Capito talks coronavirus relief with Regional Planning and Development Council, Coal Association

CHARLESTON — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today spoke with members of the West Virginia Regional Planning and Development Councils and the West Virginia Coal Association (WVCA) on teleconference calls where she provided an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. During the call, Senator Capito heard from both groups about their concerns, answered questions, and provided an update on how the third coronavirus relief package—which passed the Senate last Wednesday evening—will aid them during this uncertain time.

“Both the Regional Planning and Development Councils and the Coal Association play such important roles in our state’s economy,” Senator Capito said. “Our entire state has taken a hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which is why we made sure to include provisions in the phase three relief package that would help businesses rebound. Now that President Trump has signed this relief package into law, both of the groups that I spoke with today, as well as many others, will be able to take advantage of the funding available to help ensure our economy stays strong.”

“We thank Senator Capito for answering our questions today and explaining how the new law will affect our work at the planning and development council. As our communities navigate this uncertain time, we appreciate Senator Capito’s work in securing the funding that’s coming to aid small businesses and workers throughout the country,” said Shane Whitehair, Executive Director of Region VII Planning and Development Council.

“Senator Capito has always been a friend of coal and is extremely responsive to the needs of our industry. We appreciate her answering our questions today and explaining how this legislation will be able to aid the coal industry in this uncertain time,” said Chris Hamilton, West Virginia Coal Association Senior Vice President.