Protecting Low Income Communities

Excessive regulations have been a drain West Virginia’s economy, especially the energy, manufacturing, and agriculture sectors.  One of my top priorities for the new Congress is continuing my fight against overregulation.  The House passed an important bill this weekto ensure a fairer, more transparent, and more accountable rulemaking process for federal bureaucracies.  Regulations cost the American economy nearly $2 trillion a year, averaging $15,000 per family.

I supported the Regulatory Accountability Act and also offered an amendment that ensures that agencies take into consideration the impacts of low income communities when they develop these regulations.  Burdensome regulations have a real impact on families across this country, especially in economically-depressed communities.  These people deserve our compassion and empathy, not more rules that take money out of their wallet.  Rather than blindly issuing regulations in pursuit of ideological goals, agencies must consider the impact they will have on American families.


Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration

This week the House resumed its battle against the President’s unconstitutional actions on immigration by passing legislation to prohibit any tax-payer money from being used to carry-out President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty orders.  With this bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security(DHS), I voted to restore and respect the constitutional separation of powers.

The United States is a nation of laws, and one man should not be able to change those laws because he is not getting his way. All elected officials take the same oath to defend the Constitution, and today, the House fulfilled its duty.  This legislation would stop President Obama’s selective enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws while fully-funding border security and other priorities, such as counter-terrorism and cybersecurity.  One amendment to the bill, the House voted to stop the executive action that gives illegal aliens work permits and federal benefits.  This legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Since President Obama’s November declaration that he would not enforce immigration law, I have received thousands of phone calls, emails, and letters from constituents urging Congress to stand for the rule of law. This vote is another effort to enforce our laws and secure our border.


Helping our Volunteer Firefighters

This week the House passed the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act(H.R. 33), which will exempt volunteer firefighters and emergency medical providers from the employer mandate under Obamacare.

Last year the Obama Administration made an announcement that it would ensure ‘fair treatment’ for volunteer firefighters and emergency responders under the Affordable Care Act and clarified they would not be subject to the Obamacare mandate. The announcement was made after pressure from Congress and the public, caused the Administration to back down from their initial stance. The Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act solidifies this decision by making it law.

We appreciate the volunteer firefighters in our district that had brought this issue to our attention and helped raise awareness of the problem. With this permanent solution we hope this will better ensure protection for our volunteer firefighters and emergency responders.


Wild and Wonderful

With winter now in full force, West Virginia has much to offer to those looking for some winter fun.  Thanks to our natural beauty and rugged terrain, West Virginia has some of the best winter sports activities in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. The Mountain State offers one of the longest seasons in the region for downhill and cross-country skiers, snowboarders and snow tubing fans.

The First Congressional District provides numerous choices for both West Virginians and out-of-staters looking to take advantage of recent snowfalls.  The Canaan Valley Resortand Blackwater Falls State Parkare perennial favorites for winter sports enthusiasts of all abilities.  I was pleasantly surprised to see another local spot, the White Grass Ski Touring Center in Davis, was also recently profiled in a Washington Post article for its cross country skiing offerings.  Wintertime does not mean that there’s a shortage of things to do in our state.  On the contrary, there’s no better time of the year to see what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful!


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Visiting Washington is an exciting and educational experience. My door is always open, so please doesn’t hesitate to stop by my office. In addition, my staff can serve as a resource to you in booking tours for your trip.

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