Press Releases

May 08, 2018

Manchin, Heitkamp Introduce Bill to Protect Coal Jobs and Develop Technologies to Secure Coal's Future

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today introduced the Fossil Energy Utilization, Enhancement, and Leadership Act, a bill that will help protect coal jobs and develop new technologies to be used domestically and exported internationally. "Over the last decade, our nation's electricity grid has experienced a major shift in its domestic fuel supply mix. In order to maintain affordable and reliable electricity, it is critical for our country to support … Continue Reading

May 07, 2018

Manchin Applauds First Lady's "Be Best" Initiative, Especially Its Focus on How the Opioid Epidemic Impacts Children

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded First Lady Melania Trump's "Be Best" initiative, which in part focuses on how the opioid epidemic impacts children and highlighted Huntington's Lily's Place, a facility that provides short-term medical care to babies born addicted to drugs. "I applaud the First Lady for choosing to focus on how one of the biggest challenges facing our country, the opioid epidemic, impacts the most vulnerable among us, our children. The First Lady … Continue Reading

May 07, 2018

Manchin Statement on Walmart's New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded Walmart's announcement to limit the number of opioid pills prescribed for an initial opioid prescription, in line with the CDC's opioid prescribing guidelines, and to require e-prescriptions of opioids and other controlled substances to reduce abuse and diversion. "I applaud Walmart's decision to proactively implement policies that will change the way they prescribe opioids and improve their prescription verification system. These … Continue Reading

May 04, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $10 Million for Head Start Programs in Southern West Virginia

Charleston, WV - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration of Children and Families has awarded $10,362,033 for Head Start programs in Bluefield and Huntington. Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia, Inc. in Bluefield was awarded $3,526,925 and Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc. in Huntington was awarded … Continue Reading

May 04, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce $70,000 Eonomic Development Grant for Region 4

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration will award $70,000 to the Region IV Planning and Development Council which includes Fayette, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, and Webster counties. "These public-private partnerships are the key to business expansion and diversifying our economy. This funding will create jobs and more private investment opportunities that will … Continue Reading

May 04, 2018

Manchin, Durbin and Markey Urge FDA to Remove High-Dose Opioids From the Market

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ed Markey (D-MA) urged U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to remove ultra-high dose opioids removed from the market. The Senators said in part: "A particular concern with ultra-high dose opioids is accidental ingestion, borrowed medication, and recreational use. Studies have shown that 12 million Americans misuse prescription opioids annually, and more than half of all misuse … Continue Reading

May 03, 2018

Manchin Releases Report Outlining Severe Pension Crisis Facing American Workers on Anniversary of Securing Miners' Healthcare

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the pending crisis facing multiemployer pension plans, including the United Mine Workers of America 1974 Pension fund. Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of Senator Manchin securing healthcare benefits for retired miners. To read the Senator Manchin's full report, click here. "America's workers, and especially our coal miners, are the backbone of our economy. For generations, they have deferred their … Continue Reading

May 03, 2018

Manchin Unveils New Analysis Showing Economic Impact of Opioid Crisis in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a new report on the economic impact of the opioid crisis in West Virginia. The analysis, modeled after a national analysis conducted by the Council for Economic Advisers, found that in 2016 alone the opioid crisis cost West Virginia over $8.72 billion in fatalities, health care spending, addiction treatment, criminal justice, and lost productivity. The largest economic impact of the crisis in West Virginia was opioid-related … Continue Reading

May 03, 2018

Manchin, Capito Congratulate West Virginia's Top Youth Volunteers

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) congratulated Kayla McKinney and Lakyn Campbell for receiving the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award alongside 102 other extraordinary young Americans across the nation. "West Virginian's are dedicated to neighbors helping neighbors," said Senator Manchin. "Kayla and Lakyn represent the best of West Virginia and the nation. They have set extraordinary examples for all West Virginians and their … Continue Reading

May 02, 2018

Manchin Announces FCC Official to Visit West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today Michael Janson, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Deputy Director of the Rural Broadband Auctions Taskforce will visit BridgeValley Community & Technical College in West Virginia on Friday, May 18th to discuss the Challenge Process for Mobility Fund II, a $4.5 billion program that will help companies serve rural areas with high-speed broadband. The event is intended to help state and local governments and other … Continue Reading

