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Working for the People of the First District

It was another very busy week. On Monday we met with local officials and business leaders in Wood County. After returning to Washington on Tuesday, the House was back in session and passing bills that will make it easier on states to implement ozone rules and strengthen our pipeline security. We also passed several resolutions voicing our objection to new energy taxes. On Friday, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held an important hearing on energy efficiency standards.

Our office also conducted several important meetings with Cisco Chairman John Chambers, the AARP and others. We will continue to be busy over the next few weeks and we look forward to hearing your concerns and working through our most pressing challenges.

Traveling the District

Earlier in the week we had the opportunity to address the Polymer Alliance Conference and provide a legislative update alongside Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Congressman Evan Jenkins. The House recently modernized the decades old Toxic Substances Control Act, which will update the way we assess and manage the risks posed by chemicals and products that contain them. This was a bipartisan solution and a top priority for both manufacturers and environmental groups. 

 

 

In the afternoon, we met with both Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp and Parkersburg Mayor James Colombo to discuss the water situation in their area. Our first priority is to make sure everyone has access to clean drinking water and both of these Mayors are working very hard to make sure that happens. We also met with representatives of the West Virginia Credit Union League. 

 

 

Standing up to Executive Overreach

The Obama administration continues its executive overreach with burdensome rules and painful tax increases that are harmful to working families. This week the House took steps to stop this, voting to delay the expansive ozone rule that will hamper economic growth, and rejected taxes that would increase energy prices for all Americans.

Families are already struggling to get by and the President’s proposals will only make it harder to make ends meet. Taxing energy will make it harder for people to put gas in their car and heat their homes. If we want to turn our economy around, create jobs, and allow more people to succeed, we need to put a stop to these kinds of executive overreach.

Meeting with Constituents in Washington

This week our office hosted representatives of the Illuminating Engineering Society to discuss energy efficiency measures. We also met with the State Director and President of the AARP to discuss how we can strengthen retirement security.

Cisco Chairman John Chambers came by the office as well and together we spoke about the need to diversify West Virginia’s economy and strengthen our cybersecurity. Mr. Chambers is a native of West Virginia and it was an honor to have him as my guest for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to a joint session of Congress. 

 

 

Working in Committee

On Friday the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held an important hearing on home appliance energy efficiency standards. Our committee is focused on making sure we have the most efficient and cost effective standards possible. To view my round of questioning, click here

Girls State

This Sunday I’ll have the privilege of attending the opening session at this year’s Girls State. Girls State gives young women from all across the state an opportunity to learn about our political system and sharpen their leadership skills. It’s a tremendous honor and I wish them the best of luck.  

Looking ahead!

Next week the House will be back in session to debate funding for our national defense as well as ways to protect taxpayers from IRS abuse.

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley

Washington, DC
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