Compared to our other West Virginia senator, Joe Manchin, Shelley Moore Capito seldom makes news. I think she likes to keep a low profile and I've noted on a couple of occasions that she looks uncomfortable with some of the more front-and-center, purely-political responsibilities of her office. I google her name every 3 or 4 days to see what she's been up to only to frequently find the same results as the previous search. Today's search, however, yielded this result from this morning's Politico:
Congress may snub Trump on wall, risking shutdown
Accompanying the headline was this AP picture of Senator Shelley and the President:
(source -- AP)
The Politico article tells us:
The first clues over whether President Donald Trump will risk a shutdown fight this fall over his border wall will come Monday in a private meeting with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.
Trump is increasingly frustrated with Congress’ failure to fund the wall — his No. 1 campaign promise — and has threatened a shutdown in September if he doesn’t get his way.
But the West Virginia Republican, who chairs the Homeland Security spending panel, has a tough task ahead of her.
Though Trump wants as much wall money he can squeeze out of Congress, Capito needs to get 60 votes in the Senate, and there’s no way Democrats will go along with a major budget boost. She‘s also got to cut a deal with Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the ranking member of the panel whom Trump loathes for helping to derail Ronny Jackson’s nomination to be secretary of veterans affairs.
“We want to have a bipartisan bill. I’m very committed to border wall funding in the request of the president. I want to be supportive of that,” Capito said in an interview. “Both sides, I think, are committed to working the process. And that means compromise.”
She needs 60 votes?
I will try to follow what happens with Senator Capito.