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Senate Passes Legislation Benefiting Kentucky Waterways, Jobs

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised Senate passage today of legislation to reauthorize Coast Guard operations to support the brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way every single day. This important legislation also includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which will benefit Kentucky and its 13,000 maritime jobs.

“America calls on our Coast Guard to protect our ports and coasts, to safeguard the shipping lanes that enable American commerce, and to stem the tide of illegal drugs before they reach our shores,” Senator McConnell said. “By passing this bipartisan legislation, the Senate fulfilled an important promise to some of the brave men and women who have taken an oath to keep us safe. Aspects of this legislation are particularly important to states like my home state of Kentucky – the heart of our nation’s inland waterways system.” Continue reading Senate Passes Legislation Benefiting Kentucky Waterways, Jobs

Gov. Bevin Recognizes the Sacrifice of a Kentucky Soldier Returned from the Korean War

Robert J. Sipes Jr.

Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War, but whose remains have just been positively identified and are in the process of being returned to his family in Irvington.

Army Pvt. Robert J. Sipes Jr. 19, died on Nov. 30, 1950, was accounted for on Oct. 23, 2018, and will be buried in his hometown on December 5, 2018.

In November 1950, Sipes was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was killed in action on Nov. 30, 1950, during heavy fighting between the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) and the 7th Cavalry Regiment near the village of Unsan, North Korea. His remains were processed through a 7th Cavalry Regiment Collection Station on Dec. 1, 1950, and interred at the United Nations Military Cemetery (UNMC) Pyongyang on Dec. 2, 1950. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Recognizes the Sacrifice of a Kentucky Soldier Returned from the Korean War

Senate Passes Legislation Benefiting Kentucky Waterways, Jobs

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised Senate passage today of legislation to reauthorize Coast Guard operations to support the brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way every single day. This important legislation also includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which will benefit Kentucky and its 13,000 maritime jobs.

“America calls on our Coast Guard to protect our ports and coasts, to safeguard the shipping lanes that enable American commerce, and to stem the tide of illegal drugs before they reach our shores,” Senator McConnell said. “By passing this bipartisan legislation, the Senate fulfilled an important promise to some of the brave men and women who have taken an oath to keep us safe. Aspects of this legislation are particularly important to states like my home state of Kentucky – the heart of our nation’s inland waterways system.” Continue reading Senate Passes Legislation Benefiting Kentucky Waterways, Jobs

McConnell Re-Elected Senate Majority Leader

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was unanimously re-elected today by his Senate Republican colleagues to serve as Senate Majority Leader for the 116th Congress. Following the vote, Majority Leader McConnell said:

“I am grateful to my colleagues for again placing their trust in me. As Majority Leader, I set the Senate’s schedule and agenda. Therefore, I have and will continue to consistently choose to prioritize legislation and nominations that will directly benefit the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I am proud of our incredible record of achievement. Working with President Trump, we have made the last two years the most productive in moving our country right-of-center since I came to Washington. Continue reading McConnell Re-Elected Senate Majority Leader

McConnell Op-Ed: Will Democrats Choose to Continue Bipartisan Achievements in New Congress, or Put Politics First?

Mitch McConnell

The following op-ed by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can be found on FoxNews.com:

“Last Tuesday I was proud to see that the American people voted keep Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate. But we also learned that, come January, the Republican Senate majority will be dealing with a House of Representatives under Democratic control.

“Needless to say, the past two years of unified Republican government will be remembered as a period of historic productivity.

Continue reading McConnell Op-Ed: Will Democrats Choose to Continue Bipartisan Achievements in New Congress, or Put Politics First?

Hundredth Anniversary Time to Honor Military Families as Well

Jeff Rubin

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day. A day first set aside to honor those veterans who fought in the “Great War.” That designation has evolved over the years. Today, we celebrate all those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces rather than only those who fought in war.

On this special anniversary, I’d further propose that such recognition be extended to honor the families of veterans who served, as well. My rationale is simple. Ask any parent whose child was called upon or chosen to serve, in times of peace or times of war. What was that experience like for them? Or, consider those spouses and children who lend backbone and support to those who serve. What is it like for them? How well do they carry the burdens, responsibilities, and experience of military life? Continue reading Hundredth Anniversary Time to Honor Military Families as Well

Beshear, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Working to ‘Stamp Out’ Mail Scams

Attorney General Andy Beshear and the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) are working to help Kentuckians avoid mail scams that could be hiding in their mailbox.

