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New Donald Trump book coming out in October

NEW YORK, NY — Donald Trump isn’t going to let running for president get in the way of a new book.

Threshold Editions announced Monday that Trump’s book “will outline how a crippled America could be restored to greatness.“ The work is currently untitled and scheduled to come out October 27. Trump’s best-sellers include “Trump: The Art of the Deal” and “Time to Get Tough.“ Sales for the real estate mogul’s work have jumped since he announced in June that he was seeking the Republican nomination and unexpectedly became the front runner.

Threshold is a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster that has also published works by former Vice President Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh.


Fiorina’s career as tech CEO is still a matter of debate

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Ten years after GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was unceremoniously fired from her job as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, her tumultuous business career is still the subject of heated discussion.

Even as she enjoys a surge in momentum after last week’s Republican debate, Fiorina is facing more jibes about her tenure at HP. Rival candidate Donald Trump declared her time there “a disaster,“ after Fiorina boasted of HP’s growth and the “tough choices” she made as CEO.

The truth is, her HP tenure was rocky. “It is pretty hard to find too many people who think she did a great job there,“ said journalist Peter Burrows, who wrote “Backfire,“ a book about Fiorina’s reign at HP. “Her reputation is definitely tarnished in Silicon Valley.“

Yet one outspoken Fiorina supporter is venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who clashed with Fiorina when he was on HP’s board but now says it was a mistake to dump her. “I think she is brilliant and has gotten a lot of unwarranted criticism,“ Perkins told The Associated Press.

Some issues the 61-year-old Fiorina has encountered in her career:

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FIORINA AND COMPAQ

Fiorina likes to say she “doubled the size” of HP while she was CEO from 1999 to 2005. She’s referring to HP’s annual revenue, which rose above $80 billion after Fiorina pushed through a 2002 deal to buy Texas computer-maker Compaq, which had $40 billion in annual sales before the deal.

HP, however, continued to struggle after the massive acquisition. Profit fell from $3.7 billion in 2000 to a net loss of $900 million in 2002. While profit recovered to $3.5 billion in 2004, the company missed some key earnings projections along the way.

To be sure, the 2001 dot-com bust hurt many tech companies, including HP. But despite Fiorina’s efforts to cut costs by slashing 30,000 jobs, HP’s stock fell 50 percent, lagging behind rivals IBM and Dell. She was ultimately fired after clashing with directors who pressed her to share authority with subordinates.

HP’s performance improved under Fiorina’s successor, Mark Hurd. He cut costs further, using the combined clout of HP and Compaq to negotiate lower prices from suppliers and sell businesses a wide range of tech products. While supporters credit Fiorina with the vision to buy Compaq, critics including former Compaq Chairman Ben Rosen said she lacked the skills to make the deal work.

Today, HP is struggling again after a series of management upheavals and a broad decline in the PC industry. It announced plans last week to cut up to 30,000 more jobs as it prepares to split into two companies.

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FIORINA THE COMMUNICATOR

Unlike many tech CEOs, Fiorina had a background in business but not engineering. She earned an undergraduate degree in medieval history and philosophy at Stanford, and later acquired master’s degrees in business and management.

Perkins called her “a terrific communicator” who used charisma and persuasion to close major deals for the company. She also appeared in corporate ads and on magazine covers, while hobnobbing with celebrities.

“She is an incredible marketer,“ Burrows said. “Even back when she was at HP, people there were saying she should seriously think about going into politics.“

Even so, Fiorina alienated longtime HP employees, who complained she was imperious and harsh. Part of the problem: HP was famous for innovation, but analysts say it had become slow and unfocused in the years before Fiorina.

“The hardest thing for a chief executive to do is to tell someone that they don’t have a job anymore,“ Fiorina said this week on “Fox News Sunday.“ ‘'But when you have a big, bloated bureaucracy that costs too much, that is becoming inept — and by the way, that’s what we have in Washington, D.C. — then there are some jobs that have to go away.“

Fiorina also antagonized the families of HP’s legendary co-founders. Walter Hewlett, the son of co-founder William Hewlett, waged a bruising, highly publicized proxy battle against the Compaq acquisition. He argued that Fiorina was paying far too much in a deal ultimately valued at $19 billion.

