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December 15, 2018
McKinley Bill Renaming Fairmont NASA Facility After Katherine Johnson Signed Into Law

This week the bill to rename NASA’s IV&V facility in Fairmont after trailblazing mathematician and West Virginia Native Katherine Jonson was signed into law. As the lead sponsor of this bill in the House we are excited to give appropriate recognition to this remarkable lady.

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Alderson Broaddus Endowment Corporation Receives $27.7 Million From USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $27,755,000 in Alderson Broaddus University through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. We have been working with Alderson Broaddus and the USDA to secure this deal. The investment will enable Alderson Broaddus University to develop new program offerings to meet workforce needs in the surrounding area.

Alderson Broaddus is vital to the community of Philippi, and it continues to be an economic driver throughout West Virginia. This funding award will support job creation, retention, and economic vitality to help ensure long-term sustainability of this institution.

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Steel Plant To Employ 1,000 People In Valley

The recently refired steel mill in Mingo Junction plans to employ 1,000 people in the New Year.  The company that bought it earlier this year will pump $500 million into the plant. As of now, the electric arc furnace at the facility is operating and there are plans to resume running the caster. While the mill will rely on the experience of retired steelworkers, I look forward to getting the plant going and bringing a new generation of steelworkers to the area. This is great news for the Valley.

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WVU First In State To Use ECMO Procedure

This week WVU Heart and Vascular Institute became the first in West Virginia to use extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to help open an obstructed airway in a patient. This is considered to be one of the most advanced methods of support for a patient’s heart and lungs at the same time. ECMO procedures have been used to help newborns with meconium aspiration syndrome, people waiting for heart or lung transplants, and patients with certain cardiac problems. I am glad to see WVU Medicine leading our state in critical medical procedures.

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House Passes Medicaid Package Along With Five Bipartisan Bills

This week the House Passed the IMPROVE Act (H.R. 7217), which will improve Medicaid programs and opportunities for eligible beneficiaries, along with several other bipartisan healthcare bills. This is an important package of bills to improve and bolster the Medicaid and Medicare programs for millions of Americans. Two pieces of legislation now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law:

  • The Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018 (S. 2465)-Reauthorizes the sickle cell disease prevention and treatment demonstration program
  • The PREEMIE Reauthorization Act (S. 3029)- Continues research and education programs aimed at preventing preterm births to reduce infant deaths and improve infant health

While this is a meaningful stride to boost our public health efforts, there is still more work to be done.

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