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11.09.19

Capito, Rosen introduce Bipartisan Broadband Parity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), both members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced the introduction of their Broadband Parity Act, bipartisan legislation that would bring all federal broadband programs to the current definition of what the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defines as high-speed internet (currently 25/3 Mbps). Their bill would ensure that all communities and entities receiving fe… Continue Reading


11.07.19

Bipartisan deal reached to preserve miners' pensions

CHARLESTON - A bipartisan agreement has been reached on a bill to help shore up the pension plan for miners, West Virginia's two U.S. senators announced Wednesday. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said there was bipartisan support for the Bipartisan American Miners Act 2019, introduced Wednesday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., adding his name as a co-sponsor Tuesday night. "It is really a good day because it's a very unusual day in Washington whe… Continue Reading


11.07.19

WV's Capito calls for release of information on Veterans Affairs sexual misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. Senators, including one representing West Virginia, have sent a letter to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs requesting the release of information related to allegations of sexual misconduct. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was joined by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, in making the request of VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, according to a release from Capito's office. Two specific incidents form the basis for the senators' request. The VA Office of the Inspe… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Republican senators demand answers on 'alarming' sexual misconduct at VA

Two Republican senators are demanding answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs on "alarming" reports of sexual misconduct at VA. Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., sent a letter to Secretary Robert Wilkie calling for information to "identify gaps in VA's policies, prevent reoccurrence of such incidents and hold perpetrators accountable." "The recent incidents indicate that there may be lingering issues within VA policies, procedure and system that must be resolved… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Federal grant forwarding $20 million to major I-64 project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A major construction project on Interstate 64 in Kanawha and Putnam counties is picking up some key federal funding. U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced Wednesday the Nitro Interstate 64 bridge and widening project has been chosen for a U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD grant in the amount of $20 million. "Commuters along I-64 know how congested the Nitro-St. Albans bridge section is every morning and evening. Modern surface transportation infras… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Major breakthrough for coal miner pension protection

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) - It appears the sun is shining on the coal industry, with the announcement of an agreement on a bill in Congress to rescue pensions for 100-thousand coal miners, retirees and widows. For years, pension protection for miners was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. But now he's signed on to a bipartisan bill, that has wide Appalachian support in Congress. "We have Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. I think this really sends a message that we're … Continue Reading


11.06.19

Deal reached to shore up miners pensions; McConnell on board

WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 100,000 retired coal miners, future retirees and their families are encouraged about a breakthrough in congressional legislation to protect their pension and healthcare benefits. U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin of West Virginia made the joint announcement of the Bi-Partisan American Miners Act of 2019 on Wednesday. "We're going to be able to secure the pensions of 92,000 coal miners and protect the healthcare benefits of 15,000 miners and their fam… Continue Reading


10.30.19

WV's Sen. Capito, Rep. Mooney work to secure funding for Corridor H completion

WASHINGTON - Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. Alex Mooney, both R-W.Va., have undertaken an effort aimed at securing funding required to complete the final leg of the Corridor H project. A pair of mirroring bills, introduced by Capito in the Senate and by Mooney in the House of Representatives, would create the "Aid Appalachia Act." The act, which would amend section 23 of U.S. Code, would allow states with excess funding marked for Appalachian Highway System development to exchange those fund… Continue Reading


10.29.19

CAPITO OP-ED: Federal act lifts W.Va. communities

Huntington knows all too well that West Virginia has struggled with the opioid crisis longer than most states. While that reality has been tough, it has also helped us become a leader in fighting back.West Virginia has become ground zero for recovery efforts. We've tried a lot of innovative things. Some have worked, and others we need to improve on. It's these lessons and insights that enabled me to help shape groundbreaking legislation Congress passed and President Trump signed into law one yea… Continue Reading


10.27.19

Manchin, Capito announce funding to support maternal and child health services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a grant totaling $877,630 for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to support maternal and child health services across the state. Funding is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "Access to healthcare is essential for all West Virginians and will ensure a brighter future for us and our future generatio… Continue Reading


