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Beshear Issues Military Consumer Month Alert to Help Stop Veteran Imposter Scams

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Military Consumer Month Alert today to help stop veteran imposter scammers. 

Throughout the year, and with an expanded focus during July, Beshear’s office works to reverse statistics reported in an AARP study that found veterans are more likely to be targeted by scammers and twice as likely to fall victim to fraud when compared to nonveterans.

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McConnell Assist Volunteers of America in Securing Federal Grant to Assist Homeless Veterans

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded multiple competitive federal grants totaling $866,121 to the Volunteers of America (VOA) Mid-States in Kentucky. The funds will be used to provide services in several locations across Kentucky as part of the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP). Senator McConnell contacted U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta on behalf of VOA Mid-States in support of their competitive grant applications.

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Federal Court Affirms Major Pro-Life Victory for Gov. Bevin, Commonwealth

Matt Bevin

In a major pro-life victory for Gov. Matt Bevin and the people of the Commonwealth, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today denied EMW Women’s Surgical Center’s petition for rehearing of the House Bill 2 ultrasound case.

In April, the Sixth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of HB 2 (2017), which requires an abortion provider to provide mothers with an ultrasound and a description of what it depicts, as well as the opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat, before she chooses to terminate her pregnancy.

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McConnell Assist Volunteers of America in Securing Federal Grant to Assist Homeless Veterans

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded multiple competitive federal grants totaling $866,121 to the Volunteers of America (VOA) Mid-States in Kentucky. The funds will be used to provide services in several locations across Kentucky as part of the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP). Senator McConnell contacted U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta on behalf of VOA Mid-States in support of their competitive grant applications.

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Senate Confirms Lieutenant Gary Burman of Kentucky to be U.S. Marshal

Lieutenant Gary Burman

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) commented today following the Senate confirmation of Lieutenant Gary Burman of the Louisville Metro Police Department to serve as United States Marshal for the Western District of Kentucky:   

“I’d like to congratulate Lieutenant Gary Burman on his confirmation as the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Kentucky. Throughout his impressive career, which began as a patrol officer in Louisville, Lt. Burman has earned the respect of his colleagues and has been entrusted with leading them in several roles. I’m grateful for his many years of selfless service to Kentucky. I was proud to support his nomination, and I wish him all the best as he continues working for our Commonwealth and our nation as a U.S. Marshal.”

Leader McConnell Discusses Hemp, CBD with Acting FDA Commissioner

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) met with Acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless today in his office in the U.S. Capitol. During the meeting, Senator McConnell discussed the role of tobacco in Kentucky’s history, and the importance of hemp production today. 

Senator McConnell informed Dr. Sharpless of the positive impact the legalization of hemp is having in Kentucky. He also reminded Dr. Sharpless of some of the ongoing challenges — such as the need for a regulatory framework for CBD — he hears about from hemp farmers, processors and manufacturers in the state.

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McConnell/Kaine Tobacco-Free Youth Act Approved by Key Senate Committee

Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced today that the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) approved their Tobacco-Free Youth Act. The McConnell/Kaine bill would raise the nationwide minimum age to buy all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, from 18 to 21. The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Mark Warner (D-VA).

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Beshear: Don’t Pay Up Front for Student Loan Debt Relief

Scam Alert

Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert to warn former and current college students about companies offering student loan debt relief for a fee. 

Beshear’s office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) say it is illegal for companies to charge upfront fees before providing debt relief services. 

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims to Provide Flexibility to Summer Meal Programs

A bipartisan group of senators are leading the charge to make federal child nutrition programs more efficient, flexible and better equipped to reach children in need during the summer months.

Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) —along with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and John Hoeven (R-ND)—introduced the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act of 2019 to add flexibility to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which offers children from low-income families free lunch and snacks in the summer. The bill gives states additional options to reach hungry children in communities without a centralized feeding site during the summer.

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McConnell Comments on Nomination of Justin Walker of Kentucky to Serve on U.S. District Court

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today after President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Justin Walker, of Louisville, to serve as a district judge for the Western District of Kentucky:

“Justin is a principled attorney, a prominent legal scholar, and will make an outstanding federal judge. He has already had a remarkable career and has shown a deep commitment to our constitutional order. Having clerked for then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court and Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Justin’s skills and respect for the law have been sharpened at the highest levels of our federal judiciary.

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Gov. Bevin Recognizes the Sacrifice of a Recently Identified Kentucky World War II Sailor

Navy Seaman 1st Class Millard Burk Jr

Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky sailor who died in World War II, but whose remains have just been positively identified.

Navy Seaman 1st Class Millard Burk, Jr., 19, of Pikeville, died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, 1941, Burk was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Burk.

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