Press Releases

July 11, 2013

Manchin Introduces Common-Sense Balanced Budget Amendment

Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced a constitutional amendment today that would require the federal government to balance its budget and restore fiscal discipline in Washington. The amendment would direct Congress to balance the federal budget each year and would require that federal spending not exceed revenues except in exceptional cases, such as when the nation is … Continue Reading


July 10, 2013

Manchin Welcomes Veterans From Pine Lodge Nursing Home to Washington on Special Honor Flight

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly welcomed four veterans from Beckley's Pine Lodge Nursing Home to the nation's capital to travel to the memorials that were built in their honor. The veterans' dying wishes were to see their memorials, and today they visited the World War II Memorial, Korean Memorial and Vietnam Memorial free of cost. "These four men served our country with distinction and valor, and I cannot stress what an honor and a privilege it is to welcome … Continue Reading


July 10, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce USDA Funding for Water and Safety Projects in Southern West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Wednesday announced Federal funding has been awarded for projects to improve public water/wastewater and enhance community safety in Fayette and Mingo Counties. "Investments that help create local jobs, support businesses and rebuild our economy are vital to our communities across West Virginia, especially in our rural areas," Manchin said. "Grants like these will help ensure that our … Continue Reading


July 09, 2013

Manchin: ‘It's Time to Stand Up for Fairness’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today offered full support behind the United Mine Workers of America rally in Fairmont to demand Patriot Coal provides fair health care benefits for hardworking miners and their families. "I am proud to support the United Mine Workers of America and some of our country's most dedicated and hardworking people, our coal miners, to demand what's right and fair at today's rally in Fairmont. A few weeks ago, I marched shoulder-to-shoulder with … Continue Reading


July 04, 2013

Manchin Wishes West Virginians A Happy, Safe Fourth Of July

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on celebrating America's Independence Day: "The Fourth of July is a glorious pageant full of star spangled banners, the red glare of fireworks and marching bands - a special day that brings together families, friends and communities all across this land in a joyous celebration of America's freedom. But every snap of a flag, every crack of a firecracker and every beat of a drum is also a reminder that the … Continue Reading


July 03, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Award for Diabetes Research at West Virginia University

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced an award of $321,900 in federal funding to West Virginia University for diabetes research that could lead to better treatment and management of the disease. "This investment in diabetes research is about making sure our kids and adults can live healthier lives once they are diagnosed with diabetes," said Rockefeller. "West Virginia University now has the potential to dramatically change the health outcomes for thousands … Continue Reading


June 28, 2013

Manchin Statement on Three Year Anniversary of Robert C. Byrd's Passing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on the three-year anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd's death. "Three years ago, we lost a pillar of the United States Senate, a beloved West Virginia statesman and an unwavering guardian of the Constitution - Senator Robert C. Byrd," said Senator Manchin. "His contributions and dedication to our state and this great nation inspired us all and his influence stretched far beyond West Virginia's … Continue Reading


June 28, 2013

Breakdown of Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

Breakdown of Immigration Legislation - S. 744 Border SecurityThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary must develop a "Comprehensive Security Strategy" and "Southern Border Fencing Strategy" (700 miles of fencing) within six months. Additionally, Senator Manchin cosponsored the Border Security and Enforcement amendment introduced by Senators Hoeven and Corker. This amendment states that each of the 5 requirements below must be satisfied before any undocumented immigrant is granted … Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

Manchin Announces Support For Immigration Legislation That Secures Our Borders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today voted in support of S. 744, "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act," which secures the country's borders, creates a thirteen year legalization process that is tough and fair, guarantees American workers are hired before immigrants, and establishes a legal process that is legitimate and sustainable. Senator Manchin's support of this bill came only after the Senate agreed on an amendment to … Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

FACT SHEET: Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act

Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act All Students Benefit The majority - 55 percent - of new loan volume issued this year will be Unsubsidized Stafford loans, while 26 percent will be Subsidized Stafford loans and 18 percent will be PLUS loans. This proposal provides a long-term solution for students, parents, and taxpayers through a comprehensive interest rate fix for ALL borrowers. Under our plan, every new loan will see an interest rate decrease in 2013. Simplicity and … Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Forge Student Loan Compromise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Angus King (I-ME), and Tom Carper (D-DE) officially introduced today the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, a compromise bipartisan solution that would avert student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st and provide a permanent solution that would lower and fix interest rates for 100 percent of newly issued student loans. The Student Loan Certainty Act requires … Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

