Listening to Your Concerns

This week was another busy week traveling around the district, making stops in Taylor, Wood, Brooke, and Wetzel counties. My staff and I hosted several roundtables, and met with both middle school and college students, and local elected officials to discuss a variety of issues that included Internet safety, health care, education, and the direction of our economy. 

These meetings and events provide an opportunity for me to speak directly with the people of West Virginia’s first congressional district and hear your concerns.  Meeting directly with constituents is one of the best parts of being your representative and I look forward to seeing more of you in the coming months.


Promoting Internet Safety

Earlier in the week I was invited to join the Google “Online Safety Roadshow” and speak with students in Parkersburg at Van Devender Middle School about the importance of Internet safety. There have been amazing technological advancements over the last few decades and the Internet has allowed all of us to create, educate, innovate, and connect with others all over the world. While new technologies bring new opportunities, they also bring new risks. With cyber-bullies and hackers always on the prowl for their next target, it is extremely important that all of us learn how to use social media responsibly. The team at Google has been a strong and consistent voice for Internet safety and I was pleased to join them at Van Devender to relay this important message.


Raising Awareness for Autism

As you may know, April is “National Autism Awareness Month.” Each year tens of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with autism and we need to work together to find the best ways to treat it. This week I held a roundtable with members of the Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley to discuss the challenges that autism presents and the best ways to promote autism awareness. Our discussion focused on ways we can identify good practices implemented by the states and how we can turn them into sound policies on a national level. To learn more about autism and what you can do to promote awareness, visit http://www.autism-society.org/.


Meeting Students at Bethany College

It was also great to visit Bethany College political science students who want to become more involved in our political process. We had a discussion about many of today’s most pressing issues, how both parties can work together, and talked about the upcoming presidential race. It is always a pleasure to meet and speak with America’s future leaders.

In addition, I had the opportunity to meet with the Bethany chapter of Student Veterans of America, which was founded to provide veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy they need to succeed in higher education. Currently, I am working on legislation that will allow student veterans more flexibility, through the GI Bill, to pursue a degree in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math(STEM). Next week, we will be discussing this important topic before the House Veterans Affairs Committee. It is vital that we pass this legislation so that more of our veterans can pursue a STEM degree and enter the career field of their choice. Our courageous veterans represent the very finest among us and it was a privilege to meet with them and hear their concerns.


Taking on the EPA and Fighting for West Virginia’s Families

Please keep an eye out for an op-ed I have written in this Sunday’s, The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register. The subject of my column is how the Obama administration’s “war on coal” is having a devastating impact on working families here in West Virginia and around the country. Click here to view EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy admitting that the Administration’s policies have little to do with actually combating global climate change.  If you do not get a hard copy of the paper, you can read it on their website.


Let's Go, Mountaineers!

This weekend, the Mountaineers will host Furman(11-17)for an April 8-10 weekend series at Monongalia County Ballpark. West Virginia(16-11)enters the game having won 4 of its last 5 games. The Mountaineers took the home series against 23rd ranked Oklahoma State last weekend, picking up two wins against the Cowboys. Later in the week, they followed up their big series win against the Cowboys with a tough 5-4 win over in-state rival Marshall and a home win over Eastern Michigan.  Hopefully they can keep up the good play against the Paladins this weekend.

Have a great weekend!

- David McKinley

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