West Virginia's "Buy America" legislation in the House was introduced by Delegates Daniel Poling, D-Wood; Phillip Diserio, D-Brooke; Charlene Marshall, D-Monongalia; David A. Walker, D-Clay; Meshea L. Poore, D-Kanawha; Adam Young, D-Nicholas; and Cindy Frich, R-Monongalia.
The similar Senate bill is sponsored by Sens. Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Ohio; Jack Yost, D-Brooke; Craig Blair, R-Berkeley; Daniel J. Hall, D-Wyoming; Senate President Jeffrey Kessler, D-Marshall; Majority Leader John R. Unger, D-Berkeley; and Ronald F. Miller, D-Greenbrier.
Maroney also said, "Health care is the biggest obstacle we have in negotiating contracts today. We need a single-payer health-care system. ...
"Under Medicare and Medicaid, three percent of all expenses go to administrative costs. Under private health care, up to 30 percent go to administrative costs."
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, running as a Democrat for the open U.S. Senate seat created by the retirement of Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., also spoke. Tennant is running against incumbent Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
"I won't shut the door on the people of West Virginia and I won't shut down our government when I don't get my way," Tennant said. She also criticized Capito for voting against legislation to increase the minimum wage, for legislation that would have privatized Social Security and for legislation that cut student Pell Grants and allowed banks to raise rates on student loans.
Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., was invited to speak at Tuesday's meeting, but had returned to Washington, D.C. because Congress is in session.
In a letter read by Moore, Rahall stated he is pressing the U.S. International Trade Commission to "protect our domestic manufacturers, especially in the steel and hard wood industries, from illegally subsidized imports."
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