The opioid crisis touches nearly every family in West Virginia, with too many lives lost to the disease of addiction. It’s an issue I hear about every day as your representative in Congress and one we must work together to change.
In the final weeks of his administration, President Barack Obama pushed forward yet another job-killing regulation aimed at West Virginia’s coal miners.
In the hills of Pocahontas County sits a radio telescope, one with the ability to peer light-years away and change the way we think about our universe.
The Green Bank Observatory and its crown jewel, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, are irreplaceable assets to West Virginia — and assets that could be in jeopardy.
Nearly every day, we see another story in the news about an overdose in West Virginia. The drug crisis has hit our state hard, but it’s also a national crisis. No community is exempt — addiction doesn’t discriminate based on geography, income, education level or occupation.
West Virginians are facing tremendous hardships from last week’s devastating floods, including the destruction of property and tragic loss of life. We grieve for those that we have lost, we grieve for those who have lost everything, and we grieve for the lives turned upside down.
Five years ago when I was a state senator, two compassionate Huntington nurses, Sara Murray and Rhonda Edmunds, contacted me about a disturbing trend they'd noticed at their hospital - a drastic rise in the number of babies born who were exposed to drugs in the womb.
West Virginians want to work, and West Virginia wants to attract new businesses to our great state. However, the war on coal has caused more mines than ever to be closed or idled. Coal towns throughout southern West Virginia and Appalachia have been devastated by mounting job losses, and we need to get West Virginians back to work here at home.
President Obama has yet again used executive overreach to force his agenda on the American people, this time through executive actions tightening gun ownership and sales. Congress has already rejected these policies through bipartisan votes, and this action is another example of the president overstepping his constitutional authority to circumvent the people’s voices in Congress.
West Virginia has many road projects that have been long promised but never completed. Some are actually seeing progress, like Route 35 in Mason and Putnam counties, which is on schedule to be fully upgraded. Others, like the King Coal Highway, Coalfields Expressway and Tolsia Highway remain in various stages of completion – or lack thereof.
Going through withdrawal from heroin and other opioids is a horrific way to start one's life, but that's the reality for far too many newborns in West Virginia.