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David B. McKinley

David McKinley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: David B. McKinley
Office: U.S. House (WV) - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 13, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary; 4 Children
Birth Date: 03/28/1947
Birth Place: Wheeling, WV
Home City: Wheeling, WV
Religion: Episcopalian
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David McKinley. McKinley Cosponsors Bill to Protect Life. 15 February 2011. "When Congress passed the president's healthcare reform bill last year, it disrespected innocent human life and trampled on the rights of taxpayers, who strongly oppose using their hard-earned dollars to finance abortion. The Protect Life Act would right that wrong. I will work to pass this legislation to defend the unborn, and will never waver from my pro-life convictions." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. David McKinley voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Facebook: Wall. 15 February 2011. "Cosponsored legislation to protect the life of the unborn and preserve their rights. Proud to be 100% Pro-Life." (www.facebook.com)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Preserve Life and Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions. 9 May 2011. "David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) once again voted to protect the life of the unborn and preserve their rights Wednesday.H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, would permanently prohibit taxpayer funding for abortions across all federal programs. McKinley, long committed to the right to life, issued the following statement: 'As an original co-sponsor of this legislation, I am delighted the House approved it with bipartisan support; now we just need the Senate to respect the rights of the unborn and the wishes of taxpayers by promptly passing the bill.'" (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Protect the Life of the Unborn. 13 October 2011. "The use of federal funds to pay for ending the life of an unborn child is appalling. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Protect Life Act, which protects the unborn from having the federal government fund the end of their lives and protects the medical workers who refuse to perform an abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Life. 27 October 2011. "West Virginians for Life endorsed all of my campaigns during my 14 years in the Legislature and also in my campaign for Governor in 1996. I remain proudly Pro-life." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. David McKinley voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Facebook: Wall. 15 February 2011. “Cosponsored legislation to protect the life of the unborn and preserve their rights. Proud to be 100% Pro-Life.” (www.facebook.com)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Life. 27 October 2011. “West Virginians for Life endorsed all of my campaigns during my 14 years in the Legislature and also in my campaign for Governor in 1996. I remain proudly Pro-life.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Cosponsors Bill to Protect Life. 15 February 2011. “When Congress passed the president's healthcare reform bill last year, it disrespected innocent human life and trampled on the rights of taxpayers, who strongly oppose using their hard-earned dollars to finance abortion. The Protect Life Act would right that wrong. I will work to pass this legislation to defend the unborn, and will never waver from my pro-life convictions.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Preserve Life and Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions. 9 May 2011. “David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) once again voted to protect the life of the unborn and preserve their rights Wednesday.H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, would permanently prohibit taxpayer funding for abortions across all federal programs. McKinley, long committed to the right to life, issued the following statement: 'As an original co-sponsor of this legislation, I am delighted the House approved it with bipartisan support; now we just need the Senate to respect the rights of the unborn and the wishes of taxpayers by promptly passing the bill.'” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Protect the Life of the Unborn. 13 October 2011. “The use of federal funds to pay for ending the life of an unborn child is appalling. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Protect Life Act, which protects the unborn from having the federal government fund the end of their lives and protects the medical workers who refuse to perform an abortion.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David McKinley. The Issues. 18 June 2012. "The Republican believes the U.S. should remain in Afghanistan until the threat to America's national security 'emanating from there ... is quashed.'" (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • David McKinley. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. David McKinley voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. The Issues. 18 June 2012. “The Republican believes the U.S. should remain in Afghanistan until the threat to America's national security 'emanating from there ... is quashed.'” (www.washingtonpost.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeffrey Saulton. NewsandSentinel.com: McKinley addresses budget efforts. 12 May 2012. “McKinley said he is most concerned with the possible cuts to military spending. He said the plan calls for $600 billion over 10 years beginning Jan. 1. He added the military budget is only $600 billion. 'Defense is one thing constitutionally we (Congress) are obligated to provide," he said. "Over the life of that, the military will be gutted and we can't afford to have that.'” (www.newsandsentinel.com)
  • Jeffrey Saulton. NewsandSentinel.com: McKinley addresses budget efforts. 12 May 2012. "McKinley said he is most concerned with the possible cuts to military spending. He said the plan calls for $600 billion over 10 years beginning Jan. 1. He added the military budget is only $600 billion. 'Defense is one thing constitutionally we (Congress) are obligated to provide," he said. "Over the life of that, the military will be gutted and we can't afford to have that.'" (www.newsandsentinel.com)
