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What West Virginians Need to Know About COVID-19
  • Ronald Reagan famously said, “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.”While this can be applied to many examples of harmful overreach from Washington, D.C., it seems more pertinent now than ever given the latest partisan attempt to federalize one of America’s most sacred functions: our elections.Advocates claim this sweeping effort, which comes in the form of legislation ironically called the “For the... Read More
  • Infrastructure is on everyone’s mind these days.How do we define infrastructure?How much should we spend?How do we pay for it?These are some of the many questions that are on people’s minds, but the biggest question is, can Republicans and Democrats actually work together and cut a bipartisan infrastructure deal?This past week proves that the answer is a resounding yes.Last Thursday, the Senate passed the bipartisan Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (DWWIA).As the top... Read More
  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if the Appalachian region were an independent country, it would be the third-largest natural gas producer in the world. Job creation and economic growth through the natural gas industry cannot be overstated. It’s why I’ve pushed so hard to create a natural gas storage hub in West Virginia.Sadly, natural gas growth faces tremendous headwinds over the next four years.Despite calls for “unity,” in some of his first actions President Biden managed to... Read More
  • President Joe Biden has nominated an individual who has advocated and advanced views to the left of most of the country to be the third most senior person at the U.S. Department of Justice.Whether it’s decriminalizing drugs, eliminating qualified immunity, rolling back the Second Amendment, or defunding the police, Vanita Gupta has a long track record of promoting radical policies that do not align with West Virginia values.I have serious policy disagreements with her, and I believe that... Read More
  • Hundreds of children in overcrowded spaces. Looks of exasperation on the faces of those working on the ground. A porous border susceptible to trafficking of all kinds.These were some of the sights I witnessed during my recent trip to El Paso, Texas, to see the border crisis firsthand with a bipartisan group of senators, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the alarming numbers. Temporary housing facilities are averaging close to 300% and 400% capacity,... Read More
  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if the Appalachian region were an independent country, it would be the third-largest natural gas producer in the world.Job creation and economic growth through the natural gas industry cannot be overstated.It’s why I’ve pushed so hard to create a natural gas storage hub in West Virginia.Sadly, natural gas growth faces tremendous headwinds over the next four years. Despite calls for “unity,” in some of his first actions, President Biden managed to kill... Read More
  • Playing a sport is rewarding, and can be a grind.The time spent at countless meets, matches and games pales in comparison to the days, months and years of preparation put in by athletes when no one is watching.This is true for men’s and women’s athletics alike.A mile an hour or two on a tennis serve, a half second in a 200m race, and an inch on a vertical jump in volleyball may not seem like much, but they can be the difference between winning and... Read More
  • Transportation infrastructure matters. It matters to our economy, our communities, our health and our safety.Our nation’s surface transportation system brings jobs and new opportunities, enables communities to grow, connects us to our friends and family, and joins all sectors of the economy to customers at home and abroad.That is why one of my top priorities as ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is to develop a bipartisan surface... Read More
  • We all know the history and we’ve heard the names in documentaries or read about them in the history books.Suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and so many others. Their deeds were certainly great, and the outcome, monumental.I’m constantly inspired by these women’s words and the images of their fight for equality in our democratic process.These suffragists and leaders paved the way for women to exercise the right to vote. This changed... Read More
  • The pandemic has hit West Virginia small businesses hard, hammering restaurants and coffee shops like The Black Dog Coffee Company in Shenandoah Junction. Concerned about continuing operations in the changing economic landscape, owners Jennifer and Brian Bircher received a financial lifeline from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).“The Payroll Protection Program (PPP), covering our payroll costs, has allowed us to use the revenue from our daily sales to pay local vendors who are... Read More
  • Improving West Virginia’s infrastructure is one of my top priorities.No project is more important to our state’s future than completing Corridor H. Once finished, that four-lane highway will link Interstate 79 with the Washington, D.C. area, creating tremendous opportunities for economic growth.Building a road in West Virginia is expensive and takes time, but the benefits to our state are well worth the costs. That is why I champion federal funding for Corridor H at every possible... Read More
  • Improving West Virginia’s infrastructure is one of my top priorities.When I was first elected to Congress, I joined the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and identified the construction of a four-lane U.S. Route 35 from Interstate 64 in Putnam County to the Ohio River in Mason County as my highest goal. That goal will soon become a reality.Today, I am joining West Virginia Secretary of Transportation Byrd White to examine progress on this vital link between the Kanawha... Read More
  • Our Constitution recognizes that every American should receive the equal protection of our laws.Police officers play a critical role in protecting our physical security and securing our civil rights. West Virginians know that the overwhelming majority of people in law enforcement – our city police officers, county sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, personnel at the Clarksburg FBI Center, and many others – take seriously their responsibility to serve and protect everyone... Read More
  • After months of battling COVID-19, there is no question that this virus has had a terrible impact on our communities. It has effected every part of our lives and the numbers show this.More than 113,000 of our fellow Americans have lost their lives due to this awful virus, including 88 West Virginians.  The official unemployment rate is about 13 percent nationally and over 15 percent in West Virginia.State and local officials across the country closed much of our economy in an effort to... Read More
  • Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen so many people from all across this country stepping up in major ways. Especially right here in West Virginia.West Virginia is like one big small town. We help one another in times of need whether we know the person or not.I like to call this the “West Virginia spirit,” and there’s no question that this spirit has helped us through some difficult times. We saw this spirit in full swing during the aftermath of the 2016... Read More
  • It’s been a tough couple of months as our nation-and the entire world-deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Many of us know someone who has been infected by the virus and some of us have lost loved ones as a result.We’ve become accustomed to the new norm of social distancing, teleworking, and communicating with friends and family using new and creative methods.Millions of Americans have tested positive for COVID and thousands have died. We mourn the loss of those lost and... Read More
  • In trying times, West Virginians always rise to the occasion. We are seeing this right now as communities across the Mountain State battle the spread of COVID-19. The most important work we can do in government is to act swiftly and deliver the life-saving resources that our health care heroes need to meet this challenge.Telehealth is a crucial tool in this battle against COVID-19. For years, the federal government has supported the buildout of high-speed Internet connections to brick-and-mortar... Read More
  • The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has swept through our nation, and hit other countries around the world particularly hard.While West Virginia was the last state to report confirmed cases, we knew this day would come eventually, which is why Congress moved quickly to make sure states—including West Virginia—were prepared and equipped with the resources needed to meet this virus head-on.To date, Congress has responded to the coronavirus in three phases:  The Coronavirus... Read More
  • In West Virginia, communities and families have struggled with the drug epidemic far more than most other states. This is no secret.But, West Virginia has also made progress in addressing this crisis, developing real solutions on the ground that work, and ultimately serving as a model for others to follow as the nation grapples with this epidemic.Last week, we had the chance to see some of these solutions in action in Williamson. Not only are these innovative solutions working to help... Read More
  • When I came to the Senate, I promised West Virginians that I would take meaningful action on the issues that are important to our state.One way I’ve worked to deliver on this promise is through my position on the Appropriations Committee, where I’ve made sure West Virginia has a loud and strong voice when it comes to determining our nation’s spending priorities.At the end of last year, the Senate passed and President Trump signed into law several important Appropriations... Read More