Press Releases

05.04.15

Manchin and Capito Announce USDA Rural Development Funding for Paden City

PADEN CITY, W.VA. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funding for a water and waste disposal project in Paden City. The city will receive a $2.9 million loan and $471,000 grant for needed improvements to its wastewater system. "Investing in infrastructure projects improves the quality of life for our residents, preserves good-paying jobs and boosts economic development in our communities," S… Continue Reading


05.04.15

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $6.8 Million For Housing Programs Across West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced $6,787,508 in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to public housing authorities across West Virginia. The funding will be used for operations and management efforts to help ensure safe and decent public housing across the state. "In West Virginia, we understand the importance of supporting one another in times of need," Senator Manchin said. "We should do e… Continue Reading


05.01.15

Manchin and Capito Urge Review of Oil Volatility Transportation by Rail

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As U.S. railroads have increased crude oil shipments by more than 3,300 percent in just the past few years, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) remain concerned that additional safety measures to transport volatile energy products must be implemented in a timely manner. Following today's release of a new Department of Transportation rule on tank car standards, the Senators sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Secretar… Continue Reading


05.01.15

VIDEO: Senator Capito’s Weekly Address to West Virginians

Click here to watch Senator Capito's Weekly Address to West Virginians. Weekly Address to West VirginiansMay 1, 2015 Hello, I'm Senator Shelley Moore Capito. Thanks for watching my weekly Senate update.On Monday, I convened a drug prevention summit at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department in Martinsburg.Federal officials, law enforcement and drug control advocates participated in a panel discussion about how to tackle West Virginia's drug epidemic head on.The summit provided a better und… Continue Reading


05.01.15

ICYMI: Capito Op-Ed Highlights Lessons Learned, Next Steps Following Drug Prevention Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) penned an op-ed in today's Martinsburg Journal highlighting the lessons learned and next steps for tackling West Virginia's drug epidemic following her Drug Prevention Summit in Martinsburg on Monday. "The clear takeaway from Kathy's testimony - and the overwhelming consensus from all involved in Monday's panel discussion is that there is a desperate need for substance abuse treatment facilities in West Virginia," Senator Capito wr… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Manchin, Capito Introduce Legislation to Rein in EPA Jurisdiction on Water Sources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the Water Quality Protection Act, which addresses long-standing concerns regarding a rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to redefine the "waters of the U.S." definition under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule stems from a draft guidance document on "waters of the U.S."… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Capito Encouraged By FCC Funding for Rural Broadband Expansion

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) made the following statement about today's announcement from the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Connect America Fund. The Connect America Fund today offered carriers nationally nearly $1.7 billion to expand and support broadband service in rural areas. "The need for broadband in rural America is great, particularly in West Virginia. While traveling across the Mountain State and meeting constituents, I hear repeated frustration… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Capito Urges Swift Action at Beckley VA Following Reported Misconduct

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald released today, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R.-W.Va.) urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to act swiftly following reports that older, less expensive medications were being used to treat veterans at the Beckley VA Medical Center (VAMC).Last week, the Office of the Special Counsel sent a letter to President Obama detailing the actions of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at the Beckley VAMC."Caring f… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Capito Votes to Protect West Virginians from Toxic Chemicals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today released the following statement regarding the committee's passage of S. 697, The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: "Protecting our communities from toxic chemicals is vitally important. As the Freedom Industries spill in Charleston illustrated, our toxic chemical regulatory framework must be updated. As co-sponsor of The Frank R. Lautenberg Ch… Continue Reading


04.27.15

Capito Hosts Drug Prevention Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) hosted a Drug Prevention Summit today at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department in Martinsburg to discuss solutions for combating drug abuse. Senator Capito is an active advocate for drug prevention and enforcement and has supported several pieces of legislation in the Senate to help combat drug abuse, including The Stop Drugs at the Border Act of 2015, The FDA Accountability for Public Safety Act and The Opioid Overdose Reducti… Continue Reading


04.24.15

VIDEO: Senator Capito’s Weekly Address to West Virginians

Click here to watch Senator Capito's Weekly Address to West Virginians. Weekly Address to West Virginians April 24, 2015 Hello, I'm Senator Shelley Moore Capito. Thanks for watching my weekly Senate update.In just three-and-a-half months, the new Republican majority has made significant progress bringing bipartisanship and productivity back to the Senate.One prime example is the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which passed the Senate this week after Democrats ended their weeks-long fi… Continue Reading


04.22.15

Capito: Human Trafficking Victims Will No Longer Go Unnoticed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) voted in favor of the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act today, which passed on a 99-0 vote."Republicans and Democrats joined together today to stand up for the countless victims of human trafficking and bolster the tools available to law enforcement to crack down on this horrendous crime. Going forward, these victims will no longer go unnoticed and without the services they need most."While not in large numbers, traff… Continue Reading


04.17.15

Capito Introduces Bill to Protect Second Amendment and Expand Access to Public Shooting Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation this week to protect the Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage enjoyed by countless Americans by making more funds available for the development of public shooting ranges. "As a steadfast supporter of the Second Amendment, I am proud to sponsor this legislation that will increase access to public shooting ranges and protect our cherished hunting and fishing traditions," said Senator Capito. "This bil… Continue Reading


04.17.15

VIDEO: Senator Capito’s Weekly Address to West Virginians

Click here to watch Senator Capito's Weekly Address to West Virginians. Weekly Address to West VirginiansApril 17, 2015 Hi, I'm Senator Shelley Moore Capito and this is my weekly Senate update. This week we surpassed the 100-day mark in the new Senate.With just 100 days under our belt, we are already making good progress on the issues we set out to tackle in January.One of these issues was resolved on Tuesday when the Senate passed a bill to improve Medicare access for seniors and extend heal… Continue Reading


04.17.15

Capito Comments on Boone County Ambulance Authority USDA Grant

MADISON, W.VA. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito today released the following statement regarding the Boone County Ambulance Authority receiving a $1.86 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program: "It is extremely important that our local first responders have the tools and training needed to respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations. These brave men and women save lives, keep our communities safe and put their own health and safety on th… Continue Reading


04.16.15

Capito Urges Court to Strike Down Unlawful EPA Overreach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding oral arguments being heard before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today in West Virginia v. EPA, which challenges the legality of President Obama's "Clean Power Plan": "While there is no question that we must take steps to protect our environment, it simply cannot be at West Virginia's expense. EPA's unprecedented and sweeping regulations threaten to wipe out… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Capito Statement on Legislation to Hold FDA Accountable for Approving Opioid Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today joined with Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and David Vitter (R-LA) to introduce the FDA Accountability for Public Safety Act. Senator Capito released the following statement about the legislation, which would hold the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accountable for opioid drugs approved by the agency: “West Virginia’s drug epidemic has claimed far too many lives of our friends, neighbors and children. We must brin… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Capito Votes to Preserve Health Care Access for West Virginians, Extend Children’s Health Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R.-W.Va.) voted for legislation yesterday to improve Medicare access for seniors and extend health insurance for children in West Virginia.The bill, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which passed on a 92-8 vote last night, permanently replaces the Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which has been patched 17 times since 2002, and ensures seniors in need of outpatient rehabilitation services have access to affo… Continue Reading


04.09.15

Capito Meets with Wood County Leaders Who Visited North Dakota Natural Gas Hot Spot

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today met with Wood County community leaders who recently traveled to Minot, North Dakota to learn about preparing for a surge in population and economic activity caused by the natural gas boom. Senator Capito issued the following statement following today's meeting:"The natural gas boom is turning small communities around the country into hotbeds of economic growth and activity. I am excited that Wood County and the Mid-Ohio Valley… Continue Reading


04.08.15

Capito and Manchin Announce Nearly $615,000 for Safety Improvements at Grant County Airport

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced $614,582 in federal funding for improvements at Grant County Airport in Petersburg. The funding will be used to upgrade the runway lighting system to ensure the safety of operations during low visibility conditions."Investing in West Virginia's airport infrastructure is critical to the safety of our pilots, passengers and the local community who benefit from the services provided by the Gran… Continue Reading

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