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I know the government shutdown has been on a lot of people’s minds. I’ve always said that a government shutdown is never the best path forward. That’s why I agree with President Trump that we need to reach an agreement that reopens the government and strengthens our borders.

Securing Our Borders

A few days ago, I spoke with Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” to discuss the current negotiations to end the partial government shutdown and the importance of providing resources to strengthen border security.

During our discussion, I reiterated why this escalating crisis should be addressed as soon as possible and the need for all parties to come together and acknowledge the serious security and humanitarian problem at our southern border. I still believe that we can reach a compromise through continued negotiations, as long as all parties come to the table in a real and productive way.

Advocating for West Virginia Priorities

Earlier this week, I announced that I will continue serving on four committees I previously served on during the 115th Congress: the Committee on Appropriations; the Committee on Environment and Public Works; the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and the Committee on Rules and Administration.

These assignments will help ensure I continue to have a seat at the table when considering legislation and oversight related to some of my top priorities—such as government funding, broadband, energy and manufacturing, and infrastructure, among others. That also means that I will be well-positioned to advocate for and shape solutions in areas that are critical to our economy and our future success—both as a state and as a country—and it means that West Virginia’s interests will remain front and center throughout that process.

Reintroducing Legislation

West Virginians have a proud hunting heritage and a strong interest in shooting sports, both for recreational and economic purposes. Unfortunately, opportunities for Americans to safely engage in recreational and competitive shooting have declined on both public and private lands in recent years. In response to this, I reintroduced a bipartisan bill this week that would encourage states to develop additional shooting ranges. The bill provides a responsible way to improve cooperation at the federal, state, and local levels to create and maintain shooting ranges while also encouraging their continued use.

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Shelley Moore Capito
United States Senator

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