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Congressional Tipoffs Involving West Virginia Newsletter for Sunday December 08, 2019 ( 24 items )  

Capito Concludes Congressional Trip to Afghanistan and Kuwait, Visits With West Virginia Troops
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) returned earlier this week from a congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan and Kuwait. In addition to Senator Capito, the delegation included U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Representatives Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and John Curtis (R-Utah). During the trip, Senator Capito had the opportunity to meet West Virgin  more

Capito, Baldwin, Rounds, Tester, Roberts Introduce Reform to Provide Affordable Housing for Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide affordable housing opportunities for volunteer firefighters and first responders in order to help recruit and retain more volunteers, particularly in rural and under-served communities. According to the National F  more

Capito, Manchin Bill to Permanently Renew Federal Funding for HBCUs and Minority-Serving Schools Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), today announced the Senate passage of their legislation to permanently renew funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The legislation also includes a first step toward simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. Annual funding for  more

Capito, Scott, Colleagues Introduce Expanded Bill on Opportunity Zone Reporting Requirements
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) were joined today by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in the introduction the IMPACT Act, which would reinstate and expand reporting requirements to determine the impact of the more than 8,700 Opportunity Zones acros  more

ICYMI: Rep. Miller Tours Green Bank Observatory and Hosts Roundtable Discussion
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Carol Miller, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Miller (WV-3) today toured the Green Bank Observatory and hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders from Pocahontas County. On the tour, Congresswoman Miller learned about the Green Bank Observatory's advancements in American radio astronomy and viewed the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank telescope, which is the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world. Following the tour, Congres  more

Manchin Announces $450,000 for Defense Research at WVU
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $451,523 for West Virginia University (WVU) through the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). Funding will support the research and development of military defense technology. "West Virginians have helped shape our  more

Manchin Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Transportation Services for Rural Veterans
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation to help rural Veterans travel to and from their medical appointments more easily. Introduced today, the Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act of 2019 will expand successful initiatives that provide Veterans living in rural areas with transportation services and reimbursement for their travel to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medic  more

Manchin Introduces Legislation to Help Protect People's Personal Data Online
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined a group of 16 senators in reintroducing legislation to protect people's personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users' data. "I am very concerned about the increased frequency of online data breaches and the dangers they  more

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $1 Million for Infrastructure Improvements in Wellsburg
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,073,250 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which will be used to increase the capacity of storm sewers in Wellsburg, West Virginia. "West Virginians have bounced back from the pain and destruction the terrible 2016 floods caused, but we still have mor  more

Reps. McKinley, Trahan, Rose, Simpson Announce Formation of Save Minor League Baseball Task Force
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. David McKinley, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: * * * - Co-Chairs will lead the group in working to protect America's beloved Minor Leagues, and safeguard against MLB's proposed elimination of 42 teams * * * Representatives Lori Trahan (D-MA), David McKinley (R-WV), Max Rose (D-NY), and Mike Simpson (R-ID) announced the official formation of the bipartisan Save Minor League Baseball Task Force. At the group's inaugural meeting, interested Member  more

Sen. Barrasso Issues Remarks at Hearing on Bill to Create Fish & Wildlife Service Chronic Wasting Disease Task Force
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following remarks at a hearing on a bill to create a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chronic Wasting Disease Task Force: The hearing featured testimony from the Brian Nesvik, director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department; Kent Leonhardt, commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture; and Whit Fosburgh, president and chief executive officer of the Theodor  more

Sen. Capito Introduces West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt During Senate Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt during an EPW Committee legislative hearing. Commissioner Leonhardt appeared as a witness to testify in a hearing about the discussion draft of a bill to create a task force on chronic wasting disease. "Through  more

Sen. Capito Issues Statement After Voting to Confirm Brouillette as Energy Secretary
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following statement after voting to confirm Dan Brouillette as Energy secretary: "Deputy Secretary Brouillette's experience in both the public and private sectors, as well as his current role as second-in-command at the Department of Energy make him well-qualified to lead the department. "I look forward to working with Deputy Secretary Brouillette in his new role to address some our state's top priorities, including   more

