McConnell addresses Paducah chamber group in Washington

by Todd Faulkner, Chad Darnall –

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stepped off the Senate floor briefly to say hello to the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce group currently in the capital for its annual fly-in.

The Kentucky Republican talked federal funding for future cleanup contracts at the former gaseous diffusion plant in Paducah, a Department of Energy cleanup site. “I think things are going smoothly on the cleanup. Congressman Comer and I, our job is to send sending money down every year, and I think we’re going to be able to do that,” he said.

He said the Republican majority in Congress is making an impact, but acknowledged midterm battles coming up against the democrats. “We think we’re making a difference for the country and we’re going to keep on doing it. Congressman Comer and I still hope we’re in the majority next year. Because obviously I experienced both, and I’m here to tell you without fear of contradiction, it’s better to be in the majority than be in the minority,” he said.

In closing, McConnell said he’s proud of recent big accomplishments like the opening of the Olmsted Locks and Dam in southern Illinois.

“Nothing like the dam, Olmsted Dam project, brings home again the importance of the inland waterways system and how much it means to the country and how much it means to Kentucky, in particular. At least 13 thousand jobs in that particular industry. So you’re in a vital part of the country and its commerce. We’re grateful you’re here, thanks for coming by and we’ll see you all soon,” McConnell said.