WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” Wednesday morning to discuss her decision to vote against the $1.9 trillion partisan spending package the Senate is considering this week, and urge schools across the nation to reopen for in-person learning.
On Senator Capito’s Position and Why: “I will not vote for the stimulus package. Only 9% of what we have in the stimulus package…goes to health-related items. We haven’t spent a lot of money we provided in December. I think it’s just a bloated $1 trillion extra dollars going into the economy that we really needed to target or at least pull back.”
On Reasons Why Democrats Are Doing It Alone: “I think it’s pent up demand by them to throw money at their pet projects, environmental justice, and other things that really don’t have anything to do with the emergency that this bill is supposedly coming through with to cover the relief for COVID and the health effects of that as well.”
On Why All Schools Aren’t Open: “I think that is the question that by far is the most frustrating and deeply hurtful to many people. Think about the students that don’t have parents that can honcho their online learning or can help them with their homework every day or basically don’t want to help their children. Those are the children that are going to fall further and further behind. We have people working in all facets of our economy right now. Our teachers need to get vaccinated and they need to return safely to the classroom. I’m proud to say West Virginia K-8 is all open five days a week…some of these students are going to lose a whole year of learning, not to say the mental health effects of not being in the classroom, parents shaving to quit their job. These schools should have been open, and I hope they continue to open. I know some of them are opening now but it’s still not enough.”
On What Legislative Items Congress Will Consider Next: “The next thing we are expecting is a huge infrastructure package. I’m part of the development of the highway in my committee. It’s not going to be paid for and that’s the way you evade paying for these things is pushing it into this reconciliation package where you raised taxes and use that offset some of the expenditures in infrastructure. This should be done together. We should be doing this through our committees. We are asking to come back to the table and talk to us. I went back to the president to talk about infrastructure, I believe it’s important. We do a 5-year bill every five years; we should do another one but we should do it together. They are bypassing any kind of buy-in from the other 50 of us, 50 senators, who happen to be of an opposite party.”
On Impact Of Governing Without Bipartisanship: “I’m sorry that they picked COVID relief to be the first package that comes up in this very partisan manner…I don’t think they’re going to get any Republican support because of the way it was put together and the bloated spending in there is just out of control. I think we’re going to see more and more of this…then the American people are going to have to pay, literally, for this, and it’s going to be tough on future generations.”