Manufacturing Jobs

In West Virginia we are well aware just how much manufacturers have been harmed by excessive regulations and unfair trade. Last Congress we worked to stop bad regulations and protect American jobs with legislation such as the Promoting New Manufacturing Act, which passed last November.

This week I was honored to receive the National Association of Manufacturers’ Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at the Bombardier Services Corporation in Bridgeport.

This Congress, we have an opportunity to turn this decline around and create a renaissance in American manufacturing by expanding our home grown energy production, reforming our tax code, and stopping overreaching regulations. Building our manufacturing base should be a national priority. I will continue to work to promote a climate where manufacturers can grow and create good jobs.

Making a Veteran’s Family Whole

Corporal Bruce E. Oiler’s medals from his service in Vietnam were stolen from him on his return to the United States forty years ago. On Wednesday, his daughter was presented with the nine medals he earned during his service with the United States Marine Corps.

My staff worked tirelessly to restore these medals for the Oiler family so they would have these mementos of their father’s service. If you know a veteran who lost or did not receive medals or his having trouble with a federal agency, such as the VA, please reach out to my office.

A Full Fortnight

Over the last two weeks, my staff and I have crisscrossed the First District listening to senior citizens, visiting energy businesses, and honoring the legacy of an American and West Virginian hero. You can see some pictures from the last two weeks on my Facebook page.

Back to Washington

After a busy two weeks in West Virginia, Congress will be back in session on Monday. Next week the House will focus on creating a fair tax code to encourage job growth. A fair tax code means it is easier for Americans to do their taxes, instead of wasting billions of hours on paperwork. A simpler tax code also means a more transparent and accountable IRS.

In the Energy & Commerce Committee, two of my bills that directly impact West Virginians will see action. Our coal ash legislation, which protects 316,000 American jobs, will be passed out of Committee – the final step before the whole House can vote on it. Also, a bill to strengthen Medicare and provide better care for seniors will receive a hearing. I look forward to positive updates on both of these bills next week!

Have a great week,

David McKinley

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