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What West Virginians Need to Know About COVID-19
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $3,254,910 through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Grant Program. This funding will help provide assessments to previously developed land that may be contaminated with hazardous waste, clean-up projects, environmental job training, technical assistance, and research. “It’s great to see this... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Congressman David McKinley are calling upon the federal government to better equip two in-state prisons currently in use as quarantine sites for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. A release from the Attorney General’s Office stated that the leaders sent a joint letter on Tuesday, urging Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to help secure point-of care testing machines for FCI... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) sent a letter today to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Acting Director Regina Lombardo encouraging them to protect public safety while respecting the Second Amendment and federal law related to the three business day waiting period for firearm purchases and seeking information on how the federal firearms background check system is responding... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, today announced the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released their 2020 Broadband Deployment Report.Overall, the report shows progress has been made in better connecting communities across the country, however, the report is based off data that Senator Capito still believes to be flawed... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $109,440 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the West Virginia University Research Corporation. This funding will be used to research how Appalachians respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to better understand how to disseminate information in similar crises in the future. “The COVID-19 pandemic suddenly changed every West... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today welcomed the decision made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase telephone-based, or audio-only, telehealth reimbursements to equal other audio-visual and in-person visitation reimbursements. This news follows a letter Senator Capito sent yesterday along with Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and others requesting this... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,227,347 in funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for medical support services across West Virginia. This funding will provide clinical research for neurological disorders, cancer protection and diagnostic research, and support for graduate medical education.  “HHS has been a steadfast partner in West... Read More
  • For all Americans, the coronavirus crisis has been a shocking wake-up call to the fragility of our health and economic infrastructures. It has also opened our eyes to the critical importance of the broadband internet infrastructure. Across this country, tens of millions of people are now telecommuting, taking part in distance learning, and even videoconferencing with their physicians. This interaction is made possible by enabling technologies operating over broadband connections. It is very... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including both of West Virginia's representatives, is urging federal agencies to give equal reimbursement for telephone-based, audio-only services as other telehealth services. According to a joint press release from Sens. Joe Manchin, D, and Shelley Moore Capito, R, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to health care providers for audio-only services are lower than those for audio-visual services and for in-person services. The... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health in West Virginia will receive $4 million in federal funding for substance abuse and mental health treatment. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will be split between FMRS Health Systems and Westbrook Health Services. FMRS serves residents in Fayette, Monroe, Raleigh and Summers counties. Westbrook serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane,... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $7,777,778 to support an extended runway project at the Morgantown Municipal Airport on Wednesday. This funding is made available through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which received additional funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was signed into law on... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and her colleagues yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza urging her to make several improvements to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Specifically, Senator Capito and her colleagues requested that the administrator expedite the $10,000 advances to be received within three days, remove the per-employee cap on advance grants, and restore the maximum... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing half of the second round of funding to providers in support of the national response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). West Virginia will receive a total of $34,175,203 in funding within this half of the second round. This funding is part of the distribution of the original $100 billion provider... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health in West Virginia will receive $4 million in federal funding for substance abuse and mental health treatment. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will be split between FMRS Health Systems and Westbrook Health Services. FMRS serves residents in Fayette, Monroe, Raleigh and Summers counties. Westbrook serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane,... Read More
  • U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) this week urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to authorize coverage of COVID-19 tests at mobile testing sites the same way urgent and emergency care services are covered by the VA. Currently, mobile testing sites are not covered under the VA’s urgent and emergency care policies, which may force U.S. military veterans to pay for the tests themselves, according to an April 27 letter Sen. Capito and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent to U.S.... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV)-- U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced West Virginia eligibility for over $86 million to support continued learning for K-12 students whose educations have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.According to a news release from Capito's office, the funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund (ESSER Fund), which received additional funding in... Read More
  • U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), who serves on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW), on April 21 announced the committee’s release of two draft bills that would authorize approximately $17 billion in new federal funding to invest in water infrastructure projects across the country.“Strengthening and improving America’s infrastructure has always been a top priority of mine,” Sen. Capito said. “As chairman of EPW’s Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, I’m proud of... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — West Virginia’s two U.S. senators are among lawmakers supporting aid for rural newspapers and broadcasters during the pandemic. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia with 74 other senators have asked the Office of Management and Budget to help local media outlets that provide an integral service during the pandemic, but have been hit hard by the effects.“Local newspapers and broadcasters have been particularly hit hard financially due to decreased revenue... Read More
  • The government takes steps to manage COVID-19 and its spiraling outbreak in the nation. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito interviewed with the Positively WV podcast to discuss her intentions and knowledge of the steps put in motion regarding the pandemic. The goal is to help the general public as best as possible.Sen. Capito has taken action and has hosted seven constituent tele-town halls on COVID-19 with more than half of the state (26 counties).Sen. Capito keeps in close contact with small businesses... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,854,974 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Coronavirus State Hospital Improvement Program for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). “Healthcare providers are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and our rural hospitals, many of which were already running on shoestring budgets, are taking a... Read More