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October 12, 2019
McKinley Visits Southern Border as Crisis Continues

For years our Southern border has been used by drug cartels, sex traffickers and criminals to enter illegally, but recently it has also become a humanitarian crisis. As we continue to see more and more people entering illegally, we must understand the needs of both U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and the children in the care of HHS. This week, I had a chance to see firsthand what is happening at our border. My visit to McAllen provided me with new insights into the problems our CBP officials are facing. We had a chance to listen to those who are working day in and day out to secure our border and were provided with a better understanding of how Congress can help.

1 million migrants were apprehended this year, the most since 2007. The need for enhanced border security and immigration reform is clear. During our visit to McAllen, we were able see the process immigrants go through when entering legally, as well as seeing the care that HHS is providing for unaccompanied minors.

ICYMI: McKinley, Walden, and Guthrie Press Administration, Opioid Distributors for Update on Report Recommendations
I'm proud to have joined my colleagues Greg Walden and @RepGuthrie in leading a letter to follow up with the DEA on the status of the recommendations outlined in the December 2018 E&C report, on Red Flags & Warning Signs Ignored: Opioid Distribution & Enforcement Concerns in WV. This report came in the aftermath of a story by the Charleston Gazette-Mail which covered the more than 3 million prescription opioids shipped to a single pharmacy in a Southern West Virginia town with only 400 residents.

To read the letter click here

WVU hosts networking & education fair for small businesses
ICYMI: Our office has pushed for WVU to do this kind of event because we want to see WVU’s needs filled by as many in-state companies as possible. The event aimed to teach small businesses how best to connect with WVU to grow their companies.

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Knowing How to Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer
#BreastCancer is most common in women over 50, but @CDCgov says about 11% of new cases in the U.S. are women under 45. Talk to your doctor about screening before 40 if you have a family history of the disease. #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth for more information check our Mary’s op-ed.

Click here to read Mary's Op-ed

Understanding Recovery 
IWe stopped by St. Joseph Recovery Center in Parkersburg to discuss the opioid crisis in West Virginia.
We have to find the root of the problem and what is causing people to become addicted to drugs. We are also going to concentrate on a 28 day because I don't know of any successful recovery program that is 28 days...it might be 100, it might be 120 days.

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In The News This Week

E&C Republicans want answers from DEA, opioid distributors. - Politico                     

WVU researchers extracting rare earth elements from coal waste – Daily Mail WV  

David McKinley at WVU vendor fair-WV News

Gorge national park and preserve confab attracts overflow crowd-Charleston Gazette Mail                             

NASA support contract awarded to West Virginia University Research Corp. – Parkersburg News

WVU awarded $5 million to build acid mine drainage facility-West Virginia Explorer



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