CHARLESTON, WV — Today, Governor Jim Justice joined Governors John Bel Edwards (D-LA), Nathan Deal (R-GA), Roy Cooper (D-NC), Henry McMaster (R-SC) in sending a bipartisan letter to U.S. House and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee leaders requesting that Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) disaster funding be included in the Continuing Resolution (CR) being considered by Congress.
The letter requests $461 million from Congress to help West Virginia recover from last year’s flood. Combined, the five states are requesting approximately $3.6 billion in funding from disasters.
“As West Virginia continues to recover from last year’s 1,000-year flood our people need federal disaster funding to fully rebuild,” said Governor Jim Justice. “Our communities are bouncing back, but to truly recover we need federal assistance today. Thousands of families and businesses have been displaced and our unmet recovery needs deserve immediate attention.”
The complete letter from the governors is available by clicking here: Governors Congressional Disaster Appropriation Letter.pdf
EXCERPT FROM THE LETTER:
“As Governors of five states hit with catastrophic disasters within the last year, we write to request the inclusion of disaster relief funding in the upcoming Continuing Resolution to be considered by Congress. There is an urgent need to provide relief for the families and individuals who have been impacted and the help of the federal government is critical. For families and communities across this country working to rebuild from these disasters, the recovery timeline does not wait for congressional appropriations or the federal funding process. In each of our states, our people need your assistance today.”