To the Beltway

Funding for Syrian rebels likely, but vote on military action against ISIS "might be problematic," Yarmuth says

09/15/2014 09:02 AM

Congress is on the clock as President Barack Obama seeks support “to degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says Obama’s requested aid to train Syrian moderates will likely materialize. Congressional action granting further military force in the Middle East, though, could prove more difficult, he said. Obama’s request, announced during a nationally televised address Wednesday, threw a wrench in plans by the U.S. House to vote on a short-term spending bill Thursday ... Read more 

U.S. Senators react to Obama's plan of attack against Islamic militants

09/11/2014 02:45 PM

Kentucky Congressional leaders expressed agreement with President Barack Obama following his remarks to strike the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria. In his speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Sen. Mitch McConnell said he was “glad the president has brought a new focus to the effort against ISIL.” “I’m hoping that the Congress will consider what this multi-year campaign will mean for the overall defense program, the need to modernize our military... Read more 

Massie says redacted pages from 9/11 report could change opinions on foreign policy

09/11/2014 11:48 AM

After reviewing redacted pages from the official Congressional inquiry into the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R – Vanceburg, says the pages could change opinions about the role of the United States in middle eastern conflicts. Describing the pages as “very profound,” Massie along with several other Congressmen are urging President Obama to declassify the pages, and provide more information to the public. Massie told Pure Politics over the August... Read more 

Jensen on ISIS: 'If we don't go to them they are going to come to us'

09/10/2014 08:47 PM

Democratic 6th District Congressional candidate Elisabeth Jensen says that the United States needs to “make sure we are prepared” to protect American interests at home and abroad as Islamic militants have threatened to carry out an attack on American soil. “The danger is very real. The actors there right now are very ruthless and I think if we don’t go to them they are going to come to us,” Jensen said Wednesday morning. Jensen, who is vying for the Congressional... Read more 

Why Massie says House Republicans are wrong to sue Obama

09/08/2014 03:24 PM

Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, sided with Democrats when he said House Speaker John Boehner took “unprecedented action” opting to sue President Barack Obama in late July. Massie, along with four other members of the GOP, voted against the lawsuit which claims Obama overstepped his legal authority when the White House opted to delay a provision in the Affordable Healthcare Act. The lawsuit, Massie said, is “a distraction and I think it’s going to waste time and money.” “Number... Read more 

Massie explains why he was against militarization of the police before Ferguson

09/08/2014 08:11 AM

In mid-June most of the House of Representatives voted against an amendment to stop the demilitarization of police forces across the nation, just a handful of Congressman including Kentucky’s fourth district U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, voted in favor of the bill. Little did Congress know that a police involved shooting on the outskirts of St. Louis would have the whole country weighing in on the tactics and tools of police just one month later. In the wake of unrest... Read more 

The Chatter: Barr and Jensen release first ads of campaign focused on position in Congress

09/04/2014 11:14 AM

The candidates in the sixth district Congressional race are introducing themselves to the voters of the area with their first ads of the cycle released just one day apart. U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, released two ads Wednesday marking his first ads of the election cycle. In the first ad, the messaging revolves around the title of the ad as it looks to say Barr is protecting “Our Home” in Congress. “This is our home, our values, and Andy Barr is protecting... Read more 

McConnell says Congress will likely back military action against Islamic militants

09/03/2014 05:53 PM

More military involvement in Iraq and Syria is a possibility, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told reporters in Louisville on Wednesday, but first McConnell said the president needs to come up with a plan and present it to Congress. Responding to a question from Pure Politics, McConnell said that he feels the president is heading down the right path on threat from ISIS, which McConnell said is a threat to Americans at home. However, McConnell said that President Barack Obama needs to... Read more 

Massie says there is more work to do in D.C. to build a coalition for deregulated hemp

09/03/2014 11:14 AM

Kentucky’s Fourth District U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, says he will need to keep gathering supporters for deregulating industrial hemp in the House of Representatives before the crop can have commercial success in the state. Massie has already filed a bill to deregulate the crop, which is now being grown in Kentucky in pilot projects. “My initiative in Congress is to get a full version of industrial hemp act passed,” Massie said. “What we need to do before you... Read more 

Barr calls for action in Iraq saying ISIS presents "a clear and present danger" to the U.S.

09/02/2014 09:40 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is calling for action from President Barack Obama and the United States military against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria known as ISIS saying the terrorists pose a threat to Americans at home. After weeks of bombings in Iraq have pushed ISIS back from strategic strongholds news broke Tuesday that ISIS had killed a second American journalist captured in the region. The news prompted some congressmen to call for swift action from the president. On Friday,... Read more 

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