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President Trump Signs McConnell Hemp Bill into Law

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised President Trump for signing into law the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill). The measure contains the legislation – authored and championed by Majority Leader McConnell — that will empower farmers to expand cultivation of industrial hemp, a crop that has the potential to play a key role in the agricultural future of Kentucky and the nation.

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My hemp legalization provision passed Congress, will become law

Mitch McConnell

The Senate has opened a door to new opportunities for Kentucky agriculture. After extensive collaboration with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we passed one of my top Kentucky priorities for the year – a Farm Bill containing my legislation to legalize the production of industrial hemp. When President Trump signs the bill into law, Kentucky‘s farmers can continue to lead the nation in the growing, processing and manufacturing of industrial hemp. Continue reading My hemp legalization provision passed Congress, will become law

Statement by Beshear on Today’s Pension Ruling by Supreme Court

Andy Beshear

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2018) – “Today’s unanimous (7-0) ruling is a landmark win for every teacher, police officer, firefighter, social worker, EMS and all our hardworking public servants. It fully and finally voids the illegal cuts to their retirement, and clearly states that the governor and General Assembly violated the Constitution. The decision is also an important win for good government and transparency. It sends a message that the Constitution does not allow lawmakers to hide their actions. Because of today’s ruling, an 11-page sewer bill can never again be turned into a 291-page pension bill and passed in just six hours. It is my hope that moving forward the governor and General Assembly will start honoring the oath each elected official takes to support and follow the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.” – Attorney General Andy Beshear.

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.

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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.

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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/.