Press Releases

June 29, 2018


Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed legislation championed by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to provide licensing certainty for the construction of a hydroelectric facility at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam at Jennings Randolph Dam in West Virginia. "I have always supported an all-of-the-above energy portfolio and this hydroelectric project is an important investment in the energy infrastructure in Mineral County and the surrounding communities. This project will generate enough … Continue Reading

June 28, 2018


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, made sure that Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and Department of Defense spending bills included funding to fight the opioid epidemic, community health centers, mine safety and miners' health. These bills were passed out of the Appropriations Committee today. "As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I was proud to secure $3.7 billion to fight the … Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Manchin Statement on Supreme Court Vacancy

Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. "I look forward to meeting with and evaluating the qualifications of whoever President Trump nominates to become a justice on the Supreme Court. Senators have a responsibility to do our jobs as elected officials and this includes our Constitutional obligation to advise and consent on a nominee to fill this … Continue Reading

June 27, 2018


Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $75,000 from the National Science Foundation for the West Virginia University Research Corporation. The project, a coordinated effort between the university and local school districts to address the lack of advanced teacher training opportunities, is entitled "Mountaineer Mathematics Master Teachers: A Networked Improvement Community Building … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Spending Bills with Manchin Provisions on ARC, VA Caregiver Program, and Substance Abuse Pass Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, included provisions in the Energy & Water, Military Construction & Veterans Affairs and Legislative Branch spending bills that will benefit West Virginia. Senator Manchin authored provisions that guaranteed that if the Appalachian Regional Commission's (ARC) headquarters are relocated, they will be moved to West Virginia; expanded the VA Caregiver Program to Veterans of all eras; and … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced West Virginia will receive $420,000 from the Economic Development Administration for Economic Development District Planning. Funds will go to Planning and Development Councils in Marion, Ohio, Grant, Mercer, Kanawha, and Wayne counties, and are aimed at establishing a framework that supports capital investment and job creation in the region. "Strategic … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce $1.5 Million for HIV Support Services

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,503,550 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Funding will help the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources provide support and services to West Virginians living with HIV. "In the last few decades, through increased access to support programs and ground breaking treatments, we … Continue Reading

June 21, 2018


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured funding priorities for West Virginia in the FY19 Financial Services & General Government (FSGG), State and Foreign Ops, and Department of Homeland Security appropriations bills. "As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have been working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure West Virginia receives the funding we need. In these three funding bills, I … Continue Reading

June 21, 2018


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) responded to a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District discussing possible closures to the Huntington District's campgrounds. The planned campground closures were based upon funding levels in the President's Fiscal Year 2019 proposal and not from funds authorized by Congress. Senator Manchin, a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, secured funding in a Senate Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that … Continue Reading

June 20, 2018


Washington, D.C. - Following efforts led by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will release a federal study about widespread water contamination from commonly-used chemicals. Senator Manchin led this effort after reports surfaced that at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blocked the release of the HHS report showing that far lower levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) threaten human … Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

Manchin Applauds $1.6 Billion for Border Wall, Calls for Additional Border Security Measures

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauds and voted for the $1.6 billion in the FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for a border wall and is calling for Congress to pass additional border security measures to strengthen the border. Senator Manchin believes that in addition to the border wall, we need more border patrol agents, drones, towers, ground sensors, thermal imaging, and Blackhawk helicopters … Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Manchin Votes to Pass NDAA Which Includes Reimburseemnt for Martinsburg Big Springs Water Plant

Manchin secured other West Virginia priorities in the NDAA Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a vital piece of legislation that will provide our military with the means necessary to defend our nation. The NDAA includes language that Senator Manchin fought to include that will allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to pay for clean-up costs related to contamination of Martinsburg water supply. "In 2016, the EPA issued … Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Manchin Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Pre-Existing Conditions with Clergy in Bridgeport

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders from West Virginia's clergy in Bridgeport today to discuss the lawsuit threatening West Virginians' pre-existing conditions protections. Right now, 20 U.S. Attorneys General, including the Attorney General of West Virginia, are suing to allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage to West Virginians with pre-existing conditions. "Today, I had a great conversation with clergy members in … Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Manchin to Co-Sponsor Keep Families Together Act

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his decision to co-sponsor the Keep Families Together Act to keep families together as they enter the country. "As a father, grandfather, and Christian, I am wholeheartedly opposed to any policy that allows innocent children to be separated from their parents as they enter our country. We need to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws, which is why I have voted multiple times on billions … Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Manchin Statement on Celebrating Father's Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement about the celebration of Father's Day. "Of everything I have ever done, being a father and 'Dadoo' have brought me the most pride. Today, we celebrate all West Virginian fathers and father figures who work tirelessly to raise their families, to be good role models to our young people, and to love and support the ones closest to them. "During a Sunday sermon in July of 1908, West Virginia became one of … Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Manchin Provision Ensures West Virginia Gets Fair Share of Opioids Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured language to ensure that West Virginia is eligible for a total of $27,910,443 in federal funding through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the form of State Opioid Response Grants, including $142.5 million set aside for the ten states - led by West Virginia - with the highest mortality rates related to … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Spending Bill with Manchin Provisions to Fully Fund Green Bank Observatory, End to BOP Overreliance on Augmentation and Passage of Skylar's Law Pass Appropriations Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) secured funding for top West Virginia priorities in the FY19 Commerce, Justice, Science, Interior & Environment and Legislative Branch spending bills, which were passed by the full Appropriations Committee today. Senator Manchin included provisions to preserve current and future operations at the Green Bank Observatory, end the Bureau of Prisons' overreliance on augmentation and implement Senator Manchin's bill, Skylar's Law, which would … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Manchin: Congress to Blame for Pension Crisis, Not United Mine Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a hearing of the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans where he questioned Mr. Chris Langan, Vice President of Finance, UPS; Ms. Aliya Wong, Executive Director of Retirement Policy; U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Mary Moorkamp, Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer; Schnuck Markets; and Mr. Burke Blackman, President, Egger Steel Company. "Let me make sure you understand, the working person in … Continue Reading

June 13, 2018

ICYMI: Manchin Reads Letters From West Virginians About Importance of Protecting Coverage for Those with Pre-Existing Conditions on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) took to the Senate floor today to read letters from West Virginians about the importance of continuing to require insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing conditions. An ongoing lawsuit, led by 20 U.S. Attorneys General, including the Attorney General of West Virginia, and as of last week no longer being defended by the U.S. Department of Justice, would allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage to West Virginians with … Continue Reading

June 13, 2018

Manchin, Sullivan Introduce Bill Requiring GAO to Study Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced the Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act, which will require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to evaluate and report on the capacity of both residential and inpatient treatment facilities along with the status of their availability and needs. This will be the first federal government study on substance use disorder treatment infrastructure in the United States. "In order for the … Continue Reading

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