Press Releases

August 01, 2019

Manchin, Graham Introduce Bill To Stengthen U.S. Manufacturers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today introduced the United States Reciprocal Trade Act, which will level the playing field with our foreign trade partners. Companion legislation was introduced by U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) in January 2019. "For far too long, West Virginia has been devastated by unfair trade practices," said Senator Manchin. "Our state has the best workers in the world, and all they need to come out on top is a level … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Manchin Attends President's Signing Of The LEGION Act

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) went to the White House to attend the President's signing of his legislation, The Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service (LEGION) Act. This bill will allow all Veterans to join the American Legion, no matter when they served their active duty. Membership in The American Legion allows Veterans to engage in public service activities, such as supporting Boys and Girls State and Nation, youth mentorship programs, and … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

MANCHIN ANNOUNCES NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION DECISION TO KEEP GREEN BANK OBSERVATORY OPEN

Washington, D.C. - Senator Manchin (D-WV) announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) decision to keep the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County open. In 2012, NSF recommended divesting the facility. In response, as a member of the Appropriations Committee overseeing NSF's budget, Senator Manchin made sure to include provisions in the 2018 spending bill preventing NSF from divesting itself of facilities and encouraging it to work with federal, academic, and private sector … Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

MANCHIN BILL TO EXPAND GI BILL FOR STUDENT VETERANS TO BE SIGNED BY PRESIDENT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), today applauded the Senate passage of his bill, the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act. This legislation, which passed the House of Representatives in June, will expand the GI Bill for Veterans seeking careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The bill changes the hourly requirements for student Veterans earning STEM degrees to help them fully utilize their scholarships. "It is great to see the Senate and the House … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

MANCHIN, CAPITO ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $910K FOR HEAD START PROGRAMS

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $910,604 from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia which will support Head Start programs across West Virginia. "I firmly believe that all children deserve a quality education and foundation, no matter their background. Head Start programs provide our students with … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

MANCHIN QUESTIONS WVU AND NETL OFFICIALS ABOUT APPALACHIAN STORAGE HUB

To watch a video of Senator Manchin's opening remarks click here. To watch a video of Senator Manchin's questioning click here. Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, questioned Dr. Brian Anderson, Director of the National Energy Technology Lab and Dr. John Deskins, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

MANCHIN INTRODUCES BILL TO EXTEND FLOOD INSURANCE ASSISTANCE TO PROTECT WEST VIRGINIANS FROM LOSING ASSISTANCE

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the Group Flood Insurance Policy Extension Act, legislation that would extend the current Group Flood Insurance Policy (GFIP) under Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to account for the delayed obligation of $106 million in Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery funds provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. If this bill isn't passed, close to 550 West Virginia households will lose flood insurance … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

MANCHIN REINTRODUCES BUTCH LEWIS ACT, REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO SOLVING PENSION CRISIS

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), former Member of the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans, led 30 Senators in reintroducing the Butch Lewis Act in the Senate as the House of Representatives passed the bill last night. The Butch Lewis Act would address the pension crisis threatening the retirement of more than 1.3 million workers and retirees nationwide and putting small businesses across the country in jeopardy. "I firmly believe that no one … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

WV DELEGATION URGES PRESIDENT TRUMP TO DECLARE FEDERAL DISASTER AFTER WEST VIRGINIA FLASH FLOODS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Representatives David McKinley (WV-1), Alex Mooney (WV-2) and Carol Miller (WV-3), wrote a letter to President Trump to express their full support for Governor Jim Justice's request for a federal disaster declaration for the state of West Virginia. On June 29th, flash floods and evacuations took place throughout five counties in West Virginia producing up to five inches of rain. The letter said in part, "As … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

MANCHIN: COMMERCE MAPPING BILL GOOD FIRST STEP BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today praised the passage of the Broadband DATA (Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability) Act (S. 1822) out of the Senate Commerce Committee but highlighted the need for provisions from his bill, the Map Improvement Act (S.1485), that provide funding and technical assistance to state and local governments. Of the 89,004 local governments, 573 tribes, and 50 states that were automatically eligible to participate in the Mobility Fund … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

