Congress http://wfpl.org en Retired Army Medical Officer Files to Run Against Congressman Brett Guthrie http://wfpl.org/post/retired-army-medical-officer-files-run-against-congressman-brett-guthrie <p>A retired U.S. Army medical officer has filed to run against U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie of Kentucky.</p><p>Democrat Ron Leach says Kentucky and the nation suffer from rampant income inequality, and a growing dependence on the social safety net is a symptom of that problem.</p><p>“Do you call the cost of that safety net, you know, food stamps, SNAP, Medicare, er, Medicaid, the problem and you just simply cut it?" he says. "Or do you realize it that it is the symptom. It is a symptom of an economy that simply doesn’t work for most people anymore.”</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:50:45 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8189 at http://wfpl.org Retired Army Medical Officer Files to Run Against Congressman Brett Guthrie Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease for Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians http://wfpl.org/post/food-stamp-benefits-decrease-nearly-870000-kentuckians <p>Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians will see a decrease in their food stamp benefits as federal recovery dollars dry up.</p><p>As of next month, eligible Kentucky households will experience&nbsp;on average&nbsp;a 5.5 percent reduction in food stamps.</p><p>The effects on those families ranges from about $20 to $36 per month, depending upon household size, said Mark&nbsp;Cornett, deputy commissioner in the Health and Family Services Cabinet.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Stu Johnson | Kentucky Public Radio 7323 at http://wfpl.org Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease for Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians Rep. Massie: Congress Should Share Blame for IRS Scandal http://wfpl.org/post/rep-massie-congress-should-share-blame-irs-scandal <p></p><p>Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie says Capitol Hill lawmakers should take some of the blame for the scandal at the Internal Revenue Service.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican made the charge during a Wednesday hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Massie is a member of the panel looking into the improper IRS scrutiny of conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status. &nbsp; He says Congress has created tax laws that are misinterpreted and misapplied. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 17:16:58 +0000 Dan Conti|Kentucky Public Radio 5517 at http://wfpl.org Rep. Massie: Congress Should Share Blame for IRS Scandal Rep. Massie Turns Down Federal Pension Benefit http://wfpl.org/post/rep-massie-turns-down-federal-pension-benefit <p></p><p>Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie is declining the federal pension benefit given to Capitol Hill lawmakers.</p><p>The freshman Republican legislator represents northern Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District.</p><p>Massie says he has declined to accept payments to his retirement fund since taking office.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:00:09 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Dan Conti 5085 at http://wfpl.org Rep. Massie Turns Down Federal Pension Benefit In Farewell Speech, Lugar Calls for More Unity, Less Posturing http://wfpl.org/post/farewell-speech-lugar-calls-more-unity-less-posturing <p>Outgoing U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana says Congress and the president need to establish a closer working relationship, especially in the area of national security.</p> <p>The Republican, who’s leaving Capitol Hill after 36 years, delivered his<a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/clip/4209621"> farewell address </a>on the Senate floor today , saying the current dialogue on national security is one of the least constructive he’s ever witnessed.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:24:48 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 2939 at http://wfpl.org In Farewell Speech, Lugar Calls for More Unity, Less Posturing Fischer, Other Mayors Push Congress for Action on Fiscal Cliff http://wfpl.org/post/fischer-other-mayors-push-congress-action-fiscal-cliff <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is among several municipal leaders from across the country pushing Congress to act now to address the upcoming fiscal cliff.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/09/19/161427078/the-fiscal-cliff-in-three-and-a-half-graphics">Several measures will take effect or expire at the end of the year</a>, and if Congress doesn't act, $100 billion in spending cuts and $380 billion in tax increases will hit simultaneously. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which Fischer is a member, has sent congressional leadership a letter urging them to act.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:04:47 +0000 Gabe Bullard 1790 at http://wfpl.org Fischer, Other Mayors Push Congress for Action on Fiscal Cliff Coal Executive Threatens to Sue Rep. Chandler for Slander http://wfpl.org/post/coal-executive-threatens-sue-rep-chandler-slander <p>A coal executive is threatening to sue Congressman Ben Chandler over a recent campaign ad.</p><p>Chandler is facing Republican Andy Barr in the November election. Executive Heath Lovell appeared in a Barr ad recently wearing a hardhat and miner's garb.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:00:42 +0000 Gabe Bullard & The Associated Press 1776 at http://wfpl.org Coal Executive Threatens to Sue Rep. Chandler for Slander Yarmuth Endorses Yoder for Congress http://wfpl.org/post/yarmuth-endorses-yoder-congress <p class="p2">Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth endorsed fellow Democrat Shelli Yoder on Friday in Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District race.</p><p class="p2">Yoder is facing Republican incumbent Todd Young in the fall campaign and has challenged him to a dozen debates across the district. The two campaigns have squabbled over the schedule of those forums in recent weeks.</p><p class="p2">Yarmuth says he looks forward to having Yoder as a partner in Congress, adding that she is a practical thinker.</p><p class="p2"><span class="s2">"</span><span class="s1">Shelli shares my commitment to making health care more affordable and insurance companies more accountable, protecting Medicare for this generation of seniors and the next, creating an economy that works for everyone, and standing up for our veterans," Yarmuth said in a news release.</span></p><p class="p2"> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 21:59:44 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1588 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Geoff Davis Resigns http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-geoff-davis-resigns <p>In a surprise statement, Congressman Geoff Davis, R-Ky., resigned Tuesday.</p><p>Last December, Davis announced that he would not be seeking re-election for a fifth term in Congress citing a need to spend more time with his family. Today&#39;s announcement echoes that sentiment and comes fives months ahead of schedule.</p><p><a href="http://geoffdavis.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=305294">In a statement on his website</a>, Davis says he will step down effective immediately and cites family health concerns.</p><blockquote><p>Recently, a family health issue has developed that will demand significantly more of my time to assist. &nbsp;As a result, I cannot continue to effectively fulfill my obligations to both my office and my family. &nbsp;Family must and will come first. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:43:49 +0000 Gabe Bullard & Phillip M. Bailey 1179 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Geoff Davis Resigns Congress Reaches Agreement on Transportation Bill, Student Loans http://wfpl.org/post/congress-reaches-agreement-transportation-bill-student-loans <p>The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation Friday that funds transportation programs and averts an increase in interest rates on loans for college students.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/House-passes-student-loans-highway-jobs-bill-3672466.php">packaged measure passed by a 373-to-52 vote</a> and avoids a looming deadline that would have doubled Stafford loan rates to 6.8 percent on July 1. The bill also pays for construction of highways, bridges and other projects over the next two years.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:15:17 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 853 at http://wfpl.org