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HONORING A FALLEN HERO

This week, I attended the burial of Staff Sergeant Ryan Hammond of Moundsville. SSG Hammond was tragically killed in Afghanistan when his aircraft crashed after take-off in October.

It was an honor to witness such a moving ceremony and listen to his family and friends recount tales of the brave young man who followed his dream of flying. To honor Ryan’s sacrifice, I delivered a speech on the House floor to ensure, though he may be gone, his service to this nation will not be forgotten. View the speech here. 

 

FULLY FUNDING OUR NATIONS MOTORWAYS

America’s transportation infrastructure, particularly in West Virginia, has been severely neglected over the past years. Thousands of miles of roads throughout the First District are in need of repair and maintenance. As an engineer who started in construction, building I-70 across Ohio County, I understand the important role our entire transportation infrastructure plays in our lives.

That is why, this Thursday, I voted to pass a bipartisan, long-term transportation bill that will fund our nation’s infrastructure for the next six years. This bill will allow state and local agencies to make the planning decisions and prioritize important transportation projects throughout the state. In addition, this bill will spur economic growth for construction and manufacturing work in our state. Since coming to office in 2010, it has been my goal to ensure a long-term transportation bill and I pleased that millions of miles of American roadway will receive the funding it needs.

 

REJECTING THE SO-CALLED “CLEAN POWER PLAN”

This week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce reviewed two pieces of legislation poised to stop President Obama’s so-called “Clean Power Plan.” House Joint Resolutions 71 & 72 would stop implementation of the CPP through the use of the Congressional Review Act. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to review “major” rules issued by federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, before they take effect; ensuring elected officials, rather than unelected bureaucrats, have the final say on federal regulations.

Since the CPP was announced in 2014, I have worked to fight back against this unprecedented ruling, using all available means. These two Resolutions send a strong message to the EPA and the Obama Administration that Congress, and the people, fundamentally reject this federal overreach.

 

TOWN HALL EVENT

On November 12th, I will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont. This meeting will focus on the coal and natural gas industries and the future of West Virginia’s economy.

The Mountain State’s economy is inextricably linked with energy production. For decades our state has provided inexpensive and reliable electricity to much of the Eastern United States. President Obama’s so called “Clean Power Plan” threatens to shutdown coal plants and production throughout West Virginia, leading to job layoffs and a weakened economy.

I want to listen to any concerns you may have about these issues and invite you to join me at the address below:

West Virginia’s Economy: Coal, Natural Gas, and What’s Next

Thursday, November 12, 2015 Doors Open at 6:00PM, Town Hall Begins 6:30PM

The Robert H. Mollohan Research Center

1000 Galliher Drive

Fairmont, WV 26554

 

Have a Great Weekend!

- David McKinley

Washington, DC
412 Cannon HOB | Washington, DC 20515
Phone:(202)225-4172 | Fax:(202)225-7564
Morgantown
709 Beechurst Ave.
Suite 29
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304.284.8506
Fax: 304-284-8505
Wheeling
Horne Building
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Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone:(304)232-3801
Fax: 304-232-3813
Parkersburg
Federal Building
425 Juliana Street Suite 1004
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone:(304)422-5972
Fax: 304-422-5974