West Virginia lawmakers vow to fight environmental rules

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CHARLESTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's Republican congressional and state leaders are vowing work with the incoming Trump administration to push back federal environmental regulations they say limit and threaten their state's energy industry and jobs.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says the Obama administration has overstepped its authority and they expect president-elect Donald Trump to undo many of its regulations with support from lawmakers.

She was joined at a press conference by Republican Congressmen Evan Jenkins, David McKinley and Alex Mooney and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is challenging pending smokestack-emission rules in court.

U.S. Rep. David McKinley says pending regulations on stream protection particularly threaten coal's future.

He predicts significant federal tax reform in the coming year.

Capitol says replacement of the Obama administration's federal health care law will happen soon.

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