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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 

Vice President Pence will discuss Affordable Care Act in Lexington on Wednesday

07/11/2017 10:39 AM

UPDATED: With the replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act still in question in the United States Senate Vice President Mike Pence will visit Lexington on Wednesday to discuss the future of health care. Pence is expected to meet with small business owners and local job creators to talk about replacing the ACA, according to a White House advisory sent Tuesday. The former Indiana governor will be joined by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and U.S.... Read more 

Senate Republicans continue work to repeal and replace the ACA

07/11/2017 10:19 AM

UPDATE: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back the start of the August recess to the third week of August. In a statement released Tuesday, McConnell blamed Democrats for obstructing work in the Senate. “In order to provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August,”... Read more 

U.S. Sec. of Transportation Elaine Chao will speak at GLI on Friday

07/10/2017 11:17 AM

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao will be making a speaking appearance back home in Kentucky this week. Chao will be talking about transportation policy to Greater Louisville Inc. at the Brown Hotel in Louisville on Friday. Chao is expected to address issues at the Department of Transportation and answer questions pertaining to Greater Louisville’s business community. Registration is required to attend the event and space is limited. Those wishing to take part in the event can register online at www.greaterlouisville.com... Read more 

Yarmuth: McConnell may not want health care bill to pass the Senate

07/07/2017 01:47 PM

With Republicans in both chambers of Congress, President Trump in the White House and 7 years of campaigning to revoke the Affordable Care Act, the GOP is still struggling to find votes to complete their promise to voters and repeal and replace the law also known as Obamacare. After being forced to postpone a vote to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act last week the hunt for 51 votes is a top priority for U.S. Senate Majority... Read more 

Russell Coleman nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Western Dist. of Kentucky

06/30/2017 10:06 AM

President Donald Trump has nominated Russell Coleman to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. Coleman is an attorney with the law firm of Frost Brown Todd, LLC in Louisville, where he focuses on internal investigations, white-collar criminal matters, and government relations. The Louisville lawyer also serves as an Assistant Commonwealths Attorney for Kentucky’s 12th Judicial Circuit. Before returning to Kentucky, Coleman served as legal counsel to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from 2010 to 2015.... Read more 

President Trump calls Paul to negotiate health care bill

06/26/2017 03:02 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is one of five Senate Republicans in opposition to the Senate health care bill meant to replace the Affordable Care Act, and now President Trump wants to know how to bring the Kentucky Republican on board. Paul along with several other Republicans say the bill does not do enough to lower health costs. The Bowling Green Republican told reporters in Louisville that the Senate bill would have the taxpayers propping up insurance companies. Appearing... Read more 

In first official visit in Kentucky after shooting Paul says security will likely change

06/19/2017 05:04 PM

SHEPHERDSVILLE — US Sen. Rand Paul’s appearance at Gordon Food Services in Shepherdsville on Monday marked the first time the Bowling Green Republican was publicly back in Kentucky since the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia last week at the GOP Congressional baseball practice. Paul was taking batting practice when the first shots rang out hitting four people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. “It makes you a little more cautious,” Paul said after being on the field as shots rang out.... Read more 

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