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Congressman Andy Barr

Representing All the People of Kentucky's Sixth District

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The response today demonstrates the overwhelming interest in finding new opportunities to build community and economic success in the Appalachian region.

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:

Congressman Andy Barr expressed support for Kentucky's effort to return the FEI World Equestrian Games to Lexington in 2018:
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.”
Waterway infrastructure is critical to Kentucky trade and competitiveness. Here in the Commonwealth, our waterways and ports support 15,640 Kentucky jobs and directly contribute $2.5 billion to our local economy while our $22 billion international export industry supports hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Congressman Andy Barr today was joined by fellow Kentucky Representatives Brett Guthrie and Ed Whitfield to call on House Speaker John Boehner to assign farm bill conferees from the House of Representatives to meet with Senate conferees so a bi-cameral agreement on a new long-term farm bill can be reached.
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.