Advertisements

NEWS EXTRA

This segment provides the viewer / reader with news they might have missed and focuses on key issues related to current and past events. These articles are provided courtesy of our many contributing sources. We ask that you enjoy these stories and continue your support of beenetworknews.com, our contributing sources and publishers.

mcconell

SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

Op-Ed By Senator Mitch McConnell

July 19, 2015

Kentucky Students, Parents and Teachers Win Under Every Child Achieves Act

There are few things more important than providing our children with a good quality education. Yet for years, many Kentucky parents have been less than satisfied with an education system in desperate need of reform.

The last major elementary and secondary education bill passed by Congress was the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002. This measure laid the groundwork for important reforms. But since its passage 13 years ago, many of its original requirements have become unworkable. Today, nearly all of our public schools are considered failing.

Due to this broken law and Congressional inaction, the Obama Administration has provided waivers to states to avoid penalties under the law. However, those waivers came with additional requirements imposed by the administration. As a result, more than 40 states, including Kentucky, now have waivers from the mandates included in No Child Left Behind.

Despite the heavy hand of the administration, Kentucky has made some progress in recent years in education through the flexibility of the waivers. Kentucky was the first state to petition for some freedom from the current law’s requirements, and with that freedom came better results.

We’ve increased our graduation rate to attain the 10th-highest graduation rate of all states in the nation. Even though more than half of Kentucky’s public school students are considered low-income, Kentucky is one of only two states that graduates 85 percent or more of its low-income students on time. And Kentucky has increased the number of students who enter into post-secondary education programs from about half to 68 percent in just a few years.

Still, there are limits to what Kentucky schools can do under the restrictions of current law and the interference of bureaucrats in Washington. Someone in a position to know is Kentucky’s Education Commissioner, Terry Holliday. In a letter to me, he wrote: “I can attest based on our experience that the waiver process is onerous and allows too many opportunities for federal intrusion into state responsibility for education. The long-term health of public education in the United States requires reauthorization [of a new education bill] and an end to the use of the waiver as a patch on an otherwise impractical system of requirements.”

He’s right. It’s long past time that Congress acted—which is why I fought in the Senate to pass the Every Child Achieves Act. This bill, which passed the Senate last week with overwhelming bipartisan support, would end top-down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates for education by returning decision-making power and accountability to the states, to local school boards, to teachers, and to parents rather than federal bureaucrats.

It would restore responsibility for local schools to states by providing increased flexibility to design and implement education programs and systems. It would strictly prohibit the U.S. Department of Education from dictating to states what standards to adopt, what accountability systems to implement, or how to identify schools or teachers that need improvement.

We’ve all witnessed what Kentucky has been able to do in the past few years under the waiver, which offered conditional flexibility. Just imagine what schools in our Commonwealth will be able to achieve once the federal government steps out-of-the-way.

Throughout this debate, my guiding principle has been clear: Kentucky knows what its schools and its students need to improve more than a faraway bureaucrat in Washington does. The Every Child Achieves Act would build on that principle by allowing Kentucky to determine the best policies for Kentucky schoolchildren—because the needs of our students may not be the same as those in New York or California.

Passing the Every Child Achieves Act is good for Kentucky parents, teachers, and students. It’s also further proof that, after years of dysfunction, the new Republican majority in the Senate is back to work for the American people. Under my leadership, the Senate has now passed more than 45 bills, 25 of which have been signed into law. The Every Child Achieves Act is just the latest.

I look forward to the House and the Senate working together to craft a final education reform bill that can be added to the growing list of legislative achievements in a new Republican-led Senate, and I’m pleased that fixing our education system is the latest example of that important work.

SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

Senator McConnell Comments on President Obama’s Latest Anti-Coal Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comments today regarding the Obama Administration’s latest anti-coal regulation:

“This costly proposed regulation is aimed squarely at the lifeblood of the commonwealth’s economy and the livelihoods of Coal Country workers and their families. Taken together with other Washington regulations that are already having a devastating impact, it’s impossible not to conclude that the Obama Administration is engaging in all-out economic warfare on these communities. I will continue to do all I can to fight back against the Obama Administration’s repeated and gratuitous attacks on Kentuckians whose only crime is working hard to maintain a reliable source of energy and provide for their families.”

SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

McConnell Secures Hemp Provision in Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Measure would allow the processing of legally grown industrial hemp

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell secured a provision in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill today to allow the processing of legally grown industrial hemp. The McConnell language would help farmers transport legal industrial hemp between states so the crop can be developed for commercial purposes. The full Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill today.

