To the Beltway

Dreamer from Transylvania University rallies for DREAM Act, hopeful for congressional resolution as DACA nears end

10/07/2017 03:43 PM

LEXINGTON — Paola Garcia wasn’t expecting to become a YouTube sensation when she shared her experience with a fellow Transylvania University student who urged others to report her to Homeland Security and have her deported to Mexico. In fact, the undocumented immigrant didn’t even tell her parents before she uploaded her video for the world to see. “They were like, ‘What?’ but they weren’t surprised,” Garcia said in an interview Friday. “Another thing that my father’s always told me — me and... Read more 

Rand Paul: College athletes should be able to sign endorsement deals

10/06/2017 03:39 PM

LEXINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul joined a growing chorus of elected officials calling for college-athletes to be paid following a Federal Bureau of Investigations probe. Friday morning after Paul finished a meeting in Lexington he took a few minutes to answer questions on taxes, gun control and the FBI investigation of alleged bribery at several big time college basketball programs. The federal law enforcement investigation didn’t specifically name any Kentucky programs; however the Athletic Director and Head basketball coach at... Read more 

Barr targets foreign banks doing business with North Korea in newly filed legislation

10/03/2017 10:44 AM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr is hoping to impose heavy financial sanctions against North Korea, filing legislation that would target foreign banks that transact with any businesses in the communist country. The Impeding North Korea’s Access to Finance Act of 2017 would also punish financial institutions that do business with North Korean laborers, zeroing in on an estimated $300 million in wages confiscated by the North Korean government, according to a news release from Barr’s office. Barr’s legislation, if passed, would dovetail... Read more 

Congress misses CHIP funding deadline; Advocate calls for bipartisan push to extend coverage

10/02/2017 03:20 PM

Despite a bill moving through the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in September, Congress missed a key health insurance funding deadline which puts 100,000 Kentucky kids and 9 million kids around the nation in jeopardy. Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP, or KCHIP in Kentucky provides low-cost health coverage for children in families with low and moderate income. The bipartisan program was passed in 1997, renewed in 2015 and set to be renewed on Sept. 30, 2017... Read more 

Bevin takes part in White House red tape reduction meeting

10/02/2017 01:10 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, traveled to the nation’s capital on Monday to meet with President Trump and other governor’s at the “Liberating America from Bureaucracy,” red tape reduction meeting in the White House. Bevin tweeted a photograph of Trump holding a red-button lapel pin brandishing a pair of scissors on Monday. The tweets said Bevin and “a few other governors” were meeting with Trump to “discuss his upcoming red tape reduction plan.” “Kentucky is part of the national conversation like... Read more 

Yarmuth: Ky. stands to lose with Graham-Cassidy health care bill

09/25/2017 09:18 AM

The latest push from Republicans in the U.S. Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act seems to be on shaky ground on Capitol Hill with time winding down this week, and revisions quickly coming to entice GOP hold outs. On Friday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, warned that the bill as proposed last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Bill Cassidy, R-LA, would harm Kentuckians. “Sadly Kentucky stands to experience one of the worst impacts from this... Read more 

Congressman Barr hopes to launch military sexual trauma pilot project in Lexington, other areas with Military SAVE Act

09/22/2017 04:09 PM

FRANKFORT – U.S. Rep. Andy Barr unveiled legislation Friday that aims to better serve military veterans who have endured sexual assaults, saying he hopes a pilot project in the Lexington area will launch if it passes Congress. Barr, R-Lexington, said the Military Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment Act would allow veterans to circumvent the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for treatment and instead choose a doctor to handle problems stemming from military sexual trauma. The Military SAVE Act would establish five pilot projects... Read more 

Congressman Andy Barr says he supports Graham-Cassidy health reform bill for "flexibility" offered to states

09/22/2017 02:44 PM

FRANKFORT – If the U.S. Senate passes the Graham-Cassidy bill reforming the country’s health-care system, count Congressman Andy Barr among those in the U.S. House of Representatives eager to vote for the legislation. Barr, R-Lexington, said the Graham-Cassidy bill retains the “basic principles” of the American Health Care Act, which cleared the House but failed to gain traction in the Senate. Barr says he expects a press conference by the Republican Study Committee in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, where the group... Read more 

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch shares his judicial philosophies during U of L talk

09/21/2017 05:28 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch offered himself as a practitioner of “originalism” when interpreting the Constitution during a speech at the University of Louisville Thursday, calling it a “tried and true” method of deciding legal cases while also presenting it as “the least-worst option” available to the judiciary. Gorsuch, who was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, came to U of L as part of the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Speakers Series. The newly minted Supreme Court justice gave the packed... Read more 

Senate confirms Russell Coleman as U.S. Attorney for Western Dist. of Kentucky

09/15/2017 09:03 AM

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Russell Coleman to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky; he was nominated by President Trump for the position in late June. 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. “I congratulate Russell Coleman on his confirmation as the... Read more 

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