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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving West Virginia Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 36 items )  

Capito Announces Wetzel, Tyler Counties Awarded USDA ReConnect Rural Broadband Grant-Loan
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced two awards through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) ReConnect program. Wetzel and Tyler Counties have been approved for a $2 million grant and $3.5 million grant/loan combination, respectively. This funding will support the construction of fiber networks that will provide broadband  more

Capito Attends Congressional Trip to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Battle of the Bulge
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) attended a bipartisan Senate delegation trip to Belgium and Luxembourg to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. On Monday, the Senator Capito and her colleagues joined members of the House of Representatives at an official ceremony at the Mardasson Memorial near Bastogne, Belgium, marking this occasion. Senator Capito and U.S.   more

Capito Measures Included in Appropriations Package Benefits West Virginia and Strengthens Border Security
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: * * * - FY20 funding legislation advances to prevent government shutdown * * * U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, voted to pass legislation that includes four government funding measures. The bill includes FY20 funding measures for the Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce Science, Justice; Defense; Financial Service  more

Capito Provisions to Combat Opioid Epidemic Included in Appropriations Packages
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a leader on the Appropriations Committee, highlighted the measures included in the recently passed spending bills to address the opioid epidemic. Yesterday, the Senate voted to pass two appropriations packages to fully fund the government. As the fight against opioids continues across our nation, especially in West Virginia, the depth and broad scop  more

Capito Votes to Pass Government Funding Bill With Miners' Pension Legislation Included
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: * * * - Packages includes eight bills containing important West Virginia priorities authored by Senator Capito * * * U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a leader on the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted in favor of one of two appropriations packages to clear the Senate. The bill includes FY20 funding measures for the Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health And Human Servi  more

Capito, Feinstein, Grassley, Durbin Introduce Bill to Stop Flow of Drugs to Pill Mills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) was joined yesterday by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to introduce the Preventing Pill Mills Through Data Sharing Act, a bill giving the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) additional tools to hold drug distributors, manufacturers, and pharmacies accountable for identifying, reporting and sto  more

Capito, Jones Introduce Legislation to Help Stem Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) introduced the Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act. The legislation aims to help address barriers to non-opioid pain management for those enrolled in Medicare, which will help stem the opioid epidemic across the nation. Senators Capito and Jones were joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Joni Ernst (  more

Capito, Manchin Announce Funding for Clay County
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), member of the Appropriations Committee, announced Clay County Business Development Authority is the recipient of a $2,746,743.29 grant to aid flood cleanup. Funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Many parts of West Virginia ar  more

Capito, Manchin Announce Funding for Greenbrier Valley Airport
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- 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.) announced Greenbrier County Airport Authority is the recipient of a $1,838,2500 grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT). Funding will be used to reconstruct the taxiway lighting system. "The safety of our West Virginia airports is paramount--for everything from tourism to everyday travel," Senator Capito said. "I'  more

Capito, Manchin Announce More Than $3 Million for Head Start Programs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- 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.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $3,085,179 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start programs in Raleigh and Wyoming counties. "It is never too early for a child to start learning," Senator Capito said. "Whether at home or in the classroom, a good education is key   more

Capito, Wicker, Brown, Sinema Celebrate Senate Passage of Legislation to Promote Physical Activity
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan proposal will guarantee regular updates to federal exercise guidelines * * * U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), celebrated Senate passage of their Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act. The bipartisan proposal will require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pu  more

Manchin Announces $5.6 Million to Expand Broadband in Wetzel, Tyler Counties
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced $5.6 million for Wetzel and Tyler counties, $2,094,500 and $3,516,000 respectively, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ReConnect Program to expand broadband infrastructure for 3,250 rural households, educational facilities, health care centers, and nearly 200 businesses in the area. The USDA also announced a second round of $550 million in available   more

Manchin Announces More Than $600,000 for Renewable Energy Investments
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced 10 grants totaling $606,000 to support renewable energy and energy efficiency in West Virginia, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Funding will be used for the purchase and  more

