23rd Annual West Virginia Science Bowl:

Last weekend, I spoke for the third year in a row at the 23rd Annual West Virginia Regional Science Bowl. I have been impressed by the bright young minds West Virginia has in science, math, engineering, and technology. These young men and women are the future innovators who could come up with “the next big thing.” We need more bright young people to take leadership roles, in the private sector, in academia, and even in government.

Congratulations to the Morgantown High School science bowl team for taking first place at the competition. All the long hours of hard work and preparation paid off, and we are confident they'll represent the Mountain State well at the national competition in April!

CBO Report Releases Devastating Report on Economic Impact of Obamacare:

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s(CBO)latest report on the impact of Obamacare estimated that Obamacare will cut the workforce by more than 2 million jobs. 

The White House believes that over 2 million people leaving the workforce is a good thing because they will no longer be “trapped in a job.”  Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “At the beginning of this year, we noted that as part of this new day in health care, Americans would no longer be trapped in a job just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.”

This Forbes article summarized it best, “Bored with your job? No worries—now you can quit, thanks to the generosity of other taxpayers. Want to retire early? No worries—now you can, thanks to the generosity of other taxpayers, and also thanks to the higher premiums that young people will be forced to pay on your behalf.

To top it all off, the monthly jobs report was released today and it is was more bad news. The economy added 113,000 jobs in January while the unemployment rate is at 6.6 percent. The jobs figure fell short of expectations. The economy is still weak and Obamacare is making it worse.

To read the Congressional Budget Office report for yourself, click here.

Floor and Committee Activity:

This week, the House passed H.R. 3964, the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act. The bill seeks to help farmers who have been hurt by a drought in central California.

Environmentalists have repeatedly sued to save a 3 inch fish, known as the Delta smelt. According to the sponsor of the bill, “hundreds of millions of taxpayer and rate payer dollars have been spent to investigate the specific causes of smelt declines and to protect the species from the operation of the pumps.” 

In order to save the fish, environmentalists have been successful at diverting water that would have otherwise gone south, and pumped the water into the Pacific Ocean. This is a clear example of regulations standing in the way of jobs. We ought to care more about the unemployed farm workers in need of jobs than protecting a 3 inch fish.

The Energy and Commerce Committee held two hearings this week. The first was about protecting consumer information. With the recent data breaches Target and other companies are dealing with, I had the chance to hear from security experts on how we can better prevent future breaches. The second hearing was on the reporting of information under Toxic Substances Control Act(TSCA). As we are seeing with the situation in Charleston, it is vital that we update and strengthen this law.

To see me speak during the data breach hearing, click here.

To see me speak during the Toxic Substances Control Act hearing, click here.

Constituent Meetings:

This week, I met with law enforcement officials, the WV Rural Health Association, representatives from National Education Association and United Auto Workers along with a number of constituents from across the district. Volunteers and directors of Community Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions met with me to discuss concerns over the substance abuse issues state counties face on an ongoing basis.

If you are ever in the Washington D.C. office please drop in and say hello. If you want an appointment just give my office a call at 202-225-4172.

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Residents of the First Congressional District of West Virginia are encouraged to contact my office for federal assistance with the following issues and agencies: 

  • Veterans's Affairs
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  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • And more

If you wish to speak with a member of my staff, please feel free to contact us at(304)284-8506 or visit my website. We can assist you to get the answers you need in a timely fashion.

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