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December 21, 2019
Securing Miners Pension 

For years, we’ve been leading the fight to protect the pensions and health care benefits earned by retired miners, and by the end of this week, we can finally say our government is keeping its promise. This agreement will provide peace of mind to the 100,000 retirees, widows, and families who depend on the UMWA pension fund. After years of bipartisan effort that I have been proud to lead in the House, we can see the end of the tunnel."

Over the years, we have worked to keep this issue front and center. So much hard work has gone into getting this legislation to this point, and the retired miners and their families, who made their voices heard in Congress, deserve a lot of the credit. This has been a team effort. We are thankful for Senator Capito and Senator Manchin’s leadership to make this bill a priority in the senate.

I am proud to have introduced this important legislation and to finally provide miners and their families with the peace of mind they deserve.

To learn more click here.

Defending President Trump
Alexander Hamilton warned in the Federalist Papers No. 65, that impeachment might become a way for Congress to remove a political opponent from office, and that the decision could be driven by politics, rather than a real demonstration of guilt. Today, the House of Representatives has made our Founding Fathers’ fear a reality, and for the first time in our nation’s history, impeached a president on purely partisan lines. This vote sets a precedent that impeachment is no longer based on evidence, but instead who holds the majority in the House. Now, the Senate will be forced to stop working on legislation, and instead required to focus on a trial that will result in an acquittal. No reasonable person believes that 67 senators will vote to convict the president on the articles of impeachment.

USMCA Passes the House
Christmas came early for the American people! After almost a year of delays, USMCA finally passed out of the House. For far too long, NAFTA has allowed other countries to take advantage of American workers, USMCA will level the playing field for our workers. I'm proud to have voted in favor of the USMCA and look forward to seeing it help our nation grow. Trade with our North American partners is vital to West Virginia's economy, exports to Mexico & Canada from our state totaled $1.5 billion in 2018.

McKinley Nominates 14 West Virginia Students to Military Academies
One of my greatest privileges as Representative of the First District is nominating deserving young people for the opportunity of a lifetime. West Virginians have always answered the call to defend our nation, and I am confident that each and every one of these students would represent West Virginia well at the service academies. These young men and women will be West Virginia’s next generation of leaders. They have earned their nomination through hard work, achievement and good character. I wish them the best of luck as they pursue their dreams.

To read about the students being nominated click here

ICYMI: USDA Invests $5.6M in Tyler and Wetzel Co. to Expand Braodband
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service has announced that they would invest $5.6 million in two, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects in Tyler and Wetzel counties! These investments will help to provide more than 3,250 households and nearly 200 businesses with broadband!

To read more click here.

Apply Now to Intern in Our Washington D.C. office!

We’d like to encourage students at any West Virginia college or university to apply for a Fall or Spring internship in our Washington, DC office! Internships run throughout the fall, spring, or summer semesters for college students. Our internships offer a monthly stipend and students gain invaluable work experience in the heart of our nation’s capital. The hours are flexible to accommodate students' hectic course schedules, but generally run 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. when Congress is in session, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when not in session.

Please click here to apply and reach out to my Washington, DC office with any questions!

In The News This Week

Miners’ pensions, health care in spending bill-Parkersburg News and Sentinel                                                 

US House passes $1.4 trillion package, which includes miner benefits funding-Metronews

Plan for securing miners’ pensions passes House-The Journal

In historic vote, GOP reps Miller, Mooney, McKinley vote against impeachment-Charleston Gazette Mail

Area lawmakers vote no, issue statements on House decision-Bluefield Daily Telegraph

A 'unique' approach solves miners pension problems-The Exponent Telegram

Miners healthcare and pensions bill secured in funding package-WDTV

Miners pension funding will get a vote this week in Congress as part of government funding package-Metronews

Orphan Drug Act’s ‘nonprofitability’ loophole needs to be closed-STAT


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