Press Releases

November 16, 2014

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Freda Mae Tomblin

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the passing of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's mother, Freda Mae Tomblin: "Gayle and I are deeply saddened to hear that Freda Mae Tomblin has passed away," Senator Manchin said. "We extend our deepest condolences to all Freda Mae's family and friends, especially her loving husband, Earl, and her sons, Earl Ray and Carl Edward, as they grieve the passing of a truly wonderful West Virginian. We join all West … Continue Reading


November 14, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Nearly $1.2 Million to Improve Health Services Across West Virginia

Funding will improve health care services in Braxton, Clay, Harrison, Pocahontas, Randolph and Upshur Counties WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced $1,179,010 in federal funding for Community Care of West Virginia to improve operations and health care services at medical centers in rural and underserved communities. Community Care of West Virginia operates many health care centers in the state, including: Big Otter Health Clinic in Ivydale, … Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Manchin Statement on his Vote for Change in Democrat Leadership

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on his vote against Minority Leader Harry Reid. "Today, I casted my vote against the current Democrat Leadership because the people of West Virginia spoke loud and clear in last week's elections for change. They voted for members of both parties to put aside partisan politics and start working together to vote on issues that are important to West Virginians and the American people. I have the utmost … Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Manchin and Toomey Call for Congress to Protect Students From Child Predators

Senators Manchin and Toomey urge colleagues to vote on legislation to protect our children from predators in the classroom Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday evening, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) delivered remarks on the Senate floor to urge Congress to pass The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predator Act, legislation that would protect children from sexual and violent predators in schools. The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predator Act would … Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Manchin Statement on the Indictment of Don Blankenship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after a federal grand jury indicted former Massey Energy chief executive, Don Blankenship with criminal charges related to the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster: "I've always had complete faith that justice would be served and Don Blankenship's indictment today is a first step in providing some peace to the families of the Upper Big Branch miners who lost their … Continue Reading


November 12, 2014

Manchin Statement on US-China Climate Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the climate agreement reached between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. "I look forward to reviewing the details of the climate agreement between President Obama and Chinese leaders and assessing what the true implications will be on the front lines here at home. As I've said many times before, there is no question that 7 billion people have an impact on our climate. I am encouraged … Continue Reading


November 12, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Nearly $350,000 to Improve the Safety of WV Roads and Highways

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced $343,656.96 in federal funding for the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Office to improve highway safety programs in the state. The funding will be used to help improve driver behavior and performance, and to reduce deaths and injuries from motor vehicle-related crashes. "Investing in our state's infrastructure is critical to protecting the safety of our drivers, while also laying the foundation for … Continue Reading


November 10, 2014

Manchin Honors America's Veterans

Senator Manchin encourages West Virginians to thank our veterans every day of the year Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day: "Veterans Day gathers us together as a nation to express our deepest gratitude to the men and women who have fought to safeguard our beloved nation and secure the freedoms we enjoy every day. No matter the war, no matter the rank, no matter the duty, every one of our heroic veterans have … Continue Reading


November 07, 2014

Manchin Steps Down As Honorary Co-Chair of No Labels

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about stepping down as honorary co-chair of No Labels: "No Labels began as an organization that attempted to foster bipartisan conversation amongst Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. I believe in this mission, and believe that No Labels has done a lot to open a dialogue, not only between Democrats and Republicans, but also between Members of the House and Senate - something that was lacking in … Continue Reading


October 30, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Nearly $1.2 Million to Protect and Improve the Health of West Virginia Families

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced $1,191,254 in federal funding to protect and improve the health of women, children and families in West Virginia. The funding will be received by the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resource's Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health (OMCFH). The goal of the OMCFH is to establish partnerships with qualified health centers, physicians, local health departments and clinics to ensure all West … Continue Reading