Manchin Calls on Purdue Pharma to Cancel $1.3 Million Bonus for CEO
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined 10 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Purdue Pharma's Board of Directors, calling on them to cancel the reported $1.3 million bonus they are planning to give to Purdue Pharma CEO Craig Landau. Attorneys General from 24 states have argued that Landau should not collect a bonus, and on Thursday, a bankruptcy judge is expected to issue a decision on wheth  more

Manchin, Capito Announce More Than $3 Million for Head Start Programs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- 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 Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $3,085,179 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start programs in Raleigh and Wyoming counties. "I firmly believe that every child in West Virginia deserves access to a quality education no matter their background or location which is why I'm proud   more

Manchin: Coal Miners Of America Made Us Look Beyond Politics
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered remarks on the Senate Floor thanking coal miners, the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) President Cecil Roberts, his colleagues in the House and Senate and the White House for putting politics aside and passing the Bipartisan American Miners Act. This bill secures lifetime healthcare benefits for the 13,000 retired coal miners and their families who would   more

Rep. McKinley Calls for a Bipartisan Solution to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 --Rep. David McKinley, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: * * * - Opposes Partisan Drug Pricing Legislation Considered by the House Today * * * Leading up to today's vote on H.R.3, the Democrats' partisan drug pricing bill, Representative David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) spoke on the House floor to urge his colleagues to oppose H.R. 3 and instead support a bipartisan alternative, the Lower Cost and More Cures Act (H.R. 19). Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill,  more

Rep. McKinley: 'Finish Line on Miners Pension Fix in Sight'
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. David McKinley, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: * * * - Year-End Deal Includes Permanent Solution for Threatened UMWA Pension and Retiree Health Care? * * * Representative David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) praised the inclusion of an agreement to protect pension and health care benefits for retired miners in the year-end spending bill. The provision mirrors bipartisan legislation he introduced in the House. "After years of work to protect the pensio  more

Rep. McKinley: Solution for Threatened Miners Pension and Health Care Passes the House
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. David McKinley, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: * * * - Year-End Deal Includes legislation to address Threatened UMWA Pension and Retiree Health Care * * * Representative David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) praised the passage of a bipartisan spending agreement that includes a permanent fix for the pension and health care benefits of retired miners. The year-end spending bill passed the House, with a provision similar to the bipartisan legislation that  more

Rep. Miller's Legislation Passes House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Carol Miller, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3362, the Small Airport Mothers' Room Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV). The legislation ensures that all small hub airports will provide private mothers' rooms, including nursing and changing stations, in accordance with current FAA requirements on medium and large hub airports, at no additional cost to taxpaye  more

Sen. Capito Issues Christmas Message
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued a video message ahead of the holidays. Full video transcript included below: Merry Christmas, West Virginia! Christmas came a little early this year for our West Virginia miners. I'm so glad we were finally able to secure both pension and health care benefits for our hard working coal miners. This was a long and hard fight, and   more

Sen. Capito Issues Statement on House Impeachment Vote
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following statement on the House vote to impeach President Trump: "Tonight, House Democrats did what they have promised they would do for years: impeach President Donald Trump. Since this president was elected, we have had investigation after investigation, and nothing to show. "It has been made clear throughout this rushed and unfair process that this is nothing but political theater, and it sets a terrible precede  more

Sen. Capito Issues Statement on Legislation to Protect Miners' Pensions, Health Care Included in Funding Package
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following statement regarding the inclusion of the Bipartisan American Miners Act - legislation protecting the health care and pension benefits for coal miners - in the funding agreement: Congress is expected to vote on the measure this week, which includes these benefits for miners and several other provisions that will benefit West Virginians. "Protecting the health care and pension benefits for our coal miners has  more

Sen. Capito Issues Statement on Passage of FY 2020 Defense Authorization Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following statement after voting in support of the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2020. The conference report passed the Senate by an 86-8 vote and heads to President Trump's desk for his signature: The legislation, which will support our troops, strengthen the military, and enhance national security, also includes bipartisan language Senator Capito authored and secure  more

