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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today introduced the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), which makes it a crime to abort a child based on his or her gender.  This legislation imposes criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly attempts to perform an abortion that is sought based on the sex of the child, anyone who forces or threatens force to coerce a sex-based abortion, anyone who solicits or accepts funds for the performance of a sex-selection abortion and anyone who transports a woman into the United States or across a state line for the purpose of obtaining an abortion based on gender.  

“Every one of these little lives is precious and formed in the hand of God.  Choosing to end a child’s life is reprehensible.  Choosing to end a child’s life based on his or her gender is absolutely heinous,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Only eight states currently have this law in place, and it only seems right to make abortions on the basis of sex illegal in all 50 states.   This legislation protects these babies and prohibits the terrible act of ending a child’s life based on gender.”

In addition to the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, Sen. Kennedy is a co-sponsor of nine more bills that protect the rights of unborn children and promote pro-life values.  Sen. Kennedy co-sponsored the following bills:

  1.  Conscience Protect Act, which prevents federal, state and local governments from penalizing or discriminating against a health care provider for refusing to participate in abortions.
  2. Life at Conception Act, which declares that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to life, and the right to life is vested in each human being at all stages of life, including the moment of conception.
  3. Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which makes it illegal to perform an abortion of an unborn child who is more than 20 weeks post-conception.
  4. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, which protects minors from being taken across state lines for an abortion without parental involvement. 
  5. Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Act, which amends the Foreign Assistance Act to prohibit the allocation of funds to nonprofits and foreign nongovernmental organizations that perform abortions, lobby for abortions in foreign countries or counsel for abortions.
  6. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which ensures that the American taxpayer never funds abortions through federal taxes.
  7. Title X Abortion Provider Act, which prohibits subsidizing abortions through Title X Family Planning Program funds.
  8. Born Alive Abortion Survivor Act, which ensures that a baby who survives an abortion will receive the same treatment as any naturally born premature child.
  9. Protect Funding for Women’s Healthcare Act, which prohibits the use of federal funding for Planned Parenthood or any of its affiliates while protecting federal funding for critical health services for women, including cervical and breast cancer screenings, immunizations, and pre and postnatal care.

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) questioned William Barr, the nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney General, today in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The issue is not his letter to Rod Rosenstein about the Mueller investigation,” said Sen. Kennedy. “The issue is not whether you have a point of view.  The actual issue is whether you can divorce yourself from that personal point of view and follow the rule of law.  That’s what I’m looking for from Bill Barr.”

Click here or the photo below to watch Sen. Kennedy question William Barr.

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) was selected to serve as the chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FSGG).  This subcommittee is tasked with drafting the spending plan for the agencies within its jurisdiction for the coming fiscal year.

The jurisdiction of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee includes the Department of Treasury, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, White House, Federal Communications Commission and Small Business Administration, among its long list of crucial agencies. 

“Our agencies are important, but so are the paychecks of the American people,” said Sen. Kennedy. “I am honored to serve as chairman of the FSGG subcommittee.  In this role, my priorities are to ensure we are spending our money efficiently, that we know how it’s being spent and that we don’t spend a dime more than is necessary.”

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) co-sponsored the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act today, which will allow concealed carry permit holders to exercise their Second Amendment rights outside their home states.  With this legislation, states that already allow concealed carry permits will be able to legally accept other states’ permits.

 “If you have a Louisiana driver’s license, you don’t need a Texas license to drive in Houston.  This legislation applies the same common sense approach to concealed carry permits,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “If you’re traveling across state lines and would like to exercise your right to self-defense by possessing a firearm, you should be able to legally do so.  This legislation respects the Second Amendment and state sovereignty.  It just makes sense.”

The legislation was introduced by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and is cosponsored by U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Ind.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), John Thune (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

 

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) issued the following statement today on Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s offensive comments about President Donald Trump:

“You can only be young once, but you can always be immature,” said Sen. Kennedy. “I don’t know the Congresswoman, but her comments were inappropriate.  I prefer to think she was over caffeinated and just made a mistake.  If I’m wrong and she has this much hate in her heart, I feel sorry for her.” 

