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Sending it to the Oval Office

On Wednesday, the House voted to pass H.R.. 3762, the Restoring American's healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. This bill repeals several provisions in Obamacare, including the disastrous Individual and Employer mandates, the high excise or "Cadillac" tax on employer-sponsored coverage, and taxes on medical devices and prescription medication. Also included is a provision to restrict funding to Planned Parenthood and redistribute these funds to women's health programs in community health centers.

Since coming to Congress in 2011, I have worked tirelessly to push back against the flawed policies of the Affordable Care Act. Congressional Republicans continue to use every tool at our disposal to alieve the pressures placed on Americans by these burdensome policies. By passing this bill and sending it to President Obama's desk, Congress is keeping our promise and showing the American people who is responsible for higher premiums, less choice, and increased government control.

 

Congress legislates, not the President

The President's announcement that he will use executive actions to restrict the ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms is just the latest example of overreach by this Administration. Whether its guns, immigration, or coal, time and time again President Obama has gone around Congress when it suits him and taken unilateral action based on questionable constitutionality.

While we are all saddened by terrible acts of violence, like the attacks in San Bernardino, the best way to prevent them is by addressing the root cause, whether its terrorism or mental health. The proposals introduced by President Obama will restrict the rights of law abiding citizens but would not have stopped these episodes of violence.

 

Nominating West Virginia's best

After a long process, my office has nominated over two dozen deserving West Virginia student to United States service academies. A congressional nomination is the first step toward appointment to the service academies and nominated students must also meet strict academic, leadership, and athletic requirements to ear an appointment.

It was truly rewarding to offer these hardworking students an opportunity to pursue a path toward higher education, leadership development, and commitment to excellence as a military officer. These young men and women represent the best of West Virginia and I wish them the best for the future. While the nomination process for this year has closed, I encourage high schoolers interested in pursuing a nomination to begin preparing for next year's applications and contact my office to begin the process.

 

Mountaineers Update

The Mountaineers played three straight road games and emerged victorious in each contest. On December 30th, WVU faced off against a scrappy Virginia Tech team and beat them handedly, 88-63. After leading by ten at the half, the Mountaineers went on a 22-8 run to start the second half and put the game away.

For their first game of the New Year, WVU opened conference play against the Kansas State Wildcats on January 2nd. The Mountaineers were able to shake off a rocky start to win 87-83 in double overtime. Jaysean Paige stepped up big in the second half, scoring 18 of WVU's 36 points. He finished the game with a team leading 25 points and 7 boards in the victory.

The Mountaineers wrapped up their road trip with a visit to TCU. Bench play contributed 40 points for WVU and was a major factor in the 95-87 victory. The Mountaineers shot 57.7 percent from the floor and 52.9 percent from behind the arc. WVU are currently the 15th ranked team in the nation and look to extend their winning streak by beating Oklahoma State in Morgantown on January 9. Let's Go, Mountaineers!

 

Have a Great Weekend

 

- David McKinley

 
 
 
 
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