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Committee chaired by Capito OKs homeland security funds


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va.  — U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito was the chairwoman on the subcommittee passage of a $55.15 billion Homeland Security Appropriations Bill being termed a “major down payment” on President Donald Trump’s call for a border wall system between America and Mexico.

Included in the measure approved Tuesday is $148 million specifically for stopping the flow of opioids across U.S. borders. Capito, R-W.Va., serves as chairwoman of the Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

“We’ve seen so many illegal drugs flow across our borders, making their way into West Virginia communities and others across the country,” she said. “This legislation includes a number of measures to secure our borders and stop that illegal flow-both at points of entry and through other means.

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