Senate approves funding for Government, Flooding and Zika research


Despite a vote on Tuesday that failed to limit debate on the Government Funding Bill, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the bill just one day later.  The bill will provide short-term funding to keep the government running from Oct. 1 to Dec. 9.

Among the items including in the bill was $500 Million in disaster relief funding for West Virginia and other states affected by flooding.  Other funding approved in the bill is research for Zika and resources to address the opioid and heroin epidemic as well as record funding for veterans.

“I appreciate that my colleagues recognized the thousands of people and businesses in my state who are recovering and supported my efforts to get them the assistance they need,” said U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito.

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, after voting in support of the continuing resolution that failed to pass the Senate.

“I’m disappointed in my colleagues for failing to pass this critical legislation that addresses two of the most dire issues facing West Virginians – helping communities rebuild from natural disasters and providing additional funding to combat the opioid epidemic. The funding bill that the Senate failed to pass today includes up to $500 million to support disaster recovery efforts nationwide, including many West Virginia communities impacted by the June floods. Although the flood waters have receded, West Virginians still have a great deal of work to do rebuilding homes, businesses, schools and communities. This funding would go a long way towards supporting those efforts. In addition to supporting flood recovery efforts, this bill includes $7 million to fight the opioid epidemic that is taking lives in communities all across our state. I will continue to look for ways to work with my colleagues to ensure this funding bill passes and West Virginians receive the support they deserve.”

“This bill’s failure is the sad result of a broken system in Washington – one where we wait until a crisis to do our work and then can’t find common sense compromises to deliver the solutions Americans need. As a Governor and Senator, I know what it takes to keep our state and country working. I hope my colleagues can find that spirit in the next 3 days, so that we can do our jobs and deliver the help West Virginians have been waiting for far too long.”  

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