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KENNEDY: Someone needs to tell AOC the voices in her head aren’t real

Our own Senator from Louisiana, John Kennedy, had the following to say recently regarding the buffoon and clown from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her claims regarding illegal immigrants:

“Let me be frank. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez...someone needs to tell her that the voices in her head are not real. She says that the men and women of our border patrol and our authorities are intentionally running concentration camps on the southern border. She needs to go to the Holocaust Museum and see what a concentration camp is. The problem we’re having at the border, a problem that Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has helped create is that we have 5,000 people a day, not a week, not a month, a day coming into this country. And we don’t have a place to put them. The Department of Homeland Security is out of money and the congresswoman knows that. She says the conditions are inhumane. But yet, when we send a bill over to her to vote to improve those conditions, she voted no. Her hypocrisy is breathtaking. This is the bottom line. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez believes that illegal immigration is a moral good. And she believes that the border is just a nuisance and it should be open; and, I don’t think that’s what America believes.” 

Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana

Read more: Sen. John Kennedy calls out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Her hypocrisy is breathtaking”

Kennedy and Landry Team Up to Elect Conservative Republicans

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is adding his prodigious fundraising talents to a political organization aimed at electing more conservative Republicans to the Louisiana Legislature, joining Attorney General Jeff Landry in the effort.

With both Kennedy and Landry in leadership roles, the Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority has unified the state’s top two GOP standard-bearers in its work to shift the Legislature rightward, particularly as term limits will keep many of the longer serving Republican moderates in the state Senate from running for re-election this fall.

Read more: Kennedy and Landry team up to elect conservative Republicans

Posted on May 4, 2019 and filed under Jeff Landry, John Kennedy.

Sen. Kennedy Discusses Prescription Drug Prices

Sen John Kennedy of Louisiana recently discussed prescription drug prices in America:

I’m working to lower the cost of prescription drugs. It’s an embarrassment when the average American pays twice what someone in Canada or Great Britain or Switzerland pays for the same identical drug by the same identical manufacturer.

Posted on April 1, 2019 and filed under Drugs, Louisiana, John Kennedy.

Sen. Kennedy Joins Legislation To Keep Health Care Costs Down and Protect Patients

Feb 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today joined S.172,the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act of 2019, to keep health care costs down for families across Louisiana by delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Tax.  This punitive tax – if it is allowed to take effect -  would increase costs for everyone from senior citizens to small businesses.

Sen. Kennedy also joined S.283, which would increase access to osteoporosis screenings for Medicare patients.  Medicare reimbursement for these screenings has shrunk, resulting in an increase in hip fractures.

“Obamacare sucks, and the Health Insurance Tax really sucks.  It would create $16 billion in additional fees on health insurance and send premiums through the roof.  Health care is expensive enough without this ridiculous tax,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “It’s also ridiculous to discourage health screenings that literally save lives.  By testing for osteoporosis, we can prevent possibly fatal falls.”

Source:  Sen. Kennedy Joins Legislation To Keep Health Care Costs Down and Protect Patients

Posted on February 19, 2019 and filed under Heathcare, John Kennedy.

Sen. Kennedy Discusses Shutdown and Border Wall Funding

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Per Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, “right now Speaker Pelosi is running the show, and she makes no distinction between legal and illegal immigration. And if you disagree with her, then you’re a racist. I think that’s a very unreasonable position that the majority of the American people don’t support because they’re too smart to support it.


Posted on January 4, 2019 and filed under Immigration, John Kennedy.

Americans for Tax Reform Urges Senate to Reject Cotton/Kennedy Amendments to First Step Act

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“The costs, human and monetary, are too high to not pass the bill. Hugely long sentences for non-violent offenders ruin lives and families and drain taxpayer dollars. Senators should wholeheartedly support the FIRST STEP Act so it becomes law before the end of 2018.

This is the “first step” in bringing reform to a broken, expensive system. The reform will increase public safety by using proven methods to reduce recidivism, effectively driving down the prevalence and cost of crime for generations to come.”

Read more: ATR Urges Senate to Reject Cotton/Kennedy Amendments to First Step Act

Posted on December 18, 2018 and filed under John Kennedy, Taxes.

OPINION: We Are Now Entering the Louisiana 2019 Election Cycle

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While most of the nation is breathing a sigh of relief that the federal elections are over, for now, Louisiana politicos woke up on November 7th with one reality: the race for Governor starts now. That's right folks, we are officially in the 2019 electoral cycle. Sure, pieces of this puzzle started coming together months ago, but now plans and preparations, for what will no doubt be a highly contested governor's race, will be sent into over drive. 

