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What West Virginians Need to Know About COVID-19
  • WASHINGTON — While Congress tries to push out a new round of COVID-19 relief funding, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee met Wednesday morning to preview the country’s future in transportation and infrastructure. Capito will serve as the ranking member of the 20-person committee — half Democrats and half Republicans — in the 117th Congress. Committee members in their first meeting Wednesday praised the... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The leaders of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee expressed confidence Wednesday about having an infrastructure bill ready before Memorial Day. The leading committee members — including West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito — discussed the need for new legislation at the start of a hearing about using a measure to address climate change, infrastructure needs and economic needs. Committee Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., and Capito, the... Read More
  • U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,872,726 for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to support maternal and child health services in West Virginia. This funding is made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional strain on our mothers, children, and young families in West Virginia. This funding... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,531,366 to support Head Start services in West Virginia. This funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “Head Start plays such an important role in establishing the educational foundation of the children in our state. That’s why I have been a Head Start champion for years,... Read More
  • The same work-life options and overtime benefits flexibility available to United States government employees would be available to private-sector workers under legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). The Working Families Flexibility Act, S. 247, which Sen. Capito cosponsored on Feb. 4 with bill sponsor U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide compensatory time for employees in the private sector, according to the congressional... Read More
  • Republican voter registration has overtaken Democratic registration in West Virginia for the first time since 1932.  Figures from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office show there are now 448,924 registered Republicans (36.81 percent) and 444,609 Democrats (36.46 percent), with 275,469 with no party affiliation (22.6 percent). The shift in West Virginia’s political landscape has its roots in the 2000 election. Republican George W. Bush beat Democrat Al Gore for the... Read More
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) in a letter to the White House on Wednesday said the Biden administration has frozen a “significant” action on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) drinking water standards with a recent executive order and asked the administration to “promptly” publish the rule in question. In the letter to White House chief of staff Ron Klain, Capito said Klain’s Jan. 20 memo, which froze all new or pending... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said her vote to acquit President Donald J. Trump of impeachment was based soley on her belief that impeachment was intended for those still in office.  “Our Constitution references that impeachment was designed to remove an officeholder from public office—not a private citizen. Given that President Trump no longer holds public office, my ‘no’ vote today is based solely on this constitutional... Read More
  •  U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released the below statement following her vote against the article of impeachment of Donald J. Trump: “Our Constitution references that impeachment was designed to remove an officeholder from public office—not a private citizen. Given that President Trump no longer holds public office, my ‘no’ vote today is based solely on this constitutional belief. My prior votes related to this matter have been consistent with this... Read More
  • The U.S. Senate on Feb. 5 approved an amendment sponsored by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) that upholds the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR). “The Navigable Waters Protection Rule is clear, commonsense policy that is in effect in 49 states,” said Sen. Capito, ranking member on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. “Unfortunately, President Biden is working quickly to undo this.” The NWPR replaced the... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. (WOWK) – The U.S. Senate passed legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) to award Officer Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal to honor his heroic actions in January. According to a press release from Senator Capito’s Office, a majority of the Senate passed the bill to honor Goodman, who confronted rioters in the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. “On January 6, he stood in harm’s way and took brave action that truly saved... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — A West Virginia senator in committee on Tuesday voted against the administration’s nominee to be the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the nomination of Michael S. Regan on a 14-6 vote with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., voting against. Capito on Tuesday was chosen as the ranking member on the committee. “While I appreciate his willingness to visit West Virginia and... Read More
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was elected and ratified by her Republican colleagues on Tuesday to serve as Ranking Member on the Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works Committee for the 117th Congress. “I am incredibly honored to have been elected by my colleagues on the EPW Committee to serve as the next Ranking Member,” Capito said in a press release. Capito said she was committed to passing a long-term highway bill, improving water and wastewater infrastructure,... Read More
  • Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) aims to protect older Americans living in nursing homes from risking exposure to the coronavirus by increasing their access to remote healthcare. “The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for better connectivity across rural America,” said Sen. Capito, and it “has put rigid restrictions on nursing homes because of the high-risk population they house.”In response, Sen. Capito on Jan. 27 signed on as an... Read More
  • WASHINGTON (WDVM) — West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito discusses how why she thinks West Virginia is leading across the country when it comes to vaccine distribution.Sen. Capito also discusses her thoughts on voting on President Biden’s cabinet members along with former President Trump’s upcoming second impeachment trial. Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — New funding was announced on Thursday for a $8.3 million project surrounding the Raleigh County Memorial Airport in southern West Virginia.The project aims to upgrade infrastructure on 105 acres (about 43 hectares) of land to attract commercial and industrial development. It won $3.5 million in award funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Appalachian Regional Commission. State, local and private sources will provide $4.8 million in additional funding.“This... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. (WOAY) – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the below statement after opposing the $1.9 trillion budget proposal, which passed without a single Republican vote.“Democrats in the Senate chose to use the most partisan method possible to pass a $1.9 trillion budget bill, which included their attempt to provide additional relief for the COVID pandemic,” Senator Capito said. “It’s unfortunate because in the past, COVID relief is one of the few places we... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) recently joined Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) to introduce the Working Families Flexibility Act, a bill that would give employees more flexibility on how to use their overtime benefits. “Working parents provide for their families, make ends meet, and take care of all the responsibilities that come with maintaining a household,” Senator Capito said. “Those responsibilities also mean the time... Read More
  • WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has agreed to meet a group of 10 Republican senators who have proposed spending about one-third of the $1.9 trillion he is seeking in coronavirus aid, though congressional Democrats are poised to move ahead without Republican support. Sunday’s invitation to the White House came hours after the lawmakers sent Biden a letter urging him to negotiate rather than try to ram through his relief package solely on Democratic votes. The House and Senate... Read More
  • CHARLESTON. W.Va. (WVVA) – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $8,904.38 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security‘s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Independent Fire Co. No. 1 in Ranson, West Virginia. This funding was made available through FEMA’s Assistance to... Read More