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This week, we kicked things off in a big way when I joined with Governor Justice, members of Facebook, and others to announce a major broadband infrastructure investment. This investment will go a long way in improving internet connectivity across West Virginia—particularly in our rural communities—and is another sign of the progress we are making through Capito Connect.

he Misguided Green New Deal

This week, we continued discussing the Green New Deal—an unreasonable, unaffordable, and unrealistic wish list of programs that would threaten our entire energy economy and result in a whole host of consequences for the American people. There are so many reasons why this deal is bad for families and businesses in West Virginia and across the country. For starters, it could cost upwards of $93 trillion dollars according to the American Action Forum.

$93 trillion.

That’s more than the combined GDP of the entire world.

In addition to the outrageous price tag, it would also cost thousands of energy sector jobs. That means the coal and natural gas industries in West Virginia that help power our economy would be in jeopardy. Learn more here about why this proposal is a bad deal for our state and so many others.

Grant Announcements

Making sure our communities and businesses in West Virginia have the resources they need to succeed is important. Whether it’s providing funding to help address water pollution or delivering resources to support a community infrastructure improvement project, my position on the Senate Appropriations Committee has empowered me to advocate for important West Virginia priorities. This week, I was proud to announce several grants and loans that will help communities and programs across the state. Learn more about each one below:

  $1,500,000 – City of Welch
  $689,000 – West Virginia Department of Environment Protection
  $98,638 – Brooke County Committee On Aging (Follansbee)
  $81,394 – Summersville Baptist Church (Summersville)
  $76,679 – Region 8 Planning and Development Council (Petersburg)
  $56,526 – Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council (Parkersburg)

Expanding Economic Development in West Virginia

This week, the Senate continued confirming key judicial and administration nominees—including Dr. John Fleming who will serve as our next administrator of the Economic Development Administration, also known as the EDA. The EDA has become increasingly important to West Virginia, but that wasn’t always the case. That’s why I made attracting meaningful federal investments to West Virginia a priority when I first came to the Senate.

As a result, we’ve really turned a corner; and today, we are beginning to see real investments that will make a lasting difference in our state. In fact, in the two years prior to my swearing in as a senator, West Virginia had only received a total of $200,000 from the EDA. Now, things are different; and West Virginia has received close to $30 million from the EDA, allowing us to foster a renewed focus on our state’s economic development needs.

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Shelley Moore Capito
United States Senator

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