Press Releases

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


September 11, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $254,000 for South Charleston Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced a total of $253,905 for the South Charleston Fire Department under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funds will go toward operations and safety, and can be used to purchase training and protective gear and equipment for wellness and fitness, as well as to make health and safety improvements to stations and facilities. "I believe in our committed firefighters, who wake up … Continue Reading


September 11, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $2 Million in Funding to Combat Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced a total of $2,169,679 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that will improve West Virginia's ability to combat crime, specifically sexual assault. The West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services (FRIS) will receive $998,879 from the DOJ Office on Violence Against Women. The West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services will receive $1,170,800 from … Continue Reading


September 11, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Entrepreneurship and Education Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that three West Virginia organizations, the Consortium for Entrepreneurial Education in Charleston, the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation in Fairmont, and the Jobs for West Virginia's Graduates program in Cabell, Wayne and Wyoming Counties, will receive $100,000, $125,000 and $130,000 respectively from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for programs fostering … Continue Reading


September 11, 2015

Manchin Statement on 14th Anniversary of September 11

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the fourteenth anniversary of September 11th. "Fourteen years later, the memories of 9/11 are still very real for us as a nation. Each and every one of us can remember exactly where we were when we first learned that our country was under attack. It was a day when all Americans shared a terrible tragedy. But that day, even as we experienced the grief of great loss and the shock of vulnerability, our … Continue Reading


September 10, 2015

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Beckley Native, Tuskegee Airman John M. Watson Jr.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today issued a statement on the passing of Sergeant John M. Watson, Jr., a Beckley native and World War II veteran who served as an Aircraft Crew Chief for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African American pilots in American armed forces history to fly and maintain combat aircraft. "Gayle and I are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Sergeant John Watson, a true American hero and an emblem of patriotism and courage. As a Tuskegee Airman, … Continue Reading


September 09, 2015

Manchin, Kaine, Warner Call for Investigation into FDA Decision on Oxycontin

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today sent a letter to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) calling for an investigation into the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to approve OxyContin for use by children as young as 11-years-old and an examination of the rise in the opioid misuse, abuse and consequent overdose deaths. "The … Continue Reading


September 09, 2015

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding to Combat Youth Substance Abuse in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that three West Virginia community coalitions, Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Morgan County Partnership and the Strong Through Our Plan (STOP) Coalition, will each receive $125,000 annually for the next five years from the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program to reduce youth substance use. "Every day, 2,500 young Americans abuse a prescription pain reliever for … Continue Reading


September 08, 2015

Manchin Announces He Will Vote Against Iran Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement announcing his final decision to vote against the Iran nuclear deal. "When this process began, I was supportive of the diplomatic efforts led by Secretaries Kerry and Moniz. I have always believed that to truly be a super power, you must engage in super diplomacy. Whenever I am able, I will choose diplomacy over war because the stakes are so high for West Virginia, which has one of the highest rates of … Continue Reading


September 04, 2015

Manchin Statement on Labor Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement in honor of Labor Day. "This Labor Day we honor the strong and steadfast men and women who have tirelessly fought to make America the best country in the world and who continue to keep our state and nation running. In West Virginia, the dedication and work ethic of our workers is second to none. They have always set the bar for productivity, quality and innovation. They work hard every day, take care of their … Continue Reading

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