Working Across the Aisle to Help Coal Communities

Along with my colleague Peter Welch(D-VT), yesterday we introduced legislation to assist workers who have lost their jobs due to downturn in the coal industry. The Healthy Employee Loss Prevention Act(HELP Act) would provide assistance to eligible workers with retraining, job searches, and relocation.

Across West Virginia communities are being decimated by what’s happening to the coal industry. Coal miners and other workers are being hurt by factors beyond their control, whether it’s regulations or market forces. It’s only fair we do something to help these struggling families. This legislation represents a bipartisan effort to move beyond our differences and offer help to the proud men and women of the coal industry who are out of work.


Fighting Terrorist Threats

This week Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution(H.J. Res. 124)on a bipartisan basis and it was signed into law by the President this morning.  This resolution will keep the government open and combat terrorism.

The decision to move forward with this plan was not taken lightly. Many of us share the concerns voiced about training and equipping moderate forces fighting in Syria.  At the same time, we did not give the President the blank check authority that he originally requested; we provided a more limited authority to train soldiers to fight back against ISIL under close oversight.  The resolution does NOT authorize any additional funds and does NOT put troops on the ground in Syria.  If the President wants further action, he will have to come to Congress for another vote.

It comes down to either doing nothing to stop ongoing terrorism from ISIL and thereby allowing them to slaughter innocent people who don’t follow their radical ideology or standing together with others in the global community against the imminent threat.

Just as there are 535 Members of Congress, there are likely 535 alternative plans.  But the strategy of warfare is best planned by military leaders not politicians.  This is a plan, worked out between the President and Congress,to train those in the region to fight a common enemy.

Bottom line, this bipartisan resolution will continue government operationsand keep extremists away from our shores.


Getting More Americans Back to Work

In homes all across America, working moms and dads are struggling to support their families and pay the bills at the end of the month. That’s why the House passed two packages this week, which will create jobs, lower energy costs, and grow the economy.

Throughout the 113th Congress, the House has pursued policies to help hard working Americans. These packages include measures that will get people back to work, increase their take-home pay, provide immediate tax relief, and expand opportunities for all Americans. The all-of-the-above energy package will lower energy costs and create thousands of jobs for Americans from coast to coast. While this is just one of many House bills that have passed with bipartisan support, they remain stuck in Harry Reid’s Senate.


Working to Fund Cancer Research

Funding cancer research is critical to improving treatments and finding cures. Since coming to Congress, I have worked to maintain funding to medical research organizations and support cancer research. I have been the lead Republican on an annual letter to the Appropriations Committee, calling for $32 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health(NIH). This week I met with a number of cancer groups to discuss the issue and what else can be done to combat this disease.

One of the groups I met with were representatives from the Cancer Action Network. It was inspiring to hear of their work, and of one woman who is a three time cancer survivor.

The American Association for Cancer Research also came by my office to recognize my commitment to NIH and cancer research. The President of the American Association for Cancer Research, Dr. Carlos Arteaga, presented me with the award. He also co-authored an article with my wife, Mary McKinley,earlier this year regarding the importance of cancer screenings. It highlighted the fact that early detection is key to improving survival rates, and simple, common-sense precautions can help avoid certain types of cancer.

The work both the Cancer Action Network and the American Association for Cancer Researchdo is vital to helping save lives. Medical research offers hope to every person affected by cancer and by increasing funding to the important work groups, like the NIH, do can make a big difference.


Mobile Megabus Town Hall

On Monday I held a mobile Town Hall event on a Megabus trip to Washington. Students from Fairmont State University and West Virginia University rode on the bus with me from Morgantown to Washington. Along the way we were able to have an open dialogue and discuss their concerns and what is happening in Washington.

We ended up with a great turn out and were able to have a truly interactive conversation. This was a unique opportunity to connect with some of our younger voters in West Virginia and for students to learn and visit Washington. After the town hall, students toured the U.S. Capitol Building and saw Congress at work.


We the People

On September 17, 1787, 39 brave men signed the Constitution. And on this day and every year we celebrate Constitution Day:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America.”

These guiding and lasting words resonate loudly and remind us that “We the People” are free. We remember this historic occasion and the legacy and foundation on which our country was built.


Constituent Meetings

This week, I met a number of constituent groups, including representatives from the American College of Cardiology, West Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars(VFW), and the National Mining Association:

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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