Election 2016: U.S. House - Kentucky 5th District


Hal D. Rogers
Republican - Incumbent



Education: B.A., University of Kentucky; L.L.B., University of Kentucky
Political Experience: 1981-present: Representative, United States of House Representatives. Kentucky 5th District


Where They Stand

"Providing students with access to quality educational opportunities is essential to improving the quality of life in southern and eastern Kentucky.  In today’s modern world, we must ensure that students not only have the fundamental building blocks of an education – such as reading, writing and arithmetic – but that they also have the technological skills to compete for the jobs of the future.  Over the years, I have worked hard to provide better educational opportunities for our youth.  Below are some organizations that strive to meet that goal. The Center for Rural Development in Somerset is home to a host of programs and organizations that seek to foster educational opportunities for youth and adults throughout the region..." Read more: (http://halrogers.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=8279)


"Energy costs represent the top line on almost every family budget, and I have long supported “all of the above” energy policies to ensure that electricity costs remain as low as possible for hard-working families and seniors.  Making our country energy independent will require policies that increase the supply of American-made energy today while investing in technologies to provide a stable, long-term source of affordable and environmentally-friendly energy. Luckily, our region of southern and eastern Kentucky boasts some of the most affordable energy in the world- coal. I have always supported the responsible, safe and efficient mining and use of coal, as nearly one-third of all the coal mines in the country are in Kentucky.  Today, the Fifth Congressional District alone is home to nearly 500 mining operations and over 17,000 mine operators and contractors. Thousands of additional jobs are directly tied to the industry in the region..." Read more: (http://halrogers.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=8275)


"Chairman Rogers’ focus is on reducing the size and scope of the government by reining in federal spending, conducting rigorous but thoughtful oversight of federal agencies, and restoring fiscal discipline and regular order to our budget process. As such, the Appropriations Committee has been front and center in restoring austerity and transparency to the discretionary portion of our federal expenditures. In his first year as Chairman, Rogers led the Committee and Congress in historic discretionary spending reductions- cutting spending by some $95 billion compared to FY10." (http://halrogers.house.gov/issueshome/appropriations.htm)
"Historically, many areas of the Fifth District have been underserved when it comes to medical and dental care. I have worked to increase access to health care services, reduce the number of uninsured individuals and families, and improve the overall health of people in southern and eastern Kentucky. I have consistently supported programs that serve low-income, rural residents.  For example, I have long supported Community Health Centers, and I also directed $2 million in federal funding to help establish the Center of Excellence in Rural Health facility in Hazard.  Operated by the University of Kentucky, the Center provides academic and residency programs for students from Appalachia and other small towns, while also providing an array of health services for area residents..." Read more: (http://halrogers.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=8278)
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"Improving our transportation network is one of the most effective ways to promote economic growth and prosperity, and I have worked to ensure that a fair share of federal gasoline tax dollars return to Kentucky.  Nowhere is the need for new roads and improved aviation access more apparent than in southern and eastern Kentucky, where people have been isolated from the rest of the Commonwealth largely due to inadequate and poor road and airport infrastructure.  By working together with local, state, and federal officials, we have made numerous improvements to our transportation network.  During my time in Congress, I have helped direct more than $100 million in funding for Kentucky’s Appalachian Highways.  These dollars have helped transform several roads in our region, including a section of U.S. 119 over Pine Mountain in Letcher County, which was once considered one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in the Commonwealth..." Read more: (http://halrogers.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=8274)


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"There is no question that our current tax system is incredibly complicated and in need of simplification.  I support efforts to reform our tax code so that it is easier to understand and comply with the law.  At the same time, I believe any reform of the tax code must be fair and should not punish success achieved through hard work and innovation. I strongly support legislative efforts to reduce the tax burden on hardworking men and women.  I was proud to support legislation in 2001 and 2003 which provided much-needed tax relief to small business and working families, increased the child tax credit, and reduced the marriage penalty and tax rates on dividends and capital gains..." Read more: (http://halrogers.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=8276)


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