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In September, my colleagues and I took an important step forward in stopping the war on coal. Coal is not America's energy problem, it is America's energy solution- which is why this costly attack on Kentucky coal miners and American businesses has got to stop. On September 21, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, and I voted in support of, the Stop the War on Coal Act. This legislation will prevent Washington bureaucrats from issuing regulations that kill jobs and further set back our slow economic recovery. It is time the President realize that his policies are wrong-headed not only for coal, but for our country.

While making important strides in ending the war on coal this month, we also made significant progress in combating the prescription drug epidemic. On September 20, 2012, I was joined by the Pew Health Group in Washington, DC for a Capitol Hill briefing focused on the role of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) in combating the illegal trafficking and abuse of prescription painkillers. The Pew Health Group shared study results of the effectiveness of state PDMP's and put forward a set of best practices that all U.S. states and territories can use to improve their effectiveness. I am hopeful that the results shared at this briefing will encourage every state and community to make prescription drug monitoring programs a priority and help us to work towards ending prescription drug abuse once and for all.

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