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Working for the People of West Virginia

It was another busy week in the House of Representatives as we passed several important bills. One of those bills was the Intelligence Authorization Act, legislation to ensure funding for our intelligence community over the next fiscal year. This was a necessary step towards keeping our national security strong. We also modernized the Toxic Substances Control Act, which set new chemical safety standards.  Additionally, we passed the Zika Vector Control Act, legislation that will assist with our fight against Zika by reducing red tape for mosquito control.

On Thursday, Speaker Ryan appointed me to a conference committee to work out differences with members of the Senate and pass a comprehensive energy bill. This is a great opportunity for members of both chambers to come together and offer solutions to America’s most pressing energy needs.

This week our office was very busy holding a number of meetings that included a sit down with the West Virginia Health Care Association, the West Virginia Air Traffic Controllers, and the West Virginia Propane Gas Association. It was great to listen to their concerns and discuss a number of their priorities. Over the next few weeks we will continue to listen to the people of West Virginia and learn about the issues that impact our constituents the most so that we can offer the right solutions.

 

McKinley Appointed to Energy Conference Committee

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan appointed me to a conference committee that will work out differences with members of the Senate to pass the first comprehensive energy bill since 2007. In a town known for its gridlock and partisanship, conference committees have become a rare occurrence in Congress. We now have an opportunity to pass important legislation that modernizes our energy infrastructure, simplifies the permitting process, improves efficiency, and advances clean coal technology.

In the House passed version, Congressman McKinley’s amendments will:  

·    Advance Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage(CCUS)technology

·    Improve gas turbine efficiency

·    Authorize an ethane storage study

·    Prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from opposing permits for fossil energy without completing the review process

·    Grant a permit extension for the Jennings Randolph Hydropower Project in Mineral County, WV

·    Address energy efficiency in federal buildings, data centers, manufacturing, and schools

For further information on the full bill, click here

 

 

It’s an honor to have been named to this committee and I look forward to working to address our most pressing energy concerns. 

Listening to the Concerns of West Virginians

Meeting with constituents and listening to different groups who visit our office in Washington allows me to communicate directly with the people of West Virginia. This week our office had a chance to meet with several different associations to hear about concerns regarding health care, low staffing levels for air traffic controllers, energy infrastructure needs, and the propane auto gas industry. Below is a picture with representatives of the WV Propane Gas Association. 

 

 

Update on Vienna Water Situation

Our office has been closely monitoring the situation in Vienna with regard to the drinking water. Our first priority is to work with local officials to make sure we can resolve this issue so that everyone has access to clean water. Fortunately, this week the city of Parkersburg was able to connect a water line to the water system in Vienna and provide clean water to about one third of the city. If you or someone you know have questions, concerns or need help getting water, please call 1-888-550-6797. To read more about the developing situation click here. Below is a picture of our District Director, Rod Rogers, with several Vienna employees by two water tanks. 

 

 

ICYMI: McKinley in the News

This week I spoke with local reporter Kellie Meyer about the water situation in Vienna. If you wish to read her story and watch our brief interview, click here.

 

 

To see The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register story about the energy conference committee, click here

 

Memorial Day – May 30th

This coming Monday is Memorial Day, a time to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedoms. It is so important that we never forget the courage and valor displayed by these individuals. So please, if you are traveling this weekend or spending time with your family and friends, take a few moments to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and allowed the United States of America to become the great country it is today.

Have a great weekend!

- David B. McKinley

Washington, DC
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Morgantown
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Wheeling
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