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Health-care reform on life support in U.S. Senate

07/19/2017 09:30 AM

After the Senate health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed late Monday night, Republican leaders quickly declared that their fight wasn’t over, vowing there would be a vote to repeal the law without a replacement. But that approach also quickly crashed and burned before even getting to the Senate floor. Three Republican senators — Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — said they could not support the repeal-only proposal, which would include a two-year... Read more 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for vote to repeal Affordable Care Act

07/18/2017 09:49 AM

After failing to garner enough Republican support for a repeal and immediate replacement of the Affordable Care Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has now called for a simple repeal. McConnell wants to delay a replacement for two years though so lawmakers have enough time to do so. McConnell’s statement reads: “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... Read more 

Kentucky represented during White House "Made in America" Week

07/17/2017 10:08 AM

As part of the White House’s Made in America week, Kentucky company Campbellsville Apparel represented the state during a special event hosted by the president in Washington, D.C. on Monday. The event was created to highlight and celebrate American-Made products and encourage other companies to manufacture their products in the U.S. In addition to Kentucky, the product showcase also featured products from other states across the country. “Clearly, it’s time for a new policy, one defined by two simple rules,” President Trump... Read more 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao lays out administration's infrastructure plans

07/14/2017 03:26 PM

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao made her case Friday for needed improvements to the nation’s aging infrastructure systems, saying the current network has sparked safety issues, congestion and lagging productivity. Chao addressed a luncheon crowd hosted by Greater Louisville Inc. as part of its Capital Connection series at the Brown Hotel. Chao touched on a number of infrastructure-related topics and highlighted President Donald Trump’s plans to improve the country’s transportation systems. In her first remarks in Kentucky since accepting a role in Trump’s... Read more 

Senate Republicans reveal updated health care bill

07/14/2017 11:21 AM

The Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate have unveiled their new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill would still cut Medicaid and it would allow insurers to sell plans with bare-bones coverage. But the legislation is still in jeopardy with not enough votes to even start debating it on the Senate floor. Washington Bureau Reporter Alberto Pimienta has the details. Thursday on the Senate floor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the American people deserve better than the Affordable... Read more 

Should elected officials be allowed to block people on social media?

07/13/2017 10:47 AM

A lawsuit has been filed against President Donald Trump and some members of his staff for blocking people on Twitter. NPR reports that the suit, filed Tuesday, was filed by seven people who have been blocked from Trump’s account. The plaintiffs include the Knight First Amendment Institute, which accuses the White House of suppressing dissent by blocking Twitter users who criticize the President or his policies. The suit cites a statement by White House staff that deems tweets from the... Read more 

Young Kentucky patient advocates for better child health care policies

07/13/2017 10:00 AM

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An 11-year-old Kentucky resident is spending time in our nation’s capitol this week, advocating for better child health care policies. Scharnese Cook joined dozens of other young patients for the Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Cook is representing Norton Children’s Hospital for the annual event, which was created to help raise awareness of the challenges children and their families face amid an evolving health care system. When Cook was just 8 years old, she was diagnosed with... Read more 

Some of President's biggest supporters on Capitol Hill condemn Trump Jr.'s meeting

07/12/2017 10:32 AM

As the plot thickens around Donald Trump, Jr. and the Russia investigation, the response on Capitol Hill has been swift. One of the president’s biggest supporters in Congress is condemning a meeting arranged with Trump, Jr. that was supposed to help his father’s presidential campaign with damaging information coming from Russia. And one prominent Democrat is going much further, calling it treason. Spectrum News Washington bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta has the story. Vice President Mike Pence seemed to try and distance himself from... Read more 

Tilley to testify on Kentucky's opioid crisis before U.S. House subcommittee on Wednesday

07/11/2017 05:08 PM

Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley will join officials from other states as he testifies on Kentucky’s opioid epidemic before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Wednesday. Tilley will discuss efforts at battling opiate addiction in the state on the heels of a report by the Office of Drug Control Policy on last year’s record-breaking number of fatal overdoses. Fentanyl, a powerful opiate paid medication that’s up to 50 times more... Read more 

Situation with North Korea filled with "bad answers," Yarmuth says

07/11/2017 01:13 PM

With escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says that none of the options are good adding he has little faith in President Trump to fix an issue that has baffled previous Democratic and Republican presidents. North Korea tested a long-range missile on July 4 capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching the Pacific Northwest. After the launch President Trump promised that the United States would deal with the country “very strongly,” in... Read more 

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