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Working with President Trump to Protect WV Jobs

It was a great honor to join President Trump at the White House for the signing of a Congressional Review Act(CRA)to stop the damaging SPR. As Chairman of the Congressional Coal Caucus, stopping this painful rule has been my top priority. If implemented, this rule would have shut down more coal mines and put up to 80,000 coal miners out of work.

Fortunately, we finally have a partner in the White House who understands just how damaging these rules can be. The signing of our bill is a major victory for West Virginia and coal miners all across the country. To read news coverage of the White House signing with President Trump, click here.

On both Monday and Tuesday, I also had a chance to meet with Vice President Pence to discuss a number of important issues including regulatory relief, a plan to revitalize our coal industry, and the need to protect the healthcare plans and pensions of our coal miners. 

Meeting with Constituents

Speaking directly with constituents and industry leaders allows me to clearly understand the issues and concerns of my fellow West Virginians. This week our office welcomed representatives from the Wheeling National Heritage Area, US Cellular, and Pierpont Community and Technical College. 

 

 

We also met with representatives of the UMWA. Our coal miners are some of America’s hardest workers. They have powered this country for decades and they don’t deserve to lose the benefits they've earned. Fortunately, I’ve authored a solution to this problem, but we need to act before it’s too late. Let’s continue to keep our voices loud so we can give our miners and their family members the peace of mind they deserve. To see a speech I gave on the House floor about this issue, click here.

A Busy Week for the Energy and Commerce Committee

It was a busy week in the House Energy & Commerce Committee with a focus on advancing our energy infrastructure.  The Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing to examine opportunities for expanding infrastructure, economic redevelopment, and manufacturing through the modernization of certain environmental laws. The Subcomittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection also held a hearing on the development of self-driving cars to reduce traffic accidents and improve transportation mobility.

 

 

The Subcommittee on Energy also explored opportunities to improve the nation’s economic competitiveness while modernizing the grid for the 21st century. 

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Wednesday was "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," on Capitol Hill. This was an opportunity to encourage young girls to pursue a STEM education and explain why engineering is such an important field. As 1 of only 2 licensed engineers in all of Congress, it was an honor to serve as a guest speaker and share my story about how I became an engineer. To solve some of our toughest problems, America needs more engineers!

WVU Update: Go Mountaineers!

The WVU basketball teams are nearing the homestretch of the regular season. The men’s team lost an overtime battle against Kansas earlier this week, but look to rebound against Texas Tech at 2 PM in Morgantown later today. The women’s team was successful against Kansas State just a few days ago, and today they have an away game at Iowa State. 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
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Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone:(304)422-5972
Fax: 304-422-5974