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Sept. 21. 2019

McKinley Introduces Legislation to Reauthorize ARC

The ARC has played a vital role in helping communities throughout Appalachia pursue economic development and diversify their economies. We have seen firsthand in West Virginia the positive impacts ARC funding can have on a community. This bill provides continued support for the ARC so that they can keep helping rural communities for years to come, while also modernizing it by focusing on broadband infrastructure development.

The Appalachian Regional Commission Reauthorization Act will reauthorize and improve the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through 2025. The bill will authorize funding for the ARC at a level of $180 million with $20 million of that specifically dedicated to broadband deployment in Appalachia.

Congrats to Mon Health System and Grafton City Hospital on their partnership! 
Like many rural hospitals, Grafton City Hospital has struggled. Last fall, Grafton Hospital management reached out to us to express their interest in finding a partner to help them continue to provide care to their patients. We helped to facility conversations that resulted in this arrangement which will ensure the residents of Grafton and the surrounding area can continue to have access to quality healthcare.  We would like to congratulate Mon Health and Grafton Hospital and thank them for their continued commitment to the region and quality care.”

McKinley Introduces Legislation to Promote the Creation of An Appalachian Storage Hub

Investing in our energy infrastructure will help grow our economy and make America more secure. The development of a storage and distribution hub for natural gas liquids (NGLs) in Appalachia would create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, spark new investments, and bring billions of dollars in revenue to the region. Through American ingenuity and research, we have emerged as a leading producer of energy. We need to use our resource to attract value added manufacturing. We must make this project a priority so that we can ensure that our domestic supply is not at risk.

The legislation that would direct the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to provide funds to help in the creation of an Appalachian ethane storage hub.

When Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area in August 2017, the storm not only impacted an untold number of homes and businesses, it also exposed a weakness in America’s petrochemical industry. About 95 percent of America’s production of ethylene is produced on the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana — a region exposed to major storms like Hurricane Harvey.

Bring Down Drug Prices for Patients is a Bipartisan Issue and Must be Treated that Way
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s closely guarded, secretly negotiated, partisan drug pricing bill has finally been unveiled. Sadly it choices to ignore the numerous already introduced policies aimed at lowering the costs of prescription drugs. In fact, in May, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed bipartisan legislation to bring down prescription drug prices only to have Speaker Nancy Pelosi put politics over progress. Now Speaker Pelosi is back at it—pushing a socialist proposal to appease her most extreme members. It does not have to be this way; there are bipartisan solutions to bring down prices for patients and create real transparency and accountability for this system

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