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Shelley Moore Capito

Shelley Capito's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Shelley Moore Capito
Office: U.S. House (WV) - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/07/2000
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate
Primary May 13, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Charles; 3 Children: Charles, Moore, Shelley
Birth Date: 11/26/1953
Birth Place: Glendale, WV
Home City: Charleston, WV
Religion: Presbyterian
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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Shelley Capito. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I am opposed to and have voted against partial birth abortion."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Shelley Capito. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the Family Research Council 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Shelley Capito a rating of 63 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 17 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Shelley Capito. Facebook: Wall. 22 June 2011. "As Afghanistan becomes more independent, I hope we will begin to quickly phase out U.S. military presence so long as the country is stable enough to continue efforts against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Thank you to our troops and military commanders who have served selflessly in defense of our country." (www.facebook.com)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Returns from Official Visit to Afghanistan: First House Delegation to Meet General Petreaus in his New Role as Commander of the International Security Force in Afghanistan. 12 July 2010. "Our meetings have allowed the opportunity to learn firsthand the commitment we have made in Afghanistan. I believe we are in the able hands of Gen David Petreaus and with our coalition partners we are moving forward on an aggressive plan. Our hopes are that we will have the success that we all are hoping for." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Statement On President Obama's Afghanistan Address. 2 December 2009. "Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released the following statement this morning in response to President Barack Obama's address to the nation regarding his administration's strategy for the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan: '[¦] We must not be so quick to judge success or failure based on an arbitrary timeline that we draw premature conclusions about the effectiveness of this new strategy. As I have said before, our military efforts should be driven by the expertise of our generals on the ground who know the day to day demands of the mission, and not by the political winds of Washington.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes Against Afghanistan Retreat. 11 March 2010. "Today's resolution of retreat from Afghanistan is a shameful political statement and should be repudiated by all Americans. Our brave men and women have made a commitment to prevent the spread of terrorism and to work towards a stable Afghanistan. They deserve our government's highest level of respect and dedication, and certainly not a vote of no confidence. The recent capture of top Taliban officials is a clear sign of our troops' progress in Afghanistan. Congress must continue to provide our servicemen and women with the tools and support necessary to ensure continued success in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Letter to Rumsfeld Critical of Proposed National Guard Cutbacks. 7 February 2006. "Anything less than a fully manned and equipped National Guard is unacceptable and during a time of war is perilous. Approximately 25 percent of United States troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are members of the National Guard or Reserve. Cutbacks in current manpower or equipment levels would be detrimental to our military's ability to continue carrying out their missions and will inflict additional and unnecessary stress on our troops. Reducing National Guard numbers and levels of equipment during a time of war requires a comprehensive examination and justification." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Facebook: Wall. 22 June 2011. “As Afghanistan becomes more independent, I hope we will begin to quickly phase out U.S. military presence so long as the country is stable enough to continue efforts against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Thank you to our troops and military commanders who have served selflessly in defense of our country.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of Peace Action West 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the Peace Action 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Shelley Capito voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?"
  • Shelley Capito. Letter to Rumsfeld Critical of Proposed National Guard Cutbacks. 7 February 2006. “Anything less than a fully manned and equipped National Guard is unacceptable and during a time of war is perilous. Approximately 25 percent of United States troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are members of the National Guard or Reserve. Cutbacks in current manpower or equipment levels would be detrimental to our military's ability to continue carrying out their missions and will inflict additional and unnecessary stress on our troops. Reducing National Guard numbers and levels of equipment during a time of war requires a comprehensive examination and justification.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes Against Afghanistan Retreat. 11 March 2010. “Today's resolution of retreat from Afghanistan is a shameful political statement and should be repudiated by all Americans. Our brave men and women have made a commitment to prevent the spread of terrorism and to work towards a stable Afghanistan. They deserve our government's highest level of respect and dedication, and certainly not a vote of no confidence. The recent capture of top Taliban officials is a clear sign of our troops' progress in Afghanistan. Congress must continue to provide our servicemen and women with the tools and support necessary to ensure continued success in Afghanistan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Statement On President Obama's Afghanistan Address. 2 December 2009. “Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released the following statement this morning in response to President Barack Obama's address to the nation regarding his administration's strategy for the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan: '[…] We must not be so quick to judge success or failure based on an arbitrary timeline that we draw premature conclusions about the effectiveness of this new strategy. As I have said before, our military efforts should be driven by the expertise of our generals on the ground who know the day to day demands of the mission, and not by the political winds of Washington.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Returns from Official Visit to Afghanistan: First House Delegation to Meet General Petreaus in his New Role as Commander of the International Security Force in Afghanistan. 12 July 2010. “Our meetings have allowed the opportunity to learn firsthand the commitment we have made in Afghanistan. I believe we are in the able hands of Gen David Petreaus and with our coalition partners we are moving forward on an aggressive plan. Our hopes are that we will have the success that we all are hoping for.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "c) Defense"
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Says Bill Should Fund Troops, Not Bail Out Foreign Govts. 16 June 2009. “Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., took issue Tuesday with the final version of the War Supplemental Conference Report, legislation before the House that would fund ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Capito said the finalized bill falls far short of the bill she supported in the House last month […] 'I don't understand why we're considering a bill that cuts $73 million for traumatic brain injury research and leaves our military with fewer resources to acquire vehicles designed specifically for our troops in Afghanistan. This bill should be about funding our troops, not about loading it up with extraneous programs that serve other purposes.' The bill considered today amounts to a 22% reduction from last year's funding levels, but amounts to an enormous 66% increase in foreign aid.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Applauds Bipartisan Vote on Funding for US Troops. 14 May 2009. “Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released the following statement today as the House of Representatives considered H.R. 2356, the FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Bill to support military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan: 'These funds are essential for supporting our service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. I applaud the bipartisan nature of this vote and the real cooperation we've seen from members of both parties to provide our troops with the resources necessary to accomplish their mission.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Applauds Bipartisan Vote on Funding for US Troops. 14 May 2009. "Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., released the following statement today as the House of Representatives considered H.R. 2356, the FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Bill to support military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan: 'These funds are essential for supporting our service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. I applaud the bipartisan nature of this vote and the real cooperation we've seen from members of both parties to provide our troops with the resources necessary to accomplish their mission.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Says Bill Should Fund Troops, Not Bail Out Foreign Govts. 16 June 2009. "Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., took issue Tuesday with the final version of the War Supplemental Conference Report, legislation before the House that would fund ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Capito said the finalized bill falls far short of the bill she supported in the House last month [¦] 'I don't understand why we're considering a bill that cuts $73 million for traumatic brain injury research and leaves our military with fewer resources to acquire vehicles designed specifically for our troops in Afghanistan. This bill should be about funding our troops, not about loading it up with extraneous programs that serve other purposes.' The bill considered today amounts to a 22% reduction from last year's funding levels, but amounts to an enormous 66% increase in foreign aid." