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.
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.
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