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Senator Capito backs recent government funding bill

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Published: May. 3, 2017 at 2:12 PM EDT
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A budget bill that would fund the Federal Government until the fall could be voted on as early as today, and one West Virginia senator approves of the new changes.

Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito tells us she is glad there is a bipartisan agreement to continue funding the government.

The recent compromised spending bill includes funding for Planned Parenthood and NIH, which democrats say is a victory for them.

The bill also has no money in it to build a border wall, but President Donald Trump says that's something that will be addressed in the near future.

"Make no mistake we are beginning to build the wall," President Trump said.

The bill includes a large portion of money that will be devoted to the opioid and drug abuse issue that is happening in West Virginia, and that makes Senator Capito happy.

"It (the bill) deals with treatment, help with paying for treatment, help with prevention, law enforcement, education, all the things surrounding a spectrum of solutions for the drug problem," Senator Capito said. "It's just a really sad thing, but with federal resources, I think we can attack this problem more aggressively."

A vote could happen before congress takes a break Thursday. Officials with the White House say they are optimistic.