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Letter to Rumsfeld Critical of Proposed National Guard Cutbacks. 7 February 2006. "The United States has the strongest military in the world due in large part to our commitment to an all-volunteer integrated force structure. The National Guard is an integral and vital component of our Global War on Terror. Anything less than a fully manned and equipped National Guard is unacceptable and during a time of war is perilous. Approximately 25 percent of United States troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are members of the National Guard or Reserve. Cutbacks in current manpower or equipment levels would be detrimental to our military's ability to continue carrying out their missions and will inflict additional and unnecessary stress on our troops. Reducing National Guard numbers and levels of equipment during a time of war requires a comprehensive examination and justification." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Shelley Capito voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Shelley Capito. Letter to Rumsfeld Critical of Proposed National Guard Cutbacks. 7 February 2006. “The United States has the strongest military in the world due in large part to our commitment to an all-volunteer integrated force structure. The National Guard is an integral and vital component of our Global War on Terror. Anything less than a fully manned and equipped National Guard is unacceptable and during a time of war is perilous. Approximately 25 percent of United States troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are members of the National Guard or Reserve. Cutbacks in current manpower or equipment levels would be detrimental to our military's ability to continue carrying out their missions and will inflict additional and unnecessary stress on our troops. Reducing National Guard numbers and levels of equipment during a time of war requires a comprehensive examination and justification.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Cutting Taxes and Creating Jobs. 27 October 2011. "I have voted for economic stimulus packages in Congress that cut taxes for everyone who pays them. I believe that when the government puts tax dollars back in the pockets of the taxpayers, those taxpayers will spend those dollars and stimulate our economy in order to provide for long-term economic growth in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Easing the Pressure on Family Budgets. 27 October 2011. "Shelley knows that West Virginia families are struggling in these difficult economic times. That is why she opposes any efforts to repeal the tax cuts that would result in higher taxes for every West Virginia taxpayer. If these tax cuts are repealed, it will raise taxes on 587,000 West Virginia taxpayers in 2012 by an average of $2,248 per year, eliminate marriage penalty relief, increase the 10% tax bracket to 15%, and reduce the child tax credit by 50%." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes In Favor Of Extending Tax Relief For Every West Virginia Taxpayer. 17 December 2010. "Today, the House voted 277 to 148 to extend tax relief to every West Virginian taxpayer. The tax compromise passed the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 81-19. Without Congressional action, every taxpayer and most small businesses would be hit with a massive tax hike on January 1, 2011. [¦] People across the board agree that increasing taxes at this time would take our economy in exactly the wrong direction. Now that the tax rates are set for the next two years, families can budget accordingly and small businesses can make plans to expand and grow [¦] When it comes down to it, Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem [¦] Giving the American people a tax break was the right thing to do.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (atr.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Cutting Taxes and Creating Jobs. 18 June 2012. “I want every West Virginian who is looking for a job to find one. In order to achieve that goal we need to ensure our economy is growing. That is why I have voted for economic stimulus packages in Congress that cut taxes for everyone who pays them. I believe that when the government puts tax dollars back in the pockets of the taxpayers, those taxpayers will spend those dollars and stimulate our economy in order to provide for long-term economic growth in the future. I also support abolishing the Death Tax in order to ensure family businesses can be kept within the family and not sold off in order to pay an unfair tax.” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 70 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 17 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 76 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Cut taxes to expand economic growth"
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Cutting Taxes and Creating Jobs. 27 October 2011. “I have voted for economic stimulus packages in Congress that cut taxes for everyone who pays them. I believe that when the government puts tax dollars back in the pockets of the taxpayers, those taxpayers will spend those dollars and stimulate our economy in order to provide for long-term economic growth in the future.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Easing the Pressure on Family Budgets. 27 October 2011. “Shelley knows that West Virginia families are struggling in these difficult economic times. That is why she opposes any efforts to repeal the tax cuts that would result in higher taxes for every West Virginia taxpayer. If these tax cuts are repealed, it will raise taxes on 587,000 West Virginia taxpayers in 2012 by an average of $2,248 per year, eliminate marriage penalty relief, increase the 10% tax bracket to 15%, and reduce the child tax credit by 50%.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Debating Republican Tax Policy in a Civil Manner. 24 July 2006. “I would be for keeping the tax cuts in place, letting them grow for their maturation. I think a lot of them do not kick in for full force until 2010 […] My State of West Virginia, we have some of the historically lowest unemployment we have ever had; and that we have 50,000 West Virginians who have children who are now paying fewer taxes; and that we have 94,000 taxpayers in West Virginia who are benefiting from a lower tax rate; and that we have 510,000 taxpayers who now are in the 10 percent bracket; and we have 194,000 married couples who are paying less, and these are not the wealthy 1 percent.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito: Calling It A Jobs Bill Doesn't Make It So. 24 March 2010. “The unemployed across our nation are not asking for more government in their lives. It is time for Congress to get serious about the unemployment situation and enact real job-growing policies, like permanent tax cuts for our employers and workers. Far too much time has been spent on sweeping this problem under the rug.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Denounces Largest Tax Increase in American History. 23 March 2007. “'Members of Congress have a duty to put forward a budget that honors our values and spends taxpayers' money wisely. Unfortunately, the budget approved today fails to hit that mark by doing nothing to reform wasteful and out of control government spending. Instead, it actually increases spending while placing the bill squarely on the backs of everyday citizens across the country. By increasing taxes by nearly $400 billion - the largest tax increase in American history - this budget sends a clear message to West Virginia families that they should prepare to give up more of their hard-earned money because Washington politicians know how to spend it better than they do […]' Examples of Taxpayer Fallout Under the Democrat Budget: -Raising the 10% Tax Bracket to 15%. More than 5 million individuals and families who previously owed no taxes would become subject to the individual income tax in 2011 […] -Taxing West Virginians. By 2012, 587,000 West Virginia taxpayers will see their taxes increase by an average of $2,428 annually.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes In Favor Of Extending Tax Relief For Every West Virginia Taxpayer. 17 December 2010. “Today, the House voted 277 to 148 to extend tax relief to every West Virginian taxpayer. The tax compromise passed the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 81-19. Without Congressional action, every taxpayer and most small businesses would be hit with a massive tax hike on January 1, 2011. […] People across the board agree that increasing taxes at this time would take our economy in exactly the wrong direction. Now that the tax rates are set for the next two years, families can budget accordingly and small businesses can make plans to expand and grow […] When it comes down to it, Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem […] Giving the American people a tax break was the right thing to do.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Cutting Taxes and Creating Jobs. 18 June 2012. "I want every West Virginian who is looking for a job to find one. In order to achieve that goal we need to ensure our economy is growing. That is why I have voted for economic stimulus packages in Congress that cut taxes for everyone who pays them. I believe that when the government puts tax dollars back in the pockets of the taxpayers, those taxpayers will spend those dollars and stimulate our economy in order to provide for long-term economic growth in the future. I also support abolishing the Death Tax in order to ensure family businesses can be kept within the family and not sold off in order to pay an unfair tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Denounces Largest Tax Increase in American History. 23 March 2007. "'Members of Congress have a duty to put forward a budget that honors our values and spends taxpayers' money wisely. Unfortunately, the budget approved today fails to hit that mark by doing nothing to reform wasteful and out of control government spending. Instead, it actually increases spending while placing the bill squarely on the backs of everyday citizens across the country. By increasing taxes by nearly $400 billion - the largest tax increase in American history - this budget sends a clear message to West Virginia families that they should prepare to give up more of their hard-earned money because Washington politicians know how to spend it better than they do [¦]' Examples of Taxpayer Fallout Under the Democrat Budget: -Raising the 10% Tax Bracket to 15%. More than 5 million individuals and families who previously owed no taxes would become subject to the individual income tax in 2011 [¦] -Taxing West Virginians. By 2012, 587,000 West Virginia taxpayers will see their taxes increase by an average of $2,428 annually." