More Jobs, Energy Security for the Future

Today the House voted to immediately authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been delayed and studied time and again for the last six years. Construction of the pipeline will create tens of thousands of construction jobs and will help make America more energy secure.

For more than six years, the Obama Administration has reviewed the Keystone Pipeline and issued delay after delay. While President Obama has been waiting to make a decision, thousands of Americans are waiting for a paycheck. This project will put construction workers back to work, boost American manufacturing, and reduce our dependence on oil from unstable regions like the Middle East.

The Keystone Pipeline has drawn support from a number of labor unions and is supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans. A 2013 study from the State Department determined the project will not have a significant impact on the environment.

The House has now voted nine times since 2011 to move forward with the Keystone Pipeline.  


An Unfair Deal

Last week, President Obama announced an agreement with China to address climate change by reducing carbon emissions. This agreement is just another way the President has shown that he isn’t listening to the American people. By entering this agreement, which he knows will never be ratified by the Senate, the President continues to circumvent Congress and act alone, issuing regulations and directives that will cost jobs, increase electricity costs, and put our economy at risk.

We’ve seen what happened in previous climate agreements like Kyoto, Copenhagen, and Doha – China doesn’t live up to its end of the bargain. This latest agreement offers specific carbon reductions for America to hit before 2025 and a vague agreement for China to slow down its carbon emissions after 2030 without a specific requirement to reduce them. This is a recipe for economic disaster that will make America less competitive and cost jobs.

America plays by the rules and will have to live up to our end of the deal – causing hardship for American workers and consumers in the process. What’s to guarantee China will hold up their end of the bargain? China’s record on trade, currency manipulation, and cyber theft don’t exactly lead me to believe they will play by the rules. What are the repercussions if China does not fulfill its obligations?

Agreeing to a one-sided deal that will cost American jobs is not good for our country. We should not put our economy at risk for the sake of the President’s ideology, which is not supported by Congress.


Working through the “Lame Duck”

With the 2014 Election over, you have probably heard the term “lame duck session” on television or read about it in the newspaper.  Well, what exactly is a “lame duck session”? Simply put, a lame duck session of Congress occurs in the time between an election and when the next Congressional term begins. 

This year’s lame duck session started on November 12th and will run until December 11th.  The House is poised to use this time to fund the government for the remainder of the year, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and consider tax relief bills.


Honoring World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Thursday, November 13th, marked the first ever World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer, and World Pancreatic Cancer Day marks a chance to bring about awareness and honor those who have been affected by this disease. In honor of World Pancreatic Cancer Day, members of my staff wore purple in an effort to help raise awareness.

With around 280,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed each year, with 1,000 in West Virginia alone, this disease needs the attention of the public, medical community, and government. Little is really known on the causes of pancreatic cancer, but knowing the symptoms and being aware of your risk is a start.


Constituent Meetings

So far this year I have had more than 230 meetings across the district. This week Congress returned to Washington to start planning for next year.

If you are ever in the Washington D.C. office please drop in and say hello. If you want an appointment just give my office a call at 202-225-4172, or submit a request on my website at www.mckinley.house.gov.

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