Ever since the historic beginning of our state, we have never failed to answer our country’s call. No demand has been too great, no danger too daunting, and no trial too threatening. The abundant natural resources of our state and the hard work and sacrifice of our people have made America stronger and safer. We mined the coal that fueled the Industrial Revolution and powered the railroads across the North American continent. We stoked the steel factories that armed our soldiers for battles all across the globe, built the ships that plowed the oceans of the world and we have filled the ranks of our military forces in numbers far greater than should be expected of our little state.

In fact, when visitors come to West Virginia, I jump at the chance to tell them we are home to the most patriotic and hardworking people in the nation. We have fought in more wars, shed more blood, and lost more lives for the cause of freedom than most any state. We have always done the heavy lifting and never complained.  I am so deeply proud of what West Virginians have accomplished and what they will continue to accomplish to protect the freedoms we hold dear. 

A West Virginian broke the sound barrier for the first time. A West Virginian did the math that put a man on the moon. For generations, West Virginians have entertained us on TV, film, and stage and have inspired us through sports at the highest level. It is not an exaggeration to say that this state has made a positive impact on every part of American life.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve West Virginia. Now more than ever, I believe the rest of the nation should come around to what West Virginians have known all along – that we are at our best when we’re working together. Regardless of where you come from, what you’ve achieved, or what your party affiliation may be, I think we can all agree that as a statewide and a national community we want to be more united and hopeful for the future. Together we’ve accomplished so much - from combatting the opioid epidemic and fighting for our miners’ pensions, to securing funding for the vital agencies that serve our communities, and I look forward to continuing to work together to move our home state forward in the days and years ahead.

As we've seen from the events of the past year, one person can make a tremendous impact.  You can’t solve all the world’s problems, but you certainly can make a world of difference in your circle of friends, family, neighbors - whoever is in your life.

Every West Virginian contributes to our state’s amazing story and on this West Virginia Day and Juneteenth weekend I encourage everyone to seize this opportunity to imagine the future of this great state – and this nation – and be proud of how far we have come and how far we will go.

Happy Birthday to West Virginia and to my lovely wife, Gayle!



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Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) led 54 bipartisan Senators in urging Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman to quickly distribute the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program funding to struggling live entertainment venues. This program was created over six months ago in order to support our struggling venues, but the program funding hasn’t made it to the businesses in need.
The Senators said in part, “The Save Our Stages Act, now the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program, was created to prevent widespread closures of venues that have been devastated by the loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As supporters of the SVOG program, we urge you to take immediate action to ensure that the relief reaches eligible applicants without further delay. With each passing day, more independent businesses are forced to shutter permanently or file for bankruptcy.”
The letter can be read in full here.



Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced West Virginia is receiving $5,400,000 from the American Rescue Plan for 54 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) across the state. The awards are distributed through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and will expand COVID-19 testing and mitigation efforts.
“West Virginia’s RHCs provide quality, affordable healthcare to West Virginians living in rural communities across our state, all while operating on shoestring budgets. This American Rescue Plan funding will support West Virginia’s response to COVID-19 going forward,” said Senator Manchin. “The American Rescue Plan provides invaluable support to RHCs as they provide care for West Virginians, and I will continue to advocate for resources to support RHCs across the Mountain State.”




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