Press Releases


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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