On Monday, the President signed into law Senator McConnell's measure placing a two-year moratorium on the Army Corps' plan to implement barriers and restrict fishing access to the tailwaters of the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams along the Cumberland River.
"I appreciate the President signing the legislation into law and reversing the administration's decision to place barriers and restrict fishing along the Cumberland River," said McConnell. "No one I know in Kentucky supported this plan -- not fishermen and boaters, not local elected officials, and not the Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife."
Since the House has not yet taken up the Water Resources Development Act, which includes a permanent ban on implementing barriers, Sen. McConnell pushed through the Senate the measure the President signed. Senators Rand Paul, Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Bob Corker (R-TN), joined McConnell on the legislation. Representative Ed Whitfield led the effort to move the provision through the House. This two-year moratorium gives time for the water resources bill to become law and provide a permanent moratorium.
McConnell Honors Kentucky Veterans
WWII vets from Kentucky get special welcome in D.C. from Senator McConnell
On Thursday, Senator McConnell spoke on the Senate floor commemorating the 69th anniversary of D-Day and welcomed the Kentucky veterans traveling to the Nation's capital as part of Honor Flight.
"I'm also honored to recognize a distinguished group of World War II veterans from my home State of Kentucky who have made the trip to our Nation's capital today to visit the National World War II Memorial on the Mall. This memorial celebrates their service, as well as the service of the brave warriors who landed on that Normandy beach, and every man and woman in uniform who fought to defend freedom in World War II."
Sen. McConnell then visited with Kentucky veterans at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.
He said: "I have enjoyed coming to these the last few years. It's great to see these World War II veterans. My dad fought in World War II. He was an inspiration to me growing up, and I wish he'd lived long enough to see the memorial."
McConnell, Paul and Whitfield Meet with Energy Secretary Moniz to Discuss Paducah DOE Site
Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Congressman Ed Whitfield met with Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the long-term future of the DOE site in Paducah, Kentucky. During the meeting, the delegation, on behalf of the community, stressed the importance of DOE's commitment to cleanup and utilizing the tails and other assets located in Paducah to secure a long-term future for the site.
"The Department of Energy must act quickly to maximize long-term job retention and job growth in Paducah, and we will continue to do all we can to ensure that happens," stated McConnell, Paul and Whitfield. "It is critical for the DOE to act quickly to create stability and economic certainty for the people of Paducah by making a selection on an expression of interest as well as fulfill their commitment to cleanup as soon as possible. There is significant private-sector interest for utilizing the site's assets in Paducah, so any plan by the DOE to ship the tails out of the area is unacceptable to us."
Senator McConnell Honored by National Farm Group
Campbellsville, KY farmer presents McConnell with Friend of Farm Credit Award
Senator McConnell was honored with the Friend of Farm Credit Award during a presentation on Capitol Hill Wednesday evening by the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council (ADFCC).
McConnell received the award because of his work on behalf of Kentucky farmers, including his success in securing a permanent death tax extension in the fiscal cliff package and most recently, leading the fight to protect Kentucky's tobacco farmers.
"I am honored to be recognized for my work on behalf of Kentucky's farmers," Senator McConnell said. "Kentucky farmers work hard every day to provide agricultural products to consumers across the country, and as a senior member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am proud to represent them in the U.S. Senate."
Senator McConnell was presented the award by Dan Flanagan: "As a Kentucky farmer, I appreciate Senator McConnell's leadership in the Senate on issues important to Kentucky farmers," said Flanagan. "Having someone in the Senate leadership looking out for us, while critical decisions are being made on the future of farming, is just so important."
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Throughout the week Senator McConnell met with constituent groups from across the Commonwealth. Senator McConnell met with members of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Kentucky chapter to discuss affordable treatment for cancer patients. He met with the Home Builders Association of Kentucky to discuss issues that are important to their industry. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), which is the largest institution of higher education in Kentucky, met with Senator McConnell regarding the progress KCTCS is making to develop workforce training opportunities in our state. Kentucky State Rep. Jim DeCesare (District 21) spoke with Senator McConnell on benefits of green schools in the Bluegrass State.