NY Times Focuses on Rogers’s Continued Pork Spending

Earmarks spearheaded by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., are catching serious scrutiny in a report by The New York Times for a small military part with a hefty price tag. Observes have commented in the past on how Rogers is known as the “Prince of Pork”, which clashes with the GOP’s austerity movement. […]

Kentucky Federal Delegation Supports Disaster Declaration

Following Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators, the six members of the state’s House delegation sent a letter to President Barack Obama supporting Gov. Steve Beshear’s request for a federal disaster declaration. An outbreak of storms and tornadoes last week caused damage to several Kentucky towns and Beshear has asked the president to provide the state with […]

Rogers: Deal Reached on Spending Bill

After weeks of tough negotiations, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., announced late Monday that lawmakers worked out a deal on nine spending bills by putting them into one piece of legislation. There are still Republican “policy riders” in the package that Rogers declined to comment on the specifics, but he stressed it will passed […]

Rogers, Whitfield Endorse Romney for President

Kentucky Congressmen Hal Rogers and Ed Whitefield endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Monday, giving the former Massachusetts governor two more GOP lawmakers in his bid for the Republican nomination. Whitfield represents the 1s District while Rogers represents the 6th District and chairs the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Their nods of approval give Romney 31 […]

Attica Scott to Represent District One, House Says EPA Can’t Regulate Coal Ash, Kentucky Coal Mine Flagged As Unsafe: Afternoon Review

The Louisville Metro Council elected Attica Woodson Scott to fill the District 1 seat by a 18-to-7 vote Thursday. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash—a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. The bill gives control of coal ash disposal to the states, […]

Congressman Rogers Apologizes for Chinese Talk Joke

The office of U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., has issued an apology to anyone who took offense to a joke he made about a Chinese diplomat. Speaking at a gala dinner at Mount Vernon on Wednesday,  Rogers, who chairs the powerful Appropriations Committee, made a wisecrack about a Chinese ambassador attempting to pronounce Louisville using […]

Rogers Confident “Super Committee” Deficit Plan Can Pass

By Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio If the so-called “super committee” comes up with a plan to reduce the federal debt by more than a trillion dollars, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., thinks it will get through both chambers of Congress. The congressman offered his take on the controversial 12-member panel of House and […]

Kentucky House Delegation Supports Bourbon Bill

The entire Kentucky delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives supports a bill to change the federal tax code to benefit the commonwealth’s bourbon industry. Lawmakers contend there is inequality in the Internal Revenue Service because bourbon is aged and must be carried in storage for extended periods compared to other distilled spirits. Introduced by Congressmen […]

Rogers Proposes $45.7 Billion in Federal Spending Cuts

Setting up another budget battle for the coming fiscal year, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has offered a bill that proposes cutting another $45.7 billion from domestic spending and foreign aid. The plan would slash almost every area of the federal government except for defense spending, which would give […]

Rogers Still “Prince of Pork” With Non-Profit Empire, Says Ethics Group

Calling him the “Prince of Pork”, an ethics watchdog group says U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has funneled more than $236 million in federal funds to several non-profit organizations that he created. In March, Rogers swore off earmarks and joined a GOP pledge to cut spending and reduce the […]