According to the Martinsburg Journal, “no state official has been more effective in the struggle against drug abuse” than Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey created the state’s first-ever substance abuse fighting unit, and his office reached the largest settlement with pharmaceutical distributors in the state’s history, totaling $47 million.
“Morrisey, who has taken a leadership role in the battle against substance abuse in West Virginia, is taking to the national stage to battle the problem.” (7/22/17)
“no state official has been more effective in the struggle against drug abuse” (10/15/16)
In July, Attorney General Morrisey received widespread praise for forcing the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to change its opioid distribution quota rules:
Weirton Daily Times Editorial: "Good for Morrisey... The attorney general deserves enormous credit."
Martinsburg Journal News Editorial: "Thank Morrisey for prompting action the DEA should’ve taken in the first place."
The Dominion Post: "DEA changes policy after Morrisey sues"
Morrisey also significantly ramped up the state’s educational efforts to fight substance abuse, holding hundreds of seminars and public meetings to educate kids, community leaders, and seniors. He also formed the state’s first partnership between the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Attorney General’s to assist in the criminal prosectution of drug dealers.
As U.S. Senator, Morrisey will work with local, state, and federal authorities to better coordinate law enforcement efforts between these groups. He will continue to promote cost-effective treatment options for patients and press for tougher sentences for drug kingpins and he will continue tackling the problem holistically in the U.S. Senate, from a supply, demand, and educational perspective.
Morrisey understands the drug epidemic touches the lives of all West Virginians, and we must do more for those who need the treatment to get better in the head and in the heart, so all can live full and purpose-filled lives.
Trump’s Tax Cuts
As a result of President Trump’s tax cuts, West Virginia families are seeing more money in their pockets, unemployment rates continue to drop, and many hardworking West Virginians are receiving bonuses and pay raises.
Not only has President Trump delivered for West Virginia taxpayers, West Virginia job creators are increasingly able to compete again on the global stage due to lower tax rates. Many have begun giving out bonuses and increased benefits to employees as a result of the Trump tax cuts.
Morrisey believes that more must be done to protect the tax cuts, as Washington liberals have pledged to repeal the tax cuts. He knows we must also continue to simplify the tax code, and make tax cuts for individuals permanent.
Unfortunately, Sen. Manchin voted no when President Trump and West Virginians asked him to cut taxes. Instead of helping President Trump, Joe Manchin sided with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in opposing tax cuts for the American people.
West Virginia is still suffering from President Obama’s reckless regulatory policies and executive actions. Congress can help undo some of the damage by permanently repealing Obama’s onerous regulations.
President Trump has cut more regulations in this short amount of time than even Ronald Reagan, which has helped many West Virginia job creators compete again. There’s more work to be done on rolling back Obama’s burdensome regulations and many liberals in Washington want to stop the efforts of President Trump.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the charge against many of Obama’s excessive and unconstitutional regulations. Morrisey’s efforts have been essential in protecting West Virginia jobs from the attacks of the federal government.
Morrisey believes West Virginia must continue to invest in its infrastructure to meet the needs of its citizens and businesses. For West Virginia to reach its potential, it must improve its roads, bridges, dams, and high-speed internet capacity. As Attorney General, Morrisey reached a record-breaking settlement with Frontier Communications that required the company to invest $150 million into the state’s high-speed internet infrastructure. As U.S. Senator, he will promote the state and encourage new private sector companies to locate here.
Growing up in a working-class family gave Morrisey an appreciation for how to stretch a dollar. As Attorney General, he has worked to protect taxpayer dollars, voluntarily returning over $40 million to the state general fund and state agencies. In 2016, Morrisey initiated the first-ever disability fraud unit in the Attorney General’s office, saving taxpayers over $11 million in alittle over two years. As U.S. Senator, Morrisey will work to promote additional federal-state partnerships to combat fraud, waste, and abuse.
With the country’s debt spiraling out of control under President Obama, Morrisey wants to permanently curb Washington’s appetite for spending. Morrisey supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to force Washington to balance its books just like West Virginia families do every day.
Morrisey’s record on Second Amendment issues is second to none in West Virginia, earning an A+ rating from the NRA and West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League. As Attorney General, he dramatically expanded reciprocity rights for gun owners and strongly supported passage of constitutional carry legislation in West Virginia. His office has regularly written legal briefs arguing in favor of gun rights and was active in fighting back against Obama’s gun grab efforts. As your U.S. Senator, he will continue his Second Amendment advocacy and fight the radical gun control lobby at every turn.
Sen. Manchin’s failed record on the Second Amendment
Manchin authored Obama's aggressive gun grab legislation, opposed constitutional carry in West Virginia, and sought to restrict and criminalize the private transfers of firearms between honest citizens. Joe Manchin has been no friend of the Second Amendment and West Virginia gun owners. Radical gun-control liberals like Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg have spent millions of dollars supporting Manchin.
Manchin has also expressed concerns about the Constitutional right to due process and has made derogatory remarks about NRA members. While West Virginia stood with a pro-Second Amendment leader like Donald Trump, Joe Manchin stood with the most anti-gun presidential candidates in American History, Hillary Clinton.
