They're two of the most powerful men in Washington D.C. and they just so happen to be lawmakers from Kentucky.
WYMT’s Jon Sonnheim recently got the chance to sit down with several of Kentucky's own congressmen, and talk not only about the issues facing our country, but also how they've recently risen to power and leadership roles, and how that's benefiting Kentucky as well.
Washington D.C. may be miles away from eastern Kentucky, but Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and representative Hal Rogers, the ranking republican on the homeland security appropriations subcommittee, say they certainly have not forgotten their Ol' Kentucky Home.
“I think if anything, it's been of help to me to be from eastern Kentucky. I'm proud of it,” Representative Rogers said.
“The leadership position gives me an enhanced opportunity to help Kentucky because I'm in the middle of every issue and I assure you we're always looking for ways on virtually every bill to benefit the commonwealth,” Senator McConnell said.
Both republican lawmakers have been outspoken in their support of continued funding for troops in Iraq.
Disagreeing with recently passed bills in the democratic-led house and senate, that sets a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
“They'd be better off to fight the terrorists in places like Kabul and Baghdad, so we don't have to fight them in places like Washington and New York,” McConnell said.
Rogers says America's defense of its own borders and skies is a brand new concern that began September 11th and that homeland security issues span from Iraq to immigration.
“This is a worldwide insurgency of crazy people, and we're trying to protect everything we have,” Rogers said.
It's protection of miners back home in Kentucky that both members of congress say led to last year's passage of the miner act.
Both of these congressmen are showing that Kentucky will continue to have a powerful voice in our nation's capital.
MSHA will release their report on the Harlan County Darby explosion that killed five miners last May.