April 02, 2019

Manchin Statement On Puerto Rico Disaster Funding

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his votes on disaster funding.  

“Today, I voted for a disaster supplemental bill that provides important resources to states and territories affected by natural disasters. In West Virginia, we know all too well how devastating these events are for our communities, and we must stand with our fellow Americans across the country when tragedy strikes. 

“However, I remain frustrated that over $100 million for West Virginia disaster relief continues to be held up by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). During debate on this bill, I cosponsored an amendment to clear the OMB backlog and release this critical funding to West Virginia. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans objected and prevented it from being included. As the disaster supplemental process moves forward, I will fight to ensure that any bill that passes Congress will require OMB to deal with their backlog, including the $100 million for West Virginia, before spending additional disaster funds. We should never play politics when families are hurting, and it is past time that we to come to the aid of our West Virginia neighbors.”