Removing Burdensome Obamacare’s Taxes

Obamacare was funded on the backs of seniors by cutting their care and hiking taxes on the life-saving devices they rely on. This week, the House voted to repeal a destructive Obamacare tax on medical devices.

The medical device tax will cripple a growing manufacturing industry that invents the life-saving prosthetics, pacemakers, and hi-tech devices to treat the sick. When businesses face tougher times, research investments and employees are the first areas cut. The device tax is already responsible for an estimated 33,000 jobs lost, and the more than 400,000 workers in the industry could be threatened. The tax will also stifle innovation in one of America’s most successful industries.

Repealing this tax is just a small step toward our larger goal – the full repeal of Obamacare and replacing it with patient-centered health reforms that give you choice and better care.

The State of West Virginia’s Economy

Last week, the Department of Commerce announced West Virginia was the third-fastest growing state in the country at 5.1% GDP growth. One thing all the top states share? A booming oil and natural gas industry. Read the story here.

We need to nurture this growth, but I am concerned many are not seeing it yet. We still have empty storefronts, struggling families, and a high state unemployment rate. Have you felt this growth? Please take the survey in this email and let me know what you think.

The EPA’s Latest Destructive Regulation

The EPA is back at it – they are proposing to significantly lower the level of ozone in the air across the United States. Their one-size-fits-all regulation would set the same ozone levels for New York City as Doddridge County.

What does this mean for you? Areas which are considered in compliance today will face crippling economic costs to change how businesses and farms operate, people travel and drive, and families run their homes. Initial estimates are that 15 of 20 counties in the First District will be deemed out of compliance, meaning economic development will be limited. This rule will have real consequences for our area. That is why I intend to fight it at every turn.

Watch my exchange with the EPA by clicking the video below:

WVU Students Win NASA Award

A team of WVU engineering students won a NASA award for $100,000 by building the best robot to play “fetch” with. The robot, named Cataglyphis after a desert ant, is similar to the Mars Rover and is a big step forward in robotics. Read more about it here.

The WVU Alumni held a luncheon this week and President Gee delivered an upbeat and optimistic message about our state university’s future. Awards like this are a good sign of things to come.

West Virginia’s Birthday Party

Tomorrow is West Virginia’s 152nd Birthday! On Monday, West Virginia State Society in Washington threw a birthday party for our great state. I had the honor of saying a few words about the will of our people to face the many challenges ahead for West Virginia.

Have a great week,

David McKinley

The Department of Commerce recently announced that West Virginia's economy grew by 5.1% last year - the third-fastest growing country in the state. Meanwhile, our unemployment rate has increased to 7.2% over the past 5 months.

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