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Congressman Andy Barr

Representing All the People of Kentucky's Sixth District

Barr Celebrates Kentucky's Signature Spirit on National Bourbon Day

Jun 14, 2013
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In honor of National Bourbon Day, Congressman Andy Barr spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives about the importance of Kentucky's signature industry and H.R. 2312, legislation he introduced to promote further growth in the industry.
 
Full Transcript:
 
Mr. Speaker,
 
In honor of National Bourbon Day, I rise to celebrate Kentucky's signature spirit.
 
Kentucky's signature Bourbon industry has enjoyed significant growth domestically and abroad, creating billions of dollars in economic activity and over 9,000 jobs, including thousands in the legendary distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
 
Unlike vodka or gin, bourbon is required by law to be stored for at least two years in charred-white oak barrels. However, bourbon distillers are unable to deduct their expenses during that unique aging process, placing them at a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace.
 
This week, I introduced the bipartisan Aged Distilled Spirits Competitiveness Act, which would amend the tax code to fix this inequality and help level the playing field for Kentucky's signature bourbon industry.
 
American products can successfully compete with any in the world. This House is working overtime to enact policies that create jobs and spur our nation's economy.
 
I am confident that the right tax policy will mean even more growth and job creation for the people of Kentucky.