Press Releases

February 22, 2019

Manchin Applauds the Appalachian Regional Commission's Investment in WV Coal Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), announced more than $3.6 million in grants to 8 different organizations across West Virginia through the Appalachian Regional Commission's (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Grant Program. These investments from ARC are aimed at diversifying the local economies of coal communities, including expanding the local food economy, substance abuse recovery program access and health services. In … Continue Reading

February 21, 2019

Manchin Statement On The Passing Of Evelyn Roberts

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement regarding the passing of Evelyn Roberts, mother of Cecil Roberts, President of United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). "Gayle and I are terribly saddened to hear the news of Evelyn Roberts' passing. Evelyn lived an incredibly long, lively and productive life of nearly 100 years in our wonderful state. She loved and was loved by all who knew her and dedicated herself to the betterment of hardworking … Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

Manchin, Lankford Lead Bipartisan Letter Concerning The FCC's Broadband Coverage Maps

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and James Lankford (R-OK) led a bipartisan letter to Chairman Pai of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), advocating for a public feedback mechanism to allow consumers and states to help inform broadband coverage maps and report any lack of broadband access to the FCC. The letter was also signed by U.S Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Angus King (I-ME), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Michael … Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

Manchin Applauds Appropriations Deal With Border Wall Funding And West Virginia Priorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the spending deal announced today which included $1.375 billion for a border wall and $1.7 billion for border security and humanitarian aid. "I'm glad Republicans and Democrats have come together on these six appropriations bills and that the President has indicated he would sign them in order to avert another government shutdown. The $3 billion for border security is desperately needed to secure our border. These bills also … Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

Manchin Welcomes WV National Guard Official To Infrastructure Security Hearing

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, welcomed Major William J. Keber of the West Virginia National Guard Critical Infrastructure Protection Battalion as a witness at today's cybersecurity hearing. The hearing also featured witnesses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. "This … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Manchin, Gardner, Moran, Cassidy and Collins Introduce VA Accountability Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the VA Provider Accountability Act, legislation that would bring much needed accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A troubling GAO report from 2017 revealed an unacceptable trend of VA facilities failing to report providers who made major medical errors to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the relevant state licensing … Continue Reading

February 13, 2019

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Secure Rural Schools Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program (SRS). The program, which provides $1.7 million to West Virginia counties every year, expired on September 30, 2018. The legislation would extend the program for two years. "Forty-three West Virginia counties receive Secure Rural Schools payments to fund our schools, … Continue Reading

February 13, 2019

Manchin Secures Significant West Virginia Wins In Public Lands Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, secured the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the national designation of the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area and an increase in the funding cap for the Wheeling National Heritage Area as part of Natural Resources Management Act. "West Virginia has a rich cultural history and at the core of that is our deep appreciation for the … Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Manchin Introduces Resolution Supporting Gold Star Families Rememberance Day

Washington, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Doug Jones (D-AL) last week introduced a resolution expressing support for the designation of March 2, 2019 as "Gold Star Families Remembrance Day." Gold Star Families are those who have lost a family member in service to the nation. Currently the United States observes Gold Star Mother's Day and Gold Star Spouses Day. Congressman Bob Latta (R-Ohio) introduced companion legislation … Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Manchin Announces New West Virginia Broadband Partnership

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that West Virginia will be included in the new National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) initiative that will help make sure the national broadband availability map is accurate. This is especially important to rural states like West Virginia and the seven other states included the program. "Our state, the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council and my office have been leading the effort to make … Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Manchin Praises Investment To Improve Infrastructure In White Sulphur Springs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today praised the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) award of $1.5 million to White Sulphur Springs in order to improve the town's aging water infrastructure. "This investment marks an important milestone in our recovery from the flooding that ravaged our beautiful state and shows yet again that West Virginians are resilient. Investing in water infrastructure projects that are outdated not only improves … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Manchin Reintroduces Legislation in the 116th Congress to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has reintroduced six bills to help combat the current opioid epidemic in West Virginia and America. Each bill addresses a different aspect of the opioid crisis, which includes providing individuals with nonviolent drug offenses the chance to have their records sealed, providing federal funds to expand access to substance abuse treatment, and requires greater accountability at the Food and Drug Administration when approving new opioids. "West … Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

Manchin Applauds Infor's Announcement Of New Location In Charleston

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is pleased with Infor's announcement that they will be opening a new location in Charleston, West Virginia. Infor is a global technology company that develops cloud-based solutions for federal, state, and local government agencies. Infor's new Charleston location will create more than one hundred jobs for West Virginians and they will partner with Marshall University and West Virginia State University to provide jobs to recent and future … Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Manchin On State Of The Union: 'Time To Work Together'

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement in advance of the President's State of the Union address tonight about what he hopes to hear from the leader of the country. "Tonight, I hope to hear the President chart a different path for our country - one of unity, compromise and commonsense. Right now, our country is recovering from the longest government shutdown in history. Make no mistake, this manufactured shutdown has done deep harm to our economy … Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Manchin Annouces Over $2 Million In Educational Grants For At-Risk Youth

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded two grants, each in excess of $1 million to help at-risk youth finish high school or other equivalency programs in West Virginia. The funds will also go to workforce training programs and be used to help build housing for homeless youth and their families. "For our children, education is the key to a bright future and these programs will … Continue Reading

February 04, 2019

Manchin, Cornyn Introduce Gear-Up For Success Act For More Flexibility For Student Needs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the GEAR UP for Success Act. This legislation would improve the GEAR UP federal grant program by giving grant recipients increased flexibility to cater to local students' needs, reducing administrative burdens for grant recipients, and ensuring a more competitive and fair application process. "Preparing students to pursue higher education is necessary if we as a nation are to have a civilly engaged, world … Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Manchin, Capito, McKinley, Mooney, and Miller Request State Funeral For WWII Medal Of Honor Recipient

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV) drafted a letter with Representatives David McKinley (R-WV-1), Alex Mooney (R-WV-2), and Carol Miller (R-WV-3) to President Trump, requesting a single state funeral for the last World War II Medal of Honor recipient. The West Virginia congressional delegation wishes to honor the patriotism and bravery of West Virginia's own Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams and all the other brave men and women who served … Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Manchin Urges Amtrak To Reconsider Their Policies That Negatively Impact WV Railroad

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson expressing concern over Amtrak's policies and restrictions that are creating financial hardship for the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, Inc. Collis P. Huntington has long been both a means of transportation and a West Virginia historical artifact, helping to bring millions of dollars to West Virginia's economy annually through its operation of the New River Train. The letter … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Manchin Urges Federal Officials to Deliver Secure Rural School Payments ASAP

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, today urged federal officials to deliver Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments as quickly as possible in the aftermath of the government shutdown. Senator Manchin was joined by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), James Risch (R-ID) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). In their bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Acting Interior … Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

Manchin Statement On Reopening The Government

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on President Trump's decision to reopen the government. "I'm glad the government is finally reopening. This politically-motivated and extremely hurtful shutdown has harmed millions of Americans and West Virginians. I look forward to working in a bipartisan way to fix our border security and immigration … Continue Reading

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