WKU Public Radio News Staff
McConnell Says Senate Should Have Input
Wed March 7, 2012
McConnell Files Bill to Address Prison Worker Controversy
U-S Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has filed legislation that would require the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to be appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate.
The Republican from Louisville filed the legislation after he was contacted by several Kentucky companies who are concerned they could have jobs taken from their firms to provide work for prisoners.
Senator McConnell says the Kentucky companies complained that Federal Prison Industries was trying to take over contracts to make military clothing. One of the Kentucky firms which has expressed concern makes Air Force jackets. Ashland Sales and Service had its contract restored after attention was drawn to plans to take the company's contract to provide jobs for prisoners. U-S Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has signed 0n as a co-sponsor to the legislation filed by Senator McConnell. The Kentucky lawmakers say the bill would bring transparency and accountability to the Bureau of Prisons. The Director of the Bureau of Prisons is currently appointed by the U-S Attorney General.