Press Releases

December 15, 2014

Manchin Statement on Opposition to Dr. Murthy's Surgeon General Confirmation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement on his opposition to confirming Dr. Vivek Murthy's as America's next Surgeon General. "Our Surgeon General serves as America's leader on public health services and chooses what health policies we should prioritize. For that reason, I don't believe it's appropriate for America's number one doctor to participate in political activism. It is essential that the Surgeon General gains the public's trust, so this position … Continue Reading


December 15, 2014

Manchin Appointed to New Senate Committees for 114th Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today announced that he has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee for the 114th Congress. He will continue to be a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "It is a privilege to be assigned to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee as we enter … Continue Reading


December 13, 2014

Manchin Submits Floor Speech in Opposition to Omnibus Legislation

Senator Manchin urges members of the Senate to work together on bipartisan omnibus legislation that better represents American values Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tonight submitted remarks on the Senate floor explaining his opposition to the $1.1 trillion government spending bill due to many troubling provisions that cannot be amended. Senator Manchin urges his colleagues to stay in session an additional week to draft a bipartisan omnibus package that fairly … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Manchin Calls for Debate on Using Military Force in Syria Before Sending More American Troops

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to submit to Congress his proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Senator Manchin believes Congress should debate America's military strategy before sending more American troops to the region or beginning a military program to train and advise Syrian rebels. Senator Manchin argues that the American people … Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Manchin Opposes Antonio Weiss Nomination to be the Next Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at Treasury Department

Senator Manchin delivers remarks on the Senate floor Washington, D.C. - As a member of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today delivered remarks on the Senate floor explaining his opposition of Wall Street investment banker Antonio Weiss to be the next Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the Department of Treasury. Please read Senator Manchin's remarks as prepared for delivery below: M. President - I represent and serve the great state of West Virginia, a rural … Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Manchin Welcomes I-79 Corridor Businesses To Washington at 7th Annual WV Identification Intelligence Seminar And Expo

Senator Manchin delivers remarks at the seventh West Virginia Identification Intelligence Seminar and EXPO VII Expo provides opportunities for WV businesses from I-79 Corridor to network with executives in the identity management sector and representatives from federal agencies, including DHS, DOJ, NIST, NSF, DoD, DIA and the FBI Washington, D.C. - Today, as Honorary Chair of the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) welcomed West Virginia … Continue Reading


December 05, 2014

Manchin Celebrates National Miner’s Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement ahead of tomorrow's celebration of National Miner's Day to recognize past, present and future brave miners across America. "National Miner's Day remains an incredibly meaningful day of recognition not only for the state of West Virginia, but for our entire country. This nation was built on the backs of our coal miners, and today, miners continue to go to work every day to provide millions of Americans with … Continue Reading


December 05, 2014

Manchin Statement on Ashton Carter’s Nomination to Secretary of Defense

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued a statement to announce his support for Ashton Carter's nomination to Secretary of Defense. "I intend to support Ashton Carter's nomination to Secretary of Defense. Our country faces serious national security challenges and I believe Ashton will provide capable leadership of the Department of Defense in meeting these challenges. His record of public service has been excellent, and he enjoys credibility with Members of … Continue Reading


December 03, 2014

Manchin Announces More Than $60,000 to Revitalize Rural Communities in Fayette County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced today that Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) in Kincaid, West Virginia will receive $60,337.51 through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. The funds will be used to redevelop and revitalize rural areas of Fayette County by rehabilitating the homes of families in need to safe and energy efficient standards. "These investments in our rural communities will provide much needed … Continue Reading


December 02, 2014

Manchin Announces $100,000 to Improve School Cafeterias’ Access to Local, Fresh Foods

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced that the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will receive $100,000 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm to School Program. The funding will be used to help effectively move food from local farms to school cafeterias. The WVDE Office of Child Nutrition and the West Virginia Farm to School Community Development Group will collaborate to develop food hubs. These hubs will establish a distribution … Continue Reading


November 25, 2014

Manchin Congratulates Marshall University For Its Successful Football Season

Charleston, W.Va. - Senator Manchin issued a statement congratulating Marshall University on its football season so far and encouraging West Virginians to rally behind the Herd this Friday. "I'm incredibly proud of the Marshall University football team, Coach Doc Holliday, the staff and the athletic department, and the entire state of West Virginia should be, too. "Throughout this season, the Thundering Herd has brought positive national exposure to our state and proudly showcased the true … Continue Reading


November 25, 2014

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Shop Small This Saturday

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today encouraged West Virginians to shop at Mountain State small businesses this Saturday, November 29 in celebration of the fifth annual Small Business Saturday. "Whether it is the local grocer, the corner coffee shop or the family-owned diner, our small businesses are what fuel our economy, and their success is critical to our communities. Today, West Virginia's more than 120,000 small businesses make up an estimated 96 percent of the … Continue Reading


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

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