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01.29.19

Capito to chair Senate EPW Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has been appointed chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. "Infrastructure has always been a critical bipartisan issue because of how important it is to mobility and prosperity, and I'm excited to be a leader in advancing our country's transportation and infrastructure priorities," Capito said in a release. "Rebuilding and improving infrastructure is about more than building just roads and hig… Continue Reading


01.29.19

Capito seeks extension for broadband program filing

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting an extension in the filing period for the USDA's new ReConnect Program citing the recent government shutdown. The ReConnect Program is a $600 million loan and grant program aimed at assisting the construction of broadband infrastructure in the rural areas of the United States. "The ReConnect program is a critical new tool that will help achieve our shared … Continue Reading


01.29.19

Shutdown Talks Team Stacked With Deal Makers, Not Bomb Throwers

House and Senate lawmakers charged with crafting a compromise to bridge the divide over border security are more used to cutting deals than taking hard-edged positions on immigration, a sign that leaders of both parties are in no mood for another government shutdown. But President Donald Trump will need to sign off on any final agreement, and his public pronouncements indicate he's sticking with his insistence for $5.7 billion for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, a demand that led to the histor… Continue Reading


01.28.19

First effects of 2017 broadband grant seen

The first effects of a 2017 grant by the USDA are being seen in Randolph County. According to internet service provider Micrologic, the first of 26 towers being built in the Randolph, Upshur, and Barbour County areas is complete. "Mabie, West Virginia is the first town in the counties to benefit from this grant and Micrologic could not be more thrilled to connect residents to the internet with this tower," said Micrologic President Emiel Butcher in a press release Monday. In November of 2017, th… Continue Reading


01.28.19

Lawmakers tasked with reaching border deal to meet Wednesday

A bipartisan, bicameral committee tasked with hashing out an agreement on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding will meet for the first time this week. Lawmakers will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a notice from the House Appropriations Committee. It will mark the first time the panel has met since Congress passed a three-week bill to reopen the government and kicked the fight over funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall to the conference committee. The continuing re… Continue Reading


01.28.19

Dealmakers Dominate Panel Tasked to Reach Border Security Agreement

WASHINGTON - The fate of President Trump's $5.7 billion demand for a border wall is now in the hands of a 17-member bipartisan panel that includes some of the most senior members of Congress and, perhaps more tellingly, lacks the most vocal immigration hard-liners on Capitol Hill. Under the agreement Mr. Trump reached last week with congressional Democrats, a committee of Republican and Democratic lawmakers from both chambers - known as a conference committee - has until Feb. 15 to come up with… Continue Reading


01.28.19

Capito presents awards to veterans at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - More than medals were exchanged Friday when U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito met with three local veterans at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center. It was a time for Gary L. Mason, Douglas G. Willis and Billy Max Boggs to share memories, and that also was special for Capito. "This is one of the really nice things about my job as a United States senator, and that is to be able to help you recover your medals," said Capito, R-W.Va. "And for me to express my thanks, es… Continue Reading


01.28.19

Capito understands challenge of reaching shutdown deal, but confident

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she is optimistic Congress will approve a deal in February to prevent another government shutdown as well as fund border security efforts, including a provision including a southern border wall. "We do hard things all the time up here. There's no reason we shouldn't be able to do this hard thing," she said on Monday's MetroNews "Talkline." President Donald Trump and Congress approved on Friday a three-week resolution to re-open th… Continue Reading


01.27.19

Who’s Negotiating Border Security to Avoid Shutdown 2.0

WASHINGTON-All 17 members of the group appointed to work out a compromise on border-security funding are on the Appropriations Committee in either the House or the Senate. The group will be led by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Nita Lowey (D., N.Y.) and its ranks include the panel's top Republican, Kay Granger of Texas. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R., Ala.) and its top Democrat, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, are also members, as are the lawmakers who run the app… Continue Reading


01.26.19

West Virginia congressional delegation reacts to end of shutdown

PARKERSBURG - West Virginia's congressional representatives and a federal employee were glad to hear of President Donald Trump's decision to reopen the federal government. "I'm glad the government is finally reopening. This politically-motivated and extremely hurtful shutdown has harmed millions of Americans and West Virginians. I look forward to working in a bipartisan way to fix our border security and immigration problems," U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said in a press release Friday follow… Continue Reading


