WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today voted for a short-term government funding bill that includes up to $500 million in disaster relief funding for West Virginia and other states impacted by flooding. Senator Capito was instrumental in securing the flood relief funding in the final bill, which passed the Senate on a 72-26 vote. With this bill, West Virginia will be eligible for new funding through the Community Development Block Grant program to address flood-related recovery needs.
“West Virginia was ravaged by a natural disaster that tore through our communities and uprooted the lives of our state’s residents in June. The commonsense measure I supported today takes the right steps to address flood recovery in disaster stricken portions of West Virginia and other states,” said Senator Capito. “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. The road to recovery will be a long one and as we go forward, I will continue to help those in my state rebuild.”
In addition to funding for flood recovery, the continuing resolution legislation funds the government through December 9th. The bill also includes record funding for our nation’s veterans, and resources to address the opioid and heroin epidemic and combat the Zika virus. Earlier today, Senator Capito spoke on the Senate floor in support of flood recovery funding for West Virginia: