Press Releases

February 24, 2020

Manchin Rated Most Bipartisan Member Of Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on CQ Roll Call's recent release of bipartisan Congressional rankings. For the second year in a row, Senator Manchin has been ranked the most bipartisan Member of Congress, voting with Democrats 50.2% of the time and voting with Republicans 49.8%. CQ Roll Call is the only ranking of bipartisanship based on actual votes taken by Members of Congress. "I am again honored to be ranked the most bipartisan … Continue Reading

February 24, 2020

ICYMI: Manchin Holds Town Halls And Public Field Hearing During February Recess

Washington, D.C. - Last week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) held public town halls in Huntington and Charleston on the FY 2021 budget, college affordability, broadband access, healthcare, and other issues facing our state and nation. While in Charleston, Senator Manchin also visited the West Virginia Capitol to hear from state lawmakers and visit with West Virginians exploring the Capitol grounds. He also held a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee field hearing in Beckley to … Continue Reading

February 24, 2020

Manchin Statement On The Death Of Katherine Johnson

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson of White Sulphur Springs and a NASA mathematician whose work helped send the first American astronauts into space and to the Moon. "Gayle and I are terribly saddened to hear of the passing of Katherine Johnson, a stellar mathematician and proud West Virginian and we join all Americans and West Virginians in mourning the loss of an incredible American. A … Continue Reading

February 22, 2020

Manchin Applauds Cost Share Adjustment Approval Resulting In Millions Of Funding For West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today applauded the Administration's approval of the cost share adjustment for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and West Virginia from the current 75% federal-25% state to 90% federal-10% state. The approval for the federal cost-share increase for recovery projects associated with the 2016 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in West Virginia will not only increase the federal funding on public assistance projects … Continue Reading

February 21, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $47 Million For Housing Development Across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $47,559,125 from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for various housing development programs across West Virginia. "Every West Virginian deserves to have a roof over their head, regardless of where they live or their background. This funding will help provide that basic necessity for people across our state. I am proud of HUD's … Continue Reading

February 20, 2020

Manchin Statement on The Death Of James "JD" Stanard

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of James Dyer "JD" Stanard of Boliar and a member of the Greatest Generation who served in the 82nd Airborne Division during major battles of World War II. "Gayle and I are terribly saddened to hear of the passing of James Dyer Stanard, a U.S. Army Veteran and proud West Virginian. James served our country bravely during World War II from 1942-1945 in the 319th Artillery Company of the 82nd … Continue Reading

February 20, 2020

Manchin Leads Group Of 30 Senators Calling On EPA To Deliver On Promises Made In PFAS Action Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a group of 30 Senators in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting he provide an updated timeline for when the EPA will implement commitments made in the agency's plan to combat exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The EPA released its plan, the PFAS Action Plan, one year ago and has yet to implement many of the commitments outlined in the strategy. The Senators wrote, … Continue Reading

February 19, 2020

Manchin Introduces Resolution To Honor 75th Anniversary Of Iwo Jima

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced a Joint Resolution to honor the 75th Anniversary of the Battle for Iwo Jima during World War II. The resolution recognizes the gallantry and heroism demonstrated seventy-five years ago during the victory that was led by the United States Marine Corps over Imperial Japan on the island of Iwo Jima. A companion resolution was introduced in House. "Seventy-five years ago today our brave Marines led America to victory over the … Continue Reading

February 18, 2020

Manchin, Cramer, Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Give Guard And Reserve Members Equal Hazard-Duty Incentive Pay

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan bill to give National Guard and Reserve members equal hazard duty incentive pay (HDIP). Identical bipartisan legislation has already been introduced in the House. Hazard Duty Incentive Pay is a type of special and incentive pay used to improve recruiting and retention by increasing compensation for hazardous duty assignments or conditions. This pay is in addition to … Continue Reading

February 18, 2020

Manchin Statement On The Announced Closure Of Fairmont Regional Medical Center

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the announced closure of Fairmont Regional Medical Center. "Marion County and Fairmont are my home area. This is where I grew up. And we know that the 11th largest county and the 7th largest city in West Virginia can't survive without a quality hospital. This is an unfortunate and painful trend across rural America. The closing of rural hospitals and clinics continues to make access to quality care … Continue Reading