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito: Calling It A Jobs Bill Doesn't Make It So. 24 March 2010. "The unemployed across our nation are not asking for more government in their lives. It is time for Congress to get serious about the unemployment situation and enact real job-growing policies, like permanent tax cuts for our employers and workers. Far too much time has been spent on sweeping this problem under the rug." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Debating Republican Tax Policy in a Civil Manner. 24 July 2006. "I would be for keeping the tax cuts in place, letting them grow for their maturation. I think a lot of them do not kick in for full force until 2010 [¦] My State of West Virginia, we have some of the historically lowest unemployment we have ever had; and that we have 50,000 West Virginians who have children who are now paying fewer taxes; and that we have 94,000 taxpayers in West Virginia who are benefiting from a lower tax rate; and that we have 510,000 taxpayers who now are in the 10 percent bracket; and we have 194,000 married couples who are paying less, and these are not the wealthy 1 percent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shelley Capito. Capito Says Unemployment Numbers Highlight Need For Real Economic Focus. 2 July 2009. “Washington continues to act like we can tax, spend and borrow our way out of this economic slowdown. I simply don't believe that a $787 billion stimulus package, a $3.6 trillion budget, continued bailouts of private business and a new cap-and-trade system provide a ticket to economic prosperity […] We know that infrastructure projects can help create jobs and spur economic activity, which is why I pushed for a stimulus package that was truly heavy on infrastructure investments.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes No On Bloated 'Stimulus' Bill. 28 January 2009. "'I believe in a stimulus, but not one like this that's long on promises and short on real results,' said Capito, noting that only 7.5 percent of the total stimulus bill will actually go to the transportation and infrastructure projects purported to be the target of a stimulus bill [¦] 'We need a stimulus bill that can have an immediate impact, can create jobs and isn't weighed down with a wish-list for everyone's favorite government programs. These may be great programs, but are they stimulus? Many of them can't even spend the money they have, and now we're going to give them more?'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2011. "The Congresswoman has also supported the extension of unemployment benefits to West Virginia families who have come upon hard times, and has voiced support for a targeted and temporary stimulus package to jumpstart America's economy. Capito is the sponsor of legislation designed to encourage information technology firms to locate and bring jobs to West Virginia, and she's a strong supporter of transportation and infrastructure projects which are critical to economic expansion. Not only do these projects provide jobs during construction, but they create the infrastructure that West Virginia businesses need to grow and invest." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Op-Ed: Where Are The Jobs? 23 October 2009. "For legislation designed to stem the tide of job loss, it's clear that the stimulus has fallen woefully short. As I said at the time of the original debate, the need for economic stimulus legislation was clear, but the make-up of the final bill was far from the targeted, focused and efficient use of tax dollars that West Virginian's deserved. Given the legislation's lackluster progress thus far, it's quite evident that the President and Congress must focus their efforts on supporting job creation. That's why I will continue to press for the reauthorization of the highway bill, legislation I believe can have a truly stimulative impact on our economy by investing in our transportation infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Shelley Capito a rating of 74 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Shelley Capito voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Shelley Capito voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Shelley Capito. Where Are The Jobs? 23 October 2009. “We are now more than 7 months from passage of the so-called stimulus package, yet it is more apparent than ever that the bill has fallen woefully short. In my home State of West Virginia, the White House predicted that this legislation would create 20,000 jobs. Well, guess what? At this point, since February, the reality is that we have lost 13,000 jobs. Sadly, the stimulus isn't living up to its promise of job creation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Op-Ed: Where Are The Jobs? 23 October 2009. “For legislation designed to stem the tide of job loss, it's clear that the stimulus has fallen woefully short. As I said at the time of the original debate, the need for economic stimulus legislation was clear, but the make-up of the final bill was far from the targeted, focused and efficient use of tax dollars that West Virginian's deserved. Given the legislation's lackluster progress thus far, it's quite evident that the President and Congress must focus their efforts on supporting job creation. That's why I will continue to press for the reauthorization of the highway bill, legislation I believe can have a truly stimulative impact on our economy by investing in our transportation infrastructure.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2011. “The Congresswoman has also supported the extension of unemployment benefits to West Virginia families who have come upon hard times, and has voiced support for a targeted and temporary stimulus package to jumpstart America's economy. Capito is the sponsor of legislation designed to encourage information technology firms to locate and bring jobs to West Virginia, and she's a strong supporter of transportation and infrastructure projects which are critical to economic expansion. Not only do these projects provide jobs during construction, but they create the infrastructure that West Virginia businesses need to grow and invest.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes to Get Our Economy Back on Track and People Back to Work. 19 February 2011. “West Virginians said loud and clear that the spending spree in Washington has to stop. The Democrat-controlled Congress added $3.37 trillion to the National Debt, causing sluggish economic growth and high unemployment. The more government borrows and spends, the harder it is for businesses to access capital and create jobs. Cutting spending will help create jobs and grow the economy in the short term and the long term. We have a serious debt crisis on our hands, and we have a moral and ethical duty to solve it by reducing our spending. This is about making tough choices to ensure our children and grandchildren continue on a path to prosperity.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes No On Bloated 'Stimulus' Bill. 28 January 2009. “'I believe in a stimulus, but not one like this that's long on promises and short on real results,' said Capito, noting that only 7.5 percent of the total stimulus bill will actually go to the transportation and infrastructure projects purported to be the target of a stimulus bill […] 'We need a stimulus bill that can have an immediate impact, can create jobs and isn't weighed down with a wish-list for everyone's favorite government programs. These may be great programs, but are they stimulus? Many of them can't even spend the money they have, and now we're going to give them more?'” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Says Unemployment Numbers Highlight Need For Real Economic Focus. 2 July 2009. "Washington continues to act like we can tax, spend and borrow our way out of this economic slowdown. I simply don't believe that a $787 billion stimulus package, a $3.6 trillion budget, continued bailouts of private business and a new cap-and-trade system provide a ticket to economic prosperity [¦] We know that infrastructure projects can help create jobs and spur economic activity, which is why I pushed for a stimulus package that was truly heavy on infrastructure investments." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Responds To Latest Jobs Numbers Released By Department Of Labor. 5 August 2011. “Today's disappointing jobs numbers reinforce what House Republicans have been saying all along: we need a plan that encourages, not punishes, our nation's job creators. House Republicans have introduced and passed multiple bills to help entrepreneurs and lift burdensome regulations and crushing debt which continues to slow our economy down. Unfortunately, the Senate and the Administration continue to believe we can borrow, spend, tax and regulate our way to recovery.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Opposes House Effort To Blow Another $210 Billion Hole In Budget. 19 November 2009. “In what's becoming an incredibly troubling pattern, the House today again voted to add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit. I suppose after spending $1.3 trillion on a health plan, $700 billion to bailout Wall Street and $787 billion on a failed stimulus package, that $210 billion may not seem like much - but I don't think that's how the American people see it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Where Are The Jobs? 23 October 2009. "We are now more than 7 months from passage of the so-called stimulus package, yet it is more apparent than ever that the bill has fallen woefully short. In my home State of West Virginia, the White House predicted that this legislation would create 20,000 jobs. Well, guess what? At this point, since February, the reality is that we have lost 13,000 jobs. Sadly, the stimulus isn't living up to its promise of job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes to Get Our Economy Back on Track and People Back to Work. 19 February 2011. "West Virginians said loud and clear that the spending spree in Washington has to stop. The Democrat-controlled Congress added $3.37 trillion to the National Debt, causing sluggish economic growth and high unemployment. The more government borrows and spends, the harder it is for businesses to access capital and create jobs. Cutting spending will help create jobs and grow the economy in the short term and the long term. We have a serious debt crisis on our hands, and we have a moral and ethical duty to solve it by reducing our spending. This is about making tough choices to ensure our children and grandchildren continue on a path to prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Opposes House Effort To Blow Another $210 Billion Hole In Budget. 