District Update | October 1, 2012
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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers
Update From Hal

Dear Friend,

October is the best time of year to invite your friends and family to southern and eastern Kentucky. The colorful canopy stretching from ridge to ridge creates a beautiful display as you travel through the mountains. I invite you to log onto TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky's website www.tourseky.com to find tours and upcoming fall festivals as you plan your weekend activities this month.

One of my favorite festivals in our region is Morgan County's Sorghum Festival in West Liberty. I joined Judge Executive Tim Conley, Mayor Jim Rupe and the Morgan County Chamber of Commerce at the festival last Friday to celebrate the daily tornado recovery progress, as well as the anticipation for a major reconstruction annoncement in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to my social media for the details.

During the Chamber meeting before the festival, I introduced my newest field representative, Grayson Smith. Grayson is a life-long resident of Salyersville, Kentucky and is now the new contact for all of the counties in the Big Sandy Area Development District and the FIVCO Area Development District Counties in the 5th Congressional District. I have the utmost confidence that Grayson will represent eastern Kentucky with the highest diligence and dedication. 

On September 15th, I had the honor of joining the dedication of UPIKE's new "Coal Building" for the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM). The medical school has already earned national awards and recognition and I commend UPIKE President Paul Patton for his continued efforts to promote the best education in our region.


In September, my colleagues and I took an important step forward in stopping the war on coal. Coal is not America’s energy problem, it is America’s energy solution- which is why this costly attack on Kentucky coal miners and American businesses has got to stop. On September 21, 2012,  the U.S. House of Representatives passed, and I voted in support of, the Stop the War on Coal Act. This legislation will prevent Washington bureaucrats from issuing regulations that kill jobs and further set back our slow economic recovery. It is time the President realize that his policies are wrong-headed not only for coal, but for our country. To see me speak on the U.S. House of Representatives floor taking a stand for our coal miners and coal communities click here.

While making important strides in ending the war on coal this month, we also made significant progress in combating the prescription drug epidemic. On September 20, 2012, I was joined by the Pew Health Group in Washington, DC for a Capitol Hill briefing focused on the role of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) in combating the illegal trafficking and abuse of prescription painkillers. The Pew Health Group shared study results of the effectiveness of state PDMP’s and put forward a set of best practices that all U.S. states and territories can use to improve their effectiveness. I am hopeful that the results shared at this briefing will encourage every state and community to make prescription drug monitoring programs a priority and help us to work towards ending prescription drug abuse once and for all.   


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Rogers Tours Local Drug Treatment Center

Rogers Receives NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award

TOUR SEKY's 25th Anniversary Celebration

U.S. House of Reps passes "Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012"

Rogers Joins the Campaign to End Medicine Abuse among Teens

Rogers Speaks on House Floor in Support of Stop the War On Coal Act

NIDA/ONDCP to launch online physician training tools

Rogers Examines New Findings for Prescription Monitoring Programs

October 3 - Whitley County High School Congressional Award Bronze Medal Presentation

October 15 - Owsley County UNITE "Clean Your Medicine Cabinet Out Day" at the Senior Citizens Center

October 16 - Rockcastle County Chamber of Commerce

October 17 - McCreary County Chamber of Commerce

October 18 - London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce

October 19 - Union College Celebration of New Edna Mann Nursing School

October 29 - UNITE Bluegrass Policy Forum on Substance Abuse at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

October 30 - Ground Breaking Ceremony for new Artists Collaborative Theatre, Inc. (ACT) in Pikeville

November 1 - Bell County Community Luncheon and 
Harlan County tour of new Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy


With over 2,000 coal layoffs this year in Kentucky alone, and the EPA’s halt on mining permits, do you believe the President supports an all-of-the-above energy plan?



Do you think the record high gas prices for the month of August are a result of the President's failed energy policies?

81.8% Yes

18.2% NO


WYMT-TV: U.S. House of Reps Passes "Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012"

WYMT-TV: University building dedicated as "Coal Building"

WYMT-TV: U.S. House approves resolution that keeps the government operating through March 2013


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