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Op-Ed by Senator Capito: Making progress connecting WV with the world (Daily Mail)

Since my first day in the U.S. Senate, improving broadband access for West Virginians has been one of my top priorities.Whether you're a small business owner looking to grow your operations, a teacher wanting to help your students learn in new and innovative ways, or someone who could benefit from telehealth services, broadband is critical in today's world.Broadband keeps us connected, helps improve our lives and communities, and can lead to so many new opportunities.That's why I launched my Cap… Continue Reading


Capito Funding Bill for Homeland Security Advances in Committee

Senator Shelley Moore Capito has been working on a Homeland Security funding bill. The legislation provides resources for border security, cybersecurity, efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, state and local grants, and other programs to keep Americans safe.The bill provides $148 million specifically to combat opioids, more than doubling the FY2018 amount.Capito says all of these things should make West Virginians feel a little bit safer."These are issues that if everything is going right you ta… Continue Reading


Released EPA study shows C8 might be dangerous at lower levels

A federal study shows toxic chemicals used at DuPont's Washington Works plant south of Parkersburg are dangerous at a lower level of exposure than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had previously warned.The study on PFOA and PFOs, referred to as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) was previously blocked because the Trump administration worried the study would result in a "public relations nightmare," Politico reported in May.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency … Continue Reading


Feds release study about chemicals in water supply

PARKERSBURG - A federal study on the levels of perfluorinated chemicals in drinking water supplies was released Wednesday and suggests lower exposure levels than recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency two years ago.The draft toxicological profile of perfluoroalkyls - manmade chemicals used in the manufacture of nonstick cookware, firefighting foam and more - was released Wednesday by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The study was reportedly blocked b… Continue Reading


Women on Capitol Hill unite against common enemy, breast cancer

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The women of Washington trade in suits and dresses for uniforms and cleats, as Democrats and Republicans put their differences aside to battle cancer.The women of Capitol Hill put politics aside to fight a common enemy Wednesday night, breast cancer. Our Washington reporter Alana Austin caught up with them at the ballpark.For once on Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans are playing on the same team."We as women know we've got to come together," said Rep. Cheri Bustos … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Lawmakers Call for Better Alzheimer’s Detection Capabilities

Bipartisan lawmakers, policy advocates, and medical professionals came together Tuesday with nonprofit UsAgainstAlzheimer's to call for earlier assessment and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and California Democratic Rep. Linda T. Sanchez touted the CHANGE Act, legislation introduced in February by Capito and Democratic colleague Debbie Stabenow of Michigan."There is no Republican or Democrat way to solve this issue," Capito said before telling… Continue Reading


Toxic water contaminant could be slipping through regulatory cracks

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A bombshell federal report raises new questions about the safety of your drinking water.Turn on your faucet, and in many parts of the country, you could be exposed to a family of dangerous chemicals. Known collectively as PFAS and largely the byproduct of Teflon manufacturing and a foam used to fight jet fuel fires, they contaminate water sources from the East Coast to Alaska.Prolonged exposure carries the risk of cancer and other health problems. And now, scientists with… Continue Reading


Capito a leader on border wall funds

WHEELING - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R.-W.Va., was the chairwoman on the subcommittee passage of a $55.15 billion Homeland Security Appropriations Bill being termed a "major down payment" on President Donald Trump's call for a border wall system between America and Mexico.Included in the measure approved Tuesday is $148 million specifically for stopping the flow of opioids across U.S. borders. Capito serves as chairwoman of the Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security."We've seen so many i… Continue Reading


Capito Plays in Charity Softball Game

Tonight is the annual congressional softball game featuring West Virginia's own Senator Shelley Moore Capito. It's where members of Congress join forces to take on the media."There's a natural competitiveness between the press and members of congress," said Emmarie Huetteman, Kaiser Health News.The back and forth between members of Congress and journalists went from Capitol Hill to the softball field. Senator Shelley Moore Capito from West Virginia plays third base for the congressional team. La… Continue Reading


