A Historic First

This Thursday, Congress welcomed Pope Francis to Capitol Hill where the Holy Father addressed both chambers of Congress. It was an honor to be a part of such a historic occasion as Pope Francis remarked on the many challenges we face nationally and across the globe.

In his address, Pope Francis invoked the Golden Rule urging elected officials to work together and work through our differences for the benefit of the nation. As we move forward in the coming weeks to address critical challenges facing America, I hope to see Congress take Pope Francis’ remarks to heart. Read the Pope's address here and read local coverage here.


Protecting our Water Rights

On Tuesday I met with farmers and landowners in New Manchester to discuss the effects of government regulations on their operations. Most critical is the Environmental Protection Agency’s(EPA)proposed Waters of the United States rule. This ruling would allow the EPA to regulate what are little more than drainage ditches and puddles, adding another layer of burdensome regulations to farmers and landowners.

This is why, in May, I voted alongside my colleagues in Congress to pass H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. This bill would block the EPA from enforcing its Waters of the United States rule, ordering them back to the drawing board to listen to stakeholder’s concerns. By passing this bill we send a strong message to the Obama Administration that its overreach has gone too far and needs to stop.


A RAPID Response to Stalling Tactics

Today, the House passed H.R. 348, the Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development(RAPID)Act with my support. This bill will streamline the National Environmental Policy Act(NEPA)to allow for expedited review of federally funded construction projects.

While the environmental reviews are vital for ensuring public works do not harm the environment, they have been hijacked by the Obama Administration and environmental groups as a tool to block necessary construction projects. This bill will ensure that environmental reviews are performed in a timely fashion so that taxpayer dollars are not wasted on stalling growth.


Mountaineers prep for the Terps

The Mountaineers will face off against rival Maryland this Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. WVU is heading in strong with two 40+ point victories over Georgia Southern and Liberty University.

The Mountaineers lead against Maryland 27-22-2 and this game will be the last opportunity for both teams until 2020. I look forward to WVU securing a 3-0 record and let’s hope they put up another 40 points on the scoreboard!

Have a great week!


David McKinley

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