I did not quarantine while awaiting a coronavirus test because I did not meet the criteria for quarantine. In fact, I did not meet the current criteria for even being tested, much less quarantined.

I have not had an encounter with anyone that health officials recommended quarantining or testing.

I took the test because my wife and I had traveled extensively during the weeks prior to COVID-19 social distancing practices, and I am at a higher risk for serious complications from the virus due to having part of my lung removed seven months ago.

I did attend Louisville...Read more

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Did you know that the bipartisan coronavirus bailout bill will provide nearly everybody in my family with a check? And I’m not poor. I’m a United States senator.

As a member of the Senate, I think it’s an abomination for the government to send checks to U.S. senators.

But according to the 2018 tax data used for calculating eligibility, which shows that my wife Kelley and I earned only the Senate income, we will be eligible for a government bailout check.

My grown kids will also be eligible for checks. I have one son in college who will get a check, and I have two...Read more

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This weekend, the Senate will likely vote on Phase 3 of the federal coronavirus response. As they do so, I urge aggressive but prudent actions.

As a physician, we learn early and take an oath to “do no harm.” This is an important principle to apply to both the medical and the economic steps taken to combat the current situation.

I’ve put together agenda items that fit this description. They will help. They are prudent. They are short term, and they are not an overreaction or a misdirection.

Right now, every special interest in Washington is fighting to lard up the...Read more

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As a physician, I understand the need for an “all hands on deck” response from our medical community to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. That means speedy access to diagnostic testing and medical supplies, and, most importantly, it means preparedness to care for every Kentuckian in need.

As your senator, I am committed to doing whatever I can to ensure big government doesn’t stand in the way of that care.

When we face a health emergency, government should trust community, academic, and public health labs to do what they are already trained and certified to do. With all of...Read more

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It is important to approach the current Coronavirus pandemic with equal measures of prudence and hope. Practical solutions to stop the spread of a novel disease are not new. They have worked in the past, and they do not need to lead to fear or panic. In fact, looking at our history of fighting and winning against so many diseases should give us optimism.

My life has been spent mostly as a physician and scientist. My current life is that of a member of the Senate, including on the committee dealing with Health Care. I’ve spoken to many in and out of government in the...Read more

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In 1964, Ronald Reagan famously observed that “[n]o government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments' programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth.”
 
Each year since has only proven that view more correct.
 
Consider, for example, how tenaciously government clings to being able to spy on ...Read more

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On a rainy Monday night at Dover Air Force Base last week, I joined President Trump for the final homecoming of Sgt. First Class Javier J. Gutierrez and Sgt. First Class Antonio R. Rodriguez, who gave their lives the prior weekend in Afghanistan.

I will never forget the soldiers saluting their fallen brothers, the weight of the silence in the air as they carried the flag-draped transfer cases off a military transport plane, or the grief of the families shattered by loss.

Two more of America's young...Read more

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The American people have seen a grand charade on display in Washington.

First, the circus toured the U.S. House for weeks, and now the sideshow has stopped over in the U.S. Senate. Democrats have accused President Donald Trump of using the government to go after his political opponents, yet they are doing the very same thing right now on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

They have wrongly weaponized the U.S. Constitution in order to go after their political opponent, President Trump. Does their hypocrisy have no shame? They have been bitter and disgruntled about the outcome of...Read more

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Sometimes the hypocrisy in Washington is so bad it is almost laughable. The House impeachment witch hunt reached that level this week with the revelations that Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., had acquired and published personal phone records of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., (the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee), two of President Trump’s personal attorneys, and an investigative journalist Schiff doesn’t like....Read more

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While you often hear me sounding the alarm over our country’s national deficit, that’s not the only debt in need of serious attention. In the last decade, U.S. student loan debt has skyrocketed to its highest ever at $1.6 trillion, with the average 2018 college graduate owing approximately $29,200 in student loans.

Most people go to college so they can one day become more financially stable, but the accompanying pile of debt threatens that vision of a successful future. That’s why I have a plan to help alleviate student loan...Read more

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