Press Releases

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

December 06, 2013

Manchin Statement on National Miner's Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement encouraging West Virginians to show appreciation for our miners and mining families on National Miner's Day: "Today on National Miner's Day, we honor and celebrate the bravest and most patriotic men and women I have ever met in my life. You can't talk about coal without talking about coal miners. My own family first came to America to work in the mines. Growing up in the small coal-mining town of … Continue Reading

December 06, 2013

Manchin Statement on EPA Administrator's Trip to China

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's trip to China: "It is unfortunate that Gina McCarthy continues to hold energy hearings across the country and across the world and still refuses to travel to the front lines here in West Virginia. If she wants to discuss how we can clean up the environment and reduce emissions, she should come to our state, where some of our top-producing mines are less than five … Continue Reading

November 26, 2013

Manchin Encourages All West Virginians to Count Their Blessings During Thanksgiving Holiday

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on giving thanks this Thanksgiving holiday: "From an early age, my parents taught my siblings, cousins and me that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. It is a lesson that has stuck with me at every turn of the road, and is a message that I have passed along to my own children and grandchildren. Starting at Thanksgiving and throughout this holiday season, I encourage all West … Continue Reading

November 22, 2013

Manchin Pays Tribute to John F. Kennedy on 50th Anniversary of Assasination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today submitted a Congressional record statement to pay tribute to President John F. Kennedy on the 50th Anniversary of his assassination. In part, Senator Manchin wrote: "John Kennedy was in the White House for only one thousand days, not even three years. But his achievements exceeded his years. It's easy to dismiss his Presidency as one of rhetoric more than results. But to do so ignores the New Frontier he pioneered - a new era of … Continue Reading

November 21, 2013

Manchin Statement on Voting Against Change of Senate Filibuster Rules

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement on why he voted against changing Senate filibuster rules: "All West Virginians and Americans deserve a government that works for them, and I completely understand their frustration with the partisan gridlock in Washington. It has become increasingly clear to me that both parties have abused the filibuster by using it to gain political advantage, instead of truly debating an issue. With this in mind, I offered … Continue Reading

November 21, 2013

Manchin Statement on Fed Chair Nominee Janet Yellen Committee Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement on why he did not vote for Federal Reserve Chair nominee Janet Yellen in the Senate Banking Committee. "After meeting with Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Janet Yellen to discuss her views on how to best grow our economy and balance our budget, hearing her testimony before the Senate Banking committee, and discussing monetary policy with experts, I cannot support her nomination to be Chairwoman of the … Continue Reading

November 21, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce More Than $1.5 Million for Community Health Centers in W.Va.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On National Rural Health Day, Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding for two community health centers in West Virginia. The facilities set to receive funding are Community Care of West Virginia in Rock Cave and Williamson Health and Wellness Center. The funding will help these community health centers strengthen and expand their health and wellness services, and begin to service … Continue Reading

November 20, 2013

Senator Manchin Announces New State Leadership Team

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced the new leadership team for his state operations. A native of West Virginia, Mara Boggs will return home to serve as state director. Mara is a graduate of Keyser High School and West Virginia University. She is also an Iraq combat veteran, serving 13 years of active duty in the United States Army prior to coming to Capitol Hill, where she served as Senator Manchin's Chief of Operations and a senior policy advisor for … Continue Reading

November 19, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce USDA Funding Awarded for Housing Programs in Southern West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), announced Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded funding to rehabilitate housing owned and occupied by low-income families in southern West Virginia. "We should do all we can to care for our neighbors who are in need and make sure those struggling have the necessary resources to get back on their feet," Manchin said. "These important programs … Continue Reading

November 14, 2013

Manchin Proud of Industrial Investment Announcement to Build First Cracker Plant in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today in regards to the announcement the Brazilian company, Odebrecht, has the option to purchase land in Wood County to explore industrial opportunities, including the potential to build West Virginia's first cracker plant: "With our state's continued development of natural gas drilling, I am extremely pleased that Governor Tomblin has announced that the Brazilian company, Odebrecht, is interested in … Continue Reading

November 14, 2013

Manchin Testifies at House Hearing in Support of Legislation to Rein In EPA's Proposed Standards

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power to testify in support of his draft legislation with Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY). The bill, which addresses the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed greenhouse gas emission standards for coal-fired power plants, would protect Americans' access to reliable and affordable electricity by ensuring that regulatory standards are based on … Continue Reading

November 14, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Funding for Braxton County Head Start Program

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced more than $531,000 in federal funding for the Braxton County Board of Education to improve and support their Head Start Program "When we talk about what we value as West Virginians and as Americans, we need to choose our priorities based on our values," said Senator Manchin."That means keeping our promises to those who matter the most to us, and our children should be at the top of that list. I am pleased that this … Continue Reading

November 11, 2013

Senator Manchin Encourages Us All to Honor Our Veterans Today and Everyday

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on Veterans Day: "The sacrifices and patriotism of the men and women who have served this country know no bounds. They have served with unparalleled honor and distinction. It doesn't seem right that our nation pays our brave veterans tribute only once a year. We should thank our veterans every day for their unwavering devotion and passion to the greatest country in the world. Fortunately, America has … Continue Reading

November 07, 2013

Manchin Announces Bill to Improve Job Opportunities for Veterans

Washington, D.C. - As Veterans Day approaches, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with his Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus co-chairs, Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Representative Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Representative Tim Walz (D-Minn.), introduced the United We Stand to Hire Veterans Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would streamline and consolidate duplicative government job portals to better connect current and former members of the Armed Services with employment … Continue Reading

November 07, 2013

Manchin Says Heritage Area Bill Will Strengthen Tourism, Economic Opportunities in WV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin today said legislation he introduced will strengthen tourism in West Virginia and Maryland by securing federal funding for existing National Heritage Areas in Wheeling and in southern West Virginia, while creating a new one in the state's eastern mountains, as well as the Mountain Counties of Maryland. The West Virginia National Heritage Area Act of 2013, co-sponsored by Senators Jay Rockefeller, Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, supports continued … Continue Reading

November 07, 2013

Senators Manchin and Kirk Introduce Legislation to Delay Individual Mandate Penalty

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today introduced legislation to delay the implementation of the individual mandate under the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" from January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015. The bill would eliminate the $95 penalty that will go into effect in 2014 under current law. "Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, there have been many identifiable problems exposed in the law that need to be addressed," Senator … Continue Reading

November 06, 2013

Manchin Statement After Meeting With Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Janet Yellen

Washington, D.C. - Following his meeting with Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Janet Yellen, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement. "I had a very productive and honest meeting today with Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Janet Yellen on how best to grow our economy as well as the lessons we learned from when we last balanced our budget. I conveyed to her my concerns that community banks be treated fairly as we finalize Dodd-Frank regulations, but also the need to implement … Continue Reading

November 06, 2013

Manchin Seeks to Redefine Full-Time Employee to Expand Access to Health Coverage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a bipartisan letter to Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions asking them to address legislation he cosponsored, the Forty Hours is Full Time Act (S.1188), in their budget conference. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also signed the letter. The senators cited the need for a sensible definition of "full-time employee" under the Patient Protection and … Continue Reading

November 06, 2013

Manchin Cosponsors Bill to Guarantee Individuals Can Keep Existing Health Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has cosponsored a bill with Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to ensure individuals can keep their existing health insurance plans and prevent insurers from cancelling coverage. The "Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act" will require insurers to provide a detailed notice and explanation to policyholders before cancelling coverage. This legislation will also provide individuals with information from their insurance provider on parts of the … Continue Reading

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