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On September 17, 2014, the National Federation of Independent Business, an advocacy association which gives small-business owners on Main Street a voice in public policy-making, announced that they have named Congressman Barr a "Guardian of Small Business" for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress.
Congressman Andy Barr made the following statement upon being recognized:
LEXINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement after touring JENNMAR in Winchester:
In honor of the upcoming 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3, 2014, Congressman Andy Barr spoke about the men and women who dedicate their lives to Kentucky's signature horse industry, and the significant economic and jobs impact of this industry on Kentucky and beyond.
Congressman Andy Barr spoke on the House Floor about the Environmental Protection Agency's strangling overregulation of our nation’s economy. As he pointed out, "The coal industry in my region in central and eastern Kentucky could be the poster child of this regulatory onslaught. According to the Commonwealth's recently released figures, more than 7,000 coal miners in the Appalachian coalfields have received pink slips since 2009; 2,232 of those jobs were lost last year alone, thanks in large part to the overreach of the EPA."
WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement following President Obama’s State of the Union Address:
“Tonight, I had hoped to hear about how the President will reduce our exploding federal debt, protect the American people from the harmful effects of the new healthcare law, and grow the economy to create jobs for hardworking families who are suffering in this stagnant economy.
“Unfortunately, the President offered the same failed approach of more government spending, more job-crushing regulations, and higher taxes.
WASHINGTON –Congressman Andy Barr today released the following statement following House passage of the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill:
“The people of central and eastern Kentucky sent me to Washington to rein in out-of-control federal spending, save our country from bankruptcy, and promote the long-term growth of our economy and our workforce.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court to support Kentucky’s coal miners, their families, small businesses and all those negatively affected by the Administration’s War on Coal. Senator McConnell’s amicus brief was joined by Senator Rand Paul and Congressmen Hal Rogers, Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie, Thomas Massie and Andy Barr of Kentucky. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, also joined the brief.
During a House Financial Services Committee hearing on December 11, Congressman Andy Barr questioned Treasury Secretary Jack Lew about the Obama Administration’s policy guidance for the World Bank and the Export-Import Bank, which discourages the sale of American coal overseas. The respective missions of the World Bank and the Export-Import Bank are to help grow the economies of developing countries and to support American exporters in reaching new markets. And yet, as part of this Administration’s efforts to prevent the mining, burning, and now even the exporting of domestic coal, these