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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Capito questions VA secretary about Greenbrier vet clinic

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., questioned Veterans Administration Secretary Robert McDonald about the plagued Community Based Outpatient Clinic at Maxwelton during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday. McDonald responded that many veterans facilities are "too old" and that HVAC systems need to be replaced; however, he said, the VA budget has been marked down by $1.4 billion, with the major construction portion "gutted by almost half." The CBOC, closed three times in the pa… Continue Reading


Capito presses for increased rail safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The head of the federal Department of Transportation vows new rules are coming which will tighten up on the safe transportation of crude oil as well as other combustible materials across the United States. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee's Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Wednesday. "The reduction on the final rule, not only on these tank cars, but on a range of issue… Continue Reading


Senate passes reauthorization for children’s health insurance

A measure to reform the Medicare physician payment system and extend the Children's Health Insurance Program passed the U.S. Senate almost unanimously. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito both voted in favor of the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015. The legislation permanently replaces the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Formula and ensure seniors in need of outpatient rehabilitation services have access to affordable care. It also funds… Continue Reading


Editorial: Human trafficking a true horror

It's the unthinkable crime that is nearly unknown to many law-abiding citizens. But human trafficking, unfortunately, is alive and well in the world, the United States and even West Virginia. "When I began to learn more about human trafficking and saw the statistics, I was shocked that this horrific industry was making a fortune right here in our own backyard," U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., told a summit she hosted at West Liberty University in Wheeling last week. "It is not just oc… Continue Reading


Editorial: Taking the Lead In Washington

Human trafficking, often making children and women serve as sex slaves, occurs right here in West Virginia and Ohio. As Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., points out, more needs to be done to prevent it. Local and state authorities play a major role in that, obviously. Often, it is they who make arrests after being tipped off to the presence of human trafficking in their communities. Such arrests often only nip at the periphery of human trafficking rings, however. Meanwhile, the kingpins rema… Continue Reading

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