  • David McKinley. Cumberland Times - Congressman Shows Support of Firefighters. 9 March 2011. "As for cutting defense spending, McKinley said due to the turmoil in Libya, Bahrain and other countries, it's a touchy issue. 'We're going to have to be very careful. We can't continue to be in (debt in) excess of $1.6 trillion.'" (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Protect our Troops and Avoid a Government Shutdown. 7 April 2011. "David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) voted in favor of H.R. 1363, the Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 [¦] 'Throughout this process, my goals have been to keep the government running and reduce spending. We must also protect our troops and give them the funding they need to defend our country safely, and we cannot let politics hold them hostage. That's why we voted today to fund the Department of Defense through the end of this fiscal year while cutting more non-military spending. I wish President Obama and the Senate would come to the table in good faith so we can protect our troops, keep the government open and make responsible spending cuts.'" (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. David McKinley voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. David McKinley voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Protect our Troops and Avoid a Government Shutdown. 7 April 2011. “David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) voted in favor of H.R. 1363, the Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 […] 'Throughout this process, my goals have been to keep the government running and reduce spending. We must also protect our troops and give them the funding they need to defend our country safely, and we cannot let politics hold them hostage. That's why we voted today to fund the Department of Defense through the end of this fiscal year while cutting more non-military spending. I wish President Obama and the Senate would come to the table in good faith so we can protect our troops, keep the government open and make responsible spending cuts.'” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Cumberland Times - Congressman Shows Support of Firefighters. 9 March 2011. “As for cutting defense spending, McKinley said due to the turmoil in Libya, Bahrain and other countries, it's a touchy issue. 'We're going to have to be very careful. We can't continue to be in (debt in) excess of $1.6 trillion.'” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David McKinley. Herald Star -- McKinley Pushes Spending Act. 14 July 2011. “'President Obama continues to ask for another debt ceiling increase with job-killing tax hikes attached and not nearly enough spending cuts and reforms […]' McKinley noted the prioritization act is merely meant as a contingency plan and he still holds hope that Obama and Congressional leaders can reach a bipartisan plan to cut spending, enact structural reforms and not raise taxes.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2011. "I strongly support fewer taxes, fewer frivolous lawsuits, and less regulation. We need an environment that strengthens the private sector's ability to create jobs. Washington simply cannot create jobs as well as American entrepreneurship. The nation's current punitive tax structure discourages economic growth. Let's lower taxes so people will be inclined to start new businesses and existing businesses will be able to expand. The bailouts and stimulus packages have not worked and are only contributing to our rising national debt." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Herald Star -- McKinley Pushes Spending Act. 14 July 2011. "'President Obama continues to ask for another debt ceiling increase with job-killing tax hikes attached and not nearly enough spending cuts and reforms [¦]' McKinley noted the prioritization act is merely meant as a contingency plan and he still holds hope that Obama and Congressional leaders can reach a bipartisan plan to cut spending, enact structural reforms and not raise taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley To Support Bipartisan Deficit-Cutting Agreement. 1 August 2011. "Cut, Cap and Balance was the best of the many plans presented over the past few months, and while this agreement falls short of that legislation, it is grounded in its principles. This bill cuts and caps spending and at least provides us with a much better chance of balancing the budget -- without tax hikes." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Tackle Debt Crisis. 29 July 2011. "The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to save our country from defaulting on its obligations, reduce spending, and make the type of structural reforms necessary to right our fiscal ship. The Budget Control Act, would cut $917 billion in cuts over the next ten years in exchange for raising the debt ceiling by $900 billion, does not raise taxes, requires passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment in both houses before another debt limit increase is considered later this Congress, and establishes a Joint Committee of the House and Senate to achieve an additional $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction. Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) has been an outspoken advocate for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, and this legislation adheres to those principles." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley: 'We need to stay focused.' 18 July 2011. "'I'm not going to vote to raise taxes on people that make $200,000 to $250,000 or more a year. That ain't going to happen,' said McKinley, who accused Democrats of engaging in class warfare with regard to raising taxes on the wealthy. '... In the real world, when is it appropriate to raise taxes in a soft economy? There's no historical evidence that you ever do it during this period. This is a desperation move on the part of the president and Democrats in Congress to try to make up for their spending habits over the last couple of years.'" (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (atr.