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What West Virginians Need to Know About COVID-19
  • WASHINGTON — West Virginia’s U.S. senators on Friday announced that the state is eligible for more than $86 million to support continued learning for K-12 students.Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said the funding is being made available through the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief FundThe fund received additional money when the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, was signed into law last... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — West Virginia's two U.S. Senators, Joe Manchin, D, and Shelley Moore Capito, R, led a bipartisan coalition of senators urging the federal government to provide relief to local newspapers and broadcasters amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The 74-member group sent a letter to Russell Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, discussing the toll the pandemic has taken and a potential solution."Our radio and television broadcasters and rural... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito believes the second round of funding for small businesses suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic will be enough. The Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from participating lenders on Monday morning. There is more than $310 billion this time around for PPP after the fund ran out of $350 billion after two weeks earlier this month. The first round of... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was among congressional representatives to urge leadership to pass legislation creating a new, shorter phone number for the National Suicide Hotline. Capito joined a bipartisan group of representatives from both chambers in signing a letter addressed to Senate President Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The group urged leaders to include the measure... Read More
  • U.S. Senators in West Virginia are asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help cover costs when veterans get tested for COVID-19 at mobile testing sites. “It is critical that the VA covers COVID-19 mobile testing sites in the same manner as urgent and emergency care, so veterans can access these testing sites, without being stuck with the bill,” Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote in a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)... 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
  • CHARLESTON — U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., on Thursday urged the Department of Transportation to support small airports during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide critical flexibility in the Essential Air Service program. The senators wrote of their concerns to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “The Essential Air Service (EAS) Program connects over 170 small communities in the U.S. to the National Air Transportation System, providing rural... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and President Donald Trump’s Congressional Economic Task Force, today applauded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) announcement of funding to support coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts. The funds are from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, which was signed into law on March 27. Of the total funding, West Virginia... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTAP) - We've been hearing from small businesses who have not heard from the federal government on the status of their paycheck-protection program applications. Money for the loan program ran out April 16, although legislation replenishing those funds is now before Congress. In a conference call Wednesday, Sen, Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, had this advice: "I think people need to re-contact their financial institutions, and if that's not working, find another... Read More
  • NEWTOWN, Conn., April 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearm, ammunition, hunting and recreational shooting sports industry, recognized U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) as the 2019 National Shooting Sports Foundation Legislator of the Year for her unwavering commitment to protect one of our nation's most cherished traditions and for fighting to uphold our constitutional... Read More
  • Charleston, WV – Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) led 27 Senators on a letter calling for the Senate to finally provide much-needed financial certainty during the COVID-19 pandemic for rural communities to ensure long-term funding needed for essential services through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs. The... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of President Trump’s Congressional Economic Task Force, today released the below statement following the bipartisan deal announced for additional appropriations to restart the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was created through the CARES Act to help small businesses pay employees and remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the PPP provided $349 billion to support federally guaranteed Small... 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 $12,824,107 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administrations (HRSA) for health centers across West Virginia.“Providing the proper resources for the health centers in our state is absolutely a priority, especially during the COVID-19... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – On Inside West Virginia Politics, United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Brendan Carr, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, join us for a conversation on broadband and telehealth. Senator Capito shares with us her concerns: do patients even have access to this technology? She tells us that she’s pushing for an expansion under the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, to reach those rural areas.Commissioner Carr tells... Read More
  • CHARLESTON W.Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Westbrook Health Services to address children and youth homelessness and help families affected by the opioid epidemic in West Virginia. “It’s critical that all of our children in West Virginia receive the care and services they need—especially those... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — During a Friday press call, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., discussed the need for more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as her appointment to President Donald Trump’s Congressional Economic Task Force. Capito said that as of April 13, over 5,200 small business in West Virginia had been approved for loans totaling more than $1 billion through the Paycheck Protection Program. However, the program has since run out of money, with many more... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV)-- U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced an award of $100,000 to West Virginia University for space research from NASA's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. According to a news release from Capito's office, the funding was made available under the Rapid Response Research program. It will help WVU develop an Artificial Intelligence based framework for real time radio-frequency interference detection and... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.-(WTAP) There's some reported movement on reviving a small business loan program that ran out of money Thursday-just two weeks after it started. The Trump Administration wants another $250 billion for the "Paycheck Protection Program". But Democrats and Republicans are at odds over expanding it. West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito says the dispute is affecting small business owners' ability to get the rescue money. "Every time you add something in, make a tweak,... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. – President Donald Trump on Thursday selected Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., to serve on the Congressional Economic Task Force. Capito is part of a bipartisan, bicameral group of members hand-picked by the president to provide counsel on re-opening the country following the COVID-19 pandemic. “Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve been communicating with West Virginians daily to make sure they have the resources they need to meet this... Read More
  • PARKERSBURG – Concerns about how stimulus checks will get to people, impacts on those who have lost their jobs and lack of internet service were among the questions fielded by one of West Virginia’s U.S. Senators regarding the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.Wednesday evening U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., talked to constituents over the phone in Wood, Jackson, Wirt, Pleasants, and Ritchie counties during a Teletownhall event to maintain social distancing recommendations.... Read More