Press Releases

September 01, 2015

Manchin Statement on the Decision to Relocate WVU Tech

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the decision to relocate West Virginia University Institute of Technology. "I am deeply saddened by the news of the closing of this historic educational institution in Montgomery. However, after talking to President Gee, I am optimistic that proper replacement options for the current students of WVU Tech will be made available quickly and that viable opportunities will be available for the city of … Continue Reading


August 31, 2015

West Virginia University Libraries Selected to Receive Sparks! Ignition Grant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded West Virginia University (WVU) Libraries with a Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries to address challenges faced by the student veteran community. "Student veterans face unique challenges when pursuing a degree in higher education, and we have a responsibility to them to make sure they have the tools and resources they … Continue Reading


August 28, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $850,000 to Boost Fire Prevention and Safety Operations in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced today that the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department, Hooverston Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Cora Volunteer Fire Department and Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department will receive funding to enhance fire prevention and safety operations through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Programs. "My experience working with the volunteer rescue squad … Continue Reading


August 27, 2015

Manchin Encourages West Virginia Students to Apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program and Scholarship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginia high school juniors and seniors interested in government and public service to apply for the 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two applicants will be selected by the West Virginia Department of Education to attend the week-long government educational program held in Washington, D.C. on March 5-12, 2016. In addition, the delegates will each receive a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship to the … Continue Reading


August 25, 2015

Manchin Announces $200,000 for Williamson Health and Wellness Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced that the Williamson Health and Wellness Center will receive $200,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program to enhance physical and psychosocial (psychological and social) health care services for individuals living with diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive … Continue Reading


August 21, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Investment to Boost Economy and Create Jobs in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide $70,000 to the Region 4 Planning and Development Council to invest in job creation and economic development in the region. The Region 4 Planning and Development Council consists of Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster Counties. "It is critical that our public and private sectors work together to help boost our … Continue Reading


August 21, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Three West Virginia Fire Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced today that the Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department, Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department and South Berkeley Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad will receive funding to enhance fire prevention and safety operations through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Programs. "Our committed firefighters, who wake up each morning and leave their families at home, … Continue Reading


August 19, 2015

Manchin Urges West Virginians to Read Iran Nuclear Deal on His Website

Washington, D.C. - As he carefully considers the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginians to visit his website to read the full text of the Iran nuclear deal for themselves. Since the deal was announced on July 14th, Senator Manchin has been actively engaged with West Virginians, top U.S. officials, U.S. military leaders, world diplomats and foreign policy experts to hear their thoughts and concerns. "Right now, I am hearing from experts on both sides … Continue Reading


August 18, 2015

Manchin Statement on EPA Proposed Methane Emissions Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed methane emissions regulations for oil and natural-gas drilling. "More overreach from the EPA is the last thing we need right now," Senator Manchin said. "This Administration has already taken an ax to our coal jobs, and now it is targeting our thriving natural gas industry, which has already made significant progress in reducing methane … Continue Reading


August 17, 2015

Manchin Condemns Outrageous FDA Decision to Approve OxyContin for 11 Year Olds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today sent a letter to the Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Stephen Ostroff, condemning the agency's recent decision to approve OxyContin for use for children as young as 11 years old. "This recent decision by the FDA to prescribe OxyContin to children as young as 11 years old is a horrifying example of the disconnect between the FDA approval process and the realities the deadly … Continue Reading


August 17, 2015

Manchin Applauds Crucial Funding to Fight Growing Heroin Threat in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for granting additional funding for West Virginia's designated High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) to address the recent surge in heroin trafficking and overdoses and to help reduce drug abuse. A total of $2.5 million will fund the Heroin Response Strategy, a partnership among five regional HIDTA programs - Appalachia, New England, Philadelphia/Camden, … Continue Reading


August 14, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $835,000 to Recruit Firefighters and Improve Safety in Berkeley County

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $835,097 in federal funding for the Berkeley County Fire Service Board to help recruit and train more firefighters and improve the safety of the Berkeley County community. "The hardworking and dedicated firefighters in our communities are often first on the scene in an emergency, making sure that the people of West Virginia are safe," Senator Manchin said. "Thanks to this SAFER grant, the … Continue Reading


August 13, 2015

Manchin, Toomey, and Child Advocates Urge Congress to Keep Ban on "Passing the Trash" in Final Education Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) continue to urge their colleagues to take the final steps necessary to ban "passing the trash"-the terrible process whereby a school helps a child molester employee obtain a new job at another school and move onto other victims. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Toomey-Manchin measure to protect children from sexual predators in July, adding it to the Senate's education bill reauthorizing the … Continue Reading


August 12, 2015

Manchin Capito Announce More Than $614,000 for Upshur County Regional Airport Infrastructure Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced more than $614,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration for infrastructure improvements at the Upshur County Regional Airport. "Having safe and reliable infrastructure and equipment at our airports helps us attract business opportunities that drive economic development while keeping travelers safe," Senator Manchin said. "I … Continue Reading


August 12, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce TRIO Student Support Services Program Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced $451,079 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program for Shepherd University and Glenville State College. These funds aim to increase the college retention and graduation rates of TRIO SSS Program participants. "We have a responsibility to make sure that every student who is willing to work hard receives a good education and has the … Continue Reading


August 11, 2015

Manchin Joins Effort to Stop Social Security Administration's Potential Backdoor Gun Limits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a group of 25 senators in calling on the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop its plan to unfairly target the Second Amendment rights of millions of Social Security beneficiaries. In a letter to the SSA Acting Administrator, the Senators question the Administration's reported plan to begin divulging millions of Social Security beneficiaries' information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). "As … Continue Reading


August 11, 2015

Manchin Announces $2 Million to Improve Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced a total of $2 million to improve mental health and substance abuse treatment in West Virginia. The funding is being awarded to Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center in Princeton and the Westbrook Health Services Integrated Care Program (WHSIC) in Parkersburg. "Far too many West Virginians have been affected by mental health disorders, drug abuse and addiction, far too many families have been torn apart and far too … Continue Reading


August 06, 2015

Manchin and Capito Cosponsor Resolution Marking 125th Anniversary of Second Morrill Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A resolution cosponsored by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act, legislation that established educational opportunities for African-Americans with the creation of 19 land-grant universities, has passed the Senate by unanimous consent. The 1890 Land-Grant Universities are a network of historically black colleges and universities that were created to promote education in … Continue Reading


August 05, 2015

Manchin, Kirk, Ernst, Gillibrand Launch Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today launched the Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus with industry leaders Starbucks and Uber to address the challenges that this new generation of post-9/11 veterans face when entering the job market. Starbucks and Uber have committed to hiring at least 60,000 veterans and military spouses by 2018. Also in attendance was Illinois native and Student Veterans of America government … Continue Reading


August 04, 2015

Three West Virginia Fire Departments to Receive FEMA Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced $113,260 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for fire departments in Mineral, Hampshire and Cabell counties. The Assistance to Firefighters Grants will help these fire departments purchase equipment needed to keep their communities safe. "Our dedicated volunteers at our local fire departments sacrifice so much to protect our families and our homes," Senator Manchin said. … Continue Reading

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