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley: 'We need to stay focused.' 18 July 2011. “'I'm not going to vote to raise taxes on people that make $200,000 to $250,000 or more a year. That ain't going to happen,' said McKinley, who accused Democrats of engaging in class warfare with regard to raising taxes on the wealthy. '... In the real world, when is it appropriate to raise taxes in a soft economy? There's no historical evidence that you ever do it during this period. This is a desperation move on the part of the president and Democrats in Congress to try to make up for their spending habits over the last couple of years.'” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Tackle Debt Crisis. 29 July 2011. “The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to save our country from defaulting on its obligations, reduce spending, and make the type of structural reforms necessary to right our fiscal ship. The Budget Control Act, would cut $917 billion in cuts over the next ten years in exchange for raising the debt ceiling by $900 billion, does not raise taxes, requires passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment in both houses before another debt limit increase is considered later this Congress, and establishes a Joint Committee of the House and Senate to achieve an additional $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction. Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) has been an outspoken advocate for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, and this legislation adheres to those principles.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley To Support Bipartisan Deficit-Cutting Agreement. 1 August 2011. “Cut, Cap and Balance was the best of the many plans presented over the past few months, and while this agreement falls short of that legislation, it is grounded in its principles. This bill cuts and caps spending and at least provides us with a much better chance of balancing the budget -- without tax hikes.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2011. “I strongly support fewer taxes, fewer frivolous lawsuits, and less regulation. We need an environment that strengthens the private sector's ability to create jobs. Washington simply cannot create jobs as well as American entrepreneurship. The nation's current punitive tax structure discourages economic growth. Let's lower taxes so people will be inclined to start new businesses and existing businesses will be able to expand. The bailouts and stimulus packages have not worked and are only contributing to our rising national debt.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David McKinley. McKinley Responds to Obama's Job Speech to Congress. 12 September 2011. “I am willing to look at some of the president's proposals. For instance, the construction industry is the backbone of our economy, and it is encouraging that President Obama finally appears to recognize that. But the failed stimulus plan made Americans wary of more government spending.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2011. "I strongly support fewer taxes, fewer frivolous lawsuits, and less regulation. We need an environment that strengthens the private sector's ability to create jobs. Washington simply cannot create jobs as well as American entrepreneurship. The nation's current punitive tax structure discourages economic growth. Let's lower taxes so people will be inclined to start new businesses and existing businesses will be able to expand. The bailouts and stimulus packages have not worked and are only contributing to our rising national debt." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Responds to Obama's Job Speech to Congress. 12 September 2011. "I am willing to look at some of the president's proposals. For instance, the construction industry is the backbone of our economy, and it is encouraging that President Obama finally appears to recognize that. But the failed stimulus plan made Americans wary of more government spending." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Statement on September Jobs Report. 7 October 2011. "Today's jobs report continues to prove that President Obama's first stimulus did not work. While there are a few parts of his so-called jobs bill on which we can work together, he must be willing to work with the other side and accept some our ideas as well [¦] As he tours the country campaigning on his so-called jobs bill, which is mostly a repeat of his first failed stimulus, I hope he looks at the stagnant 9.1% unemployment rate and realizes his second stimulus, as an all-or-nothing package and paid for by tax hikes, will not work." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley on President's State of the Union Address: The Right Words, but Where's the Action?. 25 January 2011. "As for his call tonight for new spending to create jobs? Well, we saw what happened the first time. Though it may have included some worthy programs, the stimulus was largely wasted on ideologically-driven projects that didn't create jobs but did explode the deficit. Unless the process and the product are much different this time, I would have a hard time supporting it." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley on Two-Year Anniversary of 'Stimulus' Bill. 17 February 2011. "I wish the President would have stopped spending money we simply do not have instead of crippling our children's future with this irresponsible 'stimulus' bill. We must act now to stop the spending and create an environment where job creators can do what they do best; create jobs. The American people sent a very clear message this past November. They want government to spend less, stop government overreach and create an environment where the economy can get moving again." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley on Two-Year Anniversary of 'Stimulus' Bill. 17 February 2011. “I wish the President would have stopped spending money we simply do not have instead of crippling our children's future with this irresponsible 'stimulus' bill. We must act now to stop the spending and create an environment where job creators can do what they do best; create jobs. The American people sent a very clear message this past November. They want government to spend less, stop government overreach and create an environment where the economy can get moving again.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley on President's State of the Union Address: The Right Words, but Where's the Action?. 25 January 2011. “As for his call tonight for new spending to create jobs? Well, we saw what happened the first time. Though it may have included some worthy programs, the stimulus was largely wasted on ideologically-driven projects that didn't create jobs but did explode the deficit. Unless the process and the product are much different this time, I would have a hard time supporting it.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Statement on September Jobs Report. 7 October 2011. “Today's jobs report continues to prove that President Obama's first stimulus did not work. While there are a few parts of his so-called jobs bill on which we can work together, he must be willing to work with the other side and accept some our ideas as well […] As he tours the country campaigning on his so-called jobs bill, which is mostly a repeat of his first failed stimulus, I hope he looks at the stagnant 9.1% unemployment rate and realizes his second stimulus, as an all-or-nothing package and paid for by tax hikes, will not work.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2011. “I strongly support fewer taxes, fewer frivolous lawsuits, and less regulation. We need an environment that strengthens the private sector's ability to create jobs. Washington simply cannot create jobs as well as American entrepreneurship. The nation's current punitive tax structure discourages economic growth. Let's lower taxes so people will be inclined to start new businesses and existing businesses will be able to expand. The bailouts and stimulus packages have not worked and are only contributing to our rising national debt.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • David McKinley. McKinley Signs on to Small Business Tax Break. 20 April 2012. “'This is much needed help for our small businesses, which are such a crucial part of the Mountain State's economy,' said Rep. McKinley. "As a small business owner myself, I know the struggles our job creators face in these tough economic times." […] "The 20 percent small business tax cut is something we felt was the very least we could do to help the job generators, right now, who are having so much difficulty," said Rep. McKinley.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Signs on to Small Business Tax Break. 20 April 2012. "'This is much needed help for our small businesses, which are such a crucial part of the Mountain State's economy,' said Rep. McKinley. "As a small business owner myself, I know the struggles our job creators face in these tough economic times." [¦] "The 20 percent small business tax cut is something we felt was the very least we could do to help the job generators, right now, who are having so much difficulty," said Rep. McKinley." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Rep. McKinley Responds to Dismal Job Growth Numbers. 1 June 2012. "Instead of the politics of division and envy, Republicans have a plan. Currently, there are more than thirty job bills that have passed the House, but are stalled in the Senate. Today's announcement shows that the economy is still weak and we need to act. As a former small business owner myself, I am frustrated with the sluggish economy. We need a new direction in this country that will reduce barriers to job creation instead of penalizing small businesses with more regulations and higher taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Responds to Obama's Job Speech to Congress. 12 September 2011. "It is concerning that so much of the president's plan seems to rely on a temporary extension of the payroll tax cut. As a former small businessman, I know that businesses are not going to hire new employees based on short-term tax policy." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Rep. McKinley Responds to Dismal Job Growth Numbers. 1 June 2012. “Instead of the politics of division and envy, Republicans have a plan. Currently, there are more than thirty job bills that have passed the House, but are stalled in the Senate. Today's announcement shows that the economy is still weak and we need to act. As a former small business owner myself, I am frustrated with the sluggish economy. We need a new direction in this country that will reduce barriers to job creation instead of penalizing small businesses with more regulations and higher taxes.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Responds to Obama's Job Speech to Congress. 12 September 2011. “It is concerning that so much of the president's plan seems to rely on a temporary extension of the payroll tax cut. As a former small businessman, I know that businesses are not going to hire new employees based on short-term tax policy.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • David McKinley. Video: wheelingMTC.mckinley.education.MP4. 7 September 2010. “One thing we saw in the legislature when I was here were the unfunded government mandates, where the federal government is telling us what to do and they don't provide the resources to be able to do that. That's the danger and part of an example is the issue of No Child Left Behind. Maybe it's a great program, but then they force that on the state and say, 'You find the money to do it' […] I think the individual states ought to be given more autonomy, more control, and lessen the dependence on the federal bureaucracy of another federal agency of the Department of Education. There's nothing in the constitution that calls for federal education.” (youtu.be)
  • David McKinley. Video: wheelingMTC.mckinley.education.MP4. 7 September 2010. "One thing we saw in the legislature when I was here were the unfunded government mandates, where the federal government is telling us what to do and they don't provide the resources to be able to do that. That's the danger and part of an example is the issue of No Child Left Behind. Maybe it's a great program, but then they force that on the state and say, 'You find the money to do it' [¦] I think the individual states ought to be given more autonomy, more control, and lessen the dependence on the federal bureaucracy of another federal agency of the Department of Education. There's nothing in the constitution that calls for federal education." (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Expand Offshore Drilling and Reverse President Obama's Production Moratorium. 12 May 2011. “We must allow the Gulf to produce energy, provide for responsible environmental and safety protections, so we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Today's votes to end the president's moratorium and allow the Gulf Coast to get back to work and lower prices at the pump are a win for Americans. Whether it's traditional avenues like opening up more off-shore territories for drilling or newer technologies like coal-to-liquid plants and natural gas vehicles, both of which West Virginia can help develop, we need to do more to get ourselves off foreign oil and become energy independent.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Representatives Continue Battle For Lower Oil and Gas Prices. 11 May 2011. “Congressman David McKinley also sounded off about gas prices Thursday, but he chose a different target, President Obama, and his moratorium on drilling in the Gulf Coast. It all started Wednesday when he voted for two measures he thinks will help. One's called the 'Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act'; the other is called 'Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act.' In a statement released Thursday, McKinley said 'Not only is the President's moratorium hurting families and small businesses, it is also costing thousands of American jobs. The reckless regulations imposed on the Gulf Coast must stop.'” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. David McKinley voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Expand Offshore Drilling and Reverse President Obama's Production Moratorium. 12 May 2011. "We must allow the Gulf to produce energy, provide for responsible environmental and safety protections, so we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Today's votes to end the president's moratorium and allow the Gulf Coast to get back to work and lower prices at the pump are a win for Americans. Whether it's traditional avenues like opening up more off-shore territories for drilling or newer technologies like coal-to-liquid plants and natural gas vehicles, both of which West Virginia can help develop, we need to do more to get ourselves off foreign oil and become energy independent." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Representatives Continue Battle For Lower Oil and Gas Prices. 11 May 2011. "Congressman David McKinley also sounded off about gas prices Thursday, but he chose a different target, President Obama, and his moratorium on drilling in the Gulf Coast. It all started Wednesday when he voted for two measures he thinks will help. One's called the 'Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act'; the other is called 'Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act.' In a statement released Thursday, McKinley said 'Not only is the President's moratorium hurting families and small businesses, it is also costing thousands of American jobs. The reckless regulations imposed on the Gulf Coast must stop.'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Steven Adams. Congressional Profile: David McKinley. 24 March, 2010. "The EPA is merely trying to stop the burning of coal. They're going to do it through cap and trade, they're going to do it through the fly ash, they're going to do it through the Clean Air Act and emissions. Now, in the western states, they're reconfiguring their permits for leasing land rights for coal production in Wyoming. It's so clear this administration does not consider coal to be part of our energy independence." (westvirginia.watchdog.org)
  • David McKinley. House Passes McKinley Amendments With Bipartisan Support. 22 February 2011. "McKinley's second amendment, 217, pulls funding from the EPA's plans to classify fly ash as a hazardous waste [¦] 'If the EPA were allowed to continue with their plan to designate fly ash as a hazardous material, all of these time-tested, energy-saving uses would come to a halt. The expense of handling the byproduct would increase logarithmically, and so would our electrical prices. By increasing the cost of power, it understandably causes the price of producing American-made products to increase and puts America at a severe disadvantage against our foreign competition.'" (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Energy Independence. 27 October 2011. "The War on Coal must stop! Liberal Washington politicians and bureaucrats have been trying to limit coal production at all costs. I oppose any version of the cap and trade legislation that negatively impacts our coal industry [¦] Protecting American jobs should be just as important as protecting the environment." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Co-Sponsors and Helps Move Major EPA-blocking Bill through Subcommittee. 10 March 2011. "The president cannot be allowed to regulate what he couldn't legislate through cap-and-trade. Not only is this regulatory overreach a blatant violation of the separation of powers, the EPA's plans would fundamentally inhibit the ability of American manufacturing and energy businesses -- employing tens of thousands of people in northern West Virginia alone -- to compete with the rest of the world. In this economy we can ill-afford to have thousands more American jobs shipped overseas, but that's what will inevitably happen if the unelected bureaucrats at the EPA aren't stopped." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Helps Move Major EPA-blocking Bill through Full Energy and Commerce Committee. 15 March 2011. "H.R. 910, the 'Energy Tax Prevention Act,' passed the full Energy and Commerce Committee Tuesday evening, setting the stage for a vote in the full House in the coming weeks. This bipartisan legislation, of which McKinley is one of ten original co-sponsors, would prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Obama Anti-Coal Agenda Killing West Virginia Jobs. 10 August 2010. "'Our mines put more than 80,000 West Virginians to work, and coal provides half the nation's electricity. It is the most affordable energy source available,' said McKinley, noting that every mining job creates ten additional in the workforce, such as the those among the suppliers group gathered just across the river from McKinley's West Virginia home. 'Obama will destroy our coal industry. He must be stopped.' McKinley also faulted the Obama administration for its scheme to lower coal's contribution to overall electric power grid in the U.S. He vowed to fight any revival of cap-and-trade." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Adams. Congressional Profile: David McKinley. 24 March, 2010. “The EPA is merely trying to stop the burning of coal. They’re going to do it through cap and trade, they’re going to do it through the fly ash, they’re going to do it through the Clean Air Act and emissions. Now, in the western states, they’re reconfiguring their permits for leasing land rights for coal production in Wyoming. It’s so clear this administration does not consider coal to be part of our energy independence.” (westvirginia.watchdog.org)
  • David McKinley. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. David McKinley voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Obama Anti-Coal Agenda Killing West Virginia Jobs. 10 August 2010. “'Our mines put more than 80,000 West Virginians to work, and coal provides half the nation's electricity. It is the most affordable energy source available,' said McKinley, noting that every mining job creates ten additional in the workforce, such as the those among the suppliers group gathered just across the river from McKinley's West Virginia home. 'Obama will destroy our coal industry. He must be stopped.' McKinley also faulted the Obama administration for its scheme to lower coal's contribution to overall electric power grid in the U.S. He vowed to fight any revival of cap-and-trade.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Helps Move Major EPA-blocking Bill through Full Energy and Commerce Committee. 15 March 2011. “H.R. 910, the 'Energy Tax Prevention Act,' passed the full Energy and Commerce Committee Tuesday evening, setting the stage for a vote in the full House in the coming weeks. This bipartisan legislation, of which McKinley is one of ten original co-sponsors, would prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Co-Sponsors and Helps Move Major EPA-blocking Bill through Subcommittee. 10 March 2011. “The president cannot be allowed to regulate what he couldn't legislate through cap-and-trade. Not only is this regulatory overreach a blatant violation of the separation of powers, the EPA's plans would fundamentally inhibit the ability of American manufacturing and energy businesses -- employing tens of thousands of people in northern West Virginia alone -- to compete with the rest of the world. In this economy we can ill-afford to have thousands more American jobs shipped overseas, but that's what will inevitably happen if the unelected bureaucrats at the EPA aren't stopped.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Energy Independence. 27 October 2011. “The War on Coal must stop! Liberal Washington politicians and bureaucrats have been trying to limit coal production at all costs. I oppose any version of the cap and trade legislation that negatively impacts our coal industry […] Protecting American jobs should be just as important as protecting the environment.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. House Passes McKinley Amendments With Bipartisan Support. 22 February 2011. “McKinley's second amendment, 217, pulls funding from the EPA's plans to classify fly ash as a hazardous waste […] 'If the EPA were allowed to continue with their plan to designate fly ash as a hazardous material, all of these time-tested, energy-saving uses would come to a halt. The expense of handling the byproduct would increase logarithmically, and so would our electrical prices. By increasing the cost of power, it understandably causes the price of producing American-made products to increase and puts America at a severe disadvantage against our foreign competition.'” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • David McKinley. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 27 October 2011. "The Constitution gives us protection to bear arms and I pledge to defend those rights. In my previous campaigns, the NRA has endorsed my candidacy and hopefully will do so again." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Parkersburg News and Sentinel - McKinley Speaks on Jobs and Budget. 29 October 2011. "As a long-time NRA member and a strong believer in the U.S. Constitution and the protection of our individual rights, I am glad to join the NRA in Parkersburg for this annual dinner. It is my pledge to stand strong to protect our Second Amendment Constitutional rights in our nation's Capitol and I will never waiver from my strong convictions to uphold our constitutional rights and our personal freedoms." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 27 October 2011. “The Constitution gives us protection to bear arms and I pledge to defend those rights. In my previous campaigns, the NRA has endorsed my candidacy and hopefully will do so again.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • David McKinley. McKinley on One Year Anniversary of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "One year ago, President Obama enacted an unconstitutional healthcare bill into law that will raise premiums, burden small businesses, cost jobs and cut Medicare benefits for our seniors," said McKinley. "Everyone wants and deserves health care coverage -- we can all agree upon that. But this law is just too costly for West Virginians. I voted to repeal the health care bill because it is the wrong approach at the wrong time, and it will cost jobs [¦] This Congress has made major steps forward in repealing a deeply flawed piece of legislation and replacing it with something that is bipartisan, lowers costs, saves jobs, and protects our senior citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Adams. Congressional Profile: David McKinley. 