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What West Virginians Need to Know About COVID-19
  • HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Many Americans have begun receiving their government stimulus checks, leaving others to wonder about theirs. Eligible residents will receive $1,200 as head of household and $2,400 for a married couple filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number with adjusted gross income up to: $75,000 for individuals $112,500 for head of household filers and $150,000 for married couples filing joint... Read More
  • WHEELING — It’s going to take at least $600 billion in federally-backed loans to help America’s small businesses keep their workers on the payroll during the coronavirus crisis, says U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito. Congress already has approved $350 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, a program established through the $2.2 trillion Cares Act passed this month. It is being administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and its goal is to keep small businesses afloat... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than $9.3 million has landed at airports in West Virginia from the Department of Transportation for coronavirus relief from the federal stimulus package. More than half of that, $4.8 million is going to Charleston’s Yeager Airport, the busiest airport in West Virginia. Airport Public Affairs Manager Chris Williams said the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Airport Grants will provide relief to lost revenue. “This is... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) introduced legislation to enhance telehealth support for seniors and increase access to technology for "virtual visits" during the coronavirus pandemic. The Advancing Connectivity during the Coronavirus to Ensure Support for Seniors (ACCESS) Act would help protect one of the most vulnerable populations from risking exposure to the virus when accessing remote... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito has important reminders for West Virginians centered around the CARES Act stimulus bill. She appeared on MetroNews flagship 580-WCHS in Charleston’s 580-LIVE with Dale Cooper and covered a myriad of topics. Capito said West Virginians should begin to receive their stimulus funding this week by the Treasury Department. People who made less than $75,000 last tax filing with the IRS will receive $1,200. “The... Read More
  • April 13, 2020

    Good news for seniors

    A frequently asked question among area residents is whether the COVID-19 emergency will cause an interruption in Social Security payments. It won’t. In fact, many area seniors should have already received their April check in the mail. Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul 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... Read More
  • On Thursday, April 9, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $12,939,053 in funding for health centers across West Virginia through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program. "Health centers are essential to our health care system in West Virginia, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is putting an enormous strain on our medical professionals and facilities,"... Read More
  • PIEDMONT, W.Va. — The town of Piedmont has received federal funds for the construction of a new water line. According to a press release, U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Rep. David McKinley and Gov. Jim Justice announced the receipt of $1.58 million from the Economic Development Administration for the project. “This is an efficient and cost-effective solution for ensuring that supply of water to the residents and businesses of Piedmont is not... Read More
  • PARKERSBURG — Another stimulus package to keep people working and help small businesses remain afloat during the economic slowdown was stalled because of politics by the Democrats, according to a senator from West Virginia.The intent was to appropriate another $250 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program loan program for businesses employing less than 500 people that was originally in the third stimulus package passed by Congress, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced Friday the potential for more than $66 million to be dispersed among higher education institutions in the state from the U.S. Department of Education.Several institutions in the region are potential recipients, according to the senators.According to a press release from Capito, the funds are designed to “provide direct emergency cash grants to college students who have been directly impacted by... Read More
  • CHARLESTON — U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, on Friday announced the potential for $66.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education for higher education institutions in West Virginia. Specifically, the funding, which was made possible following President Donald J. Trump’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), can provide direct emergency cash grants to... Read More
  • WASHINGTON — Another stimulus package to keep people working and help small businesses remain afloat during the economic slowdown was stalled because of politics by the Democrats, according to a senator from West Virginia. The intent was to appropriate another $250 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program loan program for businesses employing fewer than 500 people that was originally in the third stimulus package passed by Congress, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security... Read More
  • In trying times, West Virginians always rise to the occasion. We are seeing this right now, as communities across the Mountain State battle the spread of COVID-19. The most important work we can do in government is to act swiftly and deliver the life-saving resources that our health care heroes need to meet this challenge.Telehealth is a crucial tool in this battle against COVID-19. For years, the federal government has supported the build-out of high-speed internet connections to... Read More
  • PARKERSBURG — Another stimulus package to keep people working and help small businesses remain afloat during the economic slowdown was stalled because of politics by the Democrats, according to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.The intent was to appropriate another $250 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program loan program for businesses employing less than 500 people that was originally in the third stimulus package passed by Congress, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security... Read More
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Additional investments in telehealth development across the United States were being implemented as part of the federal CARES Act, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. “This new program is going to open up telehealth to even more Americans,” said Brendan Carr, commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission. “Think of it as sort of the health care equivalent of shifting from Blockbuster video to Netflix. No longer do you... Read More
  • 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