More Resources to WV Families from the Dangers of Drugs

On Thursday, Monongalia County was designated a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area(HIDTA)by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This designation will enable Monongalia to receive federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts among federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.



Combating drug abuse and addiction is an issue my office takes very seriously. Since 2011, we have successfully added HIDTA designations in 6 counties in the First District and they are making a difference in the fight against drugs. These additional resources will help officials on all levels coordinate their efforts and share information that will ultimately protect West Virginia families from the dangers that drugs present.

To read more about this announcement, click here.

Touting Music Education

This week we visited Grafton to participate in the VH1 “Save the Music” Tour at Taylor County Middle School. This is a program sponsored by the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring music education in public schools. On Thursday, they provided tens of thousands of dollars-worth of instruments for students.



Music is a unifying force that people with differences can share with one another. Together, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and VH1 have created a remarkable partnership that has benefited many young students all across our great state. Studies have shown that a background in music education has helped students better their test scores and increase graduation rates.  With these instruments, this program is providing kids with a set of skills that will allow them to grow and succeed.

To read about our visit, click here

Road Trip

Meeting directly with constituents is one of the very best parts of serving in Congress.  This week we traveled to Petersburg, Grafton, Clarksburg, Thomas, and Morgantown and held several meaningful roundtables to discuss many of the issues that impact the people of West Virginia the most. 



We met with manufacturers, veterans, business owners, elected officials, and working moms to talk about growing the economy, strengthening our infrastructure, promoting a national energy plan, reducing burdensome regulations, and fighting drug abuse. These discussions give me a chance to hear directly from the people of the First District and I’m looking forward to meeting with more of my fellow West Virginians next week. 



Co-Hosting "Academy Day"

Last Saturday, we traveled to University High School to co-host an "Academy Day" with Senator Capito. There, students were able to meet with and speak to representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy, who were on hand to answer questions about each school. Our service academies are some of our finest learning institutions and I encourage interested students to apply. To learn more about this process, visit our website, here



Looking Ahead: Holding an Agriculture Tour

Next week we’ll be making several stops throughout the First District to meet with farmers, view their operations, and discuss the importance of agriculture education in the Mountain State. Look for highlights in our next weekly newsletter.

WVU Update: Go Mountaineers!

The WVU football team was off last week but they kick-off today at Noon(1 PM EST)down in Lubbock against Texas Tech. They are now ranked #20 in the nation. Let’s see if they can keep climbing up the rankings! Go Mountaineers!

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley, P.E.

Washington, DC
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