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DAVID MCKINLEY (WV-01)
Top Headlines
McKinley Pays Fine to FEC
[West Virginia Gazette, 7/28/2011]
Dominion Post - McKinley: Bill not tied to donations [Dominion Post, 11/28/11]
AP: Mine safety bills pending after disaster report [Daily Mail,12/8/11]
EditorialsTop QuotesTop VideosBudget Issues
Unsure On Vote of Raising Debt Ceiling
According to WDTV, “ McKinley said Tuesday that he isn't sure if he is going to vote yes or no to raisingthe federal debt ceiling. The federal debt ceiling has been raised almost 100 times since it was firstcreated. The last increase came in February 2010.” [WDTV,4/19/11]
Refused to Raise Debt Limit Without Significant Spending Cuts
In May 2011, McKinley wrote an opinion piece in Charleston Daily Mail in which he wrote againstsending a “clean” debt-ceiling bill to the President’s Desk, meaning a bill that would raise the debt ceilingwithout asking for any spending cuts in return.McKinley stated that “Whether it is a balanced budget amendment, enforceable discretionary spendingcaps in the future or serious spending reductions now — or some combination thereof — we mustdemand reform.”
[Charleston Daily Mail,05/13/2011
 
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McKinley A “No” Vote on Debt Ceiling
In May 2011, David McKinley voted against raising the debt ceiling saying that “The president is askingCongress to vote for the status quo. Another debt ceiling increase with no spending cuts or reforms inexchange is the height of irresponsibility. No one wants to see this country default on its obligations, but Irefuse to give this fiscally reckless president my vote to raise the debt ceiling unless he agrees to pair itwith major structural restraints on Congress' ability to spend money. [...] We must enact major long-termspending reductions that put us on a path toward a balanced budget. Whether it is a balanced budgetamendment, enforceable discretionary spending caps in the future or serious spending reductions now — 
 
or some combination thereof — we must demand reform. Fundamental reforms that right our fiscal shipare absolutely necessary to earn my vote on the debt limit.”
[David McKinley Press Release, 05/31/2011]
Voted Against Paul Ryan Budget Plan
In May 2011, the Hill reported that McKinley was “one of only four Republicans [who] voted against” thePaul Ryan budget plan. According to McKinley, “My vote was appropriate for my district. That’s whyI’ve not criticized anyone else for their vote on that.”He also concluded that, because his district is what he describes as an “aged district,” “I’ll be able todefend mine [vote] because of what it did for me. I hope others will be able to equally do the same, because I think it’s important that we start this dialogue. This was just a wrong – it was a wrong bill.”
[TheHill,05/29/2011]
McKinley Explained Vote Against Ryan Budget
In June 2011, in a town hall, McKinley explained why he was one of only four House Republicans to voteagainst the Ryan budget plan.McKinley said that “We're an old population and the first district is the oldest out of the three. I just hadsome problems of the idea of using the seniors as a way of balancing budget.”He also expressed that the US needs to focus on jobs, saying that “"It's all about jobs, it's about people being able to make the payments.”
[WBOY 12 News,06/29/2011]
McKinley Explained Vote Against Ryan Budget
In April 2011, McKinley explained his voted against the Ryan Plan.According to the Daily Mail, “‘Simply saying I encourage the dialogue doesn't mean I'll stay in lockstepwith the leadership, but it (the no vote) was primarily over the Medicare issue.’ […] But McKinley saidRyan's plan made him ‘uncomfortable’ because people that would be enrolling in Medicare just over adecade from now might not realize the costs they would face as they retire.”
