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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user Weeble on September 23, 2011 in support of H.R.2306 Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011. Privacy setting: PUBLIC
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H.R.2306 Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011
I am writing as your constituent in the 5th Congressional district of Kentucky. I am writing as your constituent in the 5th Congressional district of Kentucky. I support H.R.2306 - Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.


  We the People of The United States of America,
being of sound mind and sharing a unified spirit of commonsense and a strive for the betterment of the decisions the leaders of our country make, set forth a petition to you, The Government of The United States of America, asking for a repeal of any and all laws regarding the Cannabis plant. 
This includes, but is not limited to, any law making Marijuana, Hemp, Hemp Products,Cannabis Hash, Cannabis Hash Oils, Cannabis Seeds, Cannabis Cultivation, and/or any materials, tools, devices, or utensils needed in the use or pruduction of such things from said plant.

  We hold these "verifiable" truths to be self evident that your current outlook and laws regarding said Cannabis plant to be Unjustified, as well as UnConstitutional, in that it drastically hampers the belief in our pursuit of Life , Liberty, and Happiness.
 
  We are in unison in the belief, and knowledge, that there are very many studies, and research being done, showing vast medicinal benefits and needs that you,The Government of The United States of America, will not recognize because the said Cannabis plant cannot be legitemately submitted to the FDA for approval as a direct result of your laws already making the plant illegal.
 
  We are in unison in the belief, and knowledge, that you, The Government of The United States of America, are currently wasting billions of our country's hard earned tax dollars in making Cannabis the major target of your failed War On Drugs by incarcerating otherwise law abiding citizens for a crime in wich there is no victim and placing them in harms way by placing them in a population of true violent criminals such as, including but not limited to, murderers and rapists.
 
  We are in unison in belief, and knowledge, that the real major harm and violence that is associated with said Cannabis plant only exists as a direct result of you, The United States of America, making said plant illegal.
 
  We are in unison in the belief, and knowledge, that you, The Government of The United States of America, yourself has an ongoing Medical Marijuana program where you provide patients with rolled Cannabis to be smoked and that all patients and their Doctors report positive results from its use.
 
  We are in unison in belief, and knowledge, that you, The Government of The United States, currently holds patents for Cannabis and that you currently contract the University of Mississippi to cultivate and produce said Cannabis plants.
 
  We are in unison in the belief, and knowledge, that you, The Government of The United States of America, misreport findings such as the fact that you,The Government of The United States of America, survey 400 teens age 14-16 and unscientifically say that the results show that millions of teens use marijuana yearly.
 
  We are in unison in the belief, and knowledge, that you, The Government of The United States of America, are engaged in false propoganda campaigns against Cannabis.
 
  We are in unison in the belief, and knowledge, that you,the Government of The  United States of America, knowingly only supports clinical studies and research from Pharmaceutical companies and will only fund studies that are specifically geared towards only seeking out the harms of said Cannabis plant instead of reporting every single aspect of the plant and its benefits as well. 
 
  We are in unison in the belief, and knowledge, that,even with the findings that you, The Government of The United States of America, report on the side effects of Cannabis use, the side effects listed are very minor and far less harmful than any and all prescription or over the counter drugs approved by the FDA such as,  inluding but not limited to, Tylenol and Aspirin.

  We are in unison in the belief, and knowledge, that you, The Government of The United States of America, are currently involved in an act that is drastically hindering the economy of our country by unjustifiably not allowing the cultivation or production of Cannabis Hemp plants or products, something that used to make our country a thriving industrial force and is still on record in every Almanac as many of our country's states as their number 1 cash crop.

  We are in unison in the belief, and knowledge, that there has never been a single reported death from the personal use of said Cannabis plant. That is something we cannot say for any of the true drugs that you do allow such as, including but not limited to, Tylenol and Aspirin. It has also been scientifcally proven that there is absolutely no risk of toxic fatal overdose from the personal use of Cannabis.

  We are in unison in the belief, and knowledge, that the verifiable facts and grievances put forth to you, The Government of The United States of America, in this petition are more than enough grounds for the justified decision in meeting our demand.

  We are in unison in the belief, and knowledge, that this petition is demanding that you, The Government of The United States of America, repeal any and all laws pertaining to the illegalization of the Cannabis plant in all forms, including but not limited to, Marijuana, Hemp, Hemp Products,Cannabis Hash, Cannabis Hash Oils, Cannabis Seeds, Cannabis Cultivation, and/or any materials,tools,devices, or utensils needed in the use or pruduction of such things from said plant.


Signed,
We The People of The United States of America.


Sincerely,
Bill Yoder
This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on September 30, 2011.
This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - September 30,2011
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

 

In Washington

Democrats Insist On Borrowing More, Increasing National Debt

On Monday, the U.S. Senate moved toward passage of a continuing resolution to fund various federal agencies, increasing our national debt by tens of billions of dollars. In this time of economic crisis, the only way to handle increased need for funding is to find ways to offset the costs, not incur greater debt.

I proposed solutions throughout this year to fund increased emergency spending by subtracting funds from duplicative and wasteful federal spending, but Democrats are still insisting we must increase our national debt by borrowing new funds. Read my entire statement HERE.

In Kentucky

Harbor Dredging

This week, I held a briefing on the potential closing of the Hickman/Fulton County riverport. I spoke with users of the harbor, farmers and other members of the community to get their feel for what the harbor meant to them.

Keeping the transportation modes open was important, and I will now look for ways to secure money for the operation. We need to find savings somewhere, but we need to invest in our infrastructure as well. I'm going to work with Congressman Whitfield to find a solution as soon as possible. 

Later that day, I had the opportunity to attend the Purchase Area Development District's Annual Fish Fry.

 Academy Information Fair

After traveling throughout the state this week, my office held our first annual Military Academy Information Fair in Bowling Green. In a program coordinated with Congressman Brett Guthrie's office, nearly 200 students and family members met for three hours to hear from Congressman Guthrie, representatives of each military institution, and Congressional staff members about the application process.

I had the privilege of closing the session with comments for the families. Afterward, I spoke with dozens of students about their particular academy interests and goals for their futures.  Most were from Kentucky's 1st and 2nd Congressional districts, but some came from as far away as eastern Kentucky to learn everything they could about this process.

Having recently met Kentucky native and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer at the White House ceremony during which his bravery was recognized, and now meeting with this group of young people hoping to enter a military career, I am reminded that the Commonwealth is truly wealthy with dedicated young men and women who love their country and are willing to make tremendous sacrifices of service.

Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on CNN's John King USA. I also appeared on several Kentucky radio stations throughout the week including: WRIL with Brian O'Brien, WANV with Brian Sizemore, and WOMI with Joe Lowe.

You can find updates on what I'm doing in Washington by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on October 07, 2011.
This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - October 7, 2011
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
OCTOBER 7, 2011

 

Boy Scouts visit Washington, D.C.

Troop 600 from Rineyville, Kentucky visited Washington, D.C. this week and I had the pleasure of meeting them all as they completed their Citizenship in the Nation merit badge. As a former Boy Scout, I have the most respect for those who participate. Their commitment is evidence of their caring for their community and the Commonwealth.   

Emergency Transportation Safety Fund Act Introduced

Earlier this week I introduced the Emergency Transportation Safety Fund Act to fund our nation's critical infrastructure projects. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) co-sponsored this legislation as well. The bill will address our critical infrastructure needs by making the funding of these projects a priority and without increasing our debt. Click HERE to read my entire statement.

NTSB Pipeline Recommendations

This week I also met with members of the National Transportation Safety Board. They're responsible for the investigation of the 2010 San Bruno, Calif., pipeline explosion. We discussed their findings and I agreed that to adequately address the problems that happened at San Bruno, their recommendations should be adopted. This includes removing the grandfather clause for older pipelines. In the current pipeline legislation before the Senate however, this clause is not lifted and the bill does nothing to remove the potential danger in older pipelines or even fix the problem that caused the San Bruno explosion. Read my entire statement HERE.

Out-of-control Government Regulations

The Obama Administration, in 2009 alone, published a record-breaking 160,000 pages of rules in the Code of Federal Regulations. We cannot allow this explosive growth of federal regulations to continue, especially when these regulations place unreasonable burdens on business and threaten peaceful citizens with heavy fines or jail time.

The overreach of the regulatory agencies is simply appalling. In some instances, people have gone to prison because of the government's skewed definition of private property. This overreach is one reason why I have introduced the REINS Act earlier this year. It is also why I have invited several victims of regulatory overreach to a roundtable forum next week on Capitol Hill. It is time that we bring to light the of these agencies and start a conversation about how to reform our regulatory system. You can watch my video previewing next week by clicking HERE or below. 

Jobs Plan

I will unveil next week, along with several other Republican Senators, a jobs plan for Congress to consider. This plan will include spending reform, lowering taxes, easing regulations, energy development, and export promotion. This proposal would put America back on the path to prosperity in a reasonable and effective way. 

Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations as well as those across the country.

 

You can find updates on what I'm doing in Washington by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on October 14, 2011.
This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - October 14, 2011
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
OCTOBER 14, 2011

 

Panel Discussion on Government Assault on Private Property

This week, I hosted a hearing on, "PROPERTY WRONGS: A Discussion With the Victims of the U.S. Government's Assault on Private Property," to bring to light a few of many instances of overreach by federal agencies. In attendance were 10 witnesses who provided powerful testimonies of regulatory abuse and a dozen Members of Congress who delivered questions and comments.

Witnesses included Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitars; Mike and Chantell Sackett of Idaho, whose current battle with the EPA is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court this winter; Victoria Pozsgai-Khoury of Pennsylvania, who was representing her father's continuing battle with EPA over erroneous wetland regulations; Peter Nimrod, chief engineer of the Mississippi Levee Board, currently suing EPA to allow for a pumping station in the Mississippi Delta region; and John and Judy Dollarhite of Missouri, rabbit breeders whose side business was shut down and fined exorbitantly by the USDA.

From meeting these witnesses and hearing their stories, it is my hope that no one else will have to go through this kind of abuse. I will seek justice for property owners, businesses, and families threatened by the overzealous bureaucrats at these federal agencies. You can read more about the panel discussion by clicking HERE. 

 

Jobs Through Growth Act

Also this week, I unveiled, along with Senator McCain and 25 co-sponsors, an alternative jobs plan called the Jobs Through Growth Act. This proposal we have put forth will not only create millions of jobs, it will not add one penny to the federal debt.

The pillars of this plan include a balanced budget amendment, tax reform, regulatory reform, domestic energy job promotion and export promotion. Passage of this plan would unleash a decade of increased growth, and a new path forward for our struggling economy. You can read my entire statement and more on the jobs plan by clicking HERE.

 

Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on Fox Business' Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox's America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer, and Hannity on Fox News. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing in Washington by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on October 21, 2011.
This Week in the News for Senator Rand Paul - October 21, 2011
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
October 21, 2011

 

No Child Left Behind

This week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee gave its members merely 48 hours to read and discuss the 868-page No Child Left Behind/Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment bill. I immediately took action, urging deliberation and transparency in a Dear Colleague Letter.

I later delivered a floor speech calling for more time, transparency, and sunlight on the legislation. Click HERE or below to watch the video.

I spoke with educators, superintendents and principals across Kentucky this week, gauging their opinion on the lack of time we have had to read this bill. The overwhelming response was that those who are most affected by this legislation need more time to make sure this legislation works for them and improves the current law. During the HELP Committee's markup session we discussed ways forward and at my urging, scheduled a new hearing. I am hopeful of what this extra time for comment and transparency will accomplish. Read more about it HERE.

Secretary Timothy Geithner Testifies At Small Business Committee Hearing

This week Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testified before the Small Business Committee, of which I am a member. You can watch video of it by clicking HERE or below.

Amendment to Fix Pipeline Safety Bill

I proposed and the Senate passed an amendment to the Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011 to fix the bill and its pipeline testing requirements as recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in a recent report on pipeline safety. After reading the safety report and meeting with industry executives, federal regulators and NTSB officials, I found a way to address the problems more thoroughly. My proposal passed unanimously and was accepted by both Republicans and Democrats. Read more about the issue by clicking HERE.

Agreement on Hearings and Joint Investigation on Refugee Welfare

Earlier this week I reached an important agreement with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) that would be a step toward ensuring we are not supporting terrorists in our own backyards with our tax dollars. At my urging, an investigation will be launched into finding out how certain people, including the alleged terrorists apprehended in my hometown of Bowling Green earlier this year, were eligible for taxpayer-funded benefits. Read my full statement HERE.

In Kentucky

Next week, I will travel throughout the Commonwealth and meet with constituents. Be sure to check my official Facebook page or follow me on Twitter HERE for further details.

Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on CNBC'S Kudlow Report, Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano, Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox Business' The Willis Report and Heritage's Rob Bluey. I also appeared on several Kentucky radio stations throughout the week including: WHAS with Mandy Connell, WVHU with Tom Roten, and WLAP with Leland Conway. 

You can find updates on what I'm doing in Washington by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on November 10, 2011.
Reply from Senator Rand Paul
November 10, 2011

 

Dear Mr. Yoder,

 

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding illegal drug reform. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this matter.

I believe it is better to have local and state government handle as much criminal law as possible, including most drug laws. However, if this issue ever comes before me as I serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the United States Senate, I will keep your views in mind.

 

Sincerely,

Rand Paul, MD

United States Senator
This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on November 18, 2011.
This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - November 18, 2011
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
NOVEMBER 18, 2011

 

Iraq War

This week I introduced an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill to formally end the war in Iraq. On multiple occasions this year, the President committed our forces to combat while willfully ignoring Congress. I urge Congress to reclaim its constitutional authority over the decision to go to war, or to end a war - it is one of the body's most important powers. While the President has ordered withdrawal of most of our forces by the end of the year, my amendment continues the spirit of that decision by formally ending the war. Read my entire statement HERE. You can also click HERE or below to watch the video.

Ten Years In Afghanistan and Counting

I also co-sponsored an amendment this week that would direct President Obama to accelerate the timetable for bringing our troops home from Afghanistan and end our eight-year nation-building effort in that country. We cannot continue endless nation-building efforts overseas while here at home we face expounding national debt, crumbling infrastructure, and out-of-control spending in Washington. Read my entire statement HERE.

 Super-committee Alternative Debt Plan 

Also this week, I, along with Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced a plan to give the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction a chance to do what bipartisan coalitions of Senators have stated they want done: "Go big" with $4 trillion in deficit reduction. During this time of economic uncertainty, we need to get our fiscal house in-order. This plan includes cuts that are spread across the wide ranging federal intrusions into our lives and wallets. My colleagues and I urge the super-committee to make a $4 trillion deficit reduction a part of any debt deal. You can read my entire statement and see the plan by clicking HERE.

Standing Up For Kentucky At Energy Hearing

Regulators from the Department of the Interior testified on Capitol Hill this week and I had the opportunity to bring up a topic of great concern to many Kentuckians: environmental protection rules. What the Office of Surface Mining and the EPA are doing is dangerous and I expressed the frustrations of many Kentucky residents and businesses that deal with these overzealous regulatory agencies. I remain committed to defending the rights of all Americans against the abuses of these agencies. Click HERE or below to watch the video. 

 

Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto and also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations throughout the week including: WHAS with Mandy Connell, WKYX with Greg Dunker, WRIL with Brian O'Brien, WNKJ with John Young, WCCK with Cindy Riley, and WKDZ-WHVO with Alan Watts.

You can find updates on what I'm doing in Washington by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on December 02, 2011.
This Week In News From Senator Rand Paul - December 2, 2011
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
DECEMBER 02, 2011

 

In Kentucky

After returning home from Washington, I visited Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. I spoke to students about the growing debt situation in our country and abroad. You can read about my speech, in the Western Kentucky University Herald, by clicking HERE.

I also made a trip to Campbellsville University, where I met with President Michael Carter and members of the university's board of trustees. I was later interviewed by John Chowning for the WLCU-TV show "Dialogue on Public Issues."  Click HERE to read more about my visit to Campbellsville.

While continuing my travels throughout the commonwealth, I stopped in Louisville where I met with employees at UPS Worldport and toured the facility. Later in the day, I had the opportunity to speak with the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce.



In Washington, D.C.

Harbor Equity Act

This week, I introduced the Harbor Equity Act, which prioritizes smaller harbors for dredging work. This act would benefit smaller harbors, like the Hickman River Port in Western Kentucky, that face shutdowns. It is a fact that small communities across the country rely on water transport and our nation's commerce hinges on the quality of its transportation infrastructure. By prioritizing our spending, we can ensure that ports are funded and small communities won't face the economic ripple effects of a shutdown. Read my entire statement by clicking HERE.

Constitutional Liberties

This week I took to the Senate floor as well as recorded a video message against the indefinite detention of United States citizens in defense of constitutional liberties. I refused to let Congress undermine our basic constitutional rights. It would be against everything we believe in and fight for in America to still allow the government to imprison you at their whim. You can watch video of my statement by clicking HERE.

I also wrote an op-ed that appeared in The Louisville Courier Journal this week. It is most important to stand up for liberty when the easy course of action would be to take away rights. If we rely on those in power to do the right thing, without rules to bind them, we open ourselves up to a permanent loss of liberty. We are not governed by angels and we need rules to protect our rights. Read my op-ed by clicking HERE.

Amendment to End the Iraq War

This week, the Senate voted on an amendment I introduced that would formally end the war in Iraq. This year, on multiple occasions, we have seen the President commit our troops to combat, while Congress has been blatantly ignored. By the end of this year, the President has ordered withdrawal of most of our troops in Iraq, however I firmly believe the time has come for Congress to reclaim its constitutional authority over the decision to go to war, or to end a war. However, the amendment was defeated 30-67. Read my entire statement HERE.

Prior to the vote, I delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging my fellow colleagues to vote for this amendment and to formally put an end to the Iraq war. Click HERE or below to watch the video.

 

Defeat of the Detainee Amendment

Additionally, I prevented the passage of amendment No. 1274 offered to National Defense Authorization Act. This amendment would have allowed the United States government to detain an American citizen indefinitely, even after they had been tried and found not guilty, until Congress declares an end to the war on terror. I repeat, this amendment would have allowed the government to indefinitely detain an American citizen tried and found not guilty. Through the act of forcing a roll call vote, this amendment was successfully defeated, 41-59.

I remain committed to fighting back against those who threaten to take our liberty. Read my entire statement HERE.

 

Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano, Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto, and Fox Business' The Willis Report. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations in addition to those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing in Washington by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on December 09, 2011.
This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul - 12/09/11
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
DECEMBER 9, 2011

 

Reining in Out-of-Control Government Regulations

In 2009 alone, the Obama Administration's unelected bureaucrats published a record-breaking 160,000 pages of rules in the Code of Federal Regulations. These federal regulations threaten peaceful citizens with heavy fines or jail time and place unreasonable burdens on businesses. The overreach of these regulatory agencies is simply out of control and is the reason why I introduced the REINS Act earlier this year.

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the REINS Act, or Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, championed by fellow Kentuckian Rep. Geoff Davis, and passed with a vote of 241-184.  As the sponsor of the REINS Act in the Senate, I will continue to work tirelessly to see its passage. Click HERE to read my entire statement. You can also click HERE to read my joint op-ed with Congressman Geoff Davis regarding the REINS Act that appeared in Roll Call this week.

Balanced Budget Amendment

Also this week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and I took to the Senate floor to address regarding Washington's fiscal irresponsibility. The Senate has not passed a budget in over two years, and the U.S. national debt hovers at a staggering $15 trillion and will continue to rise. I believe the time has come for a Balanced Budget Amendment to be added to our Constitution. The future of our country depends on Washington taking control of it's reckless spending and balancing it's budget.  Click HERE or below to watch the video.

Constitutional Liberties

Earlier this week, I penned on op-ed in the National Review, denouncing the indefinite detention of American citizens suspected of terrorism. While I believe it is gravely important to prevent terrorism, it must not be at the cost of threatening the constitutional rights of American citizens. Last week, I took to the Senate floor and successfully blocked a vote that would have allowed the United States government to detain an American citizen indefinitely. I refuse to let Congress undermine our basic constitutional rights. Click HERE read the article.

Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on Fox's Hannity with Monica Crowley and Happening Now with Jon Scott and Jenna Lee. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations as well as those across the country.

Stay tuned for future updates. You can follow my official Twitter account HERE and subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Also, don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on December 16, 2011.
This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul - 12/16/11
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
DECEMBER 16, 2011

 

Balanced Budget Amendment

This week, the U.S. Senate voted on a Balanced Budget Amendment supported by all 47 Republicans (S.J. Res 10), and a Democrat-proposed alternative (S.J. Res. 24), which would have cut spending, but failed to balance the budget. Both amendments, however, failed with a vote of 47-53, and 21-79. Click HERE to read my entire statement.

Prior to the vote, I took to the Senate floor urging my fellow colleagues to rein in Washington's out-of-control spending by adding a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. I believe Americans deserve a government that can spend within its means and balance its budget. Click HERE or below to watch the video.

 

National Defense Authorization Act

Also this week, my staff in Kentucky mentioned that many constituents have asked to know more regarding S. 1867 the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Here's a quick rundown of the NDAA:

This legislation provides the authorization for spending by the Department of Defense for weapons procurement, base management and military operations as well as sets benefits and policies for military personnel.  Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed their own version of the NDAA, H.R. 1540.

On Dec. 1, the U.S. Senate voted on S. 1867, which passed with a vote of 93-7. I, however, voted against the NDAA because of serious concerns about authorities in the bill to allow the detention of U.S. citizens. Specifically, the NDAA expanded the power of the federal government to detain terrorism suspects, including U.S. citizens, under military control at military facilities like Guantanamo Bay. Those citizens could be subjected to military tribunals and held without trial until the end of War on Terror. Though acts of terrorism are something we all want to prevent and punish, we must maintain the constitutional right of U.S. citizens to receive their due process in court.  

Once the NDAA passed the Senate, the bill was then referred to a conference committee to settle differences between the House and Senate versions. The conference agreement did not significantly change the detention provisions and unfortunately still allows the military to hold U.S. citizens arrested on American soil indefinitely without trial. Again, despite my opposition, the NDAA was voted on once again and passed both the House and Senate by votes of 283-136 and 86-13, respectively, and has been signed to law by President Obama. Click HERE to read my statement.

Kelley Paul Speaks at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West

Earlier this week, Kelley Paul spoke to a crowd of nearly three hundred people who gathered in Hopkinsville, to participate in a special annual observance at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West. Kelley, a self-identified "military brat" (daughter of Logan County native, Hilton Ashby) delivered the following remarks to the crowd:

"Rand and I want to express our gratitude to our veterans and our brave servicemen and women and their families.  We are humbled by the sacrifices you make for our country each and every day.  I feel a special kinship here because I am an Air Force brat.  My father retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service and our family lived all over the country as well as in England and Turkey. My oldest brother graduated from the Air Force Academy and my younger brother served in the Navy. My nephew is a Navy aviator.  I have always been proud to be part of a military family. Today my heart is with the brave men and women around the globe who are once again spending Christmas in harm's way, far from home and their loved ones.  We pray for your strength, courage and safe return." 

Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett and Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WLAP's Leland Conway, 55KRC's Brian Thomas, and WHAS's Mandy Connell, as well as those across the country.

 

Stay tuned for future updates. You can follow my official Twitter account HERE and subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Also, don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on December 20, 2011.
A Holiday Message From Senator Rand Paul
A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM SENATOR RAND PAUL

 
DECEMBER 20, 2011

 

Kelley and I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Click HERE or below to watch our holiday message.  Best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season. Merry Christmas, Kentucky.

 

Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on January 13, 2012.
This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - January 13, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JANUARY 13, 2012

 

Announced Taxpayer Savings in Louisville

On Thursday, I visited Louisville where I made the announcement that I was returning $500,000 of unspent funds from my office budget to the U.S. Treasury. As far as is known, no U.S. Senator has returned as much to taxpayers.

I ran to stop the reckless spending that continues to bankrupt our great country. I hope my ability to return $500,000 of unspent office funds sets an example for the rest of government, at all levels. Click HERE to read entire the press release. You can also read more about the press conference in the Louisville Courier-Journal HERE.

Also while in Louisville, I stopped by WHAS-AM for an in-studio chat with Mandy Connell. In the afternoon, I met with Louisville business leaders and then visited Sullivan University where I met with representatives.

I wrapped up a busy day by participating in a town hall meeting in Okolona with U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie and Louisville Councilman James Peden.

Round-Table Discussion With Community Leaders

I later traveled to Murray for a round-table event with local officials and business leaders to hear how over-regulation is affecting their community. Regulations written by government bureaucrats are stifling job growth and limiting expansion of small businesses. I will continue to push for more common-sense reforms in Washington to ease these burdens. I'll also continue to fight for the passage of the REINS Act, which will require Congress, not an unelected bureaucrat, to hold an up or down vote on major regulations.

That same day I visited WHOP-FM in Hopkinsville and WKDZ-FM in Cadiz. Alan Watts, at WKDZ, conducted the first interview I did with a Kentucky broadcaster after I took office - and so far, he continues to welcome me on his show!

Calloway County Town Hall

Following the round-table discussion, I visited the campus of Murray State University for a town hall meeting. Several hundred people were in the standing-room only crowd at the Calloway County Town Hall, and we shared a very informative question-and-answer session. Constituents asked about everything from the economy and debt, to infrastructure projects and legislation. Click HERE to read a story from the Murray Ledger & Times about the town hall.



Sackett v. EPA Supreme Court Case

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in Sackett v. EPA. In October, I hosted the Sackett's and heard many other similar stories at a property rights hearing in the Senate. Click HERE to read more on the arguments and the potential outcome of the Sackett v. EPA case.   

2011 In Review

This past year, as I promised during my campaign, I have been an active member of the U.S. Senate. In just my first year, I introduced more legislation and amendments than any other freshman legislator, often teaming-up with fellow Senators to support legislation.

I offered spending cut amendments to nearly every bill. In addition, I stood up for Kentucky, offering bills in support of the Commonwealth's bridges and ports, and worked to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's war on coal.

My office was one of only three in Washington to produce an entire fiscal blueprint for the federal government, a promise I made while campaigning in 2010. My bold plan, introduced in the first few weeks of my freshman term, would balance the entire federal budget in five years.

I also kept my promise to work to reform Social Security, introducing with Sens. Lindsay Graham and Mike Lee, a plan that would fix the entire system for 75 years. Later this month, I will introduce a plan to save Medicare.

Next week, I will continue to travel throughout the Commonwealth and meet with constituents. Be sure to check my official Facebook page or follow me on Twitter HERE for further details.

Media Wrap-Up

This week I was on-air with several Kentucky radio stations including: WHAS with Mandy Connell, WLAP with Leland Conway, WOMI with Jordan Winter, WKDZ with Alan Watts, WKYX with Greg Dunker, WHOP with Jeff Sisk, WKMS with Kate Lochte, WHAS with Terry Meiners, and WKCT with Darrell Duvall and Al Arbogast.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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JANUARY 20, 2012

 

Half-Million Dollars in Taxpayer Savings

I ran to stop reckless spending in Washington and was elected on my promise to reduce the size of government. That is why last week, I returned $500,000 of leftover funds from my office's operating budget to the U.S. Treasury.

I hope my ability to return a half-million dollars of unspent office funds sets an example for the rest of government, at all levels. Click HERE to read entire the press release.

(Sen. Paul presents taxpayer savings to constituents at Clinton County Industrial Development Authority in Albany, including David Cross (right), 01/18/11)

Monroe County Board of Education Roundtable Discussion

I traveled to Tompkinsville on Wednesday to participate in a roundtable discussion with the Monroe County Board of Education. We talked about No Child Left Behind and the federal government's involvement in our local school districts.

As I go around my state and I talk to teachers, I've yet to meet anyone in favor of No Child Left Behind. They abhor it. They hate all the stuff we are telling them what to do from Washington. They want more local control.

Click HERE to read and watch a story from WBKO-TV on the event.

(Sen. Paul greets Monroe County Schools Superintendent Lewis Carter in Tompkinsville, 01/18/11)

Clinton County Discussion

Later on Wednesday, I was in Albany for a roundtable discussion and reception at the Clinton County Industrial Development Authority. Constituents asked about everything from job growth to infrastructure projects and upcoming legislation.

Keystone Pipeline

I began Thursday in central Kentucky with an in-studio radio interview with 590 WVLK-AM's Sue Wylie. I later spoke to the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce in Harrodsburg. It was a packed house and I took questions on a number of topics, including the President's decision to reject the Keystone Pipeline project. Click HERE to read an article from the Lexington Herald-Leader on my appearance.

Later Thursday, I traveled to Lancaster to participate in a legislative update and community reception hosted by the Garrard County Chamber of Commerce. We had another good crowd, which included Garrard County Judge Executive John Wilson and State Rep. Lonnie Napier. I enjoyed the lively discussion of current events.

PROTECT IP Act 

The PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) along with its House counterpart, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), has generated a firestorm of controversy and outraged citizens across the country, who have all come to rely on an open Internet, free to communicate with one another. 

These pieces of legislation give the federal government unprecedented and unconstitutional power to censor the Internet and eliminate constitutionally protected rights to due process and free speech. I am most concerned by these encroachments and for the past several months have opposed both the PIPA and SOPA. Read my entire statement HERE.

Due to a sustained effort of those opposed to PIPA and SOPA, a vote on the bill has been postponed.

Media Wrap-Up

This week I spoke with several stations across the country in addition to those in Kentucky, including WVLK with Sue Wylie and London's WANV with Brian Sizemore.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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JANUARY 27, 2011

 

March for Life

On Monday, I was scheduled to speak at the 2012 March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., but was improperly detained by the TSA and forced to miss the event. However, after the rally, I hosted a reception welcoming marchers from Kentucky and those across the country.

(Sen. Paul greets Kentucky March for Life supporters in Washington, D.C. 01/23/11)

I have always been a strong advocate for the unborn, so in my first year in the Senate I introduced the Life at Conception Act. I have also cosponsored several other pro-life bills and support a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is the government's duty to protect life, liberty, and property, but primarily and most importantly, a government must protect life.

Click HERE to read the remarks I would have delivered at the 2012 March for Life.

TSA

While traveling to Washington on Monday, I was detained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for not agreeing to a pat-down after an irregularity was found in my full-body scan. I neither asked for nor expected any special treatment for being a U.S. Senator. In fact, this case is not about me at all. This is about every single one of us and how we are sick of the intrusive nature of our government. It is my firm belief that TSA should not have such broad authority to violate our constitutional rights in ineffective and invasive physical searches, thus I will further push for the reinstatement of traveler privacy and rights. You can read my op-ed that appeared in The Washington Times on the issue HERE. To learn more about the story click HERE for an article by The Tennessean.

State of the Union Response

Following President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address this week, I delivered a Republican response.

It is increasingly clear that the President's vision for America differs from ours. We believe, as President Reagan said in his inaugural address, that "government is the problem not the solution." Only by unleashing the greatness of American individualism can we grow our way out of this recession. I hope the President will come to understand this and that he will work with Republicans to get an overzealous federal government out of the way.

Click HERE or below to watch my response to President Obama's State of the Union Address.

Eggner Ferry Bridge Collapse in Western Kentucky

Yesterday, the Eggner Ferry Bridge partially collapsed when it was struck by a cargo ship that was too tall to pass under the structure. I am relieved that it appears no one was hurt in the accident. On Friday,, I visited the bridge site and met with local officials to assess the situation. Click HERE to read my entire statement.

(Sen. Paul speaks with Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries (middle) and Colonel James DeLapp (right), Army Corps of Engineers, in Golden Pond, Ky, 01/27/11)

Visit to Eastern Kentucky

Last Friday, I was in London, Ky., to discuss issues impacting the community and report on what has been going on in Washington. I met with local officials who were concerned with the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to make the London Utilities Commission pay for its water intake from Laurel River Lake. Click HERE to read more about the meeting.

Townhall Meeting and Eye-Surgeries in Corbin

While in the eastern part of the state last week, I hosted a roundtable event with more than 100 community leaders and constituents. We discussed a variety of current topics including the Protect IP Act, which gives the federal government too much power to censor the Internet. Click HERE to read a story from WYMT about the roundtable. Later that afternoon, I performed five charitable cataract surgeries in Corbin.

Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, OutFront with Erin Burnett, Fox Business' Stossel, Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano, Fox's Hannity, America Live with Megyn Kelly, and On the Record with Greta Van Sustern. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as those in Kentucky including: WLAP with Leland Conway, WHAS with Mandy Connell, 55KRC with Brian Thomas, and WNOX with Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas.

 

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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FEBRUARY 03, 2012

 

Offering Gov. Beshear Assistance for Vital Bridge Repairs

Last week, the Eggner Ferry Bridge in Western Kentucky partially collapsed after being struck by a cargo ship. The day after, I joined Congressman Ed Whitfield on the bridge to assess the damage and speak to local officials. This morning I spoke with Gov. Beshear. We discussed the immediate situation, and also ways to fix and fund our critical infrastructure needs. I also offered Governor Steve Beshear assistance for these vital bridge repairs. Click HERE to read my entire statement.

Prioritizing Our Crumbling Infrastructure

We cannot continue ignoring vital infrastructure needs. That's why I have proposed prioritization plans that would fill our needs, stop wasteful spending in other areas, and reduce our deficit at the same time. I insist that we not waste money on flower beds, turtle tunnels, and other beautification projects so that we have funds available for our existing infrastructure. Click HERE to read my op-ed in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

(Sen. Paul visits the site of the Eggner Ferry Bridge collapse, in Golden Pond, Ky, 01/27/11)

The President's Unconstitutional Recess Appointments

Recently the President appointed members to the National Labor Relations Board and to the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. He did so by saying we were in recess but those of us in the Senate maintain that we were never in recess. I condemn the President for making appointments that are unconstitutional and illegal. With the recent recess appointments, President Barack Obama has circumvented our Constitution and showed complete disregard for the separation of powers.

I will submit an amicus brief supporting a recent lawsuit filed by the National Right to Work Foundation (NRTW), the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and others, challenging the legality of President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Click HERE to read my entire statement and click HERE to watch my floor speech on the issue.

 STOCK Act and Revolving-Door Corruption in Washington

This week, I voted for the passage of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act which bans insider trading by Members of Congress and employees of Congress in addition to requiring greater financial disclosure. I introduced several amendments of my own.

These amendments included one which would require former Members of Congress to forfeit their pensions toward federal retirement if they become a lobbyist. I also introduced an amendment to ex pand the reporting requirements to federal employees and judicial officers equally. Inside information can be obtained in all branches of government. If we are going to add extra enforcement to ensure it does not happen, we should do it in every area of our government.

In addition, I introduced an amendment requiring Members of Congress to certify that they are not trading non-public information in order to clarify any ambiguity in existing law and an amendment that would bring an end to the revolving door between federal employees and companies lobbying for federal funding or loans. This is a corrupt relationship that has led to billions in wasted taxpayer dollars.

