PIKEVILLE – On Monday, the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce hosted Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator Rand Paul at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in downtown Pikeville.
A crowd of Chamber and community members filled the Expo’s ballroom to hear the presidential hopeful discuss a number of issues affecting the region, nation, and world.
Senator Paul opened the event assuring attendees he will continue his firm stance in defending Eastern Kentucky and its ailing coal economy. He touched on the recent passage of two Senate resolutions that were introduced under the Congressional Review Act. The resolutions call for the repeal one of the Obama administration’s coal-killing regulations, the Clean Power Act. The resolutions will most likely be vetoed by President Obama.
The presidential candidate also laid out his proposal of economic freedom zones for the region. The zones, he said, will dramatically lower taxes and leave hundreds of millions of dollars in the mountain communities of Eastern Kentucky.
A number of other topics were touched upon including the ongoing challenges in the Middle East, the potential for influx of refugees from Syria and other troubled nations, the national debt crisis, and many others.
The networking event was sponsored by a locally-owned document destruction services company, Shred-All Documents. The event provided an opportunity to connect the region’s business community to one of its most influential elected leaders.
Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (SEKC) is committed to improving the local economy, regional unity, political advocacy, and economic development; ultimately, improving the quality of life for citizens of the entire region. With over 550 member businesses that employ 25,000+ employees in 8 counties, SEKC provides a support network for businesses in Southeast Kentucky.