Press Releases

10.08.15

Video: Capito Urges Senate to Pass Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Legislative Branch Subcommittee, spoke on the Senate floor today about the need to pass critical spending bills such as the National Defense Authorization Act conference report, which passed the Senate on Wednesday, and the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which the Senate is considering now. Video of Senator Capito's speech and the remarks as prepared for delivery are included… Continue Reading


10.07.15

Capito and Manchin Statement on Site Selection for Charleston VA Clinic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) welcomed today's announcement about the site selection for the relocation of the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Charleston, West Virginia. According to the VA, the new location for the Charleston clinic will be on Route 119 South at 700 Technology Drive in South Charleston and is expected to open in the summer of 2016. The current clinic will remain operational until the new clinic is open. "West Virg… Continue Reading


10.07.15

Capito Urges President Obama to Sign Defense Bill, Support Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) urged President Obama to sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes essential funding to equip our men and women in uniform with the tools needed to defend the nation. "It would be a mistake for President Obama to veto a bill that has the overwhelming support of Congress. The threats we face from our adversaries are too great for our troops to lack the support and resources they need to protect and defend our nati… Continue Reading


10.07.15

Capito and Manchin Announce $3 Million in ARC Grants for West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that four West Virginia projects will receive a total of $3 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for infrastructure, health and economic development improvements. The Logan County Public Service District's Phase III-B1 Wastewater project will receive $1,500,000; the Town of Union's Water System Improvements project will receive $1,000,000; the West Virginia Development Off… Continue Reading


10.06.15

Capito, Manchin Applaud Funding to Help West Virginia Workers Affected by Coal Mining Layoffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announcement that a supplemental National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG), worth up to $7.6 million, is being awarded to WorkForce West Virginia to help West Virginia workers affected by coal mining industry layoffs rejoin the workforce. The grant's initial release of $3.2 million will assist about 900 participants enrolled in the grant project, and an addit… Continue Reading


10.06.15

Capito and Manchin Announce $800,000 for Revitalization Project in Southern West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced $800,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families to the Coalfield Development Corporation in southern West Virginia. The funding will be used to enhance job creation and business development through Reclaim Appalachia, a project to deconstruct older buildings with no further economic life and either repurpose or donate t… Continue Reading


10.02.15

Capito Offers Condolences to Family of West Virginian Killed in Afghanistan C-130 Crash

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding reports that West Virginia native Ryan Hammond was among the 11 killed in a U.S. Air Force C-130 crash today in Afghanistan: "The devastating loss of West Virginia native Ryan Hammond is a stark reminder of the sacrifices our brave military men and women make to keep our country safe. I am heartbroken by this tragedy and offer my deepest sympathy and prayers to Ryan's family and to all of the… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Capito: New Ozone Standard Will Hamper West Virginia’s Energy Economy

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, released the following statement in response to the new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ground-level ozone announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today. The standard was lowered from 75 parts-per-billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. "The new ozone standard announced today will jeopardize our ability to create new… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Capito Disappointed Democrats Refused to Honor Commitments to Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Legislative Branch Subcommittee, today expressed her disappointment that Senate Democrats refused to honor commitments to veterans and allow consideration of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The motion to invoke cloture on the bill failed on a 50-44 vote. The appropriations bill, which funds veterans' services, military housing,… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Capito and Manchin Announce Funding to Combat Drug Abuse in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced a total of $620,005 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to support continued efforts to combat drug abuse in West Virginia. The City of Huntington will receive $220,005 in funding to support the enhancement of drug court services. Specifically, the grant award will help establish new capabilities in underserved communities, enhance training programs for drug court experts, and ex… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Capito: New HIDTA Assessment Underscores Need for Solutions to Drug Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) welcomed a new assessment by the Washington-Baltimore High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) that highlights the devastating impact of heroin addiction in Berkeley County. At a drug prevention summit hosted by Senator Capito in April, Tom Carr, the executive director of the Washington-Baltimore HIDTA Program, pledged to conduct this assessment of Berkeley County following a sharp increase in heroin overdoses in that area. "As … Continue Reading


09.30.15

Capito, Manchin Announce Funding for Pipeline Safety Research at West Virginia University

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced $100,000 in funding for West Virginia University to research new ideas and technologies that will improve the safety of the nation's energy transportation pipelines. The funding is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP). "The U.S. has experienced tremendous g… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Capito Statement on Senate Passage of Continuing Resolution to Fund Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after voting to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government today. The continuing resolution passed the Senate on a 78-20 vote and will fund the government through December 11, 2015. "Today's vote fulfills one of Congress' primary responsibilities - funding the government. We must continue our efforts to avoid future shutdowns," said Senator Cap… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Capito, Ayotte Introduce Student Loan Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) announced that they have introduced the Student Loan Relief Act of 2015, which would allow borrowers to refinance their federal student loans into the private market and take advantage of lower interest rates. According to the Institute for College Access & Success, New Hampshire has the highest average student loan debt in the nation at $32,795 and West Virginia averages $27,320. In 2013, 76 per… Continue Reading


09.25.15

WVU Fire Training Academy, Volunteer Fire Departments Receive FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced new Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) awards totaling $663,582 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding will benefit West Virginia University's (WVU) State Fire Training Academy, the Mt. Clare Volunteer Fire Department in Harrison County and the Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department in Lincoln County. "In order to keep our people and our communities safe, West Vi… Continue Reading


09.25.15

Capito Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released the following statement today on the announcement by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that he will retire from Congress on October 30, 2015: "Speaker John Boehner is a true statesman and friend who has served our country honorably and dedicated his life to public service. As a leader, Speaker Boehner routinely put the institution before his own interests. It was a privilege to serve with him during my 14 years in the House o… Continue Reading


09.24.15

Capito Statement on Pope Francis’ Historic Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released the following statement after Pope Francis' historic address to a Joint Meeting of Congress. "Pope Francis' address was uplifting and hopeful, reminding us that we must work together to confront the many challenges facing our nation and the world. Quoting the Golden Rule, he reminded us to 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' "I was honored to take part in the first ever papal address before Congress an… Continue Reading


09.23.15

Capito and Manchin Announce More Than $1 Million for Critical Water Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $1,146,400 to support water infrastructure projects in Clay and McDowell Counties. The Clay Public Service District's Pack Fork and Independence Road Waterline Extension project aims to provide safe, reliable water service to 134 households and two organizations in an isolated part of Clay County by constructing approxima… Continue Reading


09.23.15

Capito and Manchin Urge West Virginians to Participate in Drug Take-Back Day This Saturday

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today urged West Virginians to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drug Take-Back Day is an opportunity for the public to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by disposing of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. "Ensuring the safe and proper disposal of unwanted medications is critic… Continue Reading


09.23.15

Capito Joins All 20 Women Senators to Introduce #FreeThe20 Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined all 20 women senators to introduce the bipartisan #FreeThe20 resolution to support the empowerment of women and urge countries to release women held unjustly. Earlier this month, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power launched a U.S. government-wide #FreeThe20 campaign, urging governments around the world to release female political prisoners. The senators' bipartisan resolution supports this effort to highlight … Continue Reading

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