People should not profit off of their involvement in government. They shouldn't profit off of special relationships. They shouldn't profit off of special knowledge they gain in the function of serving the people. Click HERE to read my entire statement and click HERE to watch my floor speech.

Introduced the FOCUS Act

This week, I introduced a bill entitled the "Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act of 2012" or the FOCUS Act, which revises the Lacey Act, a high-profile and frightening example of over-criminalization.

The Lacey Act is a conservation law that is overly broad, imprecise, vague, and subject to abuse by overzealous prosecutors and activist judges. The FOCUS Act revises this law to better serve Americans and the jobs it threatens. Click HERE to read my entire statement.

 Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto and Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business Channel. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as those in Kentucky including: WKYX's Greg Dunker in Paducah and WLAP Lexington's Leland Conway.

 

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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FEBRUARY 17, 2012

 

A Call to Action on Depleted Uranium Supply in Western Kentucky

This week I delayed the nomination of five key Energy Department nominees, until I received answers from Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, regarding re-enriching the depleted uranium supply currently located in Western Kentucky. Click HERE or below to watch my floor speech.

On Thursday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu appeared at an Energy and Natural Resources committee hearing of which I am a member. I reiterated to Secretary Chu that 1,200 jobs in Kentucky can be saved, right now, by action by the Obama Administration, and that no new legislation was necessary. The Department of Energy has repeatedly and needlessly refused to take action. Click HERE to read my entire statement and HERE watch video of the hearing.

Helped Avert Shut-Down Of Hickman River Port

Earlier this week, the Army Corps of Engineers announced funding for the Hickman River Port in Kentucky. Since last year, I have pushed for measures that would benefit smaller harbors facing shut-downs, including the Harbor Equity Act I introduced in the Senate. I am proud the Army Corps of Engineers will allocate funding that will keep open the Hickman River Port in Western Kentucky. Click HERE to read my entire statement on the announcement.

Senate Action to Free Americans Detained In Egypt

We've sent over $60 billion in foreign welfare to Egypt over the years and they now hold 19 U.S. citizens virtually hostage: 19 U.S. citizens who traveled to Egypt to help Egypt embrace democracy, to help Egypt have an elected government and enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy here are now being prevented from leaving that country.

I offered an amendment that would cut off the $1.3 billion given to Egypt annually until these Americans are released. Click HERE to read my statement and click HERE or below to watch my floor speech. 

After being blocked all week from offering my amendment, I once again attempted to have a floor vote. Democrat Senators blocked my motion, proving they will not act to help the 19 Americans being held in Egypt.

I hope that over the recess these Senators will be asked why foreign welfare for Egypt is more important than protecting pro-democracy workers abroad.

Click HERE to read my entire statement and click HERE to watch video of my floor speech.

Social Security Trust Fund Threatened

The Senate this week voted on the Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, or payroll tax cut extension. This bill would steal billions from the Social Security trust fund as well as add $90 billion to the national debt. Social Security is already trillions of dollars in debt and teetering on insolvency while this bill only makes matters worst. If the Obama Administration's plan to raid the Social Security trust is allowed to continue, it will surely be the death of a program so many Americans rely upon. Click HERE to read my statement following the passage of this bill.

Defense of Environment and Property Act

Also this week, I introduced the Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2012 to bring common sense back to federal water policy. Thousands of property owners across America face aggressive action from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, with no legal means to fight back. Environmental protection must be balanced with the fundamental American right to private property.

I have spoken with a number of victims of the government's assault on private property, and it is time to rein in the out-of-control government agencies that infringe on these Americans' rights. Click HERE to learn more about the Defense of Environment and Property Act.

 

Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano, American's Newsroom with Martha MacCullam and Bill Hemmer and The Willis Report on the Fox Business Channel. I also spoke with several radio stations in Kentucky, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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FEBRUARY 24, 2012

 

In Kentucky

This week offered a break in the legislative schedule and allowed Members of Congress to leave Washington and spend time with their constituents in their home state. I spent the week traveling across the Commonwealth, meeting with constituents and listening to their concerns about the current direction of the country and what they would like to see done to improve it.

Visit to Pennyroyal Homeless Veterans' Center

I began this week participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Pennyroyal Regional Veterans Center in Hopkinsville. As I often say, a primary responsibility of our federal government is national defense. We must take care of our veterans and I have pledged to do so.

Veterans deserve our help in their time of need, especially after they served our country with honor. Distinguished guests from the state, local and federal government attended Monday morning's ribbon cutting at the new Pennyroyal Veterans multi-bed facility in Hopkinsville to help local veterans get back on their feet.

(Sen. Paul attends ribbon-cutting at the Pennyroyal Regional Veterans Center in Hopkinsville on Monday, Feb. 20)

Todd County Roundtable

Later that day, I attended an economic development and education roundtable discussion at the Todd County Board of Education and covered a wide variety of topics. Todd County Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield, Elkton Mayor Nancy Camp, Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall, Trenton Mayor JoAnn Holder and schools superintendent Mike Kenner were among those in attendance.

Mayor Camp said Elkton and Todd Counties are very much needful for new industries and the jobs they would bring. I agreed that too many of our nation's resources go elsewhere and our government has to reassess where it's sending foreign aid and other dollars that could be spent at home.

(Sen. Paul attends roundtable at Todd County Board of Education on Monday, Feb. 20)

Kentucky Farmers and The Defense of Environment and Property Act

I also met with the Hopkinsville Grain Elevator Board on Monday. We discussed important issues facing farmers including the new Farm Bill, crop insurance and the death tax.  We also discussed my recent bill, The Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2012, which would bring common sense back to federal water policy.

The Defense of Environment and Property Act restrains the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from regulating or "interpreting" the definition of navigable water without Congressional authorization. The legislation also requires the government to pay double the value of the land to any landowner whose property value is diminished by a wetlands designation.

(Sen. Paul meets with Hopkinsville Grain Elevator Board on Monday, Feb. 20)

Pro bono Eye Surgeries for the Uninsured in Paducah

On Tuesday, I traveled to Paducah to perform pro bono cataract surgery on four patients without insurance. Providing these services at no charge to the patient is a great way for me to help those who need their vision restored and keep my skills as a surgeon up to date.

(Sen. Rand Paul discusses a patient's case with Dr. Barbara Bowers on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the entrance of the one of the operating rooms at the Pain Management Center in Lone Oak. Photo by John Wright)

I was pleased to be able to work with Dr. Barbara Bowers, a Paducah opthomologist, and Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti from the Ambulatory Surgical Center in order to ensure that these surgeries would have zero cost to the patient. They are both extremely generous in donating their time, equipment, and facilities, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with them again in the future.

Click HERE to read about my visit in The Paducah Sun and HERE for the story in the Mansfield News Journal.

Louisville's Federalist Society Luncheon

I began Wednesday in Louisville with an in-studio radio interview with Rep. John Yarmuth

(D-Ky.) at WHAS' studio. The Congressman and I sat down and spoke with Mandy Connell to give her an update of what is currently happening in D.C. and how we trying to improve the situation.

(Sen. Paul joins Rep. Yarmuth for an in-studio interview with WHAS' Mandy Connell on Wednesday, Feb. 22)

Later that day, I attended the Louisville Lawyers' Chapter of the Federalist Society for a luncheon. I spoke to a packed house of over 100 people on the health insurance mandate and government overreach; more specifically I explained the amicus brief I filed against President Obama that challenges the constitutionality of the President's recess appointments. At the end, I answered questions from the audience on a number of important topics, including the healthcare waivers issued to big corporations. Click HERE to read an article from WFPL News about the Luncheon.

(Sen. Paul speaks with attendees at the Federalist Society's Louisville Lawyers Chapter luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 22)

Meade County Economic Roundtable

On Thursday, I held an economic development roundtable discussion in Brandenburg with members of the Meade County Chamber of Commerce.

The economic roundtable was hosted by Southern Grace Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers David and Theresa Padgett. Meade County Judge-Executive Gerry Lynn, Mayor of Brandenburg David Pace, Meade County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carole Logsdon were among those in attendance. 

(Sen. Paul speaks to members of the Meade County Chamber of Commerce in Bradenberg on Thursday, Feb. 23)

Community Forum in Hardinsburg

Also that day, I attended a community forum hosted by Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas. I spoke to the group about my efforts in Washington, D.C. and answered questions from concerned citizens on topics ranging from the national debt to rising gas prices at the pump. 

(Sen. Paul listens to Breckinridge County residents on Thursday, Feb. 23)

Fort Knox Visit and Breckinridge County Farm City Dinner

In addition to the community forum and economic roundtable on Thursday, I met with Major General Mark McDonald, Commanding General U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox.

(Sen. Paul meets Major General Mark McDonald at Fort Knox on Thursday, Feb. 23)

Later that evening, I spoke to over 200 people at the Breckinridge County Farm City Dinner. I spoke with farmers and future farmers in the audience about the threat property owners across America face from an aggressive Environmental Protection Agency. We need to balance environmental protection with the fundamental American right to private property.

(Sen. Paul speaks at the Breckindridge County Farm Dinner on Thursday night)

Northern Kentucky

Today, I traveled to Northern Kentucky to speak at a Government Forum luncheon. I spoke about the reckless spending in Washington, reducing the size of government, and other issues facing our country.

(Sen. Paul addresses audience at the Government Forum luncheon in Northern Kentucky today.)

Media Wrap-Up

This week, I spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WOMI'S Joe Lowe in Owensboro and WHAS's Mandy Connell in Louisville, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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MARCH 2, 2012

 

I returned to our nation's capital after a very productive week of meeting with constituents throughout Kentucky. Allow me to update you on some of this week's highlights.

Kentucky Farm Bureau Visits Washington, D.C.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau visited Washington, D.C. this week as it joined numerous other farming organizations across the country in celebration of National Agriculture Week. I had the privilege of speaking to the group on a number of topics including the Farm bill, the death tax, and the Defense of Environment and Property Act I introduced in Congress.

I also had the opportunity to listen to the concerns of the group about the issues that mattered to them most and what they would like to see done in Congress.

Americans Previously Detained In Egypt Released

It was reported this week that the Egyptian government lifted the travel ban on the remaining Americans being prosecuted for their association with pro-democracy nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). 

Over the past several weeks, I have worked tirelessly to bring attention to the unjust actions of the Egyptian government, and I insisted that my colleagues in the Senate debate, consider, and vote on my amendment to deny Egypt any U.S. foreign aid unless they ended their attempt to prosecute these Americans. Now that Egypt has begun to relent, it is clear that the growing pressure on Egypt from the U.S. government - including from Congress - was a factor in their decision. Click HERE to read my statement.

It was later confirmed that a plane carrying the previously detained American pro-democracy workers left Egypt on Thursday. It brings me great relief to know the brave American pro-democracy workers in Egypt are safely returning home to the U.S. Their safe return brings closure to this ordeal. Click HERE to read my entire statement.

  Media Wrap-Up

This week I appeared on Fox's America's Newsroom HQ with Bill Hemmer. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations, as well as those across the country.

 

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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MARCH 30, 2012

 

Below you will find an update on several events that took place this past week. Also included are ways you too can help disaster relief efforts in Eastern and Northern Kentucky following this month's deadly tornadoes. Finally, congratulations to all the Kentucky teams whose March performance has once again made our state the center of the basketball universe.

How Can You Help Relief Efforts In Kentucky?

My staff and I continue to work tirelessly to help those affected by the recent storms. Here are just some of the ways you too can help tornado victims:

Christian Appalachian Project - The Christian Appalachian Project is on the ground in all disaster zones providing shelters, shower facilities, and supplies. For more information and to donate please visit: http://www.christianapp.org/2012/03/tornado-outbreak-hits-appalachia/

East KY Tornado Relief Fund - The East KY Tornado Relief Fund has been set up to help those hurt by the tornado. Donations can be made online here: http://www.appalachianky.org/tornadoFund.html. You may also make donations at any Community Trust Bank or you can mail them to East KY Tornado Relief Fund in care of the Foundation for Appalachian KY, P.O. Box 310, Chavies, KY 41727.

Kentucky Cares Campaign - The Kentucky Cares Campaign is also collecting donations. To give to the campaign:

Text Redcross to 90999.
Go to Redcross.org and give to the Disaster Relief Fund.
Drop a check off at any Central Bank location.
Mail a check to 1450 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Ky. 40511, with Kentucky Cares in the memo line.

Addressing Rising Gas Prices

Earlier this week on the Senate floor, I introduced a bill that would force tax hikes on oil companies and in turn, likely increase gas prices for consumers.



While we are still in the midst of a great recession, gas prices have more than doubled under the Obama Administration. At the rate that it is going, hard-working American families can no longer afford the ever-increasing gas prices. Click HERE or below to watch to watch video of my floor speech.

 

 

EPA's Decision To End New Coal Power Plants

News reports from this week indicate that the Environmental Protection Agency will issue strict standards for the construction of new power plants. The Obama EPA's proposed energy mandate effectively bans new coal plants and reflects their ongoing war on American energy manufacturers and the American consumer.

This new rule from Washington will cost Americans more at the pump, more on their utility bill, and for some, it will cost them their jobs and their livelihoods. It will undoubtedly have a chilling effect on coal power plants across Kentucky and the country - severely limiting our energy choices rather than fulfilling the all-of-the-above energy approach President Obama has touted. I will continue my fight to rein in the overzealous agenda of the Obama Administration and the EPA.

Honoring Kentucky's Living Medal of Honor Recipients

The U.S. Congress designated March 25 as National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. Since the Medal of Honor was established during the Civil War, more than 40 million Americans have defended their nation, yet fewer than 3,500 have received the Medal of Honor, including five living Kentuckians: Staff Sgt. Don Jenkins of Butler County, Sgt. 1st Class Gary Littrell of Henderson County, Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer of Adair County, Pvt. Wilburn Ross of McCreary County, and Pfc. Ernie West of Greenup County. Their valorous actions have made not only Kentucky, but the entire country, proud. Click HERE to read my entire statement.

Blocked New Iran Sanctions

This week in the Senate I halted a new round of sanctions against Iran by objecting to a call for unanimous consent. I introduced an amendment that would ensure that nothing in the act shall be construed as a declaration of war or an authorization of the use of force against Iran or Syria, and that any such use of force must be authorized by Congress.

Many in this Congress cannot get boots on ground fast enough in a variety of places, from Syria to Libya to Iran. But we don't just send boots to war. We send our young Americans to war. Our young men and women, our soldiers, deserve thoughtful debate.

I urged that we not begin a new war without a full debate, without a vote, without careful consideration of the ramifications of a third or even a fourth war in this past decade.

Click HERE or below to watch my speech on the Senate floor.

Media Wrap-Up

This week, I spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WHAS's Mandy Connell in Louisville, WOMI's Joe Lowe in Owensboro, and WRUS' Don Neagle in Russellville, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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*UPDATED*: This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - March 30, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MARCH 30, 2012

Below you will find an update on several events that took place this past week. Also included are ways you too can help disaster relief efforts in Eastern and Northern Kentucky following this month's deadly tornadoes. Finally, congratulations to all the Kentucky teams whose March performance has once again made our state the center of the basketball universe.

How Can You Help Relief Efforts In Kentucky?

My staff and I continue to work tirelessly to help those affected by the recent storms. Here are just some of the ways you too can help tornado victims:

Christian Appalachian Project - The Christian Appalachian Project is on the ground in all disaster zones providing shelters, shower facilities, and supplies. For more information and to donate please visit: http://www.christianapp.org/2012/03/tornado-outbreak-hits-appalachia/

East KY Tornado Relief Fund - The East KY Tornado Relief Fund has been set up to help those hurt by the tornado. Donations can be made online here: http://www.appalachianky.org/tornadoFund.html. You may also make donations at any Community Trust Bank or you can mail them to East KY Tornado Relief Fund in care of the Foundation for Appalachian KY, P.O. Box 310, Chavies, KY 41727.

Kentucky Cares Campaign - The Kentucky Cares Campaign is also collecting donations. To give to the campaign:

   Text Redcross to 90999.

    Go to Redcross.org and give to the Disaster Relief Fund.

    Drop a check off at any Central Bank location.

    Mail a check to 1450 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Ky. 40511, with Kentucky Cares in the memo line.

Addressing Rising Gas Prices

Earlier this week on the Senate floor I spoke in opposition to S.2204, a bill that would force tax hikes on oil companies and in turn, likely increase gas prices for consumers.

While we are still in the midst of a great recession, gas prices have more than doubled under the Obama Administration. At the rate that it is going, hard-working American families can no longer afford the ever-increasing gas prices. Click HERE  to watch to watch video of my floor speech.

EPA's Decision To End New Coal Power Plants

News reports from this week indicate that the Environmental Protection Agency will issue strict standards for the construction of new power plants. The Obama EPA's proposed energy mandate effectively bans new coal plants and reflects their ongoing war on American energy manufacturers and the American consumer.

This new rule from Washington will cost Americans more at the pump, more on their utility bill, and for some, it will cost them their jobs and their livelihoods. It will undoubtedly have a chilling effect on coal power plants across Kentucky and the country - severely limiting our energy choices rather than fulfilling the all-of-the-above energy approach President Obama has touted. I will continue my fight to rein in the overzealous agenda of the Obama Administration and the EPA.

Honoring Kentucky's Living Medal of Honor Recipients

The U.S. Congress designated March 25 as National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. Since the Medal of Honor was established during the Civil War, more than 40 million Americans have defended their nation, yet fewer than 3,500 have received the Medal of Honor, including five living Kentuckians: Staff Sgt. Don Jenkins of Butler County, Sgt. 1st Class Gary Littrell of Henderson County, Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer of Adair County, Pvt. Wilburn Ross of McCreary County, and Pfc. Ernie West of Greenup County. Their valorous actions have made not only Kentucky, but the entire country, proud. Click HERE to read my entire statement.

Blocked New Iran Sanctions

This week in the Senate I halted a new round of sanctions against Iran by objecting to a call for unanimous consent. I introduced an amendment that would ensure that nothing in the act shall be construed as a declaration of war or an authorization of the use of force against Iran or Syria, and that any such use of force must be authorized by Congress.

Many in this Congress cannot get boots on ground fast enough in a variety of places, from Syria to Libya to Iran. But we don't just send boots to war. We send our young Americans to war. Our young men and women, our soldiers, deserve thoughtful debate.

I urged that we not begin a new war without a full debate, without a vote, without careful consideration of the ramifications of a third or even a fourth war in this past decade.

Click HERE or below to watch my speech on the Senate floor.

Media Wrap-Up

This week, I spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WHAS's Mandy Connell in Louisville, WOMI's Joe Lowe in Owensboro, and WRUS' Don Neagle in Russellville, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

Rand Paul

      
This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on April 10, 2012.
This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul - 4/10/12
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
APRIL 10, 2012

 

 Medals Ceremony

Dallas Edwards was a sailor in WWII who perished at sea when the U.S.S. Warrington sank on September 13, 1944. His daughter, Bonnie Burns, recently contacted my office about the possibility of receiving the medals that her father would have been awarded. My constituent service director, Bobette Franklin, has nearly 20 years of experience in dealing with veterans' issues, and she put her expertise to work to make this happen.

On April 2, the family (children, grandchildren, and cousins) gathered in my Bowling Green office so that I could have the privilege of presenting the World War II Victory medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Honorable Service Lapel Pin and the Next of Kin Pin to Ms. Burns.

(Sen. Paul presents Bonnie Burns with the medals earned by her late father in WWII, in Bowling Green, Ky., on April 2, 2012)

I am humbled by the sacrifice that our current men and women in uniform make for our nation every day. They follow in the tradition of the WWII veterans and those who went before and after them. Having a chance to say think you to this family in person was a great honor for me.

Visit To Tornado-Damaged Eastern Kentucky

Immediately following the tornado outbreak that hit Eastern Kentucky on March 2, my state staff was on the ground helping constituents and working with local officials. I have received near-daily reports from them on the emergency efforts to provide shelter and aid to residents affected, as well as the subsequent rebuilding efforts. On Tuesday, April 3, I visited these areas to speak firsthand with emergency management, county judges executive, and local law enforcement.

(Arthur Ridge Baptist Church in East Bernstadt, Ky., where 30,000 meals were served to displaced families and volunteers in the rebuilding efforts following the March 2 tornadoes.)

In Laurel County, Judge Executive David Westerfield took me on a guided tour of the most extensive loss of housing. His stories have really stuck with me. Faith-based organizations were particularly prominent in the volunteer efforts.  We passed tiny Arthur Ridge Baptist Church, where 30,000 meals were served in the first two weeks after the tornadoes to the families who were trying to salvage what they could, and to more than 1,300 volunteers who poured into the county.

(Sen. Paul [front, center] receives a briefing from Laurel County emergency management officials on the situation following last month's tornadoes, on April 3, 2012)

Another small local church, Philpot Chapel, was deeply involved in the volunteer effort even though its pastor's own home had suffered storm damage. When Magistrate Jeff Book said "the faith-based organizations were a Godsend," he wasn't kidding.

Community spirit and resourcefulness were evident in every account of the immediate aftermath of the storm. Judge Westerfield told how he located a couple of tractors from local farmers and towed an ambulance to a residence that was cut-off from roadways by downed timber. The paramedics were able to safely evacuate two injured residents with the help of all that tractor power.

I was also impressed by how many people have made their own arrangements for housing through friends and family members. FEMA representatives have commented on the fact that less government-assisted housing has been requested for this disaster than they would have predicted. Judge Westerfield is hopeful that these residents will all be able to achieve a new or re-built permanent residence, as opposed to long-term temporary shelter. Click HERE to read more about my visit to East Bernstadt.

In Magoffin County, County Judge "Doc" Hardin - a practicing physician - rode with me from Hazard to Salyersville to brief me on the impact of the storm in his area. He and several others reported to me that the warning system in place for the storm was particularly effective. Doc Hardin was like many other area leaders - moving people to safety at every possible turn, right up until the storm hit.

(Sen. Paul speaks with Magoffin County Judge Doc Hardin in front of one of the many devastated buildings in Salyersville, Ky., on April 3, 2012)

Tiny Morgan County was also awash in volunteers after the storm. Judge Executive Tim Conley said that over 2,000 volunteers have worked on the recovery, including a small team from California. The leader of this three-man team was a part of a trained relief organization and is also a pastor. They brought chainsaws and manpower and went to work, sometimes fitting in a few minutes to counsel struggling homeowners along the way.  Other organizations like Young Professionals of Eastern Kentucky, the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and the LDS Church sent food and volunteers.

In West Liberty, where there was inconceivable loss of property, some truly amazing projects have been accomplished. One of my staff representatives, Chris Musgrave, had toured the town the weekend of the storm, could not get over the progress. The hospital's roof was replaced within the first 36 hours and the facility did not miss a day of operation. A local elementary school was destroyed by the tornado and two weeks later, with the help of the community, they were attending classes in a former business location.

Local residents built out the interior of the former warehouse facility to provide the colorful classrooms, whiteboards, hallways and central office features that feel just like a "real school." County Attorney Joleen Frederick told us that all court functions, city government and county government were back on line the week after the storm, despite the fact that their courthouse, county and city government offices were destroyed.

(Sen. Paul receives a briefing from state police and local officials in West Liberty, Ky., on April 3, 2012)

Now these communities are moving to establish long-term recovery committees to manage the months ahead. Already they have moved millions of tons of debris to landfills or incineration locations. But the rebuilding will take a long time for both individuals and government. My office has a staff of dedicated constituent service representatives who will continue to be available to help in this process.

I also want to thank the federal and state organizations and staff members who have done some remarkable work to date. Natural disasters are coordinated through the Emergency Management Office in each state. Nancy Price - who will soon be retiring from her post as governmental liaison in Frankfort - has done a very effective job of keeping my staff updated in this very dynamic situation.  I wanted to stay highly informed but out of the way, literally, in the first phases of the recovery.  In whatever way we are able to assist in the long run, I will do my best.

Stay tuned for future updates. You can follow my official Twitter account HERE and subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Also, don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul - 4/27/12
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
APRIL 27, 2012

 

Students from DuPont Manual High School Visit D.C.

This morning, I had the privilege to meet with a group of students visiting Washington D.C. from DuPont Manual High School in Louisville, Ky. I spoke with the students on a number of different topics including the reason for their trip to D.C., to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl.

 (Sen. Paul congratulates students from DuPont Manual H.S. on the Capitol steps on Friday)

Defender of Economic Freedom Award from Club for Growth

This week I was presented with the Club for Growth's 2011 Defender of Economic Freedom Award from the Vice President of Government Affairs, Andy Roth.

 (Sen. Paul receives the Club for Growth 2011 Defender of Economic Freedom Award from Andy Roth on Wednesday, April 25)

Postal Service Act of 2012

This week, the U.S. Senate completed a series of votes on amendments to the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012 (S. 1789). I introduced five amendments, and two of those five amendments I proposed, passed

The first successful amendment No. 2027, requires the consolidation of U.S. Capitol complex post offices by the U.S. Postal Service, reducing the current number of offices (seven) to two - one in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate. And the second amendment that passed, No. 2029, requires a report on Congressional interference in the Postal Service and how it hinders the Postal Service from operating efficiently and profitably.

Successful reform of the Postal Service requires a shared sacrifice, and the U.S. Congress should not be immune to this while communities across the country are faced with potential post office closings.

Introduced Amendment to Expedite Life Saving Medicines

During a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing earlier this week, I introduced an amendment that would essentially speed up the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) clearance process in order to save the lives of those who are in need of medicine and medical devices that have yet to be approved. My amendment would require the FDA to base the clearance of drugs and devices in the U.S. on the results of clinical investigations conducted overseas by the European Union. Click HERE or on the picture below to watch the video of my speech at the HELP Committee hearing.

(Click here to watch Sen. Paul speak at a HELP Committee Hearing on Wednesday, April 25.)

Opposing the NRLB's Proposed Harmful Regulations

Also this week I penned an op-ed in the Washington Times regarding the Obama Administration's National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) new destructive regulations. If passed, the NLRB's proposed regulations would not only harm small business, but further empower organized labor unions as well. Anti-job, anti-business, anti-employer and anti-worker regulations are something all Americans should oppose. Click HERE to read my op-ed in its entirety. 

Introduced Services Members and Communities Act of 2012

Earlier today, I introduced the Services Members and Communities Act of 2012, along with fellow Kentuckians Reps. Ed Whitfield and Brett Guthrie. The Service Members and Communities Act will provide a more accurate count of our deployed service members in the national census conducted every 10 years.

Support for the troops doesn't end with the service members themselves. Families and communities provide a vital role in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces in harm's way. By counting deployed service members according to where they actually live, this creates a better representation of the population and ensures communities have the needed resources to support these soldiers and their families.

Media Wrap-Up

This week I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including WHAS' The Terry Meiners Show in Louisville, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - May 4, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MAY 04, 2012

 

I spent the past week in Kentucky, traveling across the state and meeting with constituents and business leaders.

Traveled to Northern Kentucky

On Monday, I began the week in Northern Kentucky and met with local elected officials and administrators in Kenton County. During the meeting we discussed a number of important issues including Covington's current bridge plan and the impact it will potentially have on the local businesses.

Later that day, I delivered a speech to the League of Kentucky Property Owners at the Boone County Extension Office. I spoke to a crowd of over 135 people about the importance of property rights and the out-of-control unelected bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency.



Speech to Elizabethtown Rotary Club

While speaking to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Tuesday, I focused primarily on the Service Members and Communities Act of 2012, a bill I introduced last week. Fellow Kentuckian Reps. Ed Whitfield and Brett Guthrie introduced a companion bill in the House.

 The Service Members and Communities Act will provide a more accurate count of our deployed service members in the national census conducted every 10 years. By counting deployed service members according to where they actually live, this creates a better representation of the population and ensures communities have the needed resources to support these soldiers and their families.

(Sen. Paul and Rep. Guthrie (center) speak with a constituent at the Elizabethtown Rotary Club .)

Kentuckian Congressman Brett Guthrie was also in attendance, including individuals representing Ft. Campbell & Ft. Knox. They included: Kensley McLellan, head of Military Affairs Committee in Hopkinsville, Meade County Judge Executive Jerry Lynn representing CORE Committee, and Bill Batson representing Ft. Knox.

Roundtable in Grayson County

On Tuesday, I also traveled to Grayson County and attended an economic development roundtable discussion at the Leitchfield Economic Development Office and covered a wide variety of topics. Economic Development Director for Grayson County Dudley Cooper and Judge Executive Gary Logsdon were among those in attendance.

(Sen. Paul speaks at the Leitchfield Economic Development Office in Grayson County.)

Owensboro Chamber Lunch Roundtable



This Thursday, I met with 30 business leaders and elected officials from both political parties at an Owensboro Chamber Lunch roundtable. We discussed how I can help with issues facing the country, the commonwealth of Kentucky and Davis County. I also had an informative meeting in Hancock County with employees from Century Aluminum. 

(Sen. Paul speaks at the Owensboro Chamber Lunch Roundtable in Davis County.)

Visit to Deer Park International Baccalaureate School

As I continue to be concerned about our children's education and the quality of our schools, I visited Deer Park International Baccalaureate School in Owensboro. I had the pleasure of congratulating the Deer Park School for being the first international baccalaureate public school in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

 (Sen. Paul greets students at the Deer Park International Baccalaureate School in Owensboro) 
 

Media Wrap-Up

This week I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WMOH'S Chris Theiss and Steve Vaughn, 55KRC's Brian Thomas, WGOH'S Francis Nash, WGTK's Joe Elliot, WNOX's Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas, WOMI's Joe Lowe, WRUS' Don Neagle, WCBL's Aaron Clayton, WVHU's Tom Roten, WKDZ-WHVO's Alan Watts, and WHAS's Mandy Connell and Tony Cruise, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - May 10, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MAY 10, 2012

 

Please allow me to update you on what took place this week while I was in Washington, D.C. 

Opposing the Export-Import Bank

On Thursday, I took to the Senate floor to urge my colleagues to oppose the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. While hard-working American families continue to struggle in this economy, I believe the time has come for crony capitalism and corporate welfare to be put to an end. Click HERE or below to watch video of my floor speech.

 

FOCUS Act Testimony at the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee

I testified this week before a U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee with Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.). The hearing regarded the Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act of 2012 - or FOCUS Act, which, earlier this year, I introduced in the Senate.

This legislation aims to amend the Lacey Act, a law that currently allows the federal government to apply foreign law to American citizens and businesses. Click HERE or below to watch my testimony, and click HERE to learn more about the FOCUS Act.

 

Taxpayers' Friend Award from National Taxpayers Union

By consistently voting to reduce the burden on America's taxpayers The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) awarded me this week with their 2011 Taxpayers' Friend Award. The NTU does a comprehensive analysis of every vote on tax and fiscal policy each year to determine a member's voting record on issues of importance to taxpayers.  This year I was one of just 53 Members of Congress to receive an "A" grade.

(Sen. Paul receives the National Taxpayers Union's 2011 Taxpayers' Friend Award from NTU Vice President of Government Affairs Andrew Moylan (left) and NTU President Duane Parde (right). 05/10/12)

 Tea Party Challenges the Establishment and Wins



Also this week, I wrote an op-ed that appeared in The Washington Times regarding the Tea Party's recent success in Indiana with the victory of Richard Mourdock. I still firmly believe today, as I did running for office in 2010, in the Tea Party's core principles of rising above the status quo. I will continue fighting against the Washington establishment to preserve America's constitutional liberties. To read my op-ed, click HERE.  

 

Media Wrap-Up



This week I appeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News and also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - May 17, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MAY 17, 2012

 

This week we have been busy in Congress debating the future course of our country. I also bring to you great news for Kentucky. Finally, a reminder that this Saturday I will deliver a commencement address to graduates of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Please allow me to update you on what took place.

Kentucky Delegation Announces Plan to Retain 1,200 Jobs in Paducah

On Tuesday, I, along with fellow Kentuckians U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressman Ed Whitfield, announced a path forward to preserve 1,200 jobs at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The agreement of a plan by the Department of Energy is the culmination of years of hard work by the Kentucky delegation and the Paducah community. I am proud we were able to preserve the 1,200 jobs in Paducah for one final year.

Click HERE to watch my interview with Paducah's WPSD on the news development and click HERE to read my entire statement. 

Senate Votes On Sen. Paul's FY2013 Budget: A Platform To Revitalize America

At a press conference earlier this week, I once again laid out the details of my budget, A Platform to Revitalize America, a plan that would balance the budget in five years, significantly reduce federal government spending, and restore fiscal order to Washington.

(Sen. Paul at a press conference with other Republican Senators, 05/16/12)

We need a budget that presents a clear vision for the future and puts us on a sustainable path toward growth. Unlike the Obama Democrat proposal for more unsustainable spending, my plan addresses this country's looming debt crisis in a timely manner. This budget proposal not only includes needed entitlement reform and regulatory relief but fixes our broken tax code, incentivizes investment and jumpstarts our economy.

On the Senate floor, I urged my colleagues to support my plan. Click HERE or below to watch the video.

Though my budget resolution did not pass the Senate with a vote of 16-83, it received 16 more votes than President Obama's budget. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats refused to offer a plan of their own. Click HERE to read my budget in its entirety.

Amendment to Reject Re-Authorization of the Export-Import Bank

Earlier this year, I introduced several amendments to eliminate the flagrant abuse of power, too often used by the Export-Import Bank of the United States. On Tuesday of this week, the Senate voted on a series of amendments to the Export-Import Reauthorization bill (H.R. 2072), including an amendment I had previously introduced. The amendment, however, failed with a vote of 89-9.



Prior to the vote, I delivered a speech on the Senate floor, describing to my colleagues the benefit of adopting this amendment and subsequently ending corporate welfare. Click HERE or below to watch the video.

 

 Media Wrap-Up

This week I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WXMZ's Jerry Wright, WGTK's Joe Elliot, WKYX's Greg Dunker, WLAC's Steve Gill, and WHAS's Mandy Connell and Terry Meiners, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - May 25, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MAY 25, 2012

 

Next week, while the Senate adjourns for recess, I will be traveling across the commonwealth, to meet with constituents and listen to their concerns, as well as update Kentuckians on my work in Washington, D.C.

Stay tuned for updates from my office, as I will be visiting the following places next week for meetings and roundtables that will be open to the public: Louisville, Paducah, and Bowling Green. 

FDA Bill Will Speed Up Access To Life-Saving Drugs

This week, the Senate voted to pass the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S.3187), which included a clause I inserted that would expedite FDA access to and application of data from overseas trials for life-saving drugs.

Essentially, it would force the FDA to speed the process of getting life-saving drugs on the market. I am proud to see this important step being taken to increase the treatment options of millions of Americans currently hampered by outdated laws.

I first spoke about this issue several weeks ago in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, of which I am a member. You can watch the video by clicking HERE or below.

I also introduced an amendment to the FDA User Fee Reauthorization bill, which would sharply curb the FDA's overreach and abuse of power. My amendment, No. 2143, would accomplish three objectives.

First it would disarm the FDA, one of the nearly 30 federal agencies authorized to carry guns. It would also put an end to raids on natural food stores and Amish farmers. Finally, my amendment would stop the FDA's longstanding practice of the censorship of truthful claims of dietary supplements.

On the Senate floor, I urged my colleagues to support my plan. Click HERE or below to watch the video.

After a vote by the Senate, my amendment failed passage, 78-15.

Media Wrap-Up

I appeared on America's Newsroom on Fox News and Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: 55KRC's Brian Thomas, WKDZ's Alan Watts, WHAS's Terry Meiners and Mandy Connell, as well as those across the country.

 

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul - June 8, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JUNE 8, 2012

Please allow me to update you on what took place this week while I was in Washington, D.C.

EPA's War on Coal in Kentucky

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency held two Kentucky public hearings regarding coal mine permits in Frankfort and Pikeville. Due to the Senate voting schedule, I unfortunately was unable to attend, but members of my staff attended in my stead to stand up fight for the Kentucky coal industry and I submitted a statement for the record by proxy. To read my entire statement heard at the EPA hearing click HERE. And click HERE to read an article featuring my staff in WYMT.

(Jim Milliman, State Chief of Staff for Sen. Rand Paul, speaks in Frankfort at the first of two EPA public hearings on coal permits, Tuesday, June5, 2012)

Kentucky Boren Scholarship Recipients Visit D.C.

On Thursday, I had the privilege to meet with a group of 5 Kentucky undergraduate students visiting Washington D.C. These students recently received the prestigious Kentucky Boren Scholarship granted by Department of Defense. I spoke with the students on a number of different topics including their trip to D.C., international affairs, and national security issues.

Addressing the Imprisonment of Dr. Afridi, the Man who Helped us Catch Osama bin Laden

This week, I introduced new legislation to the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 (Farm Bill) that would address the issue of Pakistan's imprisonment of Dr. Shakil Afridi for "treason." Dr. Afridi not only provided key intelligence to the United States, which lead to the death of Osama bin Laden, but risked his own life to help the U.S. military find and kill its most-wanted terrorist.

My amendment would strip the government of Pakistan of all U.S. foreign aid until Dr. Afridi's sentence is overturned and is allowed to leave Pakistan. Last Friday, I also sent a letter to President Obama informing him of Dr. Afridi's situation and urging him to hold all U.S. foreign aid until the sentence was reversed. Click HERE to read the letter I sent to the President.

On Wednesday, I took to the Senate floor and urged my colleagues to support my amendment. Click HERE or below to watch the video.

 

Monumental Win in Wisconsin

Also this week, I wrote an op-ed that appeared in USA Today regarding the Tea Party's recent success in Wisconsin with the re-election of Governor Scott Walker. Governor Walker was rewarded on Tuesday night for his unwavering strong principles and for standing up for what he believes in. The platform Governor Walker and I both ran on in 2010 was about reforming the bloated bureaucracies, restoring fiscal sanity, and rising above the status quo. To read my op-ed, click HERE.  

CPAC

Earlier today, I delivered a speech at CPAC - Conservative Political Action Conference - in Chicago. During the speech, I spoke on a number of important issues including standing up against the Washington establish and fighting for our constitutional liberties. And as I have the privilege to represent the state of Kentucky as a Senator, I will continue to fight for principled leadership every day in our nation's capital.

  Media Wrap-Up

I appeared on Fox News' Hannity and Your World with Neil Cavuto and CNN's Newsroom with Don Lemon and OutFront with Erin Burnett and . I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WHAS' Mandy Connell Show filling in with Leland Conway and WKCT's Darrell Duvall and Al Arbogast, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 
 

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This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul - June 15, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JUNE 15, 2012

 

I spent the week in Washington, D.C., working on a number of issues as well as meeting with constituents from Kentucky who made the trek up here for various events. Here's an update on the past week.

Fighting Against Warrantless Domestic Drone Surveillance

This week, I introduced legislation to protect Americans' privacy against unwarranted governmental intrusion through the use of drones. Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics. Click HERE to read more about the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012. And to read my op-ed, "Don't Let Drones Invade Our Privacy," penned in CNN earlier this week, click HERE. 

Introduced Amendment to End the TSA and Establish Airport Passengers "Bill of Rights"

This week, I introduced two pieces of legislation that will rein in the Transportation Security Administration's screening processes and treatment of passengers. The first piece of legislation, S.3302, establishes a "Bill of Rights" for air travelers, establishes protections for passengers, guidelines for screening procedures, and requires reforms to the air security bureaucracy. The second bill, S.3303, ends the TSA screening program and requires screening of passengers at airports to be conducted by private screeners only.

While I believe aviation security is undoubtedly important, we must be diligent in protecting the rights of all Americans, such as their freedom from being subjected to humiliating and intrusive searches by TSA agents, especially when there is no obvious cause. Click HERE to read the remainder of my statement.

Kentucky YMCA Youth Governors Visit DC

On Wednesday, I had the privilege to meet with two students visiting Washington D.C., who were elected last year as YMCA's Kentucky State Youth Governors. I spoke with the students on a number of different topics including education standards, welfare reform, and alternative energy.

 (Sen. Paul meets with YMCA's Kentucky State Youth Governors on Wednesday, June 13)

 

Amendment to Block-Grant Food Stamps

Also on Wednesday of this week, the Senate voted on one of my amendments added to the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, S.3240, also known as the Farm Bill. My amendment not only would have modernized the food stamp program with a block-grant system, but have saved $280 billion over 10 years and given the states more discretion to ensure those in need are acquiring the appropriate benefits. My amendment, however, failed 65-33.

Prior to the vote, I took to the Senate floor to urge my colleagues to join me in reforming the broken food stamp system. Click HERE or below to watch the video.

Faith and Freedom Conference

This morning I spoke at the Faith and Freedom Conference here in Washington D.C. I'll be sure to share video of my speech when it becomes available.

CPAC

Last week, I delivered a speech at CPAC - the Conservative Political Action Conference - in Chicago. During the speech, I spoke on a number of important issues including standing up against the Washington establish and fighting for our constitutional liberties. Click HERE to watch the video of my speech.

Media Wrap-Up

I appeared on the Fox Report with Doug McKelway on Fox News and CNN's Newsroom with Carol Costello. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WVHU'S Tom Roten and 55KRC's Brian Thomas, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - June 22, 2012
 

RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JUNE 22, 2012

 

Please see below for an update on my past week in the Senate here in our nation's capital.

Senate Votes on Job-Killing EPA Regulations

The Senate this week voted on a resolution of disapproval to halt the Environmental Protection Agency's Utility MACT rule, which would shut down coal-fired power plants across the country. The resolution failed passage 46-53.

The EPA's Utility MACT is yet another battle the Obama Administration is intent on fighting in their war on coal. Through onerous regulations, excessive compliance costs, permitting delays, and unreasonable environmental requirements, they have taken aim at an industry that employs and powers this country.

Prior to the vote, I spoke on the Senate floor urging my colleagues to vote in disapproval of this job-killing EPA rule. To read my entire statement click HERE. To watch video of the speech click HERE or below.

Also this week, more than 500 coal jobs in several Kentucky counties were lost. I spoke with Hazard's WYMT about the causes for the job loss and my concern for those out of work. Click HERE to watch the interview and read more about the story. 

 

Farm Bill Amendment

The Senate also voted this week on a series of amendments to the 2012 Farm Bill, including an amendment I introduced that would limit payments and benefits listed in the bill to those people with an adjusted gross income of $250,000 or less. In other words, my amendment would have ended farm subsidies to the 9 percent of farmers who earn more than $250,000 per year but receive nearly a third of all benefits.

Click HERE or below to watch me discuss my amendment on the Senate floor.

 

Opposing Unconstitutional Wars

Finally this week, I wrote an opinion piece that appeared in National Review Online on undeclared wars. Click HERE to read my op-ed.

Media Wrap-Up

I appeared on CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett. I also spoke with several Kentucky television and radio stations, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - June 29, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JUNE 29, 2012

 

I write you with some important news this week. Please see below for an update. 

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Obamacare

I strongly disagreed with the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the individual mandate in Obamacare. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right.

As a physician, I have had direct experience with the many problems facing health care in our country. It is undoubtedly over-regulated and in need of market-based reforms. Yet, Obamacare, in an unprecedented fashion, rapidly expanded the powers of government into our health care system.

Obamacare is wrong for Americans and will destroy our health care system. Therefore, we must work tirelessly to repeal this national health care law and reduce federal involvement in healthcare. Click HERE to read my statement following the Supreme Court's ruling. I also wrote an opinion piece in the National Review Online that you can read HERE.

Shortly after the announcement I appeared on CNBC to discuss the ruling. Click HERE or below to watch the video.

Audit The Fed Passes Unanimously Out Of Committee

The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously passed the Federal Reserve Transparency Act (H.R. 459), known as Audit the Fed earlier this week. I applaud the unanimous passage of Audit the Fed out of committee and commend House leadership for promising a vote on it next month. I have introduced similar legislation in the Senate and will continue to fight on the frontlines of this battle to get Audit the Fed passed through Congress. Read my entire statement by clicking HERE.

Senate Votes Against Transparency 

This week I took to the Senate floor to raise a point of order regarding the Senate's violation of Rule 28, paragraph 9, which requires the body to allow 48 hours between public introduction of a conference report and a vote. I have previously introduced a 'Read the Bills' Resolution in keeping with my campaign pledge to pass legislation requiring members of Congress to read the bills on which they voted and allowing adequate time to read legislation before its passage.

Click HERE or below to watch video of my floor speech.

Security Leaks and Freeing The Bin Laden Informant 

I took to the Senate floor this week to discuss the issue of national security leaks originating out of the Executive Branch and joined 30 of my fellow Senators in sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting he immediately appoint a special counsel, free from the appearance of a politics or undue influence, to investigate the matter of national security leaks.

While on the Senate floor I also addressed my continuing fight to cut foreign aid to the government of Pakistan until Dr. Shakil Afridi is released. Dr. Afridi provided key intelligence to the United States leading to the death of Osama bin Laden and risked his own life to help the U.S. military find and kill its most-wanted terrorist. I expect to have a vote on it in the coming weeks.

Click HERE or below to watch the video.

Protecting Seniors from Losing Access To Quality Health Care

This week I introduced the Access to Physicians in Medicare Act, which would reform the current physician reimbursement formula for Medicare patients and replace it with a formula that is similar to the one used to calculate cost-of-living increases for Social Security benefits.

As an eye surgeon, many of my patients are seniors, and many of those seniors are Medicare recipients. Medicare, in its constant quest to save money, cuts physician reimbursement and in turn puts America's seniors at risk of losing their access to quality health care. I know the value of quality care and I want to ensure our nation's seniors continue to get it. Read my entire statement and more about the Access to Physicians in Medicare Act HERE.

University of Kentucky Student Government Association

I had the pleasure of meeting with members of the University of Kentucky's Student Government Association this in my Washington, D.C. office this week. They came to Washington to discuss their goals for the upcoming year.

(Sen. Paul meets with members of the University of Kentucky Student Government Association, 06/28/12)

Congressional Baseball Game

Thursday night, dozens of members of Congress, including myself, played in the 51st annual Congressional Baseball Game, held at Nationals Park. My father, Rep. Ron Paul was inducted into the league's hall of fame and threw the first pitch of the game to me.

(Sen. Paul and Rep. Ron Paul at the Congressional Baseball Game, Photo by Chet Susslin appeared in National Journal, 06/28/12)

Media Wrap-Up

I appeared on the CNBC's Squawk on the Street with Simon Hobbs. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: Tony Cruise and The Morning Team in Louisville, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In The News For Senator Rand Paul - July 6, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JULY 6, 2012

This week I was pleased to be back in Kentucky for meetings with constituents and to celebrate July 4th with my family.

Independence Day

While I was home for this holiday week, I was also lucky enough to get to spend some quality time with my family, celebrating our nation's birthday and the freedom we share as Americans. I hope all of you had a wonderful Independence Day and were able to reflect on the many gifts we Americans share - and the pride in country we will continue to fight for. I encourage you to read this brilliant document - and to resolve to find even more time and ways to fight for it.

Visit to Shelby County

On Monday, I traveled to Shelbyville to tour and to learn more about the operations of the Pegasus Industries and Packaging Plant. Once there, I had a roundtable meeting with Pegasus' executive staff and spoke on a number of important issues including the importance of the plant's work of providing premium quality packaging and procurement in Kentucky and throughout the country.

(Sen. Paul meets with Pegasus Industries and Packaging's President and CEO, Stephen Meador, in Shelbyville, 07/02/12)

Later that day, I met with 25 business leaders and elected officials from both political parties at a reception in Shelbyville. I had the opportunity to cover a wide variety of topics including an update on the current events and news taking place in Washington. The President of the Chamber of Commerce in Shelbyville, Gary Walls, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, State Senator, Hon. Paul Hornback, and State Representative, Hon. Brad Montell, were among those in attendance.

(Sen. Paul speaks with Roll Forming Corporation's President, Ray Leathers, Roll Forming Corporation's Engineer Manager, Kevin Dierkin, and Pegasus Industries and Packaging's President, Stephen Meador, 07/02/12)

For the last stop of the day in Shelbyville, I was pleased to have been invited to speak at the Farm Bureau Picnic, held at the Red Orchard Park. During the speech, I focused primarily on the government's continued abuse of overregulation on small businesses and how the consequences will continue to be a slower economy. Both before and after the speech, I had the pleasure of speaking with the picnics attendees; which included local elected officials and state representatives.



(Sen. Paul speaks at Farm Bureau Picnic in Shelbyville, 07/02/12)

Meeting with Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants

On Tuesday, July 3, I met with several constituent groups including the Kentucky Association of Physician Assistants. I spoke with the groups on number of important issues and listened to their concerns regarding the impact of federal legislation, particularly in underserved, rural areas of Kentucky. I always appreciate the opportunity to meet with constituents while I am at home in Kentucky and I know that I always learn a great deal about a variety of subjects from the experts in their various fields.

(Sen. Paul meets with members of the Kentucky Association of Physician Assistants in Bowling Green, 07/03/12)

Speech at the Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club

This week, in front of a crowd of more than 100 people at the Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club, I spoke about several important issues. These issues included the importance of meaningful healthcare reform, the severe drought hurting Kentucky's crops and my desire that the U.S. Senate work to pass tax reform that will help rebuild the economy by bringing jobs back to the United States.  I answered many questions from the well informed Kiwanis Club audience on issues ranging from the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare to how Congress can balance the federal budget.

(Sen. Paul speaks to the Kiwanis Club in Hopkinsville, 07/05/12)

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Isn't Final

Think of how our country would look now had the Supreme Court not changed its view of what is constitutional. Think of 1857, when the court handed down the outrageous Dred Scott decision, which said African Americans were not citizens. Think of the "separate but equal" doctrine in Plessy v. Ferguson, which the court later repudiated in Brown v. Board of Education. The Constitutional debate surrounding Obamacare is not over. Click HERE to read my op-ed in USA Today.

Media Wrap-Up

This week, I also spoke with several Kentucky radio including WKDZ's Alan Watts and WKCT's Darrell Duvall and Al Arbogast, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

 
 

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This Week In News For Senator Paul - July 13, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JULY 13, 2012

 

Allow me to update you on this week's news from my office. 

In The Defense of Liberty

I ran for the U.S Senate to restore fiscal sanity, downsize big government, and rise above the status quo. I will continue to stand up for principled leadership every day in our nation's capital and fight against the Washington establishment. Here is an excerpt from a recently written op-ed of mine. 

"Contrary to the conventional "wisdom," moderates are often the problem in Washington. Often these moderates represent what is wrong with both parties, not because of what they do or don't believe in, but because of how they will tend to "compromise."

Democrats champion expanded social welfare spending over defense spending. Republicans champion tax cuts and limited social spending and blank checks for the military.

Moderates support all of the spending. Instead of being moderate, these middle-of-the-roaders actually have embraced an extreme of fiscal irresponsibility by voting for the wish-list spending of both parties. By refusing to stand up to any spending, they have been the core of the problem in Washington.

So don't believe what you hear from most talking heads: Bipartisanship and moderate influences are the defining characteristic of the Congresses and administrations that ran up our $15 trillion debt."

Click HERE to read my entire op-ed in the Bowling Green Daily News.

Making Infrastructure A Priority

Our nation's infrastructure is in need of immediate repair. No one knows this better than the people of Kentucky where nearly one in five roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Let's fund construction efforts on America's most high-priority infrastructure needs. The time is long overdue to make infrastructure investment a priority. Below is an excerpt from an op-ed I have written.

"In my view, bridge repair and replacement should not be a partisan issue. It is time we prioritize our infrastructure needs and get Kentucky moving again.

The nation's infrastructure - in particular, bridges - continue to suffer due to a lack of funding. There are currently 600,000 bridges in the United States; 79,524 are structurally deficient and 79,792 are functionally obsolete. More than 25 percent of all bridges are in need of repair or rebuilding, so as opposed to funding sanctuaries for squirrels, why don't we invest in reconstructing our nation's infrastructure to ensure safety and efficiency for the citizens of America?"

Click HERE to read my entire op-ed in the Northern Kentucky Enquirer.

Addressing the Imprisonment of bin Laden Informant

Earlier this week, I sent a letter to Democrat Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary

Clinton and Pakistani Ambassador Sherry Rehman, regarding the continued imprisonment of key bin Laden informant, Dr. Shakil Afridi. In the letter I announced that I had gained the necessary number of signatures on a cloture petition to force a vote on legislation regarding cutting aid to Pakistan, unless Dr. Afridi is released.

Depending on the outcome of Dr. Afridi's appeal trial next week, I am prepared to call for a vote cutting all foreign aid to the Pakistani government as early as June 20. Click HERE to read the letter in its entirety.

Media Wrap-Up



This week, I spoke with several Kentucky radio including, WHAS' Mandy Connell, WJRS' Mike Scales, WANV's Brian Sizemore, WVHU's Tom Roten, WVLC's Chase McBride, and WLAP's Matt Walsh, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Paul - July 13, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JULY 13, 2012

 

Allow me to update you on this week's news from my office. 

In The Defense of Liberty

I ran for the U.S Senate to restore fiscal sanity, downsize big government, and rise above the status quo. I will continue to stand up for principled leadership every day in our nation's capital and fight against the Washington establishment. Here is an excerpt from a recently written op-ed of mine. 

"Contrary to the conventional "wisdom," moderates are often the problem in Washington. Often these moderates represent what is wrong with both parties, not because of what they do or don't believe in, but because of how they will tend to "compromise."

Democrats champion expanded social welfare spending over defense spending. Republicans champion tax cuts and limited social spending and blank checks for the military.

Moderates support all of the spending. Instead of being moderate, these middle-of-the-roaders actually have embraced an extreme of fiscal irresponsibility by voting for the wish-list spending of both parties. By refusing to stand up to any spending, they have been the core of the problem in Washington.

So don't believe what you hear from most talking heads: Bipartisanship and moderate influences are the defining characteristic of the Congresses and administrations that ran up our $15 trillion debt."

Click HERE to read my entire op-ed in the Bowling Green Daily News.

Making Infrastructure A Priority

Our nation's infrastructure is in need of immediate repair. No one knows this better than the people of Kentucky where nearly one in five roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Let's fund construction efforts on America's most high-priority infrastructure needs. The time is long overdue to make infrastructure investment a priority. Below is an excerpt from an op-ed I have written.

"In my view, bridge repair and replacement should not be a partisan issue. It is time we prioritize our infrastructure needs and get Kentucky moving again.

The nation's infrastructure - in particular, bridges - continue to suffer due to a lack of funding. There are currently 600,000 bridges in the United States; 79,524 are structurally deficient and 79,792 are functionally obsolete. More than 25 percent of all bridges are in need of repair or rebuilding, so as opposed to funding sanctuaries for squirrels, why don't we invest in reconstructing our nation's infrastructure to ensure safety and efficiency for the citizens of America?"

Click HERE to read my entire op-ed in the Northern Kentucky Enquirer.

Addressing the Imprisonment of bin Laden Informant

Earlier this week, I sent a letter to Democrat Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary

Clinton and Pakistani Ambassador Sherry Rehman, regarding the continued imprisonment of key bin Laden informant, Dr. Shakil Afridi. In the letter I announced that I had gained the necessary number of signatures on a cloture petition to force a vote on legislation regarding cutting aid to Pakistan, unless Dr. Afridi is released.

Depending on the outcome of Dr. Afridi's appeal trial next week, I am prepared to call for a vote cutting all foreign aid to the Pakistani government as early as June 20. Click HERE to read the letter in its entirety.

Media Wrap-Up



This week, I spoke with several Kentucky radio including, WHAS' Mandy Connell, WJRS' Mike Scales, WANV's Brian Sizemore, WVHU's Tom Roten, WVLC's Chase McBride, and WLAP's Matt Walsh, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - July 20, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JULY 20, 2012

 

I would first like to offer my condolences to the families of the victims of last night's tragedy in Colorado. Kelley and I have them in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. When a senseless act of violence threatens to rip a community apart, it is the power of prayer and kindness that restores solace and fellowship.

Please see below for an update on my past week in the Senate here in our nation's capital.

Prepared to Demand Vote on Cutting Aid to Pakistan

A brave doctor in Pakistan by the name of Dr. Shakil Afridi helped us to find Osama bin Laden but now sits imprisoned by the Pakistani government for 33 years. I have proposed legislation that would cut aid to the Pakistani government until he is released. We have a lot of problems in our own country that need attending to and I just don't see how we can send billions of taxpayer dollars overseas to countries that disrespect us when we have bridges that are collapsing in our country. Click HERE or below to watch video of my floor speech.

Last month, I sent a letter to President Obama urging a delay in the release U.S. financial aid to the government of Pakistan, and to hold all aid until Dr. Afridi is released. If by next week we don't have answers on the bin Laden informant's appellate trial, I will force a vote to end all foreign aid to Pakistan. Click HERE to read my entire statement and HERE to watch video of my floor speech.

Bluegrass Delegation Visits D.C.

This week more than 50 elected officials and business leaders made the trip from the bluegrass region to Washington, D.C. I discussed with the group a number of issues important to them as well as the rest of the nation including: the budget, Obamacare, infrastructure needs and an overreaching EPA.  It was my pleasure meeting with and speaking to members of the delegation on their visit.

(Sen. Paul addresses the Commerce Lexington Inc. and the Bluegrass Region group, 07/19/12)

Speech at 19th Annual Eagle Forum Collegians Leadership Summit

I also spoke with a crowd of college students and young professionals from around the country this week at the 19th Annual Eagle Forum Collegians Leadership Summit hosted by the Heritage Foundation. I discussed many issues with the students, ranging from the recent Supreme Court decision on Obamacare to cutting foreign aid to Pakistan until Dr. Shakil Afridi is released. I also answered questions from the well informed audience, including one on the difficulties of balancing the budget when the Senate is unwilling to make even minor deficit reductions.

(Sen. Paul speaks to the Eagle Forum at the Heritage Foundation, 07/19/12)

Meeting With Future Farmers Of America

My staff continues to work hard and meet with constituents throughout Kentucky. Whitney Meadows, my Agriculture Liaison, met with our military personnel from Fort Knox and discussed issues most important to them in addition to speaking with our future farm leaders at a Food for All event in Elizabethtown last week.

(Sen. Paul staffer, Whitney Meadows with Future Farmer of America State Officers)

Next Week

In addition to the legislative activities taking place in official Washington next week, I have the honor and privilege of introducing my father, Congressman Ron Paul at a lecture on Capitol Hill entitled "The Great Enabler: The Rise of the Fed and the Growth of Government."

Media Wrap-Up

This week, I appeared on the Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: 55KRC Clear Channel's Brian Thomas and WLCU's Jeannie Waggener, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - July 27, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JULY 27, 2012

 

Allow me to update you on what's been happening here in Congress this week.

Audit The Fed Passes 

This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, also known as Audit the Fed. The bill passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support, 327-98.

I applaud the bill's passage in the House because we need a full and thorough audit of the Federal Reserve more than ever. Just last July, a GAO report revealed the Fed bailed out banks and corporations to the tune of $16 trillion in taxpayer dollars. With an audit of the Fed, we can bring transparency and accountability to the secretive institution that devalues Americans' savings, drives inflation, and facilitates the growth of big government

I also congratulate my father, Congressman Ron Paul, who first introduced Audit the Fed in 1983, and has been fighting for its passage ever since. Now I call upon Democrat leadership to allow a vote in the Senate on this much-needed transparency bill. Click HERE to read my entire statement.

Also this week, I had the honor and privilege of introducing my father at a lecture on Capitol Hill entitled "The Great Enabler: The Rise of the Fed and the Growth of Government."

(Sen. Paul introduces Rep. Ron Paul [at right] at a lecture series, 07/24/12)

Democrats Vote In Favor Of Tax Hikes

We voted in the Senate this week on a Democrat proposed tax-hike plan. It boggles the mind to think that now, during an economic recession, Senate Democrats put forth a plan to raise taxes on nearly a million business owners, farmers, ranchers, and families. Their idea of a tax plan includes damaging tax increases that would severely hurt small businesses and hike the estate tax from 35 percent to 55 percent. Fortunately for the American people, this tax bill is dead upon arrival, as our Constitution requires that all tax bills originate in the House of Representatives, and this one did not.

Postponement of bin Laden Informant Appellate Trial

Earlier this week, I took to the Senate floor to discuss the imprisonment of Dr. Shakil Afridi, and his appellate hearing in Pakistan that has been postponed until Aug. 30. I will demand a vote on this bipartisan legislation to end aid to Pakistan closer to that date.

Dr. Afridi, a key figure in finding Osama bin Laden, is being held in a Pakistani prison on a 33-year sentence. According to news sources, his appellate hearing last week was postponed and local officials fear for Dr. Afridi's safety based on reports of serious threats from militant inmates in the same facility. Click HERE or below to listen to my floor speech.

Ground-breaking Ceremony for Wounded Army Veteran and His Family

My wife, Kelley, whose father was a career Air Force officer, has an enduring love for military families, and her enthusiasm is contagious. Kelley put together this report from an ceremony we had the privilege of attending together:

"On Saturday, July 21, Bowling Green and surrounding counties welcomed home a true American hero, Sgt. Jack (JD) Williams, USA. During his second tour of duty in Afghanistan on Oct. 9, 2010, Sgt. Williams stepped on an IED, resulting in the loss of both legs and an arm. JD was conscious during the entire episode and ensuing firefight with the Taliban. After arriving at the Kandahar Air Base, his vital signs bottomed out and the doctor tried an emergency procedure, massaging his heart which saved his life. As horrific as his injuries were, JD says he is glad he was the one to step on the IED and not one of the other soldiers under his leadership. JD has been at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas recovering from his injuries, but that hasn't slowed him down. He has taken it upon himself to be an ambassador to more recently wounded warriors -- taking them hunting, kayaking, and encouraging them to look beyond their injuries and live again.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on the site of the future home being built for JD and his family. The home, which will be fully adapted to meet JD's needs, will give this young hero the ability to live independently. The home is being built with funds raised though HelpingaHero.org. JD, his wife Ashlee, their two-year-old daughter Kaelynn, and their extended family were surrounded by neighbors, friends and well-wishers at the ceremony. The young medic who reached JD first and got him to safety flew in for the event and gave a moving account of that harrowing day and the bravery of our soldiers.

(Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie [second from left] was among the many special guests who joined us to celebrate the ground breaking for the Williams' new home)

According to Merideth Iler, the group's chairman, Ashlee Williams had worked for Minit Mart since she was 16 years old, and Fred Higgins, CEO of Minit Mart, contacted the organization shortly after JD was injured. Working with Helping a Hero, Fred Higgins and I organized a fundraiser last April which received an outpouring of support from Bowling Green and surrounding area businesses and private citizens. Upon learning about JD, Bennie Jones of Bennie Jones Construction and Larkin Ritter of The Ritter Company reached out and volunteered to build the home. A host of other subcontractors are offering their services and in-kind donations.

Everyone who meets JD and Ashlee wants to thank them for their sacrifice and give back in some small way. The American spirit was truly alive at the groundbreaking ceremony as a community joined together to express its gratitude to this brave young family and its hope for their bright future. Sgt. Williams and his wife truly represent the very best of America."

(Sen. Paul with Kelley Paul, Sgt. Williams and his wife Ashlee, 07/21/12)

Upcoming Service Academy Information Fair

On Sept. 6, I will hold a joint Academy Information Fair with Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.). The event is intended to provide information to high school students and parents regarding the West Point, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine Academies, and the nomination process as well. The event will take place at the Carroll Knicely Center in Bowling Green, Ky., at 6 p.m. CT. You can contact our Bowling Green office for more information.

Hickman River Port Update

I am very pleased to see that the Army Corps of Engineers has begun dredging the Elvis Stahr Harbor in Hickman, Ky. This harbor on the Mississippi River is an integral part of the local economy, as well as a hub of activity for the inland waterways system. I have been working to make sure the Hickman River Port received this badly needed dredging, and will continue to bring attention to small ports and harbors that do not receive adequate maintenance from the Corps of Engineers. In order to help with all smaller harbors, including the Hickman River Port, I introduced the Harbor Equity Act, which would recalculate the way that tonnage is figured for maintenance.

(Photo of USACE Dredge at Hickman River Port, 07/23/12)

Media Wrap-Up

This week, I appeared on CNN's Newsroom with Carol Costello and spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WRUS's Don Neagle, as well as those across the country. I also had an exclusive Newsmax TV interview this week where we discussed a wide range of topics including: the Bush tax cuts, domestic drone use, ending foreign aid to Pakistan, and even the solvency of the U.S. Postal Service.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - August 3, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
AUGUST 3, 2012

 

For Members of Congress, the month of August offers a break in the legislative schedule and allows Members to leave Washington and spend time with their constituents in their home state. This month I will be travelling across Kentucky, meeting with constituents and listening to their concerns. To find out more about upcoming events in Kentucky, follow me on Facebook and stay tuned to future newsletter updates. Now please see below for a recap of this past week's events.

Remarks to CATO University

On Tuesday, I spoke to a packed-crowd of liberty minded activists from around the country who came to D.C. for a week of lectures and events on the history of liberty and public policy issues. During my speech to CATO University, I discussed the ideas and values on which our country was founded in addition to several public policy issues such as Obamacare and overzealous regulatory agencies.

(Sen. Paul addresses audience at CATO University, photo by Sarah Gormley, 07/31/12)

The Case for Internet Freedom

Also this week, I delivered a speech on internet freedom at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington. In my speech, I discussed issues including government regulation of the Internet, cyber-security, privacy rights and piracy. The Internet is under attack and these issues could not be more pressing.

The Internet, as we know it, has had a profound impact on job creation, the global economy and prosperity. But the Internet's development is based on the free flow of information, innovation, and ideas, not central government control.

(Sen. Paul speaks to crowd at the Heritage Foundation, 08/2/12)

I will continue to do everything in my power to stop the heavy hand of government from interfering with the Internet and our constitutionally protected rights. Read more about my speech HERE in The National Journal and HERE in Townhall.

Speech to Young America's Foundation   

Finally this week, I addressed hundreds of conservative students and supporters during a Ronald Reagan Banquet hosted by the Young America's Foundation. You can read about my speech HERE at Red Alert Politics.

Service Academy Information Fair

On September 6, I will hold a joint Academy Information Fair with Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.). The event is intended to provide information to high school students and parents regarding the West Point, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine Academies, and the nomination process as well. The event will take place at the Carroll Knicely Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky at 6PM CT.

Media Wrap-Up

This week, I appeared on the America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer on Fox News where I called for an audit of the Pentagon budget. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WHAS' Terry Meiners and WVHU's Tom Roten, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - August 13, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
AUGUST 13, 2012

 

I spent last week in Kentucky meeting with constituents and my state staff in addition to performing pro-bono cataract surgery. Below are some highlights, as well as information about upcoming events I will be attending.

Roundtable Discussions In Elizabethtown

On Monday, Aug. 6, I met in Elizabethtown with representations of two different organizations that provide health care services. Members from KAPA, the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association, brought to my attention several regulatory issues that make it more costly to provide emergency ambulance transport to patients in Kentucky. Unfortunately, they are also reimbursed at a rate considerably lower than in surrounding states. They are also quite concerned about the growing possibility that increasing numbers of Kentuckians will join the ranks of Medicaid recipients once Obamacare is fully implemented.

(Sen. Paul takes photo with members from the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association, 08/6/12)

Lakeview Rehabilitation Hospital (part of the Health South family of hospitals) met with me to discuss the range of important rehabilitation services they provide but they struck a familiar theme. The regulatory environment is so onerous and rigid, that they must occasionally turn away legitimate rehab patients if a certain patient balance is not achieved. For example, they might have to turn away a double knee replacement patient if they haven't met the threshold for stroke patients during the reporting period.

(Sen. Paul meets with constituents at Lakeview Rehabilitation Hospital, 08/06/12)

My goal, whenever I am in such meetings, is to look for ways that we can help peel away the layers of bureaucracy that cripple businesses and industries all over this country. And who is better able to point me in the right direction for reducing regulation or saving money than the individuals who are feeling the pinch from unnecessary regulations. I encourage you to contact my Bowling Green office to discuss the possibility of setting up similar round-table discussions when I am in your area -- or in my Bowling Green office if you are able to make the trip. We would love to host your small group. (Please call 270-782-8303.)

Addressed the Tea Party Patriots

The Central Kentucky Tea Party Patriots held their monthly meeting in Elizabethtown Tuesday evening. Bobby Alexander, their chairman, helped facilitate a standing-room-only crowd from half a dozen counties in the area. They were also on hand to hear from Congressman Brett Guthrie, who represents their district in the U.S. House. I appreciate their unwavering commitment to smaller government and the integrity of the U.S. Constitution. Who would have dreamed just a few short years ago, that you could turn out several hundred people on a hot August night to talk about our Constitution and protecting it.

Another group of Tea Party activists are organizing a rally in Frankfort on August 21st. It will take place at 11:30 a.m. ET, on the steps of the Capitol in Frankfort. Senator Mitch McConnell will join me there. The topic of conversation? Obamacare and what is in store for the Commonwealth when this legislation is fully implemented. Everyone is welcome to attend. I'm looking forward to a big crowd. Bring your good humor and sunscreen. It is likely to be hot and sunny.

Bowling Green Rotary Club

On Wednesday, I spoke to the Bowling Green Rotary Club and took some questions from them after my presentation. I am a long-standing member of the Bowling Green Lion's Club. The combination of friendship and civic involvement is a great mix, so it's easy to understand why I always enjoy speaking to Kiwanis, Rotary and Lion's clubs around the state. If I haven't spoken to your group yet, and you'd like to find a spot on your schedule, please call my Bowling Green office.

(Sen. Paul addresses the Bowling Green Rotary Club, 08/08/12)

Ceremonial First Pitch at the Bowling Green Hot Rods Game

Last week Thursday, I enjoyed an evening at the Bowling Green Hot Rods game, where I had the honor of throwing out one of the ceremonial first pitches. It was great fun, and a tremendous ball park. But my the fan favorite had to have been the  veteran who had just returned, safe and sound, from a tour of Afghanistan. We share the community's pride in this young man's service, and thankfulness that he is safe and well.