19 November 2009. "In what's becoming an incredibly troubling pattern, the House today again voted to add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit. I suppose after spending $1.3 trillion on a health plan, $700 billion to bailout Wall Street and $787 billion on a failed stimulus package, that $210 billion may not seem like much - but I don't think that's how the American people see it." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Responds To Latest Jobs Numbers Released By Department Of Labor. 5 August 2011. "Today's disappointing jobs numbers reinforce what House Republicans have been saying all along: we need a plan that encourages, not punishes, our nation's job creators. House Republicans have introduced and passed multiple bills to help entrepreneurs and lift burdensome regulations and crushing debt which continues to slow our economy down. Unfortunately, the Senate and the Administration continue to believe we can borrow, spend, tax and regulate our way to recovery." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Shelley Capito. Letter to the Honorable Sander Levin, Chairman Committee on Ways and Means. 25 May 2010. "As you continue to draft renewable energy tax legislation, we urge you to take all efforts to ensure that the tax credits create American jobs and put American manufacturing back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008. 29 January 2008. "We have learned about tax rebates for filers. I think this is good for family budgets. Furthermore, they are targeted to the low- and moderate-income Americans who are most in need. I am also pleased that this package includes important tax incentives for small business growth. In a State like West Virginia, business is small business, and they are the job creators. It is critical that we provide them with the assistance that they need to keep their businesses viable and growing." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Shelley Capito. Shelley Moore Capito: The Public Shows How to Cut the Budget. 8 December 2010. “Why would we levy the largest tax hike in American history at a time of sluggish economic growth, lackluster consumer confidence and near double digit unemployment? The American taxpayer should not be seen as an open coffer when times get tough. I have been unwavering in my support for extending the tax cuts for everyone in order to spur economic growth and encourage job creation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008. 29 January 2008. “We have learned about tax rebates for filers. I think this is good for family budgets. Furthermore, they are targeted to the low- and moderate-income Americans who are most in need. I am also pleased that this package includes important tax incentives for small business growth. In a State like West Virginia, business is small business, and they are the job creators. It is critical that we provide them with the assistance that they need to keep their businesses viable and growing.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Letter to the Honorable Sander Levin, Chairman Committee on Ways and Means. 25 May 2010. “As you continue to draft renewable energy tax legislation, we urge you to take all efforts to ensure that the tax credits create American jobs and put American manufacturing back to work.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito: Democrats' Bill Fails The Job Creation Test. 4 March 2010. “In a time of rising unemployment for my home state of West Virginia and for the Country, Americans are calling on Congress to pass a meaningful job creation bill through permanent tax relief for our families, friends and small businesses. Instead, the Democrats' bill simply continues Government's unsustainable deficit spending and hand-outs. This bill fails to offer genuine incentives for our business owners to hire our unemployed family and friends. Our small businesses need more than a small tax credit from the Government-they need immediate and meaningful reform.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Weighs in on Democrats' Tax Increase on Small Businesses. 2 December 2010. “Americans have been very clear in their calls for maintaining current tax rates across the board, and they understand that allowing tax cuts to lapse on small businesses is no way to spur job creation and growth […] It's widely accepted that the Senate has no interest in entertaining the provisions included in this tax bill, so let's stop wasting time and instead vote to extend all tax cuts. Our nation's small businesses expect and deserve certainty and clarity.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes to Get Our Economy Back on Track and People Back to Work. 19 February 2011. “West Virginians said loud and clear that the spending spree in Washington has to stop. The Democrat-controlled Congress added $3.37 trillion to the National Debt, causing sluggish economic growth and high unemployment. The more government borrows and spends, the harder it is for businesses to access capital and create jobs. Cutting spending will help create jobs and grow the economy in the short term and the long term. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Shelley Moore Capito: The Public Shows How to Cut the Budget. 8 December 2010. "Why would we levy the largest tax hike in American history at a time of sluggish economic growth, lackluster consumer confidence and near double digit unemployment? The American taxpayer should not be seen as an open coffer when times get tough. I have been unwavering in my support for extending the tax cuts for everyone in order to spur economic growth and encourage job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes to Get Our Economy Back on Track and People Back to Work. 19 February 2011. "West Virginians said loud and clear that the spending spree in Washington has to stop. The Democrat-controlled Congress added $3.37 trillion to the National Debt, causing sluggish economic growth and high unemployment. The more government borrows and spends, the harder it is for businesses to access capital and create jobs. Cutting spending will help create jobs and grow the economy in the short term and the long term. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Weighs in on Democrats' Tax Increase on Small Businesses. 2 December 2010. "Americans have been very clear in their calls for maintaining current tax rates across the board, and they understand that allowing tax cuts to lapse on small businesses is no way to spur job creation and growth [¦] It's widely accepted that the Senate has no interest in entertaining the provisions included in this tax bill, so let's stop wasting time and instead vote to extend all tax cuts. Our nation's small businesses expect and deserve certainty and clarity." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito: Democrats' Bill Fails The Job Creation Test. 4 March 2010. "In a time of rising unemployment for my home state of West Virginia and for the Country, Americans are calling on Congress to pass a meaningful job creation bill through permanent tax relief for our families, friends and small businesses. Instead, the Democrats' bill simply continues Government's unsustainable deficit spending and hand-outs. This bill fails to offer genuine incentives for our business owners to hire our unemployed family and friends. Our small businesses need more than a small tax credit from the Government-they need immediate and meaningful reform." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "In March 2008, Capito welcomed Former Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, to West Virginia to participate in an education policy roundtable at the State Capitol and to discuss the impacts of the ESEA [Elementary and Secondary Education Act] on West Virginia students. Capito understands the need to establish multiple assessment tools to best measure student performance and provide teachers the flexibility to adapt the material to individual students. She looks forward to working with parents, teachers and principals to ensure they have the resources necessary to provide a quality education for all West Virginia children." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Education. 3 July 2012. "I believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity in education, no matter where they live. I support legislation that will give parents, teachers, and local school officials in West Virginia increased control over their children's educations. The importance of providing our local communities with the resources they need to properly educate our children and prepare them for the work force is immeasurable." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Education. 3 July 2012. “I believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity in education, no matter where they live. I support legislation that will give parents, teachers, and local school officials in West Virginia increased control over their children's educations. The importance of providing our local communities with the resources they need to properly educate our children and prepare them for the work force is immeasurable.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. “In March 2008, Capito welcomed Former Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, to West Virginia to participate in an education policy roundtable at the State Capitol and to discuss the impacts of the ESEA [Elementary and Secondary Education Act] on West Virginia students. Capito understands the need to establish multiple assessment tools to best measure student performance and provide teachers the flexibility to adapt the material to individual students. She looks forward to working with parents, teachers and principals to ensure they have the resources necessary to provide a quality education for all West Virginia children.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Shelley Capito. Celebrating the Fourth of July in West Virginia. 3 July 2008. "We don't have to be reliant on foreign energy when we have large domestic resources like West Virginia coal, or the oil and natural gas reserves offshore and in Alaska. We've got to move past slogans and political games when it comes to gas prices. It's time for a comprehensive discussion on energy that puts a range of options on the table." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Calls News of Expiring Offshore Drilling Ban a Win for West Virginians. 