01.26.19

VA hospital unveils Medal of Honor Memorial Wall

MARTINSBURG - The Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Hospital unveiled its new Medal of Honor Memorial Wall as a tribute to those recipients during a ceremony Friday morning. Hershel "Woody" Williams, a Medal of Honor recipient, the only surviving Marine to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II and a veteran's spokesperson, was the keynote speaker during the small ceremony held Friday morning to dedicate and unveil the new installation. "Their names will forever be known because of this," Wil… Continue Reading


01.26.19

Capito weighs in on the shutdown

MARTINSBURG - Just a few short hours before it was announced a deal had been made to end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., sided with the West Virginia public. "The length of this shutdown has just been awful," Capito said. "And the people that are affected by this in terms of no pay and working without pay are being done a grave disservice and we have got to get going and running again and I think that it may be by this weekend." Capito explain… Continue Reading


01.25.19

Senators picked for bipartisan border security conference

The Senate has picked four Republicans and three Democrats for the bipartisan talks on border security that are the key to avoiding another government shutdown in three weeks. The Republicans are Sens. Richard Shelby of Alabama, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Roy Blunt of Missouri and John Hoeven of North Dakota, and the Democrats are Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Jon Tester of Montana.… Continue Reading


01.25.19

Medal of Honor Wall unveiled at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It was a celebratory day at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg Friday morning as the community gathered for a Medal of Honor unveiling ceremony. Martinsburg VA Medical Center has just unveiled a 63-foot long wall to memorialize 45 individuals who went above and beyond for our country. Guest of Honor was Hershel "Woody" Williams, the last living medal of honor recipient in West Virginia. In a roomful of dozens of people, he said: "Most of them would say, I don't deserve t… Continue Reading


01.25.19

Capito appointed to committee to negotiate Homeland Security package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) has released the following statement in regard to her appointment to serve on the conference committee to negotiate the Homeland Security Appropriations package. "I am honored to be one of seven senators selected to serve on the conference committee to negotiate the Homeland Security Appropriations package. As chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee, I have worked extensively over the past year with the U.S. Dep… Continue Reading


01.25.19

Martinsburg VA Medical Center unveils Medal of Honor wall

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg VA Medical Center held a ceremony Friday morning to unveil the new Medal of Honor wall. The 60-foot long display stretches through a hallway in the center. It features medal of honor recipients from the 22 counties that the medical center serves. Each section of the wall represents a different conflict where honorees served from World War 1, the Vietnam War and the War on Terror. The last living Medal of Honor recipient in West Virginia, Hershel Woodrow "Wood… Continue Reading


01.25.19

Trump, Congress reach deal to end partial government shutdown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress agreed Friday to a three-week deal to fully open the federal government after five weeks of a partial shutdown. The deal funds the government through Feb. 15 as lawmakers negotiate a plan involving immigration and border security. Friday's actions did not include funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate passed by voice vote the continuing resolution as well as a measure to go to a conference regarding Homeland Secur… Continue Reading


01.25.19

Medal of Honor Wall unveiled at Martinsburg VA Medical Center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia is first for something good. It's taken years, but each of the state's four VA medical centers now has its own Medal of Honor Wall commemorating veterans who received the nation's highest military honor. The final piece of the statewide effort was unveiled Friday morning. Martinsburg VA Medical Center officials were joined by more than 100 people to see the new wall recognizing area Medal of Honor recipients. Hershel "Woody" Willams, the only living West Virgin… Continue Reading


01.22.19

Manchin, Capito understand how to get a deal

It was encouraging to read and hear the comments from some members of the West Virginia Congressional delegation after President Trump Saturday offered a compromise on the border wall dispute to try to end the partial government shutdown. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said, "I'm hopeful the President's statement tonight will allow us to immediately reopen government, put West Virginians back to work and start long-term immigration reform." Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito said, "As I've … Continue Reading


01.22.19

Reintroduced legislation set to expand public shooting ranges

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Bipartisan legislation would provide an incentive for creating and maintaining public shooting ranges. United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Senator Michael Bennet reintroduced the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act. This legislation provides 90 percent of funding for developing public shooting ranges. "There's been a contraction of the number of areas and the number of shooting ranges for availability for sports shooting or target shooting or to tea… Continue Reading

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