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It’s Time to Defund Planned Parenthood

Today the House responded to the growing controversy over the trafficking in baby body parts by Planned Parenthood with a vote to place a moratorium on funding for Planned Parenthood. Instead, the bill directs funding for women’s health centers around the country.

All Americans should take the time to watch these videos and see these horrific acts described in detail. The America I know and love is not this callous about human life, especially not the life of a child. Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in body parts is abhorrent and they should not receive taxpayer support.

The House also voted on legislation to protect those infants born-alive from being harvested for body parts by medical personnel. We need to better protect these innocent lives and this bill, H.R. 3504, will do just that.

You may find these undercover videos here.

Ending an Outdated Policy

This Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation to lift the ban on crude oil. With my support, H.R. 702 passed the committee with a vote of 31-19. The current ban on crude oil exports stems from the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. In response to the 1973 oil crisis, Congress enacted an export ban to protect American consumers from price fluctuations. As a result of this ban, for the past 40 years, a strong domestic industry has grown within the United States ensuring a secure supply of domestic crude oil.

Within the past decade, due to new technologies and increased exploration, America has entered an energy “renaissance” in the oil and natural gas industries. We have the opportunity to become a world leader in energy and must capitalize on its successes. It is my hope that this bill will become law and secure the future of American energy in the 21st century.

Helping People with Hearing Disabilities

This week, I met with Jaime Vernon of Songs for Sound. As someone with a hearing disability, the work this group does is especially important to me. This non-profit uses its funds to provide cochlear implants for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Their focus is on helping veterans and children by coming to them in their state-of-the-art van.

Thanks for coming by and the work you are doing, Jaime!

Address Drugs in our Communities

Some of the most productive and informative meetings we’ve had in the First District over the past five years have centered on combating drug abuse in our communities. We’ve learned what the potential solutions are – education, treatment, rehabilitation, and enforcement. And we’ve put those goals into legislation, such as improved cooperation and information-sharing across state lines and providing funding to our local law enforcement.

Drug abuse is a major problem in our area because it keeps people from jobs and a productive life. I will continue to work on this problem and listen to the solutions coming from West Virginians like you.

Mountaineers Update

West Virginia put up 41 in a win versus Liberty last week and are on a bye this week. Their first two wins were fantastic offensive performances and they hope to keep up the momentum with a “new wrinkle” this season. The zone read offense has given the Mountaineers a few different looks and led to some good things. Read more about the offense here.

Have a great week,

David McKinley

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