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House Votes to Stop Excessive Job-Destroying Coal Regulations

Earlier this week the House passed the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act(HR 2824). This bill will help save American jobs and taxpayer dollars by preventing the Obama Administration from continuing to develop new job-destroying coal regulations.

The Obama Administration continues to issue regulations based on ideology, not science. They fail to take into account the impact excessive regulations have on our economy.

We must stop the Administration from moving forward with this reckless and unnecessary regulation that will directly cost thousands of hard-working American jobs and cause significant economic harm. The Stream buffer rule is just one of many fronts in the Obama Administration’s War on Coal that are hurting American families. Enough is enough.

Supreme Court Denies to Review EPA Powers Case 

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not review a 2013 Appeals Court decision that the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)did not exceed its powers when it stripped the Spruce No. 1 Mine of a permit for a large mountaintop mine in West Virginia.

Retroactively revoking permits sends a chilling effect to companies wanting to invest and grow.  Invalidating a permit years after it is issued sets a bad precedent for not only mining, but any business that relies on permits to operate.

For the past five years, the EPA has been given unprecedented power by the Obama Administration. This puts billions of dollars in public and private investments along with thousands of jobs in jeopardy.

Recognition for Leadership on Healthcare

It was an honor to receive the Arthritis Foundation Leadership Award at the Arthritis Advocacy Foundation Summit. As a co-chair of the National Arthritis Caucus, this is an issue I care deeply about.

As a passionate supporter of an individual’s access to necessary medicines, I introduced the Patients’ Access to Treatment Act, H.R. 460, last year.  This bill enables millions of insured Americans, access to critical treatments that can save their lives, allow them to function in daily life, or prevent them from becoming disabled. This legislation has bi-partisan support in Congress, as well as the tremendous support of advocacy groups, such as the Arthritis Foundation, throughout the health care industry. This important piece of legislation gives Americans access to critical treatments that they need to survive and to improve their quality of life.

The current system unfairly discriminates against patients with debilitating diseases. This is not a Democrat or a Republican issue. This is about fairness and compassion for American families.

Supporting Parks and Recreation

The National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers and the National Recreation and Park Association presented me with two awards after we introduced a bipartisan bill to ensure more funding reaches local parks and recreational facilities.

Several parks and recreational facilities in West Virginia expressed concern about the current funding formula for the Land and Water Conservation Fund(LWCF)and how it’s distributed to state and local governments. We listened to them and took action to fix the problem.

Mary McKinley speaks at National Osteoporosis Foundation Briefing

My wife, Mary, spoke to the National Osteoporosis Foundation at their Congressional Briefing in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. She discussed her experiences as a critical care nurse in Wheeling and dealing with patients with osteoporosis. She also discussed the importance of proper nutrition for healthy bones and the importance medical research plays in treating diseases like osteoporosis.

Riding the Megabus

The Megabus is a great low cost option to travel. To save taxpayer money, I take it from Washington to Morgantown on occasion. Modern technology allows me to “live tweet” some of our stops:

Our next stop on the Megabus is to chow down on roller food at the rest stop at exit 22 along I-68. Another good trip

Besides enjoying the downtime on the bus ride, the Megabus allows excellent opportunity to catch up on emails, read, and talk to seat neighbors.

West Liberty University Basketball Advances to NCAA Division II National Championship

Congratulations to West Liberty University’s Basketball team for topping USC Aiken on Thursday night, 86-83. The Hilltoppers(31-3)will now play for the national championship on Saturday afternoon against Central Missouri at 3 p.m.

Constituent Meetings:

This week, I also met a number of constituent groups, including veterans from the American Legion, members of the WV Recreation and Parks Association, members of the WV Bankers Association,  and WVU President Gordon Gee:

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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