This Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act. While this bill contained a few good provisions, including reforms to reduce fraud and waste in the Social Security Disability Insurance program and eliminating costly Obamacare provisions, it called for an increase in spending without making the fundamental changes we need to bring our financial house in order. For this reason, I voted against H.R. 1314.

In 2011, I came to Congress with a pledge to reduce out-of-control spending and stop adding to the unsustainable debt we are passing on to our children and grandchildren. Today that national debt is nearly 18.5 trillion dollars and growing. Recently we have made some progress on reducing the debt but still have a long way to go. This budget deal reverses recently made progress by increasing spending now for the promise of savings in the future. Rather than increasing expenses, we must work to reduce waste, make the government smaller and more efficient, and stop mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren.



On Thursday, I voted, alongside an overwhelming majority of my Republican colleagues, to elect Paul Ryan to the position of Speaker of the House.

Paul Ryan is the best choice to unify our conference and lead the House. He has a proven conservative record and an effective legislator, as his experience as Chairman of the Ways and Means and Budget Committees shows. My support for Mr. Ryan, however, does not equal a rubber stamp for House Republican leadership. I have not been afraid to break with leadership when it does not benefit West Virginians and will continue to do so.

Now is not a time to dwell on division and internal squabbles. Instead we must refocus our work on behalf of the American people. I trust in Speaker Ryan’s vision for the House of Representatives and have full confidence he will work hard in this position to help the citizens of the First District and America.



On November 12th, I will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont. This meeting will focus on the coal and natural gas industries and the future of West Virginia’s economy.

The Mountain State’s economy is inextricably linked with energy production. For decades our state has provided inexpensive and reliable electricity to much of the Eastern United States. President Obama’s so called “Clean Power Plan” threatens to shutdown coal plants and production throughout West Virginia, leading to job layoffs and a weakened economy.

I want to listen to any concerns you may have about these issues and invite you to join me at the address below:

West Virginia’s Economy: Coal, Natural Gas, and What’s Next

Thursday, November 12, 2015 Doors Open at 6:00PM, Town Hall Begins 6:30PM

The Robert H. Mollohan Research Center

1000 Galliher Drive

Fairmont, WV 26554



As Chairman of the Congressional Coal Caucus, it is my job to work with my colleagues in Congress to promote dialogue and legislative solutions in support of the coal industry. This week, West Virginia members of the National Mining Association(NMA)stopped by my office to discuss issues facing the coal industry and how we can work together to fight back against the current onslaught of regulations coming out of the White House.

While the effects of President Obama’s “War on Coal” are most apparent in the shuttering of coal plants and laid off miners, the NMA highlighted other businesses throughout West Virginia that are affected by these regulations. Thousands of First District citizens play an indirect role in supporting coal mining, from transporting coal to producing the equipment that keeps miners safe. These jobs are just a few of the thousands of jobs in West Virginia that are at risk because of the President’s burdensome regulations.

Next week, the House Energy & Commerce committee will mark up two bills, that I proudly cosponsored, aimed to stop these job killing regulations. House Joint Resolution 71 and House Joint Resolution 72 would seek to limit the Obama Administration’s overreaching Clean Power Plan through the use of the Congressional Review Act(CRA). The CRA allows Congress to reject major rules made by federal agencies, in this case the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), in order to prevent their implementation. It is my hope that these bills will pass the House, sending a strong message to President Obama that we will not stand for this federal overreach.

Washington, DC
412 Cannon HOB | Washington, DC 20515
Phone:(202)225-4172 | Fax:(202)225-7564
709 Beechurst Ave.
Suite 29
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304.284.8506
Fax: 304-284-8505
Horne Building
1100 Main Street, Suite 101
Wheeling, WV 26003
Fax: 304-232-3813
Federal Building
425 Juliana Street Suite 1004
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Fax: 304-422-5974