Charitable Eye Surgeries

I wrapped up a busy week by performing charitable eye surgeries in Somerset, Kentucky. I've written about this before, and it continues to be true: I love doing this work. It keeps my fingers, literally, involved in the profession I practiced for so many years and it is a way for me to help people who fall between the cracks of insurance and Medicaid coverage. Often these patients are working men and women who have developed a cataract at a relatively young age, so they are not yet eligible for Medicare. I have a growing team of ophthalmology colleagues around the state who assist me in finding these patients and in helping to provide their post-operative care once I am back in Washington. You can read more about it HERE.

Kelley Paul Attends Shelbyville Horse Show

On Aug.1, my wife, Kelley, attended the annual Shelbyville Horse Show. This show, which features the saddlebreds and the Hackney ponies, was designated as a Top 20 event for August by the Southeast Tourism Society. While at the event, Kelley was pleased to award the first-place ribbon to the winner of one of the show classes. 

(Kelley Paul poses for photo with winner of one of the show classes at the Shelbyville Horse Show, 08/01/12)

UPCOMING: Service Academy Information Fair

On September 6, I will hold a joint Academy Information Fair with Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.). The event is intended to provide information to high school students and parents regarding the West Point, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine Academies, and the nomination process as well. The event will take place at the Carroll Knicely Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky at 6PM CT.





Have An Issue Or Concern?

My state-wide outreach staff has been in Bowling Green for two days for some intensive training. I hear from them regularly about the urgent issues in their respective areas of the state, but there's nothing quite like spending some face-to-face time with them to brainstorm the best possible resolutions to the stickier problems.  If you would like to talk with one of the field staff about local issues that have a federal component, the Bowling Green office (270-782-8303) can refer you to the right staff member.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I recorded an interview with KET Television. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WOMI's Joe Lowe, WCCK's Greg Leath, WKU's Kevin Willis, WTAQ's Jerry Bader, WBGN's Norm Haney, WHAS' Terry Meiners and Mandy Connell, WKDZ's Alan Watts, WRIL's Brian O'Brien, WTUK's Crow, WNOX's Ed and Bob, WKCT'S Darrell Duvall and Al Arbogast, as well as those across the country.



You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In The News For Senator Rand Paul - August 17, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
AUGUST 17, 2012

 

I spent the past week in Kentucky, traveling across the state and meeting with constituents and business leaders. Please allow me to update you with the highlights, as well as provide you with information about upcoming events I will be attending next week.



Winchester/Clark County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

On Monday, I was pleased to be invited to speak at the Winchester/Clark County Chamber of Commerce luncheon and took some questions from the audience after my presentation. Most of the questions I received revolved around the regulatory environment of the Affordable Care Act. Kentucky physicians, hospitals, and other providers are very concerned about the expected growth of the Medicaid roles in Kentucky. I want to take the time and thank the staff and officers of the Winchester/Clark County Chamber for hosting the luncheon this week, where we could talk candidly about the issues facing our nation.



(Sen. Paul meets with members of the Winchester/Clark County Chamber of Commerce, including Bruce Blue, co-founder and CEO of Freedom Metals, 08/13/12)

Upcoming Academy Information Fair

I recently announced I will be holding this year's Academy Information Fair with Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) in Bowling Green. While I believe it is always inspiring and impressive to meet the young men and women who achieve appointments to these top institutions, I was particularly pleased to meet Jesse Curry, a West Point graduate stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Jesse currently is home on leave in Hazard, Ky., and stopped by the Winchester/Clark County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Monday. Click HERE or see below for more information regarding the Academy Information Fair.

(Sen. Paul speaks with Jesse Curry, a West Point graduate currently stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas , 08/13/12)

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

On Tuesday, I traveled to the Persimmon Ridge Development in Louisville to speak at the Shelby County Chamber luncheon. Some of the topics we discussed included reasons why Obamacare should be repealed; the need to reform Social Security and Medicare; and the financial crisis our country faces. In answer to questions posed by luncheon attendees, I discussed the need for bold leadership to reform entitlement programs;  the need for the federal government to defer to state and local governments on matters such as drug prevention and rehabilitation; and the impact tax reform could have on charitable giving. 

(Sen. Paul speaks at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, 08/14/12)

Kentucky State Representative, Brad Montell, President of WXLN Power 93.3 FM, Elmer Bullock, Shelby County Chamber President, Gary Walls, and Chamber Executive Director, Shelley Goodwin were among those in attendance.



(Sen. Paul takes photo with Kentucky State Representative, Brad Montell, 08/14/12)

NEXT WEEK: Tea Party Rally in Frankfort, Ham Breakfast, and more

On Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 11:30 a.m. ET, I will be attending a Tea Party rally on the Capitol steps in Frankfort alongside Sen. Mitch McConnell and Tea Party leaders from across the state.

Then on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 a.m. ET, before the annual Ham Breakfast in Louisville, I will be holding a press conference with Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer regarding the job-creating benefits of industrial hemp in the Bluegrass.

UPCOMING: Service Academy Information Fair

On Sept. 6, I will hold a joint Academy Information Fair with Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.). The event is intended to provide information to high school students and parents regarding the West Point, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine Academies, and the nomination process as well. The event will take place at the Carroll Knicely Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky at 6PM CT.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

My state-wide outreach staff was in Bowling Green last week for two days for some intensive training. I hear from them regularly about the urgent issues in their respective areas of the state, but there's nothing quite like spending some face-to-face time with them to brainstorm the best possible resolutions to the stickier problems. If you would like to talk with one of the field staff about local issues that have a federal component, the Bowling Green office (270-782-8303) can refer you to the right staff member.

Media Wrap-Up

This week I interviewed with KET Television and spoke with several Kentucky radio stations, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
AUGUST 24, 2012

 

I spent the past week in Kentucky, traveling across the state and meeting with constituents and business leaders. Please allow me to update you with the highlights.



Tea Party Rally at the State Capitol

On Tuesday morning, despite a surprise rainstorm, and the Kentucky humidity that followed, a 400-strong group, organized by the Louisville Tea Party, descended on the Capitol to cheer on the Tea Party and denounce Obamacare. Senator Mitch McConnell joined me on the platform that day. Sen. McConnell has worked tirelessly against Obamacare, and has made more than 100 speeches against it in the Senate. Many thanks are due to Sarah Durand and her colleagues at the Louisville Tea Party for coordinating this event. Read more about the rally in the Bowling Green Daily News HERE.

(Sen. Paul speaks to Tea Party supporters at the state Capitol in Frankfort, 08/21/12)

Supporting Industrial Hemp

Also this week, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and I spoke at a joint press conference in support of the legalization of industrial hemp. 



The effort to bring hemp production to Kentucky is now getting bi-partisan support, but legislation is needed at both the state and federal levels. Commissioner Comer and I spoke about what we are each doing to move this profitable product back into Kentucky. Read more about the press conference in the Lexington Herald Leader HERE. 

(Sen. Paul speaks to crowd on benefits of industrial hemp, photo by Gene Linzy, 08/23/12)

Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast

Every year the Kentucky Farm Bureau hosts a Kentucky country ham breakfast at the state fair. The Farm Bureau is an effective voice for agriculture in the Commonwealth and educating the farming community. Each year they auction a ham at the breakfast and use that money to provide scholarships - this year's ham went for $300,000.You can read more about the ham breakfast at WDRB.com by clicking HERE.

(Sen. Paul addresses the large crowd of attendees at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast, 08/23/12)

Charitable Eye Surgeries and Healthcare Forum at Baptist Regional Medical Center

On Monday, I performed charitable eye surgeries in Corbin for people who have fallen between the cracks of insurance and Medicaid coverage. I also participated in a roundtable discussion at Baptist Regional Medical Center. Several health care professionals joined me on a panel where we later engaged with the audience members on a number of issues including alternatives to Obamacare. You can read more about my visit in the Corbin News Journal HERE.

(Sen. Paul speaks at a Healthcare Forum in Corbin, 08/20/12)

Kentucky Coal Association

Also this week, Senator McConnell and I met with representatives from the Kentucky Coal Association. While I do my share of public speaking, a huge part of my job is to simply listen. I really value these round-table discussions where I can hear from leaders within their field and get into the details of the challenges they face. I'm hoping to have dates available in October to get out to various communities in Kentucky. If your organization or association would like to host a meeting where you can update me on your legislative concerns, call my Bowling Green office at 270-782-8303 to see if we can work you into the schedule this fall.

Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

On Wednesday, I spoke to a group of 75 people at the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce President's Circle Luncheon. I spoke about the importance of creating a friendly business environment in our state, preserving coal jobs and reducing the size of the federal government.

(Sen. Paul addresses the crowd at the Elizabethtown Chamber luncheon, 08/22/12)

Kentucky Federation of Republican Women

Last Saturday, Aug. 18, Kelley and I drove up to Lexington to spend the evening with our friends at the Kentucky Federation of Republican Women where I was the keynote speaker for the final session of their annual convention. I took the opportunity to update this group on the work of HelpingAHero.org, which builds homes for severely wounded soldiers so that they can live independently. The first such home for a Kentucky veteran from this charity is under construction in Bowling Green. Next, they are targeting Lexington and Louisville. True to form, a number of KFRW members have offered their time and resources to help the efforts in these two new markets.

(Sen. Rand Paul with Kentucky Federation of Republican Women member Allison Ball, 08/18/12)

UPCOMING: Service Academy Information Fair

On Sept. 6, I will hold a joint Academy Information Fair with Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.). The event is intended to provide information to high school students and parents regarding the West Point, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine Academies, and the nomination process as well. The event will take place at the Carroll Knicely Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky at 6PM CT.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

If you would like to talk with one of the field staff about local issues that have a federal component, the Bowling Green office (270-782-8303) can refer you to the right staff member.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WVHU's Tom Roten, EKY Broadcasting Group's Lee Burke, WLAP's Matt Walsh, WHAS' Terry Meiners and Mandy Connell, as well as those across the country.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - August 31, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
AUGUST 31, 2012

 

Please see below for my upcoming public events in Kentucky next week.

Appearance at the University of Louisville


Next Wednesday, Sept. 5, I will participate in a roundtable discussion with students and members of the public at the University of Louisville. Sponsored by the University of Louisville College Republican Club, this event takes place on campus in the an auditorium in the Miller IT building beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. To RSVP, please contact randpaulrsvp@gmail.com. Space is limited.

Service Academy Information Fair

On Thursday, Sept. 6, I will hold a joint Academy Information Fair with Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.). The event is intended to provide information to high school students and parents regarding the West Point, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine Academies, and the nomination process as well. The event will take place at the Carroll Knicely Center in Bowling Green, Ky., at 6 p.m. CT.

Have an Issue or Concern?

If you would like to talk with one of the field staff about local issues that have a federal component, the Bowling Green office (270-782-8303) can refer you to the right staff member.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I conducted several interviews on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, and Fox Business Network. You can watch them all on my YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - September 7, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
SEPTEMBER 7, 2012

 

I spent the past week in Kentucky, traveling across the state and meeting with constituents and business leaders. Please allow me to update you with the highlights.

University of Louisville Event

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of speaking to over 200 students, faculty and members of the public at the University of Louisville.

(Sen. Rand Paul addresses audience members at the University of Louisville, 09/05/12)

I shared with the audience my thoughts on pressing policy issues as well as my goals in the Senate. One of the audience members present was an economics professor at the university who had lived half of his life in the former Soviet Union. He spoke eloquently about the contrasts between our two systems and also encouraged the students to remain politically informed.

(Sen. Rand Paul addressed a packed house at the University of Louisville, 09/05/12)

I look forward to many more opportunities to interact with college students in Kentucky and hope you'll contact my Bowling Green office with suggestions for on-campus events. 270-303-0897.

Service Academy Information Fair

In Bowling Green on Thursday night, over 300 people from across the Commonwealth attended the Academy Information Fair. The event provided information to high school students and parents regarding the West Point, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine Academies, and the nomination process as well.

In a program coordinated with Congressman Brett Guthrie's office, these students and family members met for three hours to hear from me, Congressman Guthrie, representatives of each military institution, and Congressional staff members about the application process. I had the privilege of speaking with dozens of students about their particular academy interests and goals for their futures. 

(Sen. Paul meets with students at the Academy Information Fair, 09/06/12)

National Federation of Independent Business Tele-Forum

Also on Thursday, I participated in a conference call with hundreds of members of the National Federation of Independent Business to discuss various legislative and regulatory concerns that business owners have across Kentucky. While the individual circumstances vary from one business sector to another, common themes of uncertainty in the marketplace prevailed.  If your business or professional association would like to schedule a conference call with your membership, please get in touch with my Bowling Green office about finding a convenient time.

Greater Louisville Luncheon

Also, on Wednesday, I spoke to nearly 200 members of Greater Louisville Inc. - the Metro Chamber of Commerce - at GLI's Capitol Connections luncheon. In addition to updating the group on my work in Washington, I answered questions from the business leaders in attendance on topics ranging from health care reform to taxes and regulation.

(Sen. Rand Paul with Kerry Stemler, President & CEO of K.M. Stemler Co and Sherri Craig, Vice President at KentuckyOne Health.)

On-Air with Kentucky News Broadcasters

This week I spoke with Henderson's EyeWitness News, as well as Kentucky media outlets following the GLI luncheon. I also sat down for an interview with WBKO reporter Casey Wheeless, and spoke with WYMT's Neil Middleton for an upcoming episode of Issues & Answers.

(Sen. Paul speaks with Kentucky news outlets on Wednesday.)

(Sen. Paul speaks with Henderson's EyeWitness News anchor Brad Byrd and reporter David Shepherd on Tuesday.)

Have An Issue Or Concern?

If you would like to talk with one of the field staff about local issues that have a federal component, the Bowling Green office (270-782-8303) can refer you to the right staff member.

Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - September 14, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

 

Allow me to update you on senate happenings from this week as I returned back to Washington, D.C., from the August work period, where I traveled extensively across Kentucky.

Meeting with the VFW National Legislative Committee

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Kentucky representative to the VFW National Legislative Committee, John Ranson. During the meeting, John and I touched on several different issues including the importance of assistance to veterans and the effects the sequestration will have on the military.

(Sen. Paul meets with VFW National Legislative Committee Representative, John Ranson, a veteran from Kentucky on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.)

Regarding Attack on U.S. Consulate in Libya

Earlier this week, there was an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. I am heartbroken and outraged by the senseless murder. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones in this tragedy. I had the chance this week to sign a rememberance book with my fellow Senators for Ambassador Stevens, one of the four Americans killed. Read my entire statement regarding the attack HERE.

Introduced Amendment Supporting Our Veterans

I introduced an additional amendment, on Thursday, supporting our veterans and urging Sen. Reid to allow a vote on it. My amendment would halt all foreign aid to Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya, and would use those funds to triple the size of the veterans jobs bill. This is the right thing to do for taxpayers and veterans. It would send a message to countries that our aid can't be taken for granted, and to stand up for our troops abroad now, and those who have returned home after serving

Total U.S. foreign aid to Pakistan, Libya and Egypt totals roughly $4 billion per year. My amendment would strike all aid to those countries, and send an additional $2 billion toward the veterans jobs bill, tripling the size of the program, while the remaining $2 billion would go toward deficit reduction. Read my entire statement HERE.

I later spoke on the Senate floor to announce my Veterans Jobs Bill amendment. You can watch the video by clicking HERE or on the image below.

Ending Foreign Aid

This week I issued a letter to Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) regarding Dr. Shakil Afridi's detention in Pakistan and news reports that he has suffered extensive torture at the hands of the Pakistani government for his role in helping the U.S. get Osama bin Laden. You can read the letter HERE.

I will continue to work tirelessly to keep this issue front and center. America should not give foreign aid to a country whose government is torturing the man who helped us kill Osama bin Laden. We should not be giving foreign aid to any country that is not clearly our ally.

On Wednesday, I also requested that Senate Democrat Leader Reid provide a brief amount of time for debate and a vote on my amendment to end U.S. aid to the government of Pakistan for their detainment of Dr. Shakil Afridi. But Sen. Reid blocked my attempt to allow a vote. Not one more penny of American taxpayer dollars should go to Pakistan until the doctor who helped us get bin Laden is freed. American taxpayer dollars should not go to Libya until the murderers are delivered to justice. And not one more penny should go to Egypt until they prove that they are willing and able to protect our embassy. Click HERE or below to watch the video.

Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business

By consistently voting to reduce harmful regulations on small businesses, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) awarded me with the Guardian of Small Business Award. The NFIB does a comprehensive analysis each year of every key vote that may affect the growth of small businesses to determine which member will receive the Guardian of Small Business Award. I am honored to have received this award for the second consecutive year.

 (Sen. Paul receives NFIB's Guardian of Small Business Award. from Dan Danner, NFIB's CEO and President on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.)

 Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Reception

On Wednesday, my staff and I attended the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Reception in the Russell Senate Office Buildings, along with more than 30 members of the Paducah Chamber of Commerce. I also had privilege of meeting with several members of the group the next day, where we spoke about the importance of preserving Kentucky's transportation infrastructure and inland waterways.

(Sen. Paul with Paducah Chamber of Commerce member's Bill Beasley and Sandra Wilson on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.)

Presented with FreedomWorks' Freedom Fighter Award

This week, I was also one of only eight Senators to be presented with the FreedomWorks Freedom Fighter Award from FreedomWorks Vice President Max Pappas.

(Sen. Paul receives FreedomWorks' Freedom Fighter Award from Max Pappas, photo courtesy Max Pappas, Sept. 11, 2012)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto and America Live with Megyn Kelly, Fox Business' Lou Dobbs Tonight, and CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WKU's Kevin Willis, WHAS' Terry Meiners and Mandy Connell, as well as those across the country.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

If you would like to talk with one of the field staff about local issues that have a federal component, the Bowling Green office (270-782-8303) can refer you to the right staff member.

Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - September 22, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

 

Please see below for an update on my past week in the Senate here in our nation's capital.

Ending Foreign Aid

This week, I continued my push to keep front and center the issue of stopping U.S taxpayer dollars from going to countries that disrespect us and are clearly not our allies. I wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Washington Times demanding immediate justice from Egypt, Libya, and Pakistan.

Click HERE to read the piece in its entirety. 

I also announced my intention to hold up all pending legislation before the Senate in a filibuster until my legislation was brought before the Senate to deliberate and vote.

In addition, I issued a Dear Colleague letter to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging them to pass a similar bill as the one I introduced - cutting all foreign aid to any country that fails to secure our embassies, as well as, demanding accountability from the countries of Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya, that were recently involved in the violence directed at our embassies. Click HERE to read full text of the letter. 

After months of championing the issue of cutting aid to Pakistan and other actions against the interests of the United States, my filibuster succeeded, and this legislation was voted on late Friday night. The bill did not pass, with a vote of 10 to 81, but I have vowed to keep this important issue front and center when Congress returns.

The time to end the insane practice of bribing foreign countries with hard earned U.S. taxpayer dollars has long been overdue I spoke in depth on the senate floor about the need to reform our foreign policy.

Click HERE or below to watch my floor speech.

My bill, S. 3576, called for a prohibition of U.S. foreign aid to the governments of Egypt, Libya and Pakistan contingent upon the release to U.S. authorities the aggressors who attacked our embassy and consulate in Egypt and Libya, respectively, and the release of Dr. Shakil Afridi, currently held by the Pakistani government. I am pleased that the Senate leadership listened to my pleas for an end to this and have agreed to debate and vote on this pressing issue. Read my entire statement HERE.

Click HERE or below to watch my floor speech after my filibuster succeeded.

Business Coalition for Fair Competition Policy Roundtable

Also this week, I participated in a roundtable discussion with members of the Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC), a national coalition of businesses, associations, taxpayer organizations and think tanks committed to reducing all forms of unfair government created, sponsored and provided competition with the private sector. The topics of discussion ranged from the economy to regulatory reform.

(Pictured with Senator Paul are John Palatiello, BCFC President, and Mitchell Long of GRW, Inc. based in Lexington, Ky., 09/19/12)

Constitution Day

This week, Americans across the country honored and celebrated the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution by our Founding Fathers on Sept.17, 1787. We celebrated the creation of the most brilliant blueprint for a government: "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

I consider the abandonment of the founding principles of enumerated powers, limited government, and separation of powers to be the fundamental cause of the vast ills facing our nation today. The expansion of the federal government beyond its constitutionally granted powers has had many unintended and detrimental consequences. A careful reading of the Constitution demonstrates just how far we have departed from its original intent. Read my entire statement HERE.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox Business' The Willis Report and CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blizter. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WQXE's Lee Bramlett, WCLU's Jeannie Waggener, WGTK's Joe Elliot, WHAS' Tony Cruise, WRUS' Don Neagle, and WNOX'S Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas, as well as those across the country.

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - September 28, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

 

I spent the past week in Kentucky, traveling across the state and meeting with constituents. Please allow me to update you with the highlights.

Medals Presentation for Local Veteran and Tornado Victim

Today, I had the honor and privilege of presenting replacement medals to SFC (R) Eddie Williams.  Sgt. Williams served in the United States Army and retired in 1986 with 20 years of service. He lost his medals, along with his home and all possessions, in the spring tornado that ripped through Central and Eastern Kentucky. My office and I were able to assist Sgt. Williams in obtaining not only his replacement medals but also his service records and DD214's. It is truly an honor to assist our veterans in replacing their medals, especially under such devastating circumstances. You can read more about the ceremony from WBKO by clicking HERE.

(Sen. Paul poses for a photo with SFC (R) Eddie Williams and his family, 09/28/12)

Knox County Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Also this week, Jim Milliman, my State Director, spoke at the Knox County Chamber of Commerce about the future of coal in the commonwealth. Coal is a vital sector of Kentucky's economy. More than 200,000 jobs in the state depend on it, including more than 18,000 coal miners. Even half the country's electricity comes from coal and yet, as we're faced with a weakened economy and high unemployment, an overreaching Environmental Protection Agency in Washington continues to block new jobs for Kentuckians by waging a war on coal.

(Jim Milliman engages in conversation with attendees of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce Meeting, photo courtesy of Eddy Arnold, Barbourville Mountain Advocate, 09/25/12)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WLAP's Matt Walsh, WVHU's Tom Roten, 55KRC's Brian Thomas, WVLK's Sue Wylie, WGTK's Joe Elliot, SAM's Tony Rose, WKID's Angie Satterfield, WBGN's Norm Haney, and WHAS's Mandy Connell and Tony Cruise.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - October 5, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
OCTOBER 5, 2012

 

This week, my staff and I continue to travel across the commonwealth and meet with constituents. Please allow me to update you.

Remarks at the Horse Cave Rotary Club

This week, I had the opportunity to attend the Horse Cave Rotary Club Luncheon for a joint speaking engagement with Phil Osborne, of Preston-Osborne Marketing Communication & Research. Phil's organization represents The Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security (FACES of Coal).  He and his team help organize Kentuckians interested in working toward fair and balanced answers to energy policy questions.  Phil's remarks primarily focused on the regulatory burden the E.P.A places on the coal industry, particularly in the Central Appalachia region of the United States. 

(Sen. Paul listens to Phil Osborne address the Rotary Club, 10/01/12)

I also had a chance to speak to the club about my continued efforts to curb the out-of-control E.P.A, in addition to addressing the need for entitlement reform. I have introduced in the Senate a plan to save Social Security. This plan fully fixes the shortfall in the Social Security program, ensuring that the promises we make today can and will be kept.

I've also introduced a Medicare Reform Plan this year that will not only fix the Medicare system in its entirety; but save taxpayers $1 trillion in the first 10 years. This plan will provide better health care benefits, choice, quality, and outcomes by giving all senior citizens the same health care plan as Members of Congress and other federal employees. These solutions would ensure the viability of our entitlement programs for our existing seniors and for years to come.

(Sen. Paul delivers his remarks to the Horse Cave Rotary Club, 10/01/12)

Next Week: Meet and Greet At The Medical Center in Bowling Green

Next week Tuesday, I will appear along with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell at a meet and greet with employees of The Medical Center in Bowling Green, Ky. One of the many topics we plan to discuss is the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare and what we can do moving forward.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WMST's Dan Manley, WHVE's Larry Smith, WEZJ's Kip Jervis and Cathy Hall, WKCT's Darrell Duvall and Al Arbogast, and East Kentucky Broadcasting's Lee Burke, as well as those across the country.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

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RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
OCTOBER 12, 2012

 

Please allow me to update you on this week's happenings in Kentucky.

Roundtable Discussion on Obamacare at The Medical Center in Bowling Green

I joined Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this week at a roundtable discussion on our nation's health care system. Attending the roundtable were physicians and board members of the Commonwealth Health Corporation, which employs over 300 physicians in various hospital and long-term health care facilities across South Central Kentucky. We fielded questions that primarily focused on the impact Obamacare would have on patients, doctors and hospitals.

(Sens. Paul and McConnell appear in a joint roundtable discussion on Obamacare, Bowling Green, Ky., 10/09/12)

Following the roundtable, Sen. McConnell and I spoke briefly to an auditorium filled with key administrators and personnel of the Medical Center of Bowling Green. Read WBKO's coverage of the event by clicking HERE. And for WYMT's take click HERE. 

(Sen. Paul addresses attendees of the roundtable, Bowling Green, Ky., 10/09/12)

A Constitutional Foreign Policy 

Also this week, I wrote an op-ed calling for a return to a Constitutional foreign policy that is a saner and more balanced approach than what we currently have. We owe it to ourselves, our soldiers, and our grandchildren. Click HERE to read the piece in its entirety.  I also appeared on CNN to further discuss the issue.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I interviewed with CNN's Erin Burnett on OutFront and Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto. I also spoke with several Kentucky radio stations including: WVHU's Tom Roten, WVLK's Jack Pattie, and WVOW's Joel Riley, as well as those across the country.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

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Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - October 19, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
OCTOBER 19, 2012

 

Please allow me to update you on this week's happenings in Kentucky as I traveled throughout the state and met with constituents.

Veterans of Foreign Wars State Conference

On Saturday, I had the honor and privilege to speak at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) State Convention in Bowling Green. Hundreds of VFW veterans from across the commonwealth were in attendance. These veterans have fought in overseas conflicts ranging from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

(Sen. Paul addresses attendees of VFW Conference, Bowling Green, Ky., 10/13/12)

I will always stand up for Kentucky veterans, as I have before in voting for programs that benefit veterans in our home state. In Congress, I recently introduced an amendment that would have provided an opportunity to not only fund the proposed Veterans Jobs Corps program but increase funding to support post-9/11 veterans. If passed, this amendment would triple the amount of funding granted to the Veterans Job Corps program. Regretfully, Democrats in the Senate blocked my multiple efforts to debate my amendment and all others introduced to improve the job corps bill. You can read more about my amendment by clicking HERE.

Speech at Western Kentucky University

I visited the campus of Western Kentucky University in my home town of Bowling Green on Monday. I told an auditorium full of students that WKU is my adopted university and I proudly wear their school's baseball uniform every year in the Congressional Baseball Game in D.C.

 

(Sen. Paul addresses a packed auditorium of students and faculty at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., 10/15/12))

While on campus, I talked to nearly 400 students from a variety of disciplines, at the invitation of Dr. Cathy Carey, Chair of the Economics Department. I spoke briefly about what ought to be the role of government and the distinction between positive and negative rights in the Constitution. I then took questions from an enlightened and engaged group. Bowling Green is understandably proud of this great institution.

Click HERE to watch a video and read a report about my visit from WBKO.

I'd be very interested in meeting with other university students around the state and welcome calls to my Bowling Green office to discuss potential events. 270-782-8303. 

Roundtable Discussion with North Jackson Elementary School Ambassadors

Also this week, I met with a group of sixth-grade Ambassadors from North Jackson Elementary School in Glasgow. These students excel in a school curriculum based on Steven Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People."

(Sen. Paul answers questions from the North Jackson Elementary School Ambassadors, Glasgow, Ky., 10/18/12)

Remarks to the Glasgow Rotary Club and Discussion at TJ Sampson Hospital

While in Glasgow this week, I also delivered remarks to the local Rotary Club. I addressed the current state of our economy and how decisions made by Kentuckians on Election Day, Nov. 6, will affect our nation's future.

(Sen. Paul addresses Glasgow Rotary Club members, Glasgow, Ky., 10/18/12)

I also met with physicians and other medical professionals on staff at the TJ Sampson Hospital in Glasgow. We primarily discussed our nation's healthcare system and what we can do to fix it.

(Sen. Paul listens to the concerns of the medical professionals at TJ Sampson Hospital, Glasgow, Ky., 10/18/12)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I interviewed with Neil Cavuto of FOX News. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country as well as those in Kentucky, including: WYKY's Josh Good, WLUE's Kristen Riddick, WHAS's Mandy Connell, WCHS's Rick and Michael, and WRIL's Brian O'Brien. If there is a radio station in your area that you'd like to hear me on, please don't hesitate to contact our office with this FORM.

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This Week In The News For Senator Rand Paul - October 26, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
OCTOBER 26, 2011

 

Please allow me to update you on this week's happenings in Kentucky as I traveled throughout the state and met with constituents.

Where Were the Marines?

Earlier today, I released a statement regarding new information found pertaining to the Obama Administration's mishandling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last month. Someone must be held accountable for this inaction. The American people and the families of those who were killed expect and deserve to know the truth behind the Administration's complete inaction and failure to protect U.S. Citizens.

Click HERE to read my complete statement. And click HERE or below to view my speech calling on the President to answer tough questions about his failure in Libya.

Also this week, I penned an op-ed in the Washington Times. The first and most pressing question remains: Where were the Marines during the brutal attack on our nation's consulate? The President now says, "The buck stops here." It's time for him to prove it, and if he won't, it is time for Congress to do its job and get to the bottom of it. To read my op-ed in its entirety, click HERE.

Rotary Club of Louisville

On Thursday, I spoke to a group of more than 250 people at luncheon held by the Rotary Club of Louisville. While there, I spoke on the importance of bringing our troops home while still protecting our embassies and ambassadors abroad, as well as the economic challenges our country is currently facing. I also want to take the time to congratulate the Rotary Club of Louisville for their 100-year anniversary. Read the Courier-Journal's coverage of the event by click HERE.

(Sen. Paul with Stuart E. Alexander III, President of the Rotary Club of Louisville, Louisville, Ky., 10/25/12)

Home Builders of Northern Kentucky Luncheon

Earlier today, I had the privilege to attend the Home Builders of Northern Kentucky Luncheon, in Erlanger, Ky. The room was filled with more than 30 members interested in the Defense of Property and Environment bill I am championing. The EPA currently holds developers hostage with onerous regulation and impedes business growth. Several associations in Northern Kentucky are now pledging their support for this initiative. 

(Sen. Paul addresses the Home Builders of Northern Kentucky members, Erlanger, Ky., 10/26/12)

Overwhelming Size of Government

There is one common denominator with the crisis we see in Washington today: the overwhelming growth in the size of government. Our politicians have lost sight of the principle of liberty, which goes hand in hand with the idea of economic freedom and prosperity. If our country is to prosper again, the next four years must be completely different from what we've seen over the past three-and-a-half years. We have too much at stake to continue down the same path. Click HERE to read my op-ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on The Willis Report with Gerri Willis on FOX Business. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country as well as those in Kentucky, including: WBGN's Norm Haney, WKCX's Eric Deters, WTVK's Earl Owens, WKDZ's Alan Watts, WKYX's Greg Dunker, and WXMZ's Jerry Wright.

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - November 2, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
NOVEMBER 2, 2012

 

Please allow me to update you on this week's happenings in Kentucky.

Paducah Lions Club

This week, I was honored to speak to the Paducah Lions Club. I discussed several issues, including the dire situation our economy is in and what we can do to fix it. I also addressed the importance of protecting our embassies overseas. Echoing my sentiment in a recent op-ed I wrote in the Washington Times. As a member and former president of the Bowling Green chapter, I understand the various charity work that is done by the Lions Club, and was pleased to be able to discuss these programs with my peers. One such program is the 56th Annual Telethon of Stars, being held Nov. 10-11 to benefit the Easter Seals, which is hosted by the Paducah Lions Club.

(Senator Paul speaks to the Paducah Lions Club, 10/30/12)

Roundtable with Calvert City Industrial Complex Companies

Also this week, I joined Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller, Kentucky State Representative Will Coursey, Mayor Lynn Jones, and Josh Tubbs from Marshall County Economic Development for a roundtable forum in Calvert City. The local and state officials and I answered questions from those in attendance, and were able to hear their concerns on issues affecting their businesses. These issues ranged from tax and regulatory policy to Obamacare. I am always pleased to have the opportunity to interact with the community through open forums such as this one.

(From left to right, Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller, Sen. Paul, State Representative Will Coursey, Josh Tubbs, Marshall Co. Economic Development, 10/30/12)

Police Training Program Visit

During my visit to Calvert City, the Chief of Police informed me that there was a group of police officers from around the state participating in a training session at City Hall. Upon hearing this news, I wanted to drop by and express my thanks to those who serve to protect our local communities. Our police, fire, and first responder personnel put themselves in danger on a daily basis, and I truly appreciate the work that they do.

(Sen. Paul poses for a photo with Calvert City Chief of Police David Elliott and Jim McKinney, 10/30/12)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on C-Span's NewsMakers and CNN's OutFront. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country as well as those in Kentucky, including: WHAS's Tony Cruise and Mandy Connell, 55KRC's Brian Thomas, WKID's Angie Satterfield, and WKYX's Greg Dunker.

 

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - November 9, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
NOVEMBER 9, 2012

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Kentucky.

22nd Annual Bowling Green Lions Club Beans 'n Cornbread Luncheon

I've been an active member of the Bowling Green Lions Club for years and support the work of Lions Clubs International on behalf of the visually impaired. This week, I helped cook and serve at our annual Beans 'n Cornbread Luncheon at the Presbyterian Church. I tried to bring some "surgical precision" to cooking hundreds of cornmeal pancakes on a long line of hot griddles -- mixed, of course, with lots of socializing across the food service line.

(Senator Paul in the food service line, 11/06/12)

I often talk about how effective and efficient community and faith-based groups are in meeting the needs of others. I'm proud to be part of a group that does just that and offer my thanks to my fellow citizens across this great nation who volunteer to make a difference in their own back yard - and around the world.

(Senator Paul in the food service line, 11/06/12)

Green County High School Veteran's Day Observation

Also this week, I attended the Veteran's Day assembly held by Green County High School student leaders.

(Senator Paul speaks with local veterans at the event, 11/09/12)

I had the privilege of speaking to a crowd of about 550 students from grades 9-12, as well 50 veterans, regarding the Constitution, its relevance today, and the importance of honoring and remembering and our veterans.

(Senator Paul with a group of Green County High School Students, 11/09/12)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country as well as those in Kentucky.

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - November 16, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
NOVEMBER 16, 2012

 

As Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week, I participated in a number of events and meetings with Kentuckians. Here are some highlights from our nation's capital.

