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McConnell Statement on the President’s Executive Order

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the executive order signed today by President Trump:

“The safety of Americans and the security of our nation require that people who illegally cross our border are not simply released into the United States. But when families with children breach our border, we should keep those families together whenever possible while our legal system fairly and promptly evaluates their status. Continue reading McConnell Statement on the President’s Executive Order

Senator McConnell Joins Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Keep Families Together and Ensure Integrity of Immigration Laws

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today joined with his colleagues to introduce the Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act.

The legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to keep families together pending the outcome of their immigration proceedings. It also authorizes more immigration court judges to prioritize adjudication of family cases. In addition, it protects children who are at risk of harm and sets standards of care for family residential centers to ensure immigrant families are treated humanely and fairly. Continue reading Senator McConnell Joins Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Keep Families Together and Ensure Integrity of Immigration Laws

Beshear Supporting Legislation to Train Commercial Drivers to Recognize, Report Human Trafficking

Andy Beshear

While in California making a delivery in January at 3:30 in the morning, Nicholasville truck driver Arian Taylor rescued a 19-year-old woman who knocked on his cab door for help instead of allowing herself to be forced into prostitution by her friend’s boyfriend.

Taylor, who voluntarily took human trafficking awareness training, was able to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline displayed on a window sticker of his truck cab to get the young woman help.

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Beshear Fighting Temporary Injunction Request Seeking to Halt Nation’s Health Care System

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear is fighting a request for a temporary injunction filed this week by a group of states seeking to halt the nation’s health care system while an ongoing lawsuit on the issue plays out in federal court.

Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are intervening in the lawsuit – Texas et al. v. United States et al. – that claims the ACA is unconstitutional because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the ACA’s penalty for failing to purchase health insurance – known as the individual mandate. Continue reading Beshear Fighting Temporary Injunction Request Seeking to Halt Nation’s Health Care System

FEDERAL FUND THAT PROVIDES BLACK LUNG BENEFITS IN DANGER UNLESS CONGRESS ACTS TO PROTECT COAL MINERS AND WIDOWS

Unless Congress takes action before the end of 2018, major financial problems face the public fund that provides black lung benefits to coal miners and their surviving dependents in cases where the miners’ employer has gone bankrupt, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today.[1] In short, the safety net meant to help alleviate the harm from black lung when coal companies go bankrupt is itself in danger of Continue reading FEDERAL FUND THAT PROVIDES BLACK LUNG BENEFITS IN DANGER UNLESS CONGRESS ACTS TO PROTECT COAL MINERS AND WIDOWS

Beshear: New Medicare Card coming in the Mail, Don’t Fall Victim to Scammers

Andy Beshear

Ahead of the federal government mailing more than 900,000 Kentucky Medicare recipients new I.D. cards, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning enrollees to be on the lookout for scams.

The mailing of the new cards, which are designed to help minimize fraud by replacing the members’ Social Security numbers with 11-digit I.D. numbers, are triggering scam warnings across the nation. Kentuckians are expected to start receiving the cards in their mailbox starting soon. Continue reading Beshear: New Medicare Card coming in the Mail, Don’t Fall Victim to Scammers

McConnell Statement on Iran Deal

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement on the Iran Deal:

“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action represented a deeply flawed agreement which President Trump has determined is not in the national security interests of the United States. Iran’s malign behavior across the broader Middle East Continue reading McConnell Statement on Iran Deal

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are partnering on April 28, 2018 to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely.

“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue by providing a convenient way for citizens to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” says KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders.

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Senator McConnell’s Bill to Help Opioid-Addicted Mothers, Babies Approved by Senate Committee

Mitch McConnell

Legislation drafted by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to address prenatal opioid exposure was approved by a the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The Protecting Moms and Infants Act (PMIA), introduced by Senator McConnell last week, is now included in theOpioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which contains provisions from 38 different Senators to help combat the opioid epidemic.

Continue reading Senator McConnell’s Bill to Help Opioid-Addicted Mothers, Babies Approved by Senate Committee

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.