Fair Trade, Not Free Trade

Today, I voted against giving President Obama expanded powers to negotiate free trade deals. The bill before the House would have given the President authority to write comprehensive trade deals with Asian and South American countries without any amendments by Congress and with limited debate.

Given President Obama’s track record of broken promises and circumventing Congress, why should the American people trust he is negotiating with their best interests in mind?

The damage done to manufacturing in West Virginia by past free trade laws, such as NAFTA and CAFTA, is devastating. West Virginia families deserve better than trade deals cut behind closed doors with little input from Congress. I’ve never been afraid to break with my party when it’s the right thing for West Virginia, and today’s vote against Trade Promotion Authority(TPA)was the right thing for the First District.

Did You Catch Me on Hoppy?

On Wednesday, I joined WV MetroNews host Hoppy Kercheval to discuss the threats to our West Virginia coal industry. We discussed a letter I led along with Reps. Mooney and Jenkins urging Governor Tomblin not to be complicit in the EPA’s damaging rules for coal power plants. The letter lays out the threats to West Virginia’s economy from the proposed rule. Our Governor and state government should not comply with this attack on our coal industry, and I call on him to fight these destructive regulations.

You may listen to the interview here.

Protecting At-Risk Kids

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program give troubled youth a second chance by providing them the opportunity to obtain their high school diploma. That is why I offered an amendment to boost funding for the Program by $5 million to expand its positive impact on our young people.

Watch my speech on the House floor about this amendment by clicking below:

A Speaking Role

This week I had the honor of speaking to two groups about creating jobs and fostering innovation. The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce visited Washington to discuss the burdens of regulation, taxes, and an Administration waging a devastating War on Coal.

The High Performance Building Roundtable invited me to speak about our recent legislation encouraging energy-efficient buildings. By upgrading our infrastructure, we can cut costs for businesses and create jobs in high-skilled manufacturing and construction fields. I thank them for the opportunity.


Have a great week,

David McKinley

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