The choice could not be more clear when it comes to West Virginians’ God-given right to protect themselves and their families. Far too often, Sen. Manchin has stood with the radical coastal elites who want to take away guns from law-abiding citizens. Meanwhile, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has led the charge to protect the Constitutional rights of West Virginians.
Patrick Morrisey is a staunch defender of life, and has been a strong ally for the pro-life movement here in West Virginia and across the country.
Patrick is 100 percent pro-life and has been endorsed by West Virginians for Life and the National Right To Life. Patrick helped lead the effort to pass the Pain-Capable law in West Virginia, and has called for the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Patrick has opposed all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and was a leader in standing for religious liberty in the Hobby Lobby decision.
Meanwhile, liberal Joe Manchin continues to vote to fund Planned Parenthood, has opposed pro-life judges, and voted for Hillary Clinton and her pro-abortion agenda.
As Attorney General, Morrisey was one of the most aggressive defenders of our Constitution. He led a 27-state coalition to defeat President Obama’s top anti-coal initiative at the U.S. Supreme Court. Morrisey successfully stood up to President Obama again when he helped lead a coalition of 30 states against the radical “waters of the United States” rule, which would have crippled West Virginia farmers, homeowners, those in energy jobs, and small business owners.
Coal Association Endorses Morrisey for US Senate (WV Coal - 8/21/18)
AP: “Rising GOP star in West Virginia fight for coal against EPA” (3/26/16)
“In all likelihood, no state official in the country has been more active and successful in fighting back against President Barack Obama’s war against coal.” (10/15/16)
“We applaud West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's latest legal challenge to the crippling new EPA rules that target existing coal-fired power plants” (8/7/14)
The Hill: “Coal Country’s top lawyer takes on Obama’s EPA” (4/25/16)
“Morrisey deserves praise for defending W.Va. coal miners” (West Virginia Record, 10/25/16)
Maintaining a strong national defense is essential to preserving American Exceptionalism and our nation’s freedom. The world is growing increasingly dangerous, and our security interests must focus on pressing threats, including, but not limited to, eliminating ISIS and stopping the development of the North Korea and Iran nuclear programs.
It is Morrisey’s fundamental belief that the United States has a deeply rooted moral responsibility to defend Israel’s right to exist. He will do everything in his power to defend the interest of our nations’ essential alliance.
As a country of immigrants, Morrisey appreciates that America is a melting pot of different ethnicities, religious backgrounds, history, and culture. At the same time, the country’s lax immigration laws pose a security risk to our homeland.
That is why Morrisey successfully filed suit against the Obama amnesty program and opposes sanctuary cities. Morrisey recently led a 10-state effort in support of President Trump’s anti-sanctuary city policy.
Morrisey believes we need a comprehensive plan to tackle illegal immigration and protect our country, including more aggressive efforts to track the flow of visitors into our country; building a wall; establishing more thorough vetting of security risks, and pushing greater coordination between law enforcement agencies.
On issue after issue, Morrisey took on and led fights against the Obama administration, while defending the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the Tenth Amendment, and many other parts of our Constitution.
The U. S. Senate needs another constitutional conservative with the courage to defend the people’s rights against an expansive federal government. In the U. S. Senate, Morrisey will continue to ensure that no one – including the federal government – runs roughshod over West Virginia.
Morrisey is a staunch advocate for religious freedom and was one of several Attorneys General to join the legal efforts supporting Hobby Lobby. Morrisey supports the nomination of conservative judges who will protect our constitutional rights and not legislate from the bench.
As the son of a VA nurse and a World War II Veteran, Patrick Morrisey knows that our nation’s Veterans deserve our utmost thanks. Our nation’s Veterans sacrificed and served our nation so that we may be free and that our West Virginia values are protected for generations to come.
Patrick Morrisey believes our Veterans and their families deserve the absolute best health care and benefits. The promises made to our Veterans must be kept, and Patrick is committed to standing up for the men and women who have served our country.
Our country made a solemn promise to our seniors, and we must do everything to keep that promise. While it’s important to consider reforms to keep Social Security and Medicare solvent for future generations, we should not make any changes that would negatively impact retirees or those nearing retirement.
During his tenure as Attorney General, Morrisey stood strong for seniors, working to protect them from scams and consumer fraud. As U.S. Senator, Patrick Morrisey will look out for seniors and veterans and target government resources to those who need it most – this includes the many low-income West Virginians on fixed incomes who cannot afford changes to their retirement plans when they are enjoying their golden years.
Obamacare has hurt West Virginians from all walks of life with higher premiums, fewer health care options, and one-size-fits-all government-run health care. Patrick Morrisey continues to fight to repeal and replace Obama’s government-controlled health care system in order to bring down premiums, foster choice and innovation in healthcare, and get government out of the doctor-patient relationship. Patrick is committed to protecting coverage for those who need it most, especially those with pre-existing conditions.
Patrick Morrisey strongly supports term limits and would vote for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that places limitations on the number of terms members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate may serve.