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Diversifying West Virginia’s Economy

On Monday the leaders from eight universities and colleges in the Ohio Valley came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU)to officially form the Ohio Valley Research Consortium. The concept for the Consortium was developed out of our desire to diversify West Virginia’s economy through investment in research.  It will focus on drug addiction and opioid abuse, cyber-security, healthcare, and job creation for our veterans.

 

Encouraging research and attracting investment will help our entire region. By working together, we can find ways to tackle some of our most pressing issues, from access to clean water and affordable healthcare, to strengthening our cybersecurity and preventing further substance abuse. We have created a unique opportunity to increase federal research in the Ohio Valley and I look forward to working with each member of the Consortium to accomplish our goals. To read coverage about the Consortium, click here

 

Prioritizing our Goals – Fighting for our Miners with President Trump

Congressional Republicans gathered in Philadelphia this week for a policy retreat and to discuss our legislative goals for the year. We will prioritize the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, reforming our tax code, reforming our regulatory process, strengthening our border, rebuilding our military and promoting a national energy plan that will create jobs. 

 

 

These issues are very important, but our office will be particularly focused on fighting for our coal miners to keep the benefits they have earned. 

Protecting the Sanctity of Life

On Tuesday, the House passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, legislation that will prevent federal tax dollars from being used to fund abortions. It is completely unacceptable to use the tax dollars of hardworking Americans to fund abortions and the House took a very important step towards protecting and promoting the sanctity of life.  As a father and grandfather, I know this bill will help protect many unborn children while respecting the personal convictions of taxpayers all across the country.

 

 

Also this week, hundreds of thousands of Americans from all over the country descended on the National Mall for the March for Life to honor the millions of innocent lives lost because of abortion. We must continue to keep a loud voice for those who do not have one. Below is a picture of pro-life West Virginians who visited Capitol Hill before heading to the march. 

 

 

Investing in Energy Infrastructure

It was very encouraging to see President Trump’s executive action to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects. The executive order signed by the President simply removes federal barriers to begin construction.

The construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines are long past due. It’s time to push an anti-energy agenda aside and do what’s best for the country.  Investing in our nation’s energy infrastructure will not only create thousands of jobs, it will also allow us to transport energy sources in a safe and reliable manner and I applaud the President for taking this action.

Stopping the SPR

As Chairman of the Coal Caucus, we’ve made stopping the SPR our number 1 priority because if implemented, it could shut down more coal mines and disrupt the livelihoods of over 80,000 miners and their families. This rule implemented by President Obama at the end of his term is an outrageous attack on working families in the coal industry.

Fortunately with President Trump, we now have a partner in the White House who understands how irresponsible and harmful these bureaucratic overreaches can be. Next week will pass a Congressional Review Act that will stop this rule from going forward and protect our hardworking coal communities. 

WVU Update: Go Mountaineers!

Both of WVU’s basketball teams continue to be two of the best in the country. Earlier this week the men stunned #2 Kansas with an exciting win at home and the women defeated Texas Tech. The men will take on Texas A&M today at noon and the women will play Texas at 4:00 PM on Sunday.  Let’s go Mountaineers!

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley, P.E.

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