October 27, 2014

Manchin Welcomes New Partners to the "I Hire Veterans" Initiative

Washington, D.C. - As co-founder of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today announced the addition of three new partners to the Caucus' "I Hire Veterans" initiative. Textron and Verizon Communications Inc. have joined as corporate partners and Teach for America has joined as an organizational partner. By joining as partners, Textron, Verizon and Teach for America signify that they are proud to make the commitment to hiring veterans or veterans' family members as … Continue Reading


October 22, 2014

Senator Manchin Hosts Tour of WV Energy Facilities for Senator Whitehouse

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) hosted Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in West Virginia to continue their ongoing discussions about finding meaningful solutions to balancing our nation's energy needs with our environmental concerns. Senator Manchin emphasized the importance of developing new fossil fuel technology to continue producing affordable and reliable electricity, while steadily reducing carbon emissions and addressing the adverse effects of climate … Continue Reading


October 14, 2014

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Oce Smith

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the passing of Oce Smith, former Sergeant-At-Arms for the West Virginia House of Delegates. "Oce Smith was a trusted, dear friend not only to me, but to all who had the pleasure of knowing him throughout his four and a half decades of public service. Oce became a life-long friend to all members of the House of Delegates and he will truly be missed throughout West Virginia. Gayle and I join all West … Continue Reading


October 10, 2014

Senator Manchin Visits Rhode Island to Tour Coastal Areas and Discuss Climate Policy

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) traveled to coastal areas of Rhode Island with his colleague, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), to learn more about the effects climate change has on the Rhode Island shoreline. The trip was planned as a part of the Senators' ongoing discussions about the need for meaningful conversations that lead to real solutions on combatting the adverse effects of climate change while also developing the technology necessary to produce affordable … Continue Reading


October 07, 2014

Manchin Encourages West Virginia Students to Apply for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program

Top youth volunteers will receive a cash prize, engraved medallions and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the national recognition events Application deadline is November 4 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today encouraged West Virginia students in grades 5-12 who have been involved in volunteer community service to apply for the 20th annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. The program will present awards to recognize the students' dedication and contributions to their … Continue Reading


October 02, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce $600,000 for Critical Water Infrastructure Project

Funding will help provide a safe and reliable new water source for 23 new households in Calhoun and Gilmer Counties and for the students and staff at the Calhoun-Gilmer Technical Career Center Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced that a total of $600,000 has been awarded to the Gilmer County Public Service District (PSD) for the Route 5 and Hattie Road Water System Extension Project. By installing 20,800 feet of new waterline to the existing system … Continue Reading


September 30, 2014

Manchin Congratulates West Virginia’s 2014 National Blue Ribbon Honor Schools

C. W. Shipley Elementary School in Harpers Ferry and Woodsdale Elementary School in Wheeling have been recognized nationally for high levels of achievement among students at all levels Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin congratulated C.W. Shipley Elementary School in Harpers Ferry and Woodsdale Elementary School in Wheeling for being recognized as West Virginia's National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on overall academic excellence and progress in closing achievement gaps … Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce More Than $569,000 to Support Law Enforcement Jobs in WV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced a total of $569,569 for West Virginia law enforcement agencies through the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program (CHP) to create and preserve law enforcement jobs. The funding will support the hiring or rehiring of law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacities and crime prevention efforts. "It is critical that our law enforcement … Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Manchin Applauds Additional Law Enforcement Resources to Fight Drug Trafficking and Abuse in West Virginia

At Manchin's urging, Berkeley County and Harrison County have been designated as critical drug-trafficking regions Washington, D.C. - At the strong urging of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced today that both Berkeley County and Harrison County have been designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). These counties will receive additional federal resources to address the influx of drugs and reduce drug … Continue Reading


September 25, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce More Than $5 Million for Health Centers Across West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Health Care, today announced more than $5,044,000 in federal grant funding for sixteen community health centers in West Virginia to continue operations and improve preventive care. "Improving the quality, affordability and accessibility of healthcare resources is critical for the people of West Virginia, especially our children, seniors, veterans and those living in our … Continue Reading

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