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October 26, 2019
ICYMI: McKinley’s Miners Pension Bill Advances Out of Committee

The Miners Pension Protection Act (H.R. 935) provides a solution to maintain funding for the pension plan and protect benefits for the more than 100,000 retired coal miners and their families covered by the UMWA Pension Plan. This bipartisan legislation has 89 cosponsors. The text of the bill, is available here.

The window for addressing the looming insolvency of miners pensions is closing quickly. While I am thrilled that our pension bill has passed out of committee, we still need Speaker Pelosi to bring it to the House Floor for a vote. More than seventy years ago a promise was made by the federal government to our miners. These men and women deserve better and this Congress has a chance to provide them with the certainty they deserve.

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One Year Ago, Unprecedented Opioid Legislation Became Law

This week marked the first anniversary of President Donald Trump signing the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), into law. The bipartisan bill was a response to the opioid epidemic that is devastating communities across West Virginia and the nation.

While this legislation is already having an impact, there is still more that can be done. Too many families are being torn apart by the horrors of opioid addiction for us to stand by. We can’t solve this problem overnight, and H.R. 6 alone will not turn the tide in this fight. Our office has continued to work on new legislation aimed at helping to address this crisis, as well as holding agencies feet to the fire on implementing the polices included in the law.

What everyone needs to remember is 215 people died yesterday from substance abuse, 215 people died today, and 215 people are going to die tomorrow. In my state of West Virginia, we have one person dying every eight hours from drugs. This Congress, the House has lost focus and refuses to make the opioid crisis a priority. I’m hoping this anniversary can help us regain our momentum.

Meeting with WV Manufacturers
Diversification is key to growing our state's economy. This week the West Virginia manufacturers visited D.C. where we had a chance to hear what brought them to West Virginia and what we can do to help them grow.We also spoke about issues like trade, international patent laws, and infrastructure development.

National Drug Take Back Day is Today!
National Drug Take Back Day is today, October 26. Having excess and unused medicine lying around is a recipe for danger. These pills need to be safely and properly disposed of so they won’t be misused, stolen or sold. Click the here to find a Drug Take Back Day location near you.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

In The New This Week
Representative McKinley’s Coal Miner Pension Bill Heads to House Floor-Wheeling Intelligencer       

Wheeling Awaiting Decision on $15.3M Grant to Fund Streetscaping Project- Wheeling Intelligencer

McKinley told of Bruceton's retail needs-Preston County News and Journal

Pats on the Back-Wheeling Intelligencer

McKinley miner pension bill heads to House floor-The Inter-Mountain News 



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