Stopping EPA’s Destructive Rules on Coal Power Plants

This week, the House passed the Rate Payer Protection Act to delay the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations on coal-fired power plants and allow states to opt-out of the rule if it threatens reliability and increases prices. The EPA’s new regulations will mean fewer jobs, higher electricity prices, and more brownouts.

The EPA continues to push through more regulations even as we see the disastrous results for West Virginia. We have lost almost half of our coal workforce in the past three years and power plants are shutting down across the region.

I talk about these regulations a lot because they are a threat to our economy and our way of life. Earlier this month, I authored a letter to Governor Tomblin encouraging him not to aid the EPA in destroying our economy and refuse to draft an implementation plan. We must continue to fight these regulations in Congress, in the courts, and through the state legislature.

Obamacare Is Still Broken

The Supreme Court decided a case this week which left Obamacare entirely intact. The higher premiums, fewer choices, and worse care are here to stay… until we have a new president willing to sign a patient-centered healthcare reform plan. House Republicans will continue to work on protecting Americans from the negative consequences of Obamacare.

We have supported multiple plans to replace Obamacare that would offer West Virginians more choices and better care at a lower price. You can read about the American Health Care Reform Act here. The bill would repeal Obamacare, maintain coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, and allow people to shop across state lines.

Finding a Cure

Each week I am in Washington we are visited by amazing advocates who speak up for change. On Tuesday, Mary and I met with Annette and her daughter who discussed the need for funding to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.

The Energy and Commerce Committee has a bipartisan plan to reform and modernize spending at the National Institutes of Health. By putting our research dollars towards finding cures, we can begin winning the battles against some of the deadliest diseases. You can read more about the bill, 21st Century Cures, here.

The First District’s Newest Artist

Bridgeport’s Brooke Shull, a high school junior, won our annual Congressional Art Competition. Her painting, called “Garden of Heathen,” will hang in the Capitol building through next spring. Congratulations, Brooke!

Visiting Across the First District

Next week the House is on recess – but that does not mean it is vacation for Members of Congress! I will be visiting six counties, holding five roundtables, and visiting three Chamber of Commerce and Rotary meetings throughout the week. By staying in touch and listening to residents of the First District, I am a better representative for you in Washington.

Have a great week,

David McKinley

The Department of Commerce recently announced that West Virginia's economy grew by 5.1% last year - the third-fastest growing country in the state. Meanwhile, our unemployment rate has increased to 7.2% over the past 5 months.

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