Campaign 2010

Mar 10, 2009

Capito: When I voted against the economic recovery package, I really meant I support it

 

 

Representative Capito Votes Against Economic Recovery and Housing Bills, Then Pledges Her Support to Constituents

 

Representative Shelly Moore Capito must have hoped no one pays attention to those pesky votes in Washington when she used recent meetings with constituents to trumpet her support for economic recovery and homeowners' relief. 

 

One small problem:  She voted against the economic recovery package and the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act.

 

"Representative Capito tried the oldest play in the book: say one thing, do another, and hope no one notices," said Jessica Santillo, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Representative Capito had the audacity to call for relief for struggling homeowners and investment in infrastructure after voting to block legislation that does just that.  These are serious issues that deserve more than lip service."

 

Representative Capito recently said, "Trying to stabilize those bad, unhealthy mortgages has got to be the direction we go."  However, less than a week earlier, Representative Capito voted against legislation that will help millions of homeowners modify or refinance their mortgages to avoid foreclosure.

 

And when it comes to infrastructure investments in West Virginia?  Representative Capito said, "It has to be an all-out effort by everybody" to invest in rail transit.  A cursory look at her record shows she voted to block the economic recovery package, which invests over $290 million in transportation and infrastructure in the Mountain State and will create or save 20,000 jobs in West Virginia.

 

Background:

  • On a trip to the Eastern Panhandle, Representative Capito said, "Trying to stabilize those bad, unhealthy mortgages has got to be the direction we go, so that we can hopefully avoid bankruptcy and failures at the bank, where the bank is holding a piece of property that they can't get the money for." [Martinsburg Journal, 3/10/2009]

 

  • However, Representative Capito voted against the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009 [Roll Call Vote, 3/5/2009]

 

  • In a meeting with Jefferson County Commissioners, Representative Capito described the benefits the economic recovery package will bring to West Virginia and promised to fight for economic development projects in the future, such as saving MARC train service. "It just has to be an all-out effort by everybody," she said of the ongoing efforts to save the train. [Martinsburg Journal, 3/10/2009].

 

  • However, Representative Capito voted against the economic recovery package [Roll Call Vote, 2/13/2009]

 

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