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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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has directed more than $19 million to help complete critical repairs to the city’s flood protection system. Taking full advantage of its geography, Paducah has become a hub for our country’s inland waterway transportation system. Although the rivers promote economic benefits, they also increase the risk of flooding. Therefore, maintenance of the flood protection system is a top priority. When community leaders told me they’d experienced roadblocks accessing resources for repairs, I was happy to help. In the Senate, I worked with my colleagues to ensure that the project received the necessary authorization and funding to continue. With leaders in Paducah, I was proud to be a part of the effort to ensure this flood system would continue to help protect my constituents and businesses in the area. I was also glad to visit with members of the Paducah Rotary Club to discuss other important priorities for the region like the U.S. Department of Energy’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

In Mayfield and in Murray, I had the opportunity to hear from Kentucky’s farmers, manufacturing workforce, and other economic development leaders. These hardworking men and women shared their concerns with me about the future of our Commonwealth and the nation.

I also spent time near Bowling Green celebrating the opening of a new interchange on I-65, which will support operations and traffic safety at the Kentucky Transpark. Since its opening in 2003, the Transpark has become a major economic driver in Warren County. Community leaders have known for years that the area needed the right kind of infrastructure to reach its full potential. At the event, a plant manager told me that the new interchange will help his business move products more efficiently. I was proud to do my part to secure funding for this important project so Warren County has the tools needed to continue growing and supporting good jobs in the future.

In Scottsville, I met with even more industry, community, and agriculture leaders. Speaking with a group in Glasgow, I discussed the process of transferring the ownership of the Green River Locks and Dams away from the U.S. Army Corps to local control. For Kentucky’s conservation stakeholders, this project has been a priority for many years. Working with my colleagues and several local communities, I shepherded a water resources bill to enactment that will help restore natural river flows and enhance recreation and tourism in the area. A Glasgow mom also told me about a stem cell treatment that produced remarkable results for her son. I was proud to share with her the new resources for regenerative medicine and innovative therapies provided by the 21st Century Cures Act, which I helped steer into law last year.

In addition to covering these Kentucky priorities, one of the most discussed issues was the failing state of Obamacare. For years, I’ve attended health care forums to listen to Kentuckians facing higher premiums and fewer choices as a result of the failed law. The pain felt by so many Kentucky families and small business owners is real, and I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to move beyond Obamacare. As we all know, the status quo is unsustainable, and it will continue to get worse unless we act. That’s why I’m dedicated to continue working to bring relief to Kentuckians who desperately need it.

Helping Kentucky families and individuals is a distinct privilege and responsibility of my service in the Senate. As we begin a new work period in Washington, I will continue to keep your concerns in mind. I hope to see you in my upcoming travels around the Commonwealth. Until then, please let me know your thoughts on the issues facing our nation by emailing through my website (www.mcconnell.senate.gov), writing a letter, or calling my office.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY, is the U.S. Senate Majority Leader

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  1. Grace says:

    Yes work for Kentucky and stand up to Trump and fix the ACA. Ditch this disaster of a tax break for the top 1% disguised as a healthcare plan. This disaster will throw millions out of health insurance policies and could very well be the death of many. Abort this plan to repeal and replace and just fix the small issues with the ACA. Fix the small things and make it yours. If you don’t drop this hideous healthcare bill you will be voted out.

  2. Senator, I see a lot of words but on the Healthcare front, I believe you a not representing many Kentuckians. You want to raid Medicaid and Medicare and we all know Social Security will be next, as you have many believing it is government funded. We know better. Senator, senior citizens vote too. We are watching you very closely. Please, represent us too. thank you.

  3. Molly Piper says:

    Where can the public read the new health Bill reform

  4. Dale Lewis says:

    How about you hold a town hall meeting and actually listen to what the people of Kentucky want!

  5. Larry Cox says:

    Yes, Senator. I heard you addressed several hand-picked groups that bought and paid for you so that you could release a statement like this. When are you going to hold a meeting that is open to all Kentucky voters, not just those that won’t call your hand at not representing all Kentuckians?

  6. Patricia Gardner says:

    You are not fooling us, senator! Obamacare was incredibly popular in KY. If you can’t come up with something better than the “Better Care Health bill,” then step off. We don’t want to pay for tax breaks for you and your wealthy friends at the expense of resonable healthcare. This is a deprivation bill and only serves the rich, the pharmaceutical companies, and the insurance companies. Shame on you!

  7. You don’t represent your people.You represent the rich for kickbacks.If you think that your going to pass a repeal,you have to have an aneurysm.So the opposition (republicans) say it takes too much from the vulnerable,so you think you can pass a bill to kill even more people.You are clearly ready for the HOME.Stick your head back in your shell and dive to the bottom of the lake and stay there.You are clearly not of sound mind.You’ll not even get the votes you have now.

  8. Kathy Fugate says:

    Doing away with Obamacare (ACA) is not helping my hometown area in Eastern Kentucky. Many will lose health insurance and a large number of jobs will be lost that were brought about by Obamacare. Eastern Kentuckians will also lose easy access to healthcare which is also due to Obamacare. Currently, under Obamacare (ACA) most people can drive no further than 10 minutes to get to a doctor. Also, MRI’s, mammograms, X-rays, and many other tests are now easily accessible. Even those people who do not have Obamacare have benefitted from all that it has provided to our area. Instead of replacing Obamacare, the Republicans should work to fine tune the problems with it. Obamacare (ACA) was not hastily thrown together. Many people, from all across the country, worked very hard for over a year to create Obamacare. All pertinent groups had their opportunity to have input. It should not just be tossed out and hastily replaced. If it is, the backlash to this new healthcare bill will be far worse than anything seen after the passing of the ACA. Obamacare has been wonderful for the health of Eastern Kentuckians and we do not want to see it replaced with something that will hurt our people and our communities.

  9. Kathryn Takacs says:

    There is a lot of talk about the ACA, lots of ‘it’s bad’ kind of talk. I think you are not listening to your constituents, or looking at the fact that the ACA has really helped lots of Kentuckians obtain health insurance. If you must do something, then try to improve upon it, especially by helping people; make insurance less expensive, help people get the health care they need, don’t just tout new health innovations – help people utilize them! Mr. McConnell, listen to your constituents, don’t just bulldoze something that has helped so many.

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