Water well clean-up included in NDAA

PARKERSBURG - Ohio and West Virginia senators voted for the National Defense Authorization Act on Monday that includes a provision to allow the Department of Defense to pay for the clean-up of a contaminated water well for the city of Martinsburg and restores the penalties and sanctions President Trump removed on the Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE.The act passed the Senate on a 85-10 vote with Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman of O… Continue Reading


Bill includes funds for wall

PARKERSBURG - A Homeland Security bill reported out of committee Tuesday includes funds for the Trump Administration's border wall, West Virginia's two U.S. senators said.The Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday reviewed the $51.15 billion 2019 Homeland Security funding bill. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is chairman of the subcommittee.The legislation includes resources for border security, cybersecurity, the opioid epidemic, state and local grants and other pro… Continue Reading


Committee Chaired by Capito OKs Homeland Security Funds

WHEELING - U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito was the chairwoman on the subcommittee passage of a $55.15 billion Homeland Security Appropriations Bill being termed a "major down payment" on President Donald Trump's call for a border wall system between America and Mexico.Included in the measure approved Tuesday is $148 million specifically for stopping the flow of opioids across U.S. borders. Capito, R-W.Va., serves as chairwoman of the Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security."We've seen so many illegal … Continue Reading


Worthington celebrates 125th anniversary: PHOTOS

WORTHINGTON - To Debbie Heflin, the Town of Worthington represents roots.It's the town she grew up in, where her husband is from and where they settled down to continue their lives as citizens of the Town of Worthington."It's family, it's roots, all of my husband's family is from here,"?Heflin, who now serves as the mayor of the Town of Worthington, said. "It's basically just rooted to us."On Saturday, Heflin joined citizens of Worthington and West Virginia politicians in a celebration of the 12… Continue Reading


Rhododendron Girls State

ELKINS - American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State opened Sunday at Davis & Elkins College with a keynote address from U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and welcoming remarks from organizers and local leaders. The week's theme, "Embrace the Magic of New Beginnings," resonated throughout the Opening Assembly in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.More than 300 female rising high school seniors from West Virginia will spend the week immersed in educational sessions focus… Continue Reading


Capito helps secure resources for center

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.,, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the Department of the Interior will provide $7 million in funding for the construction of a new Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.Since entering the Senate in 2015, Capito has worked to secure funding for the project-writing several letters to and conducting numerous meetings and calls with officials at Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service. "Securing funding for a ne… Continue Reading


Senators demand EPA release results of perfluorinated chemicals study

PARKERSBURG - U.S. senators from Ohio and West Virginia have signed a letter demanding the release of a federal study about the levels of perfluorinated chemicals in drinking water supplies.A dozen senators on Tuesday sent the letter to Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Secretary Alex Azar of the Department of Health and Human Services seeking the release of the study, of which national news outlets said the EPA has blocked its release because of the public … Continue Reading


The STAR Act is right on

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families.And we see it in obituaries of children whose lives were cut short by cancer. There are about 1,250 of them, all less than 15 years of age, every year in our country.Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed into law the Childhood Cancer Survivo… Continue Reading


Capito continues work to connect West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - Since launching her "Capito Connect" plan in 2015, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has been working to advance new solutions to connect West Virginia. A recent study by the Federal Communications Commission indicated that 56 percent of West Virginia residents do not have access to broadband services that meet its benchmarks. In rural areas, the number is even higher at 74 percent. Sen. Capito said, "In traveling the state and talking with teachers or students or small … Continue Reading


Capito Connect Anniversary

One Senator from West Virginia is continuing her push to get better broadband access across the state. Today is the three year anniversary of Capito Connect that was started by Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. She's been working to bridge the digital divide in the state by getting grants and other federal funding to expand high-speed broadband. The senator says she's got one big goal that she wants to accomplish. "So what I'd like, this is what I'd like, I'd like every West Virg… Continue Reading


Capito sees agreement with Kim Jong Un ‘step in the right direction’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito calls the denuclearization agreement signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un a "step in the right direction" to peace in the region."Seeing the two leaders shake hands and sign an agreement that leads to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is fantastic news," Capito told MetroNews. "Now we have to be vigilant on this and we have to see how things progress from here but initially I'd have to say, "Good j… Continue Reading

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