Press Releases

05.08.15

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $10 Million for Community Health Centers in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that four West Virginia health centers will receive a total of $9,968,539 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding will be used to help the health centers continue providing comprehensive primary and preventive health care to local residents. “It’s so important that our families can get the preventive and primary care that will keep them healthy,” Senator Man… Continue Reading


05.08.15

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 May 8, 2015 Hi - I’m Senator Capito, and I’d like to update you on this busy week in Washington. On Tuesday, I chaired a hearing examining the legal implications of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which threatens to wipe out coal, eliminate jobs and drive up energy prices. West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrisey spoke at the hearing about t… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Capito Supports Passage of Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R.-W.Va.) released the following statement about the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which passed the Senate on a 98-1 vote today: "When I visited the Middle East in March, I heard grave concerns about the threat a nuclear-armed Iran poses to the United States and our allies. Today's passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act gives the American people, through their elected representative, an opportunity to approve or disapprove any n… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $700,000 for Community Art Programs Across West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced a total of $703,600 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to West Virginia nonprofit and art organizations. The funding will be used to preserve the Mountain State's cultural heritage and expand opportunities for residents and to experience and participate in the arts. "Our rich, cultural heritage is an important part of who we are as West Virginians, and the resources provided by NE… Continue Reading


05.07.15

WV Delegation Calls on President to Grant Additional Federal Assistance for Storm Damage

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 for additional federal assistance due to multiple severe storms that caused considerable damage to infrastructure, homes, personal property and businesses across West Virginia from April 3 through April 5, 2015. Please read the full text of the letter below… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Capito Introduces Legislation to Modernize Approval Process for New Pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced legislation today to modernize and improve the timeframe for the approval of new pipelines.The Oil and Gas Production and Distribution Reform Act strengthens the role of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to better coordinate government agencies involved in the pipeline permitting process. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and … Continue Reading


05.06.15

On National Nurses Day, Merkley and Capito Introduce Bipartisan National Nurse Act of 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Honoring National Nurses Day, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced the bipartisan National Nurse Act of 2015, legislation that would elevate the role of nurses in America's public health by designating a National Nurse for Public Health. The National Nurse position would be created by transforming and elevating an existing position within the U.S. Public Health Service, the Chief Nurse Officer. Similarly to the Surgeon Genera… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Capito Introduces Legislation to Preserve Access to Community Pharmacies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation today to help preserve senior citizens' access to the prescription drugs and important healthcare services provided by community pharmacies. The bill, Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act, S. 1190, is co-sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH)."Community pharmacies play a critical role in providing healthcare and medication to rural Americans who live in far… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Capito Chairs Hearing Examining Legal Implications of Clean Power Plan

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 hearing examining the legal implications of President Obama's Clean Power Plan. Senator Capito delivered the following opening statement at today's hearing: "Thank you all for being here today for the first Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee hearing on EPA's Clean Power Plan. I would like t… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Capito Statement on Senate Passage of Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R.-W.Va.) released the following statement about the Senate’s passage of a budget resolution today: “The American people elected us to make the government more efficient, effective and accountable. Today we have shown that we are capable of governing by voting to approve the first balanced budget in recent memory. American families must live within a budget, states must adhere to a budget, and it is time for the federal government to do the … Continue Reading


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

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