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Keeping Our Promise on Obamacare

On Tuesday, I voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a common-sense plan. This is the fourth time I have voted for the full repeal of Obamacare. Families and businesses in West Virginia were promised they could keep their doctor, keep their plan, and that their cost of healthcare would decrease. All of these promises were broken. Instead, American families have faced fewer health care options, unaffordable costs and even canceled plans under Obamacare.

To replace Obamacare’s top-down government controls, House and Senate leaders released a plan to empower patients with more choice, lower costs by increasing competition, and modernizing Medicaid for generations to come. You can read more about that plan here.

Speaking Straight on the Taliban

This week, I introduced a resolution urging the Obama Administration to call the Taliban a terrorist group. This resolution was introduced after the White House refused to call the Taliban in Afghanistan terrorists in a January 28 briefing.  Instead, they only choose to call them an “armed insurgency.”

Under federal law, a “foreign terrorist organization” is a group that is a)foreign, b)engaged in terrorist activity, and c)threatens the security of the United States or its citizens.

The White House and the State Department refuse to refer to the Taliban as a terrorist group despite the Department of the Treasury and the National Counterterrorism Center designating the Taliban as a terrorist organization.  It’s time for consistency and straight talk across our federal government.

Earlier this week I spoke on the floor about this resolution:

Ensuring an Effective Flu Vaccine

America is currently in the midst of a severe flu season and reports indicate that the vaccine has been only 23 percent effective. This year the CDC is expecting over 50,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations due to this flu. How did this happen?

On Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to review this year’s response and to find out what went wrong.

Watch my questioning of the witnesses here:

In short, disease experts learned earlier this summer that this flu strain had mutated so much that the vaccine would not be effective. This situation raises questions about whether the federal government has an effective public health strategy and communication program on flu, and whether it manages its resources effectively.

We must modernize the process so it is not a game of chance. The archaic process our public health officials use to choose the vaccine must be reformed. As the Committee learns more, I look forward to working on legislative solutions to ensure Americans have access to an effective flu vaccine.

Helping Our Veteran Students

The transition from war zone to campus is not always an easy one. After meeting with student veterans at West Virginia University, Fairmont State, and Potomac State this past year, it became clear to me that veterans would benefit from more time to finish their degrees in the science, technology, engineering, math and health fields.

Along with Rep. Dina Titus(D-NV), I introduced H.R. 748, the GI Bill STEM Extension Act on Thursday. This proposal gives students who utilize the Post-9/11 GI Bill the option to apply for an extra nine months of benefits if they pursue a degree in one of the STEM fields.

I also had the honor to attend the dedication of the student veterans lounge at Potomac State College on Friday:

Mountaineers Update

This past Tuesday the Mountaineers travelled out of state to face off against Oklahoma’s Sooners. It was a disappointing 71-52 loss against a Big 12 opponent, especially this late in the season. WVU was unable to put forward a solid offense, shooting a poor 34 percent of its field goals.

Despite this setback, the Mountaineers return this weekend to the Coliseum. WVU faces off against 19th-ranked Baylor in an important conference matchup.

This week was also National Signing Day. Here’s a rundown of all the recruits coming to WVU in the fall. A warm welcome to these new Mountaineers!

Planning a Trip to Washington?

 

Visiting Washington is an exciting and educational experience. My door is always open, so please doesn’t hesitate to stop by my office. In addition, my staff can serve as a resource to you in booking tours for your trip.

 

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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