The race for Louisiana's top job will quickly take shape over the next few weeks. Governor Edwards will officially announce his intent to seek re-election, Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone will officially kick off his campaign, and Senator John Kennedy will make a final decision before the end of the month. 

With his approval rating currently sitting in the area of 40%, JBE will stop at nothing to avoid a repeat of Governor Blanco's "one and done" experience. He will pull out all the stops to ignite his base and reaffirm his position with the trial lawyers that helped secure the 4th floor of the state capitol for him in 2015. He will continue to cozy up to his union cronies, push for teacher pay raises, and sacrifice the abundance of Louisiana's natural resources by way of destroying our economy to satisfy the leftist, liberal activist, like General Honore's GreenARMY, that have swept the state during his first term.   

We have already seen evidence of this detrimental partnership when the administration caved to environmentalists demands when they forced the Governor’s hand to nix the plans of Explosive Services International (ESI) to keep the burn chamber at Camp Minden functioning. And then again when he put a stop to plans to bring another burn chamber to the Slaughter area. This project, which had major, bi-partisan support from local officials, would have provided high quality jobs to a rural area. 

One has to wonder how many companies, with high quality, blue collar jobs, are going to pack their bags? We have already seen companies refusing to reinvest in Louisiana because of the legal climate that the Edwards Administration has fostered. Between the legacy lawsuits that run rampant, the lack of corporate tax incentives, and the eroding quality of life in Louisiana, is it really any surprise that the Pelican state suffers from an out-migration issue? 

If all this sounds a little doom and gloom, it’s probably because it is. Don’t let that 40% approval rating make you comfortable. The trial lawyer money is flowing, the environmental activists are activated and ramping into full gear for 2019 and this show is just getting started. Conservatives need to unite behind one candidate and beat John Bel. A rerun of the 2015 Republican primary will only help assure the Governors re-elect. 

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Posted on November 13, 2018 and filed under John Bel Edwards, John Kennedy, Louisiana.

Kennedy comments on Kavanaugh allegation

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“The confirmation process is over. It’s over! I mean, we are violating senate protocol to do this, and precedent. But we were unanimous in thinking that we ought to,” Kennedy said.

The vote was scheduled for Thursday, but Ford’s accusations — that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her down and molested her during a high-school party more than three decades ago — delayed the timeline. Kennedy said he’s prepared to move forward with a scheduled public hearing Monday about Ford’s accusations, although she’s now instead requested the FBI look into her claims before she testifies publicly.

Read more: Kennedy comments on Kavanaugh allegation

Posted on September 20, 2018 and filed under John Kennedy.

KENNEDY: Kavanaugh Hearings an “Intergalactic Freak Show”

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Sen. John Kennedy called the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh “an intergalactic freak show” and said he was embarrassed for Congress by the accusations of sexual misconduct leveled at the Supreme Court nominee.

 “So far, it’s pretty much been an intergalactic freak show,” Kennedy, R-La., told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “Most Americans are looking at this – most mainstream Americans – and they’re thinking that Congress has hit rock bottom and started to dig.”

Read more:  Kavanaugh confirmation process has been an ‘intergalactic freak show’, Sen. Kennedy says

Posted on September 16, 2018 and filed under Louisiana, John Kennedy.

Sen. John Kennedy on Trump Meeting with Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un did not come to the table out of the goodness of his heart. He came to the table because he understands that for the first time in a long time, America means what it says and that a military option is on the table. I would like to thank President Donald J. Trump today, on behalf of all Americans who believe in peace, for the successful start to what I hope is a successful relationship with North Korea.

Posted on June 13, 2018 and filed under John Kennedy.

OPINION: U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, AG Jeff Landry column: Criminal justice reform actually hurting public safety

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We’ve got to be smarter about this. We can’t let prisoners go simply to cut down on the cost of bologna sandwiches. Public safety needs to come first.

Read more:  U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, AG Jeff Landry column: Criminal justice reform actually hurting public safety

KENNEDY: A tax code for the middle class – let’s invest in the American dream

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BY SEN. JOHN KENNEDY (R-LA.)

It doesn’t take an expert to see that something is stalling the American economy.

