Small Business and Economy
Unleashing economic growth begins with reducing taxes and reining in government regulations that make it more difficult for Americans to start businesses, compete globally and grow jobs here at home. We must continue to build on the success of the historic tax reform legislation and deregulation to help American families, businesses and entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. As a member of the House Committee on Small Business, Congressman Comer is dedicated to advancing policies and enacting reforms to support small businesses in Kentucky and across the nation.
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WASHINGTON D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act (H.R. 5430), which sends President Trump’s signature agreement aimed at modernizing and significantly improving trade in America to the Senate for action.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that he secured legislation in the Fiscal Year 2020 government-funding agreement to begin the process of designating a section of the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway in Muhlenberg and Ohio Counties as a spur of Interstate 69 (I-569). The government funding bills were approved today by the House of Representatives and the Senate is expected to approve them in the coming days. Once approved, the government-funding agreement will be sent to President Trump for his signature.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a final rule that promotes increased economic opportunity for Americans through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The “SNAP: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents” rule makes commonsense changes which emphasize workforce participation for able-bodied, working-age adults between the ages of 18 and 49. The rule does not apply to children and their parents, individuals over the age of 50, and pregnant women or individuals with disabilities.
As former heads of our states’ agriculture departments, we understand the significance an updated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico holds for growers and producers across the country. Now in Congress, we bring invaluable experience when shaping national agriculture and trade policy.
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.
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.
Today Congressman Comer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced companion legislation to begin the process of designating a section of the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway in Muhlenberg and Ohio Counties as a spur of Interstate 69 (I-369). These pieces of legislation would add the section of roadway to the list of “High Priority Corridors,” and, once additional steps have been taken at the state and federal levels to make the designation official, would label the roadway as I-369.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Comer testified today during Member Day at the House Appropriation Committee’s Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. Member Days allow for Representatives to speak before any given congressional committee about his or her high-level legislative priorities.
Energy and infrastructure policy debate has taken center stage across the country. As the new Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform’s (COR) Subcommittee on the Environment, this session of Congress I will have a significant role in examining policies related to climate change, energy, and public health.
The latest policy proposal to come across my desk? The Green New Deal.
Today Congressman James Comer submitted a video message to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Board of Directors urging them to vote against the closure of Unit Three at the Paradise Fossil Plant near Drakesboro, Kentucky in Muhlenberg County.
The transcript of the message is as follows: