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Senator Capito issues weekly address to West Virginians

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This week, Senator Capito discusses the president’s devastating Clean Power Plan, her legislation to roll back the misguided carbon mandates, which passed the Senate EPW Committee on Wednesday, and her push for a long-term transportation funding bill. On Thursday, the Senate began its August work period. Weekly video messages from Senator Capito will resume after Labor Day.


Video can be found here.


Weekly Address to West Virginians – Aug. 7, 2015

Hi – I’m Senator Shelley Moore Capito, and this is my weekly Senate update.

This was a challenging week for our energy industry.

On Monday, just hours after Alpha Natural Resources filed bankruptcy, the Obama administration doubled down on its coal-crushing Clean Power Plan.

The president’s proposed plan will leave West Virginia with lasting damage on our already struggling economy.

While there is no question that we must take steps to protect our environment, it simply cannot be at West Virginia’s expense.

Now that this rule is finalized, the need for congressional action is even more apparent.

This week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee marked up my bill to roll back the so-called Clean Power Plan, bringing the ARENA Act one step closer to the Senate floor.

I will continue leading the charge against these misguided mandates and fighting for jobs and affordable, reliable energy.

On Monday, I visited the UPS terminal in Nitro to highlight the Senate’s six-year transportation funding bill known as the DRIVE Act.

With nearly one-third of our state’s major roads currently in poor condition, we urgently need a long-term solution.

Now that the Senate has come together to pass a multi-year highway bill, it is time for the House to do the same.

Beginning next week, the Senate will be in recess until September.

During this time, my staff and I will be meeting with West Virginians in all corners of the state, and sharing the good work the new Republican-led Senate has accomplished in the last seven months.

My weekly video messages will resume after Labor Day. Until then, I wish all West Virginians a safe and enjoyable summer. And I wish all those students, good luck in school next year.

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