February 15, 2019

Manchin Introduces Legislation To Reauthorize Rural School Funding | The Beckley Register-Herald

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced legislation this week to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program (SRS).

The program, which provides $1.7 million to West Virginia counties every year, expired Sept. 30, 2018. The legislation would extend the program for two years.

“Forty-three West Virginia counties receive Secure Rural Schools payments to fund our schools, repair roads and support our law enforcement officials. While I continue to work towards a permanent solution this legislation will provide temporary protections,” Manchin said.

In January, Manchin sent U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Acting U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt a letter urging the delivery of Secure Rural Schools payments as quickly as possible in the aftermath of the government shutdown.

Senators Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., James Risch, R-Idaho, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., joined Manchin in introducing the legislation.


By:  Wendy Holdren