Update on the Flood Recovery Effort West Virginia

Thousands of West Virginians are continuing to rebuild after severe rains, mudslides and storms devastated parts of our state two weeks ago. State officials as well as representatives from FEMA have been working hard to make sure people have what they need, but removing much of the damage and rebuilding parts of our communities is going to take some time. Federal disaster assistance is available in Kanawha, Fayette, Lincoln, Jackson, Clay, Roane, Summers, Webster, Pocahontas, Monroe, Greenbrier, and Nicholas counties. This is has been an enormous challenge for our state but I know we can get through this.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about direct assistance please visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585. If you have already applied, please follow up or stay in touch with the agency after you have applied for assistance. 



It has been extremely encouraging to see the thousands of Mountaineers who have lent their support. Many have volunteered their time, donated food and water, or even made a financial contribution. If you would like to donate or volunteer to the ongoing recovery effort, please visit this site for more information -  https://wvvoad.communityos.org/cms/.   Thank you. 

Shooting in Dallas

I am shocked and saddened to hear about last night’s shooting in Dallas. This kind of senseless violence deserves no place in America and all of us should come together to condemn it. We may have many disagreements politically, but we need to unite as one nation and resolve our disputes peacefully and without force. More violence will not make this country stronger; it will only push us apart and make us weaker.

This is a time for mourning and not finger pointing. I am hopeful, we as Americans heed warnings to remain calm as we learn more about this terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the people of Dallas at this difficult time.

Strengthening Mental Health & Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

This week was another busy week on the House floor. On Wednesday the House passed legislation to help Americans who struggle with a mental health illness. Specifically, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act increases funds for research and mandates oversight to prevent federal tax dollars from being wasted. To learn more about this bill, click here

The House also passed a conference agreement to advance legislation to combat opioid abuse. Drug addiction continues to be a major public health problem in West Virginia and we are continually taking steps to defeat it. For more information and background on this issue, click here.


No One is Above the Law

This week it was decided that charges would not be filed against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  While I have great respect for the men and women at the FBI, it has not been made clear how Director Comey and his team came to the conclusion not to pursue charges against Secretary Clinton. Over time, we have all come to see that Secretary Clinton’s deliberate use of a private server to send e-mails that contained classified information was extremely dangerous and irresponsible.

This decision by the FBI further fuels the belief that there is a double standard in Washington and that rules simply don’t apply to the most powerful individuals or the politically connected.

Our highest officials in government need use their best judgment when handling national security information and to be honest when they are pressed for the truth. Unfortunately, Secretary Clinton failed at both.

On Wednesday, Director Comey appeared before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to explain the FBI’s decision but unfortunately many questions remain. As a result, I signed a letter along with many of my colleagues with the hope of getting a more detailed explanation. The American people deserve better.

Meeting with Constituents

It’s always great meeting with constituents and groups from West Virginia. This week I had a very productive conversation with representatives of the Nation Youth Science Foundation. We must continue to prioritize STEM education. It was also great to meet members for the 4-H Club. It’s always fun to meet with future leaders and hear their ideas on how we can better diversify the economy of our state. 



Working in Committee

The House Energy and Commerce Committee was hard at work this week. Subcommittees held important hearings on topics that ranged from the impact of the EPA’s regulatory activity, nuclear waste disposal, and the ramifications of an illegally funded program in Obamacare. If you would like to watch clips of these hearings, click here.

Looking ahead!

The House will back in session next week. We will consider several important pieces of legislation including a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA). Please stay tuned!

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley

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