Press Releases

03.24.15

ICYMI: Sen. Capito Says She’ll Oppose Obama’s Attorney General Nominee

"Sen. Capito Says She'll Oppose Obama's Attorney General Nominee"By: Ian HicksThe Intelligencer / Wheeling News-RegisterMarch 24, 2015View story online here.WHEELING - Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said she will oppose confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retiring Attorney General Eric Holder.Capito, R-W.Va., said she met with Lynch for 30-45 minutes last week and discussed numerous topics ranging from heroin abuse to Obama's use of executive orders. Although sh… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Senator Capito to Oppose Lynch Nomination For Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released the following statement today regarding the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general: "While I have great personal and professional respect for Loretta Lynch and enjoyed meeting her last week, her views about the legality of President Obama's executive actions are concerning. The attorney general should serve as the independent chief legal officer for the nation, implementing laws passed by Congress and pushing ba… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Capito Statement on Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Field Hearing in Beckley, West Virginia

"While it may be uncomfortable for EPA officials to face the coal miners whose very livelihoods are threatened by these misguided regulations, West Virginians deserve the opportunity to make their voices heard." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee's Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, today chaired a field hearing in Beckley, West Virginia regarding the impact of EPA carbon regulations in the… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Senator Capito Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Help Prevent Heroin and Prescription Drug Overdoses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R.-W.Va.) continues her work to combat drug overdoses in West Virginia. Every day, 120 people die as a result of drug overdoses fueled by prescription painkillers. Between 2000 and 2013, the rate of death from heroin overdoses nearly quadrupled. Nationwide, drug overdoses now claim more lives than motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, the willingness of individuals to administer opioid overdose prevention drugs may be deterred by the potential… Continue Reading


03.20.15

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $2.6 Million for Head Start Programs in Raleigh and Wyoming Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced $1,198,206 and $1,381,731, respectively, in federal funding to the Raleigh County Community Action Association Head Start program and the MountainHeart Community Services Head Start program. This funding will help Head Start provide early learning and development opportunities to children in Beckley and Oceana."Head Start programs help lay the foundation for our young West Virginians to be inspired by learning… Continue Reading


03.20.15

Capito and Manchin Announce Funding to Expand Pulsar Search Collaboratory at WVU

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) applauded West Virginia University (WVU) for receiving the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) Physics Frontier Center Award. The award provides a $4,738,010 federal grant to leverage and expand the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC) program, which is a joint project between WVU and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia."The NA… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Capito Mourns the Passing of Former West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R.-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the death of Gus Douglass, the former Agriculture Commissioner of West Virginia: "Gus Douglass brought an unwavering passion and love for life to his decades of work on agriculture policy. As the longest-serving Agriculture Commissioner in the history of the United States, Gus was tireless advocate for West Virginia's farmers, agriculture and rural communities. He always put the values of Wes… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Sens. Manchin and Capito Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reform Examination Process for Financial Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced The Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act (S. 774) this week. The bipartisan legislation would reform the examination process for financial institutions by requiring regulatory agencies to issue examination determinations promptly, as well as give banks and other supervised financial institutions the right to have those determinations reviewed."By creati… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Capito Reaffirms Commitment to Long-Term Federal Highway Bill and Completion of Corridor H

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R.-W.Va.) today issued the following statement following her meeting with members of the Robert C. Byrd Corridor H Authority: "It was a pleasure meeting with members of the Robert C. Byrd Corridor H Authority today. We discussed the importance of a long-term surface transportation reauthorization bill and our shared commitment to completing Corridor H. West Virginia cannot afford further delays on this significant project that promises to un… Continue Reading


03.18.15

Capito Works to Halt Harmful EPA Ozone Regulation in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) co-sponsored a bill this week to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing ground-level ozone limits that would deal a crippling blow to the state of West Virginia.The Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act fights back against the economic harm projected to accompany the stricter ground-level ozone limits by requiring the EPA to focus on the worst areas for air quality before lowering ozone limits across the boa… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Capito Supports Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Helping to End Breast Cancer by 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) this week to reintroduce bipartisan legislation to help end breast cancer by creating a clearinghouse and catalyst for research, public-private partnerships and trans-disciplinary collaboration."Many families in West Virginia and across America have been affec… Continue Reading


03.16.15

Manchin and Capito Announce $1.5 Million to Improve Highway Safety Programs Across West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced $1,507,825.49 in federal funding to the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Office to support programs that will improve highway safety programs in the state. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)."Investing in our state's infrastructure is critical to protecting the safety of our drivers and reducing the ra… Continue Reading


03.13.15

Senator Capito’s Weekly Address to West Virginians

This week, Senator Capito discusses her maiden speech on the Senate floor and her support for the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.To watch Senator Capito's Weekly Address to West Virginians, click here. Weekly Address to West Virginians, March 13, 2015 Hi, I'm Senator Shelley Moore Capito and this is my weekly Senate update.This week, I delivered my maiden speech on the Senate floor, outlining my plan for producing bipartisan, commonsense solutions in the United States Senate… Continue Reading


03.13.15

Capito Visits Yeager Airport Landslide Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement after meeting with Yeager Airport officials this morning in Charleston:"Today I joined Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Senator Joe Manchin, Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and Commissioner Dave Hardy for a briefing with officials regarding the landslide at Yeager Airport that forced several residents to evacuate their homes. Yeager Airport Director Rick Atkinson assured us that they are working t… Continue Reading


03.12.15

Senator Capito Urges Passage of Bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon in support of The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery:"Mister President, I rise today to discuss The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act."I am proud to join with my colleagues to co-sponsor this important legislation, and I applaud Senator Cornyn and Senator Klobuchar for putting forward this bipartisan bill."The Justice for Victims of Traf… Continue Reading


03.10.15

Senator Capito Delivers Maiden Speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) delivered her maiden speech on the Senate Floor. Video of the speech and the full remarks as prepared for delivery are below. Watch Senator Capito’s maiden speech here. Making Washington Work for West Virginia Mr. President, I rise today to deliver my maiden speech as a United States Senator from West Virginia. I am deeply humbled by the confidence placed in me by West Virgi… Continue Reading


03.10.15

Capito Co-Sponsors Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act introduced by Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and co-sponsored by Senator Capito:"The Freedom Industries spill in Charleston last year is a prime example of why we must ensure toxic chemicals are properly regulated. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is an important… Continue Reading


03.09.15

Capito Statement on Fatal Mine Collapse in Marshall County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today released the following statement regarding the fatal mine collapse in Marshall County: "My thoughts and prayers are with the family of John M. 'Mike' Garloch, who tragically lost his life in the Marshall County mine collapse last night, as well as the miners who suffered injuries. Hard-working coal miners play an important role in our state and ensuring their safety is paramount." ###… Continue Reading


03.09.15

Capito Congratulates West Virginia Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) congratulates Gene Bailey of George Washington High School in Charleston and Yihang Liu of Cabell Midland High School in Huntington for being selected as West Virginia's delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program."I am proud to congratulate these two outstanding West Virginia students for being selected as delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program. Gene Bailey and Yihang Liu have shown an exceptional co… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Capito Votes to Override President Obama’s Keystone XL Pipeline Veto

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today released the following statement regarding her vote to override the president's veto of the bipartisan Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act:"It's unfortunate that President Obama used his veto pen to strike down this safe, pro-jobs project. The Keystone XL Pipeline is just the start of the infrastructure needed to grow energy jobs and fuel our economy. If the president is serious about standing up for America's middle-class famili… Continue Reading

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