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07.08.15

Editorial: US Senate returns as a deliberative body

It was known as the "world's greatest deliberative body," a phrase believed to have been coined by former President James Buchanan in 1867 of the U.S. Senate's reputation for deep, intelligent and impassioned debate. Of course, that was back in the days after legendary orators like senators Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. Unfortunately, after Nevada Democrat Harry Reid became majority leader in 2007, the U.S. Senate was anything but great or deliberative. Fortunately, voters sent a majority of… Continue Reading


07.08.15

Capito discusses accomplishments six months into Senate

Celebrating her first six months in the U.S. Senate, Shelley Moore Capito hosted aconference call with reporters on Wednesday to provide a recap of her time and accomplishments in the chamber. Citing the passage of several bipartisan bills, the junior senator said the early months of the year have provided clarity on a number of issues ranging from health care to the federal budget. "We made a major fix to a health care issue," said Capito, R-W.Va., referring to the passage of the Medicare Acc… Continue Reading


06.29.15

W.Va. Officials Applaud Supreme Court Ruling Against EPA's Mercury/Air Toxics Standards

The Supreme Court has ruled against federal regulators' attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. The rules began to take effect in April, but the court said by a 5-4 vote this week that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to take their cost into account when the agency first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants. The challenge was brought by industry groups and 21 states. Writing for the court, Justice Anton… Continue Reading


06.23.15

Capito looks at Clean Power Plan effects on families and businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed "Clean Power Plan" will greatly impact businesses, rural communities and families nationwide, according to Paul Cicio, president of Industrial Energy Consumers of America. "We know, including the EPA knows, there's costs. The EPA does not want to hurt people by higher energy costs, but this rule will," said Cicio, during a Tuesday hearing chaired by U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), in a continued effort to rollback th… Continue Reading


06.22.15

Senate to review EPA’s emission regulation plan, GOP counter-act

A U.S. Senate clean air panel on Tuesday will examine the Obama administration's controversial Clean Power Plan and Republican efforts to block its proposed regulations on coal-fired power plants. The panel, a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. In addition to reviewing proposed regulations, the panel will discuss a bill Capito introduced last month that would not only block the Environmental Protection Agency's Clea… Continue Reading


06.20.15

Capito plans statewide listening tour

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. on Friday announced the initial schedule for her statewide "Capito Connect" listening tour in West Virginia. As part of the Capito Connect Plan announced last month, Capito urged West Virginians to attend a listening session, and share their comments and suggestions for improving broadband access in the Mountain State. "Equipping our state with the broadband infrastructure needed to compete and thrive in today's economy is one o… Continue Reading


06.20.15

Capito plans statewide listening tour

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. on Friday announced the initial schedule for her statewide "Capito Connect" listening tour in West Virginia. As part of the Capito Connect Plan announced last month, Capito urged West Virginians to attend a listening session, and share their comments and suggestions for improving broadband access in the Mountain State. "Equipping our state with the broadband infrastructure needed to compete and thrive in today's economy is one o… Continue Reading


06.19.15

Editorial: Digital Divide

Editor's note: The Register-Herald's parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., has papers all over the United States. Each Friday, this space will be dedicated to what one of those papers thinks about the issues facing their communities. We have seen a lot of progress in recent years when it comes to closing the so-called digital divide in rural America, and specifically in the coalfields of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia. But there are still areas in our region and acro… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Capito Connect plan could be exactly what Preston, rural W.Va. needs

Two weeks ago U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) unveiled her bold high-speed Internet/broadband initiative called the Capito Connect Plan. In it she layed out a three-step approach to tackling the broadband challenge in West Virginia. The three steps are: understanding the benefits of a connected West Virginia; fostering collaboration between government and the private sector; and promoting economic growth through innovation. Senator Capito also launched what she and her staff are ca… Continue Reading