The Stamp Out Mail Scams awareness campaign, which was unveiled Thursday at Lexington’s Nandino Post Office, provides posters on how to identify, avoid and report common mail scams in 700 post offices across the state.

Beshear said the awareness campaign will help Kentuckians combat the Federal Trade Commission’s findings that fraud losses in 2017 reached nearly $905 million across the nation. Continue reading Beshear, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Working to ‘Stamp Out’ Mail Scams

McConnell Statement on the Resignation of Jeff Sessions

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“I thank Jeff Sessions for his dedicated service as Attorney General. Throughout his career, as a prosecutor, a Senator and as Attorney General, he remained steadfast in his commitment to the rule of law and his love of our great nation. I wish him well and look forward to working with him in any future endeavors.”

Federal Government Approves Kentucky’s Plan for Innovation in Medicaid Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services

The federal government recently approved Kentucky’s implementation plan for substance use disorder services under the 1115 waiver submission from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The plan will increase Medicaid enrollees’ access to care and enhanced benefits to improve treatment and outcomes for substance use disorder (SUD).

The enhanced Kentucky Medicaid SUD treatment package is one part of the state’s 1115 demonstration waiver, Kentucky HEALTH. While a judge’s ruling in June 2018 vacated approval of many of the changes proposed under Kentucky HEALTH, the SUD component of the waiver submission remained approved, and the Cabinet continues to work with CMS as it awaits a final decision on the rest of the waiver.

Continue reading Federal Government Approves Kentucky’s Plan for Innovation in Medicaid Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services

Flags Lowered to Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue Tragedy

In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald Trump, and with respect for those killed in the tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, both American and state flags at public office buildings are lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Oct. 31, 2018, to honor the victims and their families.

“Kentucky joins our nation in mourning those who were brutally slain this weekend while worshipping in Pittsburgh,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “We earnestly pray for healing for the loved ones, fellow congregants and all community members impacted by this despicable act of evil.”

All individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute of lowering the flag to honor the victims and families of this tragedy.

Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status/.

McConnell: FBI Will Open New Paducah Office

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that in response to his request, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is planning to open a Resident Agency in Paducah, Kentucky. Earlier this year, Senator McConnell contacted FBI Director Christopher Wray to advocate for the facility, writing, “additional federal resources – working in collaboration with state and local agencies – in Paducah can make an enormous difference in keeping communities in Western Kentucky safe.”

Since the closure of FBI’s Paducah satellite office in 2007, Senator McConnell has heard from a number of local law enforcement officials supporting the Bureau’s return to the region. Continue reading McConnell: FBI Will Open New Paducah Office

Beshear Calls on Federal Government to Better Protect Military Families against Predatory Lenders

Andy Beshear

As part of his Mission Veterans Protected program, Attorney General Andy Beshear is calling on the federal government to better protect Kentucky military families against the onslaught of predatory lenders.

Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are asking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to reconsider its reported decision to stop examining lenders to ensure they comply with the Military Lending Act of 2006.

The act protects military service members and their families from exploitative lenders and loans so that they are not overburdened with debt. The bureau has the authority to examine lenders’ compliance with the act to detect potential risks to Kentuckians and ensure that military service members aren’t being offered illegal loans. Continue reading Beshear Calls on Federal Government to Better Protect Military Families against Predatory Lenders

McConnell Statement on Today’s Attempted Acts of Terrorism

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding today’s attempted acts of domestic terrorism:

“I stand with all Americans in condemning today’s attempted acts of domestic terrorism. As we continue to learn more, Americans are united in gratitude for the first responders — the Secret Service, the Postal Service, and other law enforcement — who protect our leaders and public figures from such unconscionable acts.”

President Signs Water Infrastructure Bill into Law; Measure Contains Kentucky Priorities Secured by Sen. McConnell

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that President Donald Trump signed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 into law. The measure, which supports our nation’s water infrastructure, includes a number of Kentucky priorities secured by Senator McConnell.

“Kentucky’s water infrastructure holds vast potential for the future of our Commonwealth,” said Senator McConnell. “Home to more than 1,900 miles of navigable inland waterways that support more than 13,000 jobs, I am proud to represent the heart of our nation’s inland waterways system. During the consideration of this important legislation, I had the ability as the Senate Majority Leader to ensure that Kentucky’s priorities were at the center of the national discussion.” Continue reading President Signs Water Infrastructure Bill into Law; Measure Contains Kentucky Priorities Secured by Sen. McConnell