Press Releases

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


04.08.15

Capito and Manchin Announce $525,000 for Critical Construction at Mercer County Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced $525,000 in federal funding for a construction project at Mercer County Airport in Bluefield. The funding will be used for a necessary taxiway that will enhance the safety of airfield operations and ensure that the airport meets specific design standards. "Investing in West Virginia's airport infrastructure is critical to the safety of our pilots and passengers who benefit from the servi… Continue Reading


04.08.15

Capito and Manchin Announce Nearly $11 Million for Head Start Programs in Southern West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced a total of $10,868,104 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start Programs across Southern West Virginia.The Coalfield Community Action Partnership, which serves children and families in McDowell and Mingo Counties, will receive a total of $4,217,518. Southwestern Community Action Council, which serves children and families in Cabell, Lincoln, Maso… Continue Reading


04.08.15

Capito Hosts Human Trafficking Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) hosted a human trafficking summit today at West Liberty University near Wheeling, West Virginia to discuss solutions for ending human trafficking. Last year, then Congresswoman Capito hosted a forum at West Virginia State University to begin laying the groundwork necessary to combat human trafficking in West Virginia. Since then, the number of suspected human trafficking incidents reported to the National Human Trafficking Resourc… Continue Reading


04.07.15

ICYMI: Op-Ed: Battling Human Trafficking

Twenty million - that's the estimated number of human trafficking victims worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of these victims are Americans - mostly women and children - and many are right here in our own backyard.When I first learned about human trafficking and saw the statistics, I was shocked that this horrific industry was making a fortune within our borders. In the United States alone, human trafficking rakes in an astounding $9.8 billion from the use and abuse of victims.While not in large n… Continue Reading


04.06.15

Capito Meets West Virginia Troops, Military Officials and Political Leaders During Trip to Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and five other Senators on a congressional delegation trip to Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq last week."After having the opportunity to once again visit this region of the world and see firsthand the turmoil that threatens the security of America and our allies, I am more grateful than ever for our troops and the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. Meeting with West Virgin… Continue Reading


04.06.15

Capito Congratulates West Virginia’s Cherry Blossom Princess Emma Shannon Casey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement congratulating Emma Shannon Casey of Charleston for being selected as West Virginia's 2015 Cherry Blossom Princess:"As a member of the Pi Alpha Kappa Cherry Blossom Princess Sorority and co-chair of this year's Cherry Blossom Princess Program, I am honored to congratulate Emma Shannon Casey for being named West Virginia's Cherry Blossom Princess for 2015. The educational, leadership and cultural activit… Continue Reading


04.04.15

Capito Statement on Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding the fifth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion on April 5: "Five years ago, 29 coal miners perished in the terrible tragedy at the Upper Big Branch Mine. Our hearts still ache for the families of the hard-working miners whose lives were lost far too soon. Coal mining is a proud West Virginia tradition, but it is not without risks. We must continue working together to pro… Continue Reading


04.03.15

Senator Capito Wishes West Virginians a Happy Easter

"As West Virginians come together with friends and family this holiday weekend, my husband Charlie and I would like to wish all who celebrate a safe and blessed Easter." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement in celebration of Easter: "As West Virginians come together with friends and family this holiday weekend, my husband Charlie and I would like to wish all who celebrate a safe and blessed Easter. We would also like to thank th… Continue Reading


04.01.15

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $1 Million to Support Family Health Care Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $1,009,786 in federal funding to the West Virginia Office of Maternal and Child Health Services (OMCHS). The funding will help support the various programs offered under OMCHS with the goal of building better health care infrastructure in the state. The organization specializes in serving the needs of women, infants, children, families, and children with special health care needs."In West Virgini… Continue Reading


03.31.15

Capito Statement on Obama Administration’s International Climate Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration's international climate change plan, which was submitted to the United Nations today: "The climate plan submitted to the United Nations today is extremely troubling. In 1997, the Senate voted unanimously for the Byrd-Hagel resolution, which stated that any international climate agreement must not result in serious harm to the U.S. economy. With today's submiss… Continue Reading


03.31.15

FEMA Grants Federal Disaster Declaration for West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's March 24 request for a federal disaster declaration following Winter Storm Thor. U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement in response: "This emergency declaration will allow West Virginia to access much-needed federal disaster aid to recover from the significant damage caused by Winter Storm Thor. Last week, I joined with my colleagues in West Virginia… Continue Reading


03.27.15

Capito Applauds Passage of Responsible, Balanced Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released the following statement after passage of the Senate Budget Resolution earlier today: "American families must live within a budget, states must adhere to a budget, and it is time for the federal government to do the same. Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed a responsible, balanced budget that funds a strong national defense, invests in our nation's transportation and energy infrastructure and promotes job growth - all with… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Senators McConnell, Capito, Heller and Paul Introduce Legislation to Help America’s Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) is an original cosponsor of legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today to help rural communities harmed by Obama Administration policies that restrict access to rural lending opportunities. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Rand Paul (R-KY) are also original cosponsors of the Helping Expand Lending Practices in (HELP) Rural Communities Act, which would provide rural communities with better access to credit o… Continue Reading


03.26.15

WV Delegation Calls on President to Grant Major Disaster Declaration

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, along with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins, sent a letter to President Obama to express their full support of Governor Tomblin's request to declare a major disaster for the state of West Virginia as a result of Winter Storm Thor. The storm moved through West Virginia on Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5, and caused severe weather conditions in all 55 counties, including heavy rain and sno… Continue Reading


03.25.15

Senators Call for Reauthorization of Appalachian Regional Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Ben Cardin, (D-Md.) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today introduced legislation to reauthorize the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The legislation would authorize $100 million annually over the next five years, including $10 million a year to improve rural broadband services. "As the only state that is entirely within the Appalachian region, West Virginia has benefitted from the Appalachian Regional… Continue Reading


03.25.15

Capito Urges Senate Passage of Balanced Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) spoke on the Senate floor yesterday in support of the Senate GOP budget resolution pending before the Senate this week. Video of the speech and the full remarks as prepared for delivery are below. Watch Senator Capito's budget speech here. Remarks as prepared for delivery: "Mister President, before turning to the budget resolution pending before the Senate this week, I would like to first discuss the nomination of Loretta Lynch t… Continue Reading


03.25.15

Capito Joins with Bipartisan Group of Senators to Introduce HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help combat Alzheimer's disease and support those suffering or caring for a family member with this devastating illness.The Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act would provide Alzheimer's patients and their families with much-needed information about the disease and possible treatment options. The… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Capito Introduces Bill to End Arbitrary Medicare Policy that Leaves Seniors with Unfair Costs after Receiving Necessary Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced legislation to end a Medicare policy that causes seniors to be charged unknowingly with high, unfair costs after receiving needed post-acute medical care.Currently, a Medicare beneficiary must have an "inpatient" hospital stay of at least three days in order for Medicare to pay for post-hospitalization skilled nursing care. Patients that receive hos… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $967,000 Toward Christians Helping Arrange New Growth Enterprises in Northern Panhandle

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $967,139 in federal funding to Christians Helping Arrange New Growth Enterprises (CHANGE) in the Northern Panhandle. The funding has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be used to provide support for various programs to improve health and community action."West Virginians pride ourselves on our unique culture of neighbors helping neighbors and have alwa… Continue Reading

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