Comer in Muhl

POWDERLY, Ky. (1/28/20) —U.S. Rep. James Comer recently visited the Senior Citizen’s Center in Powderly for a “Coffee with the Congressman” event to provide an update on current events in the nation’s capital.

Western Kentucky University fellow alum and District 2 Magistrate Darrin Benton described his college friend as a man of faith and character: “He says what he means, and means what he says.”

“There is never a shortage of stories coming out of D.C.,” Comer said. "The big issue right now, if you are watching TV at all is the impeachment, I’ll make a long story short — Donald Trump is not going to be removed from office,” which was received by a round of applause from the audience.

“I think that this is a very partisan witch hunt,” Comer said. “The president has been transparent with the phone call with Ukraine, I look at it like they are making a mountain out of a molehill.”

Comer also noted he does not like giving foreign aid to any country other than Israel.

“I feel like the president had the right to ask if anything was going on with former VP Biden and his son.” Explaining, “The whole Ukrainian drama is here because Joe Biden’s son was on the corporate board of a Ukrainian Energy Board and was making $5,000 a month.”

The average income in his district is $44,000, Comer said.

“Yet, Biden’s son, with no corporate or energy related background is making that kind of money?” he added. “My question is, why is any American on that board? Was there a quid pro quo going on with then VP Biden and the Ukraine? I feel like that I a legitimate question for President Trump to ask.”

Leaving the subject of impeachment, Comer remarked, “Let’s talk about some of the good things coming out of Washington.”

He mentioned Congress has signed into law the USMCA, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, described as the new NAFTA.

“There were winners and losers in NAFTA, this trade deal is written differently,” he said. “This deal puts America on a level playing field. If a product is made in Canada or Mexico, you have issues we don’t have to deal with here in. The other trade deal that has happened in the last few weeks, is a bilateral trade agreement with China. If you look at the history over the last 20 years, our leaders have complained about China because of manipulating their currency, stealing patents not abiding by child labor laws and environmental laws, while the US was, giving China had a competitive advantage.”

Comer asked his constituents to reach out with concerns either by phone calls or through social media before opening the meeting up for questions.

The first question was concerning Medicare, with Comer replying he has received a lot of complaints on that and has voiced that with the administration. “We have four different bills that pertain to drug costs. I blame the impeachment for taking time away from things that do matter, like drug costs. “

He said the biggest issue in Congress currently is Medicare, health care and prescription drug costs.

“I do not know what the answer is, but it is not right when you can go to Canada and buy the same drug significantly cheaper than the United State. It is not right. I do not want socialized medicine, there must be something that can be done. There is no reason for insulin costs have risen over the last five years.”

The next question covered term limits. After acknowledging appreciation for the question, Congressman Comer said, “Special interest groups have too much control over members of congress. The best way to fix congress long term is term limits. I have been through three years now with both Republican and Democrat; the hardest to get to compromise on anything, are the ones that have been there the longest. There is a direct correlation between their willingness to govern and how long they have been in congress. The more elections they go through the more bitter the campaigns turn. 80-85 percent of the constituents want term limits.”

One of the more interesting questions posed was about the balanced budget, “To whom are we indebted?” Comer explained, “The U.S. sells bonds, if you build a new school, you bond it, meaning the school system will get a loan, not from banks but from people that buy bonds. People buy Kentucky Revenue Bonds. Some investment bank will sell the bond, the school system will use taxes to pay those bonds off.”

“The people buying many of the U.S. Treasury Bonds, is now China. That is why it so hard to negotiate with China, not only do they have more people than use, their country is not in any debt. China owns a lot of our debt. If they did not buy those bonds, then interest rates increase, causing people to stop buying homes, which in turn slows down the economy. For national security issues, the U.S. must stop China from buying all the debt.”

Greenville Mayor Jan Yonts raised a question about coal region funding, with regards to Hal Rogers, the congressman in Eastern Kentucky. Comer said, “We all know that Western Kentucky is where the majority of coal production has been in the last 10 years, but he’s been in congress for 44 years; he secretly went in and changed a lot of the abandoned mine land laws. There is money available for economic development for abandoned mines, but you must be from Eastern Kentucky to get it, which makes no sense.”

Kathrine Newman Timmons, SurfKY News Reporter

sitelogosm© Copyright 2008 - 2020 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.

Most Read This Week...

Partly Cloudy

51°F

Muhlenberg, KY

Partly Cloudy

Humidity: 89%

Wind: 4.35 m/h

  • 05 Apr 2020

    Partly Cloudy 63°F 49°F

  • 06 Apr 2020

    Partly Cloudy 73°F 49°F

Weather brought to you by

Market Report brought to you by

Market Report