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Energy and Mining

Energy:

  • 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. 

Coal:

  • 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. 

Environment:

  • 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. 

Agriculture:

  • 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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April 28, 2021 In The News
Less than 48 hours after U.S. Census officials confirmed that West Virginia had the highest population loss in the nation over the past decade, more than a dozen Appalachian environmental groups held a virtual town hall to address something the Mountain State still has in abundance: abandoned mines. The groups held the meeting Wednesday afternoon in support of two federal bills that would provide continued funding for cleanup of abandoned mine lands and aim to incentivize states to complete mine reclamation projects that will encourage economic development in communities left reeling by the decline of the coal industry.
March 18, 2021 In The News
A bill designed to develop carbon capture infrastructure throughout the United States has gained broad support from West Virginia’s congressional delegation. Announced Wednesday, the Storing CO2 And Lowering Emissions [SCALE] Act would support the buildout of infrastructure to transport carbon dioxide from sites of capture to locations where it can be either used in manufacturing or sequestered safely underground.
March 15, 2021 In The News
As part of a bicameral legislative effort, U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Carbon Capture Modernization Act this week to modernize the Section 48A tax credit for coal facilities utilizing carbon capture.
March 10, 2021 In The News
Devils Lake – Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Representative David McKinley (R-W.Va.) reintroduced the Carbon Capture Modernization Act, bicameral, bipartisan legislation to modernize the Section 48A tax credit for coal facilities to better support the use of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology. The Section 48A tax credit was first established in 2005, and certain CO2 capture projects were made eligible in 2008, however, updates to the credit are needed to help make CCUS retrofit projects, like Project Tundra in North Dakota, eligible for the tax credit.
May 18, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Alex Mooney Statement on Farm Bill  

Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney voted in favor of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. While the bill did not have enough votes to pass today, a motion to reconsider the vote was postponed so it can be voted on at a later date. Congressman Mooney released the following statement:

January 31, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Alex X. Mooney Statement on State of the Union

Congressman Alex X. Mooney released the following statement in reaction to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Donald Trump outlined a conservative agenda to make America safer and stronger. I remain committed to helping President Trump implement our shared agenda to make America prosper again.

November 28, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) Submits Statement Opposing Clean Power Plan

Charleston, WV – Congressman Alex Mooney (WV-02) submitted the following testimony at the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Charleston regarding the Clean Power Plan:

November 15, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Alex Mooney Applauds Passage of Bill to Roll Back Obama Coal Regulations

Washington, DC - Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed Congressman Mooney’s bill, H.R. 4289 to repeal a duplicative Obama-era regulation on coal mining.

“President Donald Trump has renewed his commitment to reversing the damage done by former President Barack Obama’s War on Coal. The passage of this bill represents one part of our ongoing efforts to revitalize the coal industry and brings jobs back to West Virginia.

October 11, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) Praises Clean Power Plan Reversal 

Washington, DC- Today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he would reverse the job-killing so-called Clean Power Plan that threatened thousands of West Virginia jobs. Congressman Mooney released the following statement: