visit with him and listen to his words. Not only is he the leader of the Catholic religion, he is also a well-respected and trusted advisor for all of humanity. His absolute empathy and kindness for … Continue Reading


September 21, 2015

Manchin Encourages West Virginia Students to Apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged West Virginia students in grades 5-12 who have been involved in volunteer community service to apply for the 21st annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. The program recognizes students' dedication and contributions to their community on the local, state and national levels. Students chosen to be state honorees will receive a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C. on April … Continue Reading


September 21, 2015

Manchin's Office Open to All West Virginians Coming to D.C. for Papal Visit

Washington, D.C. - Next Thursday, September 24th, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will open his office to West Virginians who are visiting Washington D.C. for Pope Francis's visit. His office will open at 6 a.m. Coffee and other refreshments will be provided. "I truly hope that when West Virginia families come to our nation's capital, not just for Pope Francis's visit, but any time, they know that they have a place to come visit," Senator Manchin said. "All West Virginians traveling to … Continue Reading


September 18, 2015

Manchin Encourages West Virginia Students to Apply for 2015 Service Academy Nominations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today strongly encouraged West Virginia students who are interested in military service to apply for a nomination to one of the United States Service Academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. Applicants must be high school seniors and demonstrate a commitment to education and athletic … Continue Reading


September 18, 2015

Manchin, Brown, Blumenthal Request Update on Efforts to Correct Failures at Veterans Benefits Administration Fiduciary Program

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, joined Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and fellow committee member Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to request an update from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on what is being done to address the significant inadequacies in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Fiduciary Program. In a letter to VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald, the senators noted that … Continue Reading


September 18, 2015

Capito and Manchin Announce HHS Funding to Reduce Opioid Overdose in Rural West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that two West Virginia health centers will receive a total of $200,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (ROOR) Grant Program. Community Connections, Inc. in Princeton and Pleasant Valley Hospital, Inc. in Point Pleasant will each receive $100,000 in funding to help prevent drug overdoses. The program will help … Continue Reading


September 17, 2015

Manchin, Capito Call for Maintaining Rigorous Security Vetting Process for Syrian Refugees

Washington, D.C. - As the United States considers increasing the number of Syrian refugees allowed into the country, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson urging them to maintain the rigorous security vetting process of all applicants to ensure terrorist organizations like ISIL do not take advantage of the situation. The Senators wrote … Continue Reading


September 17, 2015

Manchin Announces Ticket Availability for West Virginians Interested in Watching Pope Address to Congress from Capitol Lawn in D.C.

**TO REQUEST TICKETS, CLICK HERE** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that his office has received 200 tickets to watch Pope Francis' Joint Address to Congress from the West Front Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on September 24th. The Senator's office is making those tickets available to West Virginians on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9 a.m. this Thursday, September 17th. Tickets are limited to four per household. Attendees will … Continue Reading


September 17, 2015

Manchin Encourages Senate Commerce Committee to Confirm WV Native Feinberg as Permanent Railroad Commissioner

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today introduced Sarah Feinberg, who has been nominated to become the permanent Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), at her nomination hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Sarah Feinberg has been serving as the Acting Administrator of the FRA since January 9, 2015. As Acting Administrator, Feinberg has led the FRA through a challenging year that has included multiple high … Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce $200,000 for WorkForce West Virginia Competitive Improvement Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that the West Virginia Development Office will receive $200,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the WorkForce West Virginia Competitive Improvement Program, which helps train workers and strengthen local businesses. "Our greatest resource in West Virginia is our workforce, the hardest working, most dedicated people in the nation," Senator Manchin said. "In order to stay … Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

REQUEST TICKETS TO WATCH POPE ADDRESS

**TO REQUEST TICKETS, CLICK HERE** Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that his office has received 200 tickets to watch Pope Francis' Joint Address to Congress from the West Front Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on September 24th. The Senator's office is making those tickets available to West Virginians on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9 a.m. this Thursday, September 17th. Tickets are limited to four per household. Attendees will … Continue Reading


September 15, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $6 Million in Airport Improvement Grants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced more than $6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for three West Virginia airport infrastructure projects. These funds are awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program, which provides funding to public agencies for the planning and development of public airports. "Investing in our infrastructure, whether that is through … Continue Reading


September 15, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Water Infrastructure Project in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $131,310 in funding for the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) West Virginia Private Water Well Safety Project. The goal of the project is to identify and address drinking water program performance gaps, improve efficiency and effectiveness of drinking water programs and identify and reduce exposures leading to drinking water contamination. … Continue Reading


September 15, 2015

Manchin Announces Nearly $10 Million for West Virginia Community Health Centers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced nearly $10 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support West Virginia community health centers statewide in providing primary and preventative care services. The award includes $6,939,555 to increase access to health care services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, vision care and substance abuse care and treatment. Another $3 million is being awarded under the Health … Continue Reading


September 14, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to End Veteran Homelessness in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program to provide crucial housing services to homeless veterans and their families in West Virginia. The program will help organizations permanently house homeless veterans quickly, engage in outreach to find and serve veterans in need, provide veterans with case management and assist … Continue Reading

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