Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., met with leaders of six local manufacturing firms for a roundtable on the challenges they face.
The businessmen expressed their concern about the lack of a skilled workforce but expressed pleasure with the tax cuts that took effect at the start of this year.
McKinley raised the issue of workforce challenges, noting that nationally there are 7.1 million jobs open. “We can’t fill them.”
Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va. visited Morgantown on Friday and spent some time with The Dominion Post to review some of the action in Congress.
McKinley cited three priorities: Opioids, health care and economic revitalization.
McKinley said President Trump recently signed a package of 57 opioid bills. They covered a blend of issues: Enforcement, rehabilitation and education among others.
The United States unemployment rate hit 3.7 percent in September, the lowest rate since 1969.
Representative David McKinley recently spoke with WBOY about a variety of issues affecting West Virginia, including the economy. He said in spite of economic growth, there is a continuing problem with a shortage of skilled workers in West Virginia and across the country.
He said more can be done to get a workforce that is up to the task of keeping the economy growing.
The United States Senate took another big step towards battling the opioid epidemic by passing the H.R. 6 or the Support for Patients and Communities Act.
West Virginia is one of the top states impacted by the opioid epidemic, so Congressman David McKinley, representing West Virginia's First District, knows first hand that this is a major issue that needs federal attention. "This is wrong. We're destroying families with this. We've got to find ways of solving this crisis."
Congressman David McKinley toured several Moundsville businesses.
He walked through shops that specialize in everything from floral arrangements to picture framing to work boots.
He learned about everything from selling blue jeans to selling houses.
And he said he got the impression that consumer confidence is up.
U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., kicked off the Building Research in Capacity in West Virginia workshop Wednesday afternoon at West Virginia University, discussing the importance of seeking grants in medical research.
A conservative political advocacy organization, along with 24 elected officials, sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Thursday urging him to support President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
A group of senators and representatives from West Virginia has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma saying the agency’s May 9 interim final rule “does not go far enough” to ensure continued access to DME for the elderly and disabled in rural areas.
In Washington, congressional aides waiting for the bus to take them to Capitol Hill stand by signs that picture a unicorn and ask: “What's rarer than a unicorn? A lifesaving program that costs taxpayers nothing. Congress please: Let340B.org.”
The House of Representative voted on July 19th for a resolution “expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to American families and businesses and is not in the best interest of the United States.” The final vote on H. Con. Res. 119 was 229 to 180. Seven Democrats joined 222 Republicans in favor, while six Republicans joined 174 Democrats against.