Congressman James Comer

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Kentucky's First District U.S. Congressman James Comer helped to pass the house's version of the federal farm bill Thursday.

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West Kentucky small business owners are voicing concern that legal complexities could stave off future efforts in the region. Banking, tech, entrepreneurship and government contracting leaders provided testimony to U.S. House Small Business Committee member and first district Congressman James Comer, in a field hearing in Paducah this week.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

 First District U.S. Congressman James Comer is concerned about a recent decision by the Department of Justice to approve a $66 billion dollar Bayer-Monsanto seed and agrochemical merger.


"Government’s responsibility is to prevent monopolies, you are getting pretty close to a monopoly there." Comer said he has been anxious about the government's repsonse. "You know, how big is too big. Apparently the government decided that wasn't too big, but it is certainly a concern in agriculture.”  

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

President Donald Trump’s hardline approach towards foreign policy involving China and North Korea “hasn’t been popular” in Kentucky’s First Congressional District, Congressman James Comer said during Tuesday’s town-hall event in Fulton. But it’s an approach that Comer said he believes will benefit the region in the long-run if things go as the president plans.  

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U.S. Congressman James Comer has released his tax returns, financial disclosures and other expenses for 2017

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The U.S. House Agriculture Committee introduced their 2018 Farm Bill Thursday. The bill increases work requirements for food-stamp benefits, preserves provisions for federal crop insurance and the conservation reserve program. What isn’t included is hemp.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

In Paducah, on Monday, Baptist Health Paducah Director of Outreach Dr. Patrick Withrow led a community stakeholder forum with Congressman James Comer to discuss the region's needs for how to best allocate the $3.6 billion in the new 'omnibus' spending bill to combat the opioid crisis. Withrow also called for volunteers to help the many community services working in prevention and treatment efforts.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

U.S. Congressman James Comer says his bill to loosen hemp regulations will likely get more attention in the House now that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to file a companion bill in the Senate.

Nicole Erwin, WKMS

  Three U.S. Congressmen spent Monday morning with more than 40 river industry representatives in Paducah to discuss the nation’s Infrastructure Bill.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The political stakes are high in the upcoming midterm elections and Republicans in west Kentucky are preparing for a challenge as Democrats are looking to regain control as federal and state levels. The GOP also sees an opportunity in sharing recent accomplishments paired with conservative values to flip the last two Democratic state House seats in far west Kentucky and to gain further control over a region where Democratic support was once strong but has eroded over the past decades. This message and these goals were made clear during the West Kentucky Lincoln Reagan Dinner on Saturday night in Murray, where Wyoming Representative-at-Large Liz Cheney delivered the keynote, followed by Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, regional candidates and others.

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