May 02, 2018

Manchin Urges Energy Secretary Perry to Utilize Loan Program for Fossil Energy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to encourage the continued use of the Title XVII Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program and to increase the utilization of the program for Fossil Energy projects. Senator Manchin wrote in part: "I believe that the Loan Program will continue to be a driver of projects that are critical to the future of America's energy innovation. In particular, I encourage your Department to increase … Continue Reading

May 02, 2018

Manchin Announces Agreement Between Amtrak and Collis P. Huntington to Reestablish New River Train Service

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced a tentative agreement between Amtrak and the Collis P. Huntington Society to reestablish New River Train service and begin selling tickets for the October event. "I'm so glad to announce that Amtrak and Collis P. Huntington Society have reached a general agreement on pricing that will allow them to reestablish service for the New River Train. I understand that they will need to continue further discussions to work out some of the … Continue Reading

May 01, 2018

Manchin, Capito Announce More than $18 Million for West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced today that West Virginia will receive $18,569,124 in funding to help provide sustainable housing. "In our communities, we believe in neighbors helping neighbors and helping those who have fallen on hard times. That's why I'm glad West Virginia will receive $18 million to help communities provide sustainable housing for West Virginians who need it. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I fought … Continue Reading

May 01, 2018

Manchin Urges NSF and NASA to Work Together to Discuss New Opportunities for Green Bank Observatory

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged Dr. France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, and the Administrator of NASA, James F. Bridenstine, to meet to discuss the future of the Green Bank Observatory and to work together to find ways to continue their investment in the observatory. In the FY18 spending bill, Senator Manchin included language to facilitate the collaboration between these two federal agencies to make sure the Green Bank Observatory … Continue Reading

May 01, 2018

Manchin Releases Weekly Energy Report

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a report detailing the price and production levels of coal as well as natural gas prices in Appalachia and nationally. For the week ending in April 21, 2018, estimate U.S. coal production totaled approximately 14.1 million short tons. This production estimate is roughly 6.4% lower than last week's estimate and 2.7% lower than the comparable week in 2017. Read Senator Manchin's full report below or click … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Manchin Makes Good on Wager with Toomey - Delivers Chico's Pepperoni Rolls

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) made good on the wager he made with Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) over the NCAA Sweet 16 game between the West Virginia University Mountaineers and Villanova University Wildcats. As promised, Senator Manchin delivered Senator Toomey pepperoni rolls from Chico's Bakery baked in Morgantown, WV and the largest producer of pepperoni rolls in the United States. "I congratulate Senator Toomey and the Villanova Wildcats on not only their Sweet 16 … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Manchin Releases Statement on the 40th Anniversary of Willow Island Disaster

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on the 40th anniversary of the Willow Island Disaster. "Forty years after this horrible tragedy, we continue to grieve, remember the 51 workers we lost, and pray for their families. The tragedy at the Pleasants Power Station will live forever in our hearts, and I encourage every West Virginian to honor the memory of those who lost their lives that fateful day. "No matter what, one thing that stays the same here … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Manchin, Capito, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Care for Children Impacted by Opioid Abuse

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Handle with Care Act to recognize and build on the successful Handle with Care program in West Virginia. The program connects children who interact with law enforcement in domestic violence situations, drug raids, overdoses, and more, to school resources that are designed to provide the child with trauma-informed care. "The impact of the opioid epidemic is felt … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Manchin Encourages Perry and Mattis to Consider Defense Production Act to Save Coal-Fired Power Plants and Further Secure our Nation's Security

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, encouraged U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to examine the Defense Production Act to protect coal-fired power plants in West Virginia and further secure our nation's security. The Defense Production Act was enacted on September 8, 1950 at the start of the Korean War and is designed to support U.S. civil defense and war mobilization … Continue Reading

April 25, 2018

Manchin Urges Attorney General Jeff sessions to Restore DEA Authority and HElp Fix Bureau of Prisons Staffing Shortages in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions today at the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. He spoke with the Attorney General about the Bureau of Prisons staffing shortages in West Virginia, the pay and benefits of the FBI police force and restoring the DEA's authority to prevent opioids from entering the market. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department lead a successful raid in … Continue Reading

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