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What West Virginians Need to Know About COVID-19
  • CHARLESTON – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Representative David McKinley (WV-01), and Governor Jim Justice have announced $1,576,520 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the city of Piedmont to construct a new water line to address an emergency water loss supply due to the closure of a local water treatment plant.“Piedmont and the surrounding region have been devastated by the loss of the Verso Mill. This funding is a small... Read More
  • BLUEFIELD — Residents who receive Social Security will not see an interruption in payments and will receive the stimulus relief money as well.They also need to be aware of scammers.Andrew Saul, Social Security Commissioner, released a statement last week assuring recipients all their benefits will continue and on time.“Social Security will pay monthly benefits on time and these payments will not be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Saul said, adding it also includes SSI... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $19 million for communities across West Virginia in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Programs, which received additional funding in... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and 21 of her colleagues yesterday penned a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury calling on the agencies to automatically qualify seniors for the direct Economic Impact Payments. Last night, Treasury clarified that Social Security recipients will not need to file an abbreviated tax return, but the cash payments will be automatically... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. — President Donald Trump has approved Gov. Jim Justice’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration related to the coronavirus.The declaration, signed Friday, allows the state to pursue funding from FEMA to respond to the pandemic.“I want to thank President Trump for quickly approving my request for this disaster declaration,” Justice said. “West Virginia has taken extraordinary measures to protect our citizens and keep them safe and... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — Social Security recipients won’t have to file an abbreviated tax return to receive a stimulus payment, with the money instead automatically deposited into their bank accounts, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., reminded West Virginians on Thursday.Capito and 21 of her colleagues on Wednesday had written the IRS and the Department of Treasury calling on the agencies to automatically qualify seniors for the direct Economic Impact Payments.By Wednesday evening,... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and 21 of her colleagues yesterday penned a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury calling on the agencies to automatically qualify seniors for the direct Economic Impact Payments. Last night, Treasury clarified that Social Security recipients will not need to file an abbreviated tax return, but the cash payments will be automatically... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today spoke with members of the Community Bankers of West Virginia (CBWV) and the West Virginia Bankers Association (WVBA) on a teleconference call. During the call, Senator Capito provided a coronavirus (COVID-19) update and answered questions on what lenders should expect given the new guidelines set in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday,... Read More
  • UNION — A Monroe County business is receiving a $4.9 million federal loan that will save 47 jobs.U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Thursday that the West Virginia Great Barrel Company’s Audrina Mill will receive the loan to help the sawmill manage manufacturing and flooring costs, as well as save the jobs.The low-interest loan will come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., on Wednesday spoke with members of the Community Bankers of West Virginia (CBWV) and the West Virginia Bankers Association (WVBA) on a teleconference call.During the call, Senator Capito provided a COVID-19 update and answered questions on what lenders should expect given the new guidelines set in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday.“Talking with... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with U.S. Representatives David McKinley (R-W.Va.-1), Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.-2), and Carol Miller (R-W.Va.-3) today sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump in support of Governor Jim Justice’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration for West Virginia as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.“Though West Virginia was the last state to have its... Read More
  • PARKERSBURG — The group of 16 missionaries from the Morgantown Church of Christ that arrived in Honduras on March 14 to spend a week in the Central American country finally made it home on March 27.The group included an Ohio Valley University student, Brandon Brammer; a recent graduate who still lives in Parkersburg, Devinne Sparks and a Parkersburg native, Richard Moore.Moore, who is a church elder, said fear of the coronavirus spreading had escalated quickly and Honduras closed its... Read More
  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., explained the federal relief to small businesses in an interview Tuesday with WAJR-AM’s “Talk of the Town with Dave & Sarah.”The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program will offer working capital loans to businesses with 500 employees or fewer.The $350 billion program was included in the third coronavirus bill President Donald Trump signed last weekAccording to... Read More
  • The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has swept through our nation, and hit other countries around the world particularly hard.While West Virginia was the last state to report confirmed cases, we knew this day would come eventually, which is why Congress moved quickly to make sure states—including West Virginia—were prepared and equipped with the resources needed to meet this virus head-on.To date, Congress has responded to the coronavirus in three phases:  The Coronavirus... Read More
  • The stimulus package Congress is providing to the American people is considered "wartime funding" in the battle against the deadly coronavirus, West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito explained Wednesday.Appearing on "America's Newsroom" with host Sandra Smith, Moore Capito said that Democrats and Republicans reached a deal after midnight on Wednesday due to pressure on her liberal colleagues from hospitals,... Read More
  • MORGANTOWN — Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin spoke separately with the press Wednesday about the deal reached on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, called the CARES Act.Both talked in the hours between the deal being reached and their return to the Senate floor for the expected vote on the bill.“It’s been a very action-packed last few hours here,” said Capito, R-W.Va. “There are a lot of good bipartisan ideas in here that have been worked on... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today spoke with members of the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association (WVHTA) on a teleconference call to provide an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. During the call, Senator Capito heard from industry leaders about their concerns, answered questions, and provided an update on what she and her colleagues are doing at the federal level to offer assistance and relief.“Tourism and hospitality... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today spoke with members of the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) to provide an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and hear directly from health care professionals about their needs to tackle this pandemic.“The medical professionals on the front lines of this coronavirus outbreak are doing their best, but they need additional resources and they need them now,”Senator Capito... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she is hopeful Congress will pass a piece of bipartisan legislation to provide economic relief to small businesses and American workers impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Capito said lawmakers are close to finalizing a deal on a stimulus package that previously has been blocked twice by Democrats.“Today is the day — yesterday could have been the day — but today is the today... Read More
  • WHEELING — Signs of community spread of the coronavirus in West Virginia are “troubling,” a U.S senator from West Virginia said Monday.As the Senate on Monday discussed a third round of coronavirus relief packages to assist the nation in combating the COVID-19 threat, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said Capitol Hill exemplifies what is happening across the nation.Her next-door-office neighbor in Washington is Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who was the first senator to... Read More