Beshear, Rogers to Speak at Prescription Drug Abuse Summit

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers are among several elected officials slated to speak about prescription drug abuse this week at a conference in Florida. The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is organized by the Kentucky-based Operation UNITE. It aims to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in the southeastern […]

House Passes Bill to Let States Regulate Coal Ash

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, which are required to regulate it as least as stringently as municipal waste. Environmental groups opposed the bill, arguing […]

House Expected to Vote on Coal Ash Bill Tomorrow

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill tomorrow that will block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash. The bill has support among House Republicans, but environmental groups are lobbying against it. The bill is sponsored by West Virginia Representative David McKinley. It would let individual states regulate the […]

House Vote Expected Friday on Bill to Delay Air Regulations

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill tomorrow that would change the way the Clean Air Act is administered. The bill is called TRAIN for short—the long name is the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011. TRAIN began as a bill to require analysis […]

Kentucky Lawmakers Respond to Jobs Plan

Elected officials in Kentucky are split along party lines on President Barack Obama’s jobs plan. Tonight, the president put forward a $450 billion proposal to create jobs. It calls for infrastructure spending, payroll tax cuts, an extension of unemployment benefits and reforms to Medicaid and Social Security. Junior Senator Rand Paul was the first lawmaker […]

EPA Wraps Up Tour of Eastern Kentucky Amid Coal Industry Criticism

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were in eastern Kentucky last week to meet with residents of four communities affected by coal mining. But as those residents shared their stories and concerns, the coal industry criticized the trip as one-sided and anti-coal. There were nine EPA officials on the tour, including Region 4 Administrator Gwen […]

U.S. House Committee Passes Bill to Divest EPA of Water Program Oversight

A measure that would gut the nation’s Clean Water Act cleared a House committee this morning. House Resolution 2018 would basically allow states to set their water quality standards on their own. Right now, the federal Environmental Protection Agency administers the Clean Water Act. States can adopt stricter requirements, but the EPA sets the minimum […]

BBC Report Covers Federal Spending in “Traditional Dependent Kentucky”

Kentucky’s reliance on federal aid was the focus of a story this morning on the BBC News Hour. The reporter visited Republican Congressman Hal Rogers’s eastern district and talked with a food bank visitor who had run out of options for food and was terrified that government services would be cut (about half of the […]

Members of Congress Continue Supporting Measures to Limit EPA

The proposals include: a limit on how long the EPA has to approve or reject mining permits; a block on new carbon emissions regulation; and a call for hearings on the President’s plans to protect waterways from mining.