February 14, 2020

Manchin, Shaheen, Baldwin Lead Colleagues In Fighting To Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions In FY21 Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today led 44 Senators in a letter to the Administration urging President Trump to direct the Department of Justice (DOJ) to protect the law of the land, which provides health care coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The Administration's Fiscal Year 2021 proposed budget continues to fund DOJ's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which protects access to … Continue Reading

February 14, 2020

Manchin Statement On Administration's Decision To Transfer $3.8B From Military To Fund Border Wall

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement in response to the Department of Defense (DoD) decision to transfer $3.8 billion from various DoD accounts, including $1.765 billion from the National Guard and Reserve, to fund construction of the southwest border wall. "No other Democrat has been more supportive of securing our border. I have voted time and again to fund construction of a border wall. But we cannot do so at the expense of our brave … Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Manchin Statement On Bipartisan Iran War Powers Resolution Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to support S.J.Res 68, the bipartisan Iran War Powers Resolution, which requires the President to receive direct authorization or declaration from Congress for the use of military force against Iran. "The late Senator Robert C. Byrd liked to say he worked with 10 Presidents but he never worked for one because Congress and the President are equal branches of government. I voted to approve S.J.Res … Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce Funding For Marshall University Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a grant of $434,180 to support Marshall University's Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). "Marshall University conducts essential research that impacts countless lives every day and this funding will ensure their research continues. I applaud … Continue Reading

February 12, 2020

Manchin Leads Colleagues In Advocating For Veterans With Issues Related To Agent Orange Exposure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today led 42 Democratic Senators in advocating for the Trump Administration to add health conditions so Vietnam Veterans suffering from health conditions associated with their exposure to Agent Orange can receive critical benefits. In their letter, the Senators specifically called on the Administration to end the years-long delay of adding Bladder Cancer, Hypothyroidism, Parkinsonism, and Hypertension to the Department of Veterans Affairs' … Continue Reading

February 12, 2020

Manchin Statement On President Trump's FY 2021 Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued the following statement on President Trump's FY 2021 budget proposal and how it will affect West Virginia. "West Virginians always take care of each other. We provide food to those who are hungry, shelter to those in need, and support to anyone who needs a helping hand. As governor, I learned that our budgets are a reflection of our priorities and the Administration's FY 2021 budget is not in line with West Virginia values or … Continue Reading

February 11, 2020

Manchin, Rounds Lead Colleagues In Letter To International Trade Commission Urging Proper Enforcement Of Trade Laws

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) today led 23 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to International Trade Commission (ITC) Chairman David Johanson urging action against illegal Chinese trade practices that have unfairly harmed the American kitchen cabinet industry. It has been estimated that the American cabinet industry has suffered as much as $4 billion in harm as a result of China's unfair trading practices. "American manufacturers of kitchen … Continue Reading

February 10, 2020

Manchin Announces Webpage To Submit Speed Test Results, Learn More About Efforts To Improve Internet Connectivity In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced a new webpage where constituents can complete and submit an internet speed test to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and learn more about the fight to bring reliable broadband to rural communities across West Virginia. The webpage can be accessed from a computer or mobile device at If you are experiencing internet speeds below the FCC's definition of broadband, which is 25 Mbps download … Continue Reading

February 10, 2020

Manchin, Capito Announce West Virginians Selected for Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced high schoolers Joshua Hatfield of Verdunville and Carson Winkie of Bridgeport have been selected to represent West Virginia for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). "I look forward to meeting with this year's student delegates from West Virginia, Joshua and Carson and having them with us here in Washington," Senator Manchin said. "Joshua and Carson are both incredible young people … Continue Reading

February 10, 2020

Manchin Statement On The Death Of Raamie Barker

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of Chapmanville Mayor, Raamie Barker. "Gayle and I are terribly saddened to hear of the passing of Raamie Barker and we, along with the Chapmanville community, will keep them in our prayers during this difficult time. Raamie was a dear friend of mine. I always knew I could trust him to give honest advice because when he gave you guidance, you knew that it came from his heart. Raamie was a … Continue Reading

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