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  • SOAR Executive Board approves criteria, application process for Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development fund
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2015 | Preview rr

    Eastern Kentucky communities will soon have a chance to apply for grants of up to $250,000 each to support work on job creation, broadband expansion, health and more. The SOAR Executive Board approved funding criteria and an application process for the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development (KARD) fund today at its meeting in Prestonsburg, Ky. “We’re excited to see what our communities are doing to impact important community challenges like job growth and leadership training,” said Jared Arne... Read more

  • Beshear, Rogers Witness Progress to Expand Parkway and Opportunity in Eastern Kentucky
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2015 | Preview rr

    Less than a year after Governor Steve Beshear unveiled the first Mountain Parkway Expansion sign to mark the beginning of road construction, more than one-third of the project is under construction or nearing shovel-ready status. Beshear visited the first site of construction to see the progress that is transforming the parkway into a modern transportation corridor. He was joined by Congressman Hal Rogers and Jared Arnett, executive director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR). The SOAR in... Read more

  • Rogers Votes for Kentucky Iranian Terror Victim's Family to be Compensated
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers voted for the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act (H.R. 3457) to force Iran to pay $43 billion in overdue court-ordered compensation for American victims of Iranian terrorism before any U.S. sanctions are lifted. In 1989, Col. William Higgins of Danville, Kentucky was abducted, tortured and killed by Hezbollah in Beirut. A judgement of $355 million in damages was awarded by a U.S. court to his family under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. It's o... Read more

  • Chairman Rogers Statement on H.R. 719, the FY 2016 Short-Term Continuing Resolution
    Posted in U.S. House Appropriations News on September 30, 2015 | Preview rr

    "This necessary measure funds government programs and services at the current rate through December 11th of this year. As in previous years, the CR also includes a small across-the-board reduction to keep within the fiscal year 2016 cap level set by the Budget Control Act. "This is a responsible measure that prevents a harmful government shutdown, while allowing time for a larger budget agreement to be reached, and time to complete the full-year Appropriations work for 2016. "It also includes a... Read more

  • House Passes Short-Term Continuing Resolution to Fund Government Operations, Prevent Shutdown
    Posted in U.S. House Appropriations News on September 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation, Energy, Taxes, Homeland Security and National Defense, Education, Illegal Drugs, Social Security, Economic Development and Job Creation, Veterans, Environment

    The U.S. House today approved a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to maintain federal operations and prevent a government shutdown at midnight tonight. The legislation continues funding for government programs and services until December 11, 2015, and maintains the existing spending cap put into place by the Budget Control Act of 2013. This federal funding will continue for the length of the continuing resolution, or until Congress approves the annual Appropriations legislation for fiscal y... Read more

  • $2 Million Federal Grant to Expand Job Training in Eastern Kentucky
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Floyd County, Pike County

    Thanks to a new $2.2 million grant from the federal Economic Development Agency (EDA), more Kentuckians will receive training for in-demand telecommunications jobs related to the new statewide project, KentuckyWired, which will install more than 3,400 miles of fiber optic cable throughout the state. The funds will support construction of a $4.5 million training facility to house the Broadband Technology Center on the Pikeville campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC). Working ... Read more

  • Rogers Votes for Women's Health and Safety
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) voted for the Women's Public Health and Safety Act(H.R. 3495) to ensure that States can elect to exclude abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving Medicaid payments. "Our states should have the authority to decide whether taxpayer dollars can be spent by an organization that allegedly profits from selling body parts and organs of aborted babies. There are numerous other women's health providers worthy of federal support that protect ... Read more

  • Chairman Rogers' Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Resignation
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after Speaker John Boehner announced he would resign as Speaker of the House and retire from Congress at the end of October: “For the last five years, Speaker Boehner has led the House of Representatives with grace and dignity. His work to protect this institution has demonstrated his deep love for the Congress and all it stands for – and his announcement today only underscores that. I... Read more

  • Rogers Defends Unborn Babies
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing two separate bills on Friday afternoon to protect the life of unborn babies. Rogers joined his colleagues in voting for the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504). "As documented in horrific videos recently uncovered, representatives of Planned Parenthood have displayed an abhorrent lack of concern and respect for innocent human ... Read more

  • Statement: Rogers Opposes Iran Nuclear Agreement
    Posted in Statements on September 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security and National Defense

    Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) released the following statement after the House voted against the Iran Nuclear Agreement. "On a day when we're reminded of the constant threat of terrorism confronted by the U.S. and our allies around the world, the House of Representatives and the overwhelming majority of Americans have made their opposition to this deal clear. The only winner of the President's negotiated nuclear deal is Iran, who will now be emboldened to further spread its anti-A... Read more