WASHINGTON D.C. — In her final weekly address of the year, Sen. Capito highlights the work accomplished by the new Republican-led Senate in 2015, including a long-term highway bill, education reform, a balanced budget, Obamacare repeal and her measure to block harmful carbon regulations.
A transcript of Capito’s address is found below.Hi – I’m Senator Shelley Moore Capito, and this is my weekly Senate update.
As 2015 comes to a close, I’m proud of the significant work the Republican-led Senate has accomplished this year.
After years of gridlock under Democratic control, Republicans have put the Senate back to work for West Virginians and the American people.
In a series of firsts, we passed the first long-term highway bill since 2005 and the first education reform bill since 2002.
We balanced the budget and passed all 12 appropriations bills out of the committee for the first time since 2009.
An Obamacare repeal bill was sent to the president’s desk for the first time.
And my measure overturning the EPA’s harmful carbon rules on coal-fired power plants passed the Senate.
We have challenged the president and addressed the issues affecting Americans.
In 2016, I will continue to improve broadband through my Capito Connect Plan.
I will build on efforts to combat the drug epidemic.
And I will continue fighting back against harmful EPA overreach.
Much has been accomplished in 2015, but much work still remains, and I will continue fighting for West Virginia in 2016.