July 20, 2012

1st District Monthly Newsletter for July

Dear Friends:

In the past few months, I’ve met with thousands of constituents and listened to their concerns. Those issues include the sluggish economy, rising health care costs, burdensome regulations, creating and retaining jobs in this state, and the mounting deficit.


We have stood up for job creators across West Virginia and the United States. With millions of Americans out of work, I know the economy is not doing ‘just fine,’ as the President says. I know we can do better. The House is poised to continue fighting to reduce the burden of taxes and regulations on small businesses. The House has now passed more than 30 jobs bills, most of which are waiting for Senate action.


Recently, we witnessed a historic vote by a divided U.S. Supreme Court. In what amounts to a ruling based on semantics, the court upheld the bulk of the President’s health care plan and said the mandate was now going to be ruled a “tax,” not a “penalty.” This law, controversial as it was crafted, has only grown more unpopular as its reach into individuals’ lives has grown. Putting government in between patients and doctors is not the right way to reform health care. That’s why we voted last week to scrap ObamaCare and start over.

The EPA’s War on Coal

As the EPA and the Obama Administration continue their “War on Coal,” we are continuing to be proactive on this issue by standing up for the hardworking men and women in the coal industry and working to keep energy bills low. Town hall meetings in the month of May we also reached a milestone with our 20th town hall meeting. We’ve now held a meeting in every county in West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. It has been enjoyable to hear from so many constituents and we look forward to holding more in the near future.


We continue our fight for our nation’s veterans. On July 11th, the House Veterans Affairs Committee advananced legislation that I sponsored to require any  organization that seeks federal funding for services to homeless veterans to have documentation that their building meets or exceeds all Life Safety Codes.

Contact My Office

These are just a few of the highlights of the past few weeks but more work needs to be done. That’s why I’m asking for your help. If you have an issue, an idea or a question concerning the 1st Congressional District in W.Va. or an issue currently facing Congress, you can contact me on my website, on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks for keeping in touch and please continue to look for updates on the steps we’re taking here in Washington, D.C. and West Virginia to make our country a better place for generations to come. Thank you for allowing me to represent you in Congress. It has been an honor.


Sincerely, David B. McKinley, P.E.

Member of Congress



Rep. McKinley Making News


State Journal - "Legislation Aimed at Helping Vets Moves to House Floor"Click here
The Hill - "Coal Conerns Top McKinley"Click here
The Journal-Editorial "Moving Goal Posts"Click here
News Tribune "McKinley Voices Disapproval of Removal of Coal Ash Amendment"Click here
Keyser News Tribune "Congressman McKinley: You have a strong voice in Washington"Click here
Charleston Gazette "House Holds Holder in Contempt"Click here





At Work for the People of W.Va.’s 1st Congressional District


Rep. McKinley Reacts to Supreme Court’s Decision Upholding Bulk of ObamaCare

 Nation’s Highest Court Goes Against Wishes of American People, Upholding Health Care Plan 

Washington, D.C.—Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E.(R-W.Va.)is criticizing today’s decision in upholding President Obama’s health care plan.  The nation’s highest court handed down the decision just minutes ago in Washington, D.C.  To read more, click here.


Rep. McKinley Responds to Dismal Job Growth Numbers

Labor Department Releases May Job Growth and Unemployment Numbers

Washington, D.C.—Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E.(R-W.Va.)released the following statement on today’s announcement the economy added only 69,000 jobs in May, far less than economists expected.  In addition, the unemployment rate rose from 8.1 percent to 8.2 percent.  To read more, click here.


McKinley Completes His 20th Town Hall, Hitting Every County in First District

Hundreds of Constituents Ask Questions; Get Answers from the Congressman

Washington, D.C. On Friday evening in Pleasants County, Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E.(R-W.Va.)completed his 20th town hall meeting, covering all counties in the First District. To read more, click here.


Recent Videos of Rep. McKinley


Watch Rep. McKinley on the Comcast Newsmaker program addressing his Coal Ash issue.

Click here.

Watch Rep. McKinley honor former WVU Coach Bill Stewart on House floor.

Click here.

As always, you can follow everything we are working on in West Virginia and Washington, D.C. through our website, McKinley.house.gov, on Twitter @ RepMcKinley, or on Facebook at facebook.com/repmckinley.



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