Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
Congressman Morgan Griffith
WASHINGTON – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement today condemning the overreach of federal bureaucrats after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revoked a mining permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine:
“Yesterday we witnessed another attempt by the EPA to scrap valuable American jobs in the coal fields for no reason. In a time of troubling unemployment rates, I’m outraged that the EPA’s Washington bureaucrats think it’s a good idea to take away good paying local jobs.
“The Spruce No. 1 Mine marks the first time the EPA has ever vetoed a project that was previously granted a permit. This sets a dangerous precedent. If the EPA can grant a permit and then take it away, small businesses and working families are assured of the one thing they don’t need more of – uncertainty.
“The EPA is making it increasingly difficult for the U.S. to tap into its domestic energy resources. The Agency’s decision not only affects families whose livelihoods depend on the coal mines, but it also threatens to raise energy costs for every American. The people of Southwest Virginia sent me to Congress to create jobs and stop the overreach of the federal government. I plan to carefully review the details of this regulation and work with my colleagues to see this misguided decision altered. It’s time that we get Americans back to work and get the EPA out of the way.”
The Spruce No. 1 mine is located in West Virginia. The EPA revoked the water permit issued in 2007. It was slated to be a “surface mine” or more commonly referred to as “mountaintop mining.” Read more CLICK HERE.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Business, National, Politics
Tags: congress, environment, republican