Press Releases

November 24, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Nearly $291,000 to Improve Highway Safety Programs in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced $290,895.22 in federal funding to the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Office to support programs that will improve driver behavior and performance while helping reduce motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "As the holiday season officially kicks off this week, it is one of our … Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

Manchin Statement on President's Immigration Executive Actions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on President Obama's decision to issue executive actions on immigration reform. "I disagree with the President's decision to use executive action to make changes to our immigration system, and I disagree with the House's decision to not even take a vote on the bipartisan Senate legislation that overwhelmingly passed in June 2013. "The American people made it clear on election night that they want … Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

Manchin Announces Nearly $1.3 Million to Rural Communities on National Rural Health Day

Washington, D.C. - Today, on National Rural Health Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced $1,225,611 in federal funding to CAMC Health Education and Research Institute, Monongalia County General Hospital Company and West Virginia Network. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the funding through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The funds will be used in a variety of ways to help remotely connect residents in West Virginia's rural communities to medical … Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

Manchin Recognizes 97th Birthday of Senator Robert C. Byrd

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on the 97th birthday of the late Senator Robert C. Byrd: "On November 20, 1917, one of the greatest Americans to grace the hills of West Virginia and the halls of United States Senate, Robert C. Byrd, was born. From his humble beginnings as a child of the Appalachian coalfields to his rise as one of the most influential voices in Congress, Senator Byrd led a distinguished life that has inspired so … Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

Manchin Introduces Bicameral Legislation to Reform Black Lung Benefits Program

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to ensure coal miners receive the benefits they've earned and deserve, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today introduced the Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act of 2014 along with Senators John D. Rockefeller (D-WV), Bob Casey (D-PA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Mark Warner (D-VA), as well as Representatives Nick Rahall (D-WV), Joe Courtney (D-CT), George Miller (D-CA), and Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA). The proposed … Continue Reading


November 18, 2014

Manchin Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the Senate failing to approve the Keystone XL pipeline by a vote of 59-41. "I am deeply disappointed that the Senate failed to pass the Keystone XL pipeline," Senator Manchin said. "We have everything to gain by building this pipeline, especially since it would help create thousands of jobs right here at home. Keystone XL is expected to create 20,000 direct jobs during construction and 118,000 … Continue Reading


November 18, 2014

Manchin Statement on Synagogue Attack in Jerusalem

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the heinous attacks at a synagogue in East Jerusalem. "I was saddened and appalled to learn that three Americans and a Briton, at least some of whom were reported as rabbis, were murdered while worshiping at a synagogue in Jerusalem today," Senator Manchin said. "Palestinian leadership must take immediate action to end violence directed at Israeli Jews and condemn terrorists and their supporters. I … Continue Reading


November 18, 2014

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Aim to Improve Mental Health Care for Veterans and Service Members

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), John McCain (R-AZ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Richard Burr (R-NC), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Bill of 2014 to improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for veterans and service members. The bill would require a third-party evaluation of the existing suicide prevention programs at the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to … Continue Reading


November 17, 2014

Manchin Statement on Guantanamo Bay Fact-Finding Mission

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after he led a fact-finding mission to Guantanamo Bay on Friday, November 14. Senator Manchin was joined by Senators Angus King (I-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) to review detainee facilities and detention operations, the legal status of individual detainees, and the military commissions process that is used to try … Continue Reading


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

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