Press Releases

November 10, 2017

Manchin Presents Purple Heart to Vietnam Veteran Roger Champ

Moorefield, W.Va. - In a Veterans Day ceremony this morning, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) presented a long-overdue Purple Heart to Moorefield resident, two-time Vietnam Veteran and Silver Star recipient Roger Champ. Senator Manchin has been working with the U.S. Army for two years to secure the Purple Heart Roger earned in Vietnam in 1970. "Growing up in West Virginia, we are surrounded by the strength of awe-inspiring mountains. That might be why our state has one of the highest rates of … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

MANCHIN: I ENCOURAGE US ALL TO THANK A VETERAN

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today released the following statement on Veterans Day. "As Americans stormed the beaches of Normandy, battled at Iwo Jima, fought up the Korean Peninsula, served in the jungles of Vietnam and defended our national interests across the Middle East, West Virginian service members never flinched, and bravely led the way to serve and defend the United States of America. We're one of the most patriotic states in the country, and this Veterans Day let us … Continue Reading


November 08, 2017

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON EPA NOMINEE WEHRUM

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the nomination of William Wehrum to be the Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Air and Radiation. "West Virginia is home to thousands of coal miners who suffer from chronic breathing diseases, like Black Lung and silicosis, as a result of their exposure to silica and other harmful agents during their career in the mines. While I appreciate Mr. Wehrum's willingness to serve, I cannot support his … Continue Reading


November 08, 2017

MANCHIN AND CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $3.4M FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $3,439,000 in loan and grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants. This funding will assist in improvements to the water treatment facility in Philippi and the Sanity Sewer System in Spencer. "Improving the infrastructure of rural West Virginia is vital to ensuring the economic success of both the local businesses and public … Continue Reading


November 08, 2017

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 22 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 06, 2017

MANCHIN RELEASES WEEKLY ENERGY REPORT

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the price and production levels of coal as well as natural gas prices in Appalachia and nationally. For the week ending October 28, 2017, estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 14.5 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 3.1% lower than last week's estimate and 7.1% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. Read Senator Manchin's full report click … Continue Reading


November 02, 2017

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON TAX REFORM PROPOSAL

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the tax reform proposal released today. "My test for a good tax reform proposal is simple: does it enable working West Virginians to keep more of their hard-earned money, does it help West Virginia businesses create jobs, and does it do these things without exploding our debt. The tax reform proposal unveiled today does not pass this test and does not reflect the goals President Trump and I have discussed … Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

Manchin, Capito Urge FCC to Ensure Access to Affordable Broadband in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined a bipartisan group of senators in a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure its commitment to affordable and reliable broadband for consumers in the hardest to reach communities across rural America. "A lack of resources to meet our [shared national broadband] goals is undermining investment and consumer access to affordable broadband across much of rural America. For … Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

MANCHIN RELEASES WEEKLY ENERGY REPORT

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the price and production levels of coal as well as natural gas prices in Appalachia and nationally. For the week ending October 21, 2017 estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 14.9 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly the same last week's estimate and 1.3% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2016. Read Senator Manchin's full report below or click … Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

MANCHIN LAUNCHES JOB RESOURCE PAGE FOR WEST VIRGINIANS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced a job resource page on this website to connect West Virginians with resources for job seekers, available jobs and job fairs. Since October 2015, Senator Manchin has co-hosted 25 job fairs throughout West Virginia. "I have always said nobody works harder than a West Virginian. By co-hosting job fairs throughout the state, we have connected job seekers with employers and provided resources for job seekers to develop their … Continue Reading


October 28, 2017

MANCHIN APPLAUDS NEW DEA ENFORCEMENT TEAM IN CHARLESTON TO COMBAT THE FLOW OF OPIOIDS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announcement that Charleston will receive one of six new enforcement teams in the nation to help combat the flow of opioids, including fentanyl, in West Virginia. These teams will consist of DEA Special Agents and State and Local Task Force Officers and will enhance DEA's ability to combat trafficking in heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues and the violence associated with drug trafficking. … Continue Reading


October 27, 2017

Manchin and Capito Continue Pushing for Plan to Reopen Martinsburg Water Plant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today continued working to produce an agreement between the city of Martinsburg and the U.S. Air Force that will make it possible for the city to reopen the Big Springs Water Plant. "I am extremely disappointed. It's been over ten months since an Air Force representative told the City that they would resolve the issue and it is unacceptable that there is still no solution. The City of Martinsburg simply … Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

MANCHIN PRAISES PRESIDENT TRUMP’S OPIOID PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS DECLARATION

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauds President Trump for taking important steps to fight the opioid epidemic, including declaring a public health crisis to make federal resources more available and flexible for states. As part of the public health emergency, President Trump announced he is expanding telemedicine, improving childhood education about substance use, helping people recovering from substance use disorder find jobs, and increasing access to treatment beds. … Continue Reading


October 25, 2017

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON EPA NOMINEE DOURSON

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the nomination of Dr. Michael Dourson to lead the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). "In West Virginia, we are unfortunately familiar with the dangers that can arise when we neglect to properly comply with and enforce our chemical regulations. We all remember the horrors of the January 2014 chemical spill on the Elk River when thousands of West Virginians … Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

MANCHIN SPEAKS WITH EPA ADMINSTRATOR PRUITT, MAYOR JOYCE, COMMISSIONER COLOMBO ABOUT WOOD COUNTY FIRE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today spoke with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce and Wood County Commissioner Jimmy Colombo about the industrial fire on the outskirts of Parkersburg at the former Ames Tool Plant. "Today I spoke with Administrator Pruitt to make him aware of the latest on the situation in Wood County and ask that he ensure the EPA is providing any equipment and technical assistance necessary to … Continue Reading


October 23, 2017

MANCHIN STATEMENT ON MINER DEATH IN RALEIGH COUNTY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of a coal miner in Raleigh County. "I am heartbroken to learn of the loss of James Adkins in Raleigh County today. We are again reminded of the incredible sacrifices made by our coal miners and their families each and every day. Gayle and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Mr. … Continue Reading


October 21, 2017

Manchin Attends Woody Williams Ship Christening

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) attended the ship christening of USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (T-ESB4) in San Diego, California with Medal of Honor recipient and renowned West Virginian, Hershel "Woody" Williams. This christening came just 2 years after the announcement the Navy would name a ship after Woody. "Watching the USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams christening by Woody's side was one of my proudest moments," Senator Manchin said. "This ship christening is a long time … Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

MANCHIN REQUESTS UPDATE ON DRUG ENFORCEMENT LAW

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information on the impact of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act highlighted in a recent report from the Washington Post and "60 Minutes." The letter was also signed by 32 other Senators. "In light of these reports and as Congress evaluates this law taking into account the nation's … Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

MANCHIN TO ATTEND WOODY WILLIAMS SHIP CHRISTENING

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today he will attend the ship christening of USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (T-ESB4) in San Diego, California with Medal of Honor recipient and renowned West Virginian, Hershel "Woody" Williams. This christening comes just 2 years after the announcement the Navy would name a ship after Woody. "I am so honored that my friend Woody invited me to the christening of his ship - the USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

MANCHIN: CURRENT BUDGET AND TAX REFORM PROPOSAL DO NOT REFLECT MY CONVERSATIONS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement after voting against the budget resolution that passed the Senate. The budget passed 51-49. "Today I voted against a budget proposal that would cut $472 billion cut from Medicare and would increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion. I'm embarrassed that this body voted to saddle our children with more debt while slashing funding for a program that is crucially important to West Virginia's seniors. This budget … Continue Reading

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