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) issued the following statement today on the tragic highway accident in Florida that involved a Louisiana church group:

“This fatal accident is devastating,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “I am heartbroken by the sudden deaths of these five children from Marksville.  These children were on their way to Disney World with their church when they were tragically killed in this horrific highway accident.  Please join me in praying for all who are hurting from this accident.”

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –President Donald Trump signed U.S. Sen. John Kennedy’s (R-La.) Justice Against Corruption on K Street Act (JACK Act), Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act and RBIC Advisers Relief Act into law today.

The JACK Act, S. 2896, requires lobbyists to disclose convictions of bribery, extortion, embezzlement, illegal kickbacks, tax evasion and money laundering.

The bipartisan Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, S.2679, will help veteran entrepreneurs cut costs and enhance their economic opportunities by giving them access to surplus federal property.

The RBIC Advisors Relief Act, S. 2765, will remove unnecessary compliance costs hampering the ability to create jobs and encourage economic development in rural communities.

“All three of these laws are common sense legislation,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “The JACK Act will help drain the swamp of corrupt lobbyists.  The Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act will support our veterans and promote the success of their small businesses.  We have over 284,000 veterans in Louisiana and this new law will help our veteran entrepreneurs.  The RBIC Advisors Relief Act will promote economic opportunity in rural communities across the United States.  I am proud to see these bills become law, and I am thankful to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who helped me pass these bills through Congress.”

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced today that President Donald Trump has signed his five-month reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  The program now is reauthorized until May 31, 2019, protecting millions of American families.

“This is great news for the five million Americans who depend on this program.  I don’t have to tell anyone in Louisiana how important the National Flood Insurance Program is,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Now we can work on long-term reforms.  We can make the program sustainable without it becoming unaffordable.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation by U.S. Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five months secured final passage Friday night.  The program will be reauthorized until May 31, 2019.

“More than five million Americans rely on this program to protect their homes, families and businesses.  In Louisiana, where nearly every parish sustained flooding in 2016, this program is vital,” said Sen. Kennedy. “This extension gives us some breathing room to work on long-term reforms that will make the program sustainable and affordable.”

“We secured this extension to prevent the National Flood Insurance Program from lapsing and set the stage to secure long-term reforms,” said Dr. Cassidy. “We must create a more accountable, affordable and sustainable system that is good for Louisiana and good for taxpayers.”

 

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act today that was introduced by U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-LA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to help veteran entrepreneurs cut costs and enhance their economic opportunity by giving them access to surplus federal property.  This legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed. 

The federal surplus property program allows certain non-government organizations to acquire equipment and property that the federal government no longer needs.  This legislation adds veterans to the program’s list of eligible recipients, which already includes minority-owned and women-owned small businesses. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the National Association of State Agencies for Surplus Property (NASASP) and the American Legion support this legislation.

“All veterans deserve our utmost respect and support after they return home,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Adjusting back to civilian life can be challenging, and as policy makers, we should try to make the transition as seamless and painless as possible. As Americans, we should support and encourage those veterans who decide to start their own small businesses. This legislation will offer veteran entrepreneurs some well-deserved support. The federal surplus property program is already established, so it’s just common sense that we should allow veterans to qualify for the program.  I’m happy to see this legislation pass in both chambers and make it to the President’s desk.”

“When our Veterans return home from their service, they deserve our full support as they transition back into civilian life, and that includes supporting their efforts to build and manage a small business,” said Duckworth. “Our nation should be doing much more to help our Veterans and I’m pleased the Senate unanimously passed our bipartisan bill to help Veterans expand their business operations, reduce costs, and create jobs across Illinois and around the country. I’m thrilled we were able to work with members on both sides of the aisle to send this legislation to the President’s desk.”

“Last month we honored the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans, and part of that commemoration is committing to help America’s warriors when they return from battle and transition to civilian life. Countless veterans are entrepreneurs and small business owners making contributions to their communities, but many struggle with the costs of starting a new business idea,” said Durbin. “With passage of the Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, veterans can now use GAO’s federal property surplus program, which can help veterans save costs as they open new businesses and store fronts. This is a commonsense and bipartisan bill, and I was proud to join Senators Duckworth and Kennedy to help pass it in the Senate.”  

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