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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Kentucky Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 39 items )  

Amid New Report of Secretary Chao Using a Taxpayer-Funded Program to Dole Out Favors, Chair DeFazio Formally Requests DOT Inspector General Broaden Ongoing Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: Two months after requesting that the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General investigate reports that U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and her staff gave preferential treatment for discretionary grants, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) formally asked the Inspector General to broaden the inquiry. In accordance with Chair DeFazio's ori  more

House Funds Rep. Guthrie Opioid Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. S. Brett Guthrie, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives passed two Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations packages. This legislation included funding for Congressman Brett Guthrie's (KY-02) Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act. "Last year, I was proud to introduce the Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act, a bill that will help Kentuckians access a full range of treatments for opioid-use disorders," said Guthrie. "Most treatme  more

Majority Leader McConnell Announces Funding to Modernize State Election Systems to Combat Interference
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - The Senate approved $425 million for states to enhance their voting systems. Kentucky is expected to receive more than $6 million of that funding. * * * U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate approved $425 million for states to enhance their voting systems. Kentucky is expected to receive more than $6 million of that funding, which is included  more

Majority Leader McConnell Secures McConnell/Comer Legislation to Designate I-69 Spur
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - Utilizing his role as Senate Majority Leader, McConnell successfully secured the McConnell/Comer provision in the end of the year funding bills to aid economic development in Muhlenberg and Ohio Counties. * * * U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he secured legislation in the Fiscal Year 2020 government-funding agreement to begin the process of d  more

Majority Leader McConnell Secures Miners Fix to Protect Coal Families' Pension Benefits
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he successfully secured in the Fiscal Year 2020 government-funding agreement the bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), to protect pension benefits for Kentucky miners and their families - the Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019. Before the end of the year  more

Majority Leader McConnell Secures Nearly $66 Million for New Research Lab at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he secured in the Fiscal Year 2020 government-funding agreement $65.9 million for the construction of the Forage Animal Production Lab at the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture. The measure, approved by the House, is expected be voted on by the full Senate this week. Once approved the government-funding agreement   more

Majority Leader McConnell Secures Tobacco-Free Youth Act in Fiscal Year 2020 Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - McConnell/Kaine Measure Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 Senator McConnell joined Senator Kaine in introducing a bipartisan bill to raise tobacco purchase age to 21 - Utilizing his role as Senate Majority Leader, Senator McConnell successfully secured the provision in the end of the year funding bill * * * U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that h  more

McConnell Bill to Protect Coal Miner Pension Benefits Now Goes to President for Signature
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: The United States Senate approved the Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019, introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), to protect pension benefits for coal miners and their families. Utilizing his role as Majority Leader and as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator McC  more

McConnell Bill to Raise Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 Now Goes to President for Signature
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: The United States Senate approved the Tobacco-Free Youth Act, introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), to raise the nationwide minimum age to buy all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, from 18 to 21 and help protect young people from the dangers of nicotine. Utilizing his role as Majority Leader and as a sen  more

McConnell Bolsters Fight Against Asian Carp in West Kentucky
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he secured a record $25 million that will help fight the Asian Carp infestation in Western Kentucky and throughout the region --which includes $2.5 million for contract fishing--in the Fiscal Year 2020 government-funding agreement. Before the end of the year, both the House of Representatives and Senate are expected to ap  more

McConnell Extends Tax Relief for Kentucky's Distillers and Brewers
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - 'Leader McConnell's crucial commitment to our signature industry will continue to fuel Kentucky's economy' * * * U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate is expected to pass a one-year extension of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act this week. Utilizing his role as Majority Leader, Senator McConnell secured an agreement to renew  more

McConnell, Rogers Secure Kentucky Wildlands National Heritage Area Study Act in Final Federal Funding Package for 2020
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - Kentucky is one step closer to receiving its first National Heritage Area designation, thanks to joint efforts by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers. * * * Kentucky is one step closer to receiving its first National Heritage Area designation, thanks to joint efforts by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. As f  more

McConnell-Kaine Bill to Raise Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 Now Goes to President for Signature
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate approves bipartisan bill introduced by Senators McConnell and Kaine to raise the tobacco purchase age to 21. Utilizing his role as Senate Majority Leader, McConnell successfully secured their provision in the end of the year funding bills. * * * The United States Senate approved the Tobacco-Free Youth Act, introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY  more

Rep. Barr, Kentucky Stakeholders Praise House Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Andy Barr, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) voted to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the trade deal negotiated by President Trump that is expected to provide a major boost to our economy and add more than 176,000 new jobs for American workers. After months of advocating that House Democrats schedule a vote on the deal, Congressman Barr was pleased with the bipartisan support for the agreement. Ke  more

