WHEELING - Congress is so unpopular that it's questionable that lawmakers' families like them anymore, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito told supporters Tuesday in Wheeling.
Capito, R-Charleston, is seeking a U.S. Senate seat in the Nov. 4 general election against Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. Capito spoke Tuesday to female supporters in the area during a "Women With Shelley" luncheon at the River City restaurant in downtown Wheeling. She said her visit to the Northern Panhandle on Tuesday coincided with "Women's Equality Day" and the 94th anniversary of women getting the right to vote.
Capito serves as co-chair of the Congressional Civility Caucus along with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Kansas City, Mo., and she said if elected to the Senate she would seek to bring together those with divergent political agendas so legislative progress can be achieved.
WHEELING?VISIT — U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito addresses attendees at a “Women With Shelley” luncheon Tuesday at River City restaurant in downtown Wheeling. -- Joselyn King
"This is the issue where there is more frustration than anywhere else," Capito said. "Republicans and Democrats are not working together. They are working for their own selves. They fight too much. They bicker too much. And pretty soon you all stop listening. You stop caring. You lose faith."
Congress has just a 9 percent approval rating, Capito said.
"I'm not even sure my husband likes me anymore," she said.
Capito said the nation is facing great problems both domestically and internationally, and she wants the future to be brighter for her two grandchildren, Celia and Charlie. This requires strong action by Congress.
"We've got to make changes in the Senate," she said. "(Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid will not take up anything. He will not bring up energy policy, he will not bring up health policy. In the House of Representatives, we've pushed job bills, health bills, energy bills, reigning in the EPA bills. Send them to Harry Reid and they stop right at his door."
Capito said November's election is an opportunity to "have a strong voice, someone to stand up for us for our young families, our seniors, our veterans and the women of America and say we want a growing economy where our children have an opportunity."
"We want a country that is strong internationally," she said. "We want to make sure the choices we make for our families are made for us, and not by someone in Washington D.C."