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Fighting for Our Coal Miners

Our coal miners helped build America into the great country it is today. But because of the unrelenting war on coal and the financial downturn, pensions for 120,000 retired coal miners and their families, and health benefits for 20,000 retirees are at risk. 

 

 

On Thursday, we had a chance to attend a United Mine Workers of America rally and speak to nearly 10,000 active and retired miners and their supporters who gathered in front of the Capitol. It was great to see so many friends from West Virginia. Going forward, we will continue to fight hard to “keep the promise” to our miners. For coverage of the rally, click here. To view video of my full remarks at the rally, click here

We’ve been working on this issue for more than four years, and it remains one of our highest priorities. After collaborating with the United Mine Workers of America, operators and other industry stakeholders, we introduced The Coal Mine Healthcare and Pension Protection Act. This bill ensures the 1974 UMWA pension plan remains solvent and protects pensions for retirees and their families, and health coverage for those whose benefits are threatened by coal company bankruptcies. Since its introduction in 2013 we have worked to educate others about this problem and build support for this bill. 

 

 

On Wednesday, we participated in a press conference at the National Press Club to discuss this issue and call for Congress to take action. To see coverage of our press conference, click here

Calling for Comprehensive Energy Reform

The first meeting of the Energy Conference Committee was held Wednesday to work out the differences between legislation passed in the House and the Senate. In the House passed version, we were able to include important amendments that 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

 If an agreement is reached, it will be the first comprehensive bill energy since 2007.

 

 

15th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001

On the 15th Anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001, we remember the 2,977 innocent lives that were lost and the courage of our first responders. We must never forget the events of that day and we will always be grateful for the brave men and women who serve in our military and fight to keep us safe.

Fifteen years later, America continues to face grave and growing threats from people who want to destroy our country. We can defeat these enemies if we stand united, as one nation. This September 11th, let's honor the victims of the attacks by setting aside our differences. Let’s embrace our common values, and work together to become a more perfect union. God Bless the United States of America.

Secretary Moniz to Visit West Virginia

On Monday, September 12th, Energy Secretary Moniz will be joining Congressman McKinley at WVU to meet with key stakeholders from West Virginia’s energy sector. Rep. McKinley and Secretary Moniz will participate in a panel discussion at the West Virginia University Energy Institute Innovation Forum to discuss America’s energy future.  

WVU Football Update: Go Mountaineers!

Last week, the West Virginia Mountaineers defeated Missouri 26-11 at Milan Pusker Stadium. It was a great way to kick off their 125th season. This week they play the Youngstown State Penguins at home at 2:00 PM. Be sure to tune in and cheer them on. Go Mountaineers!

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
Morgantown
709 Beechurst Ave.
Suite 29
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304.284.8506
Fax: 304-284-8505
Wheeling
Horne Building
1100 Main Street, Suite 101
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone:(304)232-3801
Fax: 304-232-3813
Parkersburg
408 Market Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone:(304)422-5972
Fax: 304-422-5974