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November 23, 2019
Defending America's Pasttime 
Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) and I led a bipartisan effort with 104 of our colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to urge Major League Baseball (MLB) to abandon its plan to eliminate 42 Minor League teams. MLB’s proposal would impact teams like the Princeton Rays, the Bluefield Blue Jays, and the West Virginia Power.

Minor League Baseball is an important part of the fabric of communities in all corners of America. These clubs employ thousands of people, donate millions of dollars to local charities, and provide families with affordable entertainment. This proposal to fundamentally change the minor league system would be a blow to small towns in West Virginia and across the nation. I am proud to help lead this effort to protect minor league baseball and the communities it serves.

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McKinley Introduces Legislation to Expand Access to Non-Opioid Alternatives

This week, Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and I introduced the Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act to help address barriers to non-opioid pain management for seniors enrolled in Medicare, thereby helping stem the opioid epidemic across the nation.

Our healthcare payment system is unnecessarily encouraging opioid use. Our bill would ensure that CMS does not disincentivize the use of innovative non-opioid drugs and devices to treat and manage pain. While pain management for all patients should be handled individually, opioids should not be the first or only option given.

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McKinley defends communities that would be negatively impacted by 100x50

Congress must protect communities reliant on the fossil fuel industry. Communities like Welch, West Virginia, Gillette, Wyoming, Petersburg, Indiana, and Harlan, Kentucky currently have no other options outside the fossil fuel industry. If Congress chooses to do away with fossil fuels, it will have turned its back on the families and communities that depend on fossil fuels not just for power but for their livelihoods.

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McKinley, Kaptur Introduce Legislation to Ensure Settlements are used to Address Opioid Crisis 
Many states used money they received from the tobacco settlements received in the 1990’s for transportation projects and balancing budgets instead of prevention efforts. Twenty years later, we are seeing settlements being reached with communities impacted by the opioid crisis. We must not repeat the same mistakes; these funds must be used to help address the crisis and not as a slush fund for other projects. Our legislation will serve as a guardrail, ensuring money from settlements related to the opioid crisis are used for treatment, prevention, education and enforcement.

The Opioid Settlement Accountability Act (H.R.5242) would ensure funds from opioid related settlements are used to address the opioid crisis and are not being used as a piggy bank for other projects. Click here to read the full text of H.R. 5242.

In the News this week

U.S. House bill pushes non-opioid alternatives-Parkersburg News and Sentinel                                               

MLB Faces Tough Legal Road to Restructure Minor League Baseball-Sport Illustrated

Members of Congress write to MLB commissioner over ‘radical’ plan to eliminate minor league teams-Pittsburgh Trib Live

W.Va. political leaders hope to save Minor League Baseball teams-The Register Herald

Teams on the chopping block: Princeton Rays, Bluefield Blue Jays facing cut-Bluefield Daily Telegraph

New American Citizens Take Oath in Wheeling- Wheeling

A new bill would let more doctors prescribe addiction treatments without waiting for insurers’ permission- STAT

Apprenticeship program announced-Weirton Daily Times


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