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Senator McConnell's eNewsletter - June 17, 2013


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Obamacare: It costs too much and it's not working

Americans still don't like the idea of Obamacare

This week Senator McConnell spoke on the Senate floor about the need to repeal and replace Obamacare with commonsense reforms that lower costs for Americans. Americans still don't like the idea of Obamacare. Most like their health care plan and want to keep it and don't want to pay more to health care companies. The Kentucky Retail Federation recently cited Obamacare as the thing having the most impact on their businesses' ability to grow.

"If this is a law that's "working the way it's supposed to,' then it's a bad law. And it's Congress' duty to repeal bad laws. I hope it will," said Senator McConnell. "In my view, that means pursuing effective, step-by-step reforms that can not only lower costs, but that can also be implemented effectively and understood completely by the constituents we were sent here to serve."


McConnell Defends the First Amendment

Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Friday, Senator McConnell explained the use of government power to stifle speech and proposed solutions that protect the individual rights that are guaranteed to all citizens of the United States.

Sen. McConnell spoke on the issue at AEI in June of 2012 highlighting the growing threat to free speech, particularly the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, calling on Americans to unite in vigilant defense of the Constitution. While some on the Left dismissed his remarks then, the growing IRS controversy has shown the need for vigilance.

He said: "Because as serious as the IRS scandal is, what we're dealing with here is larger than the actions of one agency or any group of employees. This administration has institutionalized the practice of pitting bureaucrats against the very people they're supposed to be serving, and it needs to stop. The good news is that more people are beginning to catch on."

McConnell added, "there's the widespread effort to stifle speech from within the government itself, something the Obama Administration has been engaged in from its earliest days. Some have traced this back even further, to the 2008 campaign. But my central point last June, and my central point today, is this: the attacks on speech that we've seen over the past several years were never limited to a few Left-wing pressure groups or the DISCLOSE Act. They extend throughout the federal government, to places like the FEC, the FCC, HHS, the SEC, and as all Americans now know -- even to the IRS. These assaults have often been aided and abetted by the administration's allies in Congress. And they're as virulent as ever."


McConnell Calls For Permanent Elimination Of Death Tax

'The thought of having to visit the IRS and the undertaker on the same day is an absolute outrage.'

Senator Mitch McConnell joined Senator John Thune (R-SD) in introducing the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013, which would permanently abolish the federal death tax.

During a press conference on Capitol Hill, Senator McConnell said the death tax is the federal government's final insult to American taxpayers and it needs to be repealed.

"We have made some progress exempting many of Kentucky's family farms and small businesses from the death tax," Senator McConnell said. "And I'm proud to join Senator Thune in introducing this repeal bill that will finish the job by abolishing, once and for all, this unfair, anti-American tax."


Frederick Douglass Celebrated With Capitol Statue

On Wednesday, Sen. McConnell spoke at the ceremony in the U.S. Capitol for the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass statue.

He spoke about Frederick Douglass' leadership and his dedication to liberty and our country.

Sen. McConnell said: "We're proud to dedicate this statue. To place it near the Statue of Freedom and those of other great Americans, and say to all those who visit the Capitol: this is your country, and Frederick Douglass helped build it."

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