WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS), released the below statement regarding legislation passed by the Senate containing bill text for remaining six Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) appropriations bills, fully funding the government.

“I wish we could have had an appropriations process that was open for floor discussion on each separate bill, including amendments, and free of shutdown drama. Unfortunately, that is not what Leader Schumer prefers,” Senator Capito said. “Regardless, after negotiation and compromise, I am pleased that so many West Virginia priorities I have fought for were addressed in these bills—particularly in the Labor-HHS bill, which I helped author. This six-bill package includes important resources that increase pay for our troops and strengthen our national defense and the relationships with our global allies, in addition to the practical impacts to West Virginians. These bills help fight the opioid epidemic, improve our healthcare facilities and workforce, and strengthen economic development initiatives. I’m proud that as a leader on the Appropriations Committee, I had a hand in drafting these bills.”

CDS HIGHLIGHTS: Included in the legislation are many Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) projects that Senator Capito authored after having consulted and worked with entities and organizations across West Virginia. Click here to view a full list of projects sponsored by Senator Capito.

LABOR-HHS BILL: As Ranking Member of the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Capito secured many priorities important to West Virginia in the package, including resources for opioid and Alzheimer’s research and care, rural health programs, and the Childhood Cancer STAR Act. Also included in the bill is support for projects at universities, hospitals, recovery centers to expand treatment capabilities, improve structures, and develop or expand workforce capabilities. Click here to learn more about some of the West Virginia wins in the Labor-HHS bill, and click here to watch Senator Capito’s remarks on the Senate floor on the Labor-HHS bill.

The final package passed on the Senate floor includes the FY24 appropriations bills for: the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education; Department of Defense; State and Foreign Operations; Financial Services and General Government; the Legislative Branch; and Homeland Security.

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