Working Hard in the First District

It was a busy week as my staff and I travelled throughout Monongalia, Pleasants, Ohio, and Harrison counties. We were able to hold six roundtables and seventeen total meetings on topics such as improving education, confronting the drug abuse epidemic, and growing local businesses. Next week, we’ll be off in Brooke, Taylor, Wetzel, and Wood counties for six more roundtables.

These meetings are great opportunities for us to sit down with citizens and hear a diverse range of opinions. Unfortunately we are not able to meet with everyone in the First District. That is why I ask you to please feel free to contact my office with any legislative concerns you may have. My Washington, D.C. office can be reached via email by following this link.


Diversifying our Economy

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with The State Journal in Charleston to talk about the future of West Virginia and my priorities in Congress. During the discussion, I stressed the need for West Virginia to look at different approaches to diversifying its economy, especially high-tech.

As some of you may know, West Virginia is already home to world class research institutions and laboratories. However, our state is falling behind when it comes to education in technology and crucial research funding. Transforming our states high-tech sector will involve increasing expanding access to education, increasing federal funding for research, and ensuring companies can thrive in our state’s economy.

To this end, I have continuous pushed for increased funding for scientific research in West Virginia. Most recently I advocated for funding the National Science Foundation, which supports university based research, and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, based in Morgantown, that will benefit research and development in the Mountain State. Rest assured, I will continue to push for pathways that allow West Virginia to diversify its economy for the 21st Century. Read the rest of the article here.


Expanding Education Benefits for our Veterans

Education benefits for service-members and veterans have long played a role in ensuring our nation’s men and women in uniform can transition to civilian life. The Post 9/11 GI Bill has given hundreds of thousands of veterans the opportunity to pursue an education and prepare for the future.

However, for those who pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math(STEM)degrees, the traditional 36 months of benefits do not cover their entire tuition. Many STEM programs require additional semesters of education that leave veterans paying out of pocket for their education.

This is why I introduced H.R. 748, the GI Bill STEM Extension Act. This bill will authorize an additional nine months of education benefits for veterans enrolled in a STEM degree program. The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has announced they will be reviewing this legislation later this month. I am thrilled that the committee will be considering this legislative and look forward to seeing it on the House floor for a full vote.


Have a great weekend!

- David B. McKinley, P.E.

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