Press Releases

June 03, 2013

Manchin Statement on the Passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg

"Gayle and I are deeply saddened to hear that our dear friend Frank Lautenberg has passed away," Senator Manchin said. "During my time in the Senate, Frank and I worked well together, and I truly admire his dedication and commitment to serving the people of New Jersey and this great nation. Not only did Frank serve the people of New Jersey as a remarkable public servant for more than thirty years, but he courageously fought for his country in World War II. He is the last of that 'greatest … Continue Reading


May 31, 2013

Manchin Tours Sugar Grove

Washington, D.C. - After several delays due to inclement weather, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and senior leadership from the Navy, Army, Air Force and West Virginia National Guard toured the Sugar Grove facility today to discuss efforts at finding a new tenant for the base. Senator Manchin and Senator Rockefeller have been working with Navy and Department of Defense leadership to find a new military mission for the high-tech communications site. "There is no question that Sugar Grove … Continue Reading


May 29, 2013

Manchin Responds To Patriot Coal Ruling: ‘This Ruling Is A Travesty’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement in response to a St. Louis-based federal bankruptcy judge's ruling that allows Patriot Coal to ignore its collective bargaining agreement with the United Mine Workers of America and change retiree health care benefits. "This ruling is a travesty. It is wrong that Peabody can set up a company such as Patriot, fill that company with its liabilities and then spin that company off for the sole purpose of avoiding … Continue Reading


May 24, 2013

Manchin to Offer Legislation in Honor of Memorial Day

Washington, D.C. -In honor of Memorial Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will introduce legislation to expand benefits and services to our veterans and active service members. This legislation specifically aims to expand burial rights for certain members of the Reserves and National Guard, remove GI Bill transferability barriers for those with service-related injuries, and provide our military with the tools to succeed to use their GI Bill benefit. "Showing our appreciation to our … Continue Reading


May 24, 2013

Manchin Increases Accessibility For Constituents

Washington, D.C. - Building upon his constituent outreach, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today, two office improvements that will continue to increase accessibility for constituents - a mobile office and a new Charleston office location. "It is truly an honor to serve fellow West Virginians as U.S. Senator, and I always want to be easily accessible to all constituents," Senator Manchin said. "My staff and I are constantly looking for ways to meet and hear from residents and … Continue Reading


May 24, 2013

Manchin Joins Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Red Tape For Job Creators

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) to renew their bipartisan push to significantly reform the federal regulatory process and reduce unnecessary burdens on job creators. The "Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013" reforms the current rulemaking process to lower costs and improve the quality of new regulations. This bipartisan, bicameral effort is the first of its kind in more than a decade to reform and minimize … Continue Reading


May 23, 2013

Manchin and Hoeven Introduce Bipartisan All-of-the-Above Energy Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), introduced the "All-Of-The-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2013" to improve the energy efficiency of federal buildings. The legislation ensures that alterations and additions to federal buildings meet minimum energy efficiency requirements, encourages the use of energy management systems and maintains those systems' proper operation. "I am proud to work with my good friend John … Continue Reading


May 22, 2013

Manchin Encourages Military Families to Participate in Free Museums Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today urged West Virginia's active military personnel and their families to participate in the fourth Blue Star Museums Initiative, a summer program offered by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and a record-breaking 2,000 museums across America. The program will begin on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, and extend through Labor Day, September 2, 2013. "One of the most important things we … Continue Reading


May 22, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Reach Agreement to Reform Nation's Chemical Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va), along with Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA), announced a groundbreaking, bipartisan agreement to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and ensure the safety of everyday consumer products to better protect American families. Their legislation would significantly update and improve TSCA, which has proven ineffective and is criticized by both the public health community and industry. The legislation … Continue Reading


May 21, 2013

Manchin Praises WVU Athletes For Assisting Oklahomans

Washington, D.C. - In the aftermath of the fatal tornadoes that devastated communities in Moore, Oklahoma, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement praising the West Virginia University baseball team for their charitable efforts in collecting clothes and supplies to assist the communities and families in Moore. The team was in Oklahoma City for a Big 12 tournament. "West Virginians have always answered the call to help one another in times of tragedy, and as … Continue Reading


