Supporting Individuals with Disabilities

This past week, the House overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience(ABLE)Act by a vote of 404-17. As one of the original co-sponsors of this bill, I am extremely pleased and proud that this legislation will continue to move forward in Congress.

The ABLE Act would ease the financial burden for individuals with disabilities and empower them by creating tax-free accounts that can be used to plan for the future and save for expenses like education, job training, retirement, living expenses, and health care. These accounts can be created by individuals or their families.

People with disabilities have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. They want to be independent and achieve their full potential, whether it’s pursuing an education or finding a good job. We already have 401k accounts that help us save for our retirement, health savings accounts, and 529 accounts to save for our children’s college education. Why shouldn’t we give millions of Americans with disabilities similar opportunities?

We should show compassion towards individuals struggling with disabilities and the families who care for them. I am proud to be a voice for others who often aren’t able to speak for themselves.


Helping Student Veterans

Earlier this week I introduced legislation, along with Rep. Dina Titus(D-NV), to help veterans get the education they need to thrive in the modern workforce. The G.I. Bill STEM Extension Act(HR 5784) will give students utilizing GI Bill benefits more flexibility to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, math and other STEM fields.

The transition from war zone to campus is not always an easy one. We owe it to men and women who served to do all we can to help them return to civilian life and pursue their dreams. The impetus for the bill came from meetings I had with student veterans at colleges and universities in West Virginia who discussed the difficulty they have in completing certain degrees in the 36 months allotted by the GI Bill.

This proposal gives students who utilize the Post-9/11 GI Bill the ability to apply for an additional nine months of extra benefits if they pursue a degree in one of the STEM fields.

This common sense plan will give those who have sacrificed for our freedom the tools to be successful in the 21st Century economy. This will not only benefit veterans, but will make America’s economy more competitive as well.


Fighting Back Against Executive Overreach on Immigration

The House took action this week to stop President Obama’s plan to give amnesty to five million illegal immigrants. The Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act, of which I am a co-sponsor, reaffirms the President does not have the Constitutional authority to take this action and circumvent the law.

Time and again President Obama has acted on his own to go around Congress and change policy as he sees fit. His recent announcement that we will provide amnesty for millions of people in this country illegally is just the latest example.

The Constitution is clear – laws should be changed through the legislative process, not with the stroke of the President’s pen.

We are a nation of laws. Rather than dividing the American people for political gain, President Obama should work with Congress in good faith to secure the border and fix our broken immigration system.


Monongalia County Shooting

Like all West Virginians, I am shocked and saddened by the horrific violence that occurred this week in Monongalia County. Our prayers are with the families of the victims of this senseless shooting. Now is a time for healing as their families hold services for the victims of this horrific act.


National Miners Day

Saturday, December 6th is National Miners Day. On this day, we show our appreciation for our nation’s coal miners.  Please take a moment to think about the men and women who work each and every day to provide affordable, reliable energy to power America’s homes and businesses.  These men and women and their families are the true backbone of West Virginia. My staff and I each year, take the moment to pause and thank our coal miner’s for keeping the lights on.

We’re grateful for the men and women who work hard each and every day to provide affordable, reliable coal-based power to America’s homes and businesses.


Made in America

December is Made in America month when we remember America is a #NationofBuilders and celebrate our manufacturing sector. Below are several products made in West Virginia proudly displayed in our Washington office:

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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