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  • If you build it, they will come. Good luck getting a government permit to build it. That’s the hard part. The federal permitting process forces American energy infrastructure to endure a maze of regulations, mountains of paperwork, bureaucratic foot-dragging, and costly studies. That’s all before the court battles begin. The economy and the American people are the big losers. A recent review by the Council on Environmental Quality found that just completing an Environmental Impact... Read More
  • If you build it, they will come. But good luck getting a government permit to build it. That’s the hard part. The federal permitting process forces American energy infrastructure to endure a maze of regulations, mountains of paperwork, bureaucratic foot-dragging, and costly studies. That’s all before the court battles begin. The economy and the public are the big losers. A recent review by the Council on Environmental Quality found that just completing... Read More
  • If you build it, they will come. Good luck getting a government permit to build it. That’s the hard part. The federal permitting process forces American energy infrastructure to endure a maze of regulations, mountains of paperwork, bureaucratic foot-dragging, and costly studies. That’s all before the court battles begin. The economy and the American people are the big losers. A recent review by the Council on Environmental Quality found that just completing an Environmental... Read More
  • “I’m tearful because I sit here looking at upcoming bills and I’m having to decide to pay a bill or buy groceries.”That’s what one West Virginian wrote to me, but unfortunately, it’s a common theme I’m hearing all across our state.In reality, families in West Virginia and across our nation continue to struggle because the policies and priorities of the Biden administration have made essential items and goods unaffordable. Whether it be gas, goods and services, energy prices, utility costs, small... Read More
  • “I’m tearful because I sit here looking at upcoming bills and I’m having to decide to pay a bill or buy groceries.”That’s what one West Virginian wrote to me, but unfortunately, it’s a common theme I’m hearing all across our state.In reality, families in West Virginia and across our nation continue to struggle because the policies and priorities of the Biden administration have made essential items and goods unaffordable. Whether it be gas, goods and services, energy prices, utility costs, small... Read More
  • “I’m tearful because I sit here looking at upcoming bills and I’m having to decide to pay a bill or buy groceries.”That’s what one West Virginian wrote to me, but unfortunately, it’s a common theme I’m hearing all across our state.In reality, families in West Virginia and across our nation continue to struggle because the policies and priorities of the Biden administration have made essential items and goods unaffordable. Whether it be gas, goods and services, energy prices, utility costs, small... Read More
  • “I’m tearful because I sit here looking at upcoming bills and I’m having to decide to pay a bill or buy groceries.”That’s what one West Virginian wrote to me, but unfortunately, it’s a common theme I’m hearing all across our state.In reality, families in West Virginia and across our nation continue to struggle because the policies and priorities of the Biden administration have made essential items and goods unaffordable. Whether it be gas, goods and services, energy prices, utility costs, small... Read More
  • “I’m tearful because I sit here looking at upcoming bills and I’m having to decide to pay a bill or buy groceries.”That’s what one West Virginian wrote to me, but unfortunately, it’s a common theme I’m hearing all across our state.In reality, families in West Virginia and across our nation continue to struggle because the policies and priorities of the Biden administration have made essential items and goods unaffordable. Whether it be gas, goods and services, energy prices, utility costs, small... Read More
  • (Editor’s note: This column was originally released Saturday afternoon, prior to President Biden’s visit to Texas) After almost two years in office, President Biden has said he is finally going to visit our southern border. This checks a box, but it doesn’t even begin to solve the problems we are facing there. Visiting El Paso, Texas is one thing, but it’s another to actually see the thousands of people gathered on the other side of the southern border waiting to cross... Read More
  • After almost two years in office, President Joe Biden has said he is finally going to visit our southern border. This checks a box, but it doesn’t even begin to solve the problems we are facing there. Visiting El Paso, Texas is one thing, but it’s another to actually see the thousands of people gathered on the other side of the southern border waiting to cross into the country illegally. It’s unclear if the president even has plans to witness this.  But, before we can even address that, it can’t... Read More
  • The damage done by President Biden’s anti-energy policies is no secret to working families across the United States. How we got here is plain to see for those who now pay higher utility bills and put more expensive gas in their cars and trucks. It turns out that shutting down pipelines, stopping oil and gas leases, denying or delaying permits and targeting energy producers with fees and burdensome regulations eventually strains families’ budgets and strangles the U.S. economy.Whether... Read More
  • The damage done by President Biden’s anti-energy policies is no secret to working families across the United States. How we got here is plain to see for those who now pay higher utility bills and put more expensive gas in their cars and trucks. It turns out that shutting down pipelines, stopping oil and gas leases, denying or delaying permits and targeting energy producers with fees and burdensome regulations eventually strains families’ budgets and strangles the U.S. economy.Whether... Read More
  • The damage done by President Biden’s anti-energy policies is no secret to working families across the United States. How we got here is plain to see for those who now pay higher utility bills and put more expensive gas in their cars and trucks. It turns out that shutting down pipelines, stopping oil and gas leases, denying or delaying permits, and targeting energy producers with fees and burdensome regulations eventually strains families’ budgets and strangles the U.S.... Read More
  • The damage done by President Biden’s anti-energy policies is no secret to working families across the United States. How we got here is plain to see for those who now pay higher utility bills and put more expensive gas in their cars and trucks. It turns out that shutting down pipelines, stopping oil and gas leases, denying or delaying permits and targeting energy producers with fees and burdensome regulations eventually strains families’ budgets and strangles the U.S. economy.Whether... Read More
  • Within the next few weeks, the U.S. Senate will consider a nomination that could have deep impact on West Virginia and Indiana businesses and their employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is one of those Washington, D.C. agencies that could, through overregulation and interference, disrupt American business and put jobs in danger.We have seen far too often in West Virginia and Indiana how unelected bureaucrats have hindered advancement and progress through their policy... Read More
  • With the U.S. economy now likely in a recession, inflation at its highest point in 40 years and Americans paying more for just about everything, you’d think now would be a good time to hold off on pouring more fuel on the fire.Yet, inexplicably, Democrats have revived their reckless tax-and-spending spree, formerly known as Build Back Better and now, laughably, called the “Inflation Reduction Act."In doing so, they are choosing to ignore the consequences of inflation for working... Read More
  • For too long, bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. have ignored West Virginians while they make decisions that fundamentally reshaped our state’s economy and everyday way of life. As a candidate, President Biden promised that he would be a “President for All Americans.” I had hoped that President Biden would stay true to his word and steer us away from that harmful past. A year and a half into this administration, it is clear the president instead wants to double down on a... Read More
  • The United States has a permitting problem.At a time when energy and natural resource security is more important than ever, we need an all-of-the-above approach to unleash American energy. However, that will not be possible until the Biden administration supports our drillers, miners, and energy innovators with tools to help do their jobs. For now, the administration seems focused on the opposite — shutting down domestic production in the long term and placing ill-suited measures on a much... Read More
  • Our veterans deserve the best medical care that we can provide. That is one principle we can all agree on, even in these challenging times. But recent actions by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have put that principle into question, and that action has not gone unnoticed by the many constituents I have heard from on this issue, or by me.In March, the VA released its initial Asset Infrastructure Review (AIR) recommendations, which were required as part of the 2018 VA MISSION Act. The... Read More
  • Our veterans deserve the best medical care that we can provide. That is one principle we can all agree on, even in these challenging times. But recent actions by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have put that principle into question, and that action has not gone unnoticed by the many constituents I have heard from on this issue, or by me.In March, the VA released its initial Asset Infrastructure Review (AIR) recommendations, which were required as part of the 2018 VA MISSION Act. The... Read More