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Secretary Perry Visits West Virginia

On Thursday, Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited the Longview Power Plant and the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown. During his visit of Longview, we were able to show Secretary Perry the advances and innovation that Longview has been able to make as the most efficient coal fired plan in the United States, and how this could be a blueprint moving forward for the energy industry.

In addition to touring Longview, we also visited the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory(NETL)in Morgantown. At NETL, we were able to highlight that it is the only national lab working on fossil energy. It was a good opportunity to show Secretary Perry some of what NETL has to offer and I look forward to his ongoing support for the important role NETL will play in continuing to develop cutting edge innovations in the future. 

This was a great visit that allowed us to showcase to Secretary Perry some of the great things we are doing in West Virginia in the energy field, and I look forward to working with him in the future. 

    

 

Mid-Year Reacp

We are now in the month of July, which means we have made it through half the calendar year. The first six months of 2017 have been busy. This has been the most productive congress in recent history, with 239 bills that have been passed by the House of Representatives thus far.

Here is a look back at some of the highlights of the past six months:

On the first day of the 115th Congress, I introduced legislation that would protect benefits for retired coal miners, and in May, we were able to secure health benefits for retired miners. While this was a good step in the right direction, the fight is not over until we also get protection for the pension of retired miners.

In addition to protection of retired coal miner benefits, there were some other key pieces of legislation I introduced and supported. I spoke in the House floor in February in support of House Resolution 38, a Congressional Review Act to stop the harmful Stream Protection Rule imposed by the Obama administration. I have also sponsored many other key bipartisan bills. The FAST Generics Act, which I introduced with Rep. Peter Welch, would improve access to generic drugs, boost competition, and save consumers money on their medications. Along with Rep. Paul Tonko, I introduced H.R. 1877, which would increase federal research & development investments in the energy efficiency of gas turbines. This legislation will result in improved efficieny in American energy, as well as create good paying jobs for Americans.

In addition to those bills, the House also fulfilled a major campaign promise to the American people by passing the Affordable Health Care Act(AHCA). By passing this legislation, all Americans would see lower costs of premiums and a decrease their taxes. Currently, the Senate is working on passing their version of the bill, which will then come back to the House. Reforming healthcare to provide the best, most affordable options to all Americans is a priority to accomplish going forward.

There have been many scandals in the Veterans Administration in the last few years. Recently, Congress passed major reforms to the VA that will hold employees accountable for misconduct and unacceptable performance. These reforms will ensure our veterans get the care they deserve and need. Moreover, the legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

In June, the House passed the Financial CHOICE Act. This bill reins in the Dodd-Frank financial regulations, ends “too big to fail” bank bailouts, and gives relief to community banks and credit unions so they can loan to families and small businesses.

On immigration, the House recently passed two bills to protect public safety and enforce the law. First, Kate’s Law was named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in 2015 by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times and was previously convicted of felonies. It would implement harsher penalties for deported felons who come back to the U.S. The No Sanctuary For Criminals Act cracks down on dangerous sanctuary city policies that have led to criminal aliens going free. These are two important steps to fix our broken immigration system.

On top of the legislation Congress has passed so far this year, President Trump made a major step in placing America first by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement hurt the American economy and American jobs, had little to no impact on the environment, and was never ratified by Congress. We now have a president in the White House willing to put American workers and the American economy first. 

Finally, it is a privilege to work with President Trump, Vice President Pence, and members of their administration to combat opioid abuse and drug addiction, a problem that is plaguing our state. This is a problem not only in West Virginia, but across the country, and it has caused the loss of far too many lives. After speaking with the President and Vice President, it was apparent that they are committed to working with us in Congress to address the problem of opioid abuse head on, as well as doing all we can to assist those struggling with addiction. 

It was a productive first six months of the calendar year. With issues like tax reform, infrastructure, and healthcare reform still to come, I am hopeful we will see continued productivity and even more legislation to benefit West Virginians in the second half of the year!

 

July 4th Celebration

It was a fun holiday celebrating the Fouth of July in Marion County. I had the opportunity to present awards, speak to a group of students, and walk in the Fairview parade. Having the ability to hear from my constituents, as well as celebrate the birth of our great nation, made it a special and enjoyable day!

                        

 

Have a great weekend!

 

David B. McKinley, P.E

Washington, DC
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