Veteran's Day

This week, we celebrated Veteran's Day. On Veteran's Day, and every day, let us thank those who made incredible sacrifices for all of us. God bless them and their families.

(Senator Paul meets with veterans in Kentucky, 11/09/12)

Berea College Students Visit Washington

Students from Berea College visited my Washington, D.C. office this week. As a member of the Work Colleges Consortium, which takes an integrative approach to student life by combining higher education with work experience and leadership training, Berea's Student Labor Program, places students into part-time jobs in addition to their full-time course load.

(Senator Paul meets with Berea College Students, 11/15/12)

I spoke with three Berea seniors who took advantage of the college's unique focus on providing opportunities to low-income, high potential students from the Appalachian region. While Berea does receive some federal funding, their leadership in offsetting tuition, student-centric approach and their long history of innovation in higher education provides an important model for greater accountability and local control of taxpayer funds in support of public education. 

Meeting with Kentucky State Representatives

Also this week, I met with Kentucky State Representatives Joni Jenkins and Mary Lou Marzian. State Reps. Jenkins and Marzian are members of the Women's Legislator Lobby. We discussed a number of issues, focusing on budget priorities, in particular Pentagon spending, with potential deals being worked through before the end of the year.

(Senator Paul with State Reps. Jenkins and Marzian, 11/14/12)

Remarks at The Tea Party Patriots Freshmen Orientation

I had the opportunity this week to welcome new Members of Congress to Washington at an orientation hosted by the Tea Party Patriots. In addition to offering the incoming members advice, I addressed the inefficiencies, waste, and abuse in our bloated federal budget. I also spoke about how Republicans and Democrats must compromise on spending cuts. This means Republicans will have to agree to reduce wasteful spending in the military budget, while Democrats agree to reform welfare and entitlements.

(Senator Paul speaks to newly elected Members of Congress, 11/16/12)

The GOP Must Recommit to the Ideals of Liberty

Also this week, I penned an op-ed entitled Ron Paul Revolution: GOP's last best hope. I firmly believe that for inspiring a new generation to love the ideas of liberty, we all owe a debt of gratitude to my father. Read my op-ed in its entirety at The Washington Times by clicking HERE.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett and Neil Cavuto on Fox Business. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country as well as those in Kentucky, including: WLAC's Steve Gill, WHAS' Mandy Connell and WVLK's Jack Pattie.

 

Warm Regards,

 

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Happy Thanksgiving From Senator Rand Paul - November 21,2012
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
 
NOVEMBER 21, 2012

 

Happy Thanksgiving. With the season upon us, we should pause for a moment to reflect, remember, and appreciate how special a country it is we share and how important it is that we secure it for future generations of Americans.

We must not forget that it is our respect for individual freedom, free markets, and private property that allow us to enjoy Thanksgiving as a celebration of the plenty delivered. We must also not forget to express our thanks to the men and women in uniform who serve our country with honor and distinction.

From my family to yours, happy Thanksgiving.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - November 30, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
NOVEMBER 30, 2012

 

Please allow me to update you on this week's events here in our nation's capital and on a very important issue back home in Kentucky.

A Victory for Americans' Right to Trial by Jury

This week I took to the Senate floor to voice my support for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) sponsored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).

The amendment would invoke the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution with regard to indefinite detention of American citizens. I indicated my intention to push for a vote on this amendment and has threatened to filibuster the NDAA bill until a vote is granted. Click HERE or below to watch my speech in support of the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution and the Feinstein-Lee NDAA Amendment.

Shortly thereafter, a vote was allowed on the amendment. I urged my colleagues to support the amendment and prevent the indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial by jury. Click HERE or below to watch my speech as I rose in support of the amendment.

Finally that evening, the Senate voted on the Feinstein-Lee Amendment to the NDAA that I co-sponsored. It would protect the rights prescribed to all Americans in the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution with regard to indefinite detention and the right to a trial by jury.

Moments before the vote, I spoke on the Senate floor to again voice my support for the amendment and inspire my Senate colleagues to do the same. Click HERE or below to watch the video.

The amendment passed, 67-29, and we were able to declare victory for Americans' right to trial by jury. The amendment's passage was a huge win for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the American people.

The "Fiscal Cliff"

Congress and the Obama Administration have several weeks to take action before $600 billion of tax increases and potential spending cuts become effective. Some have been calling this scenario the "fiscal cliff." To avert this potential economic crisis those on the left have proposed tax increases. Yet taxing and borrowing from the private sector so government can spend more is no way to grow the economy. Only when both political parties can agree on reducing spending across all government programs will we jumpstart the economy again and climb out of this mountain of debt we are under.

I wrote an op-ed that appeared in the The Wall Street Journal addressing the issue. I also spoke with Carl Quintanilla of CNBC about the "fiscal cliff," in addition to interviewing with a number of other news outlets. You can watch those interviews below in the Media Wrap-Up.

Letter to the Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers has begun reducing the amount of water flowing from the upper Missouri River into the Mississippi, negatively impacting the economically vital river traffic.

Sen. McConnell and I sent a letter this week to the head of the Army Corps of Engineers urging her to release more water from the Missouri River as it has resulted in low water levels along the Mississippi River.

Over $7 billion worth of cargo travels down the river and we need immediate action to remedy this situation as the loss of income and jobs could adversely impact the region and especially Kentucky. 

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I spoke with WPSD in Paducah and WTVW in Evansville, Ind. I also appeared on Fox's On the Record with Greta Van Sunsteran and Your World with Neil Cavuto, CNN's America's Newsroom with Brook Baldwin and AC360 with Wolf Blizter, and CNBC's Squawk on the Street with Carl Quintanilla. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country as well as those in Kentucky, including: 55KRC's with Brian Thomas and WHAS' Mandy Connell.

 

 

 

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - December 7, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
DECEMBER 7, 2012

 

Please allow me to update you on this week's events.

Seeking Bipartisanship to Pass STEM Jobs Act

Last week the House of Representatives passed the STEM Jobs Act, which would expand the number of visas for qualified applicants with advanced degrees in areas of need here in the United States. This common sense immigration reform is bipartisan and needed. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and I just attempted to have the bill brought up and passed in the Senate. This action was blocked by Senate Democrats.

I joined Sen. Cornyn on the Senate floor and urged Democrat leadership to allow a vote on the STEM Jobs Act.

Click HERE or below to watch our speeches.

The National Defense Authorization Act

The Senate voted this week on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would require a report on military planning for a no-fly zone over Syria. Congress should not be encouraging the military toward another conflict in the Middle East or to require the military to disclose its detailed war plans. There are many unknowns that we need to be asking before we involve our nation in a civil war in Syria.

Moments before the vote, I took to the Senate floor to speak out against the amendment. Click HERE or below to watch a video of my floor speech.

Despite my arguments against this amendment, it passed 92-6.

Meeting with Kentucky Legislative Delegation

I met with a delegation of Kentucky state legislators this week to discuss tax issues, and other matters that will arise in the lame-duck session of Congress. These legislators included:  Sen. Julie Denton and Reps. Brent Yonts, Jim Gooch,  John Tilley, and Sannie Overly.

(Sen. Paul meets with Kentucky state legislators, 12/5/12)

Meeting with Army Corp. of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers has begun reducing the amount of water flowing from the upper Missouri River into the Mississippi, negatively impacting the region's economy.

After sending a letter to the head of the Army Corps of Engineers, this week I met with two senior representatives from the Corps. The impact of this issue is too significant to go unaddressed, which is why I am engaged with the Corps, the office of Gov. Steve Beshear, and the Kentucky Congressional delegation to ensure that the Corps is not allowed to turn its back on the needs of Western Kentucky, the Mississippi River region and entire Midwest.

Letter to FEMA on Behalf of Lyon County

This week, I wrote a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) citing concerns of Lyon County residents whose property has been incorrectly remapped into the 100-year Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), resulting in higher costs for homeowners. In the letter, I call on FEMA to correct its mistakes, reimburse the affected residents for the cost of its mistakes, and review and update its policies to ensure this issue does not burden future homeowners improperly zoned into the SFHA. You can read my letter by HERE.

Kentucky AARP Award Winner

Also this week, I met with Charlotte Whittaker of Hartford, Ky., a great advocate for senior citizens in the Commonwealth. Charlotte is the recent recipient of the AARP 2012 Andrus Award for Community Service, one of 50 given nationwide each year to an exceptional volunteer in each state.

(Sen. Paul meets with Charlotte Whittaker, 12/6/12)

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

My son, Robert, and I continued our tradition of over seven years of ringing the Salvation Army bell on behalf of the Bowling Green Noon Lions Club at the Greenwood Mall. Robert and I had a light hearted competition over who could raise the most money that afternoon. Robert, now 13, has joined me in volunteering since he was six. WBKO covered the story HERE.

(Sen. Paul and son, Robert, ring the Salvation Army bell, 12/1/12)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I spoke with WHAS in Louisville and WSIL in Southern Illinois. I also appeared on FOX Business with Lou Dobbs and CNBC's Kudlow Report. In addition, I spoke with several radio stations across the country as well as those in Kentucky, including: WGOH's Francis Nash, WBRT's Bob Manning, WHAS's Tony Cruise, and WGTK's Joe Elliott.

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Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - December 14, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
DECEMBER 14, 2012

 

Please allow me to update you on my activities this week in our nation's capital.

Tragedy in Connecticut

My thoughts and prayers are with the children, parents, teachers and community in Connecticut as they deal with the tragic loss of life and the unspeakable evil and violence that forced itself into their lives today. Please send your thoughts and prayers their way.

Prayers for Miley
During the month of August this year, a 5-year-old Louisville girl named Miley was diagnosed with Stage IV Osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer. My state director, Jim Milliman, had the chance to meet Miley, who is most courageous in her fight against cancer.

Earlier this year, the Senate passed a bill that included a clause I inserted which would speed the process of getting life-saving drugs on the U.S. market by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We need to see an increase in the treatment options of millions of Americans, especially if it can save a life.

(Jim Milliman, State Director for Sen. Rand Paul meets Miley in Louisville, 12/3/12)

Campaign to End Blindness

On Wednesday, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and I came together on the Senate floor to speak about the Sanford and Susan Greenberg Prize to End Blindness by 2020 and their "End Blindness by 20/20" campaign. As an ophthalmologist by profession, I have worked closely with patients suffering from degenerative eye diseases that the Greenberg campaign seeks to eradicate. Click HERE or below to watch a video of my floor speech.

Michigan Becoming the 24th 'Right to Work' State

On Tuesday, Michigan officially became the nation's 24th 'Right to Work' state. I applaud the Michigan legislature and Governor Snyder for their hard work to give freedom in the workplace to Michigan workers. I firmly believe that no one should be forced to join or pay dues in order to work. Voluntary associations will both preserve worker freedom and allow greater cooperation between employers and employees. I look forward to Kentucky joining Michigan in the near future.

Deterring the Nuclear Option

Also this week, I penned an op-ed in Politico entitled Deterring the Nuclear Option. Currently, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is threatening to permanently break the Senate rules in order to curtail the rights of the minority party by ending the possibility of extended debate and amendments on vital pieces of legislation. I firmly believe the Senate rules were set in place for a deliberate reason, and if the "nuclear option" does in fact take place, I plan to fight back. Read my op-ed in its entirety by clicking HERE.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country as well as those in Kentucky, including: WCLU's Jeannie Waggener, WRUS' Don Neagle, and WNOX's Ed Brantley and Bob Thomas.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

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Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - December 21, 2012
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
DECEMBER 21, 2012

 

Please allow me to update you on this week's happenings in our nation's capital.

National Defense Authorization Act

Late Tuesday evening, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 (NDAA) conference report was released. An amendment I co-sponsored, and introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), and which passed with a 67-29 vote on Nov. 29, was designed to guarantee Americans the right to due process and a jury trial. That amendment was removed and now means that the NDAA is in violation of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.

The idea of throwing American citizens in jail without being charged or given a jury trial goes against every principle this country was founded on. The McCain-led committee decision to strip NDAA of protection against indefinite detention does precisely this.

Prior to the vote, I took to the Senate floor to discuss my objections to the bill. Click HERE or below to watch.

I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. It is for this reason that I strongly opposed passage of the McCain-led conference report. The NDAA passed the Senate with a vote of 81-14. Read my entire statement HERE.

The Fiscal Cliff Is About Spending, Not Taxes

The debate over an impending fiscal cliff has focused primarily on taxes and whether or not raising them will address our current crisis. Yet, our economy has gone over the fiscal cliff a long time ago and taxes are not to blame. The real problem is spending. Read my op-ed in its entirety at Investor's Business Daily HERE.

Industrial Hemp Will Aid Kentucky Economy

Prior to World War II, Kentucky led the nation in providing 94 percent of all industrialized hemp. We need to do all we can to bring this profitable crop back into Kentucky. I have co-sponsored legislation in the U.S. Senate that would require the federal government to honor state laws allowing production of industrial hemp and would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana.

My vision for the farmers and manufacturers of Kentucky is to see us start growing hemp, creating jobs and leading the nation in this industry again. Read my op-ed on the issue in the Kentucky Herald-Leader HERE.

(Sen. Paul at press conference in August with James Comer, Agriculture Commisioner, photo by Gene Linzy)

Commerce of Lexington Luncheon

I spoke at the Commerce Lexington Public Policy luncheon where there were over 250 people in attendance. I talked about what my staff and I are doing around the state to engage local communities. I reminded the attendees that I will continue to fight against any tax increases on take home pay during this fiscal cliff debate. I also applauded Michigan for becoming the newest Right to Work state.

 

(Sen. Rand Paul speaks at the Commerce Lexington Public Policy Luncheon, 12/14/12)

Rep. Tim Scott to Replace Sen. Jim DeMint

I'm looking forward to working with Rep. Tim Scott in the U.S. Senate. He's a fine selection to replace my friend Senator Jim DeMint. Although we lose a great leader in Senator DeMint, Rep. Scott will continue to fight for the principles of limited government and individual freedom. Read my op-ed in The Washington Times HERE.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

I would like to take this opportunity to offer my wishes to you and your families for a wonderful holiday season and a blessed new year.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell and FOX News' Your World With Neil Cavuto. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country as well as those in Kentucky, including: Chad Lampe of WKMS and Mandy Connell of WHAS.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

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Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In The News For Senator Rand Paul - January 18, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JANUARY 18, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Kentucky.

Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, I spoke in Pikeville to the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Members and their guests from Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike Counties gathered for a luncheon at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center. I shared with them my thoughts on the size of government. There is both an efficiency and a liberty argument to be made for smaller government and I'm doing my part to pursue it with real urgency in Washington. To read the Floyd County Times coverage of the event, click HERE. Or you can click HERE, to read WYMT's coverage of the event.   

(Senator Paul addresses the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce members, 01/15/13)

Interview with WYMT in Hazard

Neil Middleton of WYMT Mountain News has a weekly show out of Hazard, called "Issues and Answers." I've gotten to know Neil over the past few years and really appreciate being able to speak with him for interviews from Washington, D.C., but it is always good to visit him in the studio. On Tuesday, I had a chance to meet the staff at WYMT and local constituents and tape a segment for this week's program. Tune in to watch my appearance on WYMT's Issues and Answers with Neil Middleton on Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. ET.

 

(Senator Paul sits down for an interview with Neil Middleton of Hazard-WYMT Television, 01/15/13)

Speech at Frankfort Rotary Club

On Wednesday, during my speech to the Frankfort Rotary Club, I joked that 17 years ago, when I visited the Bowling Green Rotary Club, I learned that there was a "singing test," and because I failed it miserably, it was suggested that I join the Lion's Club that meets down the street. On a serious note, I have the greatest respect for the Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, and other civic clubs around the country where great work is done at the local level to help people in need. 

On very short notice, the Frankfort Club hosted me for their weekly meeting to speak to a crowd that was at-capacity. I talked about my concern that government should be asking businesses, "What can we do to help you create more jobs?" Instead, it seems that the federal government continues to exact more and more from businesses in the form of taxation and regulatory compliance costs. Click HERE to read more about my visit to the Frankfort Rotary Club in the State Journal.

 

(Senator Paul speaks to the Frankfort Rotary Club, 01/16/13)

I also want to take the time to show my appreciation to the local law enforcement across Commonwealth for their continued courtesy and assistance. Always professional and courteous, it is great to see these men and women at our local events.

 

(Senator Paul poses for a photo with Major Jeff Abrams of Frankfort Police Department, 01/16/13)

Oldham Country Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

On Thursday, I had the privilege to attend a meet-and-greet at the John Black Community Center in LaGrange, Ky. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the citizens of Oldham County, and am thankful to the Oldham County GOP Women's Club for hosting the event.

(Senator Paul with the Oldham County GOP Women's Club, 01/17/13)

After the meet-and-greet, I attended the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, Ky. I discussed several important issues to the crowd of over 80 people, including the importance of upholding the Seecond Amendment and protecting our nation's gun rights.

(Senator Paul addresses the members of the Oldham Chamber of Commerce, 01/17/13)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on FOX New's Hannity. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country as well as those in Kentucky, including: Tom Roten of WVHU, Darrell Duvall and Al Arbogast of WKCT, Lee Burke of Eastern Kentucky Broadcasting, and Tony Cruise of WHAS.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

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Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In The News For Senator Rand Paul - February 1, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
FEBRUARY, 1 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings on Capitol Hill.

Senate Votes on Paul Amendment to Prevent Sale of F-16s to Egypt

On Thursday, The Senate voted on a series of amendments to H.R.325, the debt limit bill. Included in the amendment votes was my amendment to prohibit the U.S. government from selling F-16 military aircraft, M1 tanks, and similar military weapons to the Egyptian government. The amendment failed, 79-19.

I followed through on my intent to push this legislation by introducing S. 201, modeled directly from my amendment language.

I think it is a blunder of the first proportion to send sophisticated weapons to a country that allowed a mob to attack our embassy and to burn our flag. I find it objectionable to send weapons, F-16s and tanks, to a country that allowed a mob chanting 'death to America' to threaten our American diplomats.

Prior to the vote on my amendment, I took to the Senate floor in order to convince my colleagues to pass my amendment. To watch my speech on the Senate floor, click HERE or on the image below.

Sen. Paul Introduces National Right to Work Act

On Thursday, I introduced the National Right to Work Act, S. 204, which seeks to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.

Every American worker deserves the right to freedom of association - and I am concerned that the 26 states that allow forced union membership and dues infringes on these workers' rights. Right to work laws ensure that all Americans are given the choice to refrain from joining or paying dues to a union as a condition for employment. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans support the principles and so I have introduced a national Right to Work Act that will require all states to give their workers the freedom to choose.

Click HERE to read the release in its entirety.

Kentucky School Board Association Visits D.C.

On Tuesday, I had the privilege to meet with members from the Kentucky School Board Association visiting Washington, D.C. I spoke with the members on a number of important issues ranging from the reauthorization of the elementary and secondary education act to federal education funding.

(Sen. Paul speaks at a roundtable discussion with the Kentucky School Board Association, 01/29/13)

Senator McConnell Joins Me in Supporting Industrial Hemp in Kentucky

Also, on Tuesday I met with my fellow Kentuckian, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss the legalization of industrial hemp in Kentucky. Sen. McConnell agreed that the production of this hemp with be a step in the right direction for the Kentucky economy. Industrial hemp can be used to produce everything from clothing to paper, creating a new domestic industry in our state. Along with the industrial progress comes job creation, which is crucial during these tough economic times. Sen. McConnell joins me and half of Kentucky's six-member congressional delegation and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in supporting the push.

Click HERE to read my op-ed on the legalization of industrial hemp.

Dear Colleague Letter Calling for a Congressional Investigation of the Benghazi Attacks

Last week I had the opportunity to question Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the death of four Americans. Unsatisfied with Secretary Clinton's talking points, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and I issued a Dear Colleague letter to members of House and Senate leadership requesting immediate action from both chambers of Congress to fully investigate the attacks in Benghazi.

To read the entire letter, click HERE.

U.S. Senate Votes on Sandy Supplemental Bill

On Monday, the Senate voted on a series of amendments to H.R.152, the Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill, to fund disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy. While the H.R.152 passed, with a vote of 62-36.



When Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern coast of the U.S., I agreed that we needed to assist those in the affected areas. However, this bill lacked any fiscal restraint or responsibility. We can help those in need, but we should do so providing them with only the resources they need today and prioritizing this funding by reducing spending elsewhere.

Click HERE to read my press release in its entirety.

Kentucky Staff Meets with Independent Businessmen's Association of Northern Kentucky

Also this week, members of my state staff met with the Independent Businessmen's Association of Northern Kentucky (IBANK). It was an extremely productive meeting and while my State Director, Jim Milliman, briefed them on what I am currently doing in D.C., they were also able to listen to IBANK's business concerns. 

(State Director Jim Milliman and Northen Kentucky Field Representative Bernie Kunkel, meet with Independent Businessmen's Association of Northern Kentucky, 01/31/13)

Media Wrap-Up



This past week, I appeared on FOX NEWS with Eric Bolling.  I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as those in Kentucky, including: Greg Dunker of WKYX, Steve Gill from WLAC, and Focal Point with Bryan Fischer on American Family Association Radio.

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Warm Regards,

 

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This Week in News for Sen. Rand Paul- February 15, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
FEBRUARY 15, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Kentucky and on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Paul Visits Casey County

Last Friday, I visited Liberty, Ky., for a business/community roundtable hosted by the Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce. There was a great crowd and I really enjoyed the discussion.

(Sen. Paul with students from Casey Country High School- 2/8/2013)

Click HERE to read a story about my visit.

A Big Week for Industrial Hemp in Kentucky and Washington

On Monday, I was in Frankfort at the invitation of State Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Paul Hornback to testify in support of the reintroduction of industrial hemp in Kentucky. I was joined by my colleagues and friends Reps. John Yarmuth and Thomas Massie, along with Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. He has shown true leadership on bringing this issue forward.

Industrial hemp is a versatile fiber and seed oil crop that can be used to manufacture automotive parts, textiles, cosmetics and countless other products. Today, the United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that restricts the production of industrial hemp.

After our testimony, the State Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously passed legislation that would set up a state permitting program for growing hemp. If the Kentucky legislature allows hemp, I will ask the President to give us a waiver so we can immediately begin to grow hemp.

On Thursday, the Kentucky Senate passed SB 50, which establishes oversight for Kentucky farmers to cultivate legalized industrial hemp. It now awaits a vote in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Click HERE to view a video of my testimony.

(L-R: Rep. Thomas Massie, Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer, Rep. John Yarmuth, Sen. Rand Paul, 2/11/13 )

Also on Thursday, Sen. Mitch McConnell and I joined Oregon Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden in introducing legislation to allow American farmers to cultivate and profit from industrial hemp.

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act paves the way to creating jobs for Kentucky. Allowing American farmers to cultivate industrial hemp and benefit from its many uses will boost our state's economy and bring much-needed jobs in the agriculture community. Thursday's State Senate victory, coupled with the efforts Sen. McConnell and I are making here in Washington increase my confidence that they will soon payoff, to the benefit of Kentuckians.

Click HERE to read the release in its entirety. 

Senator Paul Delivers State of the Union Response on Behalf of the Tea Party

On Tuesday, I delivered the Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union Address. The Tea Party is a very vocal and energetic grassroots movement within the Republican party. 

In 2010 I ran on Tea Party issues such as balancing the budget and cutting federal spending, yet many of these Tea Party issues have yet to be addressed in Congress.  My response to the President's State of the Union address was an extra response that called attention to the specific concerns of the Tea Party.  I was honored to provide a voice for this Republican grassroots movement.

Click HERE or on the photo below to watch my response to the State of the Union.

Senator Paul to Hold Brennan Nomination

This week I announced that I would hold the nomination of John Brennan as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) until I receive sufficient answers to two letters of inquiry that I have sent to Mr. Brennan regarding the use of drones. 

I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered. I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share.

Click HERE to read my press release in its entirety.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley and Out Front with Erin Burnett, Fox Business' Markets Now and Neil Cavuto, Fox News' America's Newsroom and The Blaze's Real News with S.E. Cupp. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as those in Kentucky, including: The Ag Show with Jean-Marie Lawson and News Talk with Sue Wylie.

 

 

 

 

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This Week In The News For Senator Rand Paul - February 22, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
FEBRUARY 22, 2013

 

While Congress was adjourned this week for a district work period, I spent time traveling the state and meeting with constituents. Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Kentucky.

Taxpayer Savings Announced in Louisville

On Wednesday, I visited Louisville where I made the announcement that I was returning $600,000 of unspent funds from my office budget to the U.S. Treasury. The total amount being returned consisted of more than 20 percent of my original office budget.

I ran to stop the reckless spending, and I pledged to the people of Kentucky that I would work to keep their hard-earned money out of the hands of Washington bureaucrats whose irresponsible spending has threatened our country's economic health. Click HERE to read my entire press release. You can also read more about the press conference in the Louisville Courier-Journal HERE.

(Sen. Paul delivering a speech at the Press Conference in Louisville, 2/20/13)

Helping a Hero Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Thursday, Kelley and I were honored to participate in a Helping a Hero groundbreaking ceremony for Kentuckian Cpl. Matt Bradford, USMC (Ret.). Matt grew up in Lexington and joined the Marines right out of high school. On Jan. 18, 2007, during his second tour in Iraq, he was injured by an IED, leaving him a double amputee and completely blind. Helping a Hero is helping to build Matt, his wife Amanda, and their three children, a new, custom-adapted home in the Lexington area. To read WKYT's coverage of the groundbreaking event, click HERE.

Kelley serves on the Advisory Board for Helping a Hero. She helped to spearhead another home project in Bowling Green for Sgt. J.D. Williams, USA (Ret.), who lost both his legs and an arm to an IED bomb in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. For more information on Helping a Hero, visit their website: http://HelpingaHero.org.

(Sen. Paul and Kelley Paul pose for a picture with Cpl. Matt Bradford and family at the 'Helping a Hero' Groundbreaking Ceremony, 2/21/13)

Central Kentucky Federalist Society

Also on Thursday, I visited the University of Kentucky to speak to the Central Kentucky and UK Law chapters of the Federalist Society. I spoke about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and how these documents are being interpreted and applied. I also participated in a panel discussion and took questions from students and attendees. We touched on several current topics, including the use of drones, the status of the reintroduction of industrial hemp and the implementation of President Obama's health care law.

(Sen. Paul speaks to a packed crowd at the Central Kentucky Federalist Society event in Lexington, 2/21/13)

Service Academy Nominations

This week, I also announced my nominations to the U.S. service academies for 2013. As the junior Senator from Kentucky, it is an honor to nominate young men and women from across the state to attend our nation's prestigious service academies. I commend each of these students for their dedication to the United States military and wish them the best through the remainder of the selection process. Click HERE to read my entire statement and view the names of those nominated. 

Senator Paul to Hold Brennan Nomination



This week, I issued my third and final letter to John Brennan as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). My previous letters to Mr. Brennan (found HERE and HERE) have gone unanswered, and therefore I plan to filibuster the nomination of Mr. Brennan until his concerns over the legality of using drone strikes inside the United States are answered.

The question that I and many others have asked is not whether the Administration has or intends to carry out drone strikes inside the United States, but whether it believes it has the authority to do so. This is an important distinction that should not be ignored.

Click HERE to read my press release in its entirety.

Sequester Alternative Plan

On Friday, I unveiled an alternative plan to the sequester to offset the anticipated layoffs of employees following the automatic spending cuts set to take place next month. Click HERE to see is a detailed look at cost-saving initiatives that, if implemented, would offset the impending sequester cuts, with a total savings of $85.75 billion annually.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox News' On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, Fox News Sunday, Happening Now with Jenna Lee, and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 with Wolf Blitzer. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as those in Kentucky, including: Jack Pattie of WVLK, Matt Walsh of WLAP, Greg Dunker of WKYX, Brian Jackson on Q102-Land, Tom Roten of WVHU, Eric Deters of WKCX, John Embry of WLBQ, Alan Watts of WKDZ-WHVO, Albert Stratton of WBRT, Joe Elliot of WGTK, Terry Meiners and Mandy Connell of WHAS.

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This Week In The News For Senator Rand Paul - March 1, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MARCH 01, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings on Capitol Hill.

White House Adopts Part of Sen. Paul's Sequester Alternative Plan

This week, following the introduction of my alternative sequester plan, the White House announced their intention to meet sequestration spending targets by directing all federal agencies to freeze new hires and curtail travel.

Last week, I unveiled his sequester alternative plan, "A Sequester Without Layoffs," which would offset the sequester's anticipated spending cuts by reducing the travel budget and preventing new hire in federal agencies. Click HERE to read the "Sequester Without Layoffs" in its entirety.

Also this week, Wednesday marked the 1,400th day since the Democrat-led Senate passed a federal budget. Our nation has a serious spending problem that must be re-evaluated. American families across the country are required to live by a budget and Congress should be no different. If we are serious about addressing our debt crisis, sequestration is only the beginning.

Sen. Paul Meets With Kentucky Farm Bureau Members in Washington

The Kentucky Farm Bureau visited Washington, D.C., this week and I had the opportunity to meet with them to discuss the reauthorization of the Farm Bill and labor and immigration reform, among other things. I was honored to make remarks at their annual breakfast, as well as appear at their Q&A session.

(Sen. Paul enjoys breakfast with members of the Kentucky Farm Bureau, 2/27/13)

Sen. Paul Meets With Kentucky Bankers Association

On Wednesday I met with the Kentucky Bankers Association to discuss a variety of topics, including how banks should attempt to keep up with new and evolving regulations.

(Sen. Paul participates in a Q&A session with the Kentucky Bankers Association during their visit to Washington, D.C., 2/27/13)

Sens. Paul and McConnell Introduce the Freedom to Fish Act

I joined my fellow Kentuckian, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and my colleagues from Tennessee, Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, in introducing the Freedom to Fish Act on Thursday. The legislation would prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from installing physical barriers along portions of the Cumberland River, which would block fishing access to the tailwaters of the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams.

There is a deep love for fishing in the tailwaters of the Cumberland River, and to deny the public this recreational activity would not only disappoint thousands of fishermen across the country, but lead to detrimental impacts on the area's economy.

Sen. Paul Meets With Hopkinsville and Christian County Constituents

This week I had the privilege of meeting with a group of leaders from Hopkinsville and Christian County. This group included leaders from Christian County Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council and local business executives.

(Sen. Paul speaks with leaders from Hopkinsville and Christian County, 2/27/13)

Sen. Paul introduces the REINS Act for the 113th Congress

This week I introduced the REINS Act, or Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013. The REINS Act, which passed in the House of Representatives in the previous Congress and was introduced by Sen. Paul in the Senate as well, would require Congress to approve every new major rule proposed by the Executive Branch before it can be enforced on the American People.

It is important for Americans to know and understand how government regulations and laws come to be. The REINS Act will open the regulatory process to scrutiny and cut red tape at the same time.

Click HERE to read the bill in its entirety.

Sen. Paul Meets With Kentucky Credit Union League

The Kentucky Credit Union League visited Washington, D.C., this week and met with members of the Kentucky Congressional delegation to discuss the preservation of tax exemptions and how to survive under the federal government's regulations.

(Sen. Paul and members of the Kentucky Credit Union League, 2/28/13)

Sen. Paul Meets With Citizens for Ft. Campbell

Over 50 community leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., to promote their interest in the well-being of Ft. Campbell. We discussed critical projects for Ft. Campbell's future.



(Sen. Paul poses for a photo with the Citizens for Ft. Campbell, 2/28/13)

Sen. Paul Speaks at Iron Dome Event

I was honored to speak at the Iron Dome Event this past Wednesday. I shared my thoughts on the importance of the relationship between Israel and the United States. I firmly believe that Israel is our biggest ally and we must honor their friendship abroad.

(Sen. Paul delivers remarks at the Iron Dome Event, 2/27/13)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox News' Hannity Show with Sean Hannity, America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Martha Maccallum, and Fox Business Network's The Stossel Show with John Stossel. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country.

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This Week In The News For Senator Rand Paul - March 8, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MARCH 8, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on this week's happenings in Washington, D.C.

13-hour Filibuster on the Senate Floor

This week, I took to the floor with the intention of actively filibustering the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the CIA, by speaking until I could speak no more.  I was joined by many of my colleagues, including my fellow Kentucky Senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. My filibuster lasted roughly 13 hours.

Earlier this week on Tuesday, I received two pieces of correspondence regarding the legality and constitutionality of the U.S. government using lethal force, including drone strikes, on Americans and in U.S. territory. Over the past several weeks, I sent three inquires on this matter to President Obama's nominee to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan (To read my inquiries, click HERE, HERE and HERE).

In his response, Attorney General Holder stated, "It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States." Click HERE to read my entire press release regarding Attorney General's Holder's letter.

The U.S. Attorney General's refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening - it is an affront the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans. 

On Wednesday, after many failed attempts to receive any communication from the White House, I took to the Senate floor to filibuster President Obama's C.I.A. nomination of John Brennan. My filibuster stand began on Wednesday morning at 11:47 a.m. E.T., and lasted until I finally yielded the floor at 12:39 a.m. on Thursday morning.

To watch all 13 hours of my filibuster, you can view my YouTube page HERE. And click HERE or below to view to watch the first hour of my speech. 

Thursday afternoon, I finally received a response from the White House. Attorney General Eric Holder responded with the following: "'Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?' The answer to that question is no." Click HERE to read Attorney General Eric Holder's letter in its entirety.

This is a major victory for American civil liberties and ensures the protection of our basic Constitutional rights. I would like to congratulate my fellow colleagues in both the House and Senate and thank them for joining me in protecting the rights of due process. Click HERE to read my entire press release.

Introduced Legislation to End Funding of Senatorial Committee

On Tuesday, I introduced an amendment to S. Res. 64 that would strike funding for an annual $700,000 slush fund that allocates additional staff funding to nine Member and Leadership offices under the guise of the Senate National Security Working Group. There is no record of this group meeting within the last three years.

In the wake of sequestration, this amendment would have saved up to $2.8 million over a four year period. Special treatment should not be given to nine Senate Offices when the rest of the federal government is facing sequester cuts. The amendment failed passage with a bipartisan vote of 44-53.

Prior to the vote, I took to the Senate floor to urge my colleagues to vote in favor of striking the funding for the Senate National Security Working Group. Click HERE or below to watch my floor speech.

Mayor Byron Chapman is presented with Authentic Photo

This week, my Field Representative Whitney Meadows had the opportunity to visit with Byron Chapman, Mayor of Middletown, KY.  Whitney presented him with a signed, official senate picture.  Mayor Chapman had requested this photograph to hang in his office to represent good government. I was honored and humbled by this request and I hope my service to this state and country will continue to earn the respect of my constituents.

