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Leading the Coal Caucus in the Next Congress

We will have a lot to tackle in the next Congress but as the Chairman of the Coal Caucus, one of the things I will focus on is returning certainty to the coal industry. Over the last eight years this industry has been under attack from Washington through a series of overreaching regulations. We must roll back some of these regulations and invest in clean coal technology going forward. If we are successful in doing so, we can grow our economy by creating more jobs in the coal industry while protecting our environment. 

 

 

As soon as Congress returns in early 2017, we will continue our work on a long-term solution with regard to our coal miners and their health benefits and pensions. If we don’t act, thousands of families could begin to lose their healthcare at the end of April. They deserve to have the peace of mind to know their coverage will not be jeopardized in the future. This is an issue our office has been dedicated to for over five years and we will continue to fight for our miners and their families until we reach a long-term solution. 

On Tuesday we met with miners from the Monongalia County Mine to discuss this very topic. To see coverage of our meeting click here. On Wednesday, I spoke with S&P Intelligence(an online news source)to review the priorities of the Coal Caucus for the coming year. To read about this interview, click here.  This past week The Intelligencer, Wheeling News Register wrote about our work on coal ash legislation that we highlighted in last week’s newsletter. To read it, click here

We also had a chance to visit with officials at Mon General Hospital this week and discuss ways to improve and expand access to affordable health care. Over the last few years, Obamacare has proven to be a disastrous failure. Many people have been kicked off the plan they were told they could keep and others have seen their premiums skyrocket. Congress will be working to replace this flawed law with the Trump Administration.

We can reduce costs and keep quality of care high by expanding access to health savings accounts(HSAs), providing more tax incentives, and allowing people and businesses to purchase health insurance across state lines. To read about our visit to Mon General, click here.

Advancing Cures in the 21st Century

Great news - the 21st Century Cures Act has been signed into law! This is now a groundbreaking law that increases funding for medical research, modernizes new treatments for rare diseases, reforms mental health programs, and provides new funding to fight opioid abuse. This will allow the United States to remain the world leader in medical innovation and scientific discoveries. This is a great bipartisan victory that will ultimately save lives. To read more about this important legislation, click here

 

 

Serving Our Constituents – 5,000 Cases!

Our office reached a big milestone this week. Our district staff opened their 5,000th case since 2011. The constituents of West Virginia’s first congressional district are who we serve and the men and women of our district staff have done a terrific job over the last 6 years. If you need help with a federal agency, have a son or daughter looking for a nomination to a service academy, or if you’re veteran who has questions about medical benefits, please give one of our district offices a call and someone will be able to assist you – Wheeling Office: 304-232-3801, Morgantown Office: 304-284-8506, Parkersburg: 304-422-5972.

Our Washington Office Has Moved!

For the last several years we have been in 412 Cannon House Office Building. This week we moved to 2239 Rayburn House Office Building. Our office may be in another location, but our mission remains the same; “…to help the citizens of West Virginia achieve the highest quality of life.” We look forward to having you visit. 

 

 

WVU Update: Go Mountaineers!

The men’s basketball team is now ranked #12 in the nation with a record of 8-1. They’re next game is this afternoon at 2:00 PM against the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Let’s go Mountaineers!

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley, P.E.

Washington, DC
2239 Rayburn 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