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Sixth District News

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Congressman Barr spoke at the Central Kentucky Regional Airport announcing the AMT program on May 6.

Dear Friend,

As we approach the July Fourth holiday, we take time to reflect not only on the principles this great nation was founded upon, but also on the important work that has been done lately both within the District and on Capitol Hill.  

 Academy Sendoff

During this patriotic time, I had the opportunity to recognize eight Sixth District high school students who will be attending the various military academies for the upcoming year. The appointees were: Christopher Stanski (Air Force Academy), Douglas Wright (Merchant Marine Academy), Anna Marie Gilligan (Naval Academy), Victoriano Trevino (Naval Academy), William Henry (West Point), Isaac Marret (West Point), Samuel Martin (West Point), and Seth Quackenbush (West Point). Of the appointees, Anna Marie Gilligan received appointments by the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, ultimately choosing to attend the Naval Academy. Being appointed to a military academy is a tremendous accomplishment that few are fortunate enough to receive, and requires immense dedication and patriotism to our nation, as these students will be our future military leaders.

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Congressman Barr with Academy appointees at the Military Academy Sendoff on June 14. 

 Appalachia Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Training Project

I had the chance to be with Governor Matt Bevin and EKU President Michael Benson in Madison County to announce Kentucky’s Appalachia Aviation Maintenance (AMT) Training Project. This project will provide opportunities for those displaced by the downturn of the coal industry, veterans, and others seeking employment in Kentucky’s ARC counties the chance to earn an Industry Recognized Certification as Aviation Maintenance Technicians. This type of project will be beneficial to opening an ever-changing job market to Kentuckians that may have not been available before.

 

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Congressman Barr joined local leaders and Governor Bevin in announcing the new AMT project on May 6.

 Opioid Crisis

Kentucky programs like Shepherd’s House and SPARK rely on federal funding to provide addicts with a non-medication pathway to recovery. That’s why I offered an amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill to increase the Building Communities of Recovery program by $1 million. This additional funding will strengthen our communities’ response to the opioid epidemic by promoting prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives for individuals, each on their unique paths to recovery. My amendment passed by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 420-4.

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 Forever GI Bill 

In May, I introduced legislation to help increase veteran access to STEM scholarships as part of the Forever GI Bill. The legislation called for a reduction of required program hours from 128 to a more common 120, allowing flexibility for student veterans to fully utilize their educational benefits to obtain STEM degrees. Just this week, this legislation passed the House with bipartisan support. More information on H.R. 2196 can be found here.

 Mobile Office Hours

To better serve the people of central and eastern Kentucky, my staff conducts regular traveling office hours in every county of the Sixth Congressional District. These office hours are not town hall meetings, but rather are a resource to help constituents who are in need of assistance and want to speak to a staff member in person.

Click here for a complete schedule of all upcoming dates and times for mobile office hours.

Please continue to let me know your thoughts and concerns about issues facing our community, and I hope you will forward my weekly newsletter to your friends, family and neighbors.
You may also visit my website, Facebook and Twitter, where you can find regular updates about my work at home in the Sixth District and in Washington.

Sincerely,

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Congressman Andy Barr

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