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McConnell Statement on Iran Deal

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement on the Iran Deal:

“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action represented a deeply flawed agreement which President Trump has determined is not in the national security interests of the United States. Iran’s malign behavior across the broader Middle East Continue reading McConnell Statement on Iran Deal

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are partnering on April 28, 2018 to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely.

“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue by providing a convenient way for citizens to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” says KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders.

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Senator McConnell’s Bill to Help Opioid-Addicted Mothers, Babies Approved by Senate Committee

Mitch McConnell

Legislation drafted by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to address prenatal opioid exposure was approved by a the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The Protecting Moms and Infants Act (PMIA), introduced by Senator McConnell last week, is now included in theOpioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which contains provisions from 38 different Senators to help combat the opioid epidemic.

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Senate Will Confirm Pompeo as Next Secretary of State

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following announcement Monday regarding the nomination of Mike Pompeo to serve as U.S. Secretary of State:

“The Pompeo nomination has now been reported out of the Foreign Relations Committee, and there are sufficient votes in the Senate to ensure that he will be confirmed this week as our nation’s next Secretary of State.”

The Leader’s floor remarks on the Pompeo nomination today are here.

DOR/IRS Provide Additional Filing Day Due to IRS System Issues

Commonwealth of KY Department of Revenue

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) announced today that they will follow the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plan and provide taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes following system issues that surfaced early on the April 17 tax deadline. Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time.

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Out With the Old, and In With the New

Mitch McConnell

“Today is ‘Tax Day,’ the deadline for most Americans to file their tax returns. For many middle-class families and businesses, this date is circled on the calendar with regret and trepidation. But this year, this depressing day has a silver lining — simply put, it’s ‘out with the old, and in with the new.’ Today is the last time American families will have to file under the unfair, outdated tax code that Congress and the president got rid of a few months ago. Continue reading Out With the Old, and In With the New

Your Last Time Filing Taxes Under the Old System

Mitch McConnell

This time of year, Americans are taking part in an annual headache-inducing ritual: filing their income tax returns. Most of us dread completing this complicated paperwork and writing a check to the IRS each year, particularly under the current arcane federal tax system. Thankfully, as a result of the historic overhaul of the federal tax code, this is the last time that you will have to file under the outdated and expensive system that has held our country back for far too long. Continue reading Your Last Time Filing Taxes Under the Old System

McConnell column: Seeking Justice for Victims of Online Sex Trafficking

Mitch McConnell

Many of us have heard heartbreaking stories of human trafficking and child exploitation. These reprehensible practices continue to plague communities and devastate families throughout our nation, sickening us to the core.

Last year, 82 cases of human trafficking were reported to helplines in Kentucky, and more than 400 cases have been reported in our state since 2007, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Throughout the country, the hotline saw a staggering 13% increase in cases last year alone. That spike has materialized, in large part, because of the growth of sex trafficking online. It’s past time to take action to stop the perpetrators of online trafficking and give the victims and their families the justice they deserve. Continue reading McConnell column: Seeking Justice for Victims of Online Sex Trafficking

Senator McConnell Sponsors Critical School Safety Legislation

Mitch McConnell

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.

The STOP School Violence Act authorizes the Department of Justice to make grants for the purposes of training students, school Continue reading Senator McConnell Sponsors Critical School Safety Legislation