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SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

Republican Senate Continues Bipartisan Accomplishments for Kentuckians

By Senator Mitch McConnell

March 29, 2016

Across Kentucky, one topic of conversation dominates: the presidential election. People are captivated by the spirited campaigns and candidates in both parties. In my travels through the Commonwealth, I am often asked for my opinion or to make predictions about the race.

I tell everybody the same thing: I plan to support the Republican nominee for president. And I remind everybody that while the presidential candidates have been collecting votes across the nation, the new Republican Senate has been hard at work, passing bills that will make a difference in the lives of hard-working Kentuckians.

Take the recently passed Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). More than 1,000 Kentuckians every year are dying from drug overdoses, frequently driven by prescription pain pills

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) photographed at the Capitol on December 2, 2008. Photograph by Karen Ballard

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) photographed at the Capitol on December 2, 2008. Photograph by Karen Ballard

and heroin, and the rate of deaths continues to climb. Drugs destroy lives and families. I felt strongly that the Senate should act, and we did.

CARA would help address the opioid epidemic by providing additional tools for enhanced prevention, education, treatment and recovery programs that are already underway across Kentucky. The bill calls for the expansion of naloxone, a drug which can counter the effects of an opioid overdose. The bill would strengthen and enhance prescription drug monitoring programs, to crack down on “doctor shopping,” a practice used to obtain multiple prescriptions for drugs that can be abused.

CARA would also give law enforcement more of the tools they need by supporting anti-heroin and anti-meth task forces in their investigations of illegal drug trafficking and distribution. This bill represents a comprehensive approach to combatting the nation’s opioid epidemic, and it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Under years of Democratic control in the U.S. Senate, a comprehensive bill like CARA never advanced. As Senate Majority Leader in a new Republican Senate, I made passing this bill a high priority.

Earlier this year, the new Republican Senate achieved another milestone that had long languished under a Democrat-controlled Senate: passing a bill that would permanently bar taxes on access to internet services. Internet service has become a vital, daily resource for many Americans, from schoolchildren to families to small businesses. In 1998, Congress voted to ban taxes on Internet access, but it was only a temporary ban.

That temporary ban was extended eight times by Congress, but never made permanent—until now. Kentuckians can rest easy knowing that the Internet access that connects them to their communities and to the world will remain tax-free. This same law also strengthens U.S. trade enforcement capabilities at the border in an effort to prevent countries from violating our international trade laws and agreements.

I also worked on an issue that, as the father of three daughters, is especially important to me—helping to bring Kentucky families together. I’ve met many families who have generously opened their homes and their hearts to children through international adoption. Sometimes they encounter difficulty bringing their adopted children home to the United States, and my office helps them in their efforts.

For example, I’ve been proud to help several Kentucky families see the safe return of their adopted children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and from Haiti. Last year, I helped lead the passage of the Adoptive Family Relief Act, which was signed into law to provide financial relief to families adopting from the DRC by waiving visa renewal fees in this and other extraordinary adoption circumstances. And my office continues to work with Kentuckians with other adoption issues, such as securing Social Security numbers for their children and navigating the federal bureaucracy.

All of these recent accomplishments build on the new Republican Senate’s already impressive record from 2015 to promote jobs and economic growth, defend America and provide for our troops, and protect the most vulnerable.

Under my leadership, the Senate successfully passed the first Obamacare repeal bill that reached the President’s desk; a long-term highway funding bill to repair roads and bridges in Kentucky and boost economic development; an additional $75 million to advance construction of a new VA medical center in Louisville to serve Kentucky veterans; funding for several important construction projects at Fort Campbell and Fort Knox; a bill to strengthen Medicare and protect seniors’ access to care; the most significant K-12 education reform bill in over a decade; funding to encourage economic development in eastern Kentucky; funding for job training for out-of-work coal workers; and permanent tax relief for Kentucky small businesses and farms as well as low-income and working families; among many other achievements.

The new Republican Senate is working because we are listening to you, the American people. From help for families devastated by addiction, to funding for our veterans, we’re taking action on issues that are important to families, small businesses, and the middle class.

