WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Evan Jenkins (W.Va.-3), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, applauded the inclusion of disaster relief in the short-term funding package measure that was released today. These Community Development Block Grant funds will be available to meet immediate recovery needs in West Virginia, Louisiana, Maryland, and other states affected by severe flooding this year.
“This funding is what our great state needs to recover in the aftermath of June’s severe storms and flooding. I appreciate that my colleagues in leadership and on the Appropriations Committee recognized the scope and scale of the damages incurred by my state as a result of this disaster. Getting these resources out to our communities quickly will help those families who are just beginning to rebuild get back on their feet,” said Senator Capito.
“Senator Capito is to be commended for her work on behalf of the people of West Virginia as they continue to recover from devastating floods. Her leadership has been instrumental in helping secure additional funding for disaster relief,” said Senator Thad Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“West Virginia faced heartbreaking, devastating floods in June, and I saw the damage firsthand as I helped families and communities in the immediate aftermath. My work on the ground made it clear to me that recovery will take years, not weeks or months. I worked closely with Senator Capito as members of the House and Senate appropriations committees to secure much-needed funding to help West Virginia’s long-term recovery needs. I want to personally thank House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers for working with me to secure this investment in our future. This funding is another critical piece to our recovery, and I will continue to work to ensure West Virginia receives the resources we need to rebuild,” said Congressman Jenkins.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced a new version of the continuing resolution this afternoon. In remarks on the Senate floor, he said the bill “contains a significant down-payment on flood relief for many states, including Maryland, West Virginia, and Louisiana.” The Senate is expected to take up the measure next week.