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Supporting our Senior Citizens

This week the House voted to extend programs for senior citizens by reauthorizing the Older Americans Act. The Older Americans Act provides important services, such as healthcare programs, employment services, and civil protections, for our senior citizens throughout the United States.

Included in this program are enhanced protections for vulnerable elders, particularly those facing abuse, neglect, and exploitation. We’ve heard from many constituents about their concerns regarding abuse of senior citizens. This reauthorization works to improve coordination between the Administration on Aging(AOA)and community based services in order to identify and stop incidents of abuse.

In addition, this reauthorization will support grants for enhanced nutrition programs for our senior citizens. Programs such as Meals-on-Wheels benefit thousands of elders throughout the First District and this bill will ensure that residents in underserved areas will not lose this service due to funding changes.

We were all taught to honor our fathers, mothers, and grandparents. Reauthorizing this bill is a step towards supporting our elders and honoring them for the contributions to society.

 

Building a New Caucus

This week, Representative Donald Norcross(D-NJ)and I kicked off the bipartisan Congressional Building Trades Caucus. This caucus will serve as a platform to bring Republicans and Democrats together to speak for the millions of construction workers and related businesses who keep our economy moving.

This caucus is not only dedicated to working on issues associated with business and labor, but also investing in our roads, bridges, and water infrastructure. With the support of over 30 Member of Congress, it is my goal to see this caucus foster bipartisan solutions millions of Americans.

 

 In the Hot Seat

This week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy took the trip up to Capitol Hill to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s(EPA)Fiscal Year 2017 budget. I had the opportunity to question Administrator McCarthy and ask her why the EPA is pursuing regulations that are putting people out of work and destroying communities when it will have little impact on the climate. Watch the video here.

Her answer – Leadership. Few countries are following the Obama Administration’s lead in cutting back on coal. In fact, both China and India are planning on increasing their capacities over the coming decades. Administrator McCarthy’s response was clear, the Obama Administration and the EPA are willing to sacrifice West Virginia’s economy and thousands of coal mining jobs just to score political points.

While the Supreme Court has ordered a stay on the implementation of the Clean Power Plan, we must continue to push back against other, equally damaging regulations. To this end, as Chair of the Congressional Coal Caucus, I led a letter to the House Appropriations committee requesting a prohibition of funding to EPA regulations aimed at coal mining. Rest assured, I will continue to use every tool available to protect coal miners and coal mining in West Virginia.

 

Back in the District

This Wednesday marked the beginning of a two week District Work Week. I’ll be travelling throughout the First District to meet with citizens and listen to your concerns. These meetings are a great opportunity to listen to constituents and work on legislative solutions that benefit the First District and West Virginia.

If you or someone you know needs help with a Federal Agency please feel free to reach out to my offices located in Morgantown, Wheeling, and Parkersburg. You can find the information at the bottom of this message.

 

Have a Happy Easter!

- David B. McKinley, P.E.

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
1100 Main Street, Suite 101
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