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Washington, D.C. –Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a rule to expand the definition of “rural” areas within its financial regulations, bowing to pressure from a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, led by Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6).
“I’m pleased that a legislative proposal initiated by Kentuckians spurred the Bureau to adopt these long-overdue regulatory relief measures, which will help residents of rural America access affordable credit at their community banks and credit unions,” said Congressman Barr.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement upon passage of FY 2015 Omnibus:
LEXINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr took on a new role Friday, August 22, serving as a “Teller for a Day” at the Citizens Guaranty Bank in Berea.
“I enjoyed being a ‘Teller for a Day’ and getting a first-hand look at the kind of hard work being done by community bankers here in Berea and across Kentucky,” said Congressman Barr. “Our community banks are a critical resource for Kentuckians looking to responsibly gain access to the credit they need – including credit to purchase a home, pay for higher education, or even invest in their business.”
WASHINGTON – Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06) applaud the bipartisan effort to pass H.R. 5062, the Examination and Supervisory Privilege Parity Act of 2014. The legislation clarifies the sharing of information between federal and state regulators that license, supervise or examine consumer financial products or services, it will not waive or affect any privilege during the examination process.
Congressman Andy Barr spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of his legislation, H.R. 2672, the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities Act, or the HELP Rural Communities Act, which passed the House by a bipartisan voice vote on May 6, 2014.
Washington - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2672, the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities Act, or the HELP Rural Communities Act. H.R. 2672 is legislation introduced by Congressman Andy Barr that would provide individuals in rural areas like Bath County, Kentucky, the right to petition for the area to be properly reclassified as “rural” and relieve the local community banks from burdensome regulations that unfairly limit their ability to lend and help create jobs in their communities.
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Andy Barr’s bipartisan, commonsense fix to a real-world problem voiced by community banks and employers in Kentucky.
H.R. 4167, the Restoring Proven Financing for American Employers Act, included significant bipartisan input from Democratic members of the House Committee on Financial Services, passing out of the Committee in March by a vote of 53-3, and passing the full House today by a bipartisan voice vote.
Washington - Today, the House Committee on Financial Services approved two pieces of legislation introduced by Congressman Andy Barr. Both H.R. 2672, the Helping Expand Lending Practices and Rural Communities Act, or the HELP Rural Communities Act, and H.R. 4167, the Restoring Proven Financing for American Employers Act, included significant bipartisan input from Democratic members of the Committee, and would ensure that Washington bureaucrats don’t needlessly and arbitrarily restrict access to credit.
On Tuesday, February 11th, the new Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, appeared before the Financial Services Committee to provide testimony about the Fed's policies and to answer questions from Members about the state of the economy.
Congressman Barr's questions to Chair Yellen focused on improving the employment situation in our country, the impact of Obamacare on the size of the labor force, and the long-term consequences and sustainability of our national debt.