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Congressman Andy Barr

Representing All the People of Kentucky's Sixth District


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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.

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.
On Monday, September 9, Congressman Andy Barr helped introduce H.R. 3067, the No Obamacare Subsidies for Members of Congress Act of 2013, legislation authored by Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (WV) that would prevent Members of Congress from receiving a roughly 75 percent subsidy for the purchase of a health insurance policy on the healthcare exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act.
“I welcome today’s announcement that the USDA has reversed its December 2012 decision to implement new, special provisions of insurance for burley and flue-cured tobacco,” said Congressman Barr. “However, it is unfortunate that many tobacco farmers will remain unable to obtain coverage this year and must wait until the 2014 crop year, all due to USDA’s implementing this poor policy in the first place. Farmers across central and eastern Kentucky must never again be vulnerable to such untimely and harmful policy changes. This is why I will continue to push for the passage of my legislation, H.R. 1789, the Creating Crop Insurance Certainty for Farmers Act, that will ensure instances like this do not reoccur in the future.”
“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.”
On Thursday, August 1st, Congressman Andy Barr (KY) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives about his support for the REINS Act and about a jobs amendment to the REINS Act which he cosponsored that would require the agency drafting a Federal rule to include a job-impact assessment in the proposal's cost-benefit analysis.  
This will show how many jobs will be created, or more realistically, how many jobs the proposed regulation will destroy.  It will also reveal whether these job losses or new jobs are in the private or public sector. 
“Today, I voted for the Stop Government Abuse Act because it is an important piece of legislation in the fight to protect our freedoms from a constantly expanding federal government. Kentuckians want a strong economy and a brighter future, and this bill to stop government abuse and hold unelected bureaucrats accountable lays the groundwork for new jobs, more freedom, and expanded opportunity.”
Today, I voted to delay Obamacare’s implementation, saving jobs and protect hardworking American families from the individual mandate. Unlike the President, we know it’s not fair to give businesses and labor unions relief from Obamacare’s job-crushing provisions and leave families to deal with the disastrous consequences.
Wednesday, July 17, Congressman Andy Barr questioned Chairman Ben Bernanke on the Federal Reserve's expansion of monetary policy.