10.26.19

Capito introduces bill investing in water infrastructure, a problem largely ignored at state level

As West Virginia's water infrastructure ages and deteriorates after a decade of inaction by state officials, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., introduced a bill to Congress Wednesday that would provide resources for small water systems nationwide to improve facilities. The Assuring Quality Water Infrastructure Act of 2019 is a bipartisan bill introduced with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland. The six page bill proposes amending the Safe Drinking Water Act to include a provision creating a grant prog… Continue Reading


10.22.19

WV's Sens. Manchin, Capito secure more than $3 million to combat youth homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Tuesday that $3,364,003 had been allocated to combat children and youth homelessness in West Virginia. "There are more than 10,500 homeless children and youth in West Virginia. This is an unfortunate and unacceptable issue we are facing," Manchin said. "Ensuring that our children have a safe, stable and comfortable place to sleep at night is essential to… Continue Reading


10.21.19

Software company to bring more than 100 jobs to West Virginia

Infor is a company that runs cloud applications for both local and federal government organizations. They also work with government contractors. The new Charleston office will bring more than 100 jobs to the state. West Virginia Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin attended the event at Charleston's Laidley Tower. Senator Capito said, "This is such a tremendous opportunity for Charleston-not only to showcase that the city is a great place for tech investment and that we have the workfor… Continue Reading


10.21.19

High-tech giant Infor opens office in Charleston with 100 jobs

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) - Infor held a grand opening at its Downtown Charleston office in Laidley Tower Monday. Infor is a cloud-based software management company based in New York City, employing 17,000 people worldwide. It soon hopes to have 100 people hired locally, most of them from West Virginia. "We would love to hire locally. For us, we kind of see that folks get trained here and they leave the state. Our goal would be to get folks from universities and schools, keep them working in Wes… Continue Reading


10.19.19

Capito introduces legislation to support victims of identify theft

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) today introduced the Identity Theft Victims Protection Act to support victims of identity theft and help them recover quicker. This legislation will hold identity thieves accountable by adding the fraudulent actions to the perpetrator's credit history, instead of the innocent victim's credit history. "Recovering from… Continue Reading


10.16.19

Manchin, Capito, again sound alert on need to pass miners’ pension legislation

MORGANTOWN - Both of West Virginia's U.S. senators called attention to the approaching pension plight of coal miners and other union workers Wednesday - highlighting the need for quick Congressional action to solve the problem. "The Miners' Pension Fund alone, a critical plan which covers 82,000 retired miners - 25,000 in West Virginia - and 20,000 full vested current workers, is projected to become insolvent by 2022," said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in a release co-issued by several Democrat se… Continue Reading


10.15.19

Sen. Capito talks VA Investigation, Broadband, & Tourism

Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R) gives her thoughts on the latest information on the investigation into the Clarksburg VA Hospital, broadband expansion in West Virginia, redesignating the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia as the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, and more.… Continue Reading


10.09.19

Federal lawmakers appeal for New River Gorge national park designation

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WV MetroNews) -- Members of West Virginia's congressional delegation were in Fayette County on Wednesday for a panel discussion regarding a legislative proposal to change the federal designation for the New River Gorge National River. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rep. Carol Miller, R-W.Va., met with community leaders, business owners and other stakeholders during a question-and-answer session at the Canyon Rim Visitors Center. If … Continue Reading


10.09.19

Editorial: Bill would spur visits to New River Gorge

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin are co-sponsoring a bill that would make the New River Gorge National River a national park and preserve. If successful, it could be a big boost not only to tourism, but to the economically battered southern counties. Capito had introduced a bill last year that would have designated the New River Gorge as a national park. But the bill failed because lawmakers were concerned it would prevent hunting. Although some national park properties allow hunting, … Continue Reading


10.08.19

Manchin, Captio Announce $1.7 Million For Health Centers In West Virginia

WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,737,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for health centers across West Virginia. Funding will support the continued operations of health centers to provide primary and preventive care to West Virginians. "This funding will provide essential support to help ensure that all West Virginians have access to the healthcare th… Continue Reading

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