Making America a Center for Innovation

This week I had the privilege to address the future of energy efficiency in a speech to the World Energy Engineering Congress. Often, the focus in Washington is on the issues that divide us, not those that pull us together as a nation. We need to move beyond the partisanship and work together to make energy efficiency a priority.

In Congress, I have introduced three bipartisan bills dealing with energy efficiency, including the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014, which passed the House earlier this year. I also serve as co-chair of the High Performance Buildings Caucus.

America is losing its position as a global center of innovation. America used to be a place where companies came to do research and development. Now other countries are catching up. In this quest for efficiency, America can regain its preeminent role as a center of innovation.

For the last 238 years people across the world have turned to America for leadership. We’re an exceptional country that has produced great innovations. Congress needs to prove to the American people that we haven’t lost that edge. We need to find issues like energy efficiency where we can find common ground.

The World Energy Engineering Congress was hosted by the Association of Energy Engineers and drew hundreds of leaders in the energy field. Former President Bill Clinton gave the keynote speech at the conference.


Recognition for Work to Protect Manufacturing in America

The National Association of Manufacturers(NAM) recognized my work with an award for Legislative Excellence for achieving a 97% voting record on important manufacturer issues. Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million men and women, and contributes more than $1.8 trillion to the U.S. economy. The NAM represents small and large manufacturers in all 50 states.

In Congress I have worked to protect manufacturing jobs and promote growth. Included on the NAM’s voting record were two bills I introduced, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act(H.R. 2218)and the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act(H.R. 2126), both of which passed the House.


Harrison County Receives Resources to Fight Drug Crimes

This week Harrison County was designated a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area(HIDTA),giving the area access to valuable resources to combat the scourge of illegal drugs.

Drug abuse and the criminals who facilitate it scar our communities and destroy lives. We need to use all the resources at our disposal to take these criminals off our streets and disrupt the drug trade. This additional funding allocated through the HIDTA program will go a long ways to help us fight this epidemic. The drug task force in Harrison County is ready to use these funds to respond aggressively.

Created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, the HIDTA program provides assistance to Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to reduce drug trafficking.

For the past months my office has worked with the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force to get the HIDTA designation from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, including supporting their application with letters and phone calls.


Not-So-Happy Anniversary to Healthcare.gov

Wednesday, October 1st marked the anniversary of the roll out of Healthcare.gov. Despite a price tag of more than $2 billion, the website still isn’t totally secure, and users of the website are still at risk of identity theft. Obamacare has not been kind to Americans since the exchanges opened and it would only seem natural that many Americans aren’t interested in buying a bad product.

As we move into the second open enrollment period, let’s hope for a more secure and functional website. Back in July the Inspector General’s offices looked at 2.9 million application inconsistencies from health care forms being filled out incorrectly. Most of these issues were because “the CMS eligibility system was not fully operational.” In other words, they launched the website without it being finished.


Woodsdale Elementary Recognized as National Blue Ribbon School

Woodsdale Elementary School in Wheeling was recognized this week as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2014. Fewer than 400 schools across the country are recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools. In addition to being a National Blue Ribbon School, Woodsdale has shown its commitment to academic excellence through being designated as a West Virginia High Performing Reward School. Woodsdale’s exemplary curriculum has shown that its unique collaborative structure, among students, teachers, and parents, has effectively worked to produce high performing and motivated young people.

Woodsdale Elementary School is well deserving of the National Blue Ribbon award, and will be able to proudly show the National Blue Ribbon flag on its entry. Educating the next generation is an important job. Congratulations Woodsdale on this recognition.


Constituent Meetings

Throughout October I will be traveling around the First District meeting with constituents and visiting local businesses. Keep an eye out, I may be visiting your town.

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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