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Improving Care for Our Veterans

This week, the House passed several pieces of legislation to help our veterans. On Tuesday, the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act was passed in the House and will now move to the desk of President Trump. After the many scandals coming from the VA in recent years, this legislation will not only return accountability to the VA, it will also protect whistleblowers. While the vast majority of VA employees do a phenomenal job, it is crucial we are able to hold "bad apple" employees accountable in order to provide the best possible care to our veterans. 

In addition, the House passed the Verify First Act, a bill which I co-sponsored, that prevents a person from receiving health care tax credits before they have been verified as legal residents. This legislation will prevent waste, fraud, and abuse of our health care system.

The House also passed H.R. 2122, a bill I sponsored to help extend the permitting deadline for a hydroelectric project at the Jennings-Randolph Dam in Mineral County.

 

ICYMI: Protecting American Jobs

Along with my colleague Rep. Gene Green, earlier this year I introduced the "U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act." This legislation will not only prevent companies who offshore their call center jobs from being rewarded, but also protects the information of American consumers. We jointly submitted an op-ed to The Hill to discuss why Congress should get behind this legisliation in an effort to put American workers and consumers first. 

You can read the op-ed here: Why Congress should get behind the bipartisan 'U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act'

 

Internet of Things: The Next Frontier

The Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held the Internet of Things Showcase in Washington to highlight how network connectivity can increase productivity, efficiency, effectiveness, and utilization of products for consumers. The showcase had booths set up with companies and oganizations from all over the United States, including West Virginia University's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. It was a great to see some of the incredible technology we are working on at home in West Virginia.

 

 

Building the American Economy

On Thursday, I presented the keynote remarks at an event sponsored by Real Clear Politics, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and USG Corporation called Building the U.S. Economy: The Construction Industry's Role. Speaking to executives and staffers from the construction industry gave me the chance to share some of my personal experiences in the construction industry, as well as touch on issues the industry is currently facing, workforce needs, infrastructure investments, and permitting reform. The construction industry is a crucial part of our nation's economy.

 

 

Shooting on Capitol Hill

My prayers are with those injured in the shooting at a baseball practice for the Congressional baseball game, including my friend and colleague Rep. Steve Scalise. Had it not been for the bravery exhibited by Special Agent Crystal Griner and Special Agent David Bailey of the U.S. Capitol Police, many lives may have been lost. While we can and will disagree, it is exceedingly important that we show civility and respect towards one another and come together as a nation.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

David B. McKinley, P.E

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