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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Kentucky Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 21 items )  

3 Trump Nominees, Including Postal Service Governor, Confirmed by Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of three individuals for positions in the federal government on Dec. 5: Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Sherri A. Lydon, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina. Robert M. Duncan, of Kentucky, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2025.  more

Rep. Barr: Horseracing Integrity Act Reaches Key Milestone in House
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Andy Barr, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: The Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754), introduced in March by Congressman Andy Barr and Congressman Paul Tonko, has gained support from a majority of the House of Representatives, with 226 Members now cosponsoring the legislation. This legislation authorizes the creation of a non-governmental anti-doping authority governed by representatives of all major constituencies of the industry and responsible for   more

Rep. Comer Congratulates Kelli Pendleton on Selection as Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release on Jan. 14: Congressman Comer attended the swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon for Kelli Pendleton of Hopkinsville; Kelli was selected as the next Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Kentucky West. Congressman Comer supported Kelli's nomination to this position with a letter of recommendation to the Secretary of the Army. Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army are business and community leade  more

Rep. Comer: Kentuckians Rise Up in Support of the Second Amendment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: At a time when efforts are underway across the country to restrict gun ownership, patriotic Americans are rising up in strong defense of the Second Amendment. This is especially true across Kentucky where there is significant grassroots energy aimed at defending a right that our founding fathers knew was of critical importance. In recent years we have seen efforts by state and federal politicians to chip aw  more

Rep. Guthrie Leads Hearing on Opioid Crisis
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Rep. S. Brett Guthrie, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release on Jan. 14: Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, led a hearing on state-level responses to the ongoing opioid epidemic. "Our local communities are suffering. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose and opioids were involved in 47,600 overdose deaths in 2017, which accounted for  more

Rep. Guthrie Pushes for Information on Alzheimer's Disease Cures and Treatments
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- 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 Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, joined his fellow committee leaders in requesting information on what federal agencies are doing to advance Alzheimer's Disease treatments and cures. Guthrie, Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Rep. Greg Walden (OR-02), and Health Subcommittee Republican  more

Rep. Pingree, House Agriculture Chairman Peterson Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Hemp Farmers, CBD Businesses
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota), as well as Congressmen James Comer (R-Kentucky) and Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), in introducing bipartisan legislation that will support hemp farmers and provide a regulatory pathway for products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). The bill, H.R. 5587, would give the U.S. Food and Drug Ad  more

Rep. Yarmuth Issues Opening Statement at Budget Hearing on How Federal Investments Impact State, Local Governments
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, chairman of the House Budget Committee, issued the following opening statement on Jan. 15 at a hearing on the importance of federal investments in state and local communities: "I am looking forward to this new year in the House Budget Committee, and I hope you are as well. "Last year, with the support of both Republican and Democratic members of this Committee, Congress put in place bipartisan budgets for 2020 and 2021, complete with discre  more

Rep. Yarmuth Issues Statement on GAO Legal Opinion That Trump Administration Illegally Withheld Ukraine Aid
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, chairman of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement on Jan. 16: * * * - Decision states OMB violated the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 * * * House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (KY-03) released the following statement after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its legal opinion stating that the actions taken by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine viol  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Floor Statement on Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, on impeachment: Before I make remarks on a different issue, I would like to address comments made this morning by the majority leader, the Senator from Kentucky. The first related, as most of his comments recently, to the pending impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. I listened carefully to his arguments that the House and the Senate have   more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement on Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 7, on impeachment: On another matter, every day that the House Democrats refuse to stand behind their historically partisan impeachment, it deepens the embarrassment for the leaders who chose to take our Nation down this road. You can't say we didn't warn them. You can't even say they didn't warn themselves. It was less than 1 year ago that Spea  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement on Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 8, on impeachment: I do need to say a few words about the other serious matter occupying the Congress. Late last year, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats sped through a slapdash impeachment of President Trump in 12 weeks because they insisted the need to undo the 2016 election was urgent--urgent, they said. Since then, the same people have spen  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement on Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 9, on impeachment: First, this morning I want to associate myself with a statement made yesterday by one of our distinguished colleagues about the House Democrats treating impeachment like a political toy. Here is what the Senator said: "If it's serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn't, don't.'' That was our Democratic colleague, the senio  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement on Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 17, on impeachment: All signs seem to suggest that later this week, the House Democrats are finally going to do what many of them have been foreshadowing for 3 years now and impeach President Trump. It appears that the most rushed, least thorough, and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history is about to wind down after just 12 weeks and   more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement on Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 14, on impeachment: Tomorrow will be 4 weeks--4 weeks-- since House Democrats impeached the President of the United States with purely partisan support. Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff did not wait to fill out the factual record. They did not even wait to see their own subpoenas through the legal system. They plowed ahead for two reasons: The  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement on Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, on impeachment: It appears that the House Democrat majority will finally stand behind its decision to impeach the President of the United States. Last year, the House of Representatives rushed through the least thorough and most unclear impeachment inquiry in American history. They took just 12 weeks--12 weeks. There was more than a year of   more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 7, on Iran: I spoke yesterday about President Trump's decision to remove the chief architect of Tehran's terrorism from the battlefield, and I discussed the Senate's obligation to approach this in a manner that is serious, sober, and factual. It is right for Senators to want to learn more about the President's major decision. Once again, I encou  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 8, on Iran: I had planned to discuss the corrosive political games that the Speaker of the House continues to play with the solemn issue of Presidential impeachment, but the deadly serious events of yesterday evening threw those political squabbles into the starkest possible relief. I was troubled but not surprised by reports that Iran fired bal  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 14, on Iran: Every day brings more repudiation of the conventional wisdom of the Democratic foreign policy establishment, breathlessly--breathlessly--amplified by the mainstream media, that the strike on Soleimani would unite Iranians behind the regime. Remember, that is what they were all saying, that the strike on Soleimani would unite Iranians  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement on Monroe County Bicentennial
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 9, on the Monroe County bicentennial: At the beginning of a new year, most of us look ahead with plans, expectations, and resolutions. The residents of Monroe County in the Pennyroyal region of South Central Kentucky, however, are spending the first days of the new year looking back on their unique history. They are looking two centuries back, in  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Floor Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement: On an entirely different matter, before the Senate shifts into the trial, we hope to complete an enormous accomplishment for this administration and, most importantly, for American families. It has now been more than 1 year--1 year--since President Trump hammered out the USMCA with the Governments of  more