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McKinley Spends August Recess Traveling the First District
 
We had a busy August back home in West Virginia, travelling throughout the district to meet and listen to constituents.  Congress began the September session with a full schedule and many goals to accomplish. I look forward to continuing these efforts alongside my colleagues in the coming months.

Four McKinley Amendments included in Funding Legislation Approved by House
 
On Thursday, the House passed a package of funding bills(H.R. 3354)for 2018. In each bill, we found savings, reduced government waste, and increased oversight to ensure that our taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly. The bill raises pay for our troops, strengthens border protection, and addresses other conservative priorities. Six of my amendments were included in the bill. Most recently, we provided $10 million to the NOAA Environmental Security Computing Center, increased funding to High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas(HIDTA)to combat the opioid epidemic, increased Forest Service funds to strengthen support for the timber industry, and ensured funding for the National Guard Youth Challenge Program.

House Passes the SAFE-DRIVE Act 
 
On Wednesday, the House passed the SELF DRIVE Act. This important bill reflects a bipartisan effort to support and promote the safe testing and deployment of new technology. Self-driving cars have the ability to create new economic opportunities and make our roadways safer in the process. Language from my bill, H.R. 3416, was included to ensure that automated vehicles are safely tested and deployed in rural, mountainous, and unmapped areas, like West Virginia. 

Next Wednesday, September 20, 2017, we will be hosting an Autonomous/Self-Driving Vehicle Forum at WVU’s Erikson Alumni Center featuring industry leaders and other experts. As self-driving technology continues to develop, it is important that we take a proactive role in preventing accidents, assisting seniors and those with disabilities, and ensuring that America has a seat at the table as this industry continues to grow. 
 


Month of September recognized as Nation Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month

I am pleased to join with my colleague, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, to introduce a bipartisan resolution recognizing September as National Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month. In West Virginia and throughout America, people are suffering unnecessarily from rheumatic dieseases because they cannot access or afford specialized medicine. We must take long-overdue steps to address this growing healthcare crisis.
 
Energy and Commerce Takes a Closer Look at Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Small Businesses
 
The week, the Environment subcommittee discussed four bills addressing the regulatry burdens imposed on many small businesses. Many companies have struggled under the weight of costly EPA rules. It is important that we ensure overreaching regulations don't hurt our economy. as we continue the consideration of these bills, we will keep in mind the important of ensuring that even our smallest communities and companies can provide secure, well-paying jobs. 
 

Surplus Book Program continues to positively impact WV organizations
 
Throught the year, my office has worked in partnership with the Library of Congress to distribute books to non-profit organizations throughout our state. Most recently, we delivered children's books to the Tucker County Children's Advocacy Center. I am happy to know that these books will be put to good use by those who need and appreciate them. 
 
 
Have a great weekend!

Sincerely, 

 

David B. McKinley, P.E
Member of Congress

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