In the end, Fiorina got the deal approved. But she ultimately lost the support of HP’s board, which grew impatient with her progress.

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GENDER MATTERS

As both an outsider and a rare woman CEO, Fiorina may have faced extra resistance in the predominantly male culture at HP in that era. “She broke the glass ceiling, and that was not comfortable,“ said former HP executive Chuck House, co-author of the book “The HP Phenomenon.“

In the presidential campaign, Fiorina has faced Trump’s derisive comments about her looks. And in her 2006 memoir, “Tough Choices,“ she recounts incidents from her time as a young executive at AT&T, when others treated her differently or questioned her abilities because of her gender. Fiorina rose from a sales job at AT&T to leading the $3 billion spinoff of Lucent Technologies, where she became a division president.

Fiorina’s memoir also describes a meeting at Lucent with mostly male sales executives from a newly acquired company, in which she confronted concerns that her own, women-led team wasn’t tough or street smart.

As Fiorina tells it, she stuffed a pair of her husband’s socks into the front of her slacks that morning. After making a “serious, fact-based” presentation, she stood and removed her jacket, revealing the bulge in her slacks while she declared that her team had the tools — she used a different word — to do the job.

The room erupted in laughter, she wrote. While a few people thought the gag was crude, Fiorina concluded that “effective communication means speaking in a language people understand. I’d made my point.“

Little Republicans: 2nd GOP Debate

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Clinton Proposes $250 Monthly Cap on Prescription Drug Costs

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday will propose a $250 monthly cap on prescription drugs for patients with chronic or serious medical conditions in a drive against what she calls “excessive profiteering” by pharmaceutical companies.

At a campaign stop in Iowa, Clinton will outline a plan to encourage the development and use of generic drugs and also would end drug companies’ ability to write off consumer-directed advertising as a business expense.

Under Clinton’s plan the monthly cap would limit what insurance companies could ask patients to pay for drugs.

On Monday, Clinton vowed during a campaign stop in Little Rock, Arkansas that, “It is time to deal with sky-rocketing out-of-pocket costs.“

Shares of biotech companies such as Immunogen (IMGN.O) and Gilead Sciences (GILD.O) on Monday dropped after Clinton tweeted that steep prices for specialty drugs were “outrageous.“

Critics of marketing drugs to consumers say it encourages the use of costly brand names over generics and can be confusing or misleading. A series of court decisions has determined the practice cannot be banned outright because it is a form of commercial speech protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Clinton says the government could save billions of dollars by no longer allowing pharmaceutical companies to deduct what they spend marketing drugs to consumers and those funds could be redirected into encouraging research and development.

The largest pharmaceutical companies are collectively earning $80 billion to $90 billion per year at higher margins than other industries, while average Americans struggle to pay for medicine, Clinton’s campaign said.

While Clinton has maintained her front-runner status, she has been under pressure to take more populist stances to widen her lead over U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, her second-place rival for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton’s plan would encourage the development and use of generic drugs. Her plan would redirect funds to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration office with a backlog of generic drugs awaiting approval.

She would also prohibit what the campaign called “pay-for-delay agreements,“ in which the company of a brand-name drug pays a generic competitor to keep its product off the market for a period of time, usually as part of a litigation settlement.

Clinton wants Medicare, the U.S. government’s health insurance program for the elderly, to be able to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies over drug prices and require more generous rebates, driving down overall costs.

Consumers would also be allowed to purchase drugs from other countries, where medicine is often less expensive, so long as there are sufficient safety standards in place, Clinton’s campaign said.

Walker to Drop Out of GOP Presidential Race

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MADISON, WI — Scott Walker is dropping out of the Republican race for president, two people familiar with his decision told The Associated Press on Monday.

The Wisconsin governor planned a news conference for Monday evening in Madison, where he was to announce he will be the second major GOP candidate to quit the race, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak before Walker’s announcement.

One of the last Republicans to enter the race, Walker will join former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as one of the first to leave it. He will return to his job in Wisconsin as governor, where his term runs through 2018.

Walker, 47, tried to appeal to religious conservatives, tea party conservatives and the more traditional GOP base. He tried to cast himself as an unintimidated conservative fighter who had a record of victories in a state that hasn’t voted Republican for president since 1984.

He called himself “aggressively normal” and campaigned on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and made a splash in January with a well-received speech before religious conservatives in Iowa.

But Walker’s fall was dramatic.

He was unable to adjust to the popularity of Donald Trump or break out in either of the GOP’s first two debates, and repeatedly had trouble clearly stating his position on several issues.

He took days to clarify whether he supported ending birthright citizenship and he initially showed interest in building a wall between the U.S. and Canada, only to later laugh it off as ridiculous. Walker also declared he wasn’t a career politician, despite having held public office for 22 straight years.

WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman

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Interim meetings were held last weekend at the Capitol.  After a lengthy delay in the interim committee work since early summer, it was good to get back to the business at hand, having made good use of the time doing constituent work.

A Sunday meeting of the Parks and Recreation Committee received a presentation from DNR Director Robert Fala and his staff in regard to the elk restoration project in southern West Virginia.  The southern coalfields area of McDowell, Mingo, Wyoming and Logan with portions of Lincoln, Wayne and Boone Counties were selected, due to the substantial amount of post mine use land available and minimal areas for elk to interact with roads and the public.

While this is a bold undertaking, the fact remains that a few of the Kentucky elk population have intermittently made their way into the State from Kentucky for several years.  This initiative, funded from a grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, aims to establish a permanent herd in the area identified.

According to DNR, subsistence hunting, market hunting and wide-scale timbering all contributed to the decline of the elk population throughout the eastern United States.  Historical records indicate elk disappeared from West Virginia during the latter half of the 1800s. The last known occurrences in the Mountain State were reported from the headwaters of the Tygart Valley and Greenbrier rivers around 1875.

As the plan states, since the early 1900s, numerous eastern states, including Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and West Virginia have made attempts to relocate elk from wild elk populations located in the western states. The majority of the reintroductions conducted in the early 1900s were unsuccessful. The most successful venture has been the reintroduction of elk into the southwestern coal fields region of Kentucky during the period between 1997 and 2002.  A total of 1,550 elk were released at eight different sites in a 16-county restoration zone. This project was funded with $4 million from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and nearly $1 million from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, mostly in personnel costs. Kentucky currently supports the largest elk herd in the eastern United States, with an estimated population of 11,000 animals.

An objective of the DNR plan is for elk to naturally populate the aforementioned elk management area through a passive management approach (natural movement of wild elk from Kentucky). DNR personnel will monitor the population and manage it accordingly for recreational opportunities.

Because of the increased potential for crop and personal property damage outside of the designated management area, subsequent legislation will be promulgated to allow management to prevent elk from becoming established outside of the desired area.

I believe this is an important factor as DNR moves their plan forward.  A couple big concerns:  West Virginia leads the nation in deer-automobile collisions; a factor in auto insurance rate setting.  The safety concerns over a potential collision with an elk – substantially larger than a whitetail deer – are legitimate.  Likewise, farmers will be wary of the potential crop and woodland damage that could occur.  Therefore, it will be a rigid responsibility of DNR to remove any elk that may eventually wander from the area.

The DNR elk management plan is available online at: www.wvdnr.gov/wildlife/magazine/archive/12Summer/WV_Elk_Management.pdf

If you are unable to download a copy, please let me know and I’ll see that you get a copy sent to you promptly.

