To watch Senator Capito’s floor speech, click here. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the below statement following her vote opposing the nomination of Janet McCabe to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“It is no secret that the regulations of the Obama-Biden administration crushed West Virginia’s economic foundation without actually considering the real-world impacts those policies would have on hardworking families and their communities. Janet McCabe served in a politically appointed leadership role during that administration, strongly supported this agenda, and certainly played a role in this.

“The Biden administration’s environmental goals are clearly shaping up to be a repeat—or even more extreme—of the Obama-Biden regulatory agenda that devastated West Virginia. Reviving that agenda means putting Americans out of work through executive actions like canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and rolling back commonsense regulations that protect the environment while keeping our economy moving. Given Janet McCabe’s past actions and present statements, I could not support someone who would work to destroy West Virginia’s economy, community, and livelihood.”

Last month, Ranking Member Capito had the opportunity to question Janet McCabe during her nomination hearing. Click here to watch her opening remarks and here to watch her questions.

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