Press Releases

January 07, 2014

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Wyoming County Head Start Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Head Start funding for MountainHeart Community Services in Oceana. "Investing in educational opportunities is critical to creating a successful future for our state," Manchin said. "Our children are our top priority, and we are responsible for making sure that the next generation of West Virginians can someday compete in the global marketplace. I am pleased … Continue Reading


January 06, 2014

Manchin Statement on Yellen Confirmation Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on his vote to confirm Janet Yellen as the next Federal Reserve Chair: "When I first met privately with Vice-chair Yellen and during my questioning of her in the Senate Banking Committee, I came away believing that she was clearly qualified to be Federal Reserve Chair. I struggled until the last moment with my vote in the Senate Banking Committee, but I remained troubled by the unchecked quantitative … Continue Reading


January 02, 2014

Manchin Statement on the 8th Anniversary of the Sago Mine Disaster

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the 8th anniversary of the Sago mine disaster: "Eight years ago, the precious lives of twelve miners were taken tragically at Sago," said Senator Manchin. "On that day, I grieved with the miners' families and with all West Virginians. Their strength and sacrifice remain in my heart each and every day, and my thoughts and prayers go out to them and their loved ones on this sad anniversary. Since Sago, we … Continue Reading


January 02, 2014

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Buck Harless

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the passing of Buck Harless: "Buck Harless was a dear friend not only to me, but to all of West Virginia," said Senator Manchin. "Gayle and I are deeply saddened to learn of his passing, and we extend our condolences to his wife Hallie, his entire family and to all of those who were touched by his exceptional life. I will always remember and admire Buck's passion to make West Virginia a better place to … Continue Reading


December 23, 2013

Manchin Family Wishes All West Virginians a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement wishing all West Virginians a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. "Gayle and I, along with the entire Manchin family, wish all West Virginians, Americans and our brave service men and women a very merry Christmas and peaceful and prosperous New Year. "As a country, we are blessed to have such a devoted and patriotic military. Our brave service men and women are far from the beautiful holiday … Continue Reading


December 20, 2013

Manchin Statement on Additional Health Care Penalty Delay

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the Obama Administration's announcement to allow penalty delays for some individuals whose insurance has been canceled because their health care plans did not comply with minimum requirements under the new law. "I've always said that 2014 should be a transition year for the health care law, and we must give the American people a chance to shop around for the best and most affordable insurance plans. … Continue Reading


December 19, 2013

Manchin Sees Firsthand The Impact of Sequestration on Military Aviators

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Chair of the Airland Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently had the honor of spending the day with a Marine Corps fighter squadron at Andrews Air Force Base. He wanted to see firsthand the impact sequestration and budgetary cuts has had on military aviators as well as learn more about the Marine Corps' plans to modernize their fighter jets. On Monday, December 16, Senator Manchin, a commercial pilot himself, … Continue Reading


December 19, 2013

Manchin, Kirk, Wicker Urge Federal Banking Officials to Protect Community Banks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) today sent a letter to federal officials who oversee banking rules, including Treasury Secretary Lew and Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke, in order to ensure community banks are protected from the broad brush of federal regulation. Due to a technical oversight in the Volcker Rule, which was intended to protect the U.S. economy from risky bets by large banks, community banks fear that they would … Continue Reading


December 18, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Lead Bipartisan Effort to Support National Guard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Department of Defense completes its year-end budget review, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), are leading a bipartisan coalition of House and Senate Members urging Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to protect and strengthen the National Guard in next year's Army budget. "The National Guard is America's longest serving military fighting force and has always answered the call when the American people need help in … Continue Reading


December 18, 2013

Manchin, Boozman Work to Bring Transparency, Fairness to EPA Science Review Process

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Boozman (R-AR) today introduced legislation to improve confidence in the fairness and transparency of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and rulemaking by reforming the science advisory process. The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act makes changes to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) by increasing transparency, enabling SAB reviews of EPA "risk or hazard assessments" that are used to justify regulations, ensuring that the … Continue Reading


December 17, 2013

Senator Manchin and Congressman Cicilline Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Focus on Job Growth

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) today introduced commonsense legislation that would help Washington stay focused on what matters most to hardworking Americans: creating and protecting American jobs. Under current law, the government must "score" pieces of legislation to estimate the cost. Manchin and Cicilline's legislation would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to also determine the number of jobs that would be … Continue Reading


December 17, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Coons, Schumer, McCaskill, Klobuchar Introduce Silver Alert Bill to Help Locate Missing Seniors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced legislation to create a nationwide network for locating missing adults and senior citizens. The National Silver Alert Act would create a federal program modeled after the AMBER Alert and provide federal coordination and assistance to local and state law enforcement agencies, similar to a system currently … Continue Reading


December 17, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Raleigh County Head Start Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall, (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Head Start funding for Raleigh County Community Action Association. "In West Virginia, we prioritize based on our values, and we value taking care of our children," said Manchin. "All West Virginia kids deserve a chance at success, and these essential programs provide our youth with the best opportunities and resources for a healthy start and to compete academically … Continue Reading


December 14, 2013

Manchin Statement One Year After Newtown Tragedy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement one year after the Newtown tragedy: "Today, Gayle and I join all West Virginians and Americans across the country in grieving for the families who lost their loved ones in Newtown. Though we will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers, my heart will always weigh heavier on this day as we remember the precious lives lost in this unspeakable and horrific tragedy. A year ago, as a father and a … Continue Reading


December 12, 2013

Manchin Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Corn Ethanol Mandate

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced with eight cosponsors The Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2013. The bill, cosponsored by Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker, (R-TN), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Patrick Toomey (R-PA), eliminates the corn ethanol mandate within the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which requires a yearly increase in the amount … Continue Reading


December 12, 2013

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Exempt Volunteer First Responders from Healthcare Mandate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Angus King (I-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Mark Begich (D-AK) to introduce bipartisan legislation that ensures volunteer firefighters and other first responders can continue protecting communities that rely on them. The "Protect Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act" amends the "Affordable Care Act" to make it clear that volunteer emergency service workers are not … Continue Reading


December 11, 2013

Manchin Statement on Budget Conference Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013: "This budget agreement is the first bipartisan deal that has been proposed since I became a member of the Senate more than three years ago. I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans were able to sit down in a room together, negotiate, and arrive at a deal. I commend Senator Murray and Representative Ryan for their leadership in debating, deliberating and finally … Continue Reading


December 10, 2013

Manchin, Fischer Introduce ‘Gone Act’ to Eliminate Government Spending on Nothing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to close out thousands of expired grant accounts, which cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. The Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act would require agencies to close out expired, empty grant accounts. It would also require federal agencies to identify exactly why those accounts were never closed in the first place. Specifically, the GONE Act … Continue Reading


December 10, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Logan County Head Start Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Head Start funding for PRIDE Community Services. "West Virginia is blessed with community organizations, like PRIDE, that are providing critical education and nutritional assistance to children in Logan County. As the Congress considers the Federal budget for the coming year, I continue to press to raise awareness about the importance of Head Start programs in our … Continue Reading


December 09, 2013

Senator Manchin and Entire Staff Sign Up on Health Care Exchanges

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that he and his entire staff have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges. "Today, my staff and I joined the thousands of Americans who signed up for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges. I've always said that this should be a transition year to give the American people a chance to shop around for the best and most affordable insurance plans for themselves and their families. We are … Continue Reading

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