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Congressman Andy Barr

Representing All the People of Kentucky's Sixth District


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WASHINGTON - Congressman Barr released the following statement closure or conversion to natural gas of eight coal-fired power units in the southeast, including three in Kentucky:

On Tuesday, October 29, Congressman Barr was honored to add his voice to those of the thousands of hardworking coal miners and their families who visited Washington as part of the “Rally for American Energy Jobs.”
On October 14, Congressman Andy Barr spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives about the need to stop business as usual in Washington and address runaway government spending.
Congressman Andy Barr spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives after voting for  the House Amendment to the CR, which would keep the government open, while delaying Obamacare's individual mandate and canceling health-insurance subsidies for members of Congress, their staff and the White House.

Mr. Barr:

The House has voted multiple times to fund the government and to prevent a shutdown.

I was proud to join Congressman Ed Whitfield, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul and the other Friends of Coal in the Kentucky congressional delegation to denounce the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for electric utilities. This destructive policy has one goal: to kill the coal industry.

WASHINGTON – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its long-promised New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) regulating greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing electric utilities, regardless of fuel type.  These regulations are the cornerstone of the climate agenda President Obama unveiled in a speech in June at Georgetown University.

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the Department of Energy announced the most recent recipients of funding through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).  Among the awardees is Phinix, LLC, a high-tech recycling and energy management company based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Based on the strength of its application, Phinix will receive over $600,000 for the research and development of an electrochemical process to extract high-quality magnesium from scrap metal for reuse in manufacturing, as part of ARPA-E’s brand new METALS program.

On Tuesday, September 17, Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) spoke on the floor of the United States House of Representatives about the Obama Administration's radical energy-rationing agenda that threatens Kentucky families, workers, and entire industries across the Commonwealth and the country.
“The Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act is a critical tool in the battle against job-destroying overregulation. For too long, Congress has delegated away its legislative powers, leaving federal agencies to enact regulations at great costs to the American people with little oversight. The REINS Act will hold Congress responsible for the laws it writes, restoring accountability in the regulatory process that hurts Kentucky’s families and small business owners, and leads to higher prices for consumers, fewer jobs for workers, and weakened American competitiveness.”

WASHINGTON - Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement regarding today’s passage of H.R. 2218, The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013:

“Affordable and reliable energy is critical for a growing economy. That’s why today, the House passed a bill I helped introduce that would protect Kentuckians from expensive new EPA regulations that threaten to drive up energy costs for consumers and families, and destroy jobs.