first meeting of the US House/Senate Conference Committee on the 2018 Farm Bill will take place tomorrow…

The long-awaited first meeting of the US House/Senate Conference Committee on the 2018 Farm Bill will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, September 5, at 9:30 AM.  9 Senators and 47 Congressmen will sit down for the first time to try to reconcile the differences between the two versions of the bill, with the hopes of final …

Today, the Senate named their representatives to the House/Senate conference committee for the 2018 Farm Bill

Today, the Senate named their representatives to the House/Senate conference committee for the 2018 Farm Bill.  Here’s the full list of House and Senate conferees.In a rare move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell named himself to the conference committee – meaning he will be in the room when the permanent fate of hemp is decided.As …

U.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades-Long Ban Under Marijuana Prohibition

Tom Angell , ContributorThe non-psychoactive cannabis cousin of marijuana would finally become legal to grow in the United States under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Senate. The wide-ranging agriculture and food policy legislation known as the Farm Bill, passed by a vote of 86 - 11 on Thursday, contains provisions to legalize the cultivation, …

Congressional Republicans Block Votes On Hemp Amendments

Published 2 days ago on May 16, 2018 By Tom AngellIn the latest development in a series of anti-cannabis moves, congressional Republican leadership has blocked consideration of several industrial hemp amendments.Supporters were seeking to attach the measures to the large-scale Farm Bill, which sets food and agriculture policy for the country, but the House Rules …

Hemp brings jobs and more than $16.7 million in sales to Kentucky

Beth Warren, Louisville Courier Journal Published 11:57 a.m. ET May 1, 2018 A report card of sorts grading hemp's impact on Kentucky showed these scores:Eighty-one new full-time jobs. More than $16.7 million in gross product sales. And $7.5 million for farmers.Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles included these figures from last year in an April 24 …

The gentlemen from Kentucky rise to speak for hemp

By Paul Danish April 5, 2018When U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) announced last week that he was going to introduce a bill to legalize industrial hemp, there was a sudden collective intake of breath among the nation’s journos, the likes of which hadn’t been heard since the last 4/20 celebration at CU Boulder.Rand …

Mitch McConnell wants hemp removed from controlled substance list

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Senate's top leader wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the list of controlled substances.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he'll introduce legislation to legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity.The Republican made the announcement in his home state of Kentucky, which …

(KY) According to the Office of Drug Control Policy, in 2016, approximately 561,000 plants were eradicated in the Commonwealth, over $745,000 worth of assets were seized…

Dear Ms. Krider;Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on marijuana. Your views help me represent Kentucky and the nation in the United States Senate, and I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your concerns. In your correspondence, you expressed your thoughts on rescheduling marijuana from its current status as a Schedule I controlled …

(LOUISVILLE, KY) Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks on Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime and Fight the Opioid Crisis

Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks on Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime and Fight the Opioid CrisisLouisville, KY - Tuesday, January 30, 2018Thank you, Russel for that introduction, for your leadership in this office, and for your service as an FBI Special Agent.  As a former senator, I am certain that your experience as a hostage …

Time to Contact our Representatives about Samuel Girod

It’s time to start sending letters, emails, calls to the 8 elected representatives below (9 if you count Melania). Here’s the plan in two steps:STEP 1: Have your letter and social media post handy in a text doc. You can copy and paste from the examples below or click here to download samples, then edit …

final rule regarding state drug testing policies for participants in the state unemployment compensation program

Dear Ms. Krider; Thank you for contacting me about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule regarding state drug testing policies for participants in the state unemployment compensation program. Hearing from you helps me better represent Kentucky in the United States Senate. In 2012, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation …

Drug Testing of People Who File for Unemployment

Press Release | 03/14/2017 U.S. Senate Expected to Take Up Measure Today Aimed at Expanding Drug Testing of People Who File for Unemployment Assistance 50 Civil Rights, Faith, and Criminal Justice Organizations Send Letter to Congress Opposing Legislation U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled floor debate and a likely vote on a measure …

McConnell Congratulates President Trump

  ‘I think it’s important for all Americans — regardless of party — to remember the significance of Inauguration Day, as we celebrate our nation’s rich electoral tradition and begin to move our country forward together.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor …

Letter from Sen. McConnell: (RE:) WRDA of 2016 (S. 2848) This legislation supports several projects in Kentucky

    Dear Ms. Krider; Thank you for contacting me regarding America’s waterway infrastructure. I appreciate your taking the time to make me aware of your concerns, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.  I have long been a tireless advocate for more than 15,000 inland waterways jobs in Kentucky and have used my position …

"If some of you are here thinking I’m going to elaborate on the presidential election, let me disabuse you of that notion,"

  Associated Press Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks July 19 on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. WASHINGTON -- Republicans nervously eyeing the White House race are learning a lesson with Donald Trump that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell painfully learned in 2010 and 2012. Faulty outsider candidates blew several …