Senator Manchin includes Grafton project in draft appropriations bills


GRAFTON—With the help of United States Senator Joe Manchin, a Grafton project could receive major funding.

On Monday, Manchin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that he had secured state priorities in nine appropriations bills, urging the committee leaders to settle on a compromise that would allow the passage of the Fiscal Year 2022 federal budget.

Among the priorities listed was a $3 million Wastewater Systems Improvement Project for the city of Grafton. The project would help to enhance the current system, helping to improve the lives of residents.

The nine draft bills include $55,059,000 in Interior, Environment and Related Agencies spending; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding in the amount of $42,662,000; a $26,767,000 allotment for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies; $9,859,000 in funding for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government spending in the amount of $1,870,000; and $2,925,000 for Homeland Security.

It was noted that the figures presented are merely preliminary finding numbers and are subject to final bill passage.

“I am pleased to see the draft Democratic appropriations bills include many West Virginia priorities that I fought for including water and wastewater upgrades, healthcare and education investments, transportation projects and economic development opportunities for West Virginia,” voiced Manchin.

“While these draft bills are a first step, we must find a bipartisan compromise to pass a reasonable, fiscally sound spending bill. As I have said numerous times before, I will not vote for legislation that does not include the Hyde Amendment, and I fully expect the final spending bill to include that language,” he added.

Manchin shared that it is his belief that these nine draft bills have huge wins for the Mountain State.

“I will keep fighting to ensure West Virginia gets our fair share in the final spending bill,” he imparted. “There is still work to be done, and I will continue to work with my bipartisan, bicameral colleagues to pass this vital legislation.”

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