Barr proposes legislation to strengthen U.S. sanctions against North Korea

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr, R-Lexington, has introduced legislation that would include the most far-reaching sanctions ever aimed at North Korea. The bill, sponsored by the Sixth District Congressman, would punish foreign banks and other financial institutions for dealing with those facilitating North Korea-related business, which he said would be an incentive for traders,...

Mitch McConnell: Congress faces number of pressing issues related to disaster relief — and debt ceiling

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Senate’s upcoming agenda items:   Congress has a number of pressing issues to address in the coming days.   There are three critically important things before us that need be done very quickly: pass disaster relief legislation to allow us to rebuild from Harvey and prepare for future disasters...

Retired Marine fighter pilot McGrath announces she will challenge Barr for 6th Congressional seat

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another Democrat has announced a run for Kentucky’s Sixth District Congressional seat, currently held by Republican Andy Barr of Lexington. Amy McGrath, a retired Marine Corps Lt. Colonel and former F/A-18 fighter pilot from northern Kentucky, made her formal announcement in a two-minute YouTube video Tuesday morning. “I believe we need to elect a new generation of leaders...

Congress goes home for July 4 holiday after reaching yet another impasse on Zika virus

Congress took a break for the July 4 holiday after reaching another impasse on funding to combat the Zika virus that has caused birth defects in Mexico and the Caribbean. “Senate Democrats on Tuesday shot down a House-passed bill that would have provided $1.1 billion to fight the mosquito-borne virus, citing opposition to the measure’s changes in pesticide regulations and restrictions on...

Rep. Mike Denham: Bills tackling dating violence, drugs, voting, more making progress

FRANKFORT – With an eye on the dwindling days left in this year’s legislative session, the Kentucky House moved virtually all of its top priorities a step forward last week and should have most sent to the Senate by early this week.   Among that group of bills is our chamber’s proposal to tackle Kentucky’s heroin epidemic, which has sky-rocketed in recent years. In short, House Bill 213...

Kentucky Education Commissioner to testify before Congress about supporting teachers

  Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is scheduled to appear before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday, Jan. 27, to testify at a hearing titled “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Supporting Teachers and School Leaders.” The hearing will be held in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. beginning at 10 a.m.   Terry...

Tom Block: Debt ceiling debate demonstrates stagnation in D.C. unlike most anything else

It has been exactly 40 years since I became a chief of staff to a congressman and I am constantly amazed how little has changed.   Probably no one issue demonstrates the stagnation in Washington more than the debt ceiling. Back when I worked on the Hill, each year I would help my boss write an irresponsible press release on how he was going to draw a line on government spending by voting against...

Tom Block: Congress can act quickly – really – and action on air traffic controllers is proof

As a former congressional aide I am always amused when I hear that a proposal is in trouble because it takes so long to move through the legislative process. Last week with the quick action to reallocate money for the air traffic controllers we saw what Congress can do.   The swift action on the air traffic controllers’ issue can serve as a good learning experience on how a law is made.   To...

Holliday appears before Congress, asks for flexibility on federal education requirements

Today, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday asked Congress to continue to allow flexibility on federal education requirements to enable states like Kentucky to move forward with reform efforts to best serve the needs of all students. Holliday appeared today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) at a hearing titled “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons...