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SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

Republican-Led Senate Approves Legislation to Provide Important Energy and Water Infrastructure Work in Kentucky

Senate’s Legislative and Appropriations Process Restored Under McConnell Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Senate passage of an energy security and water infrastructure bill which is important to Kentucky and to America. The measure provides critical resources that Senator McConnell helped secure for several Kentucky energy, water infrastructure, and economic development programs, including:

  • $206 million specifically for cleanup operations at the Paducah Department of Energy site, which will help employees at the McCracken County facility continue their important work. The
    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

    facility will also receive additional funding in the bill for other operations at the site.

  • $225 million specifically for the Olmsted Lock and Dam project in Ballard County. This and additional U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding in the bill will support construction and maintenance of inland waterways infrastructure that is vital to barge and maritime jobs in Kentucky.
  • $151 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), including $50 million specifically for coal communities and $6 million for water infrastructure projects in distressed counties in Central Appalachia.
  • $25 million for the Delta Regional Authority—which includes a number of Western Kentucky counties—to support economic development, infrastructure, training and other projects in the Mississippi Delta Region.

“The Energy and Water Appropriations bill is important for American energy, for American waterways and ports, and for American commerce and safety,” Senator McConnell said. “Kentuckians would benefit from initiatives for the Appalachian Regional Commission to assist coal communities in Appalachia, from vital cleanup work in Paducah, and from construction of the Olmsted Lock and Dam and other vital inland waterway projects. This is a good bill for Kentuckians and for our country. By returning to regular order, we’ve opened up the process and empowered all Senators to have more of a say in the appropriations process. The progress we’ve seen already is encouraging. It shows what’s possible when the Senate under a new majority gets back to a productive legislative process.”

This is the earliest date since creation of the Budget Act in 1974 that an individual appropriations bill has been approved by the full Senate. The legislation must now be approved by the House of Representatives.

SOURCE:  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

General Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has announced that the president has made the following nominations:

Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.  Goldfein is currently serving as vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., for appointment to the rank of lieutenant-general and for assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.  Brown is currently serving as commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Air Combat Command, Southwest Asia.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach for appointment to the rank of lieutenant-general and for assignment as commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Northern Command; commander, Eleventh Air Force, Pacific Air Forces; and commander, Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Region, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.  Wilsbach is currently serving as director, Operations, J-3, Headquarters U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as commander, U.S. Northern Command; and commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Robinson is currently serving as commander, Pacific Air Forces; air component commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and executive director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Jon T. Thomas has been nominated to the rank of major-general. Thomas is currently serving as commander, 86th Airlift Wing, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Charles G. Chiarotti has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major-general. Chiarotti is currently serving as commanding general, 2d Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. David W. Coffman has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major-general. Coffman is currently serving as deputy commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force; and commanding general, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Pendleton, California.

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Paul J. Kennedy has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major-general. Kennedy is currently serving as commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Quantico, Virginia.

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Joaquin F. Malavet has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major-general. Malavet is currently serving as commanding general, Marine Corps Installations-Pacific; and commander, Marine Corps Base, Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan.

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Loretta E. Reynolds has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major-general. Reynolds is currently serving as commander, Marine Forces Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Russell A. Sanborn has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major-general. Sanborn is currently serving as commanding general, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan.

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. George W. Smith Jr., has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major-general.  Smith Jr. is currently serving as director, Manpower Plans and Policies Division, Quantico, Virginia.

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Mark R. Wise has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major-general. Wise is currently serving as deputy commander, U.S. Forces Japan, Honshu, Japan.

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major-general. Yoo is currently serving as director of operations, J-3, U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida.

Flag Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the president has made the following nominations:

Navy Vice Adm. William F. Moran for appointment to the rank of admiral and for assignment as vice chief of naval operations, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. Moran is currently serving as deputy chief of naval operations for manpower, personnel, training, and education, N1, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and chief of naval personnel, Arlington, Virginia.

Navy Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe for reappointment to the rank of vice-admiral and for assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, N2/N6, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and director of naval intelligence, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. Tighe is currently serving as commander, Fleet Cyber Command; and commander, Tenth Fleet, Fort Meade, Maryland.

Navy Rear Adm. Robert P. Burke for appointment to the rank of vice-admiral and for assignment as deputy chief of naval operations for manpower, personnel, training, and education, N1, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and chief of naval personnel, Arlington, Virginia. Burke is currently serving as director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division, N13, Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Arlington, Virginia.

Navy Rear Adm. Thomas J. Moore for appointment to the rank of vice-admiral and for assignment as commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia. Moore is currently serving as program executive officer for aircraft carriers, Washington, District of Columbia.

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SOURCE:  U.S. REP. THOMAS MASSIE

Massie Legislation to “Audit the Fed” Moves Forward in the House
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR), chaired by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), has announced it will consider Congressman Thomas Massie’s H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, also known as “Audit the Fed,” in a markup session on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. A committee markup, where committee members offer amendments and debate whether legislation is ready for consideration by the full House, is the important step between introducing a bill and voting on it on the floor of the House.
“This is a major step toward bringing this bill to the House floor. This bill could make it easier for Members of Congress to monitor the Federal Reserve,” said Congressman Massie, who is a member of the OGR Committee.
“The Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policy does nothing more than enrich Wall Street at the expense of the poor and middle class,” said former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), who has long championed this cause and originally introduced the bill in 2009. “Passing Audit the Fed will finally enable the American people to know what the Fed is doing to our economy and our money supply. OGR’s markup next week of Audit the Fed is a huge first step in bringing Federal Reserve transparency. I’d like to thank Congressman Thomas Massie, Audit the Fed’s lead sponsor, for his leadership on this important issue.”
The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 would require the Comptroller General to conduct a full examination of the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve makes monetary decisions that affect the economy, and the elected officials who represent everyday Americans have limited insight into how the bank’s decisions are made.
“The American public deserves more insight into the practices of the Federal Reserve,” Massie said. “Behind closed doors, the Fed crafts monetary policy that influences our currency and economy.”
The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 currently has 197 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. Former Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) introduced a similar bill in the 113th Congress that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives, 333-92.
SOURCE:  BLACKNEWS.COM
ARTHUR MITCHELL TO BE HONORED WITH COLUMBIA DOCTORATE OF HUMANE LETTERS

New York, NY — Columbia University will confer the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on the legendary dance pioneer and social activist Arthur Mitchell this month. The honorary degree, which will be awarded during Commencement exercises on May 18th recognizes the trailblazing role Arthur Mitchell has played in diversifying classical dance. I am very honored and very proud to receive this award from Columbia, says Mitchell.

In their announcement of this distinguished recognition, Columbia University noted that Mitchell has been a seminal figure in the dance world for more than a half century. In 1955, the same year civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama and fomented a national fight against segregation, Mitchell joined New York City Ballet and changed the face of ballet in America.

In 1957, George Balanchine, co-founder of the New York City Ballet, would choreograph the radical pas de deux of Agon for Mitchell and his white dance partner, Diana Adams. It is thought to be the first interracial duet in American ballet. Balanchine would choreograph iconic roles especially for him in ballets such as Midsummer Nights Dream, Ivesiana, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Mitchell would remain the only African-American company member during his 15 years dancing with NYCB.

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Arthur Mitchell, Dance Pioneer & Co-Founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem. University recognizes contributions and leadership beyond Dance Theatre of Harlem. Photo Courtesy: Blacknews.com

Before making his debut with the New York City Ballet, Mitchell appeared on Broadway in House of Flowers, Truman Capotes first musical, Noel Cowards Sweet Potato, and Kiss Me Kate. He also danced with the socially minded African-American choreographer Donald McKayle, the Anna Solow company, and made film and television appearances.

Mitchell is a pivotal figure in the conversation on diversity in classical ballet, which he helped to galvanize. In 1969, he left full-time performing to co-found the Dance Theatre of Harlem with influential ballet master Karel Shook. The organization, which began as a school with thirty students and a company of two dancers in a garage on 152nd Street, was designed to offer children especially those in Harlem — the opportunity to learn about dance. The company, which made its official debut on January 8, 1971 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York with three ballets choreographed by Mitchell, also performed several works by Balanchine and Jerome Robbins during its inaugural season.

Over the years, Mitchell assembled an eclectic repertoire for his company ranging from Balanchines neo-classical-styled dances to the Ballet Russe classics, as well as works commissioned from African-American choreographers including Louis Johnson, Alvin Ailey, Garth Fagan, Geoffrey Holder, Tally Beatty, and Billy Wilson. During Mitchells tenure as Artistic Director (he has been Artistic Director Emeritus since 2009), the company was invited by President Nelson Mandela to visit South Africa, breaking the country’s thirty-year cultural ban. Dance Theatre of Harlem quickly grew into a multi-cultural institution and a dance company with an international reputation referred to by The New York Times as one of the dance worlds more visionary experiments.

The award from Columbia confirms the relationship that has developed between the university and Mitchell over the past two years. In December 2014, Mitchell donated his archive to the Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Columbia University, just steps from the Harlem neighborhood where he was born. Harlem and New York City are part of my life’s blood, said the dance pioneer. The extraordinary trove of photographs, posters, programs, clippings, correspondence, early film and video tell the story of Mitchell’s encounters with leading artists and politicians from Igor Stravinsky, Josephine Baker, and Alvin Ailey to Hillary and Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela, and others. The collection sheds new light on the history of American dance, the role of ballet in US cultural diplomacy, and helps to document the social and political history of Harlem. I believe that dance, and the arts more broadly can be used as a catalyst for social change. This is why I started the Dance Theatre of Harlem, said Mitchell. With these materials now at Columbia, artifacts of American dance history and African-American history will be accessible to young scholars, academics, and the general public, furthering the push for change. The collection marks Columbia’s first major dance archive.

Last October, the Arthur Mitchell Project Symposium, held at the Barnard Department of Dance and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, proved to be a rousing success. The two-day event brought together Mitchell’s former dance partners at the New York City Ballet, members of the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s company and staff, scholars, critics, and representatives of the Harlem arts organizations to reflect on Mitchell’s legacy and the issue of diversity in the arts. In partnership with the university, Mitchell continues to develop performances and education programs focusing on diversity in dance through his most recent initiative, The Arthur Mitchell Project. The symposium set precedent for future shared programs between Columbia and Harlem organizations.

Among the many awards received by Mitchell during his storied career are the Kennedy Center Honors, the U.S. National Medal of Arts, induction into the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame, and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities.

Mitchell views his latest honor and the gift of his archives to Columbia University as a continuation of his work to expand the opportunities in art for young African-Americans. His hope is that access to the Arthur Mitchell Collection can be optimized so that more people can learn about the importance of diversity in the arts.

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