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...

Mitch McConnell: Delivering tax reform won’t be easy, but it’s necessary to move Kentucky forward

By Mitch McConnell Special to KyForward Speaking with a group in Louisville, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed the single most important action we can take to put our economy back on the right track: comprehensive tax reform.  I welcomed Secretary Mnuchin to our state to hear the questions and concerns that Kentuckians have about the process and to talk about what we can do to help...

Bill Straub: Trump’s disposition should unsettle one and all so the question is — should he be replaced?

WASHINGTON – The immortal Hank Hill would often in frustration intone, “That boy ain’t right,’’ in reference to the antics of his son, Bobby, thus indirectly providing the citizens of this great nation with vital insight into the appalling behavior of the president of these United States, Donald J. Trump. It is well past time for America to come to grips with the overwhelming evidence that...

Bill Straub: Fear of change culminated in events in Charlottesville — where is the accountability?

WASHINGTON – So, how did we get here? It’s now apparent that the United States of America, the most powerful nation the world has ever seen, has as its president a man who is incompetent and, more importantly, has no moral core. During the 1950s it was said that certain politicians were “soft on communism’’ because they were insufficiently zealous in their abhorrence of the Russian bear....

Louisville legislator files measure to eliminate Confederate related state holidays

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Kentucky lawmaker is filing legislation for the 2018 session aimed at removing Confederate-related holidays from the list in the state’s statute. Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, said it includes Robert E. Lee Day on Jan. 19, along with Confederate Memorial Day and Jefferson Davis Day, both of which are observed June 3. However, it does not include removing statues across...

Bill Straub: Never popular with Democrats, McConnell now facing critics from the right as well

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell, who has contributed more to the noxious political divide that plagues the nation than any other individual over the past decade, has serendipitously developed a way to unite Democrats and the GOP’s whacko right wing. They both want him gone. Republicans are becoming increasingly agitated with McConnell, of Louisville,...

Bill Straub: It’s well past time for McConnell, GOP to stand up to an increasingly erratic Trump

BELMONT, Maine – There comes a moment in the old Marx Brothers movie A Day at the Races where a man confronts Groucho, as Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, and demands to know if he is a man or a mouse. “You put a piece of cheese down there and you’ll find out,’’ Hackenbush responds. Well, President Trump just tossed a whole slab of cheddar at the feet of Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n...

Bill Straub: McConnell learns the hard way that depriving 22 million of health care not the best idea

WASHINGTON – Listen closely and you might hear the slightly edited and decidedly un-dulcet tones of the late Howard Cosell bellowing in the back of your mind: “Down goes Root ’n Branch!!! Down goes Root ‘n Branch.” Indeed, it has not proved to be a particularly prosperous time for Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch” McConnell, of Louisville, who this week...

Sen. Mitch McConnell: Across the state, the message is clear: Make Washington work for Kentucky

After celebrating our nation’s Independence Day, I traveled around the Commonwealth to hear directly from Kentuckians. By engaging with families, individuals, and community leaders across the state, I am better able to bring their concerns to the United States Senate and serve as their voice in Washington. During a visit to Paducah, I was proud to stand with local officials to announce that the...

Bevin opts out of appearance at Fancy Farm picnic, but attorney general Beshear will be on hand

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Republican Gov. Matt Bevin will not be adding any sizzle to the always fiery speeches that will be delivered in this tiny western Kentucky town next month. Bevin will skip the annual Fancy Farm picnic this year, citing a schedule conflict. But his Democratic nemesis, Attorney General Andy Beshear, will be there. The pair have been embroiled in an ongoing political tussle...

Bill Straub: When it comes to replacing Obamacare, McConnell, GOP make sure the fix is in

WASHINGTON – Let’s get a few things straight. Republicans control both the House and Senate and they are on the verge of replacing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, with a hideous facsimile that, by almost all accounts, threatens the insurance coverage of about 23 million Americans, cuts Medicaid to the bone, reduces subsidies afforded to help individuals attain coverage and...

McConnell defends private drafting of health bill; Rand opposes delaying end of Medicaid expansion

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky defended Senate Republicans’ secret drafting of a new health-care law Tuesday, saying committee hearings that Democrats demand aren’t needed. “Look, we’ve been dealing with this issue for seven years. It’s not a new thing. We’ve spent a lot of time on it,” McConnell told reporters. “Nobody’s hiding the...

Bill Straub: Stance of Pruitt, Trump, McConnell on global warming issue does a disservice to the nation

WASHINGTON – Apparently they don’t offer course work in science or mathematics at Lafayette High School and Georgetown College, two of the educational institutions that deigned to issue a degree to Scott Pruitt, but they must offer some great classes in magic – the administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency just conjured up 50,000 new coal mining jobs out of thin air. Pruitt, yet another...

Sen. Mitch McConnell: Battle against opioid addiction persists; increased federal funding will help

As many as two million Americans are struggling with prescription drug addiction across the nation.  Tragically, heroin and opioid overdoses claim an average of 91 lives every day.  This startling trend continues to get worse, especially here in Kentucky. But together, we can do more to fight back, and I will continue to assist those in Kentucky who are working to fight the epidemic. Since 2015,...

Senate confirms Kentucky federal judge Thapar to serve on the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today WASHINGTON – The Senate has confirmed a federal judge from Kentucky to serve on the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Amul Thapar, who was based in Lexington while serving as U. S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, was approved on a 52-44 vote on Thursday. “I think I can speak for so many of us who have either worked for, or appeared before Judge Amul...

Bill Straub: McConnell sees Trump budget as ‘progress,’ but it’s at the expense of the have-nots

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell has had almost nothing to say about the hullaballoo surrounding President Trump and his administration’s curious ties with the Kremlin but he is waxing enthusiastic about a $4.1 trillion budget for 2018 proposed by the White House that, as you probably already have guessed, gives to them that’s got and takes from...

Rural Blog: Trump’s budget proposal contains major Medicaid cuts; passage in House doubtful

President Trump’s budget proposal, which was released Tuesday and will cut Medicaid by more than $800 billion over 10 years, will largely hurt the rural working-class voters who propelled him into the White House, Andrew Restuccia, Matthew Nussbaum and Sarah Ferris report for Politico. While Trump promised to help American workers, his “spending blueprint follows established conservative...

Bill Straub: Trump’s handling of Comey, Russian investigation no joke — it’s a developing tragedy

WASHINGTON – Rep. James Comer, quickly earning his lackey credentials as he soars toward the top of the Republican’s party-before-country charts, has a rather provocative theory about President Trump asking now former FBI Director James Comey to lay off the Russia investigation – The Donald was displaying his inner Henny Youngman. It’s possible, according to the Tompkinsville Republican, that...

Bill Straub: Given yet another chance to be a statesman, McConnell chooses party over country

WASHINGTON – A few months back, when word about the Trump administration’s all-too-close ties to the Kremlin started percolating, Sen. Rand Paul clearly stated what has come to pass as the Republican Party’s unofficial position on scrutinizing President Trump’s often disturbing activities. Fahgetaboutit. “I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation,...

Bill Straub: ‘Root and Branch’ McConnell manages to take both sides of an issue when it suits his purpose

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root and Branch’’ McConnell is very much like one of those troubled volunteer fireman you hear about on occasion – the secret pyromaniac who sets the fires and then accepts the public plaudits for extinguishing them. The Louisville lawmaker’s talents are currently on full display during the debate over President Trump’s nomination of Judge...