Working on the Highway

In the House this week, we passed a short-term funding bill to ensure highway construction in West Virginia would continue through the end of July. This short-term Band-Aid is not enough. After a rough winter, our roads have never been worse. It is more important than ever Congress reach a long-term solution to funding their portion of the highways and interstates so integral to rural areas.

This week the state’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways released its report detailing the needs of our highway system and how to best fund it. I look forward to reading through this report and discussing with state officials how the Congress can be a productive partner with West Virginia.

Our roads and bridges are an integral part of our economy. Without the infrastructure to support manufacturing and commerce, we’ll see fewer jobs and fewer companies moving into West Virginia. We need certainty our roads will be in good condition and serving the needs of the First District.

Finding a Cure for Alzheimer’s

In the Energy & Commerce Committee this week, we discussed the priorities for research at the National Institutes of Health(NIH), the federal government’s primary health science office. As you can see in the video below, Chairman Upton and I agree Alzheimer’s deserves our full attention and funding. Millions of families dealing with the pain of Alzheimer’s could benefit from increased research, better treatments, and progress toward a cure.

On Thursday, we visited the NIH to make the case in person and to discuss research programs that could come to West Virginia University with NIH Director Frances Collins

Protecting Pensions for Coal Miners

There are 130,000 coal miners and retirees whose pensions and healthcare benefits are threatened by difficulties in the coal industry. Over the last four years, my office has worked with these retirees to shore up these funds. Without a solution, these pension obligations could fall to the American taxpayer and jeopardize the pensions of millions of others.

My legislation, introduced on Monday, will put excess funds from the Abandoned Mine Land Fund, which is funded by coal revenue, towards shoring up retirement benefits for these retirees.

Congratulations, Graduates!

Last weekend I had the honor of addressing the graduates at WVU-Parkersburg. Drawing from a sermon delivered more than twenty years ago, I encouraged these young men and women to seek their dreams and be true to themselves. You can read more about it here.

In Morgantown, at WVU’s main campus, 94-year-old Anthony Brutto received his degree, more than seven decades after first enrolling there before World War Two. We entered a congratulatory note to him in the Congressional Record this week, which can be viewed here.

Honoring Our American Fighter Aces

My great uncle, Louie Bennett, Jr., flew in World War One, downing 9 enemy hot-air balloons(used for surveying the battlefield in that war)in 25 sorties. Though his flying career only lasted nine days before he was shot down and killed, he earned the title of Ace, given only to those who score five or more aerial victories in combat. He is the only World War One Ace from West Virginia.

On Thursday, Uncle Louie and scores of veterans were recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress awards. It was a unique pleasure to attend and honor my relative.

This Memorial Day, please remember our troops and thank them for their service protecting and defending our way of life.

Have a great week,

David McKinley

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