Press Releases

July 14, 2015

Manchin Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the final nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1, which includes China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany. "The American people are committed to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, and this agreement is an opportunity to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. I believe that American strength is rooted in both military might and diplomacy, and I am … Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Helen Holt

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the passing of former West Virginia Secretary of State Helen Holt. "Gayle and I join all West Virginians today in mourning the loss of our state's first female Secretary of State, Helen Holt. West Virginia has been fortunate to have had Helen's leadership and that of her entire family. She was a significant force, and her unwavering dedication made West Virginia a better place. Although she will be … Continue Reading


July 13, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Improve Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Youth in West Virginia

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced a $250,000 State Youth Treatment Planning Grant (SYT-P) for the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to improve mental health and substance abuse treatment for West Virginia adolescents. The aim of the program is to bring together stakeholders serving adolescents to develop a comprehensive, strategic plan that strengthens existing treatment and recovery services … Continue Reading


July 10, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1.6 Million for West Virginia Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced more than $1.6 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for volunteer fire departments and an emergency medical service organization in three West Virginia counties. The Assistance to Firefighters grants and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will assist with training, operations and emergency vehicle acquisition in Greenbrier, … Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Manchin Secures Four Amendments to Strengthen Education Reauthorization Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) successfully added four amendments to the Every Child Achieves Act, legislation to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in order to ensure all children have access to a high-quality, well-rounded education that allows them to achieve and compete in the 21st century global economy. Senator Manchin's amendments focus specifically on promoting volunteerism and community service, protecting children from predators, making … Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Manchin Announces Significant Support for WV to Revitalize Manufacturing Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that the Greater Pittsburgh Metals Manufacturing Community (GPMMC), which includes the entire West Virginia Northern Panhandle and North Central West Virginia region, has been designated as a Manufacturing Community by the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. The initiative aims to accelerate the revival of manufacturing in communities by supporting the … Continue Reading


July 07, 2015

Manchin, Capito, Casey, Brown Introduce Bill to Secure Coal Miners' Pensions and Benefits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today introduced the Miners Protection Act. This legislation would ensure that the federal government and coal operators honor their obligation of lifetime pensions and health benefits to retired miners and their families who are facing uncertainty as a result of the financial crisis and corporate bankruptcies. "Our coal miners are some of the hardest working people in … Continue Reading


July 03, 2015

Manchin Wishes West Virginians a Happy, Safe Fourth of July

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement to mark America's Independence Day: "Every July Fourth, America comes together to celebrate the birth of our great nation and remember the values and truths that our Founding Fathers declared 239 years ago. The United States of America is still the greatest country on Earth and the hope of the world, even with all our challenges and troubles. It is up to us to keep our torch of freedom burning bright for … Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $17 Million for Head Start Programs Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $17,179,733 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs across West Virginia. This funding will allow the programs to continue providing critical health, nutrition, education, and social services to West Virginia families and children. "In West Virginia, we've always prioritized our … Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

Manchin Applauds NYSF Acquisition of STEM Education Center

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the National Youth Science Foundation's (NYSF) acquisition of the $20 million Canaan Valley Institute (CVI) facilities in Tucker County. NYSF will recommission the campus as the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Center, expand and improve its national and international programs and become a focal point that encourages youth in West Virginia and across the country to pursue education and careers … Continue Reading


June 30, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Help Clean-Up Storm and Flooding Damages

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that WorkForce West Virginia will receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to support about 200 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist with recovery and clean-up efforts as a result of recent severe storms and flooding across the state. This National Emergency Grant has been approved for up to $2 million, with $670,000 to be released initially. "I am pleased … Continue Reading


June 29, 2015

Manchin Applauds Michigan v. EPA Ruling

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement applauding the Supreme Court's ruling in the Michigan v. EPA case. "Today's Supreme Court ruling sends a strong signal to the EPA that it must stop ignoring the economic damage its regulations are causing to our energy sector and our economy. By forcing dozens of coal-fired power plants to close, the EPA's job-killing regulations have already had a devastating impact on jobs, energy prices, the … Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Manchin Statement on Five Year Anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd's Passing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on the five-year anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd's death. "It is hard to believe it has been five years since we lost our beloved statesman, Senator Robert C. Byrd. Throughout his life of service, he was a force in the United States Senate, a champion of our Constitution and a proud West Virginian, who devoted himself to his family, his state and his country. His contributions and dedication to … Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Manchin Statement on Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case. "America is a nation of laws, and we must respect and abide by the Supreme Court's … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Manchin Statement on King v. Burwell Ruling

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in the King v. Burwell case. "I have always said that this law is not perfect, and that we need to repair it, not repeal it. After all, it is simply unacceptable to go back to the days when millions of Americans, including about 250,000 West Virginians, went without health insurance, or when we spent more than any other country in the world on health care but still ranked … Continue Reading


June 23, 2015

Manchin Congratulates Harrison and Raleigh County Students For Receiving Prestigious Presidential Scholar Award

Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) congratulated West Virginia's 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Kelsey D. Lantz of Robert C. Byrd High School in Harrison County and Josef C. Heller of Shady Spring High School in Raleigh County. The students were selected by the White House Commission from more than 4,300 qualifying candidates for their academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community. "Kelsey and … Continue Reading


June 22, 2015

Manchin Cosponsers Bill To Address VA Overprescribing Practices

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) cosponsored the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Actto address problematic overprescribing practices and provide safer and more effective pain management services to our nation's veterans. The bipartisan legislation puts reforms in place to improve opioid therapy and pain management. It also implements education training, increases safety measures, improves patient advocacy, expands … Continue Reading


June 19, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $80,000 for Cora Volenteer Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the Cora Volunteer Fire Department will receive $80,158 in funding through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to make health and safety improvements to stations and facilities, to purchase training and protective gear, and equipment for wellness and fitness. "Our courageous … Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

West Virginia Delegation Applauds Funding for Workforce West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, along with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins, applauded the Department of Labor's approval of Workforce West Virginia's emergency comprehensive workforce training proposal. The $5.2 million grant will expand job training programs for unemployed West Virginians, particularly those individuals in the coal mining industry and industries related to and affected by continued mining layoffs. On … Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Manchin Demands Reforms to Lifeline Program

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) expressed his frustration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for voting 3-2 on a proposal to expand the Lifeline universal service program to include broadband Internet services. The original program, which subsidizes monthly telephone services for eligible low-income participants, is riddled with fundamental flaws that have led its costs to rise from $800 million in 2009 to $1.7 billion in 2014. In a March 2015 report … Continue Reading

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