Funding our Law Enforcement and Promoting Scientific Innovation and Job Creation

On Thursday the House voted to pass the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies(CJS)Appropriations bill. This bill provides critical funding for important programs such as our federal law enforcement, NASA research, commerce and other agencies.

Included in this bill was an amendment I offeredto provide help to small businesses with legal and technical assistance at the International Trade Commission. Many small businesses around the country are struggling to compete against unfair, low-priced foreign imports. We’ve seen this with Chinese currency manipulation and state subsidies that have crushed our tin, rebar and hot rolled steel industries among others. This amendment will help small businesses afford access to justice and actually create jobs.

The House also increased funding for law enforcement to fight against drug trafficking and drug abuse, the National Weather Service for hurricane forecasting and tsunami warning grants, and many other important programs, while still saving over $398 million of taxpayer dollars.


Cleaning up the Department of Veterans Affairs

Recent reports have highlighted serious and systemic mismanagement and a lack of accountability across the Department of Veterans Affairs(VA). While investigationshave been launched, the House has passed numerous pieces of legislation this week to help veterans. These include:

- Increased funding for Veterans’ Mental Health Treatment Courts and Mentally Ill Offender Programs

- Increased funding for Veterans’ Drug Treatment Courts

- Legislation to provide veterans with counseling and treatment for sexual trauma that occurred during inactive duty training

It is certainly a disgusting situation that targets our brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedoms. Although Secretary Shinseki’s resignation is one step, it still does not solve the overall problem. Besides these pieces of legislation, we will continue to monitor the VA situation and will be conducting veterans’ roundtables throughout the district to solicit opinions of our veteran constituents to guide us. This week we have already held numerous calls with veterans in our district.

If you have a personal story regarding the VA that you would like to share with us confidentially, you can email our office at: VAstories.McKinley@mail.house.gov


WVU Robotics Team Wins Top Honors

The West Virginia University’s(WVU)robotics team this week took top honors in NASA’s 2014 Robotic Mining Competition.  The team, comprised of students from the WVU’s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and Air Force ROTC, were awarded several first place finishes and took top honors in both the mining and outreach portions of the competition.  This event is held annually at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

In addition to balancing a rigorous course load, these dedicated students spent considerable time outside of class every week working on their robot, even building every single part that made up the finished product on their own.  The WVU robotics teamhas also been active in the local community, volunteering their time at local schools to introduce area children to robotics.  We thank these bright young men and women for representing West Virginia well and wish them the best of luck for the future. 


Honoring our Veterans on Memorial Day

Every year we mark Memorial Day as a day to continually remember the price of freedom. It is important that we are reminded of that and are reminded to care for the men and women who served our country.

While traveling in the 1st Congressional District I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of veterans and hear their stories. My office is also pleased to assist veterans with VA claims and dealing with other federal agencies. If you or someone you know needs help do not hesitate to contact my office at 304-284-8506


Communicating with Constituents

This week, my office held a telephone town hall with over 10,000 constituents in the First Congressional District participating. Telephone town halls are a great way to participate and listen to what is happening in Washington, also to directly ask me questions. I welcome more participation and look forward to holding more telephone town halls in the future.

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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