“Kentucky’s industrial hemp pilot programs continue to prosper and I want to make sure our legal hemp producers can safely transport their crops between states, including to States that maintain processing facilities, so they can fully capitalize on the commercial potential for this commodity,” said Senator McConnell.  

“This latest language reemphasizes that industrial hemp from a farm bill research program is an agricultural commodity. The ability of Kentucky to research the full potential of industrial hemp through processing, marketing, and sales is vital to understanding the future possibilities for industrial hemp.  Kentucky’s agriculture community continues to be indebted to Senator McConnell for his continued leadership on industrial hemp,” said Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, James Comer.

Last month, Senator McConnell worked with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Jon Tester (D-MT) to secure language in the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill to ensure that legal industrial hemp pilot programs, like those in Kentucky, can continue without federal disruption.

These latest hemp provisions build upon Senator McConnell’s work in last year’s Farm Bill, which gave state agricultural commissioners and universities the federal authority to cultivate industrial hemp for pilot programs.

SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

Senators McConnell and Paul Introduce Legislation to Require Congressional Review over the Bureau of Prisons

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul introduced The Federal Prisons Accountability Act of 2015 today. The legislation requires the Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. Unlike most Department of Justice (DOJ) administrators or directors, the Director of BOP is appointed by the U.S. Attorney General without the approval of the Senate.

The Director of the BOP supervises Kentuckians who work at Kentucky’s five federal prisons and who protect the public under hazardous conditions on a daily basis.  Kentucky corrections officers have repeatedly called for the BOP to take additional steps to mitigate risks to officer safety from violent inmates.  Subjecting the BOP Director to the same congressional review as other top law enforcement agency chiefs within DOJ will ensure greater responsiveness by the agency to the safety needs of its nearly 40,000 dedicated federal corrections employees.

The BOP Director, who oversees operations at 122 federal facilities, also administers the controversial Federal Prisons Industries (FPI) program.  This entity directly competes against the private sector, including small businesses in Kentucky, for government contracts and is inherently advantaged by its ability to pay federal prisoners less than private sector workers.

“Currently, the director of the Bureau of Prisons has significant budget authority over taxpayer dollars without confirmation by the U.S. Senate,” Senator McConnell said. “The legislation I introduced today with Senator Paul will bring some much-needed accountability and transparency to the BOP, which is important for all agencies within the Department of Justice, and will help protect private sector workers in Kentucky and across the nation.”

“No agency as large as the Bureau of Prisons should have so little accountability. Our bill will ensure the concerns of those who work in the prisons are heard and acted upon. It will also ensure the small businesses affected by competition from the bureau have their voices heard,” Sen. Paul said.

Don Peace, President of Local 614, which represents the staff at the U.S. Penitentiary McCreary in Pine Knot Kentucky, said “this bill would bring some greatly needed oversight to this agency. I applaud Senators McConnell and Paul’s leadership in introducing this bill.  As Federal Law Enforcement Officers, we have a very dangerous job protecting society from criminals. The Senators have always been very supportive of us and this is just another way to show that support.”

SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

Senate Passes McConnell-Cosponsored Bill to Assist Families Adopting Children from Democratic Republic of the Congo

The passage of this bill through the Senate will help bring needed assistance to so many loving families across our country who want nothing more than to open their homes to a child in a need.’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comments regarding Senate passage of the Adoptive Family Relief Act – legislation he cosponsored to provide meaningful financial relief to families adopting children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):

“I just wanted to briefly say a few words about Senate passage of S.1300, the Adoptive Family Relief Act.  The issue this bill addresses is of particular importance to me, and I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of the legislation.

“More than 400 American families – approximately 20 of them from Kentucky – have successfully adopted children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DRC. 

“However, due to the DRC government’s suspension of “exit permits” – which has been in place for close to two years now – many of these families have been unable to bring their adopted children home to the U.S. 

“For example, although I was pleased to be able to help the Brock family from Owensboro, Kentucky with the return of one of their adopted sons last Christmas, their other son still remains in the DRC.

“To make matters worse, many of these families have been financially burdened by the cost of continually renewing their children’s visas while they wait for the day the DRC decides to lift this suspension.  

“In an attempt to help these families, the Adoptive Family Relief Act will provide meaningful financial relief by granting the State Department the authority to waive the fees for multiple visa renewals in this and other extraordinary adoption circumstances. 

