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Restoring Postal Service Standards

On July 1, 2012 the United States Postal Service(USPS)initiated an aggressive plan to cut costs by closing rural post offices, mail processing facilities, and reducing First Class Mail delivery. This has had a disproportionate impact on businesses and families in rural areas. That is why I introduced a bipartisan resolution (H.Res.54) calling for an end to the postal slowdown and a return to prior service standards.

We’ve heard from hundreds of West Virginians – newspapers, businesses, and individual postal customers negatively impacted by these delivery changes. By restoring prompt and reliable service, we can rebuild trust in the postal service and give rural Americans peace of mind.

The fall 2013 closure of the USPS Mail Processing Facility in Bridgeport, WV has required mail to be shipped to Pittsburgh or Charleston for processing, resulting in delays, increased costs, and unreliable service. This month, USPS announced it would end overnight delivery of First Class Mail in a further efforts to cut costs.

This postal slowdown is causing real harm across West Virginia as credit card bills are delayed, consumers cancel unreliable newspapers, and timely medicine deliveries are threatened. The Post Office should reconsider these changes and work with Congress to develop an alternative model.

 

Protecting our Federal Corrections Workers

This week I introduced legislation, along with my colleagues Rep. Tom Marino(PA-10), and Rep. Matt Cartwright(PA-17), that will protect Federal Corrections workers by allowing them to carry pepper spray. The bill is named after Eric Williams, a Federal Corrections Officer in Pennsylvania who was brutally killed by an inmate in 2013.

Any worker who enters his or her workplace should feel safe every day. However, that’s not the case with federal corrections workers who often have no line of defense during conflicts inside prison walls.

We listened to horrific stories about violence against guards from constituents who work in our federal prisons and decided to take action. Their job is dangerous and stressful. This proposal will help give correctional officers and their families some peace of mind.

The legislation would make permanent a Federal Bureau of Prisons pilot program that allows correctional workers to carry pepper spray. In addition, it will expand the pepper spray availability to medium and higher security facilities and require Federal Correctional workers to complete training courses before carrying and using the spray.

The bill is supported by the National Association of Police Organizations, the Council of Local Prisons, and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and was found by the Congressional Budget Office to have no cost to the taxpayers. Similar legislation was introduced in the 113th Congress.

 

Working to End Human Trafficking

Building on the bipartisan work started in the last Congress, the House acted to pass 6 bills to tackle human trafficking, prostitution and sex slavery this week.  Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers and, according to the House Judiciary Committee, over 300,000 American youth are at risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking.

As a father and a husband these votes were especially significant for me.  We need to remain ready to support any effort that combats this despicable practice and brings those who take part in it to justice.  Over the past few years, the House has made it a priority to address human trafficking.  Many of the bills passed this week were passed by the House in 2014, but never considered in the Senate.  The new Senate should consider these bills as soon as possible and get them to President Obama’s desk.

 

A Close Win Over TCU

This past Saturday my family and I were fortunate to watch an exciting game between the Mountaineers and TCU. Both teams traded the lead and brought the game into overtime, but the young freshman Jevon Carter was able to seal a Mountaineers win with his free-throws in the closing seconds. The 86-85 victory was a solid conference win for our Mountaineers, who are now ranked #2.

 

WVU basketball is in the midst of a great 2014-2015 season. Bob Huggins and his boys, after a win over KSU, look set to knock Kansas out of their top spot in the Big 12. I look forward to another great game as WVU faces off against Texas Tech tomorrow at the Coliseum. Let’s go Mountaineers!

 

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