McConnell touts benefits to Kentucky in spending package

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is touting the benefits for Kentucky in the recent government spending bill signed into law last week.

McConnell said in a news conference Monday in Louisville that his leadership role allows Kentucky to “punch above its weight.”

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He says he had a direct hand in securing $400 million for a new VA hospital in Louisville, $25 million to fight Asian carp in western Kentucky and secured coal miners pension benefits.

McConnell is running for a seventh term in 2020.

The spending bill also included $25 million for addiction recovery housing in Kentucky and provisions to boost the hemp industry.