Press Releases

June 20, 2014

Manchin Wishes West Virginia a Happy 151st Birthday

Washington, D.C. - On the eve of West Virginia Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor to honor the great state of West Virginia by wishing the state a happy 151st birthday. He encouraged all West Virginians to celebrate West Virginia's fascinating history, rich culture, strong traditions along with the kind and compassionate people who call the Mountain State their home. To watch a YouTube video of Senator Manchin's Senate floor remarks, please click … Continue Reading


June 20, 2014

Manchin Applauds Young West Virginian on Receiving Prestigious Congressional Award Gold Medal

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.) congratulated Aarthy Shah of Vienna for receiving the Congressional Award Gold Medal after accomplishing impressive goals in four areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. The voluntary participants can earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals based on their level of achievement. Aarthy focused on the four program … Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Manchin, Wicker, Kirk, Nelson Introduce Bill to Reform Hospital Readmissions Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced the Hospital Readmission Accuracy and Accountability Act to ensure that hospitals serving low-income populations are evaluated and reimbursed fairly under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). This budget-neutral legislation requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to account for patient socio-economic status when … Continue Reading


June 17, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce $151,050 for Clendenin and Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) announced today that volunteer fire departments in Clendenin and Mineral Wells will receive a total of $151,050 under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The operations and safety programs can use the funds to make health and safety improvements to stations and facilities, as well as to purchase equipment for fitness and wellness, and training and protective gear. The Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department … Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

Manchin Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan VA Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement after the Senate passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and John McCain (R-AZ) that will improve veterans' access to medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill also mandates that the VA hire an independent auditor, which was a measure Senator Manchin had originally called for in the wake of the VA's reported problems. Senator Manchin was an … Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

Manchin Calls on President to Bring All Troops Home From Afghanistan Once and For All

Senator Manchin yesterday sent a letter to the White House requesting President Obama to reconsider his decision to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after December 2014 and continue to prepare for a complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the region by the end of this year. Senator Manchin wrote, in part: "Inevitably, our substantial sponsorship of the Afghan state will end. Whether that happens tomorrow or in 2016 or later, the inevitable outcome is a corrupt narco-state unwilling to … Continue Reading


June 09, 2014

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call On DOJ to Immediately Investigate Evidence of Criminal Wrongdoing at VA Medical Facilities

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and 18 additional Senators called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to immediately investigate evidence of criminal wrongdoing at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities. While the VA inspector general is currently conducting a criminal investigation and has consulted DOJ throughout the process, the Senators … Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

Manchin and Toomey Spearhead Bipartisan Effort to Strengthen Protections for Federal Correctional Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Continuing their bipartisan efforts to protect federal correctional officers, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) introduced legislation Thursday to permit correctional officers to carry their personal firearms while they commute to-and-from work. The bill would allow officers to carry their firearms and store them in either central secure storage areas located outside of the secure perimeter of their prisons or in Bureau of Prison approved vehicle … Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce more than $6 Million for Appalachian Council Head Start

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced$6,282,431 in federal funding for the AFL-CIO Appalachian Council for its HeadStart Program. The program provides services to children and families in thecounties of Boone, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Jackson, Pleasants, Putnam, Roane,Tyler, Wirt and Wood. "It is our responsibility to make sure our children grow up in a safe and lovingenvironment where they are provided with all the resources necessary to helpthem … Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Manchin Congratulates Sylvia Mathews Burwell On Confirmation To Be Next HHS Secretary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the Senate vote to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Senate confirmed Burwell's nomination by a vote of 78-17. "I am so pleased that the Senate voted today to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. We are all products of our environment, and as a native of the … Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Marshall University Academic Research Program

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S., Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Thursday announced Federal funding has been awarded by the National Cancer Institute to Marshall University to research a cutting edge concept to fight cancer. "In order to grow our economy, create jobs for the future and attract the best and brightest students to West Virginia, it is critical that we invest in academic research at our colleges and universities," Manchin said. "This … Continue Reading


June 04, 2014

ICYMI: Manchin Delivers Remarks on Senate Floor in Support of Sylvia Mathews Burwell Confirmation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor to express his full support for Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be confirmed as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS). The Senate is expected to vote on Burwell's confirmation … Continue Reading


June 02, 2014

Manchin Statement on EPA's Proposed Carbon Emissions Rules

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed Existing Source Performance Standards for carbon dioxide emissions produced by fossil fuel power plants. "There is no doubt that seven billion people have had an impact on our world's climate; however, the proposed EPA rule does little to address the global problem with global solutions. Instead, today's rule appears to be more about … Continue Reading


June 02, 2014

Manchin and Rockefeller Announce Nearly $2.4 Million for West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced $2,370,843 in federal funding for two medical centers in West Virginia to continue operations and improve health care services. The facilities receiving funding are Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center and Preston-Taylor Communities Health Centers. "It is incredibly important that all West Virginians, including those living in rural communities, have access to quality preventative and primary health care," … Continue Reading


May 30, 2014

Manchin Statement on Shinseki Resignation and the VA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the resignation of Eric Shinseki as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. "Eric Shinseki is an honorable and courageous man who devoted his life to protecting our nation, its service members and veterans. His decision to resign as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the right one, though I regret that he had to do it. "The past decade has seen a dramatic rise in … Continue Reading


May 28, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $1 Million to Assess, Clean Up and Redevelop West Virginia Communities

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, announced that communities across West Virginia will receive a total of $1 million in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through its Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) grants program to clean up and redevelop sites where environmental improvements and new jobs are needed. The Brownfields program's assessment and clean-up of unused and … Continue Reading


May 28, 2014

Manchin Calls for Independent Outside Audit Of VA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki calling for an outside, independent audit of the VA in addition to expediting the agency's internal review that is currently underway. Senator Manchin urges Secretary Shinseki to assess the efficacy of the VA's structural, systematic and personnel divisions to make sure veterans receive the best available services in a timely manner. Senator Manchin writes, in … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Manchin Attends White House Presidential Bill-Signing Ceremony to Honor Elite Fighter Pilots

Washington, D.C. - Two months after the American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal Act passed the Senate by unanimous consent, U.S. Senator Manchin (D-W.Va.) today proudly attended the White House's Presidential bill-signing ceremony where President Obama signed his bill into law. Senator Manchin along with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) were the lead sponsors of the bill. The law will collectively award a Congressional Gold Medal to all American Fighter Aces, who are among the most … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Manchin Includes 10 Provisions to Annual Senate Armed Services Committee Mark-Up of the National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that he included ten provisions to the committee's markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. On Thursday, the committee voted 25-1 to report the bill, which authorizes $514 billion funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. Senator Manchin's provisions focus on helping transitioning … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Manchin Statement on Memorial Day

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day: "Memorial Day is an important day in our country to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and say thank you to the men and women who have so courageously served this country and who continue to serve. We claim the freedoms we enjoy every day because of their sacrifices, and it is because of their dedication, discipline, expertise, and most of all bravery and valor, that we remain … Continue Reading

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