Energy and Mining
- Congressman Mooney cosponsored the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (H.R. 3) that passed the full House by a bipartisan vote of 266-153. Allowing the Keystone Pipeline will create good paying jobs for American workers and further enhance the countries energy opportunities.
- Congressman Mooney has focused on cracking down out of control environmental regulations from President Obama by cosponsoring, H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, which will ensure that Congress has the opportunity to stop these job killing regulations.
- Congressman Mooney cosponsored H. R. 702 to lift the decades old crude oil export ban which will open American crude oil to the world market and ensure American energy sources remain globally competitive. This legislation has been long overdue and will be a boon to American energy producers.
- Congressman Mooney cosponsored H. Con. Res 105 that expresses the sense of Congress that the international climate change agreement in Paris should not go into effect until the world agrees to comply with the same standards as the United States. Congressman Mooney is also working to ensure that federal tax dollars do not go towards funding international projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Congressman Mooney is a cosponsor of the EPA Maximum Achievable Contraction of Technocrats of 2015, H.R. 3939, which will reduce the EPA’s workforce by 15 percent to prevent the agency from crafting more onerous job killing regulations.
- Congressman Mooney introduced and passed H.R.1644, the STREAM Act. This bill would prevent the Obama Administration from implementing a new regulation intentionally designed to shut down mining in the Appalachian region and kill as many as 80,000 coal jobs. The full House passed the bill on January 19, 2016 by a bipartisan vote of 235-188.
- Congressman Mooney added two amendments to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
- The first amendment would help strengthen transparency and oversight at the EPA by providing additional funding for rigorous oversight of the agency.
- The second amendment would cut funding from the office at the EPA responsible for coming up with the agency’s regulatory policy.
- Congressman Mooney is an original cosponsor of the Coal Healthcare and Pensions Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 2403) which will ensure that coal miners and their families receive the healthcare and pensions they deserve. This includes ensuring that black lung benefit claims are handled in a timely manner and those miners suffering with black lung receive the care they need.
- Congressman Mooney help lead the fight against President Obama’s so called Clean Power Plan which will have a devastating impact on West Virginia’s economy, the coal industry and raise energy prices on working families. He cosponsored and voted for Congressional Resolutions of disapproval for these new power plant rules which were vetoed by President Obama.
- Congressman Mooney cosponsored H. R. 1388, the Clean Air, Strong Economies Act which will ensure that West Virginia counties have the opportunity to comply with stricter air quality standards before more stringent regulations are put in place. Not only are the new standards nearly impossible to achieve, the stricter standards have not even been fully implemented.
- Congressman Mooney is a lead cosponsor of the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area Act of 2015, H.R. 693, which will protect the open space, the environment and natural heritage in the Appalachian region. The heritage area will encompass lands in Braxton, Upshur, Randolph, Pendleton, Hardy, Hampshire and Morgan counties and will bring federal recognition to the regions forest legacy and mountain culture.
- Congressman Mooney has been fighting back against President Obama’s Waters of the United States regulation that will allow the federal government to regulate ditches or trickles of water on private property. This rule will disproportionately impact West Virginia Farmers. Congressman Mooney cosponsored the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, H.R. 594, which would prevent the EPA from implementing the Waters of the United States regulation from going into effect.
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WASHINGTON D.C. – Republican Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) released the following statement about the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump:
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) released the following statement on the publication of the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule (SPR).
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney voted in committee in favor of creating a ‘Centennial Challenge Fund,’ ensuring the continual improvement of our Nation’s parks by financing multiple park projects through matching private donations from organization partners. The fund will increase the spending authorization for the ‘National Park Service Volunteers in Parks’ program and will also make modifications to the ‘Public Land Corps’ program.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney voted for H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act). The SHARE Act is a bipartisan package of nine individual bills that protects the traditional right of American sportsmen to fish and hunt.
WASHINGTON, DC — Although not surprised, both West Virginia Congressman David McKinley of the first Congressional District and Alex Mooney of the second district said they were frustrated by what President Barrack Obama talked about in Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address.
“Are we better off than we were seven years ago and is the world safer?” said McKinley about what he was thinking as he listened to Obama’s words. “I didn’t hear that.”
WASHINGTON D.C. --- Today Congressman Alex X. Mooney’s bill, the Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining (STREAM) Act, H.R.1644, passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 235-188.
As a U.S. representative for West Virginia's coal country, Alex Mooney said he frequently feels under siege from federal environmental regulations aimed at eventually phasing out one of his state's prime industries and traditions: coal mining.
Mooney, a Republican first elected in 2014, is particularly keen on one bill he's put forward: the Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Action in Mining Act.
Coal country congressmen, fed up with the Environmental Protection Agency, have introduced legislation to cut that agency's staff by 15 percent. Noting that during the government shutdown of 2013, 95 percent of EPA personnel were deemed "non-essential," Reps. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., and Alex Mooney, R-W.Va, have introduced the "Maximum Achievable Contraction of Technocrats Act of 2015."
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney released the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a nationwide stay of the Environmental Protection Agency's “Waters of the United States” regulations:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Alex X. Mooney spoke on the floor of the United States House of Representatives to denounce the Obama Administration’s Stream Protection Rule.
According to a recent study, the new Stream Protection Rule puts up to 80,000 direct mining jobs at risk.