24 September 2008. “Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) released the following statement after the Associated Press reported that House Leadership will allow the ban on offshore energy exploration to expire […] 'We must work together in a bipartisan manner to pass a comprehensive energy plan that includes West Virginia coal, taps our own domestic resources on and off-shore, and invests in the alternative and renewable energy resources […] Our plan would use the royalties generated from new offshore energy exploration to invest in the alternative and renewable energy sources we need […] We can use revenues from offshore drilling as a bridge to the next best fuel.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Continues Call for Energy Action During Congressional Recess. 19 August 2008. “The need for that comprehensive energy plan is why I was in Washington yesterday calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to let the House debate a truly comprehensive energy plan […] That's why I believe a bill I recently sponsored with a coalition of Democrats and Republicans holds so much promise. It would lift the ban on offshore drilling and use the royalties to help fund alternative energy resources and promote conservation. It would also invest in West Virginia's number one resource - coal - by promoting carbon capture and sequestration technology.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Responds to Administration's Announcement to Place the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast Off-Limits to New Drilling. 1 December 2010. “There's no question that the Deepwater Horizon spill was a horrific tragedy, but prohibiting offshore drilling in the resource-rich waters off the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico will have tremendous consequences on the U.S. economy at a time when we can least afford it. This decision will further our dependence on foreign oil, increase energy prices across America and cost jobs along the Gulf Coast and beyond. Approximately 25% of U.S. oil and natural gas production comes from offshore areas. These resources, along with coal and alternative sources of energy, should each make up a significant portion of an all-of-the-above energy portfolio.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito: House "Energy" Bill Still Falls Short. 17 July 2008. “Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) released the following statement today after voting to oppose a politically oriented energy bill […] This bill could actually restrict our nation's access to more productive energy reserves both on and offshore by unilaterally picking and choosing where we should drill and where we shouldn't. Estimates suggest that potential royalties from expanded offshore exploration alone could total more than $2.5 trillion, yet those areas aren't included in this bill. That's money we could use to invest in conservation, or renewable energy, or clean coal technology.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Celebrating the Fourth of July in West Virginia. 3 July 2008. “We don't have to be reliant on foreign energy when we have large domestic resources like West Virginia coal, or the oil and natural gas reserves offshore and in Alaska. We've got to move past slogans and political games when it comes to gas prices. It's time for a comprehensive discussion on energy that puts a range of options on the table.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Congress Must Not Recess Without a Real Energy Debate. 25 July 2008. “With the recent lifting of the presidential ban on offshore energy exploration, responsibility now falls to Congress to act. Yet, the House of Representatives has yet to have any real debate or vote on a broad-based energy plan. This has to change. It's clear that we must increase our supply of domestic energy resources, which should include domestic oil exploration on and offshore, investment in clean coal technology, new renewable energy resources and conservation efforts.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Energy Independence. 25 June 2008. “Congress and past Presidents have put a stop to offshore drilling and development. This must end. With gas prices at more than $4 a gallon and filling up the minivan at $70, we simply cannot afford to deliberately ignore our abundant resources. It is time to use our resources and to use our common sense.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Shelley Capito. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Shelley Capito voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Shelley Capito voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Fighting to Lower Gas Prices Now. 27 October 2011. “For years Congress has blocked efforts to expand our nation's domestic production of energy off-shore and in Alaska, and now we're paying the price at the pump. We can no longer afford to let these resources sit idle.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Fighting to Lower Gas Prices Now. 27 October 2011. "For years Congress has blocked efforts to expand our nation's domestic production of energy off-shore and in Alaska, and now we're paying the price at the pump. We can no longer afford to let these resources sit idle." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Energy Independence. 25 June 2008. "Congress and past Presidents have put a stop to offshore drilling and development. This must end. With gas prices at more than $4 a gallon and filling up the minivan at $70, we simply cannot afford to deliberately ignore our abundant resources. It is time to use our resources and to use our common sense." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Congress Must Not Recess Without a Real Energy Debate. 25 July 2008. "With the recent lifting of the presidential ban on offshore energy exploration, responsibility now falls to Congress to act. Yet, the House of Representatives has yet to have any real debate or vote on a broad-based energy plan. This has to change. It's clear that we must increase our supply of domestic energy resources, which should include domestic oil exploration on and offshore, investment in clean coal technology, new renewable energy resources and conservation efforts." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito: House "Energy" Bill Still Falls Short. 17 July 2008. "Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) released the following statement today after voting to oppose a politically oriented energy bill [¦] This bill could actually restrict our nation's access to more productive energy reserves both on and offshore by unilaterally picking and choosing where we should drill and where we shouldn't. Estimates suggest that potential royalties from expanded offshore exploration alone could total more than $2.5 trillion, yet those areas aren't included in this bill. That's money we could use to invest in conservation, or renewable energy, or clean coal technology.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Responds to Administration's Announcement to Place the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast Off-Limits to New Drilling. 1 December 2010. "There's no question that the Deepwater Horizon spill was a horrific tragedy, but prohibiting offshore drilling in the resource-rich waters off the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico will have tremendous consequences on the U.S. economy at a time when we can least afford it. This decision will further our dependence on foreign oil, increase energy prices across America and cost jobs along the Gulf Coast and beyond. Approximately 25% of U.S. oil and natural gas production comes from offshore areas. These resources, along with coal and alternative sources of energy, should each make up a significant portion of an all-of-the-above energy portfolio." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Calls News of Expiring Offshore Drilling Ban a Win for West Virginians. 24 September 2008. "Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) released the following statement after the Associated Press reported that House Leadership will allow the ban on offshore energy exploration to expire [¦] 'We must work together in a bipartisan manner to pass a comprehensive energy plan that includes West Virginia coal, taps our own domestic resources on and off-shore, and invests in the alternative and renewable energy resources [¦] Our plan would use the royalties generated from new offshore energy exploration to invest in the alternative and renewable energy sources we need [¦] We can use revenues from offshore drilling as a bridge to the next best fuel.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Continues Call for Energy Action During Congressional Recess. 19 August 2008. "The need for that comprehensive energy plan is why I was in Washington yesterday calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to let the House debate a truly comprehensive energy plan [¦] That's why I believe a bill I recently sponsored with a coalition of Democrats and Republicans holds so much promise. It would lift the ban on offshore drilling and use the royalties to help fund alternative energy resources and promote conservation. It would also invest in West Virginia's number one resource - coal - by promoting carbon capture and sequestration technology." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Shelley Capito. Investing In Alternate Energy. 21 May 2009. "Instead of penalizing domestic energy production with a national energy tax like the one moving through our Energy and Commerce Committee, we need to use our royalties from offshore energy exploration to fund investments in new cleaner energy technologies. That means renewable, nuclear, environmental restoration and clean water efforts." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Disappointed Senate Voted Against Ending EPA's Anti-Job Agenda: House Continues To Fight Against EPA's Regulatory Overreach. 7 April 2011. "Congress has already said NO to a cap-and-trade tax, yet the EPA is intent on taking matters into their own hands. Without Congressional action to say otherwise, the EPA will continue to dismantle energy and manufacturing industries through regulation. The EPA is intent on using broadly interpreted regulatory authority under the Clean Air Act to pick winners and losers in the energy industry. This will cost jobs, especially in a coal-producing state like West Virginia, and increase the price of utilities across the board. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to reconsider and pass a bill to permanently strip the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Opposes Damaging 'Cap-And-Trade' Bill. 26 June 2009. "Citing the damaging economic impact that could result from proposed cap-and-trade legislation, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., voted to oppose the bill in today's House vote [¦] 'Rather than applying this arbitrary and unfair 'cap-and-trade' plan on hard working West Virginians, we need legislation that invests in new technologies and encourages an all-of-the-above energy plan." [¦] We all want cleaner sources of fuel and more efficient energy use, but this cap-and-trade bill is not the right way forward.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito, Coal-State Colleagues Voice Opposition To "Cap-And-Trade." 24 June 2009. "Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined [¦] coal-state colleagues at a news conference this morning on Capitol Hill to discuss their concerns about the Waxman-Markey 'cap-and-trade' bill [¦] 'This bill amounts to a national energy tax on consumers, a tax on business and a tax that we can't afford. In a state that gets 98% of its electricity from coal and employs thousands of miners, a bill that penalizes domestic energy isn't a valid option. This bill essentially pits states like West Virginia against states like California and Massachusetts, and that's not the right approach.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Op-Ed: 'Proposed Bill Would Rein In EPA On Regulating Greenhouse Gases.' 18 March 2010 "In recent weeks, my fellow delegation members joined our state's rallying cry in opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's push to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act and have signed onto legislation to make it known [¦] I have been an outspoken critic of the administration's use of the EPA to regulate these emissions and have signed on to House Resolution 391, which would ensure greenhouse gases -- and any cap-and-trade proposal -- are regulated by Congress and not the EPA." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. The Energy Tax Will Hurt The People. 20 May 2009. "We all want a cleaner environment, but this cap-and-trade bill is not the answer. The majority's bill is a $646 billion national energy tax that will hit States like West Virginia the hardest. It will essentially make the coal-reliant heartland unfairly subsidize our friends on the west coast and in the Northeast. An average energy bill for an average family will go up by at least $1,500, and those hardest hit will be those that can least afford it." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Shelley Capito voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Opposes Damaging 'Cap-And-Trade' Bill. 26 June 2009. “Citing the damaging economic impact that could result from proposed cap-and-trade legislation, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., voted to oppose the bill in today's House vote […] 'Rather than applying this arbitrary and unfair 'cap-and-trade' plan on hard working West Virginians, we need legislation that invests in new technologies and encourages an all-of-the-above energy plan." […] We all want cleaner sources of fuel and more efficient energy use, but this cap-and-trade bill is not the right way forward.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. The Energy Tax Will Hurt The People. 20 May 2009. “We all want a cleaner environment, but this cap-and-trade bill is not the answer. The majority's bill is a $646 billion national energy tax that will hit States like West Virginia the hardest. It will essentially make the coal-reliant heartland unfairly subsidize our friends on the west coast and in the Northeast. An average energy bill for an average family will go up by at least $1,500, and those hardest hit will be those that can least afford it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Op-Ed: 'Proposed Bill Would Rein In EPA On Regulating Greenhouse Gases.' 18 March 2010 “In recent weeks, my fellow delegation members joined our state's rallying cry in opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's push to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act and have signed onto legislation to make it known […] I have been an outspoken critic of the administration's use of the EPA to regulate these emissions and have signed on to House Resolution 391, which would ensure greenhouse gases -- and any cap-and-trade proposal -- are regulated by Congress and not the EPA.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Investing In Alternate Energy. 21 May 2009. “Instead of penalizing domestic energy production with a national energy tax like the one moving through our Energy and Commerce Committee, we need to use our royalties from offshore energy exploration to fund investments in new cleaner energy technologies. That means renewable, nuclear, environmental restoration and clean water efforts.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito, Coal-State Colleagues Voice Opposition To "Cap-And-Trade.” 24 June 2009. “Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined […] coal-state colleagues at a news conference this morning on Capitol Hill to discuss their concerns about the Waxman-Markey 'cap-and-trade' bill […] 'This bill amounts to a national energy tax on consumers, a tax on business and a tax that we can't afford. In a state that gets 98% of its electricity from coal and employs thousands of miners, a bill that penalizes domestic energy isn't a valid option. This bill essentially pits states like West Virginia against states like California and Massachusetts, and that's not the right approach.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Disappointed Senate Voted Against Ending EPA's Anti-Job Agenda: House Continues To Fight Against EPA's Regulatory Overreach. 7 April 2011. “Congress has already said NO to a cap-and-trade tax, yet the EPA is intent on taking matters into their own hands. Without Congressional action to say otherwise, the EPA will continue to dismantle energy and manufacturing industries through regulation. The EPA is intent on using broadly interpreted regulatory authority under the Clean Air Act to pick winners and losers in the energy industry. This will cost jobs, especially in a coal-producing state like West Virginia, and increase the price of utilities across the board. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to reconsider and pass a bill to permanently strip the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes To Protect 2nd Amendment Rights. 18 November 2011. "Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., voted to protect Second Amendment rights by supporting H.R. 822, the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011." The bill would allow law-abiding gun owners with valid state-issued concealed firearm permits or licenses to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also allows concealed carry. "The right to bear arms is protected by the Constitution. If someone is legally able to carry a concealed firearm in one state, he should be able to carry a firearm in another state so long as he complies with respective laws," stated Capito." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Asset Management Improvement Act of 2008. 9 July 2008. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 6216, the Asset Management Improvement Act, authored by the gentleman from New Jersey [¦] As the chairman noted, we have been here before considering similar legislation. Unfortunately, that legislation was pulled from consideration during the motion to recommit that would have preserved the right of law-abiding citizens to own a firearm. I am pleased the authors of this new version included this important provision." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Backs Gun Manufacturer Protection Law, Bill Goes to the President. 20 October 2005. "Suing a gun manufacturer for an individual's crime is like suing a car manufacturer because a motorist drove drunk - it makes no sense. Today, thirty-three states including West Virginia have a law on the books protecting gun manufacturers from legal action against them for the illegal use of their products. Without this law gun manufacturers are still at risk of being sued possibly forced into bankruptcy from court cases filed in states without strong protections. West Virginians have a Constitutional right to bear arms. That right should not be infringed by activists taking gun manufacturers to court for the purposes of putting them out of business." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Calls House Second Amendment Bill a Bipartisan Victory. 17 September 2008. "Shelley Moore Capito today voiced her support for legislation to protect Second Amendment rights in Washington, DC, with passage of the National Capital Security and Safety Act. 'Today's legislation is a bipartisan victory and ensures that the District of Columbia complies with Supreme Court rulings affirming Second Amendment rights. This was an important bipartisan step' [¦] The legislation follows the Supreme Court's Heller decision which affirmed the Second Amendment rights and declared the DC gun ban unconstitutional." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Shelley Capito a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Votes To Protect 2nd Amendment Rights. 18 November 2011. “Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., voted to protect Second Amendment rights by supporting H.R. 822, the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011." The bill would allow law-abiding gun owners with valid state-issued concealed firearm permits or licenses to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also allows concealed carry. "The right to bear arms is protected by the Constitution. If someone is legally able to carry a concealed firearm in one state, he should be able to carry a firearm in another state so long as he complies with respective laws," stated Capito.” (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 25 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Shelley Capito in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Calls House Second Amendment Bill a Bipartisan Victory. 17 September 2008. “Shelley Moore Capito today voiced her support for legislation to protect Second Amendment rights in Washington, DC, with passage of the National Capital Security and Safety Act. 'Today's legislation is a bipartisan victory and ensures that the District of Columbia complies with Supreme Court rulings affirming Second Amendment rights. This was an important bipartisan step' […] The legislation follows the Supreme Court's Heller decision which affirmed the Second Amendment rights and declared the DC gun ban unconstitutional.