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Senate Will Confirm Pompeo as Next Secretary of State

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following announcement Monday regarding the nomination of Mike Pompeo to serve as U.S. Secretary of State:

“The Pompeo nomination has now been reported out of the Foreign Relations Committee, and there are sufficient votes in the Senate to ensure that he will be confirmed this week as our nation’s next Secretary of State.”

The Leader’s floor remarks on the Pompeo nomination today are here.

DOR/IRS Provide Additional Filing Day Due to IRS System Issues

Commonwealth of KY Department of Revenue

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) announced today that they will follow the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plan and provide taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes following system issues that surfaced early on the April 17 tax deadline. Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time.

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Out With the Old, and In With the New

Mitch McConnell

“Today is ‘Tax Day,’ the deadline for most Americans to file their tax returns. For many middle-class families and businesses, this date is circled on the calendar with regret and trepidation. But this year, this depressing day has a silver lining — simply put, it’s ‘out with the old, and in with the new.’ Today is the last time American families will have to file under the unfair, outdated tax code that Congress and the president got rid of a few months ago. Continue reading Out With the Old, and In With the New

Your Last Time Filing Taxes Under the Old System

Mitch McConnell

This time of year, Americans are taking part in an annual headache-inducing ritual: filing their income tax returns. Most of us dread completing this complicated paperwork and writing a check to the IRS each year, particularly under the current arcane federal tax system. Thankfully, as a result of the historic overhaul of the federal tax code, this is the last time that you will have to file under the outdated and expensive system that has held our country back for far too long. Continue reading Your Last Time Filing Taxes Under the Old System

McConnell column: Seeking Justice for Victims of Online Sex Trafficking

Mitch McConnell

Many of us have heard heartbreaking stories of human trafficking and child exploitation. These reprehensible practices continue to plague communities and devastate families throughout our nation, sickening us to the core.

Last year, 82 cases of human trafficking were reported to helplines in Kentucky, and more than 400 cases have been reported in our state since 2007, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Throughout the country, the hotline saw a staggering 13% increase in cases last year alone. That spike has materialized, in large part, because of the growth of sex trafficking online. It’s past time to take action to stop the perpetrators of online trafficking and give the victims and their families the justice they deserve. Continue reading McConnell column: Seeking Justice for Victims of Online Sex Trafficking

Senator McConnell Sponsors Critical School Safety Legislation

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018. The bipartisan legislation authorizes funds for school security improvements and investment in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens.

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McConnell Statement on Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding the president’s intent to nominate Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State and Gina Haspel for Director of the CIA:

“In selecting CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his nominee for Secretary of State, the president has called upon a brilliant, tough-minded leader to guide our diplomatic corps through challenging days ahead. I have every confidence in Mike. He has earned the trust of the career officers at the CIA, and I am certain he will be an excellent Secretary of State.

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McConnell Statement on Rex Tillerson

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:

“Over the last year, the Trump Administration confronted myriad national security threats—the terrorist threat from ISIL and Al Qaeda, the dramatic advancement in North Korea’s missile program, crafting new strategies in Afghanistan and Iraq, standing up to Russian malign behavior and confronting the ongoing civil war in Syria—each of which presented a unique challenge to our nation. Through it all, our country was able to call upon the unique talents of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Continue reading McConnell Statement on Rex Tillerson

Kentuckian to Speak at Loretto’s Invitation on Anti-Fracking Movement at U.N.

Chris Schimmoeller

Kentuckian anti-fracking activist Chris Schimmoeller will speak before the United Nation’s 62nd Conference on the Status of Women and Girls as part of two panels on the anti-fracking movement. Schimmoeller was invited to speak by Beth Blissman, Loretto at the UN’s non-governmental representative. The conference will take place March 12-23 in New York City.

Schimmoeller will be among five panelists to talk about “Frontline Leadership: Rural Women in the Anti-Fracking Movement.” The event will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, March 14, downstairs at the Salvation Army, 221 E. 52nd St. Among the four other female panelists is the CEO of Good Energies Alliance Ireland and an elder from the Onondaga Nation. Continue reading Kentuckian to Speak at Loretto’s Invitation on Anti-Fracking Movement at U.N.