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Committee Expands Planned Parenthood Investigation

Another video from the Center for Medical Progress was released this week alleging that the mothers seeking abortions were not properly consenting to the organ donations carried out by Planned Parenthood.

On Friday last week, the Energy & Commerce Committee announced it was expanding its investigation into these practices. In letters to Planned Parenthood, Committee leaders are seeking interviews with the employees caught on film describing these disturbing actions.

I have cosponsored legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and look forward to passing legislation in the House soon. Also, as the Vice-Chairman of the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, I will remain committed to pursuing justice for the unborn and the women victimized by Planned Parenthood.

One Voice For Coal

Our coal industry is under attack and West Virginia’s leaders are coming together with one voice to defend it. The latest assault from Washington is the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” that attempts to control our energy industry and put coal power plants out of business.

In June, I was joined by Reps. Mooney and Jenkins on a letter to Governor Tomblin urging him not to cooperate with implementing this destructive plan. West Virginia’s Attorney General led a petition along with 14 other states to the D.C. Circuit Court that would immediately halt the regulation. And in the Senate, Sen. Capito’s legislation was reported out of committee and could receive a floor vote soon.

President Obama’s radical environmental agenda is devastating our state, and your elected leaders are fighting back.

Community Involvement

Last week I was in Mineral County where we sat down Mayor Armentrout of Carpendale to discuss the importance of a new bridge in the area. Economic development projects such as this are a vital part of bringing economic growth to our region.

A piece in the Preston County News about the Kingwood pool caught my attention this week – and not just because I was mentioned. Local initiatives and community investments like the building of this new community gathering place are what make West Virginia what it is.

Interactions like this with the Kingwood Pool Committee Co-Chairperson are the purpose of my visits across the First District, especially during the August Recess while the House is out of session. If all goes according to plan, I look forward to visiting the new pool next year!

High Schoolers: Considering a U.S. Service Academy?

As school gets back into session in the next few weeks, high school juniors and seniors will begin thinking about what’s next for them. While West Virginia has a number of excellent colleges and universities for those who choose to pursue higher education, another option is a United States Service Academy. Candidates for the Military, Air Force, Naval, Merchant Marine, and Coast Guard Academies must be nominated by a Congressman.

If you know someone who is interested, please direct them to my website to begin the nomination process.

EPA Causes Massive Spill

In Colorado, residents are outraged by the EPA’s gross mismanagement of a gold mine clean-up. Their accident released millions of gallons of polluted water into the river, causing it to turn bright yellow and force recreation companies that rely on the river to shut down operations indefinitely.

If a private company did this, they would be shut down, fined, and forced out of business. Since the EPA did it – do you expect accountability from the Administration that brought us the VA and IRS scandals? More and more it seems like there’s one set of rules for the government bureaucrats and another set of rules for everyone else.

Wood County Disaster Declaration

The federal government recently declared the July storms and flooding damage in Wood County a federal disaster. That means clean-up and repair grants are available for those who qualify. Visit FEMA’s website to find out more.

Pittsburgh Steelers Update

Over the past weekend, former Steeler running back Jerome “The Bus” Bettis was inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame. Bettis is ranked 9th all-time in rushing and won Super Bowl XL with the Steelers in his hometown of Detroit.

The Steelers also participated in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday. This annual game kicks off the pre-season and begins the anticipation of the new season. The Steelers fell to the Vikings by a score of 14-3.

Have a great week,

David McKinley

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