24 March, 2010. "Several state attorneys general have filed suit against the health care bill based on the unconstitutionality of it, as well as the unfunded mandates placed on the states. There is also a movement to repeal the bill, a movement that McKinley supports. 'I've already signed a petition that if I'm elected I would move to be part of repealing it. The reality of that is unless we get enough votes he'll just veto it. But I think it's an symbolic enough gesture to defeat it and let him veto it if that is what has to be, because the American public was uncomfortable with it for a whole host of reasons.'" (westvirginia.watchdog.org)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Healthcare. 27 October 2011. "All Americans deserve health care coverage, but I am opposed to the health care legislation that is under consideration in Congress. It will raise taxes, increase government spending and lower the quality of care, especially for elders on Medicare. There are ways to reform healthcare, but giving the politicians in Washington control over yet another private sector industry is not one of them. I support strengthening the existing private market system with policies that will drive down costs and make it easier for people to purchase affordable insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Co-Sponsors Bill to Repeal Budget-Busting CLASS Act in Obamacare. 20 October 2011. "This is just another example of President Obama's failed healthcare policies. The President pushed an unconstitutional healthcare bill into law that will raise premiums, burden small businesses, cost jobs and cut Medicare benefits for our seniors. Now, we find out that 40% of the 'savings' the law was intended to produce was phony. We watched the President promise this healthcare law would create jobs and lower health care costs. Already a year later we know that it will actually cost jobs and cost the American healthcare consumer." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes For H.R. 4 to Protect Job Providers, Workers and Taxpayers. 4 March 2011. "Frankly, the repeal of the health care law's 1099 reporting requirements on small businesses was a no brainer. As a former business owner, I know firsthand how much time and energy it takes to start and sustain a business. Making this task even harder by government bureaucracy is just not smart. Small business organizations from all over the country have spoken out against this requirement because it will impose a huge tax compliance burden, ultimately hindering their ability to do what they do best, create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Repeal Job-Crushing Medicare-Cutting Healthcare Law. 19 January 2011. "David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) voted Wednesday to repeal the healthcare bill passed by the 111th Congress [¦] 'All Americans want and deserve health care coverage -- we can all agree upon that. But never before have Americans been forced to purchase a product as a price of citizenship. This law is unconstitutional and needs to be repealed for a host of other reasons [¦] I voted to repeal the health care bill because it is the wrong approach at the wrong time, and it will cost jobs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley on Florida Judge Ruling Obamacare Unconstitutional. 31 January 2011. "A Florida judge ruled Monday that the healthcare bill passed by the 111th Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama is unconstitutional [¦] 'I applaud Judge Vinson for following the law and protecting our constitutional rights. This legislation is the first time government has forced the American people to buy a product as the price of citizenship. I was proud to vote in favor of repealing this law in the House, and this ruling is another step in the right direction. Let's repeal it, and replace it.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Adams. Congressional Profile: David McKinley. 24 March, 2010. “Several state attorneys general have filed suit against the health care bill based on the unconstitutionality of it, as well as the unfunded mandates placed on the states. There is also a movement to repeal the bill, a movement that McKinley supports. 'I’ve already signed a petition that if I’m elected I would move to be part of repealing it. The reality of that is unless we get enough votes he’ll just veto it. But I think it’s an symbolic enough gesture to defeat it and let him veto it if that is what has to be, because the American public was uncomfortable with it for a whole host of reasons.'” (westvirginia.watchdog.org)
  • David McKinley. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. David McKinley voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley on One Year Anniversary of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. “One year ago, President Obama enacted an unconstitutional healthcare bill into law that will raise premiums, burden small businesses, cost jobs and cut Medicare benefits for our seniors," said McKinley. "Everyone wants and deserves health care coverage -- we can all agree upon that. But this law is just too costly for West Virginians. I voted to repeal the health care bill because it is the wrong approach at the wrong time, and it will cost jobs […] This Congress has made major steps forward in repealing a deeply flawed piece of legislation and replacing it with something that is bipartisan, lowers costs, saves jobs, and protects our senior citizens.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley on Florida Judge Ruling Obamacare Unconstitutional. 