“The bill builds on Congress’ bipartisan efforts on this adoption issue, including a provision in this year’s Congressional budget resolution to encourage a solution to the stalemate in the DRC.

“I strongly urge the DRC government to resolve this matter, and I truly hope there is a solution to it soon.  But until then, I urge the House and President Obama to help us enact the Adoptive Family Relief Act.  The passage of this bill through the Senate will help bring needed assistance to so many loving families across our country who want nothing more than to open their homes to a child in a need. 

“I want to thank the bill sponsors – Senators Feinstein and Johnson – the 17 other bipartisan cosponsors, and the Judiciary Committee for their hard work and truly bipartisan commitment to solving this heartbreaking issue.”

SOURCE:  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell /YouTube Channel

Senate Passes McConnell Cosponsored Bill to Assist Families Adopting Children from DRC

Published on Jul 15, 2015

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comments regarding Senate passage of the Adoptive Family Relief Act – legislation he cosponsored to provide meaningful financial relief to families adopting children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Volkswagen logoSOURCE:  VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES $6.8 MILLION INVESTMENT IN CALIFORNIA

— Automaker to build parts distribution facility in Sacramento, Calif., to support continued U.S. growth, and enhance service for VWGoA dealers in the region—

Herndon, Va. – Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA), announced plans to invest $6.8 million to expand its logistics operations by opening a new Pacific Northwest Parts Distribution Center in Sacramento, Calif. The 143,000 square-foot facility, marks Volkswagen’s second parts distribution warehouse in California, and will be used for distributing automotive service parts for approximately 84 Audi and Volkswagen dealers in six states throughout the Pacific Northwest and  Northern California.

“This new facility is a testament to Volkswagen Group of America’s commitment to servicing its dealer network and customer base on the West Coast as efficiently as possible,” said Jan Bures, Executive Vice President Group After Sales and Services, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “We remain focused on growing in the U.S. market through these strategic investments.”

The new Sacramento, Calif., facility will enable VWGoA to better service customer needs, in less time, improving stock orders from second-day to overnight delivery. The new warehouse will hold roughly 47,000 part numbers, and is slated to open the second quarter of 2016, with a projected employee roster of 28.

The investment is part of Volkswagen Group’s more than $7 billion commitment in the North American market between 2015 and 2019. VWGoA currently has a 310,000 square-foot parts and distribution facility in Los Angeles.

 Rep Thomas Massie

SOURCE:  Office of Rep. Thomas Massie

U.S. House Votes for Additional Restrictions on Surveillance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed an amendment by Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to defund two surveillance “backdoors” that currently allow intelligence agencies access to Americans’ private data and correspondence without a warrant. The amendment, which is part of the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2685), passed 255-174.
“The USA Freedom Act is not the last word on surveillance reform,” said Rep. Massie.  “Backdoor surveillance authorized under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act is arguably worse than the bulk collection of records illegally collected under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. This amendment is a much-needed next step as Congress continues to rein in the surveillance state and reassert the Fourth Amendment.”
“This amendment is the most meaningful step Congress can take to end warrantless bulk collection of US persons’ communications and data,” said Rep. Lofgren. “We know that mass surveillance of Americans, as reported in the news, has taken place under the FISA Section 702 authority. This vote shows once again that the House is committed to upholding the Constitution and protecting Americans from warrantless invasions of their privacy. Enacting this amendment into law will benefit our economy, protect our competitiveness abroad, and make significant strides in rebuilding the public’s trust.”
Under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, Americans’ private data and communications – including emails, photos, and text messages – can be collected by intelligence agencies, provided
House of Representatives passed an amendment by Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) .  Photo Courtesy: Ofc. Rep. Thomas Massie

House of Representatives passed an amendment by Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) . Photo Courtesy: Ofc. Rep. Thomas Massie

that data or communication at some point crosses the border of the United States. Given the current fluid nature of electronic communications and data storage, in which corporate and private server farms store Americans’ data all over the world, this loophole could allow intelligence agencies access to a vast swath of communications and data without warrant protection. Intelligence officials have confirmed to Congress that law enforcement agencies actively search the content of this intercepted data without probable cause, and have used evidence gathered to assist in criminal prosecutions. Government agencies have also reportedly coerced individuals and organizations to build encryption “backdoors” into products or services for surveillance purposes, despite industry and cryptologist claims that this process is not technologically feasible without putting the data security of every individual using these services at risk. The Massie-Lofgren Amendment would prohibit funding for activities that exploit these “backdoors.”

