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KY Division of Forestry Rushes to Help Texas

Two 20-person interagency fire crews made up of Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF), Division of Mine Permits, and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), personnel are leaving today for the hurricane stricken areas of Texas.

Although KDF firefighters are best known for their wildland fire suppression skills, they also have experience responding to all types of hazards and emergency scenarios, including the aftermath of hurricanes and severe storms. Continue reading KY Division of Forestry Rushes to Help Texas

Health Care Freedom Act

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Health Care Freedom Act:

“The legislation I just laid down is called the Health Care Freedom Act, and it restores freedom to Americans that Obamacare took away. It does so in a number of ways.

“First, the Health Care Freedom Act repeals the core pillars of Obamacare. It eliminates the so-called individual mandate that forces many Americans to buy Obamacare insurance they don’t want, can’t afford, or can’t use — and taxes those who don’t. It also repeals the employer mandate that cuts hours, take-home pay, and job opportunities for workers. Continue reading Health Care Freedom Act

McConnell Statement on Upcoming Vote to Repeal Obamacare

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement regarding a vote to repeal Obamacare:

“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.

“So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Continue reading McConnell Statement on Upcoming Vote to Repeal Obamacare

No Change for Social Security Combined Trust Fund Reserves Depletion Year Says Board of Trustees

The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as projected last year, with 77 percent of benefits payable at that time.  The DI Trust Fund will become depleted in 2028, extended from last year’s estimate of 2023, with 93 percent of benefits still payable. Continue reading No Change for Social Security Combined Trust Fund Reserves Depletion Year Says Board of Trustees

McConnell: John McCain Will Be Back With Us Soon

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement regarding U.S. Sen. John McCain’s recovery from surgery:

“Elaine and I, along with the entire Senate family, wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery. There are few people tougher than my friend John McCain, and I know he’ll be back with us soon. Our thoughts are with Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona. Continue reading McConnell: John McCain Will Be Back With Us Soon