To the Beltway

Attorney General Sessions meets with families affected by opioids

03/15/2018 05:50 PM

LEXINGTON- Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Lexington Thursday speaking with family members who are affected from the opioid epidemic. Sessions held a roundtable discussion with ten local families to hear about their experiences and insights on how to put an end to the crisis. Kentucky has been hit especially hard with opioid epidemic, seeing 1,400 overdoses last year— the fifth highest overdose death rate in the country. Nearly half of those deaths were a result of fentanyl; and one... Read more 

Attorney General Sessions in Lexington Thursday

03/13/2018 03:55 PM

LEXINGTON- Attorney General Jeff Sessions will travel to Lexington Thursday to meet with families of overdose victims and deliver remarks on the opioid epidemic. Sessions will hold a roundtable with families of victims, before delivering a speech at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Session was in Louisville on January 30 delivering similar remarks . Kentucky is one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic. With more than 1,400 people dying of overdoses in... Read more 

Massie pushes for repeal of gun free school zones in Meet the Press interview

02/26/2018 01:42 PM

Kentucky’s 4th Dist. U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie appeared on Meet the Press this Sunday where he argued for more lax attitude on where guns are permitted and how old you have to be to purchase them — in an effort to protect students. The Vanceburg Republican advocated for armed educators in an effort to reduce mass shootings at schools. Massie said that lawmakers need to take off the “gun free” labels from schools. Massie was also asked about efforts to... Read more 

Congressman Barr supports armed guards in schools

02/23/2018 01:51 PM

LEXINGTON- U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is in support of adding armed guards to schools in hopes it will keep children safe. While in Lexington for an unrelated event, Congressman Barr told Spectrum News that adding armed guards to schools was a personal issue for many members of Congress. He referenced the shooting last summer in Washington D.C. while Republican members of Congress were holding baseball practice, that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise with life threatening injuries. “If it wasn’t... Read more 

Common Ground: Immigration Reform

02/19/2018 05:57 PM

Immigration—it’s a topic that’s been discussed vehemently over the past year. It’s also something that both sides of the aisle agree needs to be reformed. In hopes of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate set aside the week of February 12 to hold an open debate on immigration reform, which was meant to forge a bipartisan agreement. Both Democrats and Republicans agree something needs to be done with the 1.8 million “Dreamers” —the children who were brought to the country illegally... Read more 

Quarles meets with Trump, others at White House to discuss infrastructure proposal

02/14/2018 08:10 AM

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles met with President Trump and others, including Ivanka Trump at the White House on Monday as the administration unveiled a sweeping proposal to rework infrastructure in the United States. Quarles, who was the lone state agriculture commissioner at the unveiling of the plan on Monday, lauded the $200 billion plan which would set aside $50 billion in block grants for projects in rural America. Trump intends on generating up to $1.5 trillion in total with... Read more 

U.S. Senate leaders share the stage in Louisville

02/12/2018 01:52 PM

LOUISVILLE — In a show of bipartisan spirit Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, shared a stage in Louisville on Monday morning, days after finding consensus on a two-year budget deal. Schumer appeared at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center Distinguished Speaker Series. This is the second time both Senate leaders have been on the same stage. The last time was in 2007 when former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, joined McConnell as... Read more 

Berea College benefits from Bipartisan Budget Act

02/09/2018 09:27 AM

WASHINGTON- Berea College has been spared from a large tax bill under the Bipartisan Budget Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and U.S. Representative Andy Barr, R-Lexington, secured a provision in the new law to exempt Berea College from an excise tax imposed on large private college endowments. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a provision was included that would have cost Berea College, which provides free tuition to low-income students, about $1 million per year. A provision in... Read more 

Common Ground: The Cost of Prescription Drugs

02/05/2018 05:59 PM

In a time where political polarization is at an all time high—we are trying to find where politicians agree on important issues. This week in Common Ground we take a look at the cost of prescription drugs. Prescription drug prices in America are some of the highest in the world. It’s not uncommon to read about life saving drugs costing thousands of dollars for patients. For instance, AARP reports the new cancer drug, Bavencio, costs about $156,000 a year per... Read more 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to address violent crime, opioid addiction during Louisville visit

01/29/2018 11:47 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make an appearance in Louisville on Tuesday. Sessions is expected to address efforts underway to reduce violent crime and fight the opioid crisis during the press briefing at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in downtown Louisville. Read more 


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