(Field Representative Whitney Meadows with Mayor Byron Chapman, 3/5/13)

Pro-bono Eye Surgery

I appreciate the support of ophthalmologists in Kentucky like Dr. John Downing (Bowling Green) and Dr. Barbara Bowers (Paducah) who help identify pro bono cataract cases for me. Whenever I can, I truly enjoy being able to perform eye surgery. We had a successful afternoon of surgery in Bowling Green on Friday, March 1, and I look forward to another day of surgeries later in the month.  These patients not only benefit from free professional services, but from the charitable contribution of the surgical centers and hospitals where the surgery is performed.  I'd like to thank the staff at Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green for their assistance with our March 1 surgery.

(Sen. Paul prepares to perform pro-bono eye surgery in Bowling Green, 3/1/13)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox News' Hannity, On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, America's Newsroom with Megyn Kelly, and Your World with Neil Cavuto, CNN's Newsroom with Dana Bash, OutFront with Erin Burnett, and Fox Business' Lou Dobbs Tonight. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as those in Kentucky, including: Mandy Connell of WHAS.

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This Week In The News For Senator Rand Paul - March 15, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MARCH 15, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on this week's happenings on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Paul meets with Students from Western Kentucky University

This week, I had the opportunity to meet with students from Western Kentucky University.  These students were visiting Washington, D.C., on an alternative spring break focused on leadership development.

(Sen. Paul and students from WKU's Alternative Spring Break Program, 3/12/13)

Sen. Paul Introduces Legislation to Protect Americans from Invasive Survey

On Tuesday, I introduced a bill that would make participation in the American Community Survey (ACS) voluntary. ACS is a separate survey from the decennial Census and unlike the Census, ACS is not required by the Constitution.

This survey is sent to over 3 million Americans each year and includes questions about mental disabilities in your home, personal financial information, whether you have a toilet and what time you leave for and return from work each day. Currently, those who choose not to respond to the survey are threatened with a criminal penalty.

By making this bill voluntary, people would have the opportunity to decide what, if any, information they share with the government. Click HERE to read my release in its entirety.

Sen. Paul Calls for Defunding Obamacare

This week, I joined my colleagues Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) at a press conference to propose a plan to defund Obamacare. 

Obamacare is not only be enormously expensive, but ultimately the unintended consequences of this plan will be that it's going to biggest driver for insolvency in every state. Click HERE or below to watch our press conference.

Sen. Paul Introduces the Life at Conception Act

The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known- that human life begins at the moment of conception, and therefore is entitled to legal protection from that point forward.

This right to life is protected by the 14th Amendment which states, "...nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty..." This bill will implement equal protection under the 14th Amendment for the right to life for each born and unborn human. Click HERE to read my entire press release.

Sen. Paul meets with Mayor Byron Chapman of Middletown, KY

Also on Tuesday, Mayor Byron Chapman stopped by my Washington, D.C. office while visiting our nation's capital. It was wonderful to meet his family and to chat with him about Middletown, KY.

(Sen. Paul and Mayor Byron Chapman of Middletown, Ky, 3/12/13)

Sen. Paul introduces the Accountability in Grants Act

On Wednesday, I introduced and act that would remove the authority of the EPA under Section 103 to award money to programs or activities that take place outside of the U.S.  This bill would also prevent grant applicants in the U.S. from sub-granting awards to activities or organizations outside of America. 

With a $16 trillion debt, we need to ensure accountability for taxpayer dollars at every level and this bill would be a step in that direction. Click HERE to read my entire press release.

Sen. Paul meets Kentucky Students from U.S. Senate Youth Program

Later on Wednesday, I met with Kayla Rowsey and Alexis Weedman, the two students chosen to represent Kentucky for the United States Senate Youth Program.  Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the Federal Government.  This is a huge honor and I commend both Kayla and Alexis for their accomplishments.

(Sen. Paul with Kayla Rowsey and Alexis Weedman, 3/13/13)

Speech at 40th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference 

On Thursday, I gave a speech for the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. In my speech I expressed our need to get back to Constitutional principles and I also discussed the future of the Republican Party.

I believe the path forward for the Republican Party must be rooted in respect for the Constitution and respect for the individual. The Constitution must be our guide. For conservatives to win nationally, we must stand for something. We must stand on principle.

To watch my speech in its entirety, click HERE or below.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. I also spoke with Brian Jackson on his show, "Breakfast and Brunch with Brian Jackson," News Talk with Lee Burke on East Kentucky Broadcasting, and several radio stations across the country.

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This Week in News for Sen. Rand Paul- March 22, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MARCH 22, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on this week's happenings on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Paul Presents Immigration Reform before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

On Tuesday, March 19, I delivered a speech at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., outlining my vision for immigration policy and platform for reform.

Below is a video and transcript of my speech. I also wrote a column in The Washington Times this week underlining his immigration reform proposal, "Trust but Verify."

Sen. Paul Introduces Legislation to give Judges more Flexibility for Federal Sentences

On Wednesday, I joined Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in introducing the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013.  This legislation would grant judges greater flexibility in sentencing federal crimes where a mandatory minimum punishment is considered unnecessary.

This bipartisan plan expands the so-called "safety valve" that allows judges to impose a sentence below the mandatory minimum in qualifying drug cases to all federal crimes. 

 By giving judges this greater flexibility, they will not be forced to administer needlessly long sentences for certain offenders, which is a significant factor in the ever-increasing Federal prison population and the spiraling costs that steer more and more of the justice budget toward keeping people in prison, rather than investing in programs that keep our communities safe.

To learn more about the Justice Safety Valve Act, click HERE.

Sen. Paul Introduces the Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act

On Thursday, I introduced the Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act, a bipartisan bill introduced with Sen. Begich (D-Ak.), that encourages federal agencies to return unused funds to the taxpayer through bonus incentives.

Federal agencies have no incentive to identify areas in the budget where savings could be found, due to the current law stating agencies are required to spend all of their allocated money before the end of the year. My bill would reverse the trend toward agency bloat, by eliminating waste fraud and mismanagement and creating surplus budget authority.

Click HERE for more information regarding the Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act.

Sen. Paul Gives Remarks at Awaken America

This week I was invited to speak to 200 pastors from across the country at "Awaken America."  I also had the opportunity to meet Pastor Jeff Fugate and Brother Lee Watts, both from Kentucky.

Sen. Paul Introduces Amendment to Fix Nation's Infrastructure Problems

This week, I met with the Northern Kentucky Chamber and discussed the infrastructural problems within the state.  All across this country, our nation's bridges are structurally deficient. Many, like the Sherman Minton Bridge in Louisville, and the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky, are in need of repair or replacement. So, I have introduced Amendment 382, to S.Con. Res. 8, the Budget Resolution, which provides funding of $16 billion towards infrastructure projects for structurally deficient interstate bridges, through offsets in foreign assistance and the Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Budget.

Below is a video in which I address these concerns. Click HERE to read my release in its entirety.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Fox's Hannity Show, Your World with Neil Cavuto and America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer.  I also spoke with several radio stations across the country.

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This Week in News for Sen. Rand Paul- March 29, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MARCH 29, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on this week's happenings in Washington, D.C., and Kentucky.

Senate Votes on Sen. Paul's FY2014 Budget: A Clear Vision to Revitalize America

Late last week, the U.S. Senate voted on a series of amendments to S. Con. Res. 8, the Budget Resolution, which included an amendment that I introduced.  My amendment, known as "A Clear Vision to Revitalize America," would balance the budget in five years, reform entitlement programs and significantly reduce government spending. The amendment failed to pass the Senate with a vote of 18-81.

Click HERE to read my FY2014 Budget.

Senators Join Paul, Lee and Cruz to Protect the Second Amendment

On Friday, March 22, Sens. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and I issued a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stating our intention to oppose any legislation that would threaten U.S. citizens' Constitutional right to bear arms. In recent days, Sens. Marco Rubio, Jim Inhofe, Jerry Moran, Ron Johnson and Richard Burr have also signed on to this letter. I thank them for joining us in standing up for the Constitutional rights of all Americans.

Click HERE to read our letter of intent.

Sen. Paul Performs Pro-Bono Cataract Surgery for Western Kentucky Locals

On Tuesday, March 26, I performed free cataract surgery for three patients from Western Kentucky at the Pain Management Center in Paducah.

Cataract surgery must be performed one eye at a time.  So, I conducted surgery on the first eye and Dr. Bowers will conduct the follow-up surgery on the second eye. Typically, cataract surgery costs roughly $1,000 per eye, yet my three patients received the surgery for free.

I chose to continue practicing medicine while serving as a member of the United States Senate and I practice exclusively on pro-bono cases. I take pride in using my skills to give back to the state of Kentucky, both as an elected official and as an ophthalmologist.

(Dr. Barbara Bowers and Sen. Paul performing cataract surgery)

Sen. Paul Attends Medical Staff Luncheon to Discuss Health Care Reform and Regulations

Before I performed the eye surgeries in Paducah on Tuesday, I spoke to a group of health professionals at the Baptist Health Heart Care Center about the onerous burdens of the government's intrusion into health care delivery. I shared my concern that Obamacare may grow Kentucky's Medicaid roles so dramatically that it could bankrupt the Commonwealth.

Sen. Paul Applauds the Passage of Kentucky Hemp Legislation

On Tuesday, March 26, the Kentucky General Assembly agreed to final passage of SB 50, which would set up a framework to regulate industrial hemp in Kentucky. I have pledged to seek a waiver from the Obama Administration when a regulatory framework is in place. I have also introduced legislation at the federal level that removes restrictions on the production of industrial hemp.

To read my statement in its entirety, click HERE.

Sen. Paul Speaks at the University of Kentucky

On Wednesday, March 27, I had the opportunity to speak to students at the University of Kentucky's Worsham Auditorium. I focused on restoring economic freedom by relating the concept of free enterprise to college students. 

After the speech, I held a question and answer session, where students brought up national topics that most concerned them. The most discussed topics were gay marriage, gun control and immigration. I was energized and encouraged by the amount of interest these students had in civic engagement and current issues facing our nation.

Click HERE to read the Kentucky Kernel's coverage of the event.

Sen. Paul Visits Somerset

On Thursday March 28, I visited Somerset, beginning the day with a tour of Somerset Community College's Lineman Training Center, followed by a Business/Community Round Table hosted by the Somerset/Pulaski Chamber of Commerce at Hendrickson International. Then I was greeted by the students and guests at Somerset Christian School where I met with local Christian leaders for a roundtable on religious issues.

General Assembly Overrides Veto of Religious Freedom Act

This week I announced my support for members of the Kentucky General Assembly who had pledged to override Governor Steve Beshear’s veto of the Religious Freedom Act, HB 279. A bipartisan majority of both chambers voted for the override. Here’s the text of my endorsement of their action and I applaud them for their success:

“House Bill 279 is consistent with the protections of the First Amendment and is a reasonable and straightforward standard for the Kentucky General Assembly to adopt. The intent of the legislation is not to promote discrimination or impede individual rights, but rather to prevent the government from forcing Kentuckians to participate in activity that violates their faith. I urge the General Assembly to override Gov. Beshear’s veto.”

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Fox's Hannity Show,  News Talk with Greg Dunker, Lunch at the Z with WXMZ, The Ed and Bob Show, Bible Breakfast Club with Johnny Embry, and The Matt Walsh Show. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country.  This week, I also penned an op-ed in the Washington Times regarding the protection of our Second Amendment rights.

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Warm Regards,

 

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This Week in News for Sen. Rand Paul - 4/12/22013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
April 12, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you in my busy week in D.C. and back in Kentucky.

Sen. Paul Speaks at Howard University

On Wednesday, I spoke before the student body of Howard University, a historically black college here in Washington, D.C. This speech was part of an outreach effort in which I hope to spread the ideals of constitutional conservatism.  I was honored to find that every seat in the auditorium was filled and I went on to discuss the importance of reaching out to groups that often feel ignored.

In my speech, I addressed African-American history within the conservative movement, mandatory minimum sentences, our nation's foreign policy and the future of the nation.   

After the speech I participated in a question and answer session with the students. I was pleased to speak before and interact with these students and I encourage my colleagues to take part in the same sort of outreach.

Click HERE to watch my remarks at Howard University.

Sen. Paul Meets with Members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

I met with Kentucky members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology on Thursday. We discussed a variety of topics including healthcare transparency, vision research funding, Medicare, electronic health records and graduate medical education funding.

I was thrilled to meet with fellow Kentucky ophthalmologists and discuss my true passion, medicine.

(Sen. Paul and Kentucky members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology)

Sen. Paul Meets with the Harvard Law School Republicans

Also on Thursday, I met with the Harvard Law School Republicans.  We had an open conversation regarding the growing libertarian influence on American Conservatism, my filibuster and the future of the GOP.

(Sen. Paul and Republicans from Harvard Law School)

Senate Votes on Gun Bill

On March 22, Sens. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and I issued a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stating our intention to oppose any legislation that would threaten U.S. citizens' Constitutional right to bear arms. In recent days, Sens. Marco Rubio, Jim Inhofe, Jerry Moran, Ron Johnson, Mike Enzi, James Risch, Mike Crapo, Dan Coats and Pat Roberts have also signed on to this letter. I thank them for joining us in standing up for the Constitutional rights of all Americans.

Click HERE to read our letter of intent.

This week, however, the Senate voted on the motion to proceed to the firearms bill (S.649). It is expected that the Toomey-Manchin provision, announced on Wednesday, could replace the current language regarding background checks. Yet, as of Thursday afternoon, not a single Senator was provided the legislative language of this provision, and thus no one was able to read the bill, as well as amendments that would ban guns and further restrict the rights of American citizens, before voting to begin consideration of it. 

Because the background-check measure is the centerpiece of this legislation it is critical that we know what is in the bill before we vote. The American people expect more and deserve better.

The motion to proceed passed 68-31, so now the Senate will start debate on the package legislation that includes background checks and new penalties for gun trafficking.

Click HERE to read my statement in its entirety.

Sen. Paul Visits Simmons College

On Friday, I continued my outreach effort by visiting Simmons College in Louisville. After years of decline, Simmons is now on a trajectory for full national accreditation. I spoke to students, faculty and friends, specifically the 25 members of the Simmons Scholars Program. 

This program empowers 25 individuals in underserved communities by providing them with academic support.  I had the privilege to speak with these students about topics that concerned them, such as mandatory minimum sentences, voting rights and civil liberties.

Pastor Kevin Cosby, who is president of the college, invited me back to continue the discussion and I plan to do that in the near future.

(Sitting with Pastor Kevin Cosby with DeVin Holt)

(Simmons Student Scholars)

Sen. Paul Participates in an Immigration Roundtable

On Friday afternoon at St. Joseph's church in Louisville, I participated in a roundtable discussion on immigration with local officials and members of the Hispanic community in Louisville.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox News On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.  I also spoke with Terry Meiners, Mandy Connell, Alan Watts and Joe Elliot.  Along with those state radio programs, I also appeared on several radio stations across the country.  This week, I penned an Op-Ed for CNN regarding the protection of our Second Amendment rights and an Op-Ed for the Washington Times regarding Immigration Reform.

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This Week in News for Sen. Rand Paul- 4/19/2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
APRIL 19, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on events this week in D.C. and back in Kentucky.

Sen. Paul Hosts Freedom to Fish Rally

On Saturday, April 13, I joined Sens. Mitch McConnell and Lamar Alexander, and Congressman Ed Whitfield in hosting a Freedom to Fish Rally at Lake Barkley Dam in Lyon County, Ky. The rally drew a crowd of 200 concerned citizens from both Kentucky and Tennessee.

We discussed the "Freedom to Fish Act," which would prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from establishing a restricted area, prohibiting public access to waters downstream of a dam. 

(Sen. Paul and Doug Markham at Lake Barkley Dam)

 Sen. Paul Re-introduces the Harbor Equity Act

On Wednesday, April 17, I re-introduced the Harbor Equity Act, which prioritizes smaller harbors for dredging work. This act would benefit smaller harbors that could face shut-downs, such as the Hickman-Fulton County Riverport in Kentucky. The legislation requires the Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize smaller harbors for dredging rather than just larger, commercial harbors. Without this prioritization, there would be a significant financial impact on farmers, towing companies, and the small communities they serve.

These small harbors are the backbone of local commerce in small communities, facilitating the transport of agriculture and manufacturing products to larger ports. By dropping the minimum tonnage requirement - and using a more reliable and accurate metric for calculating tonnage - this bill will help ensure that smaller harbors are considered for the Corps' dredging efforts.

Click HERE to read more about the Harbor Equity Act.

Sen. Paul Questions Secretary Napolitano at Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Hearing

Also on Wednesday, I attended the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to review President Obama's proposed FY 2014 Department of Homeland Security Budget.  In this budget, President Obama ceases funding for the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program.  This program allows pilots of commercial airlines to carry firearms with the intent of deterring events such as the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Click HERE to watch the hearing.

Senate Votes on Gun Legislation

The Senate voted on various amendments to S.649, the Safe Communities, Safe School Act. These amendments were proposed with good intentions and with the hope of preventing tragedies, such as the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, from occurring.  While I do not doubt the good intentions of my colleagues, none of their proposals would have achieved this objective.

The outcome of most of the bills voted on, including the Manchin-Tommey amendment, would limit the rights of law abiding citizens.  I oppose legislation that undermines Americans' constitutional right to bear arms. I worry that legislation mandating more regulations on law-abiding citizens will lead to an infringement on the ability to exercise constitutional rights without being subject to government surveillance. I also worry that these efforts will merely disarm the people who follow the law and empower those who ignore it.

We have an obligation to protect the lives of Americans, and I believe we can do this without infringing upon their liberties and constitutional rights.

Click HERE to read an op-ed I wrote for CNN on the protection of our Second Amendment rights.

Sen. Paul Questions Secretary of State Kerry at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

On Thursday, April 18, I attended the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to question Secretary of State John Kerry on the proposed FY2014 International Affairs Budget. In the hearing, I highlighted the importance of eliminating sending oft-abused financial assistance to other countries' governments. America's infrastructure continues to disintegrate, and I believe we should do less nation-building abroad and more nation-building here, at home. 

Click HERE to watch me question Secretary of State Kerry

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Eyewitness News and the Ralph Bristol Show, along with several radio stations across the country.  I also penned an Op-Ed for RARE regarding the evolution of the Republican Party and an Op-Ed for the Washington Times explaining my opposition to the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
APRIL 26, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on my week in Washington D.C.

The Office of Sen. Rand Paul Moves

My Washington, D.C. office space has been reassigned. My office is now located in Room 124 of the Russell Senate Office Building. Although our office space has changed, our office phone number will remain the same. If you have any issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office (202) 224-4343.

Sen. Paul Attends Opening of Mill Creek Plant Generating Station

On Monday, April 22, Sen. McConnell and I visited the Mill Creek Generating Station in Jefferson County.  The visit followed LG&E and Charah's announcement that waste products from coal-fired power plants will be turned into fertilizer at their plant.  This is a significant announcement for the state's coal and agriculture industries. Click HERE to read WHAS' coverage on the event.

(Members of LG&E and Charah joined by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Rand Paul, Ag. Commissioner James Comer, KY House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, 4/22/13)

Sen. Paul Sends Letter to Sen. Harry Reid Regarding the Consideration of Immigration Legislation

Also on Monday, I sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to incorporate various national security concerns into the comprehensive immigration reform debate in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

It is Congress' job to make sure the federal government is doing everything it can to prevent any would-be terrorists from using a flawed immigration system against us.

Click HERE to read the text of this letter.

Sen. Paul Gives Testimony on the Implications of Targeted Killings

On Wednesday, I gave a written testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, regarding "Drone Wars: the Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killings."

Last month, my 13-hour filibuster highlighted this issue.  I believe that technology is not really the issue, but rather the argument is about the authority and constitutionality of executive executions-whether with a drone, sniper, or a spear-without due process and constitutional protections.

For the text of my testimony, click HERE.

Sen. Paul Advocates for Acceptance of Foreign Drug Studies

On Thursday, I took to the Senate floor with the intent of putting a face on two orphan diseases: Neurofibromatosis Type 2 and Pulmonary Fibrosis. Orphan diseases are rare and likewise, their resources, treatments and cures are rare. In order to find cures, we must clear regulatory obstacles by accepting foreign drug studies as our own. 

Click HERE to watch my speech as interpreted in American Sign Language by Steven Phan.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on the Fox Business Network's Cavuto, Fox's Happening Now with Jon Scott and Jenna Lee, and Hannity.  I spoke with Tony Cruise and the Morning Team, along with several radio stations across the country.  I also penned an Op-Ed for the Washington Times explaining my national security concerns in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MAY 3, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Kentucky.

Sen. Paul Visits Fruit of the Loom Corporate Headquarters



On Thursday, I visited the Fruit of the Loom Corporate Headquarters at one of their distribution centers in Bowling Green. During my visit, I was able to tour the distribution center and showrooms, in addition to meeting with many of the 5,000 employees working at the Bowling Green Headquarters.



Fruit of the Loom is a great example of a company that has had to make major changes in the face of a rapidly changing marketplace and trade environment. It, like so many multi-national companies, would benefit from public policy that encourages repatriation of earnings from abroad, as well as from a corporate income tax that is competitive with Canada and Europe. These are initiatives that I continue to support in Washington.

(Sen. Paul tours the Fruit of the Loom Corporate Headquarters in Bowling Green, 5/2/13)





Sen. Paul Speaks at Logan County's 10th Annual National Day of Prayer Gathering

Later on Thursday, I spoke at Logan County's 10th Annual National Day of Prayer gathering along with Logan County Judge Executive Logan Chick and Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton who gave the opening prayer. It was a privilege to share with the crowd about my personal faith and belief that God's calling in our lives is far greater than anything than politicians and the federal government has to offer. 

(Sen. Paul speaks at Logan County's 10th Annual National Day of Prayer Gathering, 5/2/13)

Sen. Paul Participates in the Russellville Rotary Club Luncheon

At my last stop of the day on Thursday, I spoke to the Russellville Rotary Club in a standing-room-only crowd at the Governor Breathitt House in downtown Russellville. While at the luncheon, I talked about the important domestic and foreign issues facing the United States. I was honored to be introduced by the Rotary Club President Keith Cox and Retired State Representative Sheldon Baugh.

(Sen. Paul speaks to a packed room at the Russellville Rotary Club in Logan County, 5/2/13)

Sen. Paul Holds an Immigration Reform Roundtable Discussion

Also this week, I met at my office in Bowling Green with a group of Kentuckians who are interested in immigration reform. They shared their personal family histories as well as nuts and bolts public policy concerns.  Even in the face of many differences of opinion there was also considerable agreement and I was impressed by their thoughtful approach. I hope to continue this type of conversation around Kentucky.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as those in Kentucky, including: Dan Manley of WMST, Tom Roten of WHVU, Don Neagle of WRUS, Lee Burke of East Kentucky Broadcasting, and Darrell Duvall & Al Arbogast of WKCT.



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RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MAY 10, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Paul Calls For Sen. Reid to Move Immigration Bill to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last month, I have expressed my concerns over our nation's immigration policies and the impact on our national security. I sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) a letter outlining my concerns. In response, Sen. Reid indicated that HSGAC would hold hearings regarding immigration and border security. This is a welcome step, but I do not believe that hearings alone will suffice. I sent him a follow-up letter urging him to refer the immigration reform bill itself to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) for further debate and amendments.

We must take the time to find out how our immigration and screening process failed before we pass legislation to legalize millions of people.

Click HERE to read my letter to Sen. Reid.

The next day, I spoke before my colleagues on HSGAC concerning my request that the immigration bill be debated and amended before the committee.

Click HERE to watch my statements at the HSGAC hearing.

Sen. Paul Meets with the Kentucky Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winners

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting Kentucky's Prudential Spirit of Community award winners, Virginia Newsome, of Lexington, and Madison Roy, of Louisville. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.

Virginia created a nonprofit organization in 2011 that has donated $50,000 worth of visual and performing arts supplies to schools that cannot afford them. Madison raised more than $9,000 through the sale of two books that she and her brother wrote to benefit families dealing with leukemia and sickle cell anemia.

I was honored to meet with these two exceptional young ladies and learn more about their causes.

(Sen. Paul poses for a photo with Madison Roy and Virginia Newsome, 5/7/13 )

Sen. Paul Introduces Bill to Repeal Anti-Privacy Provisions in FATCA

This week, I introduced a bill to repeal anti-privacy provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and put an end to a defective bill that does not accomplish its objective of ending tax evasion.

FATCA is a textbook example of a bad law that doesn't achieve its stated purpose but does manage to unleash a host of unanticipated destructive consequences.

FATCA's harmful impacts cover the spectrum. It is a violation of Americans' constitutional protections, oversteps the limits of Executive power, disregards the mutual respect of sovereignty among nations and drains money from the federal treasury under the guise of replenishing it, and discourages overseas investment in the United States. FATCA should be repealed, and Congress should consider less onerous means of enforcing tax laws.

Click HERE to read my entire statement.

Sen. Paul Meets with Kentucky Community Pharmacists

Also on Tuesday, I met with Kentucky Community Pharmacists to discuss various pieces of regulatory legislation.

(Sen. Paul sits down for a roundtable discussion with Kentucky Community Pharmacists, 5/7/13)

Sen. Paul Introduces Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2013

Also this week, I, along with Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Marco Rubio (Fla.), David Vitter (La.) and Mitch McConnell (Ky.), introduced the Defense of Environment and Property Act. This legislation will bring common sense back to federal water policy by redefining "navigable waters," excluding ephemeral or intermittent streams from federal jurisdiction, and restraining the powers that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers hold over American landowners.

To read my statement in its entirety, click HERE.

Sen. Paul Meets with the Kentucky Library Association

On Wednesday, I met with the Kentucky Library Association to discuss issues and concerns related to Kentucky libraries.

(Sen. Paul meets with the Kentucky Library Association, 5/8/13)

Sen. Paul Discusses Industrial Hemp with Governor Beshear and Agriculture Commissioner Comer

On Thursday, I spoke by phone with Gov. Steve Beshear to discuss securing a waiver from the Obama administration so Kentucky can start producing industrial hemp again. Kentucky Senate Bill 50, which passed the General Assembly this spring, set up a regulatory framework for growing industrial hemp in Kentucky. I supported Senate Bill 50 and pledged to seek a waiver if the legislation passed.

I also met with Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who was in Washington, D.C. to lobby for Kentucky farmers to be allowed to grow hemp. Commissioner Comer was instrumental in passing Senate Bill 50 and I look forward to continuing to work with him on this issue.

Whether through a waiver, or by legislation that I support on the federal level, I hope that Kentucky will soon start producing industrial hemp, creating jobs and leading the nation in this industry again.

(Sen. Paul discussing hemp waivers with Gov. Beshear, 5/9/13)

Sen. Paul Introduces Emergency Transportation Safety Fund Act

This week, I also introduced legislation to establish the Emergency Transportation Safety Fund Act, which would provide funding for new construction, repair, and replacement of crumbling bridges and roads.

While we are faced with a fiscal crisis, our nation also has critical infrastructure needs that demand immediate attention. The Emergency Transportation Safety Fund Act is a fiscally responsible approach by providing the necessary resources to rebuild and enhance America's infrastructure. My plan will not only save our infrastructure from collapsing, but also encourage reinvestment here at home without increasing the debt.

Click HERE to read my entire statement.

Sen. Paul Meets with the Kentucky Fire Commission

Also on Thursday, I had the privledge to meet with 20 members of the Kentucky Fire Service. During the meeting, we discussed various pieces of legislation, including the Fire Safety Act.

(Sen. Paul speaks with the Kentucky Fire Commission, (5/9/13)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I spoke with Bill Goodman of Kentucky Tonight, appeared on CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett, and spoke with several radio stations across the country. I also penned an Op-Ed in the Washington Times regarding Hillary Clinton's mishandling of security in Benghazi, Libya.

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RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MAY 17, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Washington, D.C.

Senate Passes Freedom to Fish Act

This week, the Senate passed Freedom to Fish Act, legislation that protects fishing access at the tailwaters of dams along the Cumberland River by preventing the Army Corps of Engineers from moving forward with a plan to install physical barriers in several locations, including the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams. 

I was an original co-sponsor of this bill. There is a deep and long love for fishing the tailwaters of the Cumberland River and I am glad we have taken action to help protect fishing access and Kentucky's economy.

Click HERE to read more about the Freedom to Fish Act.

Sen. Paul Proposes Resolution Condemning IRS

In light of news this week that the IRS was inappropriately targeting certain groups, I proposed a resolution condemning the targeting of Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and called for an investigation. 

The IRS has been using taxing power as a political tool to bully these conservative groups and this type of intimidation is a major violation of our U.S. Constitution. This act of discrimination should not be tolerated and I demand a formal investigation seeking criminal charges against any individuals who authorized or were involved in targeting people of the United States based on their political views.

Yet the next day, Senate Democrats placed a hold on my resolution. This resolution is not about Republican vs. Democrat or conservative vs. liberal. It is about an arrogant and unrestrained government vs. the rule of law. The First Amendment cannot and should not be renegotiated depending on which party holds power.

Each Senator took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, yet Senate Democrats chose to block my resolution and thus refused to condemn the IRS for trampling on our First Amendment rights. I am incredibly disappointed in Washington's party politics and I am determined to hold the IRS accountable for these unjust acts.

A copy of the blocked resolution can be found HERE.

Sen. Paul joins Fellow Conservative Leaders at Tea Party Press Conference

On Thursday, I joined my colleagues Sens. Mitch McConnell, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Rep. Michele Bachman to demand a full investigation on the IRS. We were joined by other Members of Congress as well as victims of the IRS's unlawful political targeting, many of whom shared their stories and called for an investigation and reprimand for these acts.

(Sens. Paul, Lee, Cruz, Rep. Bachman, and others at Tea Party Press Conference- 5/16/2013)

Sen. Paul Introduces Legislation to Prevent 'Milk Cliff'

I introduced a bill on Wednesday that would permanently suspend the application of agricultural price support authority to certain commodities, such as milk. In the absence of a Farm Bill, my legislation would prevent the federal milk program from reverting back to the Agricultural Act of 1949 statute, also known as the "milk cliff."

Click HERE to read the bill in its entirety.

Sens. Paul, Lee and Cruz Call for the Passage of a Budget Without the Use of Procedural Tricks to Raise Taxes or Increase Debt Limit

On Thursday, I joined Sens. Lee and Cruz and demanded that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pass a budget without using any procedural tricks to raise taxes or increase the debt limit. 

We have no objection to proceeding to conference if the leader is willing to agree not to use it as a back-door tool to raise taxes or the debt ceiling.  We should not be complicit in digging this nation even further into debt on merely a 50-vote threshold.

After refusing to pass a budget for four years, Democrats have proven themselves willing to abuse the budget process, including sneaking in provisions to add new taxes or raise the debt ceiling.  The American people deserve assurances from Senator Reid that he will not try to hijack this bill and add tax hikes and more debt at the eleventh hour. Sneaking in a debt limit increase would be particularly egregious because it is not a part of either the House- or Senate-passed budgets.

Click HERE to read our entire statement.

Sen. Paul Receives NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

I was honored to receive the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, as this award is given to members of Congress who vote with the NAM position on identified key manufacturing votes 70 percent of the time or more.

(Sen. Paul being presented with the NAM Award- 5/16/2013)

Sen. Paul Meets with the Kentucky Association of Realtors

In the Capitol on Thursday, I had the honor to meet with over 45 members of the Kentucky Association of Realtors in Washington, D.C.

(Sen. Paul with members of the Kentucky Association of Realtors- 5/15/2013)

Sen. Paul Meets with Mayor Proffitt

On Tuesday, I met with Jeff Proffitt, Mayor of Tompkinsville, Ky., and his family in my office.

(Sen. Paul with Mayor Proffitt and his family- 5/14/2013)

Sens. Paul, McConnell and Rep. Whitfield Issue Letter to Department of Energy

Also this week, Sen. McConnell, Rep. Ed Whitfield and I issued a letter to the Department of Energy (DOE) concerning the reindustrialization of the Paducah site.

Last year we fought hard to save the federal government money and preserve 1,200 jobs at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Now it is time for DOE to come up with a long-term plan that will maximize job retention and growth for the foreseeable future. We refuse to stand idly by while DOE runs out the clock on potential private-sector job investment that would create jobs here in Paducah.

Our letter to the DOE can be viewed HERE.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Hannity, America's Newsroom, and Fox & Friends, and CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. And spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky. I also penned an Op-Ed in the Washington Times, CNN, and Investor's Business Daily.

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RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MAY 24, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Washington, DC.

Response to President Obama's Drone Speech

Following President Obama's speech on drone policy Thursday, I still have concerns over this Administration's definition of due process.

While I'm glad the President finally acknowledged that American citizens deserve some form of due process, I am still concerned over whether flash cards and PowerPoint presentations represent due process; my preference would be to try accused U.S. citizens for treason in a court of law.

Click HERE to read my statement in its entirety.

Sen. Paul Defends Apple Against Senate Subcommittee

On Tuesday, I attended a Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee hearing that called for executives of Apple to testify on the company's tax practices. In the hearing, I defended the job-creating efforts Apple has made and lambasted my fellow Members for perpetuating a U.S. tax code that hinders corporate growth and productivity.

Following my opening statement, which can be found HERE, I had the opportunity to question witness J. Richard Harvey, a tax attorney and professor.

Click HERE to watch my exchange with J. Richard Harvey.

Sen. Paul Calls for Senate Democrats to Pass a Budget Without Procedural Tricks

Also on Tuesday, I spoke on the Senate floor to prevent Senate Democrats from using back-door procedures to increase the debt ceiling or raise taxes. Earlier last week, Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and I stated our intention to object to the budget reconciliation process until Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) would agree not to use procedural tricks to raise the debt ceiling. 

Click HERE for the video and transcript of my floor speech.

Sen. Paul Speaks to the Zionist Organization of America

On Wednesday, I spoke before 200 members of the Zionist Organization of America.  We discussed America's foreign policy and our nation's impact in the Middle East.

Sen. Paul Introduces a Bill to Protect Americans Against Unwarranted Drone Surveillance

Also on Wednesday, I introduced the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2013. This bill would protect an individual's right to privacy against unwarranted governmental intrusion through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. While the use of drone aircraft and technology continues to expand in all areas of the government, the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act will ensure the protection of every American citizen's right to personal privacy.

Click HERE to read my statement in its entirety.

Sen. Paul Introduces the Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act of 2013

I introduced the Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act of 2013 on Thursday. This bill would extend Fourth Amendment guarantees to electronic communications and requires specific warrants granted by judges in order to obtain this information.

Congress has passed a variety of laws that decimate our Fourth Amendment protections. In effect, it means that Americans can only count on Fourth Amendment protections if they don't use e-mail, cell phones, the Internet, credit cards, libraries, banks, or other forms of modern finance and communications.

Basic Constitutional rights should not be invalidated by carrying out basic, day-to-day functions in a technologically advanced world and this bill will provide much needed clarity and reassert Fourth Amendment protections for records held by third parties.

To read more about this bill, click HERE.

Sen. Paul Meets with First Choice Home Medical of Kentucky

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with Kentuckians from First Home Medical. We discussed market-based alternatives to Medicare's unsustainable bidding program, along with other legislative issues.

