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Keeping Up the Fight for Our Coal Miners

On Thursday, the House passed a Continuing Resolution(CR)that extends healthcare benefits for many coal miner retirees and their families. Unfortunately this extension is only for the next four months. However, without taking action, over 15,000 people would begin to lose their health benefits starting on January 1st

 

 

This is an issue our office has been working on for over four years, even before it was on the radar for others. We absolutely must remain committed to a long-term solution so that our miners and their families do not have their benefits threatened in the future. America’s miners have powered this country for decades and they deserve to have peace of mind and know their healthcare is not in jeopardy.

Passing a long-term solution to this problem is one of my highest priorities and I received a commitment on the House floor to work on a long-term solution early next Congress. After speaking on the floor, we welcomed some members of UMWA to our office to continue talking about the best way forward. You can see my remarks by clicking here

 

 

Leading on Coal Ash

Since 2011, one of my top priorities has been to address regulations on the disposal of coal ash, and on Thursday, the House passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation(WIIN)Act. This legislation includes a provision authorizing states to implement their own coal ash permit program, which would create certainty for utilities and users of coal ash.

The passage of this bill is great news. This legislation will help protect jobs and empower individual states, not the federal government, to oversee the proper management and disposal of coal ash. This solution is the result of lots of hard work over the last several months, and after six years of leading the fight to resolve this issue, I’m looking forward to seeing it signed into law after the Senate takes action.

Energy leaders who represent hundreds of utilities and co-ops welcomed the bill’s passage and praised our leadership and efforts on the coal ash provision.

“The Water Resources Development Act legislation contains critically important provisions for the safe management of coal ash, and EEI thanks Congressman McKinley for his tireless leadership to ensure that states have a role in implementing the Coal Combustion Residuals rule. – Tom Kuhn, President of Edison Electric Institute

“America’s electric co-ops are extremely grateful for Congressman McKinley’s leadership in helping produce a bill that looks out for the interests of co-ops and the rural communities they serve. Congressman McKinley’s perseverance and personal dedication were pivotal in reaching a deal on this crucial legislation.” – Jim Matheson, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

Building a Bridge With WV’s Leaders

On Monday, we organized a meeting of elected officials in Charleston to discuss coordination between state and federal leaders for the year ahead. It is extremely important that we build a bridge that will allow us to work together and achieve our common coals.  Together we must focus on bringing jobs back to West Virginia, replacing Obamacare with a high quality and affordable alternative, greenlighting long overdue infrastructure projects, and combating the dangers of drug abuse and addiction.

 

 

The people of West Virginia have demanded a change from the suffering they have felt for the past eight years. We now have an opportunity to unleash the potential of our state. Only a lack of an imagination can hold us back. Our meeting was a great start and I look forward to working with this team of leaders throughout 2017 and beyond.

Promoting Economic Growth

We had a chance to attend and speak to the Association of Union Constructors who were holding a conference in Washington this week. There, I had the opportunity to discuss how we can improve our economy and create jobs through regulatory relief and by investing in infrastructure projects.  Let’s unleash the full potential of the American workforce so we can start moving in the right direction again!

 

 

WVU Update: Go Mountaineers!

The WVU women’s soccer team had an incredible season. While they were not able to defeat USC in the national championship game, they made all of us proud!

The men’s basketball team plays VMI at 2:00 PM today in Morgantown and the football team was selected to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Miami on December 28th! Let’s go Mountaineers!

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley, P.E.

Washington, DC
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Phone:(202)225-4172 | Fax:(202)225-7564
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