06.07.15

Editorial: Rural areas must push for broadband expansion

Some of our older readers might remember the days when cities had electricity, but many rural areas did not. From our perspective years later, that inequity may seem unimaginable or even unfair. But in the 1920s, it did not appear to be economically feasible to wire the nation and give every American the opportunity to flip a switch and see the lights come on. With less dense populations, power companies feared the initial infrastructure costs would never be recouped. It took public invest… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Capito proposes legal protection for physicians

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., on Tuesday co-sponsored a bi-partisan measure that seeks to limit medical malpractice lawsuits. A press release from Capito's office reported that the Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act would allow physicians who can demonstrate that they followed recommended best practices, developed by the physician community, to "benefit from increased liability protection in the form of a legal safe harbor." "In order to make health care affordable to all Americans, w… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Editorial: Access to broadband good for economy, residents

It's difficult to do just about anything without some sort of connection to the World Wide Web. Everything from banking to health care to shopping can be, and often is, done on the Internet. But what about residents of the state - the Federal Communications Commission estimates about 74 percent of people living in rural areas - that don't have access to broadband services? It's an issue that's been talked about for a while. And while some work has been done to connect rural West Virginia to th… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Capito, Jenkins quick to criticize new EPA water rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and 3rd District Congressman Evan Jenkins criticized a new EPA rule backed by the Obama Administration that gives the government authority to regulate any private body of water. Both Republicans called the law another example of EPA overreach that will negatively affect not only West Virginia, but all states. "What kind of onus is this going to put on our local construction, or golf courses, or farmers to have to have permits for any kind of wa… Continue Reading


05.30.15

John McCoy: Federal bill could help build shooting ranges

A bill currently under consideration by the U.S. Senate would make it easier for state natural-resources officials to construct new shooting ranges. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, would make the ranges easier for the states to afford, and it would allow them to be built on federally owned lands. Paul Johansen, wildlife chief for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, says the bill could help the DNR put ranges in parts of the state where there currently are … Continue Reading


05.29.15

Capito unveils plan to connect West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., unveiled the "Capito Connect Plan," which aims to bring 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," Capito said earlier this week at a roundtable discussion in Fairmont, West Virginia. "When I was sworn into the Senate, I outlined my top priorities for streng… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Senator Shelley Capito discusses broadband during roundtable

FAIRMONT - High speed broadband access must be more of a priority if the state hopes to capitalize on technology to spur economic development, increase educational opportunities and improve quality of life. That was the consensus of participants at a broadband roundtable discussion hosted by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Wednesday morning at Fairmont's I-79 Technology Park. "It's got to be sooner than later," Capito said. "If we take too long, we will fall behind." Data provided by… Continue Reading


05.27.15

W.Va. delegation criticizes Clean Water Rule

West Virginia's congressional delegation lashed out against President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday after the agency, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced the final version of a rule that seeks to clarify what types of bodies of water can be protected by the government. Proponents of the Clean Water Rule, which has also been called the Waters of the United States rule, say it was designed to allow the federal government to clarify and simpli… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Capito talks about recent mining layoffs

MORGANTOWN - United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito addressed several issues Monday, including the expected coal mining layoffs and the state's infrastructure. During a breakfast event hosted by the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce, Capito updated members of the chamber on her position in Washington, D.C. She also discussed recent coal mining layoffs with members. On Friday, Murray Energy announced that the company is expecting to lay off more than 1,800 mine workers, most from West Virg… Continue Reading


05.27.15

U.S. Senator introduces “Capito Connect” plan to improve state’s internet access and speed

FAIRMONT, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito played host to an event Wednesday at the I-79 Technology Park discussing the challenges of and unveiling a plan to bringing affordable, high-speed internet access to every home, business and classroom in West Virginia. "We've sort of been spinning our tires and the more we do that, the further behind we get," Capito said. "When you see the statistic that 56 percent of West Virginia doesn't have adequate high-speed internet, that's a problem [f… Continue Reading


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

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