Reid is the why we need Capito

In the July 27 News and Sentinel, three letters make the valid point that some of the issues which have deteriorated or remained unresolved under the Obama Administration are bipartisan in origin. However, as long as Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid remains in power, the problems listed in my letter of July 20 will continue to deteriorate and remain unresolved, irrespective of the cause or who is President. Sen. Reid has the most influence over what legislation can be debated and voted upon in the Senate. He can only be removed by the election of a Republican majority.

The following is a small sample of the 338 bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, but are currently stalled in the Senate. Each bill was passed in the House during 2013. Keep in mind that Federal Fiscal Year 2014 ends soon on Sept. 30. In each case, Congresswoman Capito voted in favor of the bill:

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act; Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014; Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013; Government Spending Accountability Act of 2013; Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2013; Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013; National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013; Department of State Operations and Embassy Security Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2014; National Institutes of Health Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014; Veterans Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014; Federal Emergency Management Agency Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014; Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Continuing Resolution; Border Security and Enforcement Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014; National Nuclear Security Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014; Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act; (An Act) To Improve the Processing of Disability Claims by the Department of Veterans Affairs; Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013.

In the abovementioned letters, Rep. Capito was dismissed as having done nothing for West Virginia citizens. The above bills for which she voted Yea suggest otherwise, despite being stonewalled in the Senate. If you want to do something positive to terminate the destructive behavior of Majority Leader Reid, vote for Shelley Capito in the upcoming Senatorial race. She, along with other members of a Republican Senate majority, will be in a much better position to insure the enactment of legislation originating in the House of Representatives.

Herbert A. Lassiter, MD

Vienna