As a Senator, my job requires that I spend many hours in Washington, however Kentucky is my residence and I make it a precedence to be within the state when the Senate just isn’t in session. During the last two weeks, the Senate was not in session so I made a decision to once more journey all through the Commonwealth as I typically do. Not solely is that this a good way to interact with Kentuckians from each nook of the state, however it’s additionally a good way to make sure I can proceed my work most successfully as Kentucky’s voice within the Senate.
I had many productive discussions with financial improvement leaders throughout the Commonwealth. From a enterprise roundtable in Leitchfield to conferences with Northern Kentucky realtors and homebuilders, I answered questions leaving no matter off limits. In Daviess County, I met with farmers and agriculture leaders and heard about their considerations for the longer term. I additionally had the chance to talk with college students in Western Kentucky about my work in Washington. In Louisville, I had conferences with group members and coverage specialists. At lots of my occasions all through the state, I spoke with the native media about issues essential to their space. I recognize these alternatives to listen to immediately from Kentuckians concerning the points that have an effect on their lives.
One of many biggest privileges of being Kentucky’s senior Senator is to have the ability to assist when requested. Final fall, the College of Kentucky Markey Most cancers Middle requested for my help when it utilized for a aggressive grant from the Nationwide Institutes of Well being (NIH). I wrote a letter to the NIH Director concerning the groundbreaking analysis being executed at UK. And we have been all happy to see the Markey Middle was awarded an $eleven.2 million federal grant to review the connection between most cancers and weight problems. I consider that UK will proceed its extraordinary analysis to steer within the struggle towards most cancers and make an actual impression on the well being outcomes of sufferers proper right here in Kentucky. I’m proud to have advocated on UK’s behalf and to have participated within the grant announcement on campus whereas working again residence.
In Richmond, I participated in a roundtable dialogue concerning the devastating results of substance abuse in Kentucky communities. Dozens of leaders from Madison, Garrard, and Estill counties described their efforts to scale back drug abuse within the area and provided their views on the perfect methods to advertise restoration. By way of this and comparable group conversations throughout the state, it has grow to be clear that we…