Press Releases

July 28, 2015

Manchin and Capito Commend Reinstatement of Prescription Drug Take-Back Days

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a bipartisan push by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and eight of their colleagues, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has announced that it will reinstate Prescription Drug Take-Back Days, an initiative to encourage the responsible disposal of expired or unwanted prescription drugs. In May, the Senators sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for the reinstatement of this initiative after it was discontinued. In … Continue Reading


July 28, 2015

Manchin Statement on Century Aluminum Closure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding yesterday's announcement that the Ravenswood Century Aluminum plant will permanently close. "Century Aluminum's plant closure in Ravenswood is not only disappointing for Jackson County and West Virginia but also to Century retirees. I have worked tirelessly with federal, state and local officials, company and industry executives and the retirees to reopen the plant and will continuing working to … Continue Reading


July 27, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1 Million for Fire Departments in Five West Virginia Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced more than $1 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fire departments in five West Virginia counties. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Awards will help improve training, operations and fire safety in Fayette, Randolph, Raleigh, Wayne and Tucker Counties. "Our fire fighters wake up each morning and voluntarily put their lives on line to keep … Continue Reading


July 23, 2015

Manchin Applauds Committee Passage of the '21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act'

Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Committee's passage of the 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, legislation to increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improve veterans' benefits and health care. The 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act includes three provisions that were cosponsored by Senator Manchin. They aim to improve the Department of Veterans … Continue Reading


July 22, 2015

Manchin and Capito Call for Action to Reduce Methadone-Related Overdose Deaths

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to curb overdose deaths related to opiate abuse, Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and six of their Senate colleagues called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to examine the use of methadone for pain, and to issue guidance to state Medicaid directors to remove methadone from preferred drug lists for pain management. "The fact that 30 percent of opioid-related deaths involve methadone sends a strong signal that … Continue Reading


July 17, 2015

Manchin and Hoeven Introduce Updated Coal Ash Recycling Legislation

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Hoeven (R-ND) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will create a states-first approach to regulating coal ash that provides both certainty for the safe and efficient recycling of coal ash and an enforceable state permit program for the disposal of coal ash. This legislation, which is companion legislation to Congressmen Shimkus and McKinley's bill in the House, builds on the Senators' past efforts to find a bicameral, … Continue Reading


July 17, 2015

Manchin, Capito, Jenkins get Commitment from VA Secretary McDonald to Reopen Greenbrier CBOC

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, along with Representative Evan Jenkins, spoke with United States Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Bob McDonald regarding the reopening of the Greenbrier Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Reopening the facility would save thousands of West Virginia veterans from driving several hours to seek treatment. "[The Greenbrier CBOC] was shut down, and we have to reopen it," Secretary McDonald committed. He … Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Manchin Votes to Overhaul Education Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) applauded the Senate passage of the Every Child Achieves Act, legislation to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The legislation includes measures that will scale back federal interference in the public school system and ensure all children in America and West Virginia have access to a well-rounded, high-quality education that enables them to compete and succeed in a … Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Manchin Condemns Harmful Proposed Stream Regulation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) strongly criticized the proposed Stream Protection Rule released today by U.S. Department of Interior (DOI). The proposed rule, which is based on undisclosed data and was written without proper consultation with the states, would place increased regulations on coal mining and cost thousands of West Virginia jobs. "This Administration's long list of overreaching regulations is absolutely crippling West Virginia families and businesses," … Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Manchin Urges Support for Commonsense Substance Abuse Measure

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging his Senate colleagues to support a commonsense amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act, which would address one of our nation's fastest growing problems - substance abuse. The amendment passed and was included in the bill. This bipartisan amendment, which he introduced with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), would require a State Education Agency in a state where substance abuse is a significant … Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1.5 Million for TRIO Program Projects at Five West Virginia Higher Education Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced funding totaling more than $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services Program. The funds will be awarded to West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University, Bluefield State College and West Virginia University Institute of Technology to provide academic support and counseling to low-income, first-generation or disabled … Continue Reading


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

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