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Last week in Congress

Last week was another busy week in Congress and across the West Virginia’s Second District. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day with your families and loved ones.

Last week we celebrated the Wild & Wonderful beauty of West Virginia for National Travel and Tourism Week. We also celebrated National Day of Prayer.

We are blessed to live in a country where freedom of religion is protected and where the freedom to assemble and worship are enshrined in our Constitution. That is why I’m proud to be the lead sponsor of the Protecting Religious Freedom in America resolution in Congress.

We must continue to safeguard the freedom of religion, enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Americans should never have to worry about their right to practice their faith.

I also signed a letter with my colleagues in the U.S. House opposing President Biden’s nomination to be the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), gun control activist and lobbyist David Chipman. I am working hard to defend the constitutional rights of lawful gun owners in America. Your Second Amendment rights must be preserved.

On the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, I’m working to expand capital market access for retail investors. Participating in our markets is a fantastic way for the American people to build wealth. We should not regulate or legislate that progress away. As Ronald Reagan once said, “Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity; not stifle it.”

In this newsletter, you’ll find additional information on my action last week in Congress, COVID-19 resources, open grant applications, opportunities for students and more. For the latest COVID-19 vaccine information, visit www.vaccinate.wv.gov or call 1-833-734-0965.

I joined my colleagues in signing this letter opposing President Biden’s nominee to be the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), gun control activist and lobbyist David Chipman. Chipman has a long history of supporting restrictive gun control, and his confirmation would jeopardize the constitutional rights of lawful gun owners in America.

Last week we celebrated National Day of Prayer. We are blessed to live in a country where freedom of religion is protected and where the freedom to assemble and worship are enshrined in our Constitution.

I’m proud to be the lead sponsor of the Protecting Religious Freedom in America resolution, which if adopted would express the sense of the House of Representatives that the government should not infringe on the rights of citizens to freely practice their religion. The freedom of religion, enshrined in the Bill of Rights, must be defended. Americans should never have to worry about their right to practice their faith.

On the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services I’m working to encourage retail investors’ expanded access to markets, while also raising concerns about Democrats’ plans to ban payment for order flow. Participating in our markets is a fantastic way for the American people to build wealth.

I urge my Democrat colleagues to not get in the way of a good thing. Increased participation by retail is a positive development, let’s not regulate or legislate that progress away.

As Ronald Reagan once said, “Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity; not stifle it.”

For years, I’ve advocated for robust funding for Corridor H. I am continuing to work in Congress to secure funding for the completion of this highway. I’ve introduced legislation, the AID in Appalachia Act, to provide Appalachian states like West Virginia with increased flexibility and funding for projects like Corridor H.

In West Virginia, this highway would allow for more private industry jobs to be created. When it is completed, this will open up the middle of our state in a beautiful way.

The House recently voted on two bills, H.R. 1446 and H.R. 8, which restrict your gun rights. Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats are still working hard to defund the police and eliminate your Second Amendment rights. Meanwhile they are safely under the protection of gun-holding U.S. Capitol Police and National Guardsmen here at the U.S. Capitol. Why shouldn’t law-abiding citizens in West Virginia also be able to protect yourselves and exercise your Second Amendment rights?’

I think the worst thing we can do is try to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens by passing any more kind of gun control laws. We should enforce the existing laws.

Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., is the U.S. Representative for West Virginia’s 2nd congressional district.

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