Calling for Action on Coal Miner Healthcare and Pensions

Because of bankruptcies to the coal industry, over 15,000 retirees and their family members are at risk of losing their health benefits on January 1st 2017.  Several thousand more could lose their benefits if legislative action is not taken. That is completely unacceptable. 



We need to act! That is why I’ve introduced a bill every year for the last 4 years, the Coal Healthcare and Pension Protection Act, that protects pension benefits for over 120,000 miners and family members, and the health benefits of more than 22,000 retirees.This week our office led an effort with 29 Representatives to urge the leaders of the House, to take action on this issue. A signed copy of the letter can be seen here

Let’s get this bill passed so that miners and the families who are at risk, finally have the peace of mind to know their healthcare benefits and pensions are no longer threatened.

Advancing Cures for the 21st Century

On Wednesday, the House passed a medical innovation bill; the 21st Century Cures Act.  This landmark legislation increases funding for medical research, modernizes new treatments for rare diseases, reforms mental health programs, and provides new funding to fight opioid abuse. Investing in research will allow America to advance new technologies and remain the world leader in medical innovation and scientific discoveries.  



It will encourage a new approach to treatments and cures to devastating diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. It also offers a real plan to strengthen collaboration in our fight against drugs. This legislation is fully paid for and will not increase the national debt. It is a true bipartisan success and it will ultimately save lives. To see my floor speech on the House floor in support of this effort, click here

Strengthening our National Defense

On Friday the House overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA)for 2017. This bill will help keep our national security strong by replenishing depleted munitions, increase ground and aviation training, and perhaps most importantly, it gives our courageous troops their biggest pay raise in 6 years and gives them the resources they need to keep us safe in a dangerous world. To learn more about this bill, click here.

World AIDS Day

Thursday was World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people around the world to come together and unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people who live with the disease, and to remember those who have died.



Over the last three decades, we have made tremendous progress in preventing & treating HIV/AIDS, but too many people are still at risk. To learn how you can become involved and raise awareness please click here.

Promoting Research and Combating Opioid Abuse

On November 21st we led another meeting of the Ohio Valley Research Consortium, a group of representatives from colleges and universities in West Virginia and Ohio to discuss many of the issues that affect our district. We had a very productive meeting that focused on ways to attract research dollars and investment to our area to grow the number of good paying jobs in the Ohio Valley. 



We also specifically discussed ways that we can work together to combat drug addiction and opioid abuse. This was our third meeting and we are looking forward to convening again in early 2017. To read more about the Ohio Valley Research Consortium, click here



Later in the day we visited a political science class at Wheeling Jesuit University to meet with students and discuss many of the important public policy issues we are trying to tackle in Congress. It is so important that younger generations learn about our political process and know how our government works. It’s always fun meeting with our future leaders.

WVU Update: Go Mountaineers!

The WVU women’s soccer team has continued to dominate the last few weeks as the #1 team in the nation. Last night they defeated #6 UNC and now they are headed to the national championship! They will play Southern California at 6 p.m on Sunday.

Last week the #14 ranked WVU football team defeated Iowa State 49-19 and later today they will take on Baylor at home. Let’s go Mountaineers!

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley, P.E.

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