What do you do when “Plan B” fails?
“The long and short of it, we called it a night and gave the ball to Harry Reid,” U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., said Friday morning following what he called a “meltdown” in Washington, D.C., the night before when the House failed to take up the plan to prevent the end of tax cuts on Jan. 1 for 99.8 percent of Americans, or those making less than $1 million annually.
“Now it’s up to Harry to have the negotiations, and we’ll see when (the Senate) comes back next Thursday ... or next Wednesday. We don’t know quite when they’ll come back,” McKinley said.
But one thing is for sure; the House is in recess until the Senate takes action. And with 10 days until the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts and the start of across-the-board spending cuts on federal programs, there’s not much time before lawmakers might find themselves slipping over the “fiscal cliff.”
“It’s obviously pretty disappointing for all of us, but I think this is one more play in the chess game that they do in Washington,” McKinley lamented. “It has been very frustrating for all of us that the Senate has failed to participate in any of this.”
But even without the compromise of party leadership and the president, which seems less likely as each day passes, the Senate has options, McKinley said, to avoid the cliff. The first option is HB 6563, which first passed the House in May and was sent to the Senate for consideration, and then sent back to the Senate again Thursday.
McKinley said this bill has very fine-tuned spending cuts, instead of the “Draconian” cuts that would come of sequestration if the two chambers and the president cannot reach a compromise by the deadline.
What do you do when “Plan B” fails?
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Bush’s murder convictions reinstated
Phillip Reese Bush had his two first-degree murder convictions reinstated on Wednesday.
The Memorandum Decision was handed down by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. This decision reversed the Ohio County Circuit Court order from February 2013 that granted Bush a new trial.
Weber would like to be Marion-Fairmont ‘buffer’
With his six years of experience on Fairmont City Council, Daniel Weber is now running as a candidate for a seat on the Marion County Commission.
Weber, a retired theater professor from Fairmont State University, said while he was teaching at the university he wanted to run for House of Delegates but couldn’t because he worked at FSU. It would have been a conflict of interest because delegates choose higher educators pay.
Opposition to Worthington’s annexation proposal surfaces
There was some opposition to the Town of Worthington’s annexation proposal.
A public hearing was held Wednesday at the Marion County Commission meeting for the annexation of 43.28 acres into Worthington. Commissioners heard opinions on the matter but did not vote on the issue.
Mailing on voter registration prompts questions
Concerned voters started calling in to the Marion County Clerk’s office Wednesday after receiving a mailing from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation on voter registration.
Farmington addresses problem properties
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During its meeting on Monday night, council agreed to adopt the International Property Maintenance Code. This code, along with the town’s ordinance, will allow Farmington to better address some problem properties.
‘Something hard’ for Rockefeller turns out to be devotion to service
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., returned to West Virginia Wesleyan College Tuesday to host a public policy forum and reflect upon his time in public service.
Sanders now eligible for parole
Chuckie Sanders is eligible for parole today.
Not bitter about the 20 years he’s served, Sanders, 52, acknowledges the crime he was charged with, the drug habit that clouded his judgment and the debt he had to pay to society.
Home-rule application approved by council
Fairmont City Council approved on Tuesday submitting the city’s home-rule application to the home-rule board.
Tennant hopes to keep county commission seat
Burley “Butch” Tennant is not a stranger to the Marion County Commission.
As the current president of the county commission, he started serving the six-year term in 2008.
Access to health care challenge to state
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