As we draw closer to the end of the 2018 Regular Session, there has been no shortage of movement on significant bills in Frankfort this week. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee has spent several days and some late nights working on the Senate’s budget proposal, which we expect to go before the committee early next week.
The City of Berea Public Works Department has begun clean-up efforts in the wake of this week’s storm. Crews began picking up downed tree limbs on Tuesday. In the meantime, officials urge patience. “We’ll be doing this however long it takes to clean it up,” said Public Works Director Dwayne Brumley. Officials ask residents to stack downed limbs and brush off of city sidewalks and out of streets and gutters. Public Works staff began the effort after clearing snow from 26 miles of city streets, not including state roads within city limits.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018. The bipartisan legislation authorizes funds for school security improvements and investment in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding the president’s intent to nominate Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State and Gina Haspel for Director of the CIA:
“In selecting CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his nominee for Secretary of State, the president has called upon a brilliant, tough-minded leader to guide our diplomatic corps through challenging days ahead. I have every confidence in Mike. He has earned the trust of the career officers at the CIA, and I am certain he will be an excellent Secretary of State.
Governor Matt Bevin sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday, March 9, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 22 eastern Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe flooding event last month. The flooding caused over $18 million in damages to highways, bridges and local infrastructure.
When Kentuckians look to apply for a mortgage or a small business loan, they often turn to someone they know at their local community bank or credit union. These small financial institutions – there are more than 100 throughout the Commonwealth – are focused on their own neighborhoods, helping to grow the economy and provide a critical service to their customers. But for the past eight years, these community institutions have suffered from Washington’s heavy-handed federal regulations forced upon them under the 2010 “Dodd-Frank Act.” As a result, these small lenders are spending nearly a quarter of their net income on compliance costs alone. Having heard directly from many small banks in Kentucky struggling to keep their doors open, I have been determined to help provide relief. Continue reading Banking Reform Bill To Help Kentucky Community Banks, Main Street America→
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, and Representatives Hal Rogers (KY-05), John Yarmuth (KY-03), Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Thomas Massie (KY-04), Andy Barr (KY-06), and James Comer (KY-01) sent a letter to President Donald Trump today expressing their support for Governor Matt Bevin’s request for a federal disaster declaration for Kentucky.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:
“Over the last year, the Trump Administration confronted myriad national security threats—the terrorist threat from ISIL and Al Qaeda, the dramatic advancement in North Korea’s missile program, crafting new strategies in Afghanistan and Iraq, standing up to Russian malign behavior and confronting the ongoing civil war in Syria—each of which presented a unique challenge to our nation. Through it all, our country was able to call upon the unique talents of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Continue reading McConnell Statement on Rex Tillerson→
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) commented on the passing of Dr. Pearse Lyons:
“Elaine and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend, Dr. Pearse Lyons. Pearse will be remembered for his many accomplishments – as a scientist and innovator, as a businessman and philanthropist, and as husband and father. In each of these, he excelled. Continue reading Sen. McConnell comments on Dr. Pearse Lyons→