government shutdown http://wfpl.org en Kentucky's Jobless Rate Rose Slightly in October http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-jobless-rate-rose-slightly-october <p>Kentucky's unemployment rate has inched upward again, rising to 8.4 percent in October.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The jobless rate went up one-tenth of a point from September.</span></p><p>The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training blames the increase in part on the partial federal government shutdown as well as baby boomer retirements.</p><p>The government shutdown resulted in the temporary furloughs of many federal employees and contractors. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:35:48 +0000 Rick Howlett 7642 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Jobless Rate Rose Slightly in October McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-reid-deal-includes-3-billion-earmark-kentucky-project <p>A <a href="/post/senate-leaders-announce-budget-deal">proposal</a> to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:16:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7237 at http://wfpl.org McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project Kentucky Congressmen Reticent on McConnell-Reid Deal as Moderates Take Lead on Shutdown, Default http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-congressmen-reticent-mcconnell-reid-deal-moderates-take-lead-shutdown-default <p>Kentucky Congressmen John Yarmuth and Hal Rogers support Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell&#39;s plan to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, but the rest of Kentucky&#39;s federal delegation are withholding judgment until huddling with GOP House leaders.</p><p>The deal struck with Democratic Leader Harry Reid appears to have bipartisan support in the Senate, but could face an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled House.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:50:41 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7235 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Congressmen Reticent on McConnell-Reid Deal as Moderates Take Lead on Shutdown, Default Governor Steve Beshear: Federal Budget Deal Kicks 'Can Down the Road' http://wfpl.org/post/governor-steve-beshear-federal-budget-deal-kicks-can-down-road <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT &mdash; Kentucky </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> offered sharp criticism of Congress, chiding the nation&rsquo;s lawmakers for being out of touch with their constituents and for causing needless pain across the state through the ongoing federal shutdown.</span></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:59:40 +0000 Devin Katayama & Jonathan Meador 7233 at http://wfpl.org Governor Steve Beshear: Federal Budget Deal Kicks 'Can Down the Road' Shutdown Hurting Mitch McConnell's Approval Rating as Matt Bevin Seeks Key Endorsement http://wfpl.org/post/shutdown-hurting-mitch-mcconnells-approval-rating-matt-bevin-seeks-key-endorsement <p>Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell&#39;s popularity is taking a dive due to the <a href="http://labs.enigma.io/shutdown2013/">government shutdown</a>, according to a new Gallup survey released Thursday.</p><p>The new figures comes as McConnell&#39;s GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin is vying to gain the support of a key political organization in Northern Kentucky this week.</p><p>Overall, Gallup finds McConnell&#39;s net approvals are down by 12 percentage points since Congress failed pass a spending bill to keep federal services and programs running.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/165362/americans-down-leaders-shutdown-began.aspx">Gallup</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The Republican congressional leaders, Boehner and McConnell, appear to have taken a slightly larger hit from the shutdown than the Democratic congressional leaders Reid and Pelosi, as well as President Obama, given slightly larger declines in the Republicans&#39; net favorables.</p><p>(SNIP)</p><p>Republicans and Democrats don&#39;t agree on much, but both groups now view Republican leaders Boehner and McConnell significantly more negatively than before the shutdown. Their net favorable ratings have declined between 13 and 19 points among the party groups.</p></blockquote><p><br />Save House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, all of the major leaders in Washington are suffering from poor approval ratings as the shutdown continues. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:12:30 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7176 at http://wfpl.org Shutdown Hurting Mitch McConnell's Approval Rating as Matt Bevin Seeks Key Endorsement Kentucky Farmer Demands Congressman Andy Barr Back ‘Clean’ Bill to End Shutdown http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-farmer-demands-congressman-andy-barr-back-clean-bill-end-shutdown <p>A Kentucky farmer is calling on Republican Congressman Andy Barr to support a &quot;clean&quot; spending bill to end the government shutdown.</p><p>The demand comes as <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/10/04/shutdown-farm-bill">agriculture issues such as the farm bill are being put on hold</a> and farming advocates wonder how long federal resources and services will be pulled.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 19:04:53 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7099 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Farmer Demands Congressman Andy Barr Back ‘Clean’ Bill to End Shutdown 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 Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth Calls for 'Clean' Spending Bill Vote as GOP Support Grows http://wfpl.org/post/democratic-congressman-john-yarmuth-calls-clean-spending-bill-vote-gop-support-grows <p>As President Obama meets with leaders in Washington, Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth says there is enough support in the Republican-controlled House to pass a so-called &quot;clean&quot; spending bill to end the government shutdown.