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What West Virginians Need to Know About COVID-19
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawmakers and state officials were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony for the fifth phase of work to the Bluestone Dam. The dam serves as a tool for minimizing flood risks in the New River, Kanawha River and Ohio River valleys. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received $574 million two years ago for the project in Summers County. Work is underway to make the dam more stable, and the latest phase will include building a temporary dam so work on the main structure can... Read More
  • CLARKSBURG — U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., issued statements Tuesday after the case was unsealed against a former nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. The charging document has seven counts of second-degree murder alleged against Reta Mays, and one count of assault with intent to commit murder. Manchin said: “My heart goes out to the families and loved ones who tragically lost a veteran and have had to endure this... Read More
  • July 14, 2020

    ONGOING CONSTRUCTION

    ELKINS — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., got a close-up look at the ongoing Corridor H construction work on Monday afternoon. Capito said completing the highway is vital for the state’s economy and noted she is impressed at the speed of the work on the seven-mile section from Kerens to Parsons. “Corridor H is the major highway project for the state but it is major for this region, for the country, for commerce, for goods in and out, certainly quality of life and more... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced additional federal funding for Marshall University for its ongoing COVID-19 response. The $300,000 was awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration through the CARES Act to boost the university's support for regional economic development strategies in response to the pandemic.  “As health care providers across West Virginia care for those with COVID-19, we also need... Read More
  • KERENS, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today joined West Virginia Secretary of Transportation Byrd White, Deputy Secretary and Acting Commissioner of Highways Jimmy Wriston, and others in Kerens where she received an update on the Corridor H construction project. Throughout her time in Congress, Senator Capito has made the Corridor H project a top priority... Read More
  • West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, joined West Virginia transportation officials Friday to receive an update on the expansion of U.S. Route 35. One of Capito’s priorities since being elected to Congress in 2001, the road is an important part of expanding WV/s economy. “Residents across our region, especially in Putnam and Mason counties, have long recognized the... Read More
  • PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — After nearly two decades, an expansion project on Route 35 in Mason and Putnam counties is nearly complete. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito joined other state leaders Friday to get an update on what’s left of the four-lane expansion project. “It is a main corridor going from the Midwest and down into the south,” Capito said. “I think you will probably see businesses probably cropping up around the road as it grows and matures,... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $4.4 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to update economic development plans and support programs that help communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “West Virginia’s local economies have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This CARES Act funding will help our communities recover from this crisis, and I am... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $10,831,547 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start Programs across West Virginia. “As a long-time supporter of the great Head Start programs across West Virginia, I am always pleased to see our programs receive support from HHS. Everyone deserves access to a quality education, and this funding... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), along with Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced legislation that would provide certainty to hospitals participating in the 340B drug discount program during the COVID-19 public health emergency. “Our health care safety net providers are needed now more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic, and the 340B program is an... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today joined Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide Congress with a written plan and timeline about any potential changes to Medicare rules governing telehealth. Through the coronavirus relief package, Congress provided HHS with the authority to waive telehealth... Read More
  • U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-NY) unveiled bipartisan, bicameral legislation that aims to promote lending to businesses and create jobs by improving access to revolving federal loan funds. Specifically, the Reinvigorating Lending for the Future (RLF) Act of 2020 would reduce barriers to lending for recipients of capitalization grants through the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Revolving Loan Fund Program, according to a bill summary... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, recently announced $28,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a state public water supervision program in southern West Virginia. This funding will be distributed to the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR) and will help develop state drinking water standards and collect public water system data.“West... Read More
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R–W.Va., announced that the Ensuring Quality Care for Our Veterans Act, legislation she co-sponsored, has successfully passed the Senate. The bipartisan bill would help ensure proper care and treatment of veterans. “Our West Virginia veterans have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom, and we owe it to them to do all we can to ensure they receive quality care. The Ensuring Quality Care for Our Veterans... Read More
  • Our Constitution recognizes that every American should receive the equal protection of our laws. Police officers play a critical role in protecting our physical security and securing our civil rights. West Virginians know that the overwhelming majority of people in law enforcement — our city police officers, county sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, personnel at the Clarksburg FBI Center, and many others — take seriously their responsibility to serve and protect everyone in... Read More
  • To reduce residential energy consumption, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) on June 18 introduced a bipartisan bill that would establish a tree planting grant program. “By strategically increasing the amount of trees planted in our communities, we can improve the quality of our air, increase property values, and reduce residential cooling costs,” Sen. Capito said. She joined U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in proposing the Tackling Residential Energy burdens Efficiently (TREE) Act... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to approve the application of Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown for a $283,396 grant to support telehealth services in West Virginia. This funding from the FCC will implement a telehealth platform at Mon General that will help provide the full spectrum of telehealth visits for patients, including COVID-19 screening and diagnosis,... Read More
  • U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday introduced legislation to accelerate rural broadband deployment in the United States. “One of my top priorities is expanding access to broadband for communities of all sizes,” Sen. Wicker said. “The coronavirus pandemic has further underscored this pressing need, and I hope our legislation will advance quickly to meet the connectivity needs of Americans living in rural areas,... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, on Tuesday announced $10,000,000 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support a research project seeking to improve the sustainability of the nation’s food supply at West Virginia University.This project will create a collaborative, sustainable and economical biomass for value-added products program in the Mid-Atlantic region of... Read More
  • MORGANTOWN — U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.,and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Monday announced $221,692 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for West Virginia University, according to a press release. This funding will be used to support a study entitled “Assessing the Impact of Opioid Prescription Duration Limits,” and will help further WVU’s understanding on factors contributing to the opioid crisis, according to the release. “As we continue to battle... Read More