Senator Rand Paul ? Applauds U.S. House Action on Cost-Cutters Legislation
|Please allow me to update you on this week’s happenings in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Rand Paul’s Legislation to Block Lake Cumberland User Fees Passes the U.S. Senate
After hearing about the water fee issue facing Lake Cumberland’s surrounding counties, I reached out to local officials in those communities and promised to work with them to find a solution.
I’m excited to report that, on Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed my amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from, for the first time, charging eleven Lake Cumberland-area cities and businesses user fees to access the water in Lake Cumberland!
My legislation will help protect families from paying higher water bills and also help prevent government from further hindering our employers’ competitiveness, and I will continue working in Congress and with local officials to shield Lake Cumberland communities from these charges.
Dr. Rand Paul Applauds U.S. House Action on Cost-Cutters Legislation
The Lake Cumberland amendment wasn’t the only success on Thursday!
In May 2015, I introduced S. 1378, the Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act, with Virginia Senator Mark Warner to tackle the widespread problem of “use it or lose it spending” that sees federal agencies waste enormous amounts of taxpayer dollars before the fiscal year ends. Our bill passed the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in May 2016.
Now, the U.S House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has followed our lead by sending a companion bill, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s (R-TN) H.R. 2532, to the House floor!
While ‘use it or lose it’ spenders have splurged with taxpayer funds to beat the clock in the past, the full House and Senate can now take a major step toward ending business as usual by passing this reform.
The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act incentivizes savings by offering a bonus to federal employees that identify surplus or unneeded funds, and it ensures that 90% of the savings are automatically directed toward deficit reduction.
Dr. Rand Paul Addresses the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce
The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce traveled to Washington this week for its annual “Fly-In,” and I had a chance to speak to the Chamber on Wednesday, as well as to Paducah’s WPSD Local 6.
In addition to discussing the WRDA bill I mentioned above, I talked about how critical it is that our government stop sending taxpayers’ hard-earned funds overseas while our own country’s infrastructure is crumbling.
I also spoke on my amendment to modify the existing criteria the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers uses to dredge small harbors by dropping the minimum tonnage requirements and prioritizing smaller harbors for dredging rather than just larger, commercial harbors. Passing this bill would protect smaller ports from potentially facing shutdowns by ensuring they are considered for the Corps’ dredging efforts.
We also touched on other topics, such as the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant, education, and job training.
(Dr. Paul Speaks to the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce – September 14, 2016)
Dr. Rand Paul Visits with 2016 Principal of the Year Duane Kline
On Tuesday, I had the honor of meeting Duane Kline, who the Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals announced in May as their 2016 “Principal of the Year.”
Duane currently serves as the principal for Owen County High School.
My congratulations again on the award and all the best for the school year!
(Dr. Paul with Duane Kline – September 13, 2016)
Dr. Rand Paul Meets with the United Fresh Produce Association
Kentucky representatives of the United Fresh Produce Association also stopped by my office on Tuesday, and we talked about the H-2A worker program, children’s nutrition, and trade.
These members represented Newport’s Castellini Company LLC, Louisville’s Horton Fruit Company, Covington’s Club Chef, and Owensboro’s Grow Farms.
(Dr. Paul with the United Fresh Produce Association – September 13, 2016)
Dr. Rand Paul Visits with Greg Curlin
I had an opportunity to meet with Greg Curlin, Executive Director of the Hickman-Fulton County Riverport Authority, earlier this month in Kentucky, and I was glad for a chance to follow up this Tuesday with Greg in Washington. We discussed the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project, WRDA, and small harbors.
(Dr. Paul with Greg Curlin – September 13, 2016)
Dr. Rand Paul Meets with the National Confectioners Association
On Wednesday, I met with Kentucky members of the National Confectioners Association, and we discussed reforming sugar subsidies, GMO labeling, and the importance of their plants to Kentucky jobs. Rick Ross is the President of Galerie in Hebron, Kentucky, and Mehmet Yuksek is the President and CEO of Perfetti Van Melle USA, located in Erlanger, Kentucky.
(Dr. Paul with National Confectioners Association Members – September 14, 2016)
Dr. Rand Paul Meets with the International Franchise Association
Also on Wednesday, I sat down with members of the International Franchise Association (IFA), who were in town as part of the Franchise Action Network initiative, to discuss issues including the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule and the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new joint employer standard. IFA has also recently announced the launch of the new Congressional Franchise Caucus. These members represented Comfort Suites in Owensboro, Kentucky, and Yum! Brands, which is based in Louisville, Kentucky.
I have cosponsored legislation that would nullify the DOL’s damaging new rule, as well as legislation to restore the previous joint employer standard.
(Dr. Paul with International Franchise Association Members – September 14, 2016)
Dr. Rand Paul Meets with the Kentucky Credit Union League
On Thursday, I met with over 20 members of the Kentucky Credit Union League who came to Washington to discuss the regulatory impact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has had on credit unions and their individual members.
In June 2016, the CFPB issued a 1,300-page proposed rule that would significantly impact small-dollar, short-term loans. If implemented, the cost of complying with this new regulation has the potential to limit access to credit for many Americans that use financial services provided by credit unions and banks.
I have pledged to work to rein in the CFPB’s overreach and improve access to credit to ensure that both urban and rural communities are able to obtain credit services that are essential to small businesses and individuals.
(Dr. Paul with the Kentucky Credit Union League – September 15, 2016)
This week, I spoke with Somerset’s Commonwealth Journal, and I was interviewed for radio by WCCK’s Gayle Hall, WKYX’s Greg Dunker, and WBRT’s Jim Brooks and Margie Bradford.
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