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What our elected representatives did in DC last week or why Congress earned its approval rating


There's always much to do the week before vacation and Congress is no exception. Last week was a very busy week on Capitol Hill. Kentucky's elected representatives were in the thick of things.

- On the Affordable Care Act:

*     Both of Kentucky’s senators denounced the SCOTUS decision.
*     Senator Paul went so far as to say that “Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing    remains unconstitutional,” (Senator Paul an MD, not a JD), didn’t mention that those couple people belong to the highest court in the land
*     Senator McConnell vowed to do a Chucky on the bill - stabbing it repeatedly until he is sure it is dead, dead, dead forever.

- On Friday, relief passed at the last minute for students facing a doubling of interest on their student loans:
      *   Both Kentucky senators voted against it. (We guess neither one needed a student loan to get through their advanced degrees?)

- On the transportation bill which passed the Senate which included flood relief: 
      *   Senator Paul tried to delay the bill, asking for more time to read it.
      *   Paul also delayed the bill back in February 2012, according to a report published February 13, 2012 on Politico.com (Note to the Senator: Read faster)

- On “Fast and Furious” – the federal law enforcement effort to sting Mexican gun buyers which went badly awry:
      *  Holder’s Justice Department had already turned over 7600 pages which we are sure Congressman Issa, Holder’s nemesis, read word for word looking for the smoking gun to go after the Obama Administration.
     *   Lexington Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler confirmed his blue doggyness when he voted with the GOP to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. His vote had nothing to do with his being in a tight rematch with Andy Barr. Really. Honest. 
     *   The GOP Kentucky House delegation also voted to hold Holder in contempt. Their vote came after reading all 7600 pages and being unsatisfied with the submissions. (Just kidding on that last part)
      * Congressman Yarmuth did not vote to hold Holder in contempt – maybe after reading the 7600 pages? 

- Congressman Ben Chandler was co-MVP in the Congressional baseball game.  Sen. Paul played too. No mention what the rest of the KY delegation was doing during the game. (Selling peanuts?)


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