Last Friday, the world witnessed a terrible act of terrorism as ISIS terrorists struck Paris. Congress and the American people stand in solidarity with the people of France and condemn these horrific attacks. As France begins to heal, we must examine how these terrorists were able to launch such a horrific attack.

It appears ISIS terrorists were able to exploit the current refugee crisis caused by the Syrian conflict. Currently, millions of refugees from Iraq and Syria are attempting to make their way into Europe to escape this conflict. The chaos of this event allows individuals to slip across borders, with little to no scrutiny. ISIS itself has stated it will continue to exploit this turmoil and plans to use the refugee crisis to sneak cells into the United States.

This is why I voted in support of H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act. This bill will pause Syrian and Iraqi refugee settlement in the United States until the federal agencies responsible for vetting these individuals are capable of performing a thorough investigation. While America must do more to help those affected by this conflict; we must first ensure that American citizens will be protected.



This week I, along with 42 other Members of Congress, sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rodgers requesting that language to defund the proposed Stream Protection Rule be included in any end-of-the-year spending bill. This rule is estimated destroy up to 280,000 mining jobs and sterilize up to 64% of coal reserves nationwide - destroying the coal industry and related jobs in support industries.

Obama's radical "War on Coal" has already done enough damage to our state. This rule is nothing more than another reckless and unnecessary regulation that will directly cost thousands of hard-working American jobs and cuase significant economic harm. protecting American jobs should be just as important as protecting the environment and I will always vote in favor of creating more job opportunities and growing the economy.



This week the House Energy and Commerce Committee took a stand against the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)and voted to pass two bills that will stop the disastrous regulations of coal fired power plants by using the Congressional Review Act. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to review "major" rules issued by federal agencies, such as the EPA, before they take effect and reject them if they are unsatisfactory.

Already, EPA regulations are costing West Virginian's jobs and sending shockwaves through the Mountain State's economy. President Obama's so-called "Clean Power Plan" would be a final blow for tens of thousands of good paying jobs across our state and would devastate West Virginia's economic future. As chairman of the Congressional Coal Caucus, I will continue to support these resolutions, and other legislative measures, and push for them to be brought to the House floor for a full vote.



For the second straight weeks the Mountaineers hosted a team from Texas at Mountaineer Field and once again our boys prevailed; this time beating the University of Texas 38-20. The defense dominated the game by forcing 5 turnovers that led to 24 points. Running back Wendell Smallwood racked up 165 yards on the ground accounting for the majority of the team's 257 rushing yards.

West Virginia is now one win away from being bowl eligible, which they will look to lock up tomorrow by defeating the 0-10 Kansas Jayhawks. Let's go, Mountaineers!


Have a good weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving!


- David

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