Press Releases

December 16, 2019

Manchin Leads Bipartisan Effort To Secure Miners' Pensions And Healthcare

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today announced a bipartisan agreement to secure pensions and healthcare for nearly 100,000 coal miners, their widows, and their families. Senator Manchin's Bipartisan American Miners Act (S. 2788) has been included in the final funding package that will keep the government open beyond December 20th when the current temporary funding measure expires. This bill secures lifetime healthcare benefits for the 13,000 miners who would have lost their … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce Nearly $38 Million To Address Opioid Crisis, Reduce Crime, And Improve Public Safety In West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced awards of almost $38 million to fight crime and improve community safety in West Virginia from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Nearly $8 million of the total will support families, children and crime victims affected by the nation's opioid crisis. "West Virginia has the highest overdose rate per capita of any state in our nation, and the impacts of this epidemic can be felt by every family, … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce FEMA Funding For Marshall County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,473,380.63 to the city of McMechen's Waste Water Sewer Treatment Plant in Marshall County for repairs. Funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Investing in infrastructure is essential to improving the lives of all residents across West Virginia. In recent years, our state has endured multiple weather-related … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Manchin, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Coal To Products Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), today introduced bipartisan legislation to advance research and promote coal-derived carbon products. Some of these coal products include carbon fiber, graphite and carbon foam. The Senators were also joined by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY). "The National Energy Technology Lab in Morgantown, West Virginia is leading research to develop … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Manchin Halts All Senate Action To Protect Coal Miners Pensions And Healthcare

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today spoke on the floor to announce no legislation will pass the Senate until he receives assurances that coal miners' healthcare and pensions will be secured in the end of year spending package. Senator Manchin's Bipartisan American Miners Act would permanently secure healthcare and pensions and honor the guarantee made by the federal government back in 1946. "We have 13,000 coal miners who will lose their healthcare and 82,000 coal … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Manchin Leads Colleagues In Protecting Energy Infrastructure From Critical Threats Posed By Huawei Technology

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to Neil Chatterjee, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), emphasizing the dangers of incorporating equipment manufactured by Huawei Technologies Co. (Huawei) into the nation's critical infrastructure. In the letter, Manchin and nine of his colleagues ask for Chatterjee's assurance that FERC … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Manchin, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Improve Clarksburg VA Medical Center Transparency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced The Improving Safety and Security for Veterans Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to submit detailed reports on patient safety and quality of care at VA Medical Centers in light of the recent deaths of Veterans at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center. The legislation ensures that Congress, Veterans, and their families are fully informed on … Continue Reading


December 06, 2019

Manchin Statement On The 78th Anniversary Of The Attack On Pearl Harbor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor tomorrow. "Seventy-eight years later, America still remembers the 'date which will live in infamy.' It was the first phrase pronounced to the world by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the wake of one of America's greatest tragedies, which has since engraved itself in history forever. December 7, 1941 will always mark the date that 2,403 American … Continue Reading


December 06, 2019

Manchin, Capito Bill Passes Senate To Permanently Renew Federal Funding For HBCUS And Minority-Serving Schools

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), today announced the Senate passage of their legislation to permanently renew funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The legislation also includes a first step toward simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. Annual funding for MSIs expired on September 30, 2019. "Minority-serving institutions serve a … Continue Reading


December 06, 2019

Manchin Sends FCC Chairman 41 More Speed Test Results From Across West Virginia To Highlight Need For Public Feedback System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), today sent 41 letters to Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), with results from speed tests submitted by constituents from across West Virginia to highlight incorrect broadband coverage maps of West Virginia and support the need for the formation of a public feedback system to better assess broadband coverage across rural states like West Virginia. In total, Senator Manchin has sent 147 letters from 33 counties … Continue Reading


December 06, 2019

Manchin Statement On WV Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation Basic Training Class Photo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the photo released today by the West Virginia state officials of the basic training class for the state Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. "Based on the photo I have seen and the anti-Semitic intent it appears to show, this behavior warrants an immediate investigation and anyone who participated in any hateful and disgusting action should not be able to work for or be paid by the federal or state … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Manchin Applauds $30 Million Investment From Pratt & Whitney For West Virginia Facility

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the announcement that Pratt & Whitney will invest $30 million into their engine services facility in Bridgeport, West Virginia. "Over the last few years, I have witnessed the tremendous growth and development of the aerospace industry in West Virginia. During my visit to Pratt & Whitney's Bridgeport facility last year, I was impressed by the incredible work being done at the plant, and I am convinced that no one does this … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Manchin, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Paid Family Leave Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) yesterday joined a bipartisan bicameral group in introducing legislation with resources to pay for leave and cover the cost of day care, baby supplies, and other expenses associated with a new child. "No parent or family should struggle to raise their child, which is why I am proud to stand with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to introduce this bipartisan bill that will help working families cover … Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Manchin Meets With FDA Commissioner Nominee Dr. Stephen Hahn

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today met with Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Nominee Dr. Stephen Hahn. Senator Manchin impressed upon Dr. Hahn the important role the FDA has in ending the opioid epidemic, which killed 978 West Virginians in 2018 alone. In 2018, there were over 47,829 opioid related overdose deaths in the US. That's 131 people dying every day from an opioid overdose. "Today, I had a productive meeting with Dr. Hahn about his qualifications, his … Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Manchin: FCC Admits Coverage Maps Are Wrong

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) Coverage Map Investigation Report. The investigation was launched last December after concerns were raised during a preliminary review of the data submitted during the MFII Challenge Process. Today's report confirms the initial findings that the MFII coverage maps were fundamentally flawed. Senator Manchin was the only member of … Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Improve Transportation Services For Rural Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation to help rural Veterans travel to and from their medical appointments more easily. Introduced today, the Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act of 2019 will expand successful initiatives that provide Veterans living in rural areas with transportation services and reimbursement for their travel to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities and Vet Centers. The bill also aims to streamline the … Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

Manchin Introduces Legislation To Help Protect People's Personal Data Online

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a group of 16 senators in reintroducing legislation to protect people's personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users' data. "I am very concerned about the increased frequency of online data breaches and the dangers they present for users. We must give American users the confidence they need … Continue Reading


December 02, 2019

Manchin Announces $450K For Defense Research At WVU

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $451,523 for West Virginia University (WVU) through the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). Funding will support the research and development of military defense technology. "West Virginians have helped shape our nation and support our military through research, manufacturing, and … Continue Reading


December 02, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $1 Million For Infrastructure Improvements In Wellsburg

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 $1,073,250 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which will be used to increase the capacity of storm sewers in Wellsburg, West Virginia. "West Virginians have bounced back from the pain and destruction the terrible 2016 floods caused, but we still have more to do. This funding provided by FEMA will help prepare us for future … Continue Reading


November 27, 2019

Manchin, Capito Announce $4.6 Million For West Virginia Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $4,600,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) for airport runway construction and rehabilitation in West Virginia. "In West Virginia, our airports help drive our economy and boost our tourism industry. Ensuring they receive the resources they need is crucial and this funding will help airports in West … Continue Reading

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