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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


05.13.15

Capito leads charge to rollback “Clean Power Plan”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito introduced a bill Wednesday that will serve as the primary legislation in the Senate aiming to rollback President Obama's "Clean Power Plan." A bi-partisan group of six senators, including U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, joined Capito at a press conference Wednesday afternoon to unveil The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, also called ARENA. Capito said the legislation would put the economy first and curb federal overreach. "Our bi-partisan legi… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Capito Bill Aims to Scale Back EPA's Clean Power Plan

Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin joined four other U.S. senators to unveil new legislation aimed at pushing back on proposed federal clean air regulations. Standing beside four other Republican senators and Democrat Joe Manchin, Shelley Moore Capito introduced the The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act on Wednesday, May 13, at a press conference in Washington, D.C. The bill is an effort to roll back provisions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. The pl… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Senate GOP launches attack on EPA climate rules

Senate Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday that would overturn the Obama administration's landmark climate regulations for power plants and make it nearly impossible to rewrite them. The bill is the GOP's first major legislative push against the Environmental Protection Agency's emissions limits since Republicans seized control of the Senate in November. The rules have drawn intense criticism from Republicans and industry groups, who warn they will cost billions of dollars, hundreds of tho… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Senators Capito, Manchin introduce legislation to roll back EPA's Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, today introduced a bill that will be the principal legislative vehicle in the Senate to rollback President Obama's "Clean Power Plan." A bipartisan group of six Senators joined Senator Capito at a press conference this afternoon to unveil The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA), which will ensure reliable and affordable… Continue Reading


05.13.15

West Virginia Senators Leading Fight Against What They Call An Overreach By Obama, The EPA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are leading the fight against what they call an overreach by President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency. The West Virginians are part of the bipartisan upper chamber group which wants to give individual states more control over how they deal with coal-fired power plant emissions. The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, or ARENA Act, prevents EPA mandates for unproven technologies and extends to complianc… Continue Reading


05.13.15

WV's U.S. Sens. Capito, Manchin join proposal to roll back EPA's Clean Power Plan

A coalition of six U.S. Senators has unveiled legislation to roll back the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan.U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., introduced The Affordable Reliable Energy Now (ARENA) Act May 13, which is meant to "ensure reliable and affordable energy, put jobs and our economy first, and curb federal overreach."The measure would extend Clean Power Plan compliance dates, require EPA to issue state-specific model compliance plans, enable states t… Continue Reading


05.11.15

Capito in favor of Atlantic Coast Pipeline project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito said she supports the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, a proposed 550-mile pipeline that would transport natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. The $5 billion project poses some opposition in West Virginia and Virginia where the pipeline would run, but Capito urged the Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission to sign off on the project without delaying, according to POLITICO. "We have natural gas production that will allow us,… Continue Reading


05.11.15

Shelley Moore Capito: EPA’s Clean Power Plan needs work

With America's economy still in the midst of challenging economic times, the last thing job creators need is more burdensome Environmental Protection Agency regulations to stifle growth and opportunity. The last thing our families and senior citizens need is to see their electric bills skyrocket. And, the last thing our hard-working miners can afford is a war on coal, which is not just an energy source, but a way of life for so many West Virginians. Even still, EPA is moving forward with over… Continue Reading


05.11.15

Senators introduce pharmacies legislation

WASHINGTON - Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., recently introduced legislation to help preserve senior citizens' access to the prescription drugs and important healthcare services provided by community pharmacies. The bill, Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act, S. 1190, is co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. "Community pharmacies play a critical role in providing healthcare and medication to rural Americans who live in… Continue Reading


05.08.15

Editorial: Pipelines need a faster approval process

During a seven-week period from early January through February of 1942, five German submarines patrolled waters offthe American East Coast and sank 73 ships carrying supplies and fuel for Allied forces. These sinkings severely hurt the U.S. war effort, as valuable crude oil produced in Texas and Louisiana couldn't get to refineries in the north, where it would be turned into fuel and shipped to Allied forces in Europe. The solution: build two cross-country pipelines spanning 1,200 miles - one … Continue Reading


05.06.15

Capito Introduces Legislation to Modernize Approval Process for New Pipelines

Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced legislation today to modernize and improve the timeframe for the approval of new pipelines. The Oil and Gas Production and Distribution Reform Act strengthens the role of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to better coordinate government agencies involved in the pipeline permitting process. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Bill Cassidy, M.D… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Senator pushes bill to speed up pipeline approval

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) has introduced a bill to speed up the pipeline approval process. Capito's bill looks to reform the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's pipeline permitting process by pushing for more coordination between the federal and state agencies charged with approving them, and setting firm deadlines for permitting. The bill would allow simultaneous review between federal and state agencies considering a pipeline application, give pipeline applicants the option of p… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Bipartisan measure: Manchin, Capito target EPA

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., are taking renewed and necessary steps to address the continued overreach of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The "Water Quality Protection Act" supported by Manchin, Capito, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., seeks to address long-sta… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Coal-state officials blast Obama climate change plan

The Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices and even power outages, attorneys general from two energy-producing states said Tuesday. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt told a Senate panel that the administration's plan to cut heat-trapping pollutants from coal-fired power plants would cause existing plants to retire early and prevent new ones from bein… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Capito bill will target 'devastating' impact of emission rules

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito will be introducing legislation next week to allow states to avoid the "devastating impacts" of the Environmental Protection Agency's power plant emission rules that are at the center of President Obama's climate change agenda. The West Virginia Republican briefly discussed the legislation during a Tuesday hearing she ran in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, where she heads the clean air and nuclear safety panel. The hearing focused on the legal hurdle… Continue Reading


05.04.15

Capito flexes muscles on power plant rule

As the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit weighs whether to block U.S. EPA's proposed carbon limits for existing power plants, the legal tug of war is taking a road trip to Capitol Hill. West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's clean air subpanel, will head a hearing this week on the legal issues surrounding the so-called Clean Power Plan. Capito ran for the Senate promising to fight the Ob… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Sen. Capito Teams Up with Local Officials for Drug Prevention Summit

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Next week, Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, police and local officials will gather at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office for a drug prevention summit, in an effort to lower the number of drug overdoses in the area. "Well we have a real problem in West Virginia and in the eastern panhandle most especially, with the rise in heroin overdoses drug-related poisonings," said Capito. According to the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violence Crime Task Force… Continue Reading

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