After being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, our country must be focused on economic growth and recovery. That is why I am advocating for policies that will strengthen small businesses, families and encourage Americans to go back to work and reclaim our way of life. Some of this work includes:
- Helped craft the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provided over $7 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses in the Commonwealth. Not only did PPP save businesses, the program kept paychecks flowing to thousands of Kentucky families.
- Cosponsoring the Help Wanted Act. Small businesses in Kentucky and throughout the United States are having a difficult time attracting employees back into the workforce due to enhanced unemployment benefits. This legislation requires every state to reinstate the “work-search” requirement for unemployment benefits and requires unemployment recipients to show proof of a job search to receive benefits. Additionally, the legislation strikes a provision from the CARES Act that allows individuals to collect unemployment if they voluntarily left their job. Finally, the legislation would prohibit the use of generic concerns about COVID-19 as a reason for turning down offers of employment.
- Fighting to maintain the Trump-era tax cuts I voted for that propelled our economy to the best jobs’ numbers in history and rising wages for the middle-class. These tax cuts doubled the standard deduction, expanded the child tax credit, and delivered a $2,051 tax cut for the average family of four in Kentucky’s Sixth District.
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|11/6/19||McConnell and Barr Announce $10.2 Million Transportation Grant for Bourbon and Scott Counties|
|4/18/19||Kentucky to Receive Funding to Implement Congressman Andy Barr’s CAREER Act Transitional Housing Program|
|2/26/19||Rep. Barr Thanks Department for Local Government for Support of Sixth District Community Development Block Grant Projects|
|10/11/18||Barr Announces Awarded Grants for Two Lexington Substance-Abuse Recovery Centers|
|10/1/18||Barr Votes for Historic, Bipartisan Opioid Package to Fight Epidemic in Kentucky|
|9/28/18||Barr Votes to Make Tax Cuts Permanent for Kentuckians|
|7/17/18||Barr Statement on JOBS and Investor Confidence Act|
|6/14/18||House Passes Barr's Legislation to Fight Opioid Epidemic|
|5/9/18||Rep. Barr Fights Opioid Epidemic by Empowering Kentuckians|
|3/21/18||Congressman Barr Receives 2018 Spirit of Enterprise Award|