</p><p>But the remaining members of Kentucky&#39;s congressional delegation appear unwilling to accept such a plan even as more GOP members are supporting the idea.</p><p>&quot;The solution to this crisis is simple: There is enough bipartisan support in the House right now to approve legislation to fund the government, send it to the president&rsquo;s desk immediately and end this shutdown,&quot; Yarmuth told WFPL. &quot;Every day they delay, House Republicans are hurting workers, small business owners, and millions of American families who depend on federal agencies, programs, and services.&quot;</p><p>House Democrats are pressuring Speaker John Boehner and GOP leaders to put forward a measure that doesn&#39;t attach any provisions to de-fund or delay President Obama&#39;s health care law.</p><p>A tally by <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/10/02/the-fixs-clean-cr-whip-count/?se"><em>The Washington Post</em></a> shows there are now 21 GOP members who say they are either willing to and leaning towards voting for a &quot;clean&quot; continuing resolution.</p><p>That means a bill to fund the government would pass if the 200 Democrats went along.</p><p>In order for that vote to take place, however, Boehner would have to break the coveted &quot;Hastert Rule&quot; which forbids legislation that doesn&#39;t have the majority of the party in control&#39;s support.</p><p>A spokesman for Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie says the conservative lawmaker has already supported <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/01/congress-shutdown-plans-politics-republicans-democrats/2904033/">five &quot;clean&quot; bills that fund specific areas</a> of the federal government. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 22:14:43 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7072 at http://wfpl.org Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth Calls for 'Clean' Spending Bill Vote as GOP Support Grows Two Kentucky Lawmakers Highlight Government Shutdown's Effects on Kentucky Women http://wfpl.org/post/two-kentucky-lawmakers-highlight-government-shutdowns-effects-kentucky-women <p>Kentucky state Reps. Joni Jenkins and Mary Lou Marzian are highlighting the effects of the federal government shutdown on women.</p><p>The two Democrats were in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with lawmakers and hope Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will keep those adverse impacts in mind as potential negotiations begin.</p><p>&quot;Certainly the furloughing of employees&mdash;half of those or more are going to be single females who are heads of families&mdash;and I don&#39;t know how many of your listeners can go without paycheck for a day, a week or possibly longer,&quot; said Jenkins, whose district covers parts of western Jefferson County. &quot;That money not coming into our communities is going to trickle down to all sorts of businesses.&quot;</p><p>Beyond federal workers there is growing concern about social services that could be impacted.</p><p>Almost 9 million new mothers and young children rely on programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children or WIC. But federal <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/02/228377277/day-2-of-government-shutdown-affects-variety-of-workers?sc=tw&amp;cc=share">officials have warned funding for WIC could run out in the next week</a> or so.</p><p>Observers expect the shutdown to last at least that long even as President <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-congressional-leaders-government-shutdown-20131002,0,1901576.story">Obama is inviting congressional leaders, including McConnell, to the White House</a>&nbsp;Wednesday afternoon to possibly negotiate.</p><p>Marzian says the shutdown is a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/10/01/government_shutdown_from_wic_to_the_panda_cam_seven_ways_the_shutdown_will.html">disaster for women on a number of fronts</a> and low-income mothers in particular, adding the blame should be on Tea Party-backed Republicans in the House.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s going to really effect women being able to feed their families and pay their rent as these programs run out of money in the next weeks,&quot; she says. &quot;But the Tea Party and these right-wing Republicans care nothing about women and children. They only care about themselves and pushing their agenda forward. However, they care about fetuses but once you&rsquo;re here you&rsquo;re on your own.&quot;</p><p>Last year, over 132,000 pregnant women and new mothers in Kentucky received nutrition assistance through WIC programs for their young children.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:43:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7065 at http://wfpl.org Two Kentucky Lawmakers Highlight Government Shutdown's Effects on Kentucky Women Despite Furloughs, Basic Services and Troops Still Active at Kentucky Posts After Shutdown http://wfpl.org/post/despite-furloughs-basic-services-and-troops-still-active-kentucky-posts-after-shutdown <p>FORT KNOX &mdash; Officials at Kentucky&#39;s two major Army posts say basic services such as utilities, public safety and hospital emergency services were still functioning despite a partial government shutdown.</p><p>Fort Knox Garrison Commander Col. T.J. Edwards says some civilian employees have received furlough notices, but soldiers and other essential personnel were still on duty.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 7052 at http://wfpl.org Despite Furloughs, Basic Services and Troops Still Active at Kentucky Posts After Shutdown