31 January 2011. “A Florida judge ruled Monday that the healthcare bill passed by the 111th Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama is unconstitutional […] 'I applaud Judge Vinson for following the law and protecting our constitutional rights. This legislation is the first time government has forced the American people to buy a product as the price of citizenship. I was proud to vote in favor of repealing this law in the House, and this ruling is another step in the right direction. Let's repeal it, and replace it.'” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes to Repeal Job-Crushing Medicare-Cutting Healthcare Law. 19 January 2011. “David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) voted Wednesday to repeal the healthcare bill passed by the 111th Congress […] 'All Americans want and deserve health care coverage -- we can all agree upon that. But never before have Americans been forced to purchase a product as a price of citizenship. This law is unconstitutional and needs to be repealed for a host of other reasons […] I voted to repeal the health care bill because it is the wrong approach at the wrong time, and it will cost jobs.'” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Votes For H.R. 4 to Protect Job Providers, Workers and Taxpayers. 4 March 2011. “Frankly, the repeal of the health care law's 1099 reporting requirements on small businesses was a no brainer. As a former business owner, I know firsthand how much time and energy it takes to start and sustain a business. Making this task even harder by government bureaucracy is just not smart. Small business organizations from all over the country have spoken out against this requirement because it will impose a huge tax compliance burden, ultimately hindering their ability to do what they do best, create jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley Co-Sponsors Bill to Repeal Budget-Busting CLASS Act in Obamacare. 20 October 2011. “This is just another example of President Obama's failed healthcare policies. The President pushed an unconstitutional healthcare bill into law that will raise premiums, burden small businesses, cost jobs and cut Medicare benefits for our seniors. Now, we find out that 40% of the 'savings' the law was intended to produce was phony. We watched the President promise this healthcare law would create jobs and lower health care costs. Already a year later we know that it will actually cost jobs and cost the American healthcare consumer.” (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Healthcare. 27 October 2011. “All Americans deserve health care coverage, but I am opposed to the health care legislation that is under consideration in Congress. It will raise taxes, increase government spending and lower the quality of care, especially for elders on Medicare. There are ways to reform healthcare, but giving the politicians in Washington control over yet another private sector industry is not one of them. I support strengthening the existing private market system with policies that will drive down costs and make it easier for people to purchase affordable insurance.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • David McKinley. NumbersUSA: 2010 NumbersUSA Congressional Candidate Survey. 24 February 2010. Replied: "Yes" to the question: "Do you OPPOSE offering the officially estimated 11 million people illegally in the U.S. Long-term work permits and/or a path to citizenship (whether through a blanket amnesty or an "earned legalization" or other form)?" (www.numbersusa.com)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Immigration. 27 October 2011. "American needs to enforce our laws to stop illegal immigration. Amnesty is not the answer. I am absolutely opposed to providing free healthcare to illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. NumbersUSA: 2010 NumbersUSA Congressional Candidate Survey. 24 February 2010. Replied: “Yes” to the question: “Do you OPPOSE offering the officially estimated 11 million people illegally in the U.S. Long-term work permits and/or a path to citizenship (whether through a blanket amnesty or an "earned legalization" or other form)?” (www.numbersusa.com)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Immigration. 27 October 2011. “American needs to enforce our laws to stop illegal immigration. Amnesty is not the answer. I am absolutely opposed to providing free healthcare to illegal immigrants.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Marriage. 27 October 2011. "Marriage is between a man and a woman. Period." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. Issue Position: Marriage. 27 October 2011. “Marriage is between a man and a woman. Period.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • David McKinley. McKinley: President's Action on Libya Unconstitutional. 3 June 2011. "When it comes to American military force in Libya, President Obama's actions are unconstitutional," said McKinley. "The Constitution clearly and unmistakably authorizes Congress rather than the United Nations or the Executive Branch, with the sole jurisdiction to "declare war' and the War Powers Act forbids the use of troops beyond 60 days without the consent of Congress. The president flagrantly violated his constitutional powers and if his actions are allowed to stand, they will set a dangerous precedent for our country's future. Therefore, I voted for both resolutions introduced to the House floor today to uphold my belief in governing under the powers given by the U.S. Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • David McKinley. McKinley: President's Action on Libya Unconstitutional. 3 June 2011. “When it comes to American military force in Libya, President Obama's actions are unconstitutional," said McKinley. "The Constitution clearly and unmistakably authorizes Congress rather than the United Nations or the Executive Branch, with the sole jurisdiction to "declare war' and the War Powers Act forbids the use of troops beyond 60 days without the consent of Congress. The president flagrantly violated his constitutional powers and if his actions are allowed to stand, they will set a dangerous precedent for our country's future. Therefore, I voted for both resolutions introduced to the House floor today to uphold my belief in governing under the powers given by the U.S. Constitution." (votesmart.org)
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