An identical amendment to the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Act last year passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming 293-123 vote, but it was not included in the omnibus spending legislation that passed last December.
The amendment is supported by a broad coalition of privacy and civil liberties groups as well as tech companies, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Campaign for Liberty, Constitutional Alliance, Council on American-Islamic Relations, CREDO Mobile, Defending Dissent Foundation, Demand Progress, DownsizeDC.org, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press Action Fund, FreedomWorks, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Generation Opportunity, Google, Liberty Coalition, Media Alliance, New America’s Open Technology Institute, OpenMedia.org, OpenTheGovernment.org, Project On Government Oversight, Public Knowledge, Restore The Fourth, RootsAction.org, Student Net Alliance, Sunlight Foundation, TechFreedom, and X-Lab.
Other co-sponsors include Reps Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Conyers (D-MI), Poe (R-TX), Gabbard (D-HI), Jordan (R-OH), O’Rourke (D-TX), Amash (R-MI), Nadler (D-NY), Collins (R-GA), DelBene (D-WA), Labrador (R-ID), Pocan (D-WI), Farenthold (R-TX), Lieu (D-CA), and Sanford (R-SC).

Flag Officer Assignments

600px-US-DeptOfNavy-Seal.svgThe Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert announced the following assignments:

Rear Adm. (lower half) Brian K. Corey will be assigned as commander, Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division; and assistant commander for test and evaluation, Naval Air Systems Command, China Lake, California. Corey is currently serving as vice commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland.

Rear Adm. (lower half) Michael T. Moran will be assigned as program executive officer for tactical aircraft programs, Patuxent River, Maryland. Moran is currently serving as commander, Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division; and assistant commander for test and evaluation, Naval Air Systems Command, China Lake, California.

Capt. Moises Deltoro III, selected for promotion to rear-admiral (lower half), will be assigned as commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Washington, District of Columbia. Deltoro is currently serving as major program manager, PMS-415, Program Executive Officer Submarines, Washington, District of Columbia.

Capt. Stephen F. Williamson, selected for promotion to rear-admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director, fleet maintenance, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Williamson is currently serving as commander, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington.

PHOTO(s) OF THE DAY

SOURCE:  Department of Defense /Defense News Lead Photo

Soldiers with A Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 252nd Armor Regiment, part of the Multinational Battle Group-East Forward Command Post, conduct fire phobia training July 15, 2015, at Camp Slim Lines in Pristina, Kosovo. The training, held to ensure MNBG-E troops are prepared to respond to situations that threaten a safe and secure Kosovo, was led by Hungarian army soldiers that are part of Kosovo Force Tactical Reserve Maneuver Battalion. (U.S. Army photo by Ardian Nrecaj, Multinational Battle Group-East)

Soldiers with A Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 252nd Armor Regiment, part of the Multinational Battle Group-East Forward Command Post, conduct fire phobia training July 15, 2015, at Camp Slim Lines in Pristina, Kosovo. The training, held to ensure MNBG-E troops are prepared to respond to situations that threaten a safe and secure Kosovo, was led by Hungarian army soldiers that are part of Kosovo Force Tactical Reserve Maneuver Battalion. (U.S. Army photo by Ardian Nrecaj, Multinational Battle Group-East)

150715-N-SB233-019 ARABIAN GULF (July 15, 2015) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) prepare to conduct an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class J. Michael Drew/Released)

150715-N-SB233-019
ARABIAN GULF (July 15, 2015) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) prepare to conduct an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class J. Michael Drew/Released)

150710-N-DV340-024  PACIFIC OCEAN (July 10, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 launches at sunset from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

150710-N-DV340-024
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 10, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 launches at sunset from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chase C. Lacombe/Released)

U.S. Marines and Australian service members move into defensive positions for the night after conducting an amphibious assault during Talisman Sabre 2015 in Fog Bay, Australia, July 11, 2015. The Marines are assigned to Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marines and Australian service members move into defensive positions for the night after conducting an amphibious assault during Talisman Sabre 2015 in Fog Bay, Australia, July 11, 2015. The Marines are assigned to Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

bmg logo(R)2BMG AD (fv)

Advertisements
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.

Keith Warren Justice Site

"What is it that the systems doesn't want me to know about my child's life and or death?"- Mary Couey

Truth- A Right to Fight For...

My Words & Random Videos Exposing TRUE History & Facts, Current News and Info Mainly Relating to Amerikkkan Racism & the Government, Especially Police & the Black Community... RBG...MakaveliTrained

julius22193

keep going

Welcome

Oscar Relentos

%d bloggers like this: