Demanding Accountability and Answers on Benghazi and IRS

For more than a year, House Committees have engaged in serious, deliberate, and painstaking oversight investigations, but have been met with obstruction and stone walling by the Administration. This week the House took several more steps to hold people accountable and get the truth.

This week the House voted to hold former Internal Revenue Service(IRS)executive Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for her refusal to cooperate with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS.  Ms. Lerner, formerly the Director of the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, is believed to be the central figure in this scandal.  Despite a subpoena, she has refused to testify. 

Additionally, the House voted to establish a Select Committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Congressman Trey Gowdy(R-SC), a former federal prosecutor, will chair this committee.  For almost two years now, Congress has conducted an ongoing investigation to find out exactly what happened on the night of September 11, 2012.  Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has refused to answer the tough questions surrounding the attack.  It is my hope that this committee will provide some definite answers.  The families of the four brave men killed that night deserve to know what happened.

Recognition for Leadership on Healthcare

It was an honor this week to receive the Distinguished Public Policy Award from the Immune Deficiency Foundation(IDF). The IDF represents people with primary immunodeficiency diseases.

As a passionate supporter of increasing access to vital medicines, I introduced the Patients’ Access to Treatment Act, H.R. 460, last year.  This bill enables millions of insured Americans, access to critical treatments that can save their lives, allow them to function in daily life, or prevent them from becoming disabled.

This year I was also the lead Republican on a letter requesting $32 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health(NIH). The ground breaking research the NIH does could help improve the quality of life for people with rare diseases, such as immunodeficiency disorders.

Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 11th, marks the 100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day. This National holiday started in the First Congressional District of West Virginia in Grafton. A young woman named Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother in a big way. She decided that we needed a national holiday to honor mothers. The first Mother’s Day celebration was held in the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton in 1908. After this Anna Jarvis worked with a department store owner in Philadelphia and by 1912, Mother’s Day was being celebrated by thousands of people across the country. Finally in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

To honor this achievement, I recognized the hard work of Anna Jarvis and all mothers on the House floor this week. Mothers play an incredible role in our lives, and this Sunday we can all just stop for a moment to just say “thanks mom”.

Empowering Parents

As part of an education bill, this week the House passed an amendment I co-sponsored to help parents make informed decisions about education options for their children. This amendment marks my 23rd amendment passed by the House since coming to Congress.

Celebrating the Linsly School’s 200th Anniversary

Last weekend, I had the privilege to attend a celebration for the 200th Anniversary of the Linsly School in Wheeling. The Linsly School is one of the few surviving institutions in West Virginia that predates its statehood. Originally established in 1814 to serve as a boys only military institute, Linsly has evolved into a coeducational school dedicated to providing quality education to students in the Ohio Valley region and beyond.

The Linsly School today is an independent college preparatory day and boarding school for boys and girls in grades five through 12. It currently serves 345 day students, and 105 boarding students, who are all committed to academic excellence and character development.

Constituent Meetings

This week, I met a number of constituent groups, including members from the National Brain Tumor Society, the American Meteorological Society, the Immune Deficiency Foundation, and the U.S. Army War College Class of 2014:

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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