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The McKinley Capitol Report

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McKinley Stands for Energy Research and Development

This week, we secured critical funding for clean coal research and development as part of the 2019 appropriations bill that was passed by the House. America, and the entire world, will be reliant on fossil energy for years to come. Research will help us to be a leader in innovation, developing technologies that allow us to utilize our resources more cleanly and efficiently. Not only were we able to block attempts to cut this critical funding, we were able to increase it by $58 million.

This funding also supports hundreds of jobs at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, where they’re performing cutting edge research. They play an important role in strengthening our national security and moving the nation towards energy independence, and this bill will enable them to continue this critical work.

ICYMI: White House Releases Ad Campaign to Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Prescription Opioid Abuse

This week, the White House launched a large public awareness campaign on the dangers of prescription opioid abuse. This campaign is a much-needed step. Our office has been calling on the Surgeon General to engage in such an education campaign for several years. We applaud President Trump for taking this concrete action and for his leadership on the fight against opioids.

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Our office secured an additional $3 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health as part of the bipartisan budget agreement in March. The NIH is America’s leading medical research agency dedicated to finding cures to diseases like Alzheimer’s.

More Jobs Now Available Than the Number of Unemployed Americans
The good economic news keeps coming. The number of available jobs now exceeds the number of unemployed Americans. Thanks to President Trump and the Republican Congress, our economy is firing on all cylinders.

McKinley Applauds Senate Decision to Cancel August Recess

We’re glad to see Senator Mitch McConnell cancelling the Senate’s August recess. Because of historic obstruction in the Senate, there are currently 503 bills the House has passed that are waiting for a Senate vote, including:

• 21st Century Flood Reform Act, which reauthorizes and strengthens our nation’s flood insurance program

• The National Defense Authorization Act, which rebuilds our military and gives our troops a much-needed pay raise.

• The Combat Online Predators Act, which authorizes the maximum penalty for online stalking of victims under 18 years old.

• Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act, which seeks to curb opioid addiction among our veterans by sharing prescription information and reducing abuse.

• Kate’s Law, which equips law enforcement to crack down on criminal illegal aliens who re-enter our nation multiple times after deportation.

Have a great week,

David McKinley
The Gilmer Free Press

--> Monday, June 11, 2018
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