May 20, 2013

Manchin Pleased Overreaching Federal Education Rules Renounced

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he was pleased West Virginia's request to withdraw from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was granted by the U.S. Department of Education. The waiver allows the state to implement education reforms best fit for West Virginia children, teachers, schools and communities. "While one of our top priorities must be to continue raising our standards and making sure that we have the best-educated children in the world, it is … Continue Reading


May 20, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding for Health Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), Monday announced more than $515,000 in federal funding for the Northern Greenbrier Health Clinic in Williamsburg to continue operations and improve preventive care. "With Federal investments in community health centers, we expand access to quality and affordable care for West Virginian families, and certainly those are funds that I will continue to do all I can to secure for our … Continue Reading


May 17, 2013

Manchin Remembers Servicemembers on Armed Forces Day

Washington, D.C. - On Armed Forces Day, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urges all West Virginians to thank a veteran or current serving member of the National Guard, Reserve or active military. The national theme for this year's Armed Forces Day is "Strong and Resilient: Prepared to Meet any Challenge," and is a keen reminder that our nation is at war and our men and women remain in harm's way. "This week, I was honored to welcome veterans from all generations to Washington, DC for the … Continue Reading


May 17, 2013

Manchin Celebrates Opening of Canaan Shooting Range

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) celebrated today the opening of the Sporting Clay and Shooting Facility at the Canaan Valley State Park. "Recreational shooting ranges and West Virginia state parks are a natural fit," Senator Manchin said. "This is a wonderful new addition to Canaan Valley State Park and another great destination for families to spend their vacations in West Virginia. If you like outdoor activities, we've got camping, hiking, fishing, cross country and … Continue Reading


May 17, 2013

Senators Manchin and Corker Introduce Bill to Fix Consequence of Renewable Fuels Mandate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced the "Foreign Fuels Reduction Act," legislation that would help ensure only domestically-sourced fuels are used to meet the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). "It is time for America to create an all-of-the-above energy policy that will help lead us to energy independence," Manchin said. "It's simply common sense to use all of our resources, and that includes non-food based biofuels. I am proud to cosponsor … Continue Reading


May 16, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Federal Assistance For Hurricane Sandy Response and Relief in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced $1,045,590 in federal funding to help alleviate the cost of West Virginia's emergency response and relief during Hurricane Sandy. "Hurricane Sandy called on our response teams requiring a lot of financial support upfront, and continues to require resources as our communities work to recover," said Rockefeller. "West Virginia's National Guard, first responders, and Emergency Operations Center are top-notch, and they … Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Federal Funding for Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced $97,584 in federal funding for the Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new equipment to keep their firefighters safe on the job. "The Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department keeps families and homes in Lewisburg and across Greenbrier County safe. And we must do all we can to protect those volunteer firefighters while they're on the job," said Rockefeller. "Providing our firefighters with safety equipment is … Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

Manchin Welcomes West Virginia Veterans to Washington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly welcomed 31 veterans from West Virginia to the nation's capital for the state's third "Always Free Honor Flight" in less than a year. The veterans visited the capital free of cost to see the memorials built in their honor. Eleven served in World War II, one in World War II and Korea, 10 in Korea, one in Korea and Vietnam, four in Vietnam, and two in all three wars. Two other veterans served as escorts for the group, along with … Continue Reading


May 13, 2013

Manchin: ‘Actions of the IRS are Unacceptable and Un-American"

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement in response to allegations that agents at the Internal Revenue Service targeted specific groups based on their political ideologies. "The actions of the IRS are unacceptable and un-American. Government agencies using their bureaucratic muscle to target Americans for their political beliefs cannot be tolerated. The President must immediately condemn this attack on our values, find those individuals in his … Continue Reading


May 10, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Bipartisan Senators Continue the Fight to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) and Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today to urge immediate action on rescheduling drugs containing hydrocodone to help combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic, as recommended by the FDA's own advisory board. The letter emphasizes that the FDA has exceeded the "reasonable time" requirement of the Controlled Substances Act. The bipartisan, … Continue Reading

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