Ft. Knox http://wfpl.org en Despite Senator Rand Paul's Suggestion, Fort Knox Won’t House Immigrant Children, Says HHS Official http://wfpl.org/post/despite-senator-rand-pauls-suggestion-fort-knox-won-t-house-immigrant-children-says-hhs <p>Unaccompanied immigrant children taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border will not be coming to Fort Knox in Kentucky.</p><p>That’s according to an e-mail from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services sent to WFPL, which contradicts a statement Monday by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a business event in Louisville.</p><p>Speaking at the Kentucky Chamber Business Summit, Paul said the federal government was sending some of the children who had been apprehended to the Kentucky military installation.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:59:04 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9818 at http://wfpl.org Despite Senator Rand Paul's Suggestion, Fort Knox Won’t House Immigrant Children, Says HHS Official Fort Knox Cuts Could Factor Into Kentucky Congressional Race http://wfpl.org/post/fort-knox-cuts-could-factor-kentucky-congressional-race <p>U.S. defense cuts that will slash about half of Ft. Knox’s combat brigades could be a top issue in <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/democrat-ron-leach-announces-bid-kentucky-second-congressional-district-seat">Kentucky’s Second Congressional District race</a>.</p><p>Last month it was reported the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/fort-knox-endure-deep-staff-cuts">base will lose 3,300 troops in the so-called Duke Brigade over the next six years</a>, which public officials worry could result in the loss of 10,000 jobs in the process.</p><p>In reaction to the news, Republican Congressman Brett <a href="http://www.guthrie.house.gov/latest-news/guthrie-cuts-to-fort-knox-will-significantly-affect-kentucky/">Guthrie, whose district includes Ft. Knox, blamed President Obama</a>'s defense plan for the cuts.</p><p>In a June 25 e-mail, however, Army officials said the reduction forces reflects funding cuts based on the <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.365:">Budget Control Act</a>, which Guthrie voted for two years ago.</p><p>"Congressman Guthrie did vote for the Budget Control Act because he believes we must get our nation’s spending problem under control," says congressional spokeswoman Jennifer Sherman. "He has also voted several times to offset the military cuts and ensure our nation’s men and women in uniform have the tools they need to protect our country."</p><p>At the time, many lawmakers supported the Budget Control Act to get beyond an impasse between Democrats and Republican over the debt ceiling. But after the so-called Super Committee failed many of those cuts are coming to fruition. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:32:44 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6084 at http://wfpl.org Fort Knox Cuts Could Factor Into Kentucky Congressional Race