In the interim, send your inquiries to my home office at:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624; call 304.364.8411; or fax 304.364.8711.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

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Carly Fiorina May Solve One Big GOP Problem

Could Carly Fiorina solve Republicans’ women problem? Many in the party, which has had trouble appealing to female voters, think so after the former CEO’s strong performance in this week’s GOP debate, the New York Times reports. “Many Republicans will see her, even if she’s not the nominee, as that magic key that can unlock the gender gap,” the president of a Republican consulting firm tells the Times. The Washington Post—noting that Fiorina scored points with women by calling out Donald Trump during the debate—observes that she may be “part of the answer to the GOP’s difficulties appealing to female voters.“ The Times has a similar take, writing that she’s emerging as a “credible antidote to the gender gap and the Democrats’ claims of a Republican ‘war on women.‘“

That’s something the GOP needs right now, as congressional Republicans are threatening to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding and seeking to ban abortion at 20 weeks, the Times reports. And Hillary Clinton’s fading popularity with women may leave the door open for Republicans to steal some of those votes. “If she’s not on the ticket, they would be foolish not to offer her a key role in the next administration,” the president of Concerned Women for America tells the Times. The Post reports that one big question will be how she stands up to the closer scrutiny sure to come, pointing out that Google searches about her firing at Hewlett-Packard spiked when the issue arose during the debate. And the Times notes that during her losing 2010 Senate race against Barbara Boxer, she got only 39% of women’s votes.


Trump Fires Back: I’m Not ‘Obligated’ to Defend Obama

When Donald Trump initially took flak for not challenging a questioner’s assertion that President Obama is a non-American Muslim, his campaign explained that he hadn’t heard that part of the question. This morning, however, Trump himself took to Twitter in a far more defiant tone: “Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!“ he tweeted. Then he pointed out that “this is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something.“

He reeled off three more, one asserting that president Obama wouldn’t have defended him if the situation were reversed, another saying the media would have castigated him on free-speech grounds if he had challenged the man, and another saying that Christians’ “religious liberty is at stake” around the world.


GOP candidate Carson: Muslim shouldn’t be elected president

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says Islam is antithetical to the Constitution, and he doesn’t believe that a Muslim should be elected president.

Carson, a devout Christian, says a president’s faith should matter to voters if it runs counter to the values and principles of America.

Responding to a question during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,“ he described the Islamic faith as inconsistent with the Constitution.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,“ Carson said. “I absolutely would not agree with that.“

He did not specify in what way Islam ran counter to constitutional principles.

Carson’s comments drew strong criticism from the country’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“To me this really means he is not qualified to be president of the United States,“ said the group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper. “You cannot hold these kinds of views and at the same time say you will represent all Americans, of all faiths and backgrounds.“

Hooper said the Constitution expressly forbids religious tests for those seeking public office and called for the repudiation of “these un-American comments.“

In a separate appearance on NBC, one of Carson’s rivals for the GOP nomination, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, was asked whether he would have a problem with a Muslim in the White House. “The answer is, at the end of the day, you’ve got to go through the rigors, and people will look at everything. But, for me, the most important thing about being president is you have leadership skills, you know what you’re doing and you can help fix this country and raise this country. Those are the qualifications that matter to me.“

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who taped Sunday an episode of Iowa Press, an Iowa Public Television program, was asked if he agreed with Carson’s statements on Muslims being president. “The Constitution specifies that there shall be no religious test for public office, and I am a constitutionalist,“ Cruz said.

Carson’s comments came amid lingering fallout over Republican Donald Trump’s refusal last week to take issue with a man during a campaign event who wrongly called President Barack Obama a Muslim and said Muslims are “a problem in this country.“

Also speaking on NBC on Sunday, Trump said that a Muslim in the White House is “something that could happen… Some people have said it already happened, frankly.“

In multiple interviews Sunday, Trump tried to draw a distinction between all American Muslims and extremist Muslims in the U.S. and elsewhere.

“I have friends that are Muslims they’re great people, amazing people,“ Trump said on CNN’s “State of the Union.“

“You have extremists Muslims that are in a class by themselves,“ Trump added. “It’s a problem in this country, it’s a problem throughout this world…. You do have a problem with radical Muslims.“

GOP candidates have been split over whether to criticize Trump, who has been a vocal skeptic of Obama’s birthplace and faith. Obama is Christian.

