West Virginia District One Newsletter, August-September, 2012


Dear Friends:

Hope you had an enjoyable summer, spending time with friends and loved ones. West Virginia provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy the outdoors while creating traditions and memories for years to come.

For the past month of August, we’ve been busy meeting with hundreds of constituents around the First Congressional District, travelling to 14 counties and attending dozens of events around the state.  I always appreciate your comments, suggestions and ideas about getting our country back on track.

As we’ve travelled to town hall meetings, roundtables, and meetings across the district, we have heard from many constituents who are concerned.  They are worried about jobs, energy, spending and the future.  We would like to update you on several other key issues.

Creating Jobs

August was the 43rd consecutive month with unemployment above 8 percent.  Americans continue to suffer from the failed policies of President Obama and this Administration.  We now have the longest period of sustained high unemployment since the Great Depression. This is unacceptable and is the number one issue that I hear about in the district.

It’s clear that this country is headed in the wrong direction.  It’s hard to say the economy is getting better when more than 23 million Americans are out of work or forced to work part time.  In the meantime, more than 30 House-passed jobs bills are sitting in the Senate.  Despite those roadblocks, we are continuing to push forward in the House and fight to create jobs.  We need to do more until we can get our economy growing again.

Helping Veterans

This week the House passed a comprehensive veterans bill that included the Safe Housing for Homeless Veterans Act, which I introduced.  The bill requires any organization that seeks funding from the Veterans Affairs for services to homeless veterans to have documentation that their building meets or exceeds all local building codes.

This bill will ensure our homeless veterans have access to safe shelters.  In defense of our country, these men and women were put in harm’s way; they should not be in doubt about their own safety now that they are home again.  As only one of two engineers in Congress, I was struck by how many shelters were not in compliance with safety codes. Once veterans enter into these programs it is important to provide a safe environment to house our nation’s heroes so they can rehabilitate and become productive members of our society.

The Future of Energy

We began the month of August on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown by convening a national Energy Summit  hosted by WVU President Jim Clements.  The panel was made up of 25 leaders in energy from around the country.  Panelists included executives of utility and energy companies, academic experts, environmental leaders, and labor representatives. 

The conversation included discussions on the importance of fossil fuels in our energy policy and the role West Virginia can play in developing America’s energy independence. America needs a national energy policy that specifically addresses the use of fossil fuels and creates a stable regulatory environment that encourages growth and job creation.

Contact My Office

These are just a few of the highlights of the past few weeks.  If you have an issue, an idea or a question concerning the First Congressional District in W.Va. or an issue currently facing Congress, you can contact us on social media on our Facebook page or our Congressional website. You can also follow us on Twitter @RepMcKinley.

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.


David B. McKinley, P.E.
Member of Congress


Rep. McKinley Making News


Weirton Daily Times
“Uncertainty Key Word During McKinley Meeting with Businesses”
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Times WV.com
“Officials: Few Funds for Fossil Fuel Research”
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News and Sentinel
“McKinley Hosts Town Hall Event”
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Wheeling Intelligencer
“Rep. is Unsure on Debt Ceiling”
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Metro News
“McKinley Sees Uncertainty”
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State Journal
“US House, Senate Take up 2 Bills to Help Veterans”
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The Marietta Times
“Group Says Locks Vital to Monongalia River”
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State Journal
“Capito, McKinley Recognized as Friends of Farm Bureau”
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Recent News Segments of Rep. McKinley


WTRF TV-Wheeling/Steubenville

Congressman McKinley Begins Second Round of Town Hall Meetings”
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WTAP TV-Parkersburg/Marietta

"Coal and the Election”
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Meetings and Events From Around the District


     Rep. McKinley at Cockayne House
Marshall County, W.Va.
 Cutting the ribbon at Italian Festival
Wheeling, W.Va.
     Touring the NETL Lab
Morgantown, W.Va.
 Touring Linde, North America
Hancock County, W.Va.
     Touring Army National Guard Armory
Morgantown, W.Va.
 Italian Heritage Parade with wife Mary
Clarksburg, W.Va.
     Rep. McKinley's Staff tours Mark #
4 Mine
Greene County, PA
CertainTeed Corp. Marshall County, W.Va.



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


Rep. McKinley Reacts to Victory for West Virginia Jobs after Judge Strikes Down EPA Overreach
Federal Judge Throws out U.S. EPA's Guidance Document on Surface Mines

Washington, D.C.—Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E.(R-W.Va.)praised a decision by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, who ruled that the EPA had overstepped its powers in issuing criteria for water quality at coal mines.

“The court has ruled, once again, that the EPA has overreached its powers on the coal industry,” said Rep. McKinley.  “Even with this positive development, we must be vigilant and fight against other threats to the future of coal.  The announcement of layoffs at the Murray Mine reminds us that coal is still under the gun from the EPA.  We’ll continue to push back and fight for West Virginia jobs.”  To read more, click here.

Rep. McKinley Applauds Vote on Veterans Legislation
Rep. McKinley's Safe House for Homeless Veterans Act Passes House  

Washington, D.C.—Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E.(R-W.Va.)and the U.S. House of Representatives passed a comprehensive bill that included Rep. McKinley’s Safe Housing for Homeless Veterans Act. McKinley’s portion requires any organization that seeks funding from Veterans Affairs Committee for services to homeless veterans to have documentation that their building meets or exceeds all local, state and federal building codes.  To read more, click here.

Rep. McKinley Calls for New Direction as Nation’s Debt Reaches $16 Trillion
With the Nation Facing Trillions in Debt, No Solution in Sight by the Obama Administration

Washington, D.C. Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E., issued the following statement after our national debt reached $16 trillion: “This country is headed toward a fiscal cliff,” said Rep. McKinley. “Make no mistake, President Barack Obama and his administration have stepped on the accelerator. He’s getting us there a lot faster by adding $5.4 trillion to the national debt in less than four years with no end in sight. This is a sad and dangerous milestone for our country, and a reminder that we need to stop spending money we don’t have before it’s too late.”  To read entire statement, 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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