Press Releases

06.04.15

West Virginia to Receive More Than $5 Million in AmeriCorps Investments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced more than $5 million in AmeriCorps investments across West Virginia. The funding includes $3.9 million in grants for West Virginia nonprofits and $1 million in educations scholarships for AmeriCorps members in the state. The grants will also leverage an additional $2.6 million in local matching support. Several West Virginia organizations will receive AmeriCorps funding: The Education Alli… Continue Reading


06.02.15

Capito Co-Sponsors Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today co-sponsored the Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act (S. 1475). This legislation would allow physicians who can demonstrate they followed recommended best practices developed by the physician community to benefit from increased liability protection in the form of a legal safe harbor. By reducing the necessary practice of defensive medicine and increasing adherence to evidence-based medicine this legislation has the potential to help… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Capito and Manchin Announce Funding from the U.S. Department Of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced more than $10 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for health centers throughout West Virginia to continue supporting healthcare operations and expanding access to care. "West Virginia's community health centers play an important role in keeping our communities healthy. These HHS grants will help with training, operational support and impro… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Capito Pledges to Rein In Misguided WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the final "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule: "The final WOTUS rule announced today is deeply troubling. Rather than incorporating input from Congress and concerned Americans, this rule doubles down on overreach and threatens to impede small businesses, agriculture, and coal and natural gas produ… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Senator Capito Unveils Capito Connect Plan for Improving Rural Broadband Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) unveiled her three-point Capito Connect Plan for bringing affordable, high-speed internet access to every home, business and classroom in West Virginia. "High-speed internet access is a pillar of our 21st Century infrastructure and a gateway to economic growth in rural America," said Senator Capito at a roundtable discussion in Fairmont. "When I was sworn into the Senate, I outlined my top priorities for strengthening West Vi… Continue Reading


05.25.15

Capito Statement Honoring Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding Memorial Day: "This Memorial Day, as we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation, I ask you to join me in thanking all of our military men and women for their selfless service. We can never do enough to thank those who have given their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms we cherish today."Click here to watch Senator Capito's Memorial Day message. ###… Continue Reading


05.23.15

Capito Statement on Passage of Two-Month Highway Extension

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement after passage of a short-term highway bill this morning: "West Virginians rely heavily on roads, bridges and highways to fuel our economy, to access hard to reach areas in our state and to transport necessary goods and services. While I supported a short-term bill to avoid a gap in highway funding, states cannot plan for lasting investments with piecemeal fixes. We need to create certainty within our tran… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Capito Supports Bill to Protect Energy Jobs, Halt Government Overreach

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today co-sponsored legislation by that would inject transparency and stop overreach in the federal rulemaking process related to mining.The bipartisan Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining Act of 2015 (STREAM Act) introduced by Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), and co-sponsored by Senators Capito and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), would ensure that any rule issued by U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) is based on sound… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Capito Statement on Trade Promotion Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement after passage of The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (also known as TPA) today. The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate on a 62-37 vote."The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 that passed the Senate today represents a balanced approach to trade and creates new opportunities to export West Virginia-made goods and services."Tod… Continue Reading


05.22.15

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 22, 2015 Hi - I'm Senator Shelley Moore Capito, and I would like to give you a quick update on this busy week in Washington. On Wednesday, I had the privilege of welcoming West Virginia veterans to Washington as part of the Always Free Honor Flight. This remarkable group of veterans fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. This week, I also sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Lo… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Capito: Mine Layoffs Devastate WV Economy, Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding today's layoffs in West Virginia's coal industry:"Today's announcement is a stark reminder of the impact that misguided federal policies have on the lives of real people. The administration's continued overreach has contributed to thousands of coal miners losing their jobs in West Virginia and our neighboring states, harming local economies and families."In West Virginia, the attack on coal mi… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Capito: New EIA Report Underscores Need for Alternative Approach to Destructive “Clean Power Plan”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding a new analysis on the impacts of the "Clean Power Plan" from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) out today:"This new analysis from the administration's own energy statistician calls needed attention to the threats posed by the president's misguided 'Clean Power Plan.' According to the analysis, the president's efforts to regulate carbon emissions threaten to drastically reduce coal pro… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Capito: Appropriations Bills Support Key West Virginia Priorities

"The Senate is back to work for the American people, debating and passing individual appropriations bills and prioritizing crucial funding for our country and our state." - Sen. Capito WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said that approval of two appropriations bills today shows a commitment to our elderly veterans, underscores the need for long-term infrastructure improvements, and bolsters forward-thinking technologies in… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Capito-Scalise Bill To Cut Regulations & Boost Job Creation

Legislation would reduce costly permitting delays caused by radical regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), increase investment in American manufacturing and create new jobs for hard-working taxpayers WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) today released the following statements upon introducing the Promoting New Manufacturing Act: "American energy production has the power to propel our economy forward and fuel job grow… Continue Reading


05.20.15

Capito and Manchin Call for Reinstatement of National Drug Take-Back Days

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with eight of their Senate colleagues, today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for the reinstatement of National Drug Take-Back Days. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently issued regulations that would legally expand options for disposing of controlled substances. At the same time, the agency also announced that it will no longer sponsor National Prescripti… Continue Reading


05.20.15

Manchin and Capito Welcome West Virginia Veterans to Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) proudly welcomed 29 veterans from West Virginia to the nation's capital for the fifth "Always Free Honor Flight." The Flight included a reception to award the Congressional Gold Medal to a Tuskegee Airman from Beckley, West Virginia, Sergeant John M. Watson; a special appearance by America's Got Talent winner and Logan County native, Landau Murphy; a tour of the Capitol with General Hoyer; and visits to the… Continue Reading


05.15.15

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 15, 2015 Hi - I'm Senator Capito, and I'd like to update you on this busy week in Washington. On Wednesday, I introduced legislation to roll back President Obama's so-called "Clean Power Plan," which threatens to drastically reduce coal-related jobs and increase energy prices. The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act enables us to fight back against the assault on coal in W… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Capito and Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Roll Back “Clean Power Plan”

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, today introduced a bill that will be the principal legislative vehicle in the Senate to rollback President Obama's "Clean Power Plan."A bipartisan group of six Senators joined Senator Capito at a press conference this afternoon to unveil The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA), which will ensure reliable and affordable e… Continue Reading


05.12.15

Capito, Peters Introduce Bipartisan Student Loan Rehabilitation Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) today introduced a bipartisan bill to help private student loan borrowers rehabilitate defaulted loans.The Federal Adjustment in Reporting (FAIR) Student Credit Act would enable a borrower who has successfully completed a series of on-time payments to remove the student loan default from their credit report. Unlike federal student loans, there is currently no opportunity to rehabilitate private student loans,… Continue Reading


05.12.15

Manchin and Capito Call on FCC to Modernize Rules To Support Rural Broadband Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with 59 of their Senate colleagues, sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler calling for a modernization of Universal Service Fund (USF) rules to ensure that Americans in rural communities have access to affordable broadband services. Under the current rules, Universal Service Fund… Continue Reading

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