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Backs Gun Manufacturer Protection Law, Bill Goes to the President. 20 October 2005. “Suing a gun manufacturer for an individual's crime is like suing a car manufacturer because a motorist drove drunk - it makes no sense. Today, thirty-three states including West Virginia have a law on the books protecting gun manufacturers from legal action against them for the illegal use of their products. Without this law gun manufacturers are still at risk of being sued possibly forced into bankruptcy from court cases filed in states without strong protections. West Virginians have a Constitutional right to bear arms. That right should not be infringed by activists taking gun manufacturers to court for the purposes of putting them out of business.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Asset Management Improvement Act of 2008. 9 July 2008. “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 6216, the Asset Management Improvement Act, authored by the gentleman from New Jersey […] As the chairman noted, we have been here before considering similar legislation. Unfortunately, that legislation was pulled from consideration during the motion to recommit that would have preserved the right of law-abiding citizens to own a firearm. I am pleased the authors of this new version included this important provision.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Shelley Capito. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to voice the concerns of my constituents who believe the Speaker's trillion-dollar 1,990-page bill is simply the wrong solution for West Virginia's families. We were told that under the President's plans, those who like their health care would be able to keep it. Well, we now know that is simply not true. It is certainly not true for the 72,000 West Virginians on Medicare Advantage who will see the program slashed by $170 billion under this plan [...] Mr. Speaker, we need health care reform, but we can do better than this." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Floored By W.Va. Report On Health Bill's Cost To State. 13 January 2010. "West Virginia taxpayers could face hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs under federal health care legislation [¦] 'I'm completely floored by these numbers. For a program that's already bending under the prospect of huge deficits, this legislation will break it in half. I simply don't know how our state can absorb such a massive new liability [¦] These numbers must serve as a wake-up call to Democratic leaders in Congress. West Virginia taxpayers simply can't afford to foot the bill for the Democrat plan.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Joins Bipartisan House Coalition To Oppose Speaker Pelosi's Trillion Dollar Health Plan. 7 November 2009. "I have long-said that West Virginians deserve meaningful health care reform, but this bill is not the bipartisan consensus-building legislation that my constituents have asked for. Legislation that touches every single American and would reform nearly one-sixth of our economy demands transparency and consensus. Unfortunately, the Speaker and our friends on the other side of the aisle chose to openly reject any semblance of bipartisanship in favor of a bill that will cost well over a trillion dollars, raise taxes on job-creating small businesses and cut nearly $400 billion from Medicare and Medicaid." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito: CMS Report Confirms Warnings About Health Care Bill. 23 April 2010. "Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., today reacted to The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) report released yesterday confirming that our nation's overall health spending will increase under the Democrats' $2 trillion health care bill recently signed into law, despite the President's pledge to slow the growth of health costs for Americans. 'CMS's report has verified what many of us have said throughout this entire debate: health care costs will go up as a result of the recently passed partisan bill. At a time of record deficits, record unemployment and continued tax increases, my constituents simply cannot afford to bear the brunt of increased health care costs. This is not the change they deserve.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Healthcare. 1 January 2011. "We're already seeing consensus around ideas like prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions. There's also bipartisan consensus to encourage health insurance portability, promote wellness and provide financial assistance to help lower income Americans access health insurance. The congresswoman has argued that these areas of agreement should be the immediate focus of Congress, instead of a divisive debate about a government-run healthcare option - which experts have said could push millions of Americans off their private insurance coverage and into a government-run plan." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Mammogram Study Highlights Perils Of Government-Run Care, Capito Says. 19 November 2009. "A government panel's recommendation would turn back the clock in the fight against breast cancer and cast a troubling shadow over the prospect of government-run health care [¦] 'This recommendation amounts to a government panel putting a price on the life of our citizens. When we know that early detection saves lives, I'm troubled by the prospect of a government entity now suggesting that it's not worth doing' [¦] What Others Are Saying... WSJ: A Breast Cancer Preview: 'This episode is an all-too-instructive preview of the coming political decisions about cost-control and medical treatment that are at the heart of ObamaCare.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Op-Ed: Reform Health Care Without Huge Spending. 10 March 2010. "The purely partisan health care bill will be moved forward through the use of a budget process called reconciliation in a last-ditch effort to force his health care bill on the American people [¦] Reforms such as enacting medical malpractice reform, prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating based on preexisting conditions, promoting wellness and increasing competition across state lines have the support to pass tomorrow, but the president and his party refuse to consider them unless they are tied to a bill that is a quagmire of debt and spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Health Care For Women In America. 2 November 2009. "We're looking at a bill that Speaker Pelosi has put before this body. We've already heard that it's 1,990 pages. I heard it weighs 20 pounds. It just defies logic that anybody can honestly say that they know each and every thing that is in this bill [¦] The women are rejecting the types of changes where government goes between you and your health care provider. I believe that is what has happened in this plan, not to mention the over $1 trillion price tag that's attached to this bill, which both men and women across the country know that this is going to be on the backs of their children and grandchildren, a legacy of debt and deficit that's going to be passed on." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Shelley Capito. Op-Ed: Reform Health Care Without Huge Spending. 10 March 2010. “The purely partisan health care bill will be moved forward through the use of a budget process called reconciliation in a last-ditch effort to force his health care bill on the American people […] Reforms such as enacting medical malpractice reform, prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating based on preexisting conditions, promoting wellness and increasing competition across state lines have the support to pass tomorrow, but the president and his party refuse to consider them unless they are tied to a bill that is a quagmire of debt and spending.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Mammogram Study Highlights Perils Of Government-Run Care, Capito Says. 19 November 2009. “A government panel's recommendation would turn back the clock in the fight against breast cancer and cast a troubling shadow over the prospect of government-run health care […] 'This recommendation amounts to a government panel putting a price on the life of our citizens. When we know that early detection saves lives, I'm troubled by the prospect of a government entity now suggesting that it's not worth doing' […] What Others Are Saying... WSJ: A Breast Cancer Preview: 'This episode is an all-too-instructive preview of the coming political decisions about cost-control and medical treatment that are at the heart of ObamaCare.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Healthcare. 1 January 2011. “We're already seeing consensus around ideas like prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions. There's also bipartisan consensus to encourage health insurance portability, promote wellness and provide financial assistance to help lower income Americans access health insurance. The congresswoman has argued that these areas of agreement should be the immediate focus of Congress, instead of a divisive debate about a government-run healthcare option - which experts have said could push millions of Americans off their private insurance coverage and into a government-run plan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito: CMS Report Confirms Warnings About Health Care Bill. 23 April 2010. “Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., today reacted to The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) report released yesterday confirming that our nation's overall health spending will increase under the Democrats' $2 trillion health care bill recently signed into law, despite the President's pledge to slow the growth of health costs for Americans. 'CMS's report has verified what many of us have said throughout this entire debate: health care costs will go up as a result of the recently passed partisan bill. At a time of record deficits, record unemployment and continued tax increases, my constituents simply cannot afford to bear the brunt of increased health care costs. This is not the change they deserve.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Joins Bipartisan House Coalition To Oppose Speaker Pelosi's Trillion Dollar Health Plan. 7 November 2009. “I have long-said that West Virginians deserve meaningful health care reform, but this bill is not the bipartisan consensus-building legislation that my constituents have asked for. Legislation that touches every single American and would reform nearly one-sixth of our economy demands transparency and consensus. Unfortunately, the Speaker and our friends on the other side of the aisle chose to openly reject any semblance of bipartisanship in favor of a bill that will cost well over a trillion dollars, raise taxes on job-creating small businesses and cut nearly $400 billion from Medicare and Medicaid.