In the NBC interview, Carson said he believes that Obama was born in the U.S. and is Christian, saying he has “no reason to doubt” what the president says.

Carson also made a distinction when it came to electing Muslims to Congress, calling it a “different story” from the presidency that “depends on who that Muslim is and what their policies are, just as it depends on what anybody else says.“

Congress has two Muslim members, Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana.

“If there’s somebody who’s of any faith, but they say things, and their life has been consistent with things that will elevate this nation and make it possible for everybody to succeed, and bring peace and harmony, then I’m with them,“ Carson said.

Senator Capito’s Weekly Address to West Virginians

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You may have heard a lot of buzz this week about the ongoing debate over the president’s deal with Iran. This was the subject of the Weekly Republican Address, which I was selected to deliver.


The President’s Bad Deal with Iran

Iran deal deserves up-or-down vote

By: Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

September 14, 2015

“‘Even after this deal, our policy toward the arrogant U.S. will not change.’

“This statement by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei should invoke serious concern about entering into a nuclear agreement with the world’s largest state sponsor of terror.

“For months, I have carefully considered Iran’s actions along with the provisions of the president’s nuclear deal. I asked, will this agreement eliminate Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon? Will it improve the security situation in the Middle East? Will it make America safer? Sadly, the answer across the board is no.

“The windfall of cash that will flow to Iran once sanctions are lifted will only increase its ability to prop up the Syrian regime, finance Hezbollah and threaten American allies like Israel, who Khamenei this week threatened would not exist in 25 years.

“National Security Advisor Susan Rice agrees that ‘we should expect that some portion of that money would go to the Iranian military and could potentially be used for the kinds of bad behavior that we have seen in the region up until now.’

“The president and the Secretary of State have said that sanctions will snap back if Iran violates this agreement, but history shows it is not that simple.

“It took more than a decade for the United States, working with our European allies, to construct the sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table. This type of effective sanctions regime cannot be brought back overnight. Without the credible threat of effective sanctions, the United States will be left with little leverage to ensure Iran’s compliance with this agreement.

“The president’s agreement would also remove all international restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missile program in eight years — contradicting earlier promises from the administration — and lifts the arms embargo on conventional arms in five years.

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee in July that ‘under no circumstances should we relieve pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities and arms trafficking.’ Ballistic missiles are not a necessary component of a peaceful nuclear program, and Iran’s continued efforts to improve this technology sends a clear message about the country’s intentions.

“Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said last month ‘we will buy, sell and develop any weapons we need, and we will not ask permission or abide by any resolution for that.’ Clearly, the end of the arms embargo and the ballistic missile restrictions will strengthen Iran’s ability to threaten Americans and our allies in the Middle East.

“An agreement worthy of congressional approval should also include rigorous and immediate inspections of suspected nuclear sites.

“During the negotiations, senior administration officials publicly called for anywhere, anytime inspections. Yet, the president’s agreement fails to live up to this standard. Instead, Iran can block access to suspected nuclear facilities for as long as 24 days. And, we have not seen all of the side agreements that are included in this deal.

“Those who support ratifying the Iran agreement frequently argue that the only alternative is war. Under that false, misguided premise, the American people are being told we should accept any deal regardless of how flawed it may be. When asked if our only option was this agreement or war, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that ‘we have a range of options.’ There are better options.

“I believe stronger sanctions can force Iran to accept a better agreement that will improve the security of the Middle East and the world. The danger to the United States, Israel and other American allies posed by Iran is real. As the current refugee crisis and prior acts of terror clearly demonstrate, instability and violence in the Middle East reverberates into other parts of the world.

“In May, the Senate passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 on a 98-1 vote. This legislation provides Congress, as the representatives of the American people, the ability to review and vote to accept or reject the president’s nuclear deal with Iran.

“It is extremely disappointing that many Senators reversed their positions last week, blocking a straight up-or-down vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Resolution of Disapproval. A foreign policy decision of this magnitude deserves a vote, and the majority of Americans want Congress to reject this deal.