We’ve come a long way from the days of gridlock and dysfunction in a Senate under Democratic control. But more work remains to be done. It is my pledge to you that as Senate Majority Leader, I will remain focused on the important issues and keep fighting for all Kentuckians.


Photo Courtesy: U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie

Photo Courtesy: U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie


When I am working in Washington, I communicate by taking phone calls, submitting articles for local newspapers, and interacting daily with constituents on social media, but I believe there is no substitute for face-to-face meetings when I am in Kentucky.
Ashland Town Hall with Senator Rand Paul
Congressman Massie joins Senator Rand Paul in Ashland, Kentucky for a town hall on March 28, 2016, to speak to and take questions from dozens of constituents about issues important to the fourth district, the Commonwealth, and the country as a whole. For more pictures from the event, click here.
Greenup County “Coffee with your Congressman”
Congressman Massie enjoys coffee and conversation with constituents at the Greenup County “Coffee with your Congressman” event in Flatwoods, Kentucky on March 30, 2016. For more pictures from the event, click here.
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Ceremony
Congressman Massie participates in the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” ceremony in Russell, Kentucky on March 30, 2016, to thank Vietnam War veterans for their service. For more information on the ceremony, click here.
Bessler Auto Parts
Congressman Massie visits family-owned Bessler Auto Parts in Wilder, Kentucky on March 31, 2016, to learn more about the business, which sources premium recycled car parts. For more pictures of the visit, click here.
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Government Forum
Congressman Massie addresses the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Government Forum in Covington, Kentucky on March 31, 2016, to discuss how federal issues affect Kentucky’s fourth district. For more pictures from the event, click here
Veterans Advisory Board
Congressman Massie meets with his Veterans Advisory Board at the Disabled American Veterans National Headquarters in Cold Spring, Kentucky on March 31, 2016, to discuss issues that concern veterans in Kentucky’s fourth district. Former Campbell County Judge Executive Lloyd Rogers, Congressman Massie’s Director of Veterans Affairs, ran the meeting. For more pictures from the event, click here.
Mason County “Coffee with your Congressman”
Congressman Massie enjoys coffee and conversation with constituents at the Mason County “Coffee with your Congressman” event in Maysville, Kentucky on March 31, 2016. For more pictures from the event, click here.
So far, I have hosted “Coffee with your Congressman” events in Campbell, Oldham, Spencer, Jefferson, Greenup, and Mason Counties. I plan on hosting a “Coffee with your Congressman” in every county in my district, so if you do not yet see your county below, stay tuned!
Upcoming “Coffee with Your Congressman” Events
What: Shelby County Coffee with Your Congressman
Where: Harvest Coffee & Cafe, 524 Main Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065
When: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 @ 3:30 P.M.
What: Pendleton County Coffee with Your Congressman
Where: Tim’s Kitchen, 10192 US-27, Butler, KY 41006
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 @ 3:00 P.M.
What: Trimble County Coffee with Your Congressman
Where: Bray Orchards, 2580 Highway 42 W, Bedford, KY 40006
When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 @ 10:30 A.M.


Attorney Zulu Ali. Photo Courtesy:

Attorney Zulu Ali. Photo Courtesy:



Nationwide — The American Institute of Legal Counsel, an invitation only legal organization recognizing excellence of practitioners in their respective areas, named Attorney Zulu Ali one of their top 10 best lawyers in criminal defense and personal injury.

Ali, a native of Shelbyville, Tennessee, is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who served with the Marine Security Forces. After graduating from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Attorney Ali served as a sworn police officer with the City of Shelbyville, City of Lewisburg, and Vanderbilt Police Departments, respectively.

Director of the American Committee for United Nations Oversight, an advocacy group lobbying the United Nations for police reform, Ali opened the Law Offices of Zulu Ali in Riverside, California with a focus on representing persons accused of crimes and seeking criminal justice, immigrants, victims of discrimination, and persons seeking civil justice.

He has been admitted to the California State Bar; United States District Courts for the districts of Central California, Southern California, Northern California, and Colorado; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court; and named one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers by the prestigious National Black Lawyers-Top 100.

Ali earned a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in African Studies from Regents College through a consortium with Tennessee State University and a Juris Doctorate from Trinity International University Law School.

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