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Passing Bill to Reauthorize and Improve the Brownfields Program

This week, the Energy and Commerce committee passed eight bills, including a bill I introduced, the Brownfields Enhancement Economic Redevelopment and Reauthorization Act of 2017. This bill will reauthorize and improve the EPA Brownfields Program, which provides resources to clean up former industrial sites with legacy contamination issues. This program boosts local economies across the United States and creates jobs by turning these empty sites into things like manufacturing facilities.

In addition to reauthorizing the Brownfields Program, for the first time in more than a decade my bill will make improvements the program. One of the major improvements to the program will be the increased ability for small, rural, or disadvantaged communities to be participants in the Brownfields Program. With over 450,000 brownfields sites across America, this bill will benefit communities not just in West Virginia, but across the entire country. 

 

McKinley Votes to Protect Public Safety

The House passed two key pieces of immigration legislation this week. We passed the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate's Law, named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who had previously been deported five times. These two bills will not only strengthen the penalties for deported felons who return to our country, but will withhold federal grants from communities that violate the law by refusing to communicate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

With these two new bills, the House is taking action to reform our nations broken immigration system and put American lives first. While we can't bring back the lives of Kate and the many other victims of these crimes, we need to do all that we can to prevent these crimes from happening in the future.

 

Speaking at Carbon Utilization Research Council

On Tuesday, I spoke at CURC about how our nation can retain its place of energy dominance on the world stage. We must continue to invest in energy research. It is through that energy research that we are able to improve efficiency and some of our greatest innovations are developed. We must continue to focus on fossil energy to maintain our position of energy dominance in the world. 

                                  

 

WV State Society Reception

I had a fantastic time at the WV State Society's reception celebrating West Virginia's 154th birthday. With vendors from all over the state, the event showcased some of the best West Virginia has to offer. It was a great chance to visit with many of my fellow West Virginians and bring a little piece of Almost Heaven to Washington, DC. 

 

Happy Fourth of July!

It was on this day in 1776 that we adopted the Declaration of Independence, signaling the beginning of the United States of America. I hope you all have the chance to celebrate the day with friends and family enjoying barbeques, parades, fireworks, and picnics. Also, take a moment to reflect on all the greart things our country offers, the accomplishments we have made in our 241 years as a nation, and the freedoms we all enjoy living here in America. Have fun, enjoy your day, and most importantly be safe!

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

David B. McKinley, P.E

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