Conaway to attend D-Day anniversary event in Normandy

June 3, 2014
By Donald Munsch
Odessa American

Americans and people around the world on Friday will remember the 70th anniversary of the heroic deeds of the Allies’ invasion of Normandy, which helped turned the tide of World War II.

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (11th District) will be at the site in France this week to witness the anniversary of the event.

Conaway dropped by the OA offices Monday afternoon to discuss his attendance at the D-Day anniversary event as well as other subjects in Washington, D.C., including legislation and the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game between Republicans and Democrats at Nationals Park, the home of the Washington Nationals major league team.

Earlier Monday, Conaway toured a limestone quarry north of Garden City and dropped by Odessa High School to pick up an OHS jersey for the baseball game on June 25. The game raises money for local charities. (Conaway is a Permian graduate, incidentally.)

Conway will as part of an official delegation at the cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, overlooking the bluffs at Omaha Beach.

On Monday came news that the Obama administration released a plan aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030, according to an Associated Press story. The story stated, though, that the plan “delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.” The plan intends to give the U.S. “more leverage to prod other countries to act when negotiations on a new international treaty resume next year. Under the plan, carbon emissions are to be reduced 30 percent from 2005 levels, in what would amount to one of the most significant U.S. actions on global warming,” AP reports.

Conaway said he didn’t think the yet-to-be-built Summit plant, a coal-fired power plant, in Penwell would be adversely affected.

“I don’t know anything directly on Summit, other than if the goal is to reduce it by 30 percent and you’ve got a plant that takes 90 percent off the table, then clearly it should be a positive for Summit,” Conaway said.

For businesses attached to the coal industry, it means higher costs for manufacturing, Conaway said. Consequently, it will make American manufacturing less competitive and will drive jobs overseas that shouldn’t go overseas, he said.

He said the Environmental Protection Agency has to go through administrative procedures to implement this action.

“My guess is that Republicans in the House will push back on this pretty hard,” he said.

Conaway’s opinion on other matters:

The exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo:

“That was a mistake,” Conaway said. “We’re all happy to get Sgt. Bergdahl home, but it came at way too high a price, in my view. Those guys are bad, bad people. While they may not be able to leave Qatar for a year, they will be in direct communication with all the thugs in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We’ve had them incommunicado. They’ve not been a part of the fight since we took them off the battle field. Now they will be.”

He said the exchange becomes a propaganda victory for the five terrorists and demonstrates that Obama will negotiate with terrorists. Plus, it sets a poor precedent for what could happen in the future with other prisoners, he said.

Candidates for presidents in 2016:

Conaway said he hopes the GOP will select someone based on previous executive experience and not so much on the person’s ability to give a speech. Conaway doesn’t think the Democrats’ nominee will be Hillary Rodham Clinton because of various issues, such as her health and age. But he is not sure which person they would pick if it is not Clinton.

“The Dems have a very thin bench in this regard,” he said.

He thinks both major parties will select nominees from the late 40/early 50s bracket.

Veterans Health Administration scandal:

Conaway said the situation at the VA should be interpreted as a test study that government health care — or “socialized medicine” or a single-payer system — doesn’t work. He said the House passed a bill that would give the VA secretary the ability to fire senior executive status personnel, who can’t be fired now.

“If I want to put somebody in the slot, to fix the VA, they’ve got to have all the tools,” Conaway said. “Personnel is the big tool they’ve to have to be able to move things around.”

He said having resources is not the problem at the VA, as the issue centers on administrative problems.

On other matters, the House will focus appropriation bills this summer, as lawmakers have done three of the 12 bills on tap, Conaway said.

June 3, 2014
By Donald Munsch

Americans and people around the world on Friday will remember the 70th anniversary of the heroic deeds of the Allies’ invasion of Normandy, which helped turned the tide of World War II.

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (11th District) will be at the site in France this week to witness the anniversary of the event.

Conaway dropped by the OA offices Monday afternoon to discuss his attendance at the D-Day anniversary event as well as other subjects in Washington, D.C., including legislation and the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game between Republicans and Democrats at Nationals Park, the home of the Washington Nationals major league team.

Earlier Monday, Conaway toured a limestone quarry north of Garden City and dropped by Odessa High School to pick up an OHS jersey for the baseball game on June 25. The game raises money for local charities. (Conaway is a Permian graduate, incidentally.)

Conway will as part of an official delegation at the cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, overlooking the bluffs at Omaha Beach.

On Monday came news that the Obama administration released a plan aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030, according to an Associated Press story. The story stated, though, that the plan “delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.” The plan intends to give the U.S. “more leverage to prod other countries to act when negotiations on a new international treaty resume next year. Under the plan, carbon emissions are to be reduced 30 percent from 2005 levels, in what would amount to one of the most significant U.S. actions on global warming,” AP reports.

Conaway said he didn’t think the yet-to-be-built Summit plant, a coal-fired power plant, in Penwell would be adversely affected.

“I don’t know anything directly on Summit, other than if the goal is to reduce it by 30 percent and you’ve got a plant that takes 90 percent off the table, then clearly it should be a positive for Summit,” Conaway said.

For businesses attached to the coal industry, it means higher costs for manufacturing, Conaway said. Consequently, it will make American manufacturing less competitive and will drive jobs overseas that shouldn’t go overseas, he said.

He said the Environmental Protection Agency has to go through administrative procedures to implement this action.

“My guess is that Republicans in the House will push back on this pretty hard,” he said.

Conaway’s opinion on other matters:

The exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo:

“That was a mistake,” Conaway said. “We’re all happy to get Sgt. Bergdahl home, but it came at way too high a price, in my view. Those guys are bad, bad people. While they may not be able to leave Qatar for a year, they will be in direct communication with all the thugs in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We’ve had them incommunicado. They’ve not been a part of the fight since we took them off the battle field. Now they will be.”

He said the exchange becomes a propaganda victory for the five terrorists and demonstrates that Obama will negotiate with terrorists. Plus, it sets a poor precedent for what could happen in the future with other prisoners, he said.

Candidates for presidents in 2016:

Conaway said he hopes the GOP will select someone based on previous executive experience and not so much on the person’s ability to give a speech. Conaway doesn’t think the Democrats’ nominee will be Hillary Rodham Clinton because of various issues, such as her health and age. But he is not sure which person they would pick if it is not Clinton.

“The Dems have a very thin bench in this regard,” he said.

He thinks both major parties will select nominees from the late 40/early 50s bracket.

Veterans Health Administration scandal:

Conaway said the situation at the VA should be interpreted as a test study that government health care — or “socialized medicine” or a single-payer system — doesn’t work. He said the House passed a bill that would give the VA secretary the ability to fire senior executive status personnel, who can’t be fired now.

“If I want to put somebody in the slot, to fix the VA, they’ve got to have all the tools,” Conaway said. “Personnel is the big tool they’ve to have to be able to move things around.”

He said having resources is not the problem at the VA, as the issue centers on administrative problems.

On other matters, the House will focus appropriation bills this summer, as lawmakers have done three of the 12 bills on tap, Conaway said.

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