[Charleston Daily Mail, 4/18/11]
Voted in favor of final Budget Control Act of 2011
In August 2011, McKinley expressed his support for the final debt ceiling compromise.McKinley explained that “The framework outlined by the White House and congressional leaders iscertainly not perfect, but this is the right vote for West Virginia and our country,” said McKinley. “Thislegislation guarantees at least $2.1 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade, cuts spending morethan it hikes the debt limit, shuts down President Obama’s attempt to raise taxes, enforces statutoryspending caps for ten years, advances the cause of the Balanced Budget Amendment, and protects SocialSecurity and Medicare benefits for our seniors. Perhaps most importantly for the American economy, itavoids a job-killing default and most likely a devastating downgrade of our credit rating, as well […] Cut,Cap and Balance was the best of the many plans presented over the past few months, and while thisagreement falls short of that legislation, it is grounded in its principles. This bill cuts and caps spending
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and at least provides us with a much better chance of balancing the budget – without tax hikes. Severalmonths ago I voted against my own party’s budget because it was not right for the seniors in my districtwho depend on Medicare. Indeed, our office has heard from thousands of senior citizens in northern WestVirginia who were concerned that their benefits would be held hostage to the partisan bickering over thedebt ceiling. I am pleased that this plan eliminates that fear by protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits. While ensuring the solvency of our entitlements will continue to be a topic of discussion in themonths ahead, it must be done in a way that protects our seniors.”
[McKinley Press Release, 8/1/11]
McKinley Supportive of Defense Cuts
At a town hall August 2011, Rep. McKinley discussed defense cuts.He said, “Yes, it certainly could. I’m a big advocate of defense spending to take care of our country. It’sone of the few things in this document (Constitution) that I carry with me, that’s all beat up, is nationaldefense. It’s one of the few things that’s called out in here. So let’s make sure we don’t do things thathurts it. You’ll be watching the newspaper as well as I. We put that committee together of twelve peopleto try and reduce spending. There’s six Democrats and six Republicans. If they can’t come up with anagreement, if they don’t come to an agreement, then there is plan B. They’ve got to cut at least $1.2trillion. And I got to tell you that, now that S&P has weighed into the game I think they’ve got cut morethan $1.2 trillion. Right now that’s the minimum they have to cut, $1.2 trillion. If that group to come up$1.2 trillion in spending reduction acceptable to the House and Senate, there is plan B. Plan B is that 50 percent comes out of defense and 50 percent comes out of discretionary spending. That means thatdefense would get another $600 billion reduction. They did that way because they wanted it to be themost ugly alternative that we couldn’t accept. I hope they’re right. I don’t to subject our nation to thatkind of cuts in a short period of time. I will not stand here and tell you there isn’t some waste in spendingin the Defense Department. Yes, there probably is. But there’s not that level. I’m not going to tinker thatmuch with defense. I want to make sure we’re safe. I want to make sure we don’t have any more of theterrorism come into this country. If we have to spend extra dollars, I want to make sure we’re safe. It’s avery sensitive thing. We’ll be careful with it. That’s the challenge if they cut $600 billion out of defense.Remember Defense is some where in the $700 billion range. So we’re cutting $600 billion over 10 years.That’s almost 10 percent every year…That’s serious money.” [
McKinley Town Hall,
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McKinley on the Debt Ceiling Vote and Downgrade
At an August 2011 town hall, Rep. McKinley explained his debt ceiling vote and discussed the S&Pcredit downgrade.He said, “We were briefed extensively on that and we were told ‘don’t push our luck with a default.We’ve never done that with this country. We had meetings with S&P, Moody’s, Fitch’s and others. Theysaid if you cut $4 trillion out of the budget, and we did that, that they would put us on a watch, meaningthey could still do it in the future but they were not going to downgrade our bond rate. I didn’t want totake a chance because the president had already come out and made his remark that if we did not raise thedebt ceiling, and you remember the quote, you remember the thing in the paper, it said senior citizens youmay not get your Social Security check. I don’t like that kind of gamesmanship. Whether he was seriousabout that or not, I don’ think that kind of tactic of scaring people should be in our public any longer...Itwas not an easy vote by any stretch but we got a commitment out of it and one of the most important wasthat there is going to be a vote for a balanced budget…I want to give the opportunity to the American
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