Helping the People of Follansbee

All week our office has been monitoring the situation in Follansbee due to the recent flooding. On Wednesday we visited the city to see the damage firsthand, and Thursday we spoke with officials at FEMA to report on the situation.

Friday, representatives from FEMA started working with state and local officials to conduct assessments to help determine whether federal help is needed. Our office will continue to work with all parties and advocate for the necessary assistance so the people of Follansbee can make a full recovery. As the situation continues to develop, we will provide updates.



After visiting on Wednesday, it is clear that the volunteers are doing an amazing job. From the bucket brigade, to the ladies who dropped off homemade pies at the fire station, the people of Follansbee are really coming together. If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer, please call the Follansbee Fire Department to learn how you can help - 304-527-2345.

Protecting Women and Reducing Sexual Assaults

Sexual assaults are a national problem, and if we are going to be successful in preventing these crimes, we need to work together at a local level. One of the ways we can do this is by reducing the backlog of sexual assault kits. We first became involved with this issue because of a roundtable we held last November where one of the participants brought it to our attention.  

On Tuesday, our office hosted a symposium that brought together local officials and members of law enforcement to discuss ways we can reduce this backlog. Going forward we need to do everything in our power to find perpetrators of these crimes, and prevent future sexual assaults. To read more about this symposium, click here

Investing in Research to Solve Our Toughest Challenges

On Tuesday, we attended and spoke to a meeting of the Association of Public Land Grant Universities, hosted by West Virginia University. The speech stressed the importance of investing in research at our colleges and universities all across the country. Perhaps more importantly, the remarks shed light on the fact that our academic institutions need to speak as one voice and demonstrate just how positive the effects of research can be. Through health care we can help find treatments and cures for cancer, Alzheimer’s and countless other diseases. With energy, we can invest in clean coal technology that will lower consumer prices and protect our environment. Through research, America can find solutions to our greatest challenges. 



While in Morgantown we also had an opportunity to meet with Sean Frisbee, the Executive Director of the WVU Alumni Association. Sean and his team are doing a great job growing the school’s alumni network. It now has over 20,000 members. The school has a lot to be proud of. Go Mountaineers! 



Speaking to the West Virginia Coal Association

On Friday, we had an opportunity to attend and address a meeting of the West Virginia Coal Association(WVCA). Despite the challenges the coal industry has faced the last few years, there is a large group of unified members in the House of Representatives who are dedicated to fighting for coal workers and their families. These men and women are an important part of making America work and they deserve to have a loud voice in Congress.



The Obama Administration has been relentless with its War on Coal, but we have stood together to fight the Clean Power Plan(CPP), New Source Performance Standards, the Stream Protection Rule, and other harmful regulations. Going forward, we will continue to fight for the hardworking men and women of the coal industry.

Looking Ahead: Forum on Cybersecurity

Our office will be hosting a cybersecurity forum on Thursday, August 18th at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in the I-70 Technology Park on 1000 Galliher Drive in Fairmont, WV. This forum will bring some of the top experts from private corporations as well as senior government officials to discuss how we can thwart cyber-attacks, protect our energy infrastructure, protect individuals and businesses from online attacks, and what roles the private sector and government can play in strengthening our cyber defense.

Doors will open at noon and the event is from 1 -4 PM. Members of the public can RSVP by calling 202-225-4172.

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley, P.E. 

Washington, DC
412 Cannon HOB | Washington, DC 20515
Phone:(202)225-4172 | Fax:(202)225-7564
709 Beechurst Ave.
Suite 29
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304.284.8506
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