Investing in Infrastructure by Cutting Wasteful Spending

Investing in America’s infrastructure will help improve our economy and put people back to work. That is why I introduced a bipartisan bill that will provide needed funding to improve our roads, bridges, and sewer and water lines by cutting waste.

We need to be a part of the solution for improving our nation’s infrastructure. This bill will make that happen without creating any more financial burden to the American taxpayer, by targeting excessive and wasteful spending, which have already been identified by the Inspector Generals(IG).  This funding will provide tens of billions of dollars for our nation’s infrastructure and sewer and water lines.

At the same time money for highway and other infrastructure projects is dwindling, we’re finding billions in improper payments for Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps and other programs.  This is money that could be used to invest in our infrastructure.

In communities across West Virginia I hear from constituents worried about the state of roads, bridges and water systems. This plan would help improve the quality of life for people while creating good-paying jobs at the same time.

Last year, a total of $67 billion was identified as waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government by the IG.  The IG also reported that 16,900 of the cost-savings recommendations have not yet been implemented. 


Earlier this month three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists. According to Israeli authorities, this despicable act is the work of Hamas. Further, one of these boys, Naftali Frankel, is an American citizen.

After this happened I wrote a letter and gathered support from 65 of my colleagues to urge the State Department to do everything in its power to help find the teenagers and bring them home safely.

These kidnapped teenagers are not enemy combatants and should not be held as prisoners of war. They are simply innocent students who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’re asking Secretary Kerry to use his full authority to demand their release and to pressure the Palestinian Authority to take further action.

Recognized for Leadership on Energy Efficiency

This week the Alliance to Save Energy recognized my work on energy efficiency issues and by unanimously voting for me to be an Honorary Vice-Chair to the Board of Directors.

Making America more energy independent is a top priority. Energy efficiency makes sense for so many reasons. It creates jobs and benefits our economy while reducing energy costs.

Other members of the Board include leaders in government, business and the non-profit sector.

At a time when Congress can’t seem to agree on much, energy efficiency is an issue where we can find common ground. Other nations are placing a priority on energy efficiency. Congress needs to work together to make America a leader.

Our 2014 Congressional Art Winner

Congratulations to the newest Congressional Arts Competition winner from Shinnston, WV, Allison McIntyre. Allison is a 10th grader at Lincoln High School. She visited Washington this week to view her art work in the Capitol.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors the nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent. The competition began in 1982, and has had more than 650,000 high school students participate.

Students submit their entries and winners are recognized at an annual awards ceremony in Washington and have their works displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

Honoring the Linsly School’s 200th Anniversary

In honor of the Linsly School's 200th Anniversary, I gave a speech recognizing them on the House floor. Founded in 1814, Linsly has been dedicated to educating students through academic excellence and character development. The Linsly School is one of the few surviving institutions in West Virginia that predate its statehood, and is the 25th oldest boarding school in the country.

Last month I had the privilege to attend the celebration for their 200th Anniversary.  Linsly now has students representing 15 states and 12 foreign countries.

Recognizing the Impacts of Pancreatic Cancer

Earlier this month, members from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network came to visit my office in Washington. Among the representatives was 10-year-old Stephanie Santilli from Philippi, WV who shared her story of losing her uncle to pancreatic cancer.  I shared her letter with my colleagues on the House floor this week.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. It is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits. More research is needed to treat and diagnose cancers like pancreatic cancer. That is why I have continuously asked for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health(NIH). This year I was the lead Republican on a letter requesting $32 billion in funding for the NIH.

Constituent Meetings

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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