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Promoting Agriculture and Protecting Our Heritage

On Tuesday we held our second agriculture tour to meet farmers and discuss the issues they face. This agriculture tour was organized by the Farm Credit of the Virginias and the West Virginia Farm Bureau and included stops at Henderson’s Farms in Littleton, which raises cattle, lambs, and ewes, Cunningham Farm in St. Mary’s, which raises cattle, and Howell’s Gristmill outside of New Martinsville. 

 

 

Farmers and small business owners in the agriculture industry play an important role in keeping our economy strong while also maintaining our local heritage. At each of the stops I listened to the challenges they confront, from overregulation to the lack of reliable internet and phone service, and poor roads. 

 

 

This tour gave me an opportunity to meet directly with farmers and their workers, view their operations, talk about the importance of agriculture education, and discuss how we can keep the industry vibrant throughout our state. These are hardworking people just trying to provide for their families and communities, and they deserve to be heard. 

 

 

Going forward, we must continue to preserve our agricultural heritage through programs like the Future Farmers of America(FFA)program and the Agricultural Extension Program so that future generations can keep this industry strong.

Traveling the District and Listening to Constituents

On Thursday we traveled to Doddridge County to tour a new wastewater treatment plant being built by Antero Resources. This new facility will allow Antero to treat and reuse water from their production sites. It will produce over 60,000 barrels of freshwater each day and will help reduce the environmental impact of shale production. 

 

 

While in Doddridge, we also had a chance to meet with several county commissioners and host a roundtable with women. We discussed tax reform, the importance of a national energy policy, and the fight against drug addiction and opioid abuse. It’s always great to meet my fellow West Virginians and I look forward to visiting Doddridge again in the future. 

 

 

A Record of Success for the Energy and Commerce Committee

Even though the House is not currently in session, it’s important to highlight some of the work we have been doing on the Energy and Commerce Committee in the 114th Congress. Over 130 bills and provisions that have come out of the committee have been passed through the House and over 60 of those bills have been signed into law. 

 

 

Notably, the committee has been very busy working to promote an “all of the above” energy policy that will streamline the natural gas permitting process, promote efficiency, and lower energy bills for American families. We remain dedicated to offering solutions that will make America more energy secure while creating jobs, and keeping prices affordable. To read more about what the Energy and Commerce Committee has accomplished, click here

Speaking to the Mountain State Council of the Blind

On Friday, we had an opportunity to attend and speak at the Mountain State Council of the Blind’s Annual Convention. We need to continue to raise awareness and advance solutions so that individuals with disabilities are properly identified and served. Congress can play a part in this by honoring its past commitments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(IDEA), create a low vision demonstration program, advocate for sufficient funding to schools that educate those with disabilities, and work to get more people involved on the state level. These are all efforts we must continue to advocate for going forward. To learn more about the Mountain State Council of the Blind, click here

Fighting Drugs: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drug addiction and substance abuse continue to bring harm to our families, friends, and neighbors in West Virginia and today is the 12th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  We can help reduce the risks and dangers that drugs present by returning unused or unnecessary prescription drugs. To learn more about a prescription drug collection site, click here

WVU Update: Go Mountaineers!

Last week the Mountaineers defeated Texas Tech and are now ranked #12 in the country! Today they will face TCU at 3:30 in Morgantown. You can watch the game on ABC. This has been a great season so far. Let’s keep the momentum going! Let’s 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
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Morgantown, WV 26505
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Wheeling
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Parkersburg
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