CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today joined CNBC’s Squawkbox to discuss the reopening of the economy as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE: “We know the enhanced unemployment runs out at the end of the month. That is a source of concern for many of us on two fronts. One, it’s a source of concern for those who are still unemployed, but [two] also trying to get people back to work. So we’re going to try to weave something there where we can get people back to work, but then still help those who can’t go back.”
TARGETED RELIEF: “We’re going to look at the flexibility on the side of state and local [governments]. For my state of West Virginia, my governor has received $1.25 billion. He needs the flexibility to be able to say to our cities and counties that you can use that to replace lost tax revenues. That’s an important part of this as well. We need the liability reform piece. And I think we’re going to have a ceiling on how high we’re going to go here because we can’t just keep throwing trillions and trillions [of dollars] here. We need to be very targeted in our relief.”
LIABILITY PROTECTIONS: “It’s not just businesses. It’s universities. It’s nonprofits…As more and more people are going back [to work], if our employees are following CDC guidelines and guidelines set out by the governors—and I know they’re all a little bit different—but I think we see our national companies setting guidelines themselves. I think they could play a big role in here. I think we have to have this [liability] protection in place or we’re going to have more difficulty getting people back to work.”
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