Education and Labor
All of America’s students deserve a high-quality, meaningful education and American employers must be able to capitalize on a motivated, highly-skilled workforce. Congress must work together to strengthen critical education programs and address the growing skills gap by providing opportunities for students to achieve and workers to succeed.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump has signed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 into law, which prioritizes the delivery of critical services for Kentucky’s senior citizens. Congressman James Comer was a lead Republican sponsor of the legislation, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump has signed legislation into law to prioritize helping Americans affected by the coronavirus. The package includes legislation sponsored by Congressman James Comer to protect nationwide access to school meals during COVID-19-related school closures.
Comer introduced the bipartisan legislation last week alongside Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon). He serves as the top Republican on the Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services.
Today, the leaders of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services, Reps. James Comer (R-KY) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), unveiled a bipartisan bill to protect students’ access to school meal benefits during school closures related to COVID-19.
I try to dedicate as much time as I can to traveling throughout the 1st Congressional District and seeing the exciting programs and opportunities underway, especially relating to workforce development. Based on recent stops in our district, I’m encouraged to see that efforts to equip our workers with modern-day skills are moving in a positive direction.
MURRAY, Ky. – On Sunday, Congressman Comer hosted Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, in Murray.
Congressman Comer and Chairman Peterson toured HempWood, the only hemp processor in the U.S. that turns hemp into durable hardwood flooring. They also visited Murray State University to see hemp research plots, dark tobacco, corn and soybeans. The pair discussed the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, which importantly legalized industrial hemp last year.
The House of Representatives is back in session following a productive district work period. Throughout the month of August, I traveled across the 1st District to 15 different counties in Central, Southern, and Western Kentucky. During my travels I met with local government officials, business leaders, farmers and other community members. These visits allow me to hear from constituents and share what they can expect from Washington as we head into Fall.
In recent months, I’ve been very proud to work on an issue that every Member of Congress can wholeheartedly support – protecting our nation’s children from abuse and neglect. The safety and security of some of our most vulnerable members of society, our nation’s children, is of the utmost importance to me. For several months, I have worked with my colleagues on the House Committee on Education and Labor to hold hearings and lead the reauthorization of federal efforts to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.
Congressman James Comer is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for the 1st District of Kentucky. Laura DeLoach, a student at Christian County High School, won for her piece titled “Euphoria.” Her artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol all year, and she will receive two roundtrip tickets to Washington for the national reception. She is also eligible for a $3,000 yearly scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) or Tennessee Wesleyan College.
This April, I spent the two-week district work period in several counties throughout the 1st District. We’re off to a busy start in Washington this year, and district work periods afford me the important opportunity to hear about how Washington can better serve our citizens. As I travel throughout the district, I am reminded of the important perspectives of those in Western and Central Kentucky which help shape policy in agriculture, healthcare, energy, education and so much more.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Comer announced that the Marshall County Board of Education has been selected to receive $460,064 in funding through the Project SERV Program to help with school violence recovery efforts.