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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Kentucky Newsletter for Sunday October 20, 2019 ( 20 items )  

Chair DeFazio Urges DOT IG to Investigate Reports of Secretary Chao's Conflicts of Interest
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: Late last week, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III requesting an investigation into Secretary Elaine Chao and her reported conflicts of interest. The letter cites newly-obtained information from a recent media report that suggested Secretary Chao used her office   more

McConnell Announces Federal Infrastructure Grant for Union County Grant Will Continue to Encourage Economic Growth in Western Kentucky
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Union County Fiscal Court was awarded a $779,646 competitive federal grant from the Delta Regional Authority's (DRA) Community Infrastructure Fund. The county plans to use the resources for critical upgrades to its 80-year old sewer system in Morganfield, which serves the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center, the Morga  more

Rep. Comer Issues Statement at Hearing on USDA Rule to Increase Accountability in Child Nutrition Programs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services, issued the following opening statement at a hearing to examine the Agriculture Department's proposed rule to increase accountability in child nutrition programs: "Education is a critical part of students' success later in life and we know there is a correlation between food and healthy nutrition and the capacity of children to develop a  more

Rep. Rogers Urges the SSA to Reinstate Benefits for All Victims of the Eric Conn Fiasco
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers demands answers from the Social Security Administration (SSA) as hundreds of individuals continue to wait for benefits in the wake of the historic Eric C. Conn disability fraud scheme in Eastern Kentucky. Rogers issued a letter to SSA Commissioner Andrew Saul (https://halrogers.house.gov/_cache/files/4/6/460ff5e8-295e-479c-92d4-0fe089544fc9/79AF69CA09F6E71432C75F6BDEBE0E87.let  more

Rep. Rogers, Gov. Bevin Announce Over $6 Million in Grant Funding for New Knox County Workforce Training Center
BARBOURVILLE, Kentucky, Oct. 12 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers today joined Senate President Robert Stivers to announce grant funding for a new high-tech workforce training center in Barbourville. The project received over $6 million combined state and federal funding for the KCEOC Community Action Partnership, Inc. to construct and develop the facility. "I am excited today to join Congressman Rogers and Presiden  more

Rep. Sires Asks Department of Transportation Inspector General to Investigate Secretary Chao's Conflicts of Interest
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ) sent a letter along with 14 colleagues to the Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General's Office asking for an investigation into possible conflicts of interest at DOT: "Over the past four months, news reports have indicated that Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao may be using her position to prioritize transportation infrastructure proje  more

Rep. Yarmuth Issues Statement at Hearing Examining Policy Options to Improve Economic Resiliency
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, chairman of the House Budget Committee, issued the following opening statement at a hearing examining policy options to improve economic resiliency and strengthen fiscal toolkit for fighting future recessions: "Over the last ten years, our nation has experienced the longest uninterrupted period of economic expansion in U.S. history. However, we can't afford to take it for granted. We know that business cycles are real, and eventually periods  more

Reps. Comer, Newhouse: From State Ag Departments to Congress - Our Farmers Need the USMCA
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Reps. James Comer, R-Kentucky, and Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, issued the following column: As former heads of our states' agriculture departments, we understand the significance an updated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico holds for growers and producers across the country. Now in Congress, we bring invaluable experience when shaping national agriculture and trade policy. We have worked with growers, producers, commodity groups, and governments to promote our agric  more

Sen. McConnell Comments on Death of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 17, remembering Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland: First, this morning, I join colleagues on both sides of the Capitol in expressing our grief and sadness at the passing of our House colleague, Chairman ELIJAH CUMMINGS. In his over more than two decades in the House of Representatives, CUMMINGS became a living legend in his native Baltimore. By all accou  more

Sen. McConnell Helps Secure Federal Grant for Marshall County Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate Majority Leader proud to 'deliver results for Kentucky' * * * U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today the Marshall County Fiscal Court was awarded a $415,456 competitive federal grant from the Delta Regional Authority's (DRA) Community Infrastructure Fund. The county plans to use the federal resources to construct left-turn lanes on U.S. 641 serving  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Inquiry Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 15, on impeachment against President Trump: Congress is returning to Washington for a work period that will be filled with important to-do items, but we already know what will top the agenda in the House of Representatives: House Democrats are finally indulging in their 3-year old impeachment obsession, full steam ahead. Many of us remember the Washin  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Resolution on Clean Power Plan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 17, on a joint resolution (S.J.Res. 53) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, U.S. Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency entitled "Repeal of the Clean Power Plan; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guidelines Im  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Situation in Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement regarding the situation in Syria: "I am gravely concerned by recent events in Syria and by our nation's apparent response thus far. "Turkey is our NATO ally and has legitimate security concerns stemming from the conflict in Syria. But Turkey's offensive against our Syrian Kurdish partners is jeopardizing years of hard-won progress in the fight against ISIS. "For years, the United States a  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Turkey, Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 15, on Turkey and Syria: On one final matter, I know I speak for many of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle in expressing my grave concern at the events that have unfolded in Syria in recent days. Turkey is our NATO ally. Yes, it hosts millions of Syrian refugees and has a legitimate security concern about the situation in Syria. But Turkey's e  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Statement on Turkey, Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 17, on Turkey and Syria: On an entirely different matter, display of bipartisan concern in the House of Representatives for sustaining America's global leadership and, specifically, over the damaging impact of hastily withdrawing that leadership from Syria. Back in January, I led a forward looking debate here in the Senate on these very issues. I spon  more

Sen. Paul Issues Floor Statement on Arms Sales to Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 17, on legislation (S. 2624) to prohibit arms sales to Turkey: At this time I want to ask unanimous consent that we introduce S. 2624, Turkey arm sales, which would eliminate any further sale of arms to Turkey and, instead of sending a fake message or a sense of the Senate resolution, would actually be a binding resolution and would tell the Turks: Yes  more

Sen. Paul Issues Floor Statement on Resolution on Turkish Military Operations in Northeast Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 17, on a joint resolution (H.J.Res. 77) opposing the decision to end certain U.S. efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria: Reserving the right to object. The Constitution is quite clear on this subject. If the minority leader wishes to engage in the civil war in Syria that has been going on for ne  more

Sen. Paul: Sen. Graham and Hillary Clinton Stood Together to Support Islamic Extremists in the Syrian Civil War
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: In case you missed it, this morning on MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle, U.S. Senator and Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Rand Paul (R-KY) discussed President Trump's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Northern Syria and responded to Senator Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) criticism of the move. "I would say that Lindsey Graham's been wrong about almost every foreign policy decision of the last two decades," sai  more

Sen. Rand Paul Defends President Removing Troops in Syria, Introduces Legislation to End Arms Sales to Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: Shortly before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced a ceasefire agreement between the United States and Turkey regarding Syria, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) stood up against efforts to keep America bogged down in endless conflict in the Middle East. Speaking on the Senate floor, Dr. Paul objected to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's attempt to pass the U.S. House-passed resolution condemning Preside  more

Senate Majority Leader McConnell Issues Statement on Nomination of Judge Walker
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve the nomination of Justin Walker, President Trump's nominee to serve as a district judge for the Western District of Kentucky: "As I told the Senate Judiciary Committee, Justin Walker is a thoroughly impressive nominee with the experience and qualifications to excel on the federal bench in Kentucky. "I'm glad my colleagues advanced his n  more