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that there will be another opportunity for a straight up-or-down vote on Tuesday, which I will support and urge my Senate colleagues to do the same.

“This debate is not over yet. A better deal is possible, and the American people should accept nothing less.”

I echoed these same concerns on the Senate floor this week and in the Weekly Republican Address, where I stressed the need for the Senate to take action and do what we were sent to Washington to do – take tough votes on matters like these. Even Iran’s Supreme Leader announced that Iran’s Parliament is expected to vote on the agreement. It is regretful that a partisan minority of Senators obstructed the bipartisan majority, taking away the voice of countless Americans who disapprove of this bad deal with Iran. A foreign policy decision of this magnitude should have received a vote by the United States Senate.


Rigorous Security Vetting Process Must Be Maintained for Syrian Refugees

As the United States considers increasing the number of Syrian refugees allowed into the country, Senator Manchin and I sent a letter to U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this week urging them to maintain the rigorous security vetting process of all applicants. While the United States should continue its tradition of helping those fearing persecution because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, we must be aware that terrorist organizations like ISIL may try and take advantage of the situation.


Grant Funding Announced

This week, I was pleased to announce grant funding for several programs in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Development Office will receive $200,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission for the WorkForce West Virginia program to help train workers and strengthen local businesses.

Additionally, $131,310 in funding was awarded to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Private Water Well Safety Project. This grant will help the program improve drinking water programs and keep our communities strong and healthy.

Three West Virginia airports collectively received more than $6 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Wood County Airport Authority, Greenbrier County Airport Authority and Mason County Airport will use this funding to advance various airport infrastructure projects that will give our state and local economies a boost.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program awarded funding to five organizations in West Virginia that will provide housing services to homeless veterans and their families. Our veterans have sacrificed so much to defend our nation, and we must do everything we can to assist homeless veterans and their loved ones. Learn more about this important funding here.

Two health centers in West Virginia received crucial funding that will help fight the terrible drug epidemic that is crushing West Virginia families. $200,000 in funding was awarded to Community Connections, Inc. in Princeton and Pleasant Valley Hospital, Inc. in Point Pleasant and will be used to purchase emergency devices that reverse an opioid overdose. Additionally, the funding will be used to train and educate these health care professionals so they can properly utilize these tools.


Latest Anti-Coal Regulation is Focus of Public Hearing in Charleston

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement held a public hearing in Charleston regarding its proposed Stream Protection Rule. The stated purpose of this rule is to protect streams. Yet instead, this rule adds more bureaucratic red tape with almost no direct benefit. Estimates indicate that the proposed rule will cost more than 220,000 jobs in Appalachia and a loss of $4 to $5 billion in federal and state revenues without improving the existing protection of waterways. Prior to the public hearing, I submitted a written statement to the department expressing my concerns.


Resolution to Nullify EPA’s Misguided WOTUS Rule

Senators representing states all across the country joined forces this week to put forward a resolution disapproving of the misguided Waters of the United States rule, commonly known as WOTUS. This deeply flawed rule put forward by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers promises to impede the livelihoods of hardworking West Virginians and job creators throughout the country. There is no question that we want to protect our drinking water sources and our precious natural resources, but this rule would lead to a massive expansion of costly permitting requirements and hinder our already struggling economy. It is time to put an end to this regulatory nightmare. I was proud to co-sponsor the resolution along with 46 other Senators.


New Office Location and Fall Academy Days Announced

Earlier this week, I announced the opening of my newest office in Morgantown. This office will provide another location for West Virginians to seek help with federal matters.

Additionally, I announced my Academy Days for the fall semester. I encourage all students who are interested in learning more about admissions to the U.S. Services Academies and ROTC scholarships to attend one of my Academy Days. It is an honor to nominate young men and women for admission to our service academies and I am proud to assist the future leaders of America.


Hearing from West Virginians

This week, I met with West Virginians in D.C. and around the state. I enjoyed hearing about the issues that are important to them, and how we can work together to create a stronger West Virginia.

Sincerely,
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Shelley Moore Capito
United States Senator

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