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A Response to Paris

Earlier in December, governments across the world came to an agreement on global climate change.  Known as the "Pairs Agreement, the final draft was revealed on Saturday. The Pairs Agreement was drafted to deliberately circumvent Congress, as the Obama Administration knew that the measure would not stand a chance of being ratified by the U.S... Senate. My resolution calls on Congress to reject any effort from the Administration to sign or ratify the global climate deal.

This resolution goes on to highlight that other countries, such as India and China, will continue to burn coal, and adopting this agreement will result in job loss, increased energy costs, and risks our nation's grid reliability. This resolution sends a clear message to the world that Congress, and the American people, do not support the Obama Administration's continued efforts to wreck havoc on coal country.

 

Protecting Those Who Serve

This week, the Senate voted to pass a bill that would authorize correctional officers to carry pepper spray for their protection. Its named after Officer Eric Williams, a correctional officer who was murdered in the line of duty in 2013.

As the author of the House version of this bill, I am pleased to see the Senate take action on this important issue. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to see that this legislation is brought forward to a vote and makes it to the Presidents desk.

 

A Missed Opportunity

This Friday, the House voted to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016. I voted against passage of this bill for several reasons, including the lack of provisions to help coal miners and their families.

Congress missed an opportunity to take action and help thousands of struggling West Virginians. By removing essential energy provisions, such as protection against the disastrous Stream Buffer Rule and support for coal ash recycling, this bill included nothing of substance to provide relief to those struggling under President Obama's "War on Coal."

While the bill did contain several positive features - such as increased fossil fuel research and additional funding for medical research - there is not nearly enough to help the thousands of coal miners, their families, and their communities who are struggling.

 

Sports Round Up

Last Saturday, the Wheeling Jesuit women's volleyball team won WJU's first ever National Championship title. The Cardinals faced off against the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish, winning three straight sets to bring home the trophy. It was a tremendous win for Wheeling Jesuit and the First District and I are incredibly proud of these fine young women.

Switching gears to basketball, WVU has started strong with a 9-1 record in their first ten games. Yesterday, the Mountaineers faced off against in-state rival Marshall, pulling away with an 86-68 win over the Herd. Next week they take on Eastern Kentucky and Virginia Tech before beginning conference play at the start of the New Year. Let's Go, Mountaineers!

 

Here for the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, my wife, Mary, and I would like to extend you all our warmest wishes. We are reminded of all the individuals who have helped us throughout the year, most of all, our hard working staff in both Washington, D.C... and across our offices in the First District.

We want to let you know that our offices will be open during the holidays and we are ready to help you. To get in touch please contact my Washington, D.C... office by phone at(202)225-4172 or my Morgantown office at(304)284-8506. If you'd like to send an email please visit my website at www.mckinley.house.gov.

 

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

 

- David McKinley

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