Press Releases

February 03, 2015

Manchin Applauds Passage of Clay Hunt Bill to Improve Mental Health Care for Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), an original co-sponsor of The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act, applauded the Senate's passage of this legislation by a vote of 99-0. The bill will improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for veterans and service members. The legislation has already passed in the House of Representatives and will therefore head to the President's desk to be signed into law. The Clay Hunt Suicide … Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

Manchin Statement on the Senate Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. "I am so pleased that bipartisan legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline has finally passed in the Senate, especially after we had the opportunity to extensively debate this issue and add dozens of amendments. As I've said again and again, we must address the critical issues of moving America toward energy … Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

Manchin to WV Legislature: Act Now to Curb Statewide Meth Production

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) recently sent individual letters to members of the West Virginia Legislature encouraging the body to pass legislation implementing the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy's recommendations to curb the tide of methamphetamine production in the state. The Board's recommendations include rescheduling pseudoephedrine products as a controlled substance that requires a prescription to obtain, lowering the monthly pseudoephedrine sales limit to 3.6g … Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

Manchin, Heller to Introduce Veterans Small Business Opportunity and Protection Act

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the Veterans Small Business Opportunity and Protection Act, legislation to protect spouses and dependents of veteran-owned small businesses after servicemembers pass away from a disability or in the line of duty. "Veterans put their lives on the line for our country, and should be confident that their families will be taken care of in times of need," Senator Manchin said. "I am proud to … Continue Reading


January 28, 2015

Manchin, Portman Introduce Legislation Honoring Pro Football Hall of Fame Ahead of Super Bowl

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, legislation to issue commemorative coins in recognition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The coin would be issued to coincide with the Hall of Fame's celebration of the National Football League's (NFL) centennial season in 2019 and the 100th anniversary of the league's birth. The bill authorizes the U.S. Department of Treasury to issue up to … Continue Reading


January 27, 2015

Manchin, Senate Democrats Write President Obama on Iran Negotiations

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and 8 other Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Obama regarding Iran nuclear negotiations. The letter declares that after the March 24, 2015 deadline set by the P5+1 and Iran negotiating teams, Congress will take action on sanctions legislation if Iran has failed to reach an agreement on the framework of a comprehensive deal on its nuclear … Continue Reading


January 26, 2015

Manchin Announces Nearly $6.75 Million in Funding for Housing Programs Across State

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today announced that housing facilities across West Virginia will receive a total of $6,749,574 under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program for projects with the goal of ending homelessness. "In West Virginia, we understand the importance of helping those who have fallen on hard times," Senator Manchin said. "These funds will help care for those who are struggling, including seniors, children … Continue Reading


January 22, 2015

Manchin, Hoeven Host Canada's Ambassador to the United States to Highlight Good Environmental Stewardship in Oil Sands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today hosted Gary Doer, Canada's Ambassador to the United States, to highlight Canada's good environmental stewardship of the oil sands and the need to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. Manchin and Hoeven have introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to approve the Keystone XL, which has been delayed for more than six years by the Obama administration and is now under consideration for approval by … Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Manchin Boozman to Co-Chair Senate General Aviation Caucus

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he is pleased to co-chair the bipartisan Senate General Aviation (GA) Caucus in the 114th Congress. Along with Arkansas Senator John Boozman, Senator Manchin will be responsible for informing Senate colleagues about GA's crucial contributions to the nation's economy and transportation system. Senators Manchin and Boozman will soon work together to recruit members to the caucus. "General aviation makes a tremendous … Continue Reading


January 20, 2015

Manchin Reacts to President's State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement tonight following the President's State of the Union address: "I was encouraged to hear the President focus on our nation's economic recovery, but too many Americans still don't feel like the economy is recovering for them. A lot more still needs to be done. Moving forward, we must remain committed to helping the middle class and boosting development so that everyday West Virginians and all Americans are able … Continue Reading


