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Yarmuth offers Democratic perspective on border bill and chances for broad immigration reforms

07/29/2014 04:10 PM

With what has been described as a “humanitarian crisis” continuing at the Southern border, Congress is down to the final days of session to come to an agreement on the problem before a one-month recess, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, has predicted a tough road ahead for President Obama’s funding plan. On Tuesday, House Republicans announced their version of a supplemental emergency funding package providing $659 million and policy changes to deal with the more than 50,000 Central American kids... Read more 

McConnell "encouraged" by compromise deal overhauling the V.A.

07/28/2014 06:14 PM

Congress could be very close to passing $17 billion in reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs which U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said he hoped could be accomplished quickly. The proposed legislation which was unveiled on Monday will give the secretary of the V.A. the authority to fire or demote senior officials, and it will offer veterans the ability to seek outside health treatment if V.A. doctors delay more than two-weeks, according to Politico . The agreement was reached... Read more 

Kentucky lawmakers want to see more sanctions against Russia from U.S. and Europe after plane crash in Ukraine

07/21/2014 03:53 PM

After a plane crash in the Russian rebel-controlled region of the Ukraine killing nearly 300 people, U.S. lawmakers—including members of Kentucky’s federal delegation—are looking to find a solution to the conflict in the region. A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 298 passengers from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur Thursday was shot down when flying over an area of Eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian rebels. The United States has concluded that a missile shot down the plane but have not been willing to place blame... Read more 

McConnell says kids illegally crossing U.S. borders need to be humanely detained and sent home

07/11/2014 05:38 PM

LOUISVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said he has a solution to the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border — to send them back home, the senior Senator also defended his vote against an immigration bill in 2013. McConnell said Friday the solution to the problem of a massive influx of children attempting to immigrate to the United States is to amend current law so that these children can be detained and then sent back to their... Read more 

As President Obama ramps up request for emergency border funds, McConnell criticizes approach to crisis

07/10/2014 04:09 PM

UPDATED WITH GRIMES REACTION TO OBAMA REQUEST: Two days after a request from the president for emergency funds to address the influx of child migrants crossing the border, Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell wants to make it clear that Congress will not hand over a blank check. On Tuesday, President Obama asked Congress for $3.73 billion to address the crisis by supplying additional funds to Health and Human Services to aid unaccompanied minors in the care of the agency as well... Read more 

McConnell: 'It's too late in Iraq' for additional troops but wants long-term presence Afghanistan

07/02/2014 05:16 PM

BARDSTOWN — As terrorism, violence and chaos continue in Iraq, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Wednesday that it might be too late for the U.S. military to re-engage there but that the United States needs a long-term presence in Afghanistan. “At this point, honestly, I’m not sure what we can do to salvage the Iraq situation. The president is going to ask for additional funds and we’re going to provide that, but I think the message is let’s don’t allow... Read more 

Sen. Paul says he'll keep trying for immigration reforms even as U.S. House backs away

07/01/2014 07:26 PM

SHELBYVILLE — U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has officially given up on immigration reform before the fall elections, but Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday he still hopes a piece can pass. After speaking to the Shelbyville Rotary Club, Paul answered questions about the immigration issue and President Barack Obama’s pledge to take executive actions in lieu of congressional action. Paul, however, told Pure Politics that the issue is still for the conservative branch of the Republican Party.... Read more 

Partisans in Kentucky bicker over SCOTUS decision on contraceptive mandate

06/30/2014 01:02 PM

After the United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Kentucky politicians were just as divided over the issue as the justices. Republicans praised the 5-4 decision by the court in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, which sought to exclude companies with religious owners from complying with the health care law’s requirement that they provide all Food and Drug Administration-approved forms of birth control in... Read more 

McConnell says President Obama should come to Ky. and see effects of administration policies

06/26/2014 11:37 AM

Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell took to the U.S. Senate floor Thursday to extend an invitation for President Barack Obama to visit the commonwealth after criticizing his administration’s policies. McConnell criticized the president’s policies on energy, trouble in the Department of Veterans Affairs and other areas McConnell said are hurting the middle class while alluding to the fact that he is spending the day in Minnesota where he is expected to participate in town hall meetings and visit with middle class... Read more 

The Chatter: McConnell and Reid hold hands and sing; Yarmuth talks carbon regs; and Cochran hangs on in MS runoff

06/25/2014 10:55 AM

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, quizzed EPA officials on Tuesday about the flexibility Kentucky asked for in new carbon emissions regulations put in place by the agency. Yarmuth said that he’s “happy” the EPA agreed with steps that can be taken to limit carbon emissions without additional burden to power plants. For instance, he mentioned energy saving appliances. The 3rd Congressional District of Louisville, which Yarmuth represents, is home to Ford and the global hub of UPS among others. But Yarmuth... Read more 


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