113th Congress http://wfpl.org en Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Urges Against Food Stamp Cuts But For Ban on Soda Purchases http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-urges-against-food-stamp-cuts-ban-soda-purchases <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is urging Congress against cutting food stamps in the upcoming farm bill.</p><p>But a letter the mayor signed also asks federal lawmakers to bar recipients from buying sodas and other sugary beverages.</p><p>The House is expected to vote on the legislation this week with the $80 billion Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, at the center of the debate. Republicans are pushing for $4 billion in cuts, but Democrats argue that could kick up to 2 million recipients off the food stamp rolls.</p><p>On Tuesday Fischer joined over a dozen other mayors in saying Congress should do more to combat obesity and create incentives for food stamp recipients to buy more fruits and vegetables.</p><p>Among those who signed the letter were New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who pushed to ban soda drinks in large sizes&nbsp; before a court ruling nixed the plan.</p><p>"Congress should direct the USDA to test policies that support healthful food choices and reduce consumption of products, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, that threaten the health of many Americans," the letter reads. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:51:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5844 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Urges Against Food Stamp Cuts But For Ban on Soda Purchases Kentucky Democratic Chairman: Andy Barr, Thomas Massie Embarrassed State With Sandy Relief Vote http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-democratic-chairman-andy-barr-thomas-massie-embarrassed-state-sandy-relief-vote <p>Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon is ridiculing freshman Republican Congressmen Andy Barr and Thomas Massie for voting against aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.</p><p>Last Friday, Congress approved a $9.7 billion package to help homeowners, renters and businesses pay for flood insurance claims caused by the hurricane. The Republican-controlled House passed the measure with overwhelming bipartisan support in a 354-to-67 vote.</p><p>In a telephone interview, Logsdon tells WFPL that Barr and Massie's actions have embarrassed Kentucky, adding natural disasters shouldn't be used to make a point about federal spending.</p><p>"It shouldn't be politicized. When our neighbors need help we should give them help. When a natural disaster occurs the rest of us should want to help that affected region," he says.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 19:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3333 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Democratic Chairman: Andy Barr, Thomas Massie Embarrassed State With Sandy Relief Vote Yarmuth Hopes for New Coalition in 113th Congress http://wfpl.org/post/yarmuth-hopes-new-coalition-113th-congress <p>U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is hopeful that new lawmakers being sworn in this week create a new coalition to pass meaningful legislation.</p><p>Public records show the outgoing 112<sup>th</sup> Congress was the least active in modern history with just 219 bills passed. And the latest poll numbers put their approval rating at a dismal 12 percent.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/12/31/167989125/not-your-fathers-or-mothers-congress">members of 113<sup>th</sup> Congress</a> take office Thursday, and although Republicans still control the House with a lesser majority and Democrats picked up seats in the Senate, political observers are eager to see if cooperation is possible.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:58:22 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3226 at http://wfpl.org Yarmuth Hopes for New Coalition in 113th Congress