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.”
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Jan 10 2019
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.”
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.).
Jan 04 2019
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.”
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) Issues Statement on the Tragic Highway Accident that Killed Members of a Marksville Church
Jan 04 2019
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) Leads Letter to SEC Chairman, FDIC Chairman and SIPC President About Robinhood Financial Misleading Customers
Dec 20 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) sent the following letter to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams and SIPC President Stephen Harbeck expressing his concerns about a financial services company, Robinhood, misleading its customers by marketing investment accounts as checking and savings accounts. Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Brain Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Doug Jones (R-Ala.) joined Sen. Kennedy in sending this letter.
December 20, 2018
Dear Chairman Clayton, Chairman McWilliams and Mr. Harbeck:
We write today regarding the recent news that Robinhood plans to open checking and savings accounts now under the guise of “cash management.” Financial technology (fintech) firms like Robinhood serve a vital purpose and increase consumer choice, inclusion, and economic prosperity. Competition with traditional servicers like banks and credit unions can ultimately benefit consumers, but we must continue to maintain the integrity of our financial system as the digital revolution expands.
As you’re aware, on December 13th, Robinhood announced the availability of new checking and savings accounts with a three percent interest rate. Under a now deleted announcement, Robinhood wrote, “your cash in Robinhood is insured up to $250,000 by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). SIPC protects cash deposits in your account in the unlikely event that Robinhood fails.” We commend SIPC for quickly and publicly explaining these accounts would not be insured. Robinhood subsequently retracted its claims and rebranded the new service as “cash management.”
Cash management is an important existing service offered by brokers to address investor demand to better manage their money. We are concerned that rebranding Robinhood’s original announcement to cash management may simply be a way to circumvent regulatory scrutiny without offering full transparency to its customers. As of December 20, over 850,000 people have signed up for the waitlist for Robinhood’s new service, and some of these individuals may have signed up before Robinhood retracted its SIPC insurance claim and because they thought they would be getting “Robinhood Checking and Savings.” Marketing an investment account as a traditional checking or savings account can be misleading and confusing for consumers.
We applaud innovation that reduces barriers to consumer friendly financial products and challenges competitors to improve their business models. This is why Congress will continue to explore options that both encourage innovation, while protecting consumers and the safety and soundness of our financial system. In the meantime, we would appreciate an update on how the SEC, FDIC, and SIPC carefully monitor fintechs who, intentionally or not, blur financial products for competitive advantage. Indeed, robust competition should not come at the expense of customer clarity, and every effort should be made not to mislead customers. We thank you for your consideration and would appreciate a response by January 31, 2019.
John Kennedy Jack Reed
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Robert Menendez Mark Warner
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Brian Schatz Jerry Moran
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today announced the final passage of legislation that he and U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) introduced to remove unnecessary compliance costs hampering the ability to create jobs and encourage economic development in rural communities. S.2765, RBIC Advisers Relief Act of 2018, now has cleared the House and the Senate.
“We have to ensure the long-term stability of our rural businesses and entrepreneurs. To create jobs and bolster Louisiana’s economy, they need access to capital,” said Sen. Kennedy. “There were a number of unintended consequences to Dodd-Frank. One of those consequences was the creation of unnecessary compliance costs for investment advisers working to create opportunities in rural communities. Our bill fixes that.”
“It is a top priority to ensure that the entrepreneurs and businesses in our rural communities have a fair shot at success,” said Sen. Jones. “This bill is evidence that we can find bipartisan solutions to help promote economic growth in rural America. This is common sense legislation that helps put rural business on an equal playing field and help them access the capital they need to succeed.”
RBICs are licensed under the Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP), a venture capital program created as a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Small Business Administration. The RBIP was designed to promote economic development and job creation in rural communities by investing in companies involved in the production, processing and supply of food and agriculture-related products.
An unintended consequence of Dodd-Frank forced investment advisors to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission if they advised both an RBIC and a venture capital fund. Congress already fixed this burden for Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) in 2015. This bill offers the same crucial relief to RBICs.