Press Releases

December 13, 2018

Manchin Applauds USDA Program to Prioritize Broadband Deployment in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the United States Agriculture Department (USDA) for deploying the e-Connectivity Pilot Program, which aims to improve connectivity and closing the digital divide in rural and geographically challenging portions of the state. Now, businesses, non-profits and communities in West Virginia can apply for the ReConnect Program for funding for broadband deployment. "West Virginia faces unique challenges when it comes to providing broadband … Continue Reading

December 12, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce $4.4 Million To Repair Damaged Roads

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $4,437,159 for West Virginia through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program. Funding will assist the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) with repairs to roadways in Hancock, Lincoln, Monongalia, and Ohio counties that were damaged as a result of storms in February 2018. "I am grateful that the WV … Continue Reading

December 11, 2018

Manchin Announced As Ranking Member On Senate Energy Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that he will represent West Virginians as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Senator Manchin has been a member of the committee since being elected to the Senate in 2010. "I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve West Virginians in this new role as the lead Democrat on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources," Senator Manchin said. "This Committee has a long … Continue Reading

December 11, 2018

Manchin Votes To Pass Bipartisan Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted to pass the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill), bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes agriculture, nutrition and forestry programs overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Senator Manchin made sure to include top West Virginia priorities in the Farm Bill including funding to fight the opioid epidemic, broadband expansion and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. "The … Continue Reading

December 06, 2018

Manchin Announces $40 Million in Transportation Grants for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $40 million in grants to West Virginia through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grant Program - the first such grants to West Virginia since 2014. "Investing in American infrastructure is one of the most important steps we can take to put people back to work and get our economy moving again," Senator Manchin said. "I have … Continue Reading

December 01, 2018

Manchin Statement on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released this statement following the announcement President George H.W. Bush has passed. "Gayle and I were so heartbroken to hear of the passing of President George H.W. Bush. The President dedicated his life to our country through his patriotism, his public service and humanitarian efforts. He was a man who put country and citizens before party and politics and will be remembered as one of the greatest presidents in our history. It … Continue Reading

November 27, 2018

Manchin Only Member of Congress to Challenge Mobility Fund Coverage Map

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Senator Manchin (D-WV) submitted to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) a formal challenge to Mobility Fund Phase II initial eligible areas map. The data Senator Manchin submitted proves the coverage map released by the FCC does not accurately depict broadband coverage throughout West Virginia. Senator Manchin was the only member of Congress to submit a formal challenge. "The data I submitted yesterday proves what every West Virginian already knows to be … Continue Reading

November 27, 2018

Manchin Encourages West Virginians To Get Covered During ACA Open Enrollment Period

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginians to find a health insurance plan that works for them before the Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period ends on December 15, 2018. West Virginians can register for health insurance coverage by visiting or call 1-800-318-2596. "While the ACA is not perfect, the number of uninsured West Virginians has decreased by 56% as a result of the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid … Continue Reading

November 16, 2018


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $747,000 for West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development. Funding will support the expansion of substance abuse treatment facilities in Fayette County and assist the Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department in purchasing ambulance equipment. "I am happy to see this grant will provide critical health care … Continue Reading

November 14, 2018


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that he will nominate 38 West Virginia students from 18 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 38 of West Virginia's brightest young men and women to the U.S. service academies," Senator Manchin said. "All of … Continue Reading

October 26, 2018

Manchin Applauds Another Great Hinton Railroad Festival

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded another successful Hinton Railroad Days Festival. The annual festival is hosted by the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, a 59-year old non-profit organization that operates private railroad cars through Amtrak. This April, Amtrak announced it would no longer accept private and charter trains, which the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society uses for the Hinton Railroad Days Festival. After bringing together … Continue Reading

October 26, 2018

Manchin Leads Letter to Sessions Urging Correction of Staffing Shortage at Bureau of Prisons

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions a letter expressing concerns about staffing practices at the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The letter specifically raised concerns regarding the over-reliance of augmentation and the failure of the BOP to follow congressional directives to hire more full-time correctional officers. U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Bob Casey (D-PA) and U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA) also … Continue Reading

October 24, 2018

Manchin Announces Members of Service Academy Selection Board

Charleston, WV - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced the members of his service academy selection board. Earlier this week, the four member panel interviewed prospective candidates who are vying for a nomination to the four military service academies: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy. "It is an honor to nominate hardworking and dedicated West Virginia students to the U.S. Service … Continue Reading

October 16, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce $7.7 Million In ARC Funding For West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $7,766,842 of funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for West Virginia for broadband expansion, tourism development, and assistance for West Virginians affected by substance abuse. The funding will go to a handful of key local organizations in the state that support economic and workforce development efforts. "Appalachian … Continue Reading

October 11, 2018

Manchin Announces More Than $4.9 Million For Airports In Parkersburg And Beckley

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW) in Beckley and the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport (PKB) in Parkersburg will receive $4,962,541in funding through the Department of Transportation (DOT) Alternate Essential Air Service program (AEAS). The two airports have formed a partnership to enter into a contract with Contour Airlines, which will serve both communities to … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Manchin Secures More Than $4.4 Billion For Water Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) secured an authorization of $4.4 billion in appropriations for capitalization grants awarded to state drinking water revolving loan funds in the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. The appropriations will be distributed over three years: $1.174 billion in fiscal year 2019, $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2020, and $1.95 billion in fiscal year 2021. "I'm proud the Senate was able to come together to pass this common sense legislation to … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Manchin Statement On Death Of Legendary Fairmont State Basketball Coach Joe Retton

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement following the passing of legendary Fairmont State basketball coach Joe Retton. "Coach Jo-Jo Retton was a fierce competitor. He never let me forget the time Farmington beat Barracksville in basketball. But I learned more from Coach Retton about character and what it means to be a person of responsibility than I ever did about basketball. He was a mentor throughout my life and a fierce advocate for those … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Manchin Statement On Passing Of Wood County Delegate Frank Deem

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement following the passing of Wood County Delegate Frank Deem. "Wood County and all of West Virginia are better off because of the longtime service of Delegate Frank Deem. Frank's time in the Navy greatly shaped him and he was a war horse with one of the strongest moral compasses I have ever known. Frank didn't care about whether you were a Democrat or a Republican. If something was right, it was right. If … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Manchin Votes For Resolution To End Junk Plans That Put Pre-Existing Conditions Protections At Risk

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) cosponsored and voted for a resolution that would have overturned the Administration's expansion of junk insurance plans that can deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and don't have to provide coverage for essential health services like prescription drugs, emergency room visits and maternity care. The resolution failed 50-50. "As a Senator from a state with nearly 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions, I cannot … Continue Reading

October 08, 2018

Manchin Resolution Defends Postal Service Against Privatization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) co-sponsored a Senate resolution opposing the privatization of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Under previous consolidation implemented by the USPS under the Post Office Structure Plan (POST) in 2012, 478 post offices around West Virginia had their hours drastically reduced to as little as two hours per day. Given that the POST Plan was undertaken after significant backlash against the previous proposal to close thousands of post … Continue Reading

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