January 19, 2015

Manchin Invites Naval Academy Nominee as Guest to State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced today that he is honored to invite Trevor Tucker, a senior at Ripley High School as his guest for the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening at the U.S. Capitol. Senator Manchin was proud to nominate Trevor to the U.S. Naval Academy in December. Trevor has since been accepted to the Naval Academy and will be appointed for the 2015-2016 year. "Trevor is a proud West Virginian, a devoted American, and a hardworking and disciplined … Continue Reading


January 18, 2015

Manchin Statement on Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today released the following statement on celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On Monday at 8 a.m., Senator Manchin will deliver remarks at the MLK Unity Breakfast at Capital High School in Charleston. "Today we celebrate one of the most influential and inspirational figures in our nation's history - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In his short life, Dr. King made a powerful impact on our nation as a courageous leader who brought hope to humanity by … Continue Reading


January 15, 2015

Manchin, Whitehouse Urge Energy Agencies to Support Carbon Capture Efforts

Washington, D.C. - Last year, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) pledged to work together to find common ground on energy and environmental issues. Today, building on that pledge, the Senators urged the Obama Administration to support carbon capture and utilization (CCU) efforts. "As Senators from different states, we don't always agree," the Senators wrote in a letter to Ernest Moniz, Secretary of the Department of Energy, and Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the … Continue Reading


January 13, 2015

Manchin Applauds U.S. Fish and Wildlife's Decision to Decline CVI Facility in Tucker County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today, following a call with the Regional Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, applauded the agency's decision not to take control of the Canaan Valley Institute's (CVI) facility in Tucker County. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is continuing discussions with the National Youth Science Foundation (NYSF) regarding the transfer of the CVI facility that is a part of their planned National Center for Youth Science … Continue Reading


January 09, 2015

Manchin Marks the Anniversary of the Freedom Industries Chemical Spill

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin marked the one year anniversary of the Freedom Industries chemical spill, which contaminated the drinking water supply in nine West Virginia counties and impacted more than 300,000 West Virginians."One year ago today, 300,000 West Virginia residents were blindsided when chemicals from the Freedom Industries storage tanks leaked into the Elk River and contaminated our drinking water. This appalling incident should have never happened, and the … Continue Reading


January 07, 2015

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Governor Arch Moore

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the passing of former Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr. "Gayle and I are truly saddened to learn of the passing of Governor Arch A. Moore. We send our deepest condolences to our friends Shelley, Lucy, and Arch III as well as their families as they go through this difficult time. Arch was a true political force in West Virginia. Gayle and I join all West Virginians in keeping the Moore family in our … Continue Reading


January 07, 2015

Manchin Joins Colleagues to Reintroduce 'Forty Hours is Full Time Act'

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) along with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced the reintroduction of the bipartisan Forty Hours is Full Time Act, S. 30, which would change the definition of a "full-time employee" under the Affordable Care Act to someone who works an average of 40 hours per week. The senators have heard first-hand that some employers are making decisions to cut employees' hours due to how the … Continue Reading


January 07, 2015

Manchin Announces Nearly $1.5 Million for Northern Panhandle Head Start

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced $1,487,713 in federal funding for the Northern Panhandle Head Start in Wheeling. The program provides services to children and families in Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel Counties. "As West Virginians, we choose our priorities based on our values," said Senator Manchin. "That means keeping our promises to those who matter the most to us, and our children should always be at the top of that list. With this substantial … Continue Reading


January 06, 2015

Manchin Statement on the President's Threat to Veto Keystone

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on President Obama threatening to veto Keystone XL Pipeline legislation. "I am disappointed that the President will not allow this Congress to turn over a new leaf and engage in the legislative process to improve an important piece of legislation. His decision to veto such a commonsense bill prior to the unfolding of regular congressional order and the offering of amendments appears premature and does … Continue Reading


January 06, 2015

Manchin Officially Welcomes Shelley Moore Capito to US Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on welcoming newly-elected Shelley Moore Capito to the United States Senate: "Today, I'd like to officially welcome my dear friend Shelley Moore Capito to the United States Senate. Shelley has been a dedicated public servant of our beautiful state for more than 14 years and has achieved countless accomplishments in her own right, most recently making history as West Virginia's first woman United States … Continue Reading

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