Congressman Ed Whitfield http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Congressman Denies Allegations of Ethical Misconduct http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-congressman-denies-allegations-ethical-misconduct <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield of Kentucky said Monday that a pending federal ethics complaint against him involves allegations of improper lobbying of him and his staff by his wife on behalf of the national Humane Society.</p><p>The pending complaint does not include or address ethical issues raised earlier this month in articles by WFPL's &nbsp;Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which found that Whitfield, his wife and another powerful lobbyist had a longstanding financial partnership in property at a West Virginia luxury resort.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:33:38 +0000 R.G. Dunlop 9863 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Congressman Denies Allegations of Ethical Misconduct Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield Under House Ethics Investigation http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-rep-ed-whitfield-under-house-ethics-investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A House committee on Friday announced an inquiry into a possible ethics violation by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky.</span></p><div><div>The statement followed an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, which concluded there was “substantial reason to believe” that Whitfield had committed one or more ethics violations.<p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:43:02 +0000 R.G. Dunlop 9854 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield Under House Ethics Investigation U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky Had Decade-Long Financial Tie To a Lobbyist http://wfpl.org/post/us-rep-ed-whitfield-kentucky-had-decade-long-financial-tie-lobbyist <p>For more than a decade, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, &nbsp;owned a $200,000-piece of West Virginia property with a lobbyist whose clients and employers had business before him in Congress, writes&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">R.G. Dunlop, a reporter from </span>WFPL's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kycir.org">Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.</a></span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:45:06 +0000 Staff 9783 at http://wfpl.org U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky Had Decade-Long Financial Tie To a Lobbyist Congressman Ed Whitfield Bypassing Fundraiser Amid Government Shutdown http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-ed-whitfield-bypassing-fundraiser-amid-government-shutdown <p>Kentucky First District Congressman is skipping a scheduled fundraiser this weekend, joining other lawmakers who are hurrying to cancel campaign events amid the government shutdown.</p><p>On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Republican lawmaker indicated to <em>The Lexington Herald-Leader</em> the congressman was attending a pricey event in Arizona despite furloughing staff.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2013/10/02/2855829/shutdown-brings-dc-fundraising.html">H-L</a>:</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:39:33 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7096 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Ed Whitfield Bypassing Fundraiser Amid Government Shutdown Congressman Hal Rogers Wants 'Precise' Details Before Favoring Syria Strike http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-hal-rogers-wants-precise-details-favoring-syria-strike <p>Kentucky's longest serving member of Congress wants more details from President Obama before supporting the administration's resolution seeking military action against the Syrian government.</p><p>"The ongoing civil war in Syria is heartbreaking, but I have great reservations about intervening in Syria," says Congressman Hal Rogers, who was first elected in 1980.</p><p>Speaking at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, the president announced he will <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/obama-has-no-intention-strike-syria-if-congress-says-no">address the nation from the White House next week</a> to make his case for intervention before the American public.</p><p>For the most part, Kentucky's federal delegates in the House and Senate are leaning against the mission.&nbsp;</p><p>Congressman John <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-unconvinced-obama-administrations-argument-attack-syria">Yarmuth, the lone Democrat, says he remains unconvinced</a> by the Obama administration's argument.</p><p>Republican congressmen Andy Barr and Ed Whitfield have both voiced opposition while Brett Guthrie said via Facebook he would "listen carefully" as the administration makes its case.</p><p>Senate Republican Leader Mitch <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-make-syria-decision-coming-days-feels-certain-about-no-boots-ground">McConnell has been noticeably absent from the debate</a>. But in a recent public appearance, McConnell said he would announce his position in "the coming days."</p><p>While Rogers, who chairs the powerful appropriations committee, told WFPL he has serious doubts about the mission, the GOP lawmaker also indicated he is open to being persuaded by Obama's argument. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:02:06 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6739 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Hal Rogers Wants 'Precise' Details Before Favoring Syria Strike Rep. Whitfield: EPA Will Have 'a Big Battle on Their Hands' With Greenhouse Gas Rules http://wfpl.org/post/rep-whitfield-epa-will-have-big-battle-their-hands-greenhouse-gas-rules <p>Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield <a href="http://plattsenergyweektv.com/news/article/243919/293/021713-Obamas-Climate-Challenge-" target="_blank">was on Platts Energy Week this weekend</a>, responding to the energy and climate change issues President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union address. Whitfield, a Republican, is the chairman of the House Energy and Power subcommittee, and the interview can be summed up like this:</p><ul><li>Congressional action on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions is preferable than EPA action;</li><li>...but it will be hard to pass any sort of market-based approach through Congress.</li><li>And really, is it necessary to regulate greenhouse gases? Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:33:18 +0000 Erica Peterson 4071 at http://wfpl.org Rep. Whitfield: EPA Will Have 'a Big Battle on Their Hands' With Greenhouse Gas Rules Whitfield Chosen to Help Craft GOP Policy on Energy, Environment http://wfpl.org/post/whitfield-chosen-help-craft-gop-policy-energy-environment <p>First District Congressman Ed Whitfield <a href="http://gop.com/news/press-releases/rnc-announces-convention-platform-subcommittee-chairs/" target="_blank">has been tapped to lead a subcommittee </a>at the Republican National Convention later this month, where he&rsquo;ll help shape the Republican party&rsquo;s stance on energy issues.</p><p>Whitfield is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. During his time in that position, he&rsquo;s lead efforts to keep the uranium enrichment plant in Paducah open and stop the federal government from regulating coal ash.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:02:46 +0000 Erica Peterson 1275 at http://wfpl.org Whitfield Chosen to Help Craft GOP Policy on Energy, Environment