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.
More on Jobs and the Economy
|3/21/13||Barr Votes for Republican Budget|
|3/14/13||Barr Fights Carbon Tax|
|3/5/13||Barr Expresses Concern About Job Losses in Bourbon County|
|2/28/13||Barr: Congress Should Not Go Home Until Sequester Replaced|
|2/14/13||Barr Joins Bipartisan Effort to Address National Debt Crisis|
|2/12/13||Barr Calls on Congress to Replace the President's Sequestration by Setting Priorities|
|1/30/13||Barr Discusses Jobs, National Debt Crisis With Constituents|
|1/25/13||Barr Named to Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, Oversight and Investigations Panels|
|1/3/13||Barr Gets to Work on Jobs, Debt|