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Vote on Flood Insurance Fix Scheduled:

This week, House Republican leadership announced a vote later this month to provide relief from flood insurance rate hikes millions of Americans and thousands of West Virginians are facing.

Congress needs to take action and help people in places like Wheeling Island, New Martinsville and Fairmont who are facing huge flood insurance bills. I have heard heartbreaking stories in meetings across the First District, phone calls, and letters, and have been working daily with House leadership and other Members of Congress to stop these massive rate hikes.

In the past weeks we’ve worked to ensure any solution will be retroactive and provide refunds to those who have already paid. I’m optimistic this plan will include those provisions. It’s unfair to expect homeowners to pay premiums that are ten times higher than they expected and we need to provide relief quickly.

House leadership has listened to our concerns and is now aware of the urgent need to resolve this problem. While the details of this proposal still aren’t clear, it is a promising development.

No Blank Check for Obama:

Earlier this week I voted against increasing the nation’s debt limit without making reforms or cuts.

On principle, I agree we should never default on our debt and we must pay our bills.  But there’s a big difference between principles and tactics.  The tactic of giving a blank check to the President and the Democrat-controlled Senate to continue spending is not responsible. With a $17.3 trillion dollar debt that is growing every day, we can’t ignore this problem and pass this debt on to our children and grandchildren.

Fixing this debt will require real structural changes and significant reforms. That’s why I’ve supported proposals including a Balanced Budget Amendment, reining in excessive regulations that hurt jobs and the middle class, and fixing the problems with the health care law. All of these reforms would slow spending and help grow the economy.

Paying our bills is responsible, but so is finding ways to reduce this massive debt.

Winter Weather:

While the rest of Washington was shut down due to the weather, I manned the phones and spoke with a number of constituents.

It’s always good to hear what is on your mind.

Constituent Meetings:

This week, I met with representatives from the National Energy Technology Lab, the WV Rural Water Association, United Steel Workers, along with a number of constituents from across the district. Members of the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle met with me to discuss helping create jobs in the Northern Panhandle.

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.

Have a safe and warm Valentine’s Day!

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