Sen. Capito Talks Homeland Security, Impeachment on FOX Business
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today appeared on FOX Business where she spoke with Stuart Varney, host of Varney and Co., about the Homeland Security Appropriations funding bill, impeachment, and legislative items being ignored, such as USMCA. As chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee, Senator Capito worked hard to pass her Homeland Security funding bill--whi  more

Sen. Manchin Applauds $30 Million Investment From Pratt & Whitney for West Virginia Facility
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the announcement that Pratt & Whitney will invest $30 million into their engine services facility in Bridgeport, West Virginia. "Over the last few years, I have witnessed the tremendous growth and development of the aerospace industry in West Virginia. During my visit to Pratt & Whitney's Bridgeport facility last year, I was impressed by the incredible work bein  more

Sen. Manchin Issues Statement on FCC Mobility Fund Phase II Coverage Map Investigation Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following statement on the Federal Communication Commission's Mobility Fund Phase II Coverage Map Investigation Report: The investigation was launched last December after concerns were raised during a preliminary review of the data submitted during the MFII Challenge Process. Today's report confirms the initial findings that the MFII coverage maps were fundamentally flawed. Senator Manchin was the only member of Congress to for  more

Sen. Manchin Meets With FDA Commissioner Nominee Stephen Hahn
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today met with Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Nominee Dr. Stephen Hahn. Senator Manchin impressed upon Dr. Hahn the important role the FDA has in ending the opioid epidemic, which killed 978 West Virginians in 2018 alone. In 2018, there were over 47,829 opioid related overdose deaths in the US. That's 131 people dying every day from an opioid overdose. "Today,  more

Sen. Manchin Sends FCC Chairman 41 More Speed Test Results From Across West Virginia to Highlight Need for Public Feedback System
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), today sent 41 letters to Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), with results from speed tests submitted by constituents from across West Virginia to highlight incorrect broadband coverage maps of West Virginia and support the need for the formation of a public feedback system to better assess broadband coverage across rural states like West Vir  more

Sen. Manchin Votes to Confirm DOE, FERC, DOI Nominees
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-West Virginia, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approves Brouillette, Danly, MacGregor * * * Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a business meeting to consider pending nominations. Mr. Dan Brouillette, nominated to be Secretary of Energy, passed out of committee by recorded vote of  more

Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Sets Hearing on U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Chronic Wasting Disease Task Force
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee issued the following hearing information: Legislative Hearing on a bill to create a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chronic Wasting Disease Task Force at 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 4: Panel 1: * Brian Nesvik, Director, Wyoming Game and Fish Department * Kent Leonhardt, Commissioner, West Virginia Department of Agriculture * Whit Fosburgh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Theodore Roosev  more

Senate Unanimously Passes Capito, Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Veterans Apprenticeship Opportunities
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) to expand apprenticeship opportunities for veterans. The Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act would increase veterans' access to financial assistance they can use in connection with an apprenticeship program. "We owe so much to the bra  more

Sens. Capito, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Paid Family Leave Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) yesterday joined a bipartisan bicameral group in introducing legislation with resources to pay for leave and cover the cost of day care, baby supplies and other expenses associated with a new child. The Advancing Support for Working Families Act would allow families the option to advance up to $5,000 of their recently-double  more

Sens. Manchin, Capito Bill Passes Senate to Permanently Renew Federal Funding For HBCUS and Minority-Serving Schools
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), today announced the Senate passage of their legislation to permanently renew funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The legislation also includes a first step toward simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. Annual funding for MSIs expired o  more

Sens. Manchin, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Paid Family Leave Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) yesterday joined a bipartisan bicameral group in introducing legislation with resources to pay for leave and cover the cost of day care, baby supplies, and other expenses associated with a new child. "No parent or family should struggle to raise their child, which is why I am proud to stand with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle t  more