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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Kentucky Newsletter for Monday June 24, 2019 ( 25 items )  

Congressman Barr's Amendment to Increase Funding for Military Training Adopted by House
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Andy Barr, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: The U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment offered by Congressman Andy Barr and Congressman Brett Guthrie to increase funding for U.S. Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard training by $6 million in the Defense Appropriations bill. "As the Representative for Kentucky's National Guard Headquarters, I thank my colleagues for adopting this important funding increase that will directly benefit K  more

Guthrie Medicaid Bill Passes House
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. S. Brett Guthrie, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: Congressman Brett Guthrie's (KY-02) legislation to extend a program that allows certain Medicaid beneficiaries, such as seniors and individuals with disabilities, to transition from a nursing home or institutional care back to their home if they choose has passed in the House. Since the Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program was created it has successfully helped over 88,000 individuals receiv  more

Rep. Rogers Issues Statement on WHO Decision to Discontinue Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement on the World Health Organization's decision to discontinue opioid prescribing guidelines: The decision comes less than one month after Congressman Rogers and Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) released a report in May detailing Purdue Pharma's influence on WHO's opioid precribing recommendations. WHO's Director-General also responded to a joint letter issued by Reps. Rogers and Clark that accompanied the rel  more

Rep. Rogers: First Federal Funding Package for 2020 Overspends and Fails Southern Border Crisis
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: The first four federal funding bills for fiscal year 2020 (FY20) skyrocket spending by $176 billion above current budget caps and fail to address the crisis at our southern border. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) said the nearly $1 trillion appropriations package, led by the Democrat-controlled House, misses the mark on a number of priorities, including national defense and pro-life policies. "This legisla  more

Rep. Rogers: Pine Knot Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Will Remain Open
PINE KNOT, Kentucky, June 20 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers applauds Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for reversing the decision to close the Pine Knot Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) and others across the country that were scheduled for termination in September. Congressman Rogers has actively worked to keep the facilities open since the unexpected decision to terminate and reorganize all 25 Job Corps CCCs was announce  more

Rep. Yarmuth Issues Statement at Hearing on Poverty
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, chairman of the House Budget Committee, issued the following opening statement at a hearing on poverty: "I'd like to welcome our panel of witnesses - we appreciate you coming here to help us engage in a meaningful discussion on the character of our country and the ongoing struggle with poverty and economic injustices faced by far too many Americans. "I would also like to thank Congresswoman Barbara Lee for her leadership on this issue and h  more

Rep. Yarmuth: 11 House Committee Chairs Blast Administration's Plan to Redefine Poverty
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, chairman of the House Budget Committee, issued the following news release: Today, 11 House Committee chairs sent a letter (https://edlabor.house.gov/imo/media/doc/2019-06-21%20Dem%20Chairs%20Letter%20-%20Poverty%20Inflation%20Proposal.pdf) to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney in opposition to the Trump administration's proposal to redefine the poverty threshold--a move that would drastically shrink eligibility for   more

