WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the below statement on her intention to support proceeding to consideration of the bipartisan infrastructure legislation:
“As I said when I began negotiations with President Biden, I have been and continue to be committed to improving our nation’s infrastructure, which will boost economic growth and create jobs. As the top Republican on the Senate EPW Committee, I have worked alongside Chairman Carper to craft a highway bill that passed our committee unanimously, as well as a water bill that also passed our committee unanimously and the Senate 89-2. These bills include significant wins for West Virginia and our nation. These bills were also developed with input from our fellow senators and incorporated policy and funding priorities from both sides of the aisle.
“I am glad to see the bipartisan group’s infrastructure legislation focuses on the core elements of infrastructure. Just as important, the bipartisan group’s package is built around our two bipartisan and unanimously committee-passed bills. The inclusion of our bills in the package means West Virginia will receive funding for programs and areas I have long-supported like roads, bridges, water and wastewater projects, construction of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), and more. As a member of the Commerce Committee, I am also glad to see this package include significant funding to help fix the digital divide, something that has been a top priority for me since day one. After reviewing some of the legislative text of the bipartisan infrastructure package and ensuring West Virginia’s and the nation’s core infrastructure needs will be addressed, I plan to support the procedural vote to move this package forward."
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