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Working for West Virginia

This week the House of Representatives was busy.  The House passed important legislation to strengthen our national defense, take better care of our veterans, and combat Zika. These bills will help America address threats from international enemies and a deadly virus that does not respect borders. Earlier in the week I had the opportunity to meet and speak with members of the Build Trades Caucus as well as the National Electrical Contractors Association(NECA)to discuss how we can strengthen the economy and create new opportunities for construction workers.

On Thursday afternoon we learned that Vienna is experiencing an issue with its water supply. My offices are continuing to monitor this situation and will provide updates on social media for all of those who have questions and concerns.

 

Funding America’s Military

On Wednesday evening the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA), legislation that will provide $610.5 billion in funding for our military. With rising turmoil in the Middle East, growing threats from terrorist groups like ISIS, and militarism from China and Russia, Americans are increasingly concerned about national security.  Troop levels are low and our military equipment is in urgent need of an upgrade. The legislation we passed will help restore confidence with the American people that our military has the capabilities it needs to defend this nation and defeat our enemies.

Click here to watch a Fox News report by Jennifer Griffin to further understand the urgent need prioritize military funds.

For more information on the NDAA click here.

 

Combating the Zika virus

As we move through spring and approach summer, combating the Zika virus remains one of our top concerns. This week, the House passed important legislation that will assist those who are already infected, prevent further spread of the disease, and to help our medical experts find a cure. In total, we have allocated about $1.2 billion towards this effort. In the past, we have come together to fight threats to our public health and I am confident the bill we passed will help America defeat the Zika virus.

 

Fighting for a Strong Construction Industry

This week is “Infrastructure Week,” a time to advocate for the advancement of much needed infrastructure projects across the country.  Strengthening our economy means we have to create more jobs. One of the best ways to do that is by increasing the number of opportunities in the construction industry, and on Thursday, I was honored to discuss this issue with the National Electrical Contractors Association(NECA). We also held a meeting with the Building Trades Caucus and had a very productive discussion with Brent Booker, Secretary Treasurer of North America’s Building Trades Unions and Chris Womack with Southern Company, about America's infrastructure needs and how we can further develop workforce training.

 

Monitoring the Water Issue

We are closely monitoring the situation in Vienna after the Bureau of Publich Health issued a "Do Not Drink" advisory. My office has been speaking and working with local, state, and federal officials to keep residents informed with any new developments. Our top priority is to make sure everyone has access to clean and safe drinking water. The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department has set up a toll free number to call with any questions and concerns: 1- 888-550-6797.

 

ICYMI: McKinley in the News

As many of you may know the House of Representatives recently passed 18 bills to help fight America’s growing problems with opioid abuse and drug addiction. Click here to see a recent report about this legislation and learn more about our efforts to fight this epidemic.

 

Looking Ahead

Next week, we will return to session and get back to doing the people’s work. We will vote on legislation to update the Toxic Substances Control Act, and the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on how to stop waste and abuse with Medicare and Medicaid payments.  

Have a great weekend!

- David B. McKinley

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