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by Senator Jay Rockefeller Working for West Virginia (;OO1) N iV~'~ his past year has been one where l have focused on Jes that are my urgent priori- such as the need for health reform, a stronger trade poli- permi~ more investment in our chil- ~n, and actions to protect and jobs in West Virginia. I regard four initiatives as my Priorities of last year, with ex- news on all fronts: 1. Physician Payment Re- My physical payment re- 'm plan, which passed in will make sweeping re- in Medicare, will affect the medicine is practiced, and s- should help rural Ameri- attract and keep the doctors health care our people need. 2. Steel VRAs: Continuation on Imports After an entire year of effort, 1 Congressional approval of which stems fronl legis- 1 introduced in February. .... t.,.~e VRA law extends the Vohm- vvu .~y Restraint A~reements on steel ~eaf;:'trts for two'and a half years. P %~rovides needed time for the ~at we ~1 industry to push forward with jdernization, w' ;rker training, .....,a...,tLd you ~ Other major plans aimed at 'r=" uming truly competitive in a .,emer ,'Ice. 7'I , often stacked internation- 9e. Th~ aying field. n Earth!~.. 3. BCOA/UMW: Retired Si~ners Health Benefits Bill aginar hi$ bg$ been a ),ear eauty ~t Jr .... ter andL~" z nave lOClisecI on lendar LUrgenl priorities' , 15th I 1' t! m particularly ~zratit'ied that ' .Pensions/health benefits leg- '~ lion ,a 'as a positive influence in settlement negotiations. My legislation ~o stabilize and shore up the heahh benefit trusts has made Congress and the adminis- tration aware of the crises which now exists in health care in the coal industry. This legislation pro- xided the incentive for the parties to reach accord on the health is- sues. 1 will work toward solving the larger problem of protecting the health care oi' the more than 125,000 pensioners, widows and their families who remain -- even with this settlement -- at risk. My goal is to get the bill revised and acted on by Congress as quickly as possible after we reconvert in late January. 4.Reaulhorization of the Ap- palachian Regional Commission: As part of my overall strate- gy to revive the ARC and most of all to get the help we need to con> plete our corridor system, I'm concentrating on passing nay bill to reauthorize the Colnmission. Se- nator Byrd and 1 met with the President about the importance of the corridors and the ARC to West Virginia and the entire region. I have enlisted bipartisan support and cosponsors for the bill and 1 will try to pin down hearings and a schedule for action on the bill next year. And this year, with Se- nator Byrd's help, we won passage of $150 million for the ARC, which represents a substantial in- crease over last year's level. These are critical dollars to press forward with the corridors, which in turn help us attract jobs and econom,c development. It has been a year in which 1 have continued trying to come up with creative solutions to problems and new ideas for addressing the needs of West Virginia through legislation, amendments and many special initiatives. equali preso~ WHAT YOU DO IS NEWS TO US (AND ABOUT 50,000 OTHER FOLKS) CONTACT THE MOUNTAIN MESSENGER WITH YOUR NEWS 647-5724 122 North Court Street, Lewisburg, W.Va. 24901 I All Fabrics And Wallpapers From: Greeff Carole Schumacher Waverly Kravet & Mole propo, Custom Shades: ates h~i ,'de, G~ .Pleated" Vertical. Mini ' do with} :hat ha4i Roller Dvette state orenda's Drapery and Upholstery is pre~ :rough ~ Q/our Design Cen ter HOURS: 8-4 Weekdays, Anytime By Appointment PHONE 647-4113 (Enter From Yarid's Parking Lot) What? You're Not A Bus Driver? SOOI1 Suzie's team is on its way to the state championship finals, if only they could get a ride Unfortunately, the whole team will not fit in your car, and you don't have a spare bus stored in your garage. Come on down to U-Save Auto Rental and select one of our dependable and economical vehicles. We can't guarantee the team will win the title, but we'll bet we can get them to the game in comfort and on time! Your Home Town Car Rental Company@ The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, January 16, 1990 5A By US. Senator Robert C. Byrd With 7 of 9 regional partnership councils targeting wood and wood products industries for development, the need to address basic issues af- fec~cing the industry statewide be- came apparent, so a special task force has been formed to develop and organize the services and infor- mation that the regional councils need to move forward. Jack Burlingame, executive di- rector of the Jackson County Devel- opment Authority and a member of the Area 8 Partnership Council has been appointed chairman of the Special Task Force for the Develop- ment of the Wood Products industry. Burlingame said that although timber is a renewable resource, it must be properly managed A 1988 le