Manchin, Capito discuss broadband, opioids with Trump

WASHINGTON – West Virginia's U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito were among a group of senators who met Thursday with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Washington, D.C.

"I raised the issue of the digital divide that exists in rural America and encouraged the president to include broadband in any infrastructure package," Capito, a Republican, said in a prepared statement after the meeting. "We also discussed solutions for curbing the opioid epidemic and solving problems at the VA, as well as the need to swiftly confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court."

Both Capito and Manchin said it was a productive meeting.

"We discussed his Supreme Court nominee Judge Gorsuch, ways we can improve and invest in our infrastructure and fighting the opioid abuse epidemic," Manchin, a Democrat, said in a prepared statement. "I will continue to review Judge Gorsuch's record, qualifications and his future testimony to determine if I will support him."

Source: Huntington Herald-Dispatch