(Sen. Paul with representatives from First Choice Home Medical- 5/22/2013)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Your World With Neil Cavuto, CNBC's Closing Bell, and Fox's Hannity with Eric Bolling. And spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as WHAS in Louisville. I also penned Op-Eds for the Washington Times and Rare.

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - May 31, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
MAY 31, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some recent events.

Sen. Paul, Kelley Paul and Others Present Sgt. J.D. Williams and Family with Key to New Home

On Saturday, May 25, my wife Kelley and I had the honor of participating in a Helping a Hero welcome home ceremony and key presentation for Sgt. J.D. Williams and his family. Sgt. Williams lost both of his legs and an arm to an IED bomb in 2010 while serving his country in Afghanistan. The Helping a Hero organization partnered with Bennie Jones and Larkin Ritter to build the Williams family a new home near Woodburn, Ky. Kelley and Fred Higgins served as co-chairs for the project.

It has been fantastic to see our community unite in supporting J.D. and his family. Kelley and I look forward to continuing our work with Helping a Hero to support our wounded veterans. You can find out more about Helping a Hero by visiting their website: http://www.helpingahero.org/

Click HERE for a report from WBKO about the ceremony.

Click HERE for a story from the Bowling Green Daily News about the ceremony.

(Sen. Paul participates in Helping a Hero Welcome Home Ceremony, 5/25/13)

Sen. Paul Participates in Roundtable with Christian Leaders

On Friday, May 24, I participated in a roundtable discussion with several Lexington-area Christian leaders. We conversed about a range of topics, from the spiritual challenges facing our country to domestic and foreign policy concerns. I have a deep appreciation for our pastors and ministers, and I look forward to future discussions with Kentucky's religious leaders.

(Sen. Paul participates in roundtable with Lexington area Christian leaders, 5/24/13)

Sen. Paul Attends Immigration Forum

 

Also on Friday, I attended an immigration forum hosted by members of Lexington's Hispanic community. I continue to hear from all sides on this debate and I encourage you to provide me with your input.

Click HERE to read a story from the Lexington Herald-Leader about the forum.

(Sen. Rand Paul attends an immigration forum in Lexington, 5/24/13)

Sen. Paul Meets with University President and Author George C. Wright

I also on Friday had the opportunity to meet with Dr. George C. Wright, president of Praiirie View A&M University, which is a historically black university and member of the Texas A&M college system. Dr. Wright is a native of Lexington and a UK graduate who has written several books about black history in Kentucky.

(Sen. Paul meets with Dr. George C. Wright, 5/24/13) 

Sen. Paul Appears on Kentucky Newsmakers

Also while in Lexington, I sat-down with WKYT's Bill Bryant for an interview for his Kentucky Newsmakers show. Click HERE to watch the interview.

(Sen. Rand Paul sits down for an interview with WKYT's Bill Bryant in Lexington, 5/24/13)

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RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JUNE 7, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Washington, D.C.

Sens. Paul and McConnell and Rep. Whitfield Meet with Energy Secretary Moniz to Discuss Paducah DOE Site

On Tuesday, I joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Representative Ed Whitfield in a meeting with Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz and Assistant Secretary Daniel Poneman to discuss the long term future of the DOE site. 

Still reeling from the DOE's recent announcement not to extend the United States Enrichment Corporation's (USEC) operation, the delegation, on behalf of the community, stressed the importance of DOE's commitment to cleanup and utilizing the tails and other assets located in Paducah to secure a long-term future for the site.

(Members of the Kentucky Delegation meet with DOE Secretary Moniz- 6/4/2013)

Click HERE for more information regarding this meeting.

Sen. Paul Announces 'Trust but Verify' and Additional Amendments to Immigration Reform Bill

Also on Tuesday, I announce my intention to introduce four amendments to the Gang of Eight's Immigration Reform Bill.  The first of these amendments is "Trust but Verify," which requires Congress to write and enforce a border security blueprint rather than relying on bureaucracies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, to come up with a plan. The amendment also would provide new national security safeguards to track the holders of student visas and those provided asylum and refugee status. My amendment would put pressure on the Department of Homeland Security to finally follow through on the broken promise of a secure border and an effective visa tracking system.

The "No New Pathway to Citizenship" amendment removes the new and exclusive visa category and pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.   This updated work visa will not give any individual a new pathway to citizenship; rather they will be treated as if they are in line in their home country. 

The "Secure the Vote" amendment ensures that individuals on work visas or given status under the bill are not allowed to vote in federal elections until they become citizens. 

And finally, the "Secure the Treasury" amendment will provide further protections for taxpayers against individuals in a new immigration status from becoming dependent on the welfare state. 

Click HERE for more information on these amendments.

Sen. Paul Meets with the Home Builders Association of Kentucky

On Wednesday, I met with 15 representatives from the Home Builders Association of Kentucky. During our meeting we discussed various legislative issues like tax reform.

(Sen. Paul with the Home Builders Association of Kentucky- 6/5/2013)

Sen. Paul Introduces the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013

In light of the shocking discovery that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been seizing American's phone records, I introduced an amendment that would ensure that the Constitutional protections of the Fourth Amendment are not violated by any government entity.

The bill restores our Constitutional rights and declares that the Fourth Amendment shall not be construed to allow any agency of the United States government to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause

Click HERE to read my official statement on NSA surveillance overreach.

Click HERE to read the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013.

Click HERE to read the op-ed I penned for The Guardian regarding this outrageous abuse of power and a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Hannity and America's Newsroom with Martha MacCullum. And spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including WQXQ with Brian Jackson, WHAS with Terry Meiners, WKYX with Greg Dunker, and WKCT with Jean-Marie Lawson. I also penned an Op-Ed in the Washington Times, San Jose Mercury News, and the Guardian.

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This Week in News for Sen. Rand Paul - June 14, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JUNE 14, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings.

Senate Rejects Border Security Amendment

On Thursday, the Senate voted on Amendment 1195 to S. 744, the immigration reform bill. The amendment, which would strengthen border security, was rejected.

It is very disappointing that the Senate rejected this first step to fixing the border security issue in the immigration bill. If any immigration bill is to pass, the Senate needs to be more serious about securing our border. I am in favor of immigration reform and I view it as an important issue that must be handled properly. But, in order for reform to take place, we must first secure our nation's border.

Sen. Grassley's amendment could have been a good first step. I will insist that the Senate revisit this issue next week with my 'Trust but Verify' amendment.

Click HERE to read my entire statement.

Sen. Paul Speaks at Immigration Forum

Also this week, I spoke at an immigration forum held by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles. In my speech, I talked about immigration reform and highlighted the socially conservative values that affect the Latino community.

To read my remarks, click HERE.

Sen. Paul Meets with Members of the Kentucky Junior Historical Society

On Wednesday, I welcomed members of the Kentucky Junior Historical Society to Washington, D.C.  These students represented our state in the National History Day competition.

(Sen. Paul speaks with members of the Kentucky Junior Historical Society- 6/12/2013)

Sen. Rand Paul Speaks at Faith and Freedom Coalition

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference in Washington, D.C.  In my speech, I discussed religious wars and our nation's foreign policy.

To read my remarks, click HERE.

Sen. Paul Gives Commencement Address at Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School

On Monday, I was honored to give the commencement address at the Boys' Latin School of Philadelphia Charter School. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2013.

(Sen. Paul speaking at the Boys' Latin School graduation- 6/10/2013)

Sen. Paul Meets with Students at Orthodox Jewish Day School

Also on Monday, I met with students from Tiferes Bais Yaakov, an Orthodox Jewish day school in Lakewood, N.J. We discussed the trip I took earlier this year to Israel and foreign policy issues.

(Sen. Paul and students from Tiferes Bais Yaakov - 6/10/2013)

Sen. Rand Paul Plays in the 52nd Annual Congressional Baseball Game

On Thursday night, I joined my Republican colleagues in a baseball game against the Democrats.  The event takes place at Nationals Park and raises money for The Washington Literacy Center, the Boys and Girls Club, and the National Dream Foundation. It was a wonderful evening -- even though the Democrats beat us 22-0.

(Sen. Paul, wearing a Western Kentucky University jersey, and his staff at the 52nd Annual Congressional Baseball Game - 6/13/2013)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Hannity, Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The O'Reilly Factor, CBS' This Morning, and CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper. And spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky. I also penned an Op-Ed in the Courier-Journal, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Policy Mic, Washington Times, and American Conservative.

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This Week in News for Sen. Rand Paul - June 21, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JUNE 21, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this last week's happenings.

Senate Votes on Sen. Paul's 'Trust But Verify' Border Security Amendment

Last week, the Senate voted on my "Trust But Verify" amendment that I introduced ealier this month to S. 744, the comprehensive immigration reform bill. The amendment would make immigration reform conditional on Congress voting on whether the border is secure, require completion of a border fence in five years and protect against the federal government establishing a national I.D. card system for citizens.

The Senate voted to table the amendment by a vote of 37-61.

I am disappointed that the Senate rejected my amendment to fix one of the fundamental flaws of the bill. The amendment would have added real, verified border security, and made the promises of the bill's authors credible to the American people. I hope Congress can produce immigration reform that actually solves the problems in our current system. Unfortunately, now, the Senate bill does not.

Click HERE to read my column, "Immigration reform's fatal flaw," which was published today in the Washington Times. 

Sen. Paul Introduces More Amendments to Immigration Reform Bill

Along with "Trust but Verify," I offered several other amendments to the Senate Immigration Reform Bill.  Click the links below to learn more about each amendment.

National ID Card Amendment

No New Pathway Amendment

Secure the Vote Amendment

Secure the Treasury Taxpayer Amendment

Sen. Paul Issues Letter to FBI Director Seeking Answers on Domestic Drone Use

On Thursday, I sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller concerning his recent remarks at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that indicate the FBI is using surveillance drones on American citizens. I requested that Director Mueller answer questions regarding the FBI's use of surveillance drones, which he acknowledges are being used without any operational guidelines.

Click HERE to read the letter.

Sen. Paul Introduces Bill to Block Military Funds to Syria

I joined Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Lee, (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) in introducing legislation to prohibit the President from using any funds on activities that would escalate U.S. involvement in Syria.

The bill would ban the Department of Defense, the CIA and all other intelligence agencies from funding any military, paramilitary or covert operations in Syria.  The legislation would not affect humanitarian aid.

Click HERE to read the bill and my statement in its entirety.

Sen. Paul Visits Plymouth Community Renewal Center in Louisville

Today I visited Plymouth Community Renewal Center in Louisville. I toured the facility and its food bank, and met with constituents and community leaders.

(Sen. Paul visits the Louisville Plymouth Community Renewal Center)

Sen. Paul Speaks at "Audit the IRS" Rally

On Wednesday, I spoke at the "Audit the IRS" Rally on the west front of the U.S. Capitol. Several thousand people were in attendance to show their support for reining in the group's unchecked power and unfair targeting of Tea Party groups.

Like most Americans, I am outraged that the government was targeting individuals for their political and religious beliefs and I am committed to making sure those involved are held responsible for their actions.

Click HERE to read a story about my speech.

Click HERE to view video of my speech.

(Sen. Paul speaking at the Audit the IRS Rally- 6/19/2013)

Sen. Paul Meets with Students Participating in Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour

Also on Wednesday, I met with students who were participating in the Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour.

(Sen. Paul speaking with the students on the Senate steps of the Capitol- 6/19/2013)

Sen. Rand Paul Begins Annual Intern Lecture Series

Every summer, I host an intern lecture series for the young men and women interning in Washington, D.C. I was honored to kick off the series on Wednesday at the Heritage Foundation.

(Sen. Rand Paul addressing Washington, D.C. interns- 6/19/2013)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Hannity, On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, Fox & Friends with Brian Kilmeade, America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer, and CNN's The Situation Room with Jim Acosta and OutFront with Erin Burnett. And spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including Tom Roten of WVHU, Brian Thomas of 55KRC, Joe Elliot of WGTK, and Mandy Connell of WHAS. I also penned an Op-Ed in the Washington Times expanding on why the Senate's Immigration Reform bill is flawed.

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This Week in News for Sen. Rand Paul- June 28, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JUNE 28, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings.

Senate Votes on Immigration Reform Bill

This week, the Senate voted to pass the Immigration Reform Bill with a vote of 68-32.  I voted against the bill for one simple reason: The legislation does not secure the border first.

Earlier this month, I introduced an amendment, known as the "Trust But Verify Act." This amendment to the Immigration Reform Bill would make immigration reform contingent upon Congress writing a strong border security plan, congressional votes on border security every year for five years, completion of a double-layered border fence, two new national security visa screening programs, and protection against any Obama administration attempts to force American citizens to carry around a biometric national identification card. My amendment ensured that Congress, and not the usual unaccountable government agencies, would verify that the border was secure.

My amendment was voted down 37-61 using a procedural vote, with seven Republicans joining Democrats to vote down the strongest border security amendment offered on the bill.

It is now up to the House to champion real immigration reform. If we're going to fix our broken borders and overhaul the system, the House will have to lead the way; the Senate version has simply failed to address our immigration problem with any competence.

Sen. Paul Presents Medal to George Hickey of Alvaton, KY

On Monday I had the privilege of presenting four military medals to Col. George Hickey (Ret.). These medals were earned by his father, Billy Hickey (now deceased), who was a veteran of the Korean War, a prisoner of war for nearly three years, and who served in both the United States Army and United States Air Force. Col. Hickey brought his wife and four grandchildren to the ceremony to share in this important remembrance of their great-grandfather and to learn more about our government by visiting my office. Reconnecting service members and their families with lost or previously unreceived medals is a small way of thanking them for the sacrifice that they - and countless other military families - have made for our country.

(Sen. Paul with the Hickey family- 6/24/2013)

Sen. Paul Meets with Warren County Home School Students

On Monday morning, a group of Warren County home school students visited me at my Bowling Green office to learn more about our government. They have been learning about the Federal Government and the U. S. Constitution and wanted to see a little bit of the action - at least from the state office perspective.

(Sen. Paul with home school students from Warren County- 6/24/2013)

Sen. Paul Reacts to President Obama's War on Coal

On Tuesday, President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University in which he continued to assault the coal industry.  When President Obama declares a war on coal, he declares a war on Kentucky jobs and our economy. Whether it is through the retroactive denial of permits, onerous regulations on coal-fired power plants, or unreasonable environmental requirements, the policies of this Administration are threatening the very way of life that has sustained Kentucky communities for generations.

As a defender of the free market and of coal, I will continue to fight back against the EPA and any other federal agency whose goal is to stifle coal production. I will continue to stand up for our miners in Washington as we continue to recognize the sacrifices they make to provide food for their families and energy for America.

Click HERE to read my entire statement.

Sen. Paul Speaks with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

On Wednesday, I met with the Cincinnati Regional Chamber delegation here in Washington. We discussed a variety of topics, including the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor, fair tax policies and legislation pertaing to small business regulations.

(Sen. Paul speaking with the Cincinnati Regional Chamber- 6/26/2013)

Senators Reject Department of Interior's Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation with the Introduction of the FRESH Act

I, along with members of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) reintroduced the Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands (FRESH) Act of 2013.  This legislation takes the control out of the hands of the federal bureaucrats in Washington, and hands it back to the states. Fracking continues to be an important issue to the state of Kentucky by creating well-paying jobs, lowering the prices of energy domestically and helping us reach the goal of being energy independent.

Click HERE to read my statement in its entirety.

Sen. Paul Speaks to Capitol Leadership Academy Students

On Thursday, I was honored with the opportunity to speak before the students of the Capitol Leadership Academy. The CLA summer program seeks to provide a powerful learning experience for aspiring future leaders interested in civics, politics and democracy for high school and college-aged students.

(Sen. Paul addressing the Capitol Leadership Academy- 6/27/2013)

Sen. Paul Holds Bipartisan Press Conference Calling to Block Aid to Syria

On Thursday, I joined Reps. Walter Jones Jr. (R-N.C.), Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) at a press conference calling to block all aid to Syria.

I have also introduced bipartisan legislation along with Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) that would prohibit the President from providing military aid to the Syrian rebels without Congressional consent.

The United States should never get involved where we have no clear national interest. We should not get involved militarily in a country like Syria, as it continues to become clear that intervention might work against our interests.

(Sen. Rand Paul , Reps. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) at Syria Press Conference- 6/27/2013)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Hannity, Your World with Neil Cavuto, O'Reilly Factor with Laura Ingraham and CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including Bill Cunningham of 700WLW, Lee Burke of East Kentucky Broadcasting, and Matt Walsh of WLAP. I also penned an Op-Ed's in the Washington Times, Politico, the Hill, and USA Today. 

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Warm Regards,

 

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This Week in News for Sen. Rand Paul- July 5, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JULY 5, 2013

 

I spent the past week in Kentucky meeting with constituents across the state. Allow me to update you on some of the things I did.

Celebrating Our Nation's Independence Day

I would like to share with you my message for Independence Day, which I posted on my Facebook page yesterday. You can read it in its entirety HERE. I hope you were able to celebrate our great nation's birthday with your friends and family, and reminded of all the things that make us proud to be Americans.

I also penned the following column in this week's Washington Times, "Celebrating American independence while abetting tyranny."

Sen. Paul Tours Henderson Community College

On Monday, I had the opportunity to tour the campus of Henderson Community College and Technical Center and meet with President Chris Williams.

(Sen. Paul begins his tour of HCCTC with President Chris Williams - 7/1/13)

Sen. Paul Speaks at Henderson Chamber of Commerce/Lions Club Luncheon

Following my tour of Henderson Community College and Technical Center on Monday, I spoke to a combined meeting of  the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and Henderson Lions Club luncheon, and discussed with local leaders the I-69 bridge development, connecting Henderson with Evansville, Ind.

(Sen. Paul speaks to a combined Chamber/Lions Club luncheon at Henderson Community College and Technical Center - 7/1/13)

Sen. Paul Speaks with Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

In celebration of their 100th anniversary, I spoke to a gathering of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce on Monday in Daviess County.

(Sen. Paul speaks at the Owensboro Chamber meeting - 7/1/13)

Sen. Paul Speaks with Owensboro Tea Party

Also on Monday, I sat down with the Owensboro Tea Party for a roundtable discussion of current issues and events.

(Sen. Paul takes a question from state Sen. Joe Bowen at the Daviess County Tea Party roundtable - 7/1/13)

Coffee Stop Shop in Beaver Dam

My final stop of the day on Monday was to a "coffee stop shop" in Beaver Dam, where I met with constituents from the area.

(Sen. Paul with Jolene and Les Johnson at the McDonalds in Beaver Dam - 7/1/13)

(Sen. Paul greets Ohio County AARP representative Charlotte Whitaker at the McDonalds in Beaver Dam - 7/1/13)

Sen. Paul Attends Somerset/Pulaski County Chamber Luncheon

On Tuesday, I visited Somerset to address a crowd of 350 people at the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.

(Sen. Paul attends Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber luncheon, along with state Sen. Robert Stivers - 7/2/13)

Sen. Paul Speaks to Business/Community Roundtable in Whitley City

Also on Tuesday, I spoke to a group of business leaders and community members at the McCreary County Seniors Center in Whitley City.

(Sen. Paul speaks to a business/community roundtable in McCreary County - 7/2/13)

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Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - 7/12/13
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JULY 12, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings.

Sens. McConnell and Paul Meet With Local Leaders to Discuss Future of Paducah DOE Site

On Wednesday, Senator McConnell and I sat down for a meeting with Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler, McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry, and other local leaders to discuss the future of the Paducah DOE site. After the meeting we released the following statement:

"We want to thank Mayor Kaler, Judge Newberry and other leaders from Paducah for traveling to Washington, D.C., to highlight the importance of cleanup and reindustrialization of the DOE site to the community. It was a productive meeting, and the community and delegation are committed to working together to pressure DOE to fulfill its commitment to clean up the site and honor its timetable to finalize their contract for reindustrialization before the end of the year to provide certainty to the community."

(Sens. McConnell and Paul, Rep. Whitfield meet with local officials on Wednesday, 7/10/13)

The President's War on Coal

Also this week, I wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader on the Obama Administration's self-described war on coal. Here is a portion:

An advisor to President Barack Obama told the New York Times: "The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants ... a war on coal is exactly what's needed."

At least they are being upfront and honest for a change.

What does Obama's plan mean for Kentucky?

More of our coal miners will be put out of work. Our electricity bills will rise sharply. Our low-cost electricity advantage will be thrown out the window. Kentucky's manufacturers will flee the state.

So, Obama's war on coal is really a war on us.

Click HERE to read the entire op-ed.

Sen. Paul Introduces Bill to End Foreign Aid to Egypt

On Thursday, I introduced legislation to prohibit the United States from sending foreign assistance to the government of Egypt, as a result of the country's military coup d'état on July 3.

This week, it was reported that the Obama Administration was moving forward with plans to deliver four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt despite the political unrest in the country. Earlier this year, the Senate voted against my amendment that would have prohibited the U.S. government from selling F-16 military aircraft, M1 tanks, and similar military weapons to the Egyptian government.

Egypt is the latest example of the Obama Administration's misguided foreign policy. The overthrow of the Egyptian government was a coup d'état, and the law is clear that when a coup takes place, foreign aid must stop. But, the President still plans to continue to send aid to Egypt, at a pace of more than $1.3 billion per year. By the President's refusal to call the situation in Egypt a 'coup' and continuing the flow of foreign assistance to Egypt, he is forthrightly saying 'I am ignoring the rule of law.'

Click HERE to read the bill and my statement in its entirety. And click HERE to read my column, "The Coup that isn't as Obama disregards his duty to cut off Egyptian aid," which was published in The Washington Times.

Sen. Paul Issues Second Letter to FBI Director Seeking Answers on Domestic Drone Use

On Tuesday, I issued a follow-up letter to a piece of correspondence that was sent on June 20 to Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller regarding his concern over recent remarks by Director Mueller that indicate the FBI has used surveillance drones over American soil.

In the first letter, I asked for a reply by July 1, 2013. I have yet to receive any response from Director Mueller, which prompted the second letter. Click HERE to read it.

Business Roundtable Event in Georgetown, Ky. 

Last week, I had the privilege of participating in a roundtable discussing in Georgetown, Ky. Duane Cook served as the host for a round table with men and women from the local business community. State Sen. Damon Thayer and State Rep. Ryan Quarles joined me at the roundtable.

(Sen. Paul with State Sen. Damon Thayer and Rep. Ryan Quarles at the Georgetown Roundtable, 7/3/13)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Hannity with Eric Bolling, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, and America's Newsroom with Martha MacCullum. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including Bob Manning of WBRT and Carrie Cox of WAIF. I also penned an Op-Ed's in the Washington Times and Lexington Herald Leader. 

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Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Harold Rogers on July 19, 2013.
Rogers to Attend Camp UNITE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2013
CONTACT: Danielle Smoot, (606) 679-8346

Rogers to Attend Camp UNITE

SOMERSET, KY -- U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers will attend the closing ceremonies of Camp UNITE on Friday, July 26, 2013 on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Rogers helped launch the non-profit, anti-drug organization Operation UNITE that will host the 7th annual camp July 23-26 for students entering 7th-9th grades. More than 240 students from 25 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky are registered for this year's camp that focuses on drug-free leadership and adventure.

"Camp UNITE is a great opportunity for students from all walks of life to have fun and share their concerns for the drug problem in their homes, schools and communities. It's heartbreaking to think they are already so aware of the effects of drug abuse, but it gives Operation UNITE a chance to educate these middle school students and support them now," said Rogers. "Thanks to private sponsors, Camp UNITE has been free for every student for seven years. I applaud the staff of UNITE, but also all of the high school and college-age camp counselors who dedicate this week every summer to mentor these young campers."

UNITE decided to host the camp for middle school students after a survey of those receiving free UNITE treatment vouchers revealed the average age of first-time drug use was age eleven.

Campers will experience a variety of games and adventures during the 4-day, 3-night camp, including archery, golf, basketball, dance, drama, a talent show and a day at the Kentucky Splash Water Park in Wiliamsburg. Recovering drug addicts will share their testimonies and students will hear from motivational speakers.

"Many of the campers have been with us every year, and then continue to serve as camp counselors and volunteers as they grow up. It has really become a family atmosphere at Camp UNITE and these students continue to stay in contact with one another through-out the year, helping each other through challenging peer pressure issues at school and family-related drug problems at home," said Dan Smoot, President and CEO of Operation UNITE. "We have a lot of fun, with very little sleep, and at the end of the week most of the kids don't want to leave. That's how we know we're on the right track. We're so thankful to all of the organizations and businesses who make this amazing week possible every year."

The theme for 2013 Camp UNITE is "Be a Hero." Follow the week's activities on Facebook and Twitter with @RepHalRogers and @uniteky. For more information about Camp UNITE visit www.operationunite.org or call UNITE at 606-677-6179.

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This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul- July 19, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
JULY 19, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings.



Sen. Paul Issues a Statement on Gina McCarthy's Nomination to the EPA

This week, the Senate voted on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to serve as administrator to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

By nominating Gina McCarthy to serve at the helm of President Obama's overreaching EPA, our President has essentially promoted his lieutenant in the war on coal to be commanding general. The President's war on coal is a war on Kentucky jobs and I will fight him every step of the way.

Click HERE to read my statement in its entirety.

Sen. Paul Joins Colleagues in Support of Military Justice Improvement Act

On Tuesday, I joined Senators Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol to discuss the Military Justice Improvement Act, to combat sexual assault in the military. 

(Sen. Paul joined by Sens. Gillibrand, Grassley, Cruz, Boxer and Hirono at a press conference announcing support for the Military Justice Improvement Act- 7/16/2013)

Click HERE to hear my remarks.

Sen. Paul Questions Samantha Power at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

On Wednesday, I attended a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing in which I questioned Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

(Sen. Paul attends Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing- 7/17/2013)

To watch the hearing, click HERE.

Sen. Paul Meets With the Kentucky Corn Growers Association

Also on Wednesday, I met with representatives from the Kentucky Corn Growers Association to discuss the Farm Bill and other pieces of legislation that affect Kentucky farmers.

(Sen. Paul and Representatives of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association- 7/17/2013)

Sen. Paul Joins FreedomWorks in a Live Podcast and Receives the Freedom Fighter Award

On Wednesday, I joined FreedomWorks for a live podcast where I answered questions for active Facebook participants. While at FreedomWorks, I also received the Freedom Fighter Award for my legislative voting record.

(Sen. Paul receiving the Freedom Fighter Award from FreedomWorks- 7/17/2013)

Watch the recorded podcast HERE.

Sen. Paul Meets with the Central Kentucky Regional Public Policy Group

On Thursday, I met with 60 business and community leaders from central Kentucky to update them on key issues facing lawmakers in Washington. We also discussed ways to make our nation and Kentucky more business friendly.

(Sen. Paul speaking before the Central Kentucky Regional Public Policy Group- 7/18/2013)

Sen. Paul Attends the 20th Annual Eagle Forum Collegians Leadership Summit

I had the honor of speaking to 200 college students at the 20th Annual Eagle Forum here in Washington, D.C. This forum is held to educate students about timely issues, train them in how to become campus activists, and enable them to network with conservative students from other colleges.

(Sen. Paul speaking at the 20th Annual Eagle Forum Collegians Leadership Summit- 7/18/2013)

Sen. Paul and Judge Andrew Napolitano Host Intern Lecture Series

Every summer, I host an intern lecture series for students that work and intern in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, we were joined by speaker Judge Andrew Napolitano.

(Sen. Paul and Judge Andrew Napolitano at the Summer Intern Series- 7/18/2013)

Sen. Paul Meets with Retired Military Generals from Kentucky

Also on Thursday, I was honored to meet with Michael W. Davidson, Major General, U.S. Army (Retired) and Robert S. Silverthorn, Major General, U.S. Army (Retired) of Louisville, Jerry D. Humble, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) of Russellville, and  D. Allen Youngman, Major General, U.S. Army (Retired) of Alvaton to discuss a variety of challenges that the U.S. Armed Forces are facing.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto and Guest Host Eric Bolling. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including The Takeaway with John Hockenberry. I also penned op-eds in the Washington Times and Politico.

 

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This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul- July 25, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
July 26, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings.



Sen. Paul Speaks at Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention

On Monday, I had the honor of speaking at the 144th Annual Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Louisville, Ky. 

Click HERE to watch my speech.

Sen. Paul Issues Response to FBI Correspondence on Drones

This week, I issued a follow-up letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding his concern over the use of FBI surveillance drones on U.S. soil.
I initiated correspondence on June 20, with a letter to Director Robert Mueller that included questions regarding the FBI's governance policy on using drones on American soil.

After receiving no response from Director Mueller for weeks, on July 9, I sent a second letter to Director Mueller requesting immediate action to address my questions.

The director of legislative affairs at the FBI recently sent two responses, one classified and one unclassified, to answer my concerns. The content of the classified letter cannot be disclosed publicly, but a copy of the unclassified response can be found HERE.

All of the correspondence can be found HERE.

Sen. Paul Congratulates NCAA Men's Basketball Champions

On Tuesday, I joined Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in congratulating the University of Louisville Cardinals, the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions.  Kentucky is proud to be the home of two national titles in as many years.

(Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell with 2013 University of Louisville Men's Basketball Team- 7/23/2013)

Sen. Paul Meets with Transportation Representatives from Kentucky

On Wednesday, I met with several representatives from Kentucky to discuss transportation needs in the state. Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore, State Sen. Rocky Adkins and GoRail State Director Elizabeth Bolstad brought me up to speed on federal transportation issues regarding freight rail.

(Sen. Paul with Sen. Rocky Adkins, Elizabeth Bolstad and Gary Moore- 7/24/2013)

Sen. Paul Hosts Final Lecture of Summer Intern Lecture Series

Each summer, I host a lecture series for students interning in Washington, D.C. The series ended on Wednesday with a lecture from Peter Schiff. Throughout the summer, we were fortunate to host several speakers including Judge Andrew Napolitano. This intern series has been a joy to host and I look forward to planning events for next summer.

(Sen. Paul enjoying a lecture by Peter Schiff at his summer intern lecture series- 7/24/2013)

Sen. Paul Meets with the Christians United for Israel

Also on Wednesday, I had the opportunity to meet with Kentucky representatives from Christians United for Israel. We discussed foreign policy and America's strong alliance with Israel.

(Sen. Paul and representatives from Christians United for Israel - 7/24/2013)

Sen. Paul Meets with Future Farmers of America Members

On Thursday morning, I met with National Future Farmers of America representatives, Brian Chism, of Meade County, and Ruth Ann Myers, of Harrodsburg. We discussed technological advances and how the farming industry has changed, as well as other agricultural issues affecting the state of Kentucky.

(Brad Chism, Sen. Paul and Ruth Ann Myers- 7/25/2013)

Sen. Paul Meets with Kentucky students from Girls and Boys Nation

It was a pleasure to meet with Kentucky students from Girls Nation and Boys Nation on Thursday during their visit to Washington, D.C. We discussed the importance of civic involvement and leadership and the impact they have on their communities.

(Sen. Paul with Girls and Boys Nation Representatives- 7/25/2013)

Sen. Paul Introduces Amendments to Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Bill

Also on Thursday, I introduced a series of amendments to the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, S.1243. The amendments include redirecting current U.S. aid to Egypt to domestic infrastructure projects, repealing Davis-Bacon, establishing an Emergency Transportation Safety Fund, and other cost-saving initiatives.

It is no secret that our nation's roads and bridges are crumbling at an increasing rate, many of which are in critical stages of disrepair. Instead of sending taxpayer money to countries that are ineligible to receive our aid, like Egypt, we should be directing that money to these pressing domestic needs. There are ways to fix our infrastructure needs without increasing our national debt or raising taxes, and my amendments to the T-HUD bill do just that.

To read summaries on my amendments, click HERE.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Hannity. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including Joe Elliot of WGTK and Tony Cruise of WHAS. I also penned an Op-Ed's in the Courier Journal and Washington Times. 

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This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul - August 9, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
AUGUST 9, 2013

 

This week I have been participating in events across Kentucky, meeting with constituents and discussing issues affecting Kentuckians. Here is an update on my visits:

Dr. Paul Speaks to Rotary Club of Hopkinsville

On Tuesday, I spoke to the Rotary Club of Hopkinsville. I talked about government spending and waste and the need to focus on our problems here at home before we send millions of dollars overseas. I also said that I will continue to push for a change in the way the U.S. Census counts deployed service members. Legislation that I have introduced would allow deployed service members to be counted in the communities in which their permanent duty station or home is located on the date of the census.

Click HERE for an article from the Kentucky New Era on my visit to Hopkinsville.

(Sen. Paul speaks to the Rotary Club of Hopkinsville - Aug. 6, 2013)

Dr. Paul Meets with Christian County Agriculture Leaders

Also while in Hopkinsville, I met with Christian County agriculture leaders. We discussed legislation and regulations affecting the local farm economy.

(Dr. Paul meets with Christian County agriculture leaders - Aug. 6, 2013)

Dr. Paul Visits Leitchfield

I visited Leitchfield on Tuesday as well, stopping by McDonald's restaurant for a meet-and-greet with Grayson County constituents.

(Dr. Paul visits with Abigail at meet and greet event in Leitchfield - Aug. 6, 2013)

Dr. Paul Speaks to Central Kentucky Tea Party Patriots

I capped off my day on Tuesday with a speech and Q&A with the Central Kentucky Tea Party Patriots group in Elizabethtown. More than 300 people turned out for the event, which was held at Elizabethtown Christian Academy. I spoke about our efforts in the U.S. Senate to defund Obamacare, as well as the debate over NSA surveillance and request for information from the FBI on the use of drones over U.S. soil.

Click HERE for a story from The News-Enterprise about the speech and Q&A.

(Dr. Paul speaks to the Central Kentucky Tea Party Patriots - Aug. 6, 2013)

Dr. Paul Attends Meeting of Joint Executive Committee of Veteran Organizations

On Wednesday, I attended and spoke at a meeting of the Joint Executive Committee of Veteran Organizations, which is made up of leaders of the service organizations from all over Kentucky. I discussed cutting off foreign aid to countries that burn our flag and reining in spending so that we can provide more benefits for our veterans. I also spoke about my family's involvement with HelpingAHero.Org, an organization that assists wounded veterans.

It is an honor to partner with veterans organizations around the Commonwealth to assist our veterans with their needs.

(Dr. Paul speaks at a meeting of the Joint Executive Committee of Veteran Organizations - Aug. 7, 2013)

Visit to SEKRI Industries in Corbin

I visited SEKRI Industries in Corbin on Thursday. SEKRI is a manufacturing company with multiple locations in Kentucky. They make apparel that is used by the U.S. military. Federal Prison Industries, which is a wholly-owned government enterprise, has targeted the contracts of private businesses, like SEKRI. I have sought to change that and offered an amendment in the U.S. Senate that would help to restore the balance between small businesses and FPI.

