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House Votes to Rein in Executive Overreach:

President Obama has taken the “imperial presidency” to a whole new level. While it’s not new for presidents to stretch their constitutional limits of power, executive overreach has accelerated at a faster pace under President Obama. The Constitution is clear: it is the duty of Congress to write laws and, once enacted, it is the responsibility of the President to enforce them. President Obama has failed on multiple occasions to enforce laws that he disagrees with and has stretched his regulatory authority to put in place policies without Congressional action. In response the House this week passed legislation to rein in this executive overreach.

The ENFORCE the Law Act(HR 4138)would permit the House, or the Senate, to authorize a lawsuit against the Executive Branch for failure to accurately carry out the laws. The Faithful Execution of the Law Act(HR 3973), would strengthen current law and promote transparency and honesty in the federal government by requiring all federal officials who establish or implement a formal or informal policy to refrain from enforcing a federal law to report to Congress on the reason for their decision.

Throughout President Obama’s tenure, we’ve witnessed a pattern: when the President disagrees with laws, he ignores them. Now that Obamacare isn’t working, President Obama is rewriting his own law on a whim, even though the law doesn’t give him the authority to do so. President Obama may have his pen and his phone, but we have the Constitution and we must abide by it. We cannot allow President Obama, or any president, to ignore the constitutional limits on executive power. It is up to the Congress and the courts to check the President’s overreach and restore balance to our system of government.

McKinley Addresses Thousands at Building Trades Conference:

Earlier this week I addressed more than two thousand construction leaders from across the country at the 2014 Building Trades Conference in Washington, D.C.

After spending fifty years in the construction industry and working side-by-side with many of the crafts represented at this conference, it was an honor to address those hard-working men and women. Since coming to Congress, we have worked together effectively with the building trades on issues like energy and investing in our infrastructure. This will create jobs, not only in construction, but in manufacturing as well.  This will revitalize the middle class.

We need to start dreaming again about what is possible rather than focusing on where we differ. I am committed to investing in our infrastructure to create jobs.

It was an honor being only one of four House Members and the only Republican invited to speak at the conference. 

McKinley Votes to Protect Volunteer Firefighters:

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to ensure volunteer firefighters and emergency medical providers are exempt from the employer mandate under Obamacare. 

In West Virginia, 95 percent of all fire departments are staffed by volunteers. It’s unfair to penalize these men and women who put their lives on the line.  Requiring cash-strapped volunteer fire departments to offer health insurance would financially cripple most departments.

After meeting with members of volunteer fire departments who told us how damaging this Obamacare mandate would be, we decided Congress needed to act now.  The Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act ensures that emergency service volunteers are not counted as full-time employees under the employer mandate in Obamacare. 

While the Obama Administration reversed its initial decision due to the pressure from Congress and volunteer emergency providers, there’s no guarantee this decision will stay in place. This bill will ensure these men and women are treated fairly by making this the law.

McKinley Named ‘Representative of the Year’ by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society:

The National Multiple Sclerosis(MS)Society honored me as “Representative of the Year” for my work in support of medical research and efforts to make specialty drugs affordable to patients with disabling diseases.  It’s a high honor to be recognized by the MS Society.

We have the greatest medical innovation in the world, it is important to never stifle the ground-breaking research being done at the National Institutes of Health(NIH).  We must make sure that these new, life-saving treatments are available to all Americans who need them, not just the wealthy.

I also introduced the bipartisan Patient Access to Treatments Act(H.R. 460)with Rep. Lois Capps(D-CA)and has the support of 93 other bipartisan Members of Congress. This will allow millions of Americans to have access to critical treatments that can save their lives, or improve their quality of life.

We’re working together with groups like the Multiple Sclerosis Society because it’s about fairness and caring for people, not a Democrat or a Republican issue. 

Flood Insurance Bill Passes Senate

After months of hearing from hundreds of homeowners, business owners, realtors, and others, this week the Senate voted to pass the House flood insurance bill. This bill will make the necessary changes to the National Flood Insurance Program(NFIP)to end extreme flood insurance rate increases, while not adding to our national debt. This bill now goes to the President for his signature, where we hope it will be signed quickly. Homeowners deserve immediate relief.

Constituent Meetings:

This week, I met a number of constituent groups, including the WV Housing Authority, WV National Board of Education, members from the Building Trades Association, and a delegation with the WV Paralyzed Veterans.  It is always an honor to meet with those who sacrificed to defend our freedom:

If you are ever in the Washington D.C. office please drop in and say hello. If you want an appointment just give my office a call at 202-225-4172.

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