Press Releases

July 25, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Significant Highway Safety Investment in WV

WASHINGTON D.C. --- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced nearly $660,000 in federal grant funding for the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Office, to carry out important highway safety and distracted driving prevention initiatives in the state. "Driver education and training, and basic safety precautions like using seatbelts, give West Virginians vital tools to protect their own lives and their loved ones. So often those simple acts we take for granted are all it … Continue Reading


July 24, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Permanently Lower Rates For All Students

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Angus King (I-ME), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced the passage of the "Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act" by a vote of 81-18, which provides a long-term fix that lowers student interest rates for all students. "In just a few short weeks, students will be returning to school knowing with certainty what their interest rates will be on their loans for the upcoming … Continue Reading


July 24, 2013

Manchin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Permanently Lower Interest Rates for All Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced the passage of the "Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act" by a vote of 81-18, which is legislation that he sponsored along with a group of Democrat, Republican and Independent Senators. The bill provides a long-term fix that lowers student interest rates for all students. "In just a few short weeks, students will be returning to school knowing with certainty what their interest rates will be on their loans for the upcoming … Continue Reading


July 23, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Grant for Marshall University Academic Research Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (all D-W.Va.), Tuesday announced Federal funding has been awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Marshall University for arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases research."In southern West Virginia, we are so fortunate to have world-class leading-edge research programs, such as this one at Marshall, working to identify potential treatments of injuries and debilitating diseases that … Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Manchin Statement on Gina McCarthy ‘No’ Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after voting against President Obama's nominee to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. "I voted against Gina McCarthy to be the next Administrator of the EPA, but my fight is not with her. My fight is with President Obama and the EPA, the regulatory agency that has consistently placed unreasonable regulations and unobtainable standards on energy production, … Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Federal Funding For Volunteer Fire Departments In Princeton and Wheeling

WASHINGTON D.C. --- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller as well as Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced $73,081 in total federal funding for the Green Valley-Glenwood and Sherrard Volunteer Fire Departments to improve operations and safety and fire prevention. "West Virginians count on local firefighters and first responders to keep their families and communities safe every day," said Manchin, who has worked in the past with the volunteer rescue squad in Marion County. "It … Continue Reading


July 16, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding For Greenbrier County Head Start Program

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, and Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced nearly $1 million in federal funding for the Greenbrier County Board of Education to benefit their Head Start Program. "If we want to secure West Virginia's future, we must continue to invest in educational opportunities for all of our children," said Manchin. "We have a responsibility as West Virginians to prepare our future leaders to compete in the global marketplace that will … Continue Reading


July 15, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce $3.6M to Prevent Veteran Homelessness in WV

WASHINGTON D.C.- Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced $3,657,708 in federal funding to help prevent and end veteran homelessness in West Virginia. "One of our country's biggest challenges is the number of our veterans who are returning home and struggling with homelessness and unemployment," said Manchin. "These courageous men and women are American heroes, serving with honor to defend our freedoms. They have answered the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2013

WV delegation urges White House to approve Federal Disaster Aid in wake of severe weather last month

Washington, D.C. - The West Virginia Delegation sent a letter on Friday, June 11 to President Obama urging him to review and approve Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's request for federal disaster aid as a result of flooding from severe weather between June 13, 2013 to June 20, 2013. The storms impacted several counties, including Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, and Roane with damaging flooding, mudslides and landslides. The letter said, in part: "As members of West Virginia's … Continue Reading


July 12, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Mobile and Tele-Health Clinics for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will bring a new mobile health clinic and a tele-health clinic to Mercer County to help the growing number of veterans in the area access needed mental health and medical services. The tele-health clinic is expected to open and begin to serve patients in fall 2013. "When our veterans return home, they deserve access to the … Continue Reading


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

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