(Dr. Paul visits SEKRI Industries in Corbin - Aug. 8, 2013)

Dr. Paul Speaks to Corbin Rotary Club

Also on Thursday I spoke to the Corbin Rotary Club at David's Steak House & Buffet.

(Sen. Paul speaks to the Corbin Rotary Club - Aug. 8, 2013)

Events in Pineville, Middlesboro and Harlan

I also visited Pineville, Middlesboro and Harlan on Thursday.

(Sen. Paul attends a Meet and Greet event in Pineville - Aug. 8, 2013)

(Sen. Paul participates in a business/community roundtable event in Middlesboro - Aug. 8, 2013)

(Sen. Paul speaks at a community forum in Harlan - Aug. 8, 2013)
Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on WHAS with Mandy Connell, WQXQ Breakfast Brunch with Brian Jackson, WYMT, and several national radio shows.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

If you are a Kentucky resident and need assistance with a federal agency or concern, feel free to contact the Bowling Green office (270-782-8303) to have a discussion with the right staff member.

Here is one example of feedback from a constituent who received assistance from my staff:

"I would just like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your assistance. I contacted your office a few months ago concerning a delay in getting my disability rating from the VA. Within two weeks I received a letter acknowledging my request. Approximately 30 days later I received a phone call from your office asking for additional information. A few days later she called back and said they had spoken with the VA and I should hear something in the next 30 days. Approximately four weeks later I received the VA disability rating I had been waiting over a year for. Thanks again for your intervention and best of luck in the future as you aggressively represent your constituents!!"

Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE and my Google+ page HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - August 16, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
AUGUST 16, 2013

 

During August, I have been participating in events across Kentucky, meeting with constituents and discussing issues affecting Kentuckians. Here is an update on my visits:

Dr. Paul Participates in Town Hall Meeting in Hyden

Last Friday, I participated in a town hall meeting in Hyden. I spoke and answered questions about jobs and the economy, President Obama's health care law and the administration's self-described War on Coal.

Dr. Paul Speaks to Manchester-Clay County Chamber of Commerce

Also on Friday, I spoke to the Manchester-Clay County Chamber of Commerce. Clay County leaders presented me with a sample of Kentucky coal and an antique "Justrite" miner's carbide lamp, which I'll display in my office as a reminder to guests: coal does keep the lights on.

(Dr. Paul presented with the Coal Mining Memorabilia at the Manchester-Clay County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon - Aug. 9, 2013)

Dr. Paul Speaks to The Louisville Forum

On Wednesday of this week, I spoke to The Louisville Forum. I talked about the upcoming debate in Congress over funding the federal government, as well as other topics like immigration reform.

Click HERE for an article from the Louisville Courier-Journal about my speech and video of my remarks.

(Dr. Paul speaks to The Louisville Forum - Aug. 14, 2013)

Dr. Paul Speaks to the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday, I visited Madisonville and spoke to the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce.

Click HERE for an article on my speech from the Madisonville Messenger (subscription required).

(Dr. Paul speaks to Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce - Aug. 15, 2013)

Dr. Paul Participates in Meet and Greet in Greenville

Also on Thursday, I attended a meet and greet event at McDonald's restaurant in Greenville.

(Dr. Paul and Veteran Wesdie Webb at the meet and greet event in Greenville - Aug. 15, 2013)

Dr. Paul Participates Speaks to Students at Bowling Green High School

On Friday, I spoke to students in the senior class at Bowling Green High School. The students are part of a program called Senior Seminar. I was invited by teacher, Ron Skillern, who teaches AP U.S. History (Ron teaches my middle son, Duncan).

(Dr. Paul speaks to students at Bowling Green High School - Aug. 16, 2013)

Dr. Paul's Statement on Obama Administration Refusal to End Foreign Aid to Egypt

While President Obama 'condemns the violence in Egypt', his Administration continues to send billions of taxpayer dollars to help pay for it. The law is very clear when a coup d'état takes place, foreign aid must stop, regardless of the circumstances.

With more than 500 dead and thousands more injured this week alone, chaos only continues to grow in Egypt. So Mr. President, stop skirting the issue, follow the law, and cancel all foreign aid to Egypt.

On July 31, 2013, the Senate voted on my amendment, which would have stopped military foreign assistance to Egypt by enforcing current law that the Obama Administration is violating, which prohibits the United States from providing foreign assistance to nations that experience a military coups d'état. That money would have been redirected to the "Bridges in Critical Corridors" fund in S.1243. My amendment, however, was tabled. Click HERE to read my statement in its entirety.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Fox New's Hannity and America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer, CBS This Morning, and CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including Pastor Gary Hall of WSOF, Terry Meiners of WHAS, and Wendell Miller of WKYA . I also penned an Op-Ed's in the U.S. News and World Report, National Review, and Washington Times.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - August 23, 2013
 

RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
AUGUST 23, 2013

 

During August, I have been participating in events across Kentucky, meeting with constituents and discussing issues affecting Kentuckians. Here is an update on my visits:

Dr. Paul and Rep. Yarmuth Host Golf Tournament Benefiting Helping A Hero

On Monday, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) joined me in hosting a golf tournament in Louisville that benefited Helping a Hero, an organization that builds specially adapted homes for severely wounded veterans. Several veterans played in the tournament, which was called the "Odd Couple Challenge" and held at Valhalla Golf Club. I'd like to thank the Louisville community and the many businesses and individuals who helped to make this event a great success.

Helping a Hero has built two homes in Kentucky for wounded veterans and their families:

Sgt. J.D. Williams was on his second tour of Afghanistan on Oct. 9, 2010, when he stepped on an IED. The injury left him a triple amputee; he lost both legs and an arm. Helping a Hero joined with local builders Bennie Jones and Larkin Ritter to build J.D., his wife Ashlee and their daughter Kaelyn a new home just outside of Bowling Green, Ky.
Cpl. Matt Bradford was on his second tour of Iraq on Jan. 18, 2007, when he stepped on an IED. The injury left him a double amputee and completely blind. Helping a Hero teamed with local builders Peterson Homes to build Matt, his wife Amanda, and their three children a new home in Nicholasville, Ky.

My wife, Kelley, serves on the advisory board of Helping a Hero. More information on Helping a Hero can be found at HelpingAHero.org.

(Dr. Paul and Sgt. Josh Yarbrough at Helping a Hero Golf Tournament - Aug. 19, 2013)

(Dr. Paul and Rep. John Yarmuth at the Helping a Hero Golf Tournament - Aug. 19, 2013)

Dr. Paul and Sen. McConnell Speak to Staff at TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green

On Tuesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell and I visited TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green to speak with their leadership team and staff. We discussed the negative impact of the president's health care law, as well as other health care issues.

Click HERE for a story from the Bowling Green Daily News on our visit to the hospital and other events that day.

(Dr. Paul speaks at TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital - Aug. 20, 2013)

Speech to the Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce

Also on Tuesday, Sen. McConnell and I spoke to the Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce located at the Center for Courageous Kids. Thank you to the local chamber President Richie Sanders and the Center for Courageous Kids for putting this meeting together. Click HERE to read more about the Center for Courageous Kids Camp.

Click HERE for the online edition of the Citizen-Times, which reported on our visit.

(Dr. Paul speaks to the  Scottsville-Allen County Chamber of Commerce at the Center for Courageous Kid - Aug. 20, 2013)

Visit to Felker Brothers in Glasgow

On Tuesday we also visited Felker Brothers, a manufacturing company in Glasgow.

Click HERE for pictures and coverage of our visit in the Glasgow Daily Times.

(Dr. Paul visits with the employees at Felker Brothers in Glasgow - Aug. 20, 2013)

Dr. Paul and Sen. McConnell Speak to Hart County Chamber of Commerce and Hart County Industrial Authority

The final stop on Tuesday was in Munfordville, where Sen. McConnell and I spoke to the Hart County Chamber of Commerce and Hart County Industrial Authority.

(Dr. Paul speaks to the Hart County Chamber of Commerce and Hart County Industrial Authority - Aug. 20, 2013)

Speech to Rotary Club of Paducah

On Wednesday, I spoke to the Rotary Club of Paducah. I talked about the national debt and Washington's out-of-control spending.

Click HERE for a story from the Paducah Sun about my speech.

(Dr. Paul speaks to small business owners at the Rotary Club of Paducah - Aug. 21, 2013)

Dr. Paul Performs Pro-Bono Eye Surgeries in Paducah

While in Paducah this week, I performed four pro-bono eye surgeries. I teamed-up with friend and collegue Dr. Barbara Bowers for the cataract procedures, which were done at Paducah Pain Management and Ambulatory Surgery Center. Click HERE for a story in Townhall regarding the eye surgeries.

Click HERE for pictures of the eye surgeries from National Review.

(Dr. Paul performs pro-bono eye surgeries in Paducah - Aug. 21, 2013)

(Dr. Paul and Dr. Barbara Bowers teamed up to perform pro bono eye surgeries in Paducah - Aug. 21. 2013)

Dr. Paul Speaks at 50th Annual Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast

On Thursday, I spoke in front of 1600 fellow Kentuckians at the 50th Annual Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast at the State Fair in Louisville. I talked about the need to stop the president's health care law and ending aid to Egypt, among other topics.

Click HERE for video of my speech from the Louisville Courier-Journal.

(Dr. Paul speaks to the 50th Annual Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast - Aug. 22, 2013)

Dr. Paul Participates in Round Table Discussion on Charter Schools in Louisville

Also on Thursday, I joined parents, students and community leaders for a round table discussion on charter schools.

Click HERE for a story in the Huffington Post on my interest in charter schools.

(Dr. Paul participates in round table discussion on charter schools - Aug. 22, 2013)

Dr. Paul Speaks to Faculty and Students at University of Louisville Medical School

(Dr. Paul speaks to faculty and students at University of Louisville Medical School - Aug. 22, 2013)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox News Sunday with John Roberts. I also spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including Jerry Stephenson of WLLV. I also penned an op-ed in the Washington Times.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

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Warm Regards,

 

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Senator Rand Paul Hosts Service Academy Fair on August 29, 2013
UNITED STATES SENATOR RAND PAUL & UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN BRETT GUTHRIE



invite interested high school students to attend the 2013 U.S. Service Academy Information Fair on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Bowling Green, Ky.





Featuring representatives from all five service academies:



~ U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY ~ U.S. COAST GUARD ACADEMY ~

~ U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY ~ U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY ~

~ U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY ~

 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

5:30 p.m. CST - Registration       6:00 p.m. CST - Event Begins

Carroll Knicely Conference Center

2355 Nashville Road

Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101

RSVP at (270) 782-8303

For additional information, please contact:

The office of Senator Rand Paul (270) 782-8303
This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on August 30, 2013.
This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - August 30, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
AUGUST 30, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of the happenings this week:

Dr. Paul Speaks Out on Situation in Syria

On Wednesday, I issued a statement regarding reports of potential military action by the Obama administration in Syria:

"The United States should condemn the use of chemical weapons. We should ascertain who used the weapons and we should have an open debate in Congress over whether the situation warrants U.S. involvement. The Constitution grants the power to declare war to Congress not the President."

"The war in Syria has no clear national security connection to the United States and victory by either side will not necessarily bring in to power people friendly to the United States."

I expanded on the situation in Syria in an op-ed I wrote for CNN.com. Click HERE to read the op-ed.

This Sunday morning, I am appearing on NBC's Meet the Press to discuss Syria and other issues. Be sure to tune in - click HERE to find out when Meet the Press airs in your area.

Dr. Paul Speaks to Greensburg Rotary Club

On Wednesday, I spoke to the Greensburg Rotary Club. Members of the Rotary Club of Campbellsville and Columbia-Adair County Rotary Club were also on-hand. I spoke about government spending, the economy and the president's health care law, as well as foreign policy issues including the situation in Syria.

(Dr. Paul speaks to the Greensburg Rotary Club at Longhunters Coffee and Tea Company - Aug. 28, 2013)

Dr. Paul Participates in Round Table Discussion with Christian Leaders in Campbellsville

Also on Wednesday, I participated in a round table discussion with local area Christian leaders at Campbellsville University.

Click HERE for an article from the Central Kentucky News Journal about my visit.

(Dr. Paul speaking with Jordan, a Campbellsville student, prior to the round table discussion with local area Christian leaders - Aug. 28, 2013)

Dr. Paul Participates in Business/Community Roundtable Discussion at Lindsey Wilson College

I also visited Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia on Wednesday for a business/community roundtable discussion.

(Dr. Paul joined by the College Republicans from Lindsey Wilson College - Aug. 28, 2013)

Dr. Paul Visits Russell Springs for Meet-and-Greet Event

I also stopped in Russell Springs on Wednesday for a meet and greet event at The Cove Steakhouse and Grill.

(Dr. Paul attends a meet and greet event at The Cove Steakhouse and Grill in Russell Springs - Aug. 28, 2013)

Dr. Paul and Rep. Guthrie Host U.S. Service Academy Information Fair

On Thursday, Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) and I hosted a U.S. Service Academy Information Fair at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green.  

The fair provided information to high school students and parents regarding the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine, U.S. Military and U.S. Naval academies, as well as the nomination process. Representatives from all five academies were on hand.

If you weren't able to attend the fair, but would like more information on the academy nominating process, please contact my Main State Office in Bowling Green at (270) 782-8303 or visit the "Academy Nominations" section of my website at http://www.paul.senate.gov/?p=academy_nominations where you can download an application and find other important information.

(Dr. Paul speaks at the U.S. Service Academy Fair in Bowling Green - Aug. 29, 2013)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on WLAP with Tom Dupree, Fox New with Sean Hannity, Fox and Friends with Tucker Carlson and several other national radio programs.  In addition to my op-ed on Syria for CNN.com, I also penned an op-ed for the Washington Times.

Have An Issue Or Concern?

If you are a Kentucky resident and need assistance with a federal agency or concern, feel free to contact my Main State Office in Bowling Green at (270) 782-8303 to have a discussion with the right staff member.

Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

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Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on September 06, 2013.
This Week in News for Sen. Rand Paul- September 6, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
SEPTEMBER 6, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings.

Dr. Paul's Statement on U.S. Military Intervention in Syria

We are told there is no military solution in Syria, yet we are embarking on a military solution. The President has failed to demonstrate a compelling American national interest in the Syrian civil war.

To be sure, there is a tragedy of a horrific nature in Syria, but I am unconvinced that a limited Syrian bombing campaign will achieve its intended goals. I frankly think that bombing Syria increases the likelihood of additional gas attacks, may increase attacks on Israel and turkey, may increase civilian deaths, may increase instability in the Middle East and may draw Russia and Iran further into this civil war. By pre-announcing a limited attack, we pre-announce limited effect.

Our brave young soldiers should not be asked to risk their lives and limbs in a civil war with no certain ally. On the one hand, we have a tyrant who gassed his own people. On the other hand, we have radical Islamists and al-Qaida. When no compelling American interests exist, we should not intervene. No compelling interests exist in Syria.

Click HERE to read my entire statement.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Holds a Hearing to Discuss Syria

On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing to discuss the possibility of U.S. intervention in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared before the committee with the intent of coaxing any hesitations the Committee members might have regarding the authorization of military force.  Secretary Kerry did not convince me that the civil war in Syria created an imminent or actual threat to the United States.

Click HERE to watch my discourse with Secretary Kerry.

On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a committee business meeting to address the potential authorization of use of military force in Syria. In that meeting, committee members voted on several amendments to a bill that will later move to the Senate Floor for full consideration.

During that meeting, I offered an amendment which states: 

It is the sense of the Senate that the President does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

I offered this amendment because it should be made explicit that the Constitution invested the power to go to war in Congress. Since the Administration refuses to say it will abide by this vote, win or lose, Congress needs to send a clear message

The committee voted down my amendment 14-4.

Dr. Paul Supports Efforts to Move Forward with Production of Industrial Hemp

I support Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in his efforts to move forward with the production of industrial hemp in the Commonwealth. This fight has always been about jobs and providing another opportunity for Kentucky's farmers, and I expect the Obama Administration to treat all states equally in this process. I will continue to fight at the federal level to enact legislation to secure this new industry for Kentucky.

Click HERE to read more.
Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on NBC's Meet the Press, CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett, and Fox New's Hannity and Fox and Friends. I spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky. I also penned Opinion Editorials for TIME, Policy Mic, and the Washington Times.   

Have An Issue Or Concern?

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

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Warm Regards,

 

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This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul- September 13, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings.



Dr. Rand Paul Issues Dear Colleague Letter Opposing Syrian Intervention

On Monday, I issued a letter to my colleagues in both the House of Representatives and the Senate urging them to vote against U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war. 

Click HERE to read the letter.

Dr. Rand Paul Delivers Response to President Obama's Speech on Military Action in Syria

On Tuesday evening, I delivered a response to President Obama's address on the conflict in Syria. I see Congress' vote on whether or not to go to war in very personal terms. I will not vote to send my son, your son, or anyone's daughter to war unless a compelling American interest is present. President Obama's speech left me unconvinced that we have a compelling interest in the Syrian civil war.

Click HERE to read and watch my response.

Dr. Rand Paul Speaks to the American Optometric Association

On Tuesday morning, I had the opportunity to speak before optometrists, optometry students, and members of the American Optometric Association at their annual congressional advocacy conference in Washington, D.C.   

(Dr. Rand Paul and Kentucky members of the American Optometric Association- September 10, 2013)

(Dr. Rand Paul addressing the American Optometric Association at their Congressional Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.- September 10, 2013)

Dr. Rand Paul Meets with the American Association of Christian Schools

Also on Tuesday, I spoke at the American Association of Christian Schools Congressional Briefing.  Educational and religious leaders from across the country came to D.C. to discuss the preservation of religious values in our nation's school systems.

(Dr. Rand Paul addressing the American Association of Christian Schools- September 10, 2013)

(Dr. Rand Paul joined by Courtney Holloway of the American Association of Christian Schools- September 10, 2013)

Dr. Rand Paul Speaks at the Defund Obamacare Rally

On Tuesday afternoon, I joined thousands of concerned Americans on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at a Defund Obamacare Rally. Obamacare is wrong for Americans and it will destroy our health care system. We must fight every hour, every day to repeal it.

(Dr. Rand Paul speaking at the Defund Obamacare Rally held by the Tea Party Patriots- September 10, 2013)

Dr. Rand Paul Meets with the Paducah Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday, I met with the Paducah Chamber of Commerce to discuss various pieces of legislation that directly affect the western part of Kentucky.

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Fox and Friends with Chris Wallace, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Special Report with Bret Baier, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Hannity, and CNN's Crossfire with Newt Gingrich, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and Fox Business' Lou Dobbs Tonight, and Christian Broadcasting Network's The Brody File. I spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including Brian Jackson of WQXQ and Matt Walsh of WLAP. I also penned Op-Ed's in the Times of London, U.S. News and World Report,  Washington Times and TIME.

 

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on September 20, 2013.
This Week in News For Senator Rand Paul - September 20, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings.

Dr. Paul Participates in West Louisville Community Conversation

On Monday, I met with community leaders and citizens at the Plymouth Community Renewal Center to discuss the challenges facing families in the West Louisville community.

One of the issues I heard the most about during this and previous visits is the impact of mandatory minimum sentences in our criminal justice system. We are working at the local, state and federal level to find solutions to these problems. This is not a partisan issue - it is about helping people get their lives back on track, enabling them to provide for their families, and breaking the cycle of violence and poverty.

In an effort to change the current situation in the West End, my office will continue to be active in the community and committed to addressing problems. 

(Dr. Paul with Markham French of the Plymouth Community Renewal Center, left, and Shawn Gardner of 2not1 Fatherhood and Families, right - Sept. 16, 2013)

Dr. Paul Responds to Eastern Kentucky Coal Mine Closures

On Monday, James River Coal Company announced that it was shutting down coal production at operations in Floyd, Harlan, Laurel, Leslie and Pike Counties and were laying off 525 coal miners.

President Obama and his Administration have declared a war on coal, and thus declared a war on Kentucky jobs and our economy. In the past few years, thousands of Kentucky coal miners have lost their jobs at the hands of an overzealous EPA. Now, another 525 Kentucky families are facing the same devastating news.

Kentuckians are deeply frustrated and they have a right to be. Coal miners are worried about providing for their families, while all families are worried about a future devoid of abundant, affordable and reliable energy. I will continue to fight for Kentucky's coal industry and for the jobs and livelihoods it provides. If President Obama attempts ‎to kill coal jobs with new regulations, I will organize resistance in the Senate through the Congressional Review Act to stop him.

Click HERE to read my statement in its entirety.

Sen. Paul Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

On Wednesday, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "Reevaluating the Effectiveness of Mandatory Minimum Sentences."

I have joined Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in introducing the Justice Safety Valve Act, a bipartisan effort to improve justice in our nation's court rooms. The legislation amends current law to provide "authority to impose a sentence below a statutory mandatory minimum" if certain requirements are met.

This bill calls to end mandatory sentences for non-violent crimes, and a returns power to judges by allowing them to use their discretion and judgment in sentences for minor drug crimes. Mandatory minimum sentencing has done little to address the very real problem of drug abuse, while also doing great damage by destroying so many lives.

Each case should be judged on its own merits, yet mandatory minimums prevent this from happening. I spoke more about the injustice of mandatory minimum sentencing during Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Click HERE for the video and transcript of my testimony and HERE for an opinion editorial I penned for the Washington Times.

(Sen. Paul speaks with Sen. Leahy before the Senate Judiciary Hearing - Sept. 18, 2013)

Dr. Paul Meets with Members of the International Franchise Association

On Tuesday of this week, I met with Kentucky representatives from the International Franchise Association. We discussed a variety of legislative issues that affect their franchises, specifically the implementation of Obamacare.

(Dr. Paul meets with International Franchise Constituents - Sept. 17, 2013)

Dr. Paul Meets with National Military Youth of the Year

For more than 21 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has partnered with the Armed Services to support children of military families. This partnership has grown over the years and today, 393 military installations serve more than 468,000 military youth throughout the United States and in 15 countries abroad. For the first time this year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is recognizing a National Military Youth of the Year winner.

On Tuesday, I had the honor of meeting RaShaan Allen, the young man who was named Military Youth of the Year.  RaShaan is currently a freshman at Western Kentucky University with plans to major in political science. This special recognition is aligned with BGCA's National Youth of the Year program and provides yet another opportunity for Boys & Girls Clubs of America to recognize outstanding youth.

(Dr. Paul with RaShaan Allen, Military Youth of the Year - Sept. 17, 2013)

Dr. Paul Meets with Kentucky Credit Union League Members

On Wednesday afternoon, I met with members of the Kentucky Credit Union League. We talked about regulations and tax issues that affect their businesses.

(Dr. Paul meets with members of the Kentucky Credit Union League - Sept. 17, 2013)

Dr. Paul Speaks on "Freedom, Security and America's Role in the World"

Wednesday evening, I spoke at a foreign affairs forum hosted by National Review Online and the Charles Koch Institute.  The debate focused on America's role in the world and I specifically addressed my opposition to U.S. intervention in Syria.

Click HERE to watch my speech.

(Dr. Rand Paul at the "Freedom, Security, and America's Role in the World" event - Sept. 18, 2013)

(Dr. Paul with Peter Van Buren, Chris Coyve, Jonathan Tepperman, KT McFarland and Rich Lowry - Sept. 18, 2013)

Dr. Rand Paul Meets with Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association Members

On Thursday afternoon, I met with Kentucky representatives from the Automobile Dealers Association about a variety of regulations that affect the automobile industry.

(Dr. Paul meets with members of the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association - Sept. 19, 2013)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Hannity. I spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including Lee Burke of East Kentucky Broadcasting, Bill Cunningham of 700 WLW, Brian Thomas of 55KRC, Lee Cruise of WLVK, Leland Conway of WHAS, Greg Dunker of WKYX, and Darrell Duvall and Al Arbogast of WKCT. I also penned Op-Ed's in TIME Magazine and the Washington Times. 

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

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Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on September 29, 2013.
This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul- September 27, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 
SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Rand Paul Joins Fellow Republicans In Fight to Defund Obamacare

This week, in an effort led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), some of my Republican colleagues and I took to the Senate Floor with the intent of making D.C. listen. With the threat of a government shutdown looming, Congress is faced with two options: shut down the government or work together to amend the Continuing Resolution and Obamacare in order to keep the government open. I am opposed to Obamacare and I will not vote for a Continuing Resolution that funds this bad bill as is.

Starting Oct. 1, Americans, whether they want it or not, will be compelled to purchase a government mandated product - health insurance - or pay a tax. Meanwhile, the same elected officials who implemented this mandate have the option of exempting themselves from it.  That is to say, these officials are forcing you to partake in something that they themselves are refusing.

All week, I have been asking, "If Obamacare is so great, why then are federal employees and elected officials getting special treatment and opting out?"

Earlier this week, I joined Sen. Ted Cruz on the Senate Floor to discuss this issue at length.

Click HERE to watch my first floor speech alongside Sen. Cruz.

The next morning, I joined Sen. Cruz again to explain how this partisan legislation will ruin our country's healthcare system.

Click HERE to watch as I argue against Obamacare on the Senate Floor.

I also joined Sen. Mitch McConnell for a colloquy on the Senate Floor to discuss how Obamacare will negatively impact Kentucky.

Click HERE to watch the colloquy.

On Friday afternoon, the Senate proceeded to vote on a Continuing Resolution that included the funding of Obamacare. I voted against this resolution, however the vote passed the Senate 54-44.

Dr. Rand Paul Participates in Bipartisan Surveillance Reform Legislation

On Wednesday, I joined Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to discuss reforming domestic surveillance laws and the secret surveillance court. I support reforms on the way to a full restoration of our Founders' idea embodied in the Fourth Amendment.

(Dr. Rand Paul with Sens. Wyden, Udall and Blumenthal- September 25, 2013)

Dr. Rand Paul Responds to Kentucky Attorney General's Letter on Industrial Hemp

On Wednesday, I responded to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's advisory letter on industrial hemp and continued to support Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's efforts on this issue.

Kentucky law provides for the production of industrial hemp in the Commonwealth and we are ready to move forward. The Obama Administration has weighed in on laws in other states and I would expect for Kentucky to be treated equally in this process. I support Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's efforts and I will continue to do all I can to secure this new industry for Kentucky.

Dr. Rand Paul Joins Kentucky Delegation to Fight Against the War on Coal

On Thursday, I joined Sen. Mitch McConnell and Reps. Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie, Thomas Massie, Andy Barr and Hal Rodgers at a press conference to discuss the economic ramifications of the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas standards for new power plants.

Regulations like these are just another example of "regulation by ambush" on multiple fronts. Whether it is retro active denial of permits, over-the-top environmental requirements or the onerous regulations on coal-fired power plants, the policies of this administration are threatening the very way of life in Kentucky.

As President Obama attempts ‎to kill coal jobs, I will organize resistance through the Congressional Review Act, introduce legislation to clarify and repeal regulations, and utilize the procedural opportunities available to me in the Senate. I will continue to stand up for Kentucky's coal industry and for the jobs and livelihoods it provides.

(Dr. Rand Paul speaking at the War on Coal Press Conference- September 26, 2013)

Dr. Rand Paul Meets with American Farm Bureau Federation

This week, I met with Adam Hinton, the Kentucky delegate from the American Farm Bureau Federation. We discussed the Farm Bill and other pieces of legislation that directly affect the agriculture community.

(Dr. Rand Paul with Adam Hinton- September 25, 2013)

Dr. Rand Paul Meets with the Conservative 50 Plus Alliance

This week, I met with representatives from the Conservative 50 Plus Alliance, a grassroots organization obtaining petitions from Americans that wish to delay, dismantle and defund Obamacare. The Conservative 50 Plus Alliance has received over 68,000 signed petitions. 

The American people do not approve of the Obamacare mandate and the best way to let you representatives know how you feel is by signing petitions, making calls and attending town hall meetings.

(Dr. Rand Paul and John Skakel of Conservative 50 Plus Alliance- September 25, 2013)

Dr. Rand Paul Speaks with the Concerned Women for America

Also this week, I had the opportunity to speak with the Concerned Women for America at their annual Lobby Day. We discussed some of their concerns, such as the looming debt crisis and the implementation of Obamacare.

(Dr. Rand Paul speaking to the Concerned Women for America- September 25, 2013)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Fox and Friends, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Hannity, and CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. I spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including Tom Roten of WVHU. I also penned op-eds in the Louisville Courier Journal and the Washington Times. 

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

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Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on October 18, 2013.
This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul- October 18, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 

OCTOBER 18, 2013

 

Please allow me to update you on some of this week's happenings in Washington, D.C., and Kentucky.

Dr. Paul Response to Senate Debt Deal

On Wednesday evening, the Senate voted on H.R. 2775, as amended, to suspend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, 2014, and fund the government thru Jan. 15, 2014.

The fact that a deal was struck to re-open the government and avoid the debt ceiling deadline is a good thing. However, our country faces a problem bigger than any deadline: a $17 trillion debt. I am disappointed that Democrats would not compromise to avoid the looming debt debacle.

I wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times that addresses this issue. Click HERE to read the op-ed. 

Offices in Washington and Kentucky Reopen Following Government Shutdown

My Washington, D.C., office, as well as my state offices reopened on Thursday and my staff is working to ensure correspondence received at these offices during the shutdown is processed and responded to in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience, and as always, if you need the assistance of my staff, please contact the main office in Bowling Green: 270-782-8303.

Dr. Paul Participates in Health Care Forum in Owensboro

On Thursday, I participated in a health care forum at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. I discussed the impact that Obamacare will have on our nation's budget, as well as how it will impact Kentuckians.

(Dr. Paul speaking at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital- October 17, 2013)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I spoke with several radio stations in Kentucky including WHAS with Leland Conway, WLAP with Matt Walsh, WHAS with Terry Meiners, WVHU with Tom Roten, WGTK with Joe Elliot, WKTC with Darrell and Al, WKDZ with Alan and Allen, Mornings on Main with Don Manley and WLLV with Jerry Stephenson. I also penned an opinion editorial for the Washington Times. 

Have an Issue or Concern?

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE, my Google+ page HERE and my Instagram account HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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This letter was a reply from the office of Rand Paul on October 25, 2013.
This Week in News for Senator Rand Paul- October 25, 2013
RAND'S NEWSLETTER UPDATE
 

OCTOBER 25, 2013

 

This week I have been participating in events across Kentucky. Here is an update on my visits:

Dr. Paul Visits Western Kentucky

On Monday, I made stops in Eddyville, Grand Rivers, Draffenville, Murray and Cadiz.

I began the day speaking with students at the Lyon County High School.

(Dr. Paul speaking to students at the Lyon County High School - October 21, 2013)

In Grand Rivers, I met with fellow Kentuckians at Docker's Bayside Grille.

(Dr. Paul meeting with Kentuckians in Grand Rivers, Ky. - October 21, 2013) 

In Draffenville, I met and had a discussion with the Marshall County Rotary Club at Majestic Pizza and Steak House. Click HERE for an article about my visit from the Marshall County Tribune-Courier.

(Dr. Paul at the Marshall County Rotary Club in Benton, Ky. - October 21, 2013)

I visited Martha's Restaurant in Murray, where I met with fellow Kentuckians. Click HERE for an article about my visit from the Murray Ledger & Times. I finished my day sitting down and listening to the concerns at a Coffee Meet and Greet in Cadiz located at the Cadiz Family Restaurant.

(Dr. Paul at the Coffee Meet and Great in Cadiz, Ky. - October 21, 2013)

Dr. Paul Participates in Events Across the Bluegrass Region 

On Wednesday, I participated in community events in Bardstown, Nicholasville, Winchester, and Mount Sterling. At each stop, I talked with people who expressed concern about how Obamacare and the national debt will hurt both the nation's economic health and their own pocketbooks.  I heard from many constituents who urged me to continue fighting for limited government, lower taxes and more reasonable regulations. 

I began my day on Wednesday stopping at Just Baked in Bardstown. 

(Dr. Paul with Chelsea Ryan, owner of Just Baked, and Ryan's father in Bardstown, Ky. - Oct. 23, 2013)

Later in the day, I was in Nicholasville and met with families and students at Frisch's Big Boy Restaurant.

(Dr. Paul at Frisch's Big Boy Restaurant in Nicholasville, Ky. - Oct. 23, 2013)

In Winchester, I stopped at Cairn Coffee House in Winchester and enjoyed meeting with Kentuckians.

(Dr. Paul at Cairn Coffee House in Winchester, Ky. - Oct. 23, 2013)

In Mt. Sterling, I met with and heard the concerns from fellow Kentuckians at Jerry's Restaurant. 

(Dr. Paul with the owners of Jerry's Restaurant in Mt. Sterling, Ky. - Oct. 23, 2013) 

For my last stop on Wednesday, I visited Moreheand to meet with community leaders and elected officials from Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan Counties.  

(Dr. Paul participates in the Gateway Area Development District meeting in Morehead, Ky. - Oct. 23, 2013) 

Dr. Paul Visits Eastern Kentucky

On Thursday, I attended community events in Grayson, Ashland, Louisa, Paintsville, and Salyersville. 

At each stop, I discussed a new bill I plan to introduce to create Economic Freedom Zones, both in Kentucky and throughout the United States. Click HERE for a story from WYMT about the legislation.

During my visits, I also discussed the bill I filed last week, S.J. Res. 25, which is a constitutional amendment that would hold government officials to the same standard as the American people. The amendment states, "Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress." My proposed amendment also contains two provisions that apply the same principle to the Executive Branch and Judicial Branch of the federal government. Click HERE to read more about the constitutional amendment I introduced.

In Grayson and Ashland, I was joined by Rep. Thomas Massie. We visited Estep's Family Restaurant and met with Ashland Alliance at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center.

(Dr. Paul with law enforcement officials in Grayson, Ky. - Oct. 24, 2013) 

(Dr. Paul and Rep. Massie speaking with the Ashland Alliance in Ashland, Ky. - Oct. 24, 2013)

In Louisa, I took questions and heard concerns from the Louisa Rotary Club at First Baptist Church.  

(Dr. Paul at the Louisa Rotary Club in Louisa, Ky. - Oct. 24, 2013)

In Paintsville, I had a discussion with local families at Frank's Fountain and Grill. 

(Dr. Paul at Frank's Fountain and Grill in Paintsville, Ky. - Oct. 24, 2013)

My last stop was in Salyersville, where I met with fellow Kentuckians at Dairy Queen.

(Dr. Paul met with fellow Kentuckians in Salyersville, Ky. - Oct. 24, 2013)

Media Wrap-Up

This past week, I appeared on Fox's Hannity. I spoke with several radio stations across the country, as well as stations in Kentucky including Tony Cruise of WHAS, Albert Stratton of WBRT, Don Neagle of WRUS, Lee Burke of East Kentucky Broadcasting, and Bill Cunningham of WLW. I also penned an op-ed in the Washington Times. 

Have an Issue or Concern?

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Stay in Touch with Sen. Paul's Social Media

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE, my Google+ page HERE and my Instagram account HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.

Warm Regards,

 

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