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Floored By W.Va. Report On Health Bill's Cost To State. 13 January 2010. “West Virginia taxpayers could face hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs under federal health care legislation […] 'I'm completely floored by these numbers. For a program that's already bending under the prospect of huge deficits, this legislation will break it in half. I simply don't know how our state can absorb such a massive new liability […] These numbers must serve as a wake-up call to Democratic leaders in Congress. West Virginia taxpayers simply can't afford to foot the bill for the Democrat plan.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to voice the concerns of my constituents who believe the Speaker's trillion-dollar 1,990-page bill is simply the wrong solution for West Virginia's families. We were told that under the President's plans, those who like their health care would be able to keep it. Well, we now know that is simply not true. It is certainly not true for the 72,000 West Virginians on Medicare Advantage who will see the program slashed by $170 billion under this plan [...] Mr. Speaker, we need health care reform, but we can do better than this.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Health Care For Women In America. 2 November 2009. “We're looking at a bill that Speaker Pelosi has put before this body. We've already heard that it's 1,990 pages. I heard it weighs 20 pounds. It just defies logic that anybody can honestly say that they know each and every thing that is in this bill […] The women are rejecting the types of changes where government goes between you and your health care provider. I believe that is what has happened in this plan, not to mention the over $1 trillion price tag that's attached to this bill, which both men and women across the country know that this is going to be on the backs of their children and grandchildren, a legacy of debt and deficit that's going to be passed on.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Halting Illegal Immigration. 27 October 2011. "Congresswoman Capito understands that illegal immigrants place a strain on West Virginia public institutions like schools and hospitals. This is why she is firmly against amnesty for illegal immigrants and has worked to pass 'enforcement first' legislation that ends 'catch and release' policies. She also co-sponsored legislation that makes English our official language." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Border Protection And Security Now. 7 September 2006. "I held a roundtable with law enforcement officers and elected leaders and talked with many constituents throughout August to discuss the House border security bill and the Reid-Kennedy amnesty bill. The response was unanimous: No amnesty and increased enforcement along our borders. We shouldn't stop there. It is critical that we provide employers the ability to check immigration status of employees and hold them accountable for their workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Joins Immigration Reform Caucus. 7 June 2007. "I was drawn to the House Immigration Reform Caucus after watching the Senate's ongoing debate of another amnesty bill," Rep. Capito said. "On this issue, we can clearly use history for guidance on what to do. Providing amnesty twenty years ago was supposed to stop illegal immigration, but only made it worse. We would be foolish to think providing another round of amnesty is somehow the right answer this time around." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Opposes Senate Immigration "Closed Door Compromise." 18 May 2007. "The 'closed door compromise' announced by the Senate smacks of rewarding the estimated 12 million people who are in this country illegally. No matter how you cut it, that's amnesty, and amnesty is not the answer to our illegal immigration crisis. Aside from granting amnesty, I have serious concerns about the scope of the guest worker program and the lack of emphasis that is put on increasing security at our borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 1 January 2011. "When it comes to those workers are who are here illegally, Capito fervently opposes amnesty and will continue to remain focused on addressing the problem of illegal immigration while leading initiatives to find practical solutions to our immigration crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 27 October 2011. "Our country has an urgent problem: an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants inside our borders. In addition to unfairly burdening the American taxpayer, our lack of knowledge about the millions who are here illegally represents a security risk to our nation. I oppose granting amnesty to illegal immigrants because illegal means illegal, and I believe our first step towards addressing this problem needs to be rooted in increased security at the border." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Shelley Capito in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Shelley Capito in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Shelley Capito voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 27 October 2011. “Our country has an urgent problem: an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants inside our borders. In addition to unfairly burdening the American taxpayer, our lack of knowledge about the millions who are here illegally represents a security risk to our nation. I oppose granting amnesty to illegal immigrants because illegal means illegal, and I believe our first step towards addressing this problem needs to be rooted in increased security at the border.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 1 January 2011. “When it comes to those workers are who are here illegally, Capito fervently opposes amnesty and will continue to remain focused on addressing the problem of illegal immigration while leading initiatives to find practical solutions to our immigration crisis.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Halting Illegal Immigration. 27 October 2011. “Congresswoman Capito understands that illegal immigrants place a strain on West Virginia public institutions like schools and hospitals. This is why she is firmly against amnesty for illegal immigrants and has worked to pass 'enforcement first' legislation that ends 'catch and release' policies. She also co-sponsored legislation that makes English our official language.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Opposes Senate Immigration “Closed Door Compromise.” 18 May 2007. “The 'closed door compromise' announced by the Senate smacks of rewarding the estimated 12 million people who are in this country illegally. No matter how you cut it, that's amnesty, and amnesty is not the answer to our illegal immigration crisis. Aside from granting amnesty, I have serious concerns about the scope of the guest worker program and the lack of emphasis that is put on increasing security at our borders.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Capito Joins Immigration Reform Caucus. 7 June 2007. “I was drawn to the House Immigration Reform Caucus after watching the Senate's ongoing debate of another amnesty bill," Rep. Capito said. "On this issue, we can clearly use history for guidance on what to do. Providing amnesty twenty years ago was supposed to stop illegal immigration, but only made it worse. We would be foolish to think providing another round of amnesty is somehow the right answer this time around.” (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Border Protection And Security Now. 7 September 2006. “I held a roundtable with law enforcement officers and elected leaders and talked with many constituents throughout August to discuss the House border security bill and the Reid-Kennedy amnesty bill. The response was unanimous: No amnesty and increased enforcement along our borders. We shouldn't stop there. It is critical that we provide employers the ability to check immigration status of employees and hold them accountable for their workers.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 18 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 71 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the American Family Association 76 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the Family Research Council 57 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Shelley Capito voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Shelley Capito voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Shelley Capito voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2011. "In addition to the Medicare program, seniors also benefit from the Social Security program for retirement income. Much debate has occurred in the last few years about the future of the Social Security program, but Congresswoman Capito has opposed privatization of social security and is committed to keeping the promise to West Virginia seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Shelley Capito supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2000 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2002 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2004 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2006 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2008 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Shelley Capito. Project Vote Smart: 2010 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Shelley Capito. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2011. “In addition to the Medicare program, seniors also benefit from the Social Security program for retirement income. Much debate has occurred in the last few years about the future of the Social Security program, but Congresswoman Capito has opposed privatization of social security and is committed to keeping the promise to West Virginia seniors.” (votesmart.org)

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West Virginia Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles
1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
d) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
b) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
d) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Nof) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Nod) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
h) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
d) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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