Press Releases

12.04.19

VIDEO: Capito Introduces West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt During Senate Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt during an EPW Committee legislative hearing. Commissioner Leonhardt appeared as a witness to testify in a hearing about the discussion draft of a bill to create a task force on chronic wasting disease. "Throughout his tenure, Commissioner Leonhardt has really been an advocate for West Virginia … Continue Reading


12.02.19

Capito Votes to Confirm Dan Brouillette for Energy Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released the following statement today after voting to confirm Dan Brouillette for secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE):"Deputy Secretary Brouillette's experience in both the public and private sectors, as well as his current role as second-in-command at the Department of Energy make him well-qualified to lead the department. I look forward to working with Deputy Secretary Brouillette in his new role to address some our state'… Continue Reading


11.29.19

ICYMI: Capito Concludes Congressional Trip to Afghanistan and Kuwait, Visits with West Virginia Troops (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) returned earlier this week from a congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan and Kuwait. In addition to Senator Capito, the delegation included U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Representatives Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and John Curtis (R-Utah). During the trip, Senator Capito had the opportunity to meet West Virginians with the 863rd Military Police Unit from the West Virginia Army National Guard,… Continue Reading


11.27.19

Capito, Manchin Announce $4.6 Million for West Virginia Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $4,600,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) for airport runway construction and rehabilitation in West Virginia."This is great news for these West Virginia airports. I've talked with DOT directly about the importance of focusing funding on smaller, more rural airports because of the impact they have in… Continue Reading


11.27.19

Capito, Manchin Announce $356K to Combat Opioid Epidemic in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $356,882 from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) through the Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-Level Intervention (COOCLI) grant program. This funding will support the development of new strategies to prevent and treat substance use disorder and promote the partnership of law enforcement with public health… Continue Reading


11.26.19

Capito, Manchin Announce More Than $1.4 Million for Economic Development in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,499,000 for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) in West Virginia. The funding provided through the U.S Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) will enable CDFIs to increase lending and investment activity in economically distressed communities across West Virginia."Access to… Continue Reading


11.26.19

Capito Statement on Thanksgiving

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the below statement ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday: "This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my health, the love and support of my family, and the privilege to represent West Virginians in the United States Senate. Having just come back from the Middle East, I'm especially reflective of all the blessings we collectively have here in the United States: that our country is not war torn and that we have freedoms enshrined … Continue Reading


11.25.19

Capito Nominates 32 West Virginians for Admission to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced U.S. Service Academy nominations for 32 qualified high school seniors from 16 counties in West Virginia. A board chosen by Senator Capito reviewed each nominee's application, interviewed candidates, and made recommendations. "Reviewing service academy applications each year leaves me so inspired," Senator Capito said. "These young men and women represent the best and brightest of their class. Their combination of stro… Continue Reading


11.22.19

Capito, Manchin Announce More Than $6 Million for Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced two grants totaling $6,080,000 for the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority (EPTA) to assist in the financing of buses and their new busing headquarters. Funding is provided by the Department of Transportation (DOT). "With the growth EPTA is seeing, this funding is critical to ensuring they can serve their community's transportation needs," Sen… Continue Reading


11.22.19

Capito, Manchin Announce More Than $49 Million for Rural Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced two loan and grant combinations totaling $49,299,000 to support water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Funding is provided by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). "These are big investments for big projects," Senator Capito said. "The Lewisburg projects includes upgrades that will benefit more than 4700 residential and commercial users… Continue Reading


11.22.19

Capito, Manchin Announce Funding for Telehealth, Online Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced two grants totaling $437,436 to support telehealth and distance learning projects. Funding is provided by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). "West Virginians, particularly those who live in our smaller communities, often find themselves far removed from critical services. This USDA grant money will address two issues exacerbated by that ge… Continue Reading


11.22.19

Capito, Manchin Announce More Than $52 Million for Rebuilding of Herbert Hoover High School

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $52,304,385.75 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to rebuild Herbert Hoover High School. Herbert Hoover High School was critically damaged by the 2016 floods that tore through West Virginia. "Since the flood in 2016, I've been working closely with FEMA Region III and local government and school officials to make sure we rebuil… Continue Reading


11.21.19

Capito Statement on White House Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today released the following statement after meeting with President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other senators:"I was very encouraged by today's meeting at the White House, which focused on a range of policy issues, including USMCA, drug pricing, and ways we can continue improving our economy. During the lunch, I made it a priority to raise directly with the president the issue of securing our miners' pensions by … Continue Reading


11.21.19

VIDEO: Capito Stresses Urgency in Passing Bipartisan American Miners Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today spoke on the Senate floor to underscore the importance of passing the Bipartisan American Miners Act, legislation she introduced with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) earlier this month. Specifically, the bill would secure our nation's retired miners pensions by shoring up the 1974 Pension Plan and ensure that the miners who are at risk due to 2018 and 2019 coal company bankruptcies wil… Continue Reading


11.20.19

Capito, Peters Introduce Bill to Help Prevent Diabetes and Reduce Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that aims to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs for individuals at risk for diabetes and save long-term care costs for Medicare. The Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act would extend Medicare coverage for medical nutrition therapy services to Americans with pre-diabetes and risk factors for developing type-2 diabetes. This legislation is similar to th… Continue Reading


11.19.19

Capito Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Americans Save on Health Costs, Improve Patient Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the independent non-profit corporation established to save Americans money on their health care costs and help patients better understand their diagnostic and treatment options. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) helps inform health care decisions by providing evidence on the effec… Continue Reading


11.19.19

Capito, Baldwin, Stabenow, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Crack Down on Trade Cheating

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) today introduced the bipartisan Play by the Rules Act to crack down on unfair trade cheating from nonmarket economies like China."Fair trade rules and policies are needed to protect U.S. jobs and promote economic growth in our country," said Senator Capito. "Unfortunately, there are non-market economies that do not abide by free market forces to set p… Continue Reading


11.18.19

PHOTO: Capito, Facebook, State Officials Break Ground for Major Broadband Project

BECKLEY, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today joined state leaders and representatives from Facebook for a ceremonial groundbreaking for a major broadband project in southern West Virginia. Today's groundbreaking is a result of Senator Capito's announcement in March 2019 of Facebook's plans to build a fiber optic cable that will run through parts of West Virginia.The project is expected to result in an… Continue Reading


11.15.19

Capito, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Spur Investment in Rural Broadband

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), introduced two bipartisan bills to help states, cities, and towns spur investment in rural broadband projects.The Rural Broadband Financing Flexibility Act, led by Senator Capito and cosponsored by Senator Hassan, would allow state and local governments to issue tax-exempt bonds to finance public-private rural broadband project… Continue Reading


11.13.19

Capito, Klobuchar Introduce Bill to Increase Patient Access to Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today introduced the Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Act of 2019. The bipartisan legislation would expand and expedite access to cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services by authorizing physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists to order cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation under Medicare and begin supervising this care in 2021."Fa… Continue Reading

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