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What West Virginians Need to Know About COVID-19
  • NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito about the Republican policing reform bill, a response to nationwide protests over police shootings of Black people. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: A group of Republican senators have drafted a 106-page police reform bill after a nationwide outcry spurred by the killings of Black men and women in the hands of police. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia was part of that group of Republican senators, and we spoke with her... Read More
  • In times of trouble and uncertainty, humanity has always turned to the natural world for solace. In West Virginia, this is no different.  West Virginia is a place encompassed by beautiful landscapes, sprawling mountain ranges and endless outdoor recreation opportunities for both residents and out-of-state travelers. The mountains and rivers provide comfort to those seeking refuge, and the adventures that await in the Mountain State — including rock climbing, hiking and whitewater... Read More
  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – According to a release from WVU Medicine, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito and 15 other senators from across the country helped the West Virginia University Health System and other safety net hospitals to receive additional COVID-19 funding. A safety net hospital is one that cares for individuals who are uninsured, enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid programs and other vulnerable patients, regardless of their ability to pay. WVU Medicine’s statement explained that... Read More
  • KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — More than $26.8 million in federal funding has been approved for the rebuilding of Clendenin Elementary that was destroyed in the 2016 flood. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Congressman Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., announced the award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. Kanawha County school officials said the project has cleared all environmental processes,... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito says the JUSTICE Act introduced in the Senate Wednesday presents senators with a unique opportunity to address both civil rights and law enforcement issues. Capito said both can be done. “This is a pivotal moment in our country’s history and if we, as Congress, Republicans and Democrats joining together, fail to act, because of the crying voices we hear every day about this, then we’re going to be deemed a... Read More
  • After months of battling COVID-19, there is no question that this virus has had a terrible impact on our communities. It has affected every part of our lives and the numbers show this. More than 113,000 of our fellow Americans have lost their lives due to this awful virus, including 88 West Virginians. The official unemployment rate is about 13 percent nationally and over 15 percent in West Virginia. State and local officials across the country closed much of our economy in an effort to slow... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have announced a $18,300 allocation of funds to support the implementation of an Underground Injection Control Program in West Virginia. The Environmental Protection Agency will be delivering the funds to ensure that sources of drinking water are protected from underground injection activities, according to a joint press release from the senators.  "West Virginians deserve reliable infrastructure... Read More
  • Charleston, WV – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $10,082,592 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support Head Start programs across West Virginia.“As a longstanding supporter of Head Start programs, I know early education is an essential part of our children’s lives and will ensure a brighter future for generations of West Virginians. Head Start programs serve... 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 $1,094,942 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CEFS) Program, which received funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This funding will be used to assist West Virginia and local governments in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., on Wednesday said Americans must address “racists attitudes that exist today” with the senator noting the importance of peaceful protests. Capito spoke on the Senate floor about the death of George Floyd and the nationwide reaction to the actions of Minneapolis police officers. “It is clear that our entire country is united in horror and opposition to the violent killing,” she said. “Racial... Read More
  • WASHINGTON (WOWK) – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today applauded the Senate’s passage of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, legislation that makes changes to certain restrictions within the program. “There is nothing more pro-worker than keeping our West Virginia workers on the payroll, and that is exactly what the PPP does,” Capito said. “This program has helped tens of thousands of small businesses in West Virginia and even more... Read More
  • IRS decision comes after Capito, Whitehouse, Barrasso and Cramer made several efforts to encourage the move. WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), bipartisan Senate leaders on market-driven climate policy, today welcomed the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) issuance of regulatory guidance related to the 45Q tax credit for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). CCUS is... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va (WVVA) – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,692,879 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Hospital Preparedness Programs in West Virginia. “Our healthcare and hospital workers are working tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to care for those affected. This funding will help support the emergency management personnel located in... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award of $224,999 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the “Connecting Intentions to Actions” R&D project at Neurowired partnering with West Virginia University (WVU). The project will develop more intuitive human-machine interface applications, helping reduce development... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVNS) — U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced funding for rural health clinic across the Mountain State to expand COVID-19 testing. The announcement was made on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. As West Virginia begins to reopen, we must continue to rapidly expand COVID-19 testing capabilities across the state. Our health centers are on the front lines of this pandemic and I continue to hear from our providers that they need more PPE and... Read More
  • The CARES Act allocated $150 billion to state, local and tribal governments to help pay for expenses associated with the COVID-19 virus. West Virginia’s share is $1.25 billion. That is a considerable sum, more than one-fourth the size of the entire General Revenue budget for the state. The question, however, is how can West Virginia spend all that money? The bill says the funds can be used for “necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the... 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, today announced $270,038 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Family Violence Prevention and Services formula grants program, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This funding will be used to provide temporary housing, assistance, and... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) yesterday co-sponsored the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act (SAFR), legislation that clarifies the certification requirements for survivor benefits under the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program to account for the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Our public safety officers have courageously stepped up throughout this... Read More
  • MORGANTOWN — A total of $198,499 in federal funding has been awarded to the West Virginia University Research Corporation. The announcement was made by Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The funding comes through the National Science Foundation and will support a research project that seeks to remedy the shortage of disposable masks used as personal protective equipment by fabricating novel and improved filters... Read More
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is awarding West Virginia University $398,997 to establish a summer undergraduate internship program on food microbial safety. The news was announced on Friday by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Read More