Mitch McConnell

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell today called on majority Democrats in the Senate to approve the EPA Regulatory Relief Act. The bill would repeal limits on mercury and other emissions from cement kilns, as well as change the law by eliminating any deadlines for compliance with new federal pollution standards.

The measure passed the House last month with 41 Democratic votes. McConnell says he recognizes the importance of the EPA, but the agency’s recent regulations go too far. He called for “common sense limits” on the EPA’s actions.

“And that means putting in place laws that protect Americans against the kind of regulatory overreach that too many unelected bureaucrats in Washington seem to live for these days,” he said. [click to continue…]

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GOP Senators Release Jobs Plan

by Gabe Bullard October 13, 2011

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is leading a group of Republican lawmakers in promoting an alternative to the president’s jobs plan. Today, Paul joined his Senate colleagues John McCain of Arizona and Rob Portman of Ohio in releasing the Jobs Through Growth Act. It’s a response to President Barack Obama’s “American Jobs Act,” which called for, […]

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National Attention for KY Lawmaker’s Opposition to Anti-Bullying Bill; River Fields Denies Delaying ORBP; DuPont Fined for Rubbertown Violations; McConnell Questions Obama’s Ohio Visit: Afternoon Review

by Laura Ellis September 21, 2011

Profiling a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide after years of alleged anti-gay taunts at school, CNN’s Anderson Cooper covered opposition to bullying legislation in Kentucky by highlighting state Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, who believes homosexuality is a sin. Leaders with the conservation group River Fields rebuffed a resolution introduced in the Louisville Metro Council that […]

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Officials Stress Need to Work Together in Wake of Sherman Minton Closure

by Erica Peterson September 17, 2011

Engineers and highway workers took elected officials on a tour of the Sherman Minton Bridge today to brief them on the span’s structural problems. The bridge was closed a week ago after a crack was discovered. Mayor Greg Fischer, Senator Mitch McConnell, Representatives John Yarmuth and Todd Young were there, along with Kentucky Transportation Secretary […]

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Obama Withdraws Draft Rule Meant to Tighten Ozone Standards

by Erica Peterson September 2, 2011

As Louisville suffers a string of bad air quality days due to high ozone levels, the Obama Administration has announced that it’s withdrawing a proposal to strengthen the nation’s ozone standard. President Barack Obama has asked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw a draft proposal that would tighten the Ozone National Ambient Air […]

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At Fancy Farm, Republicans Focus on National Issues, Democrats Quiet on Obama

by Gabe Bullard August 6, 2011

The only elections on the ballot this year in Kentucky are for statewide offices. But candidates at this weekend’s Fancy Farm Picnic spent much of their time discussing national politics. The references to national politics started with the first political speech…delivered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who used the Congressional bickering over raising the […]

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Protest Seeks Answers from Washington Politicians

by Devin Katayama July 29, 2011

A protest was held outside the office building of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Friday. Protesters held signs and chanted and said they’re tired of Washington Politics. “It’s not being able to communicate. Each party, there are three political parties right now, each party has a political corner and they will not agree to the […]

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KIPDA to Lobby for Aging Care Funding

by Dalton Main July 15, 2011

A local agency for aging and independent living will be in Washington next week to lobby legislators in the hope of preserving the federal budget for aging care programs. The Social Services Division of the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency provides assistance to disabled persons of all ages as well as the elderly, and […]

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McConnell Updates Senate on Rescue of Kentucky Coal Miners

by Erica Peterson June 21, 2011

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the Senate floor this morning. He began his remarks with an update to his colleagues on the three miners who spent yesterday trapped in a Bell County coal mine due to rising flood waters. “Yesterday I came to the floor to report that there were several miners in […]

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Politicians’ ‘War on Coal’ Rhetoric Politically-Beneficial, But Exaggeration

by Erica Peterson June 6, 2011

In the past week, several Kentucky politicians have spoken out against the federal Environmental Protection Agency and what they call its “war on coal.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Steve Beshear and State Representative Jim Gooch Jr. have all complained that EPA regulation is endangering the state’s coal industry. Secretary of the Energy and […]

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