MANCHIN, CAPITO ANNOUNCE $446K FOR AIR QUALITY PROGRAMS

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $446,716 from the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Particulate Matter 2.5 Monitoring Program. This program helps monitor and evaluate the air quality in West Virginia. Programs like this ensure the public's health and the environment are protected. "One of my … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

MANCHIN TO JOIN 5TH ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE RIDE FOR FALLEN SERVICE HEROES

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will serve as the Special Guest Road Captain for the fifth annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes on Saturday, August 17, 2019. This year's ride benefits the West Virginia National Guard Foundation, the families of Fallen Service Members, and the establishment of a new Gold Star monument in West Virginia. "I am honored to again participate in this ride to memorialize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our state and nation, and … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce More than $194K For New River Gorge Regional Development Authority

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $194,672 from the United States Economic Development Agency (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program for the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA). This funding will support the Country Roads Access Network, an initiative that provides capital investment for early-stage businesses and an educational component … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Manchin Introduces Fix The Country Roads Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Fix the Country Roads Act, legislation that would modernize the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) by granting the Secretary of the Department of Transportation the authority to add new sections to the Appalachian Development Highway System. "Since ADHS was enacted by Congress in 1965, it has created and supported more than 168,000 jobs, generated more than $19.6 billion per year in added business, and saved more … Continue Reading


July 22, 2019

MANCHIN ATTENDS WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE IN WEST VIRGINIA

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today attended the 24th World Scout Jamboree hosted by the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. "The Scouts of America and West Virginia truly make a perfect match - an organization that builds character and promotes the values of hard work and compassion, and a state full of people who live and breathe those same values every day. As a former Boy Scout, I know firsthand how dedicated, honest and … Continue Reading


July 22, 2019

MANCHIN ANNOUNCES NEARLY $10 MILLION FOR ROADS PROJECT IN WETZEL AND MARSHALL COUNTIES

Washington, D.C. - After speaking with Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Chao, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that West Virginia will receive nearly $10 million through the Department of Transportation (DOT) Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. INFRA grants provide funding for freight, highway, and multimodal projects around the country, but for many years rural areas like West Virginia have been disadvantaged in the allocation process. As a … Continue Reading


July 19, 2019

MANCHIN, CAPITO ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO SUPPORT RURAL RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Appropriations Committee, today announced a $747,528 Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD) grant for the West Virginia University (WVU) Research Corporation. Funding will be awarded over a three-year period and will support the creation of new rural residency programs. West Virginia is one of 21 states that will receive this funding, which was awarded through the Health … Continue Reading


July 19, 2019

MANCHIN REINTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO PROMOTE HUNTING TRADITIONS AND STRENGTHEN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow's Needs Act, legislation to promote hunting traditions and ensure the continued successful funding of wildlife conservation through the purchase of hunting and recreational shooting equipment. "Many West Virginians and Americans have long traditions with hunting and recreational shooting, which translates into a strong appreciation for the outdoors and wildlife conservation. … Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

MANCHIN URGES FCC CHAIRMAN TO UTILIZE PUBLIC INPUT TO FIX BROADBAND COVERAGE MAPS, SENDS OWN SPEED TEST RESULTS AS PROOF

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), recently sent a letter to Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to discuss the incorrect broadband coverage maps of West Virginia and the formation of a public feedback system to better assess broadband coverage across rural states like West Virginia. In the letter, Senator Manchin included the results of speed tests taken in Cabins, WV showing that the coverage provided by Frontier Communications in the area is … Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

MANCHIN, BROWN, CASEY, KAINE FIGHT FOR RETIRED COAL MINERS WHO WILL LOSE THEIR HEALTHCARE BY THE END OF THE YEAR

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) took to the Senate Floor to fight for the 1,200 retired coal miners who are at risk of losing their healthcare by the end of the year and called for Congress to pass the American Miners Act. In the May 2017 appropriations bill, Congress ensured that the Krug-Lewis Agreement for guaranteed healthcare and pension benefits would be maintained. Specifically, the bill included $1.3 … Continue Reading

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