Getting Americans to Work

On Wednesday, the House sent a bipartisan jobs bill to President Obama’s desk. The legislation passed this week would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which the White House has delayed for 2,336 days. If approved, the pipeline would support an estimated 42,000 American jobs and generate billions in economic activity. Despite the benefits, President Obama has threatened to veto the bill.

The oil Keystone XL would transport will travel to market one way or another and Americans should be the ones reaping the benefits. Transporting oil by pipeline is safer, more efficient, and more environmentally-friendly than any other existing option.

The Administration has run out of excuses not to let this project go forward and I urge the President to sign this bill into law when it hits his desk.

Science Bowl

I had the pleasure of attending the National Science Bowl competition in Morgantown where two of our First District schools moved on to the finals. You can read more about it here. They will be taking part in the finals in Washington, DC in April. Best of luck!

Towards Peace of Mind on Mental Health

This week, the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations held a hearing about the mental health programs our federal government runs.

Shockingly, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sends taxpayer dollars to groups that undermine their mission. One especially egregious grant went to a program who tells patients to stop using their medications. Watch the witness’s response here:

Educating the Next Generation of Engineers

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to address the American Society for Engineering Education meeting in Washington, DC. As the only engineer in Congress, it was a pleasure to meet with these educators.

In Case You Missed It

·         Mary and I authored an opinion-editorial in The Hill about our government’s archaic flu vaccine procedures.

·         Have you heard about “amnesty bonuses”?

·         I shared my favorite “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” moment:

Mountaineers Update

The Mountaineers were able to close out a two game losing streak with a 76-72 victory over Kansas State this past Wednesday. WVU squeezed by with the help of its young players, despite a poor second half.

Tomorrow, West Virginia hits the road to face off against a #14 ranked Iowa State. The team needs a solid win, to pull away in the big 12 standings. I’m looking forward to an exciting game and a shooting average above 50%!

Let’s Go, ‘Eers!

Happy President’s Day Weekend!

Monday, February 16, marks Presidents Day. The holiday began as a way of celebrating the birthday of our first president, George Washington. It has transformed over the years into a day to honor all who have held the office of the Presidency, past and president.

On this occasion, I want to draw attention to one president in particular, whose birthday is also this month. Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, was instrumental in helping West Virginia achieve statehood. President Lincoln worked closely with Francis H. Pierpont and other West Virginia representatives to secure West Virginian statehood on June 20, 1863. While the Mountaineer struggle for statehood began before Lincoln’s presidency, it was under his leadership that statehood became official.

Have a great weekend!

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