2016 was the 11th straight year that America failed to achieve 3 percent annual growth, which was our average nearly every year since 1960. I’ve heard numerous pundits act like returning to 3 percent growth is something special. No, it’s just “average.” The American people deserve better than just average growth.

But even average growth is optimistic if we keep hamstringing our job creators. Our 40 percent corporate tax rate and broken tax code are chasing our ideas, our jobs, and our investors into the open, waiting arms of foreign countries. We are keeping wages and productivity low. We are crippling our small businesses.

Changes have to be made to unshackle our small businesses, but in the process, we can’t forget about the primary vehicle for economic growth: the middle-class.

I’ve said it before: What we have right now in America is too many undeserving people at the top getting bailouts and too many undeserving people at the bottom getting handouts. And you know who’s been stuck with the bill? Middle-class families. And they can’t afford it any more. Their kids’ tuition has gone up, their health insurance has gone up, but you know what hasn’t gone up? Their take home pay.

That’s why I’m speaking up for the middle class. Someone has to speak up for ordinary people when it comes to tax reform.

Middle-class families drive our economic engine. They buy the goods and services that our businesses are selling. They work hard to be able to spend and save and invest. They are our entrepreneurs and our innovators. And now, as they are trying to balance their checkbooks, nearly one-third of their income is automatically withheld and sent off to Washington.

Right now, if you’re a middle-class family in Alexandria, La., with a combined household income of $59,000 and two kids, and you claim all your exemptions and take the standard deduction, you’re still going to be sending the federal government $3,500. Now, that’s not even counting contributions to state and local taxes, or payments to Social Security and Medicare. By the time the bills are paid and there’s gas in the car, very little is left for the kids’ college funds.

I have a plan for how tax reform can target the middle class and bring those families some badly needed relief.

Nearly three-quarters of Americans opt to take the standard deduction when filing their taxes. It’s simple, it’s fair, and it requires less documentation than itemizing. All Congress needs to do is to double the standard deduction across the board in order to inject more than $600 billion back into the economy over 10 years, according to a 2014 CRS report. That’s an immediate shot in the arm for the American economy. That family of four in Alexandria will have their tax bill reduced to $1,700, freeing up almost $2,000 of hard-earned income.

That’s $2,000 new dollars back into my state’s economy. As the cost of earning more is reduced, people will want to work harder. That means more productivity and even more growth. It’s Economics 101: You give people more to spend and they’ll spend it, and grow the economy in the process.

We need to liberate the middle class and their power to spend and save. In short, we need to renew the belief in the American dream.

A tax reform policy that provides relief to the middle class, such as doubling the standard deduction, will reawaken the incentive to work, save, and invest. Our economic fate is tied to the health of our middle class and our small businesses. It’s high time that we offer middle-class Americans a tax code that believes in them.

Kennedy is the junior senator from Louisiana.

Source: The Hill

Posted on October 16, 2017 and filed under John Kennedy, Louisiana, Taxes.

Sen. John Kennedy On Reauthorization of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana has introduced a bipartisan bill to address the federal program related to flooding.

Per an email release late Friday afternoon, “The Sustainable, Affordable, Fair, and Efficient (SAFE) National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017, will lower the amount the federal government can raise your premium.  My bill will reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program while making common sense reforms to maintain its solvency.

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Posted on July 15, 2017 and filed under John Kennedy, Louisiana.

Boustany Endorses John Kennedy for Senate

(Lafayette, LA) – Dr. Charles Boustany endorsed Treasurer John Kennedy in Louisiana’s open Senate race.
 
Boustany said: “Republicans who care about the future of our country need a Republican in the Senate who will work with Donald Trump to roll back the failed liberal policies of President Obama. I endorse John Kennedy and urge all my supporters to cast their vote for him.”

Posted on November 15, 2016 and filed under Charles Boustany, John Kennedy.

"Bananas" Foster is Toast in the December Runoff

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John Kennedy is going into a runoff with Foster Campbell to replace outgoing Sen. David Vitter with an almost assured win coming in December.  In this piece, Republicans gained nearly 60% of the total vote in the primaries as opposed to 36% for a Democrat.

If you are having buyers remorse for voting for "Honor Code" Edwards in the gubernatorial election last year, then hopefully you've learned your lesson and won't make the same mistake again in voting for Campbell.

Read more: Republicans Flood the Zone in Louisiana Senate Runoff

Posted on November 14, 2016 and filed under John Kennedy, Louisiana.