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05.27.15

Senator Capito Unveils Capito Connect Plan for Improving Rural Broadband Access

Today, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) unveiled her three-point Capito Connect Plan for bringing affordable, high-speed internet access to every home, business and classroom in West Virginia. "High-speed internet access is a pillar of our 21st Century infrastructure and a gateway to economic growth in rural America," said Senator Capito at a roundtable discussion in Fairmont. "When I was sworn into the Senate, I outlined my top priorities for strengthening West Virginia, and improving … Continue Reading


05.27.15

US Sen. Shelley Moore Capito plans to make broadband access available to more of WV

A new study by the Federal Communications Commission shows 56 percent of West Virginia residents don't have access to broadband.U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she has a plan to bring affordable, high-speed Internet access to every home, business and classroom in the state."High-speed Internet access is a pillar of our 21st Century infrastructure and a gateway to economic growth in rural America," Capito said at a roundtable discussion in Fairmont. "When I was sworn into the Senate… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Republicans seek to ease EPA permitting

A new Republican bill aims to ease the burden of obtaining air pollution permits from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for manufacturing facilities. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said their legislation introduced Thursday would help the country's energy and manufacturing sectors move forward in a way that is difficult now. "The EPA insists on holding America back with its onerous regulations and deeply flawed permitting process for new and expandin… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Beckley man receives Congressional Gold Medal as member of Tuskegee Airmen

(WVVA) Sergeant John Watson Junior of Beckley, WV is finally recognized as one of a select group of World War II veterans, the Tuskegee Airmen. On Wednesday, Watson was presented with the Congressional Medal of Gold in a ceremony attended by Senators Joe Manchin, Shelley Moore Capito, and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins. Watch the full report to learn more. SLIDESHOW: 2015 ALWAYS FREE HONOR FLIGHT CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE 2015 ALWAYS FREE HONOR FLIGHT Background information on Sgt. John Watson Jr.… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Editorial: Reining In

In a U.S. Senate where lawmakers represent the best interests of their constituents, Sen. Shelley Capito's bill to stop the war on coal and reasonably priced electricity would sail to enactment with a veto-proof majority. But Capito's is not the first attempt to rein in the all-out assault on coal and tens of millions of American families. Other initiatives have failed because many senators refuse to defend those who elected them - often preferring instead to stand with their party's presiden… Continue Reading


05.20.15

Capito, Manchin write letter to DEA on drug “take-back” days

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for the reinstatement of National Drug Take-Back Days along with eight other senators. The DEA recently issued regulations that would legally expand options for disposing of controlled substances. However, they also announced they would no longer sponsor the Take-Back days. The Senators felt that they have been successful in reducing the supply of prescription drugs.… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Editorial: Obama program ignores cause of problem

Leave it to the Obama administration to gallop in on white horses in a quest to rescue the beleaguered West Virginia coalfields while ignoring the fact they're the ones who helped destroy it in the first place. In reality the president's POWER initiative wouldn't be necessary if it weren't for overreaching, burdensome and likely unlawful regulations pushed by the Environmental Protection Agency under his appointees. In March, the White House announced the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity an… Continue Reading


05.18.15

WV lawmakers, industry leaders show support for federal measure to roll back Clean Power Plan

Several West Virginia lawmakers gathered May 18 to support the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, which aims to roll back proposed federal regulations on coal-fired power plants. Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer and Speaker of the House Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, among several other lawmakers, came together at the Capitol to support the legislation. Chris Hamilton, senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, also spoke in favor of the bill. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R… Continue Reading


05.18.15

US Sen. Capito's Rollback of EPA Clean Power Plan Backed by State Lawmakers

Lawmakers met at the Capitol in Charleston Monday to show support for US Senator Shelley Moore Capito's proposed legislation that will roll back the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan in West Virginia. Senator Capito's proposed legislation is called ARENA, or the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act. Co-sponsored by US Senator Joe Manchin, the bill would provide a way for a state's governor to opt out of a state or federal plan that could negatively impact economic growth or electricity rate… Continue Reading


05.18.15

WV lawmakers express support for bill meant to push back against EPA

More than a dozen state lawmakers gathered at the Capitol on Monday to praise the introduction of a bill by U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito that seeks to push back against proposed federal regulations on the nation's energy sector. Following a morning discussion on tax reform, Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, led a press conference in support of the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA). The bill seeks to block the implementation of rules proposed last year by the Environmental Pro… Continue Reading


05.18.15

State lawmakers praise Capito ARENA bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - More than a dozen state legislators met at the Capitol Monday to praise a bill by U.S. Sen. Shelly Moore Capito that seeks to fight federal clean energy regulations. Many feel that the regulations further hurt the coal industry, and the bill aims to block EPA legislation that seeks to substantially limit greenhouse gas emission. House Speaker Tim Armstead said Capito's Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, or ARENA, is a good first step toward saving the coal industry. "We ha… Continue Reading


05.17.15

Capito introduces student loan rehab bill

WASHINGTON - Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., recently introduced a bipartisan bill to help private student loan borrowers rehabilitate defaulted loans. The Federal Adjustment in Reporting Student Credit Act would enable a borrower who has successfully completed a series of on-time payments to remove the student loan default from their credit report. Unlike federal student loans, there is currently no opportunity to rehabilitate private student loans, and private… Continue Reading


05.17.15

Editorial: ARENA Act: Key measure merits support

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va, says she is "determined" to move legislation through the U.S. Senate that will serve as the principal legislative vehicle to rollback President Barack Obama's controversial job-killing carbon emission reduction plan. Obama's plan has come under sharp scrutiny by energy-producing states since it was unveiled nearly a year ago. Capito, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, correctly argu… Continue Reading


05.17.15

Editorial: Many Voters Not Being Defended

In a U.S. Senate where lawmakers represent the best interests of their constituents, Sen. Shelley Capito's bill to stop the war on coal and reasonably priced electricity would sail to enactment with a veto-proof majority. But Capito's is not the first attempt to rein in the all-out assault on coal and tens of millions of American families. Other initiatives have failed because many senators refuse to defend those who elected them - often preferring instead to stand with their party's president,… Continue Reading


05.15.15

Capito part of effort to roll back EPA plan

WASHINGTON - Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are both attached to a bill that seeks to roll back new EPA regulations announced last year that would require states to cut carbon emissions and broaden their energy portfolio. The plan has been viewed with outright hostility in the Mountain State, where the main export is coal and the majority of electricity is generated by coal-fired plants. Critics have argued the goals are unrealistic, won't cut greenhouse gas… Continue Reading


05.14.15

U.S. Sen. Capito introduces bill to roll back EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - West Virginia's U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has introduced legislation aimed at rolling back President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. Capito, a Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, introduced the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, or ARENA, Wednesday. Capito said ARENA will ensure reliable and affordable energy, put jobs and the economy first, and curb federal overreach. … Continue Reading


05.14.15

Senate Unveils Bill to Immediately Kill Clean Power Plan, Set Strict Limits on New Rules

May 13 - Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) unveiled legislation May 13 that would immediately scuttle the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon pollution regulations for the nation's fleet of power plants and set strict standards for the agency to meet if it pursues new rules. The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (no number assigned) has 26 co-sponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Capito to unveil bill today to scuttle Clean Power Plan, new source rule

Senate foes of U.S. EPA will launch their bid today to let states opt out of utility sector carbon rules, even as they continue to urge states to use their own authority to "just say no." Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) will roll out her bill at a news conference this afternoon flanked by five senators, including one Democrat -- original co-sponsor Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Her measure would give state governors the authority to choose not to implement the Clean Power Plan and provid… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Capito introduces bill to challenge Clean Power Plan

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito introduced legislation Wednesday that, if passed, will delay the implementation of the Clean Power Plan, which could begin as early as this summer, and allow states to opt out of complying with the plan. Capito, R-W.Va., announced the "Affordable Reliable Energy Act Now Act (ARENA) Wednesday during a press conference in Washington. The Clean Power Plan, which will require that carbon emissions be reduced 30 percent by 2030, has been under scrutiny - particularly i… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Sen. Capito introduces legislation to halt EPA regulations on coal

In their first attempt to stop the Obama administration's plan to address climate change by imposing additional regulations on coal-fired power plants, U.S. Senate Republicans introduced a bill on Wednesday to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. Lead sponsor Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said the bill will be the "principal legislative vehicle" to halt proposed greenhouse gas emission regulations that she and other Congressional Republicans claim will cost billio… Continue Reading

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