Rep. Comer Announces Winner Of Congressional App Challenge
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: Congressman James Comer (KY-01) has announced that Gideon Richards, an 11th grader at the Central Kentucky Career Academy in Campbellsville, is the 2019 winner of the 1st District Congressional App Challenge. Richards, a native of Columbia, developed the winning app titled "Inspiration" as part of a school project, led by his teacher Mrs. Sonya Kessler. The app inspires people to achieve their goals in life  more

Rep. Comer Applauds Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, Speaks in Support on House Floor
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - Trade Deal to Provide Boost to Farmers, Workers, Manufacturers * * * The House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act (H.R. 5430), which sends President Trump's signature agreement aimed at modernizing and significantly improving trade in America to the Senate for action. The trade deal will provide Kentucky farmers with stability and higher  more

Rep. Comer Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement: Congressman James Comer (KY-1) spoke in strong opposition on the House Floor against the articles of impeachment brought forward against President Trump. He emphasized that the partisan effort is a baseless attempt to undo the will of the 63 million Americans who voted for President Trump. "Since the beginning of this impeachment inquiry, it's been extremely troubling to see the partisan, divisive way in which  more

Rep. Comer Issues Statement on Impeachment Votes Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement after voting against articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Since the beginning of this impeachment inquiry, it's been disheartening to see the partisan, divisive way in which Democrats have carried out this entire process. "House Democrats have been trying to impeach the President ever since the day he took office as part of a baseless attempt to undo the will of 63 million Americans who voted for P  more

Rep. Comer Issues Statement Recognizing Tom Lund
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 18, entitled "Special Recognition to Tom Lund": I rise to pay special recognition to Tom Lund, of Marion County, Kentucky, for his remarkable career and outstanding contributions to the local community and beyond. This year marks his retirement and I want to congratulate him for many decades of success. After living and working in several areas across the  more

Rep. Guthrie Introduces Bipartisan Lower Insulin Costs Now Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. S. Brett Guthrie, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, this week introduced the bipartisan Lower Insulin Costs Now Act, along with U.S. Reps. Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and Mike Kelly (PA-16). "Insulin hasn't changed in decades, so there is no reason why the price of it has suddenly spiked," sai  more

Rep. Guthrie Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. S. Brett Guthrie, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement after voting against the two articles of impeachment against President Trump: "My Democratic colleagues have been planning to impeach President Trump since the minute he took office. "After months of wasting House time on a partisan investigation, they were unable to produce any evidence that President Trump committed a crime. "I voted no on today's articles of impeachment. "I look forward to getting bac  more

Rep. Rogers Announces Kentucky Wins in Federal Funding Bills for Fiscal Year 2020
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - Includes protections for miners' pensions, provides more funding for economic development in coal country, continues the fight against opioid abuse, protects the sanctity of life, boosts military service members' & veterans' benefits and addresses border security * * * As a senior member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) successfully advocated for vital p  more

Rep. Rogers Announces Major Wins for Coal Miners in Federal Funding Bills for Fiscal Year 2020
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - Miners' health care benefits and pensions secured in final funding bills * * * U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-05), a senior of the House Appropriations Committee, successfully secured health care benefits and pensions for America's retired miners in the final two federal funding packages for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. Without congressional action, many retired coal miners and employees of recently-bankru  more

Rep. Rogers Issues Statement on Impeachment of President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement after voting against the impeachment of President Trump. Rogers denounced House Democrats for proceeding with articles of impeachment without citation of a crime: "Speaker Pelosi has spent the last three years building to this day. Despite the flawed, partisan sham of a process - much of which took place behind closed doors - House Democrats still cannot present a shred of evidence to show President Trump comm  more

Rep. Rogers Touts Funding for Jobs and Economic Development in Eastern Kentucky
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - Federal Bills Protect Construction Funding for Letcher County Prison & Job Creation in the Coalfields * * * The U.S. House of Representatives passed two comprehensive federal funding packages on Thursday to finalize government funding bills for Fiscal Year 2020. Congressman Hal Rogers, who is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, secured millions in critical funding for economic  more

Rep. Rogers: Federal Funding Packages Target National Drug Abuse Crisis
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: Combatting the nation's deadly opioid crisis remains a top priority for Congressman Hal Rogers, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, who secured additional funding for law enforcement, treatment, recovery and education in the final federal funding packages for Fiscal Year 2020. The House approved two bipartisan comprehensive bills on Thursday, including vital funding for programs that sup  more

Rep. Rogers: FY20 Funding Bills Promote National Defense, Enhance Border Security, Serve Our Veterans
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - Includes largest investment in VA history & launches new transportation program for veterans in rural areas * * * As a senior member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) supported two funding packages on Tuesday that fund government operations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The bills place a strong emphasis on national defense and military readiness, border secu  more

Rep. Rogers: Prestonsburg High School Students Sweep Congressional App Challenge for 5th Year in a Row
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: A Prestonsburg High School student team has won the Congressional App Challenge for Kentucky's Fifth Congressional District for the fifth consecutive year. The winning team includes: Jenna Lewis, Bobbie Fisher, Nathaniel Curnutte and Samuel Carroll. They won the competition by developing the "Appalachia Opioid Prevention App." The mobile application provides five functions to help address drug abuse treatm  more

Rep. Yarmuth Issues Statement Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. John A. Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, issued the following regarding the articles of impeachment against President Trump (H.Res. 755): "Forty-five years ago, as a young staffer for Senator Marlow Cook, I wrote the speech that would make him the first Senate Republican to call for the resignation of a corrupt president. As Republicans, we took no joy in going against a president of our own party, but we felt a duty greater than partisan loyalty -- to our country, the Constit  more

Rep. Yarmuth Issues Statement on House Passage of FY 2020 Appropriations Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, chairman of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement after House passage of the fiscal 2020 appropriations agreement: * * * - Legislation Follows Budget Caps Set by Yarmuth's Legislation * * * "The House came together to provide certainty, direction, and much-needed investments for our economy and the American people. "The appropriations package provides funding at the levels established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of   more

Rogers, McConnell Secure Kentucky Wildlands National Heritage Area Study Act in Final Federal Funding Package for 2020
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: Kentucky is one step closer to receiving its first National Heritage Area designation, thanks to joint efforts by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. As federal funding for Fiscal Year 2020 is finalized this week on Capitol Hill, Kentucky's leading legislators ensured the Kentucky Wildlands National Heritage Area Study Act was included in a final comprehensive package. The  more

Sen. McConnell Delivers Remaining Funding for Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he successfully secured the remaining $410 million needed for construction of the new Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Louisville, Kentucky, in the Fiscal Year 2020 government-funding agreement. Before the end of the year, both the House of Representatives and Senate are expected to approve the governm  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement to Senate on 150th Anniversary of Kentucky New Era
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 10, on the 150th anniversary of the Kentucky New Era: It is with great pride that I pay tribute to a long-standing community institution in southwestern Kentucky. The Kentucky New Era newspaper recently marked 150 years of quality journalism and community engagement, and I would like to take a moment today to review the paper's distinguished hist  more

Sen. McConnell Secures Tobacco-Free Youth Act in Fiscal 2020 Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: * * * - McConnell/Kaine Measure Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 * * * U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he successfully secured the Tobacco-Free Youth Act in the Fiscal Year 2020 government agreement. The legislation, which he introduced earlier this year with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), would raise the nationwide minimum age to buy all tobacco product  more

Sen. Paul Issues Statement on House Impeachment Vote
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement after the House voted to impeach President Trump: "Over the past several weeks, we have seen sham hearings, selected witnesses, and Democrats who have contorted the facts to fit a fictional narrative. "It is shameful that from the first day of this duly elected presidency, these Democrats have been determined to impeach him. "This has been unnecessary, distracting, and counterproductive. "The Senate will not   more

Sen. Paul: Inspector General Horowitz Admits Bias From FBI Office of General Counsel Attorney Who Faked Evidence
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: While many in the media have downplayed the instances of bias already present in Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign in questioning from U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) Committee hearing, Inspector General Horowitz admitted there   more

Sen. Rand Paul Releases 2019 'Festivus' Edition of 'The Waste Report'
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), chairman of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management (FSO) Subcommittee for the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), released his 2019 Festivus edition of The Waste Report. Dr. Paul's fifth edition of the Festivus Waste Report collects his 2019 Spring, Summer, and Fall Waste Reports as he continues working to alert the American people to h  more

Senate Majority Leader McConnell Secures Funding to Help Fight Addiction in Kentucky
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that several important provisions to help Kentucky fight the opioid and substance abuse epidemic are included in the Fiscal Year 2020 government-funding agreement. Senator McConnell, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured the provisions (full list below) in the bills the Senate passed. The legislation   more

Senator McConnell Secures Kentucky Hemp Priorities
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he secured several important provisions to benefit Kentucky's growing hemp industry in the Fiscal Year 2020 government-funding agreement. Senator McConnell, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, secured nearly $20 million to implement the hemp provisions. The measure, approved by the House of  more