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December 7, 2019
Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Today, we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor. They awoke a sleeping giant that day, and the U.S. went on to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to freedom in this world. May we honor those that lost their lives in this heinous attack.

We must also remember the sacrifices made by the men and women of the "Greatest Generation" who defeated tyranny and oppression on both sides of the world. For those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, may they rest in peace.

National Miners Day 
In our office, hanging in a place of honor is a photo of a coal miner and his daughter. The photo serves as a way to remind visitors why we fight to protect coal. We fight every day to protect the families that rely on coal for their livelihood.  Miners are proud of what they do and should be recognized for all they have done for our nation. To all the coal miners in West Virginia, and across this country, I simply say thank you.

Working to Save Minor League Baseball

The Save Minor League Baseball Task Force will advocate on behalf of the communities that stand to be most harmed by MLB’s plan to eliminate 42 minor league franchises. They will closely monitor ongoing negotiations between MLB and MiLB as well as discuss potential legislative action if and when such a remedy becomes necessary.  

Baseball is America’s pastime, and minor league teams have a major impact on small communities across our country. While we understand the MLB has concerns: the idea that doing away with 42 teams is the only solution is not reasonable. We look forward to working with MiLB and MLB to find a compromise that will preserve affiliated baseball in these cities.

ICYMI: Representatives McKinley and Sewell Introduce Legislation to Expand Access to Non-Opioid Alternatives
Currently, our healthcare payment system is unnecessarily encouraging the use of opioids. Our bill, the Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Ac 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.

Specifically, the bill would address payment disincentives for practitioners to prescribe non-opioid treatment alternatives in surgical settings by requiring CMS to place non-opioid treatments on par with other separately paid drugs and devices in Medicare Part B.   

To read more about the bill click here.

ICYMI: McKinley, Kaptur Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Settlements Are Used to Address Opioid Crisis
Many states used money they received from the tobacco settlements 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

McKinley Thankful for Wheeling-Wheeling Intelligencer

Congressman speaks at Rotary Club of Wheeling luncheon-WTOV

Save Minor League Baseball Task Force goes straight for the heartstrings in MLB battle-Washington Post

Rep. Clark Introduces Bill To Give Better Apprenticeship Access to Veterans-Source Framingham                 

Congress must pass the Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation Act-Daily Stock Dish


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