House to Establish Select Committee on Benghazi

Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that the House will establish a Select Committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi. 

As an original cosponsor of H. Res 36-legislation establishing the Select Committee to investigate the attack - I applaud Speaker Boehner for today’s bold move to further investigate what happened in Benghazi. 

After months of stonewalling, this Administration continues to hold back the truth surrounding the deadly Benghazi attacks from the American people.  The families of the four brave Americans who lost their lives that night deserve straight answers about exactly what happened. Congress will not stop until all the questions are answered and the truth about exactly what occurred on September 11, 2012 finally surfaces.

Working to Create Energy Independence

This week, along with a group of 7 bipartisan colleagues, I introduced legislation aimed at continuing vital funding for research and development at the National Energy Technology Laboratory(NETL)in Morgantown, W.Va.

The critical research NETL provides benefits our environment and energy security, plus it keeps energy prices for consumers affordable while leading to energy independence. Funding for NETL results in affordable, safe and clean ways to enhance and utilize our domestic fossil fuels.

The Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy Research and Development Program supports more than 1,000 projects that contribute nearly $7 billion dollars annually to the American economy and supports more than 55,000 jobs nationwide.

The program, based in Morgantown, W.Va., is currently developing advanced technologies to support a competitive future for our coal and gas resources for use in power generation and industries around the world. It also strengthens America’s global industrial competitiveness.

Protecting Veterans and Veterans Benefits

Service men and women who sacrificed on behalf of our country deserve our full support and the benefits promised to them. This week, the House voted to increase the budget of the Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)to make sure these promises are kept. This bill will also help to clean up the long wait times and backlogs of benefits claims in the VA.

This bipartisan legislation passed with a nearly unanimous vote, 416-1. In addition to funding our veterans’ benefits and programs, this bill also contains funding to help train and equip our troops, provide housing and services to military personnel and their families, and maintain base infrastructure.

The funding in this legislation provides the peace of mind and quality of life for our military, as well as ensures that our veterans receive the benefits that they deserve.

Morgantown High School Advances to Sweet 16

A team of high school students from Morgantown High School advanced to the Sweet 16 in the Department of Energy National Science Bowl.

These students competed against, more than 9,300 high school students and 5,200 middle school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. Approximately 240,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl since its creation.

Wheeling Park High School Student in Top 9

Congratulations to Wheeling Park High School senior, Austin Gage, for making it to the finals in the National Poetry Out Load Competition in Washington, DC. The event, hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation, welcomes students from across the country to compete for a $20,000 award by reciting their favorite poets.

Constituent Meetings

This week, I met a number of constituent groups, including members from the American College of Radiology, West Virginia community bankers, representatives from the West Virginia Education Association, and members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 154:

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, or submit a request on my website at www.mckinley.house.gov.

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