WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a member of the Appropriations Committee, today participated in a markup of the first FY2019 government funding measures, helping to advance two bills that would provide resources for critical West Virginia priorities. The markup was the first convened by new Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). Both bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
“Today was a great start as we work toward our goal of not only completing consideration of our twelve appropriations bills in committee, but advancing them to the floor for full Senate consideration, conferencing with the House, and getting them to the president’s desk. The bills we approved in committee today contain funding for issues I have fought for since I came to the Senate—including investments in broadband, resources to fight the opioid epidemic, and tools to promote economic development through energy technology and other means. These bills also build on the investments we made through the omnibus passed earlier this year,” Senator Capito said. “I was especially proud to advocate for the continuation of a pilot program at the Department of Agriculture that will receive $425 million to expand broadband access in rural areas; for an additional $59 million for the Food and Drug Administration to combat the drug crisis; increased funds for fossil energy research; and language that continues to promote and encourage the development of an ethane storage hub in Appalachia.”
The FY2019 Agriculture Appropriations Bill includes:
The FY2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill includes:
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