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July 27, 2019
Promises Made Should Be Promises Kept

Congress is facing a flashing warning light with the looming insolvency of the United Mine Workers (UMWA) 1974 pension plan. In less than three years, the UMWA’s pension fund will reach insolvency and pension benefits for more than 100,000 miners and their families will be at risk. Now is the time to finally act and do something before the problem gets worse. Congress should pass the Miners Pension Protection Act (H.R.935). The families and communities that depend on those pensions will be at risk as well. Congress has an obligation to pass this bipartisan bill that would ensure our nation will keep the promise it made to our retired miners, their families, and their widows. 

Click here read the Rep. McKinley and UMWA President Cecil Roberts op-ed on Miners Pensions

To watch Rep. McKinley's full remarks 

McKinley Introduces Bill to Clarify How Drug Companies Handle 'Suspicious Orders'

This week, Representative Rep. Debbie Dingell and I introduced the Block, Report, and Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act (H.R. 3878) which will require drug manufacturers, distributors, and other Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registrants to not only report suspicious orders but halt them. Between 2006 and 2012, more than 850 million opioid pills were shipped into small communities throughout West Virginia, these drugs have wreaked havoc on our communities and contributed to our state becoming the epicenter of the opioid epidemic.

Distributors have continued to fall back on the fact that they flagged suspicious orders for the DEA, but what they fail to mention is that they continued to ship these orders even after flagging them as suspicious. Last Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee conducted an investigation following the discovery that nearly 9 million pills were distributed in just two years to a single pharmacy in West Virginia. Our legislation will prevent this from ever happening again.

 Read the article in the WV Gazette-Mail here.

WV Leads the Nation in Economic Growth

The good news continues! According to The U.S. Department of Commerce, West Virginia led the nation in both growth of gross domestic product, and personal income growth in first quarter of 2019! This is following WV leading the nation in economic growth in 2017 and in the third quarter of 2018.

To read more about WV's GDP growth click here.

Climate Change Requires a Global Commitment
We must do our part to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, but this is a global issue, not one confined to the U.S. MIT released a report that says it matters little to the global environment what the United States does to decarbonize our economy if emissions in China and India continue to grow. Our coastal cities will still flood, and we will still see wildfires, droughts, and storms increase in both intensity and frequency. 

We need to use innovation to both make renewables reliable, and ensure we burn our fossil fuels more efficiently and with less emissions. We must seize the leadership role and work to develop and commercialize these technology.

Click here to watch Rep. McKinley's full comments

In the News this Week
After flash floods in eastern W.Va., lawmakers want federal emergency- FOX 11 

 Effort to end 'pill dumping' practices need support-
The Exponent Telegram

Retired Coal Miners on Capitol Hill Push for a Fix to Pension System: WV Public Broadcasting

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Boost Manufacturers’ Carbon-Cutting (1): Bloomberg Environment

Rep. David McKinley introduces bill: Herald-Dispatch

Congressional sub-committee hears plight of miners amid dwindling pension fund: WV Metro News

Release of DEA's pain pill database highlights need for addiction treatment, prevention resources: WDTV

WV's McKinley sponsors bipartisan bill to prevent suspicious drug orders: WV News

The Future of Pain Management: Axios


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