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Veterans Jobs Fair

Our office will host our third jobs fair for veterans on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Morgantown from 3-6PM. This event will bring together hard-working and skilled veterans with prospective employers looking to hire.

Our veterans have sacrificed to ensure our safety and security, and we owe it to them to make every opportunity available.

WHAT: Veterans Jobs Fair

WHEN: March 11 from 3-6PM

WHERE: Erickson Alumni Center, WVU, Morgantown

Previous events have included dozens of employers and attracted hundreds of job-seeking veterans. For more information or to RSVP, please call my office at 304-284-8506.

Netanyahu Addresses Congress

This week, in a Joint Meeting of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about confronting Iran and preventing them from obtaining a nuclear bomb. Those that attended the remarks heard a powerful and persuasive speech as to why America should be wary of Iran until they demonstrate a verifiable commitment to be part of the world community and cease calling for the destruction of Israel.

I was proud to stand with our close ally, Israel, and remain committed to their security and peace in the Middle East.

Restoring Certainty to the Permit Process

The entire West Virginia delegation in the House introduced a bill this week to end the EPA’s dangerous practice of revoking permits years after they have been approved.

In 2011, the EPA took the unprecedented step to retroactively revoke a lawfully issued, four-year old section 404 water permit for the Spruce No. 1 Surface Mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

This action creates uncertainty for any business that needs a permit for its operations – not just coal but manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and many others. To protect jobs and encourage investment, we will continue to fight this kind of arbitrary action from the EPA.

President Obama’s Latest Overreach

As you may be aware, the Obama Administration issued a new rule which will ban the popular 5.56 mm ammo, commonly referred to as lightgreen tips, by re-categorizing the round as “armor piercing”. This is a bad proposal, which would ban a whole class of common rifle ammunition used in the overwhelmingly popular AR-15, all with no explanation.

I have signed on to a letter to the ATF being led by Rep. Bob Goodlatte(R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, opposing this action. With this decision, the Administration continues its troubling pattern of executive overreach.

The ATF will be accepting comments on this proposal until March 16, 2015. You can make your voice heard by sending an email to APAComments@atf.gov.

Protecting Our Power Grid

This week, the Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing about our nation’s power grid and its reliability. I asked our witnesses, representatives from across the industry, to cut through the legalese and tell us what the priority should be.

Watch their answer here:

 

Hosting West Virginians

My office was filled this week with West Virginians visiting Washington to discuss a range of issues and express their desire for the Congress to get back to normalcy. It was an honor to host so many advocates and concerned citizens from the First District. Please check out my photo album on Facebook to see all our visitors.

Making College More Affordable

In his annual budget, President Obama proposed to tax middle-class college savings plans, called “529s”, to pay for new liberal spending programs. After saving for years to pay for their child’s tuition, President Obama was threatening to wipe out American families’ savings with another tax increase.

Last week, the House passed H.R. 529 to expandthe 529 college savings plans. In a direct rebuke to Obama’s plan, the bill passed with the near-unanimous support of Republicans and Democrats.

Winter Storm Thor

If you have had any trouble during the storm, do not hesitate to contact my office for assistance, the contact numbers can be found at the bottom of this email. One of the best resources for ongoing updates is this Facebook page run by the state emergency services. You can also find your local emergency contact information by county here.

Crews are working to return power across the state, please look in on vulnerable neighbors and those who may need assistance.

Mountaineers Update

As Coach Huggins said, "there are some things that happened that are just hard to explain." West Virginia let go of an 18 point lead over Kansas this past Tuesday. The Jayhawks were able to pull away with a 76-69 victory in overtime, securing the Big 12 regular-season championship.

This game followed an equally disappointing 78-66 loss against Baylor this past Saturday. The Mountaineers still hold the #20 rank as we head into our final regular season game against Oklahoma State University.

 

Have a great week,

David McKinley

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