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Warner, Kaine Applaud Funding For Valley Projects

Virginia’s representatives in the Senate applauded the passing of a congressional funding bill on March 8.

Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner applauded the legislation, which averted a partial government shutdown and funded key government projects for fiscal year 2024.

“It’s about time,” said Sen. Warner in a press release. “I was proud to support the passage of this legislation, which will give our federal agencies the funding they need to serve the American people and respond to the novel needs of the current fiscal year. I’m particularly thrilled that we were able to secure funding for over 100 individual projects in communities throughout the Commonwealth. These projects will make a world of a difference at the community level, tackling specific needs like making our neighborhoods more resilient to climate change, improving the quality of drinking water, addressing homelessness, strengthening local transportation systems, supporting domestic violence victims, and investing in young Virginians, among many others.”

Included in the legislation is $1,000,000 for the Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center to help increase the availability of affordable childcare in the region. This represents a continuation of the city’s earlier efforts to make childcare more accessible. Local efforts were focused on using American Rescue Plan Act funding to educate and license more potential childcare providers in both the city and the county.

“Although this is long overdue, I’m glad we passed legislation to fund several parts of the government,” said Sen. Kaine in a press release. “The bill includes many provisions I fought for to make our communities safer, expand access to affordable housing, support childcare on our military bases, and boost economic growth. I’m proud that we secured funding for 105 community projects across Virginia that will improve transportation, upgrade water infrastructure, support health care, and more. I urge Congress to take up the rest of the government funding bills as soon as possible.”