by Ron Gregory
Washington, DC — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican, issued the following statement regarding today’s meeting with President Trump, Vice President Pence and a bipartisan group of senators at the White House:
“I was very encouraged by today’s meeting, and I thank President Trump for convening this bipartisan group of senators to discuss issues ranging from the Supreme Court to the opioid epidemic to broadband access. I raised the issue of the digital divide that exists in rural America and encouraged the president to include broadband in any infrastructure package. We also discussed solutions for curbing the opioid epidemic and solving problems at the VA, as well as the need to swiftly confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. I look forward to working with the Trump Administration and my colleagues in the Senate to address these issues that are so critical to West Virginia and communities across America.”
Last week, Senator Capito met with Judge Gorsuch and announced her support for the Supreme Court nominee.
She also led the co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus and 43 other senators in a letter urging President Trump to include broadband in any infrastructure initiative. This follows the letter Senator Capito sent President-elect Trump on December 12 encouraging the new administration to prioritize broadband deployment.
The state’s senior Democrat Senator, Joe Manchin, also met with the President today.