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  • Battling HIV/AIDS
    Posted in In the News on December 29, 2019 | Preview rr

    Word of Democrats and Republicans working together is unlikely to make headlines in any news outlet these days, but while political cooperation may not seem so newsworthy, the hard work of advocates and legislators alike deserves recognition nonetheless. Earlier this month, both the U.S. House and Senate passed resolutions in support of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria, an international partnership that has helped save over 16 million lives and cut the mortality rate for HIV in... Read more

  • McKinley fought hard to protect retired miners' pensions-WTOV
    Posted in In the News on December 23, 2019 | Preview rr

    On Friday night, President Donald Trump signed a bill that will protect the pensions of 120,000 retired miners. For the last 7 years, Congressman David McKinley has fought to protect retired miner's pensions. And he knows how impactful the passage of this bill is. “I think anything we say would be an understatement. But it's not just West Virginia, it's wherever. We mine coal in 26 states all across the country,” McKinley said. For years, the miners’ pension fund has come from different mining c... Read more

  • EDITORIAL: Keeping Faith With Miners
    Posted in In the News on December 19, 2019 | Preview rr

    Santa Claus may be coming early to thousands of men and women who provided more than a few lumps of coal to millions of their fellow Americans. The near-collapse of the U.S. coal industry — partly as a result of federal government action — has left as many as 100,000 retired miners and their families in dire straits. For many years, their pension system, operated through the United Mine Workers of America, was supported by payments from coal companies. But those payments were based on tonnages o... Read more

  • EDITORIAL: A 'unique' approach solves miners pension problems
    Posted in In the News on December 19, 2019 | Preview rr

    As Christmas nears, there is reason for good cheer — especially for more than 100,000 miners whose pensions were in jeopardy of ending either this year or next. Thanks to the hard work of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in Washington have stood up and done the right thing: Written funding into a must-pass-or-close-the-government spending bill that will now guarantee those pensions remain. The bi... Read more

  • Miners’ pensions, health care in spending bill
    Posted in In the News on December 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    A $1.4 trillion spending plan to keep the U.S. government open that also will protect the retirement and health benefits for about 100,000 retired coal miners passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bipartisan year-end spending bill includes a permanent fix for miners’ pension and health care benefits, Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., said. McKinley said the bill contains provisions similar to legislation he has introduced to protect the benefits. To read more click here. Read more

  • US House passes $1.4 trillion package, which includes miner benefits funding
    Posted in In the News on December 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $1.4 trillion spending package that includes funding for coal miners’ pensions and health care as well as multiple policy changes. The House voted 297-120 for funding domestic programs and 280-138 for funding security efforts. The first measure dedicates funding for the health care benefits of 13,000 coal miners and pensions of 92,000 others. West Virginia Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito pushed the funding as part of the Bipartis... Read more

  • Plan for securing miners’ pensions passes House
    Posted in In the News on December 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    A measure intended to provide a permanent solution to shoring up coal miners’ pensions passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday and is expected to get a vote in the Senate Friday. The Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019 was included in the final funding package to keep the federal government in operation beyond Friday, when current temporary funding measure expires. The spending bill is expected to have its vote in the Senate on Friday. The amendment pertaining to miners’ pensions ... Read more

  • Saving Mercer baseball: National effort underway to preserve minor league teams
    Posted in In the News on December 9, 2019 | Preview rr

    A coordinated national effort is under way to try to save 42 Minor League baseball teams, including the Bluefield Blue Jays and Princeton Rays. The bipartisan group, Save Minor League Baseball Task Force, was recently announced by several members of Congress, including Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia. Last month, Major League Baseball said the current plan is to eliminate the teams after the 2020 season, mainly as a cost-saving measure. The Appalachian League is slated to end and all teams,... Read more

  • Congress members create ‘Save Minor League Baseball Task Force,’ Blue Jays respond
    Posted in In the News on December 6, 2019 | Preview rr

    Action is being taken against an MLB proposal that threatens the future of two Minor League Baseball teams in our area. This week, four Congress members announced the official formation of the 'Save Minor League Baseball Task Force.' One of those members is Republican David McKinley, who represents West Virginia's 1st district. Others are Lori Trahan (D-MA), Max Rose (D-NY), and Mike Simpson (R-ID). According to a press release, the Task Force will "advocate on behalf of the communities that sta... Read more

  • U.S. Representatives weigh in on future of 42 Minor League Baseball teams
    Posted in In the News on December 5, 2019 | Preview rr

    In the midst of debates from Major League Baseball contemplating the termination of 42 Minor League teams across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives have stepped into the conversation. Representatives Lori Trahan (D-Ma.), David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Max Rose (D- N.Y.), and Mike Simpson (R-Id.) formed the Save Minor League Baseball Task Force. “We’re going to fight with every fiber of our being.” said Hagerstown Suns President Tim McDulin. “We’re just hoping that Major League baseball wi... Read more

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