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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the House of Representatives has approved $3.6 million in federal funding for counternarcotics activities in Kentucky. Through Senator Mitch McConnell and Rep. Rogers’ ongoing initiative, the Kentucky National Guard will be able to continue marijuana eradication and methamphetamine lab destruction efforts in the Commonwealth. The Senate is expected to vote on this final 2010 defense spending legislation soon.

“This funding is critical to stomping out the drug epidemic that plagues our region,” said Rogers. “The Kentucky National Guard, working with local partners like Appalachian HIDTA, Operation UNITE and the U.S. Forest Service, are tackling the drug problem right here in southern and eastern Kentucky. Their noble efforts are keeping drugs off our streets and out of our communities. Fighting the war on drugs takes a combination of manpower, covert intelligence, citizen groups, and medical professionals and we are seeing real results because of our teamwork. This funding is essential to stopping home-grown drug production, cleaning up the Daniel Boone National Forest, and puts the resources of our trained Kentucky guardsmen to the fight.”

The counter-drug efforts of the Kentucky National Guard support local, state, and federal law enforcement toward reducing illegal drug production, trafficking, and distribution throughout the Commonwealth. Since 2000, nearly $30 million has been secured by Congressman Rogers and Senator McConnell toward this initiative.

Through his role as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers works to secure valuable funding for important initiatives in the Fifth Congressional District.