Investment in our nation's transportation infrastructure - whether that is our water systems, roads, highways, bridges, railroads or the maritime industry - is critical for economic growth and the well-being of our communities. In addition to increased federal investment, we must also update and improve the regulatory process to facilitate these vital projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.
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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.
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.
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.
For decades, the city of Paducah, Kentucky has served as a major hub of the inland waterways system due to its strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. To highlight the importance of the river industry to our region, I invited Representatives Jason Smith of Missouri and David Kustoff of Tennessee to join me in Paducah for a meeting with industry experts. We had a productive discussion on the economic benefits of our inland waterways system and explored ways to modernize and maintain this critical resource.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman James Comer (R-KY), Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-IN), and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) convened a meeting of community leaders from Henderson, KY and Evansville, IN and officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss federal funding opportunities for the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project.
On November 14, 2016, I was sworn in as the new representative for Kentucky’s 1st District. That night on the House floor, I said, “It is an honor of a lifetime to join in this great legislative body.” While it seems like yesterday that I made my journey to Capitol Hill, one year has passed and we have made great progress for our country. As we approach the end of November, I am thrilled to look back at what we have accomplished.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman James Comer testified before the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee on the need for full funding for the cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy site in Paducah.
“The cleanup effort is something I strongly support. It is extremely important to the local economy of the western Kentucky region. It’s a major project that needs continued funding,” Comer said.
Rep. Comer also testified on the importance of the Kentucky Lock Addition to Kentucky.