Sens. Manchin, Ayotte Join Reps. Dent and Murphy to Introduce the “Duplication Elimination Act”

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), along with Representatives Charlie Dent (R-PA), Patrick Murphy (D-FL) and Mike Coffman (R-CO) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to save billions of taxpayer dollars by making it easier for Congress to eliminate duplication and overlap across the federal government. The "Duplication Elimination Act" would require the President to submit a proposed joint resolution to Congress each year on how to … Continue Reading


June 26, 2013

Manchin, Burr, Coburn, Alexander, King Introduce Bipartisan Permanent Student Loan Solution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Angus King (I-ME) plan to introduce tomorrow a bipartisan compromise, the "Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act," to avert student loan rates from doubling on July 1st and provide a permanent solution that would lower and fix interest rates for 100 percent of newly issued student-loans. Manchin said: "This bipartisan agreement not only makes sure student rates will not … Continue Reading


June 26, 2013

Manchin Applauds Amtrak's Goal to Hire Veterans for Twenty-Five Percent of New Employees by 2015

Washington, D.C. - As co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus and the "I Hire Veterans" initiative, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today joined Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman, Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Michael L. Rhodes with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to announce that Amtrak is setting a goal of 25 percent of new hires to be veterans by 2015. Senator Manchin delivered remarks at the ceremony and urged Amtrak to display the "I Hire … Continue Reading


June 26, 2013

Around One Thousand Guests Attend “Taste of West Virginia”

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday evening, West Virginia's congressional delegation proudly showcased West Virginia businesses, universities, organizations and musical talent at the "Taste of West Virginia." Approximately 1,000 guests attended the event, which is unprecedented for this type of gathering in Congress. West Virginians from all regions of the state, Members of Congress, and guests from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. to taste the state's delicious food, learn more about … Continue Reading


June 25, 2013

Manchin Slams Obama's War On Coal and Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today slammed President Obama's proposal to address climate change, which imposes unreasonable restrictions that will have disastrous consequences for not only the coal industry, but also American jobs and the economy. "The regulations the President wants to force on coal are not feasible. And if it's not feasible, it's not reasonable," Senator Manchin said. "It's clear now that the President has declared a war on coal. It's simply … Continue Reading


June 25, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce USDA Funding for Summers County Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced a $345,000 federal grant from USDA Rural Development has been awarded to Big Bend Public Service District to complete the Wiggins and Browning water extension project in Summers County. "All West Virginians should have access to the basic necessities of life, especially clean water," Manchin said. "These commonsense infrastructure projects are not only incredibly … Continue Reading


June 25, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce More Than $2 Million for West Virginia's Americorps Programs

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced an award of $2,643,284 in federal AmeriCorps funding for four AmeriCorps programs in West Virginia. "West Virginians have always believed in neighbors helping neighbors," said Manchin. "Giving back to our communities - contributing our time and service to improve the places that we live for our neighbors and for future generations - is such an important principle to instill in ourselves and our children. I am proud of … Continue Reading


June 24, 2013

West Virginia Delegation Encourages All To Attend "Taste of West Virginia" Event

Washington, D.C. - The West Virginia delegation encourages all West Virginians, their House and Senate colleagues and guests from across the country to attend the "Taste of West Virginia" event tomorrow, which is sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The event will showcase some of the best food West Virginia has to offer, plus live musical entertainment from West Virginia musicians and information about West Virginia-based businesses, universities and organizations. The West … Continue Reading


June 21, 2013

Manchin, Warner Introduce Legislation Setting State Incentives to Encourage Greater Energy Productivity

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced legislation that would establish a competitive program of voluntary federal incentives that will encourage states to adopt strategies to improve energy productivity. When implemented, the program would lower energy bills for consumers, create jobs and increase American economic competitiveness. The "State Energy Race to the Top" initiative incorporates a national goal of doubling the productivity of U.S. … Continue Reading

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