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December 22, 2018
McKinley Calls For Bipartisan Healthcare Reform

Last Saturday, a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. This decision should spur Congress into action to reform health care on a bipartisan basis. With divided government we have a chance to improve affordability, ensure access to care, address the cost of prescription drugs, and protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

This ruling will not have any immediate impact on premiums or coverage for the coming year and will likely be appealed. In the meantime, Republicans and Democrats alike should take this opportunity to put aside the partisan squabbling and enact reforms that will help people get affordable and quality health care.

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McKinley Nominates 17 Students To Military Academies

This month we nominated 17 West Virginia Students to United Sates service academies. These young men and women will be the next generation of leaders in West Virginia. They have earned their nomination through hard work, achievement and good character, demonstrated in the classroom, the athletic field and their community.

Nominating deserving young people for the opportunity of a lifetime is one of the best parts of my job representing the First District. I am proud to endorse these students in the first step towards appointment at America’s service academies.

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Criminal Justice Reform Includes McKinley Bill To Protect Correctional Officers

This week Congress passed a major criminal justice bill called the First Step Act, aimed at reducing recidivism and pushing a second chance for individuals who have committed non-violent crimes. This includes our Lt. Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Self-Protection Act which provides for safe storage of personal firearms for corrections officers to protect them during transit to and from work. We look forward to the implementation of this policy as it heads to the President’s desk for signature. This bill is in honor Lt. Albarati’s life as we work towards ensuring the safety of our correctional officers.

House Passes Bill To Provide Funding For Border Wall

As of Thursday night, the House voted 217-185 on legislation to avoid the government shutdown. This bill included an allotment of $5.7 billion for the President’s proposed border wall and border security, as well as, several other government agencies. The bill awaits approval from the Senate.


Congress Passes Museum and Library Services Act With Bipartisan Support

This week, Congress passed S.3530, legislation to reauthorize the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, with bipartisan support. With a 331-28 vote in the House, many of West Virginia’s libraries will continue to benefit as a result of this legislation. This past year, West Virginia was allotted $1.3 million in grants. As the lead co-sponsor and firm advocate towards the betterment of our nations museums, libraries, and other related organizations, this is a step forward in ensuring that our constituents will continue to have access to furthering their education.

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