Sen. Capito Submits Op-Ed on Progress in Better Connecting West Virginia
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following op-ed on the several key efforts throughout the year that have contributed to better connecting West Virginia, which was provided to the State Journal and the Exponent Telegram: One of my first efforts as a U.S. senator was launching my Capito Connect initiative -- a roadmap for bringing affordable, reliable, high-speed internet access to homes, businesses, and classrooms in West Virginia. Each year, we're   more

Sen. Capito: Senate Passes Resolution Commemorating 75th Anniversary of Battle of the Bulge
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: In recognition of the Battle of the Bulge beginning 75 years ago, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution last week introduced by U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) commemorating this anniversary. S. Con. Res 23 honors the valiant efforts of the Allied Forces in December 1944, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice in this last major German offensive in  more

Sen. Manchin Introduces Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic With Non-Opioid Treatments
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act. This legislation will help Medicare recipients receive non-opioid pain treatments, which will help combat the opioid epidemic in West Virginia and the nation. Senator Manchin was joined by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Doug Jones (D-AL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Joni Ernst (R-IA). "With th  more

Sen. Manchin Issues Statement on Federal Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following statement on the decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: "I am outraged that today's decision does absolutely nothing to protect health coverage for the 800,000 West Virginians and millions of Americans living with preexisting conditions. This court decision further delays a final verdict and continues the ongoing uncertainty for individuals that have hea  more

Sen. Manchin Leads Bipartisan Effort to Secure Miners' Pensions and Healthcare
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced a bipartisan agreement to secure pensions and healthcare for nearly 100,000 coal miners, their widows, and their families. Senator Manchin's Bipartisan American Miners Act (S. 2788) has been included in the final funding package that will keep the government open beyond December 20th when the current temporary funding measure expires. This bill secures lifetime   more

Sen. Manchin Secures Funding for West Virginia Priorities in FY 2020 Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured funding for West Virginia priorities in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Appropriations package. "One of my greatest responsibilities as a Senator is advocating for West Virginia through my position on the Appropriations Committee. The funding secured for West Virginia in the Appropriations package makes me proud of the wo  more

Sen. Manchin Votes to Pass National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a vital piece of legislation that will provide our military with the means necessary to defend our nation. "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, taking care of our servicemembers and their families is one of my most sacred responsibilities. No piece of legislation is ever perfect, but this Nation  more

Sen. Manchin: Energy and Natural Resource Committee Consider Wildfire Impacts on Electric Grid
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-West Virginia, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine the impacts of wildfire on electric grid reliability and efforts to mitigate wildfire risk and increase grid resilience. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Committee, raised his concerns about the potential impacts of ele  more

Sen. Manchin: Senate Passes Resolution Commemorating 75th Anniversary of Battle of the Bulge
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: In recognition of the Battle of the Bulge beginning 75 years ago, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution last week introduced by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) commemorating this anniversary. S. Con. Res 23 honors the valiant efforts of the Allied Forces in December 1944, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice in this last major German offensive in Western Europe  more

Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Considers OSMRE Director Nominee
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-West Virginia, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Erdos commits to working with Manchin on UMWA benefits funding * * * The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to consider the pending nomination of Mr. Lanny Erdos to be the Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) at the Department of the Interi  more

Sens. Manchin, Capito Announce Funding for Clay County
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- 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 Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Clay County Business Development Authority is the recipient of a $2,746,743.29 grant to aid flood cleanup. Funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "In recent years, West Virginia has endured multiple weather-related disasters that ravaged our state an  more

Sens. Manchin, Capito Announce Funding for Greenbrier County Airport
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced Greenbrier County Airport Authority is the recipient of a $1,838,2500 grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT). Funding will be used to reconstruct the taxiway lighting system. "Our airports in West Virginia are a vital source of economic activity in our state. Air travel is critical for economic growth and our state's   more