Sen. McConnell Discusses the Crisis at Southern Border on Fox & Friends
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" this morning to discuss the crisis at the border, stopping socialism, and Iran. See below for highlights or click here (https://senmcconnell.app.box.com/s/31c9aisqp8gnjo5k82hcrovjbwebvm31) to watch to the full interview. On addressing the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "It's a rea  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Remarks on Arm Sales With U.S. Partners in Middle East
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor remarks regarding arms sales to U.S. partners in the Middle East: "In addition to completing the NDAA, the Senate will today have to dispense with several more privileged resolutions concerning arms sales to close American partners in a troubled but important region. I'm glad we secured a bipartisan understanding yesterday to expedite their consideration, so that the 22 separate resolutions whi  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Remarks on Clean Power Plan
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor remarks regarding the Clean Power Plan: "The previous administration left a sprawling mess of regulation tangled throughout the federal government and the U.S. economy. Sweeping left-wing visions were dreamt up here in Washington and forced on farm families, domestic manufacturers, and small businesses throughout the country with little regard for the consequences. The reach of regulators grew   more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Remarks on Craft Nomination as Ambassador to U.N.
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor remarks regarding President Trump's nominee for Ambassador to the United Nations and fellow Kentuckian, Kelly Knight Craft: "Yesterday, I had the opportunity to introduce a skillful leader and fellow Kentuckian before the Foreign Relations Committee. Kelly Knight Craft was confirmed by voice vote in 2017 to serve as U.S. ambassador to Canada. And now she is the president's choice to serve as Am  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Remarks on FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor remarks regarding the upcoming Senate debate on the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act: "All these events I've discussed, from Iran's misbehavior to China's aggressiveness, underscore one thing very clearly: The United States needs to remain engaged, prepared, and powerful. We need to leave zero doubt among our friends and allies, our most violent foes, and everybody in between: Whi  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Remarks on Iran
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor remarks regarding the growing threat of Iranian aggression: "For years, American administrations of both parties have properly labeled Iran as the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism. This assessment is based on the cold, hard facts of Tehran's behavior. Iran's support for terrorism knows few bounds, sectarian or geographic. Iran has provided support to Sunni, Shi'a, and secular terr  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Remarks on U.N. Ambassador Nominee Craft at Senate Hearing
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor remarks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of Kelly Knight Craft, President Trump's nominee to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: "Thank you for the opportunity to introduce this nominee -- a distinguished stateswoman and leader, and of course a proud Kentuckian. The Bluegrass is proud of this daughter of our Commonwealth. I'm confident our entire nation will be  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Hong Kong
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 18, on Hong Kong: Last week I spoke about the people's uprising in Hong Kong. Over the past several days, millions of residents have taken to the streets to defend their autonomy and the rule of law from continued encroachment of the communist government of mainland China. After days of tension, this past weekend brought some good news. In a sign that  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Humanitarian Crisis at Southern Border
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement regarding the humanitarian crisis at the southern border: "For nearly two months, my Republican colleagues and I have come to the floor constantly to raise the alarm on the humanitarian crisis on our border. Record numbers of migrants have pressed upon the U.S.-Mexico border, including never-before-seen numbers of families and unaccompanied children. The agencies that care for these individ  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Iran
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 18, on Iran: For years American administrations of both parties have properly labeled Iran as the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism. This assessment is based on the cold hard facts of Tehran's behavior. Iran's support for terrorism knows few bounds, sectarian or geographic. Iran has provided support to Sunni, Shia, and secular terrorists.  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on John McCain National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 18, on the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act: On a related subject, all of these events I have discussed, from Iran's misbehavior to China's aggressiveness, underscore one thing very clearly: The United States needs to remain engaged, prepared, and powerful. We need to leave zero doubt among our friends and allies, our most violent foe  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Nomination of Walker to Serve on U.S. District Court
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Justin Walker, of Louisville, to serve as a district judge for the Western District of Kentucky: "Justin is a principled attorney, a prominent legal scholar, and will make an outstanding federal judge. He has already had a remarkable career and has shown a deep commitment to our constitutional order. "Having clerked for then-Judge Bre  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Taxpayer First Act
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 18, on the Taxpayer First Act: On one final matter. I want to celebrate another legislative accomplishment the Senate notched last week. On Thursday, the Senate passed the Taxpayer First Act and sent it to President Trump's desk to become law. This legislation is the most thorough package of reforms to the Internal Revenue Service in 20 years. Let me  more

Sen. McConnell: Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims to Provide Flexibility to Summer Meal Programs
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: A bipartisan group of senators are leading the charge to make federal child nutrition programs more efficient, flexible and better equipped to reach children in need during the summer months. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) --along with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and John Ho  more

Sen. McConnell: Issues Floor Remarks on Taxpayer First Act
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor remarks regarding passage of the Taxpayer First Act: "I want to celebrate another legislative accomplishment that the Senate notched late last week. On Thursday, the Senate passed the Taxpayer First Act and sent it to President Trump's desk to become law. This legislation is the most thorough package of reforms to the Internal Revenue Service in twenty years. Let me say that again: The Senate j  more

Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Bill to Reduce Paperwork for Kentucky Farmers, Streamline H-2A, H-2B Visa Programs
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Paperwork Reduction for Farmers and H-2A Modernization Act (S. 1887), a bill providing much needed regulatory relief to Kentucky's agriculture community by reducing red tape and streamlining temporary agriculture worker visa programs. By allowing certain categories of temporary workers currently under the capped H-2B program, such as those in the equine and l  more

Sen. Rand Paul Speaks Before Senate Passes Resolutions Blocking Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: Earlier today, U.S. Senator and Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke on the U.S. Senate floor to once again call for the Senate to take a stand against selling American weapons to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a nation known for its violations of human rights, fueling of a humanitarian crisis, and support for radicalism. "These weapons are owned by the taxpayer, and we should not se  more

Senator McConnell Announces Kentucky Job Corps Centers to Remain Open
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was personally contacted today by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue who informed him that the Trump administration agreed to grant his request to keep Kentucky's three Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (CCC) open and under the direction of the USDA. Earlier this month, Senator McConnell contacted Secret  more