10-16-2019 ACE Rule Volk and Miners Pensions Floor Speech PLAY

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today spoke on the Senate floor about a variety of topics including Senate Democrats’ efforts to block the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, the need for Congress to act soon to protect miners’ pensions, and Judge Frank Volk—who was confirmed by the Senate unanimously to serve as the a United States District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.

On Senate Democrats’ efforts to block the ACE Rule:

“The Democrats’ energy agenda will lead to fewer jobs, more expensive utility bills, and less reliable electricity. I hope that the Senate will refuse to go down this path toward impoverishing the very people who power the country and make our quality of life possible. Passage of this resolution would serve as the starting point for a resumption of the War on Coal and a march to the extremist excesses of the Green New Deal. I urge my colleagues to heed the voice of the American people and vote 'no' on the resolution disapproving the ACE rule.”

On miners’ pensions:

“Retired miners from across West Virginia routinely visit me in my office here in D.C., write letters, and talk with me as I travel the state. I really appreciate their efforts. And we are working hard to make sure that when they tell me about how critical their pension check is in allowing them to pay for food, medication, housing, and other essentials, we don’t let this critical issue lapse. These hard working men and women deserve the pensions that they were promised. And we should make sure they receive the benefits they earned by passing legislation to protect their pensions this year.”

On voting to confirm Judge Frank Volk:

“I was very pleased that—at my suggestion—President Trump nominated Judge Volk to continue his service on the District Court. And I am very pleased about that. I know that he will be a judge who will root his decisions firmly in the text and original meaning of our constitution and our statutes. I know that he will be fair to all parties who appear before him. And I know that he will bring honor to our federal judiciary.” 

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