News from Congressman Barr

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SIXTH DISTRICT NEWS

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Congressman Barr joined the Recovery Working Group for a meeting on August 4 (click to enlarge image).

 

Dear Friend,

 

Congress is in recess this August, allowing me to spend more time in the District connecting with constituents. Having this extended time in the district allows me to better understand the needs of the people of the Sixth District. 

DISTRICT EVENTS

While traveling through the District, I have participated in visits that highlight our local communities and showcase the strides we are making in so many areas, including addiction recovery. I am proud to be a part of this effort to make a real difference. Everyone is deserving of a second chance at living a life free of addiction. 

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On August 2, I was honored to speak at the annual Nicholas County FFA Farm to Table Dinner.

 

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On August 1, I visited Lexington's Oxford Houses, which provide housing for those in recovery. 

 

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I was honored to take part in the annual Run for Recovery hosted by Shepherd's House on July 27. 

VISITING LOCAL BUSINESSES 

During the recess period, I had the chance to visit local businesses in the area to see firsthand the economic progress we have made—while also discussing how we can continue to improve the business environment in the District.

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Early in the recess period, I spoke at the Gateway Area Development District’s 50th Anniversary celebration in Mt. Sterling.

 

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I was honored to join Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner and other local officials for a tour of Contech to see the impact of job growth on the community.

MEETING WITH LOCAL LEADERS

Whether in Washington or in the District, I enjoy meeting with local leaders to get their input on issues and gain a better understanding of what we can promote solutions that help Central Kentucky. Within the past few weeks, I met with Lawrenceburg Mayor Troy Young and Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton. You can read more about my Lawrenceburg visit here.

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It was great to have Mayor Linda Gorton and members of her staff in my Washington D.C. office last month  to discuss priorities for Lexington and Central Kentucky. 

 

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I recently met with new Lawrenceburg Mayor Troy Young and other city officials to discuss priority projects.

PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS CONGRESSMAN BARR'S VETERANS BILL INTO LAW

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Congressman Barr spoke on the House floor on the necessity for enacting a change in STEM requirements for student veterans.

 

I am pleased to say that my bill to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) access for veterans was signed into law by President Trump on July 31. The legislation reduces the credit-hour requirement so that more student veterans can use their Forever GI Bill benefits. This law will remove some of the bureaucratic obstacles that prevented many of our student veterans from following their dreams of obtaining a higher education. You can read more about the legislation here.  

HONORING OUR HEROES 

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Congressman Barr spoke on the House floor to commemorate the passing of Roy Bates (click video above for full comments).

 

Before Congress adjourned for the August recess, I had the humbling experience of honoring the life of Roy Bates on the House Floor. Mr. Bates was a native of Winchester and courageously served our nation during the Korean War— a war in which he lost his left leg in combat. He was a true patriot to our Commonwealth and our country. We owe him, and our other veterans, a tremendous debt of gratitude for their service. I am honored to call Mr. Bates a friend, and more importantly, a hero. 

SPECTRUM NEWS INTERVIEW 

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Congressman Barr joined Michon Lindstrom in studio for an interview (video linked above) during the August recess.

 

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in an interview with Spectrum News 1's Michon Lindstrom to discuss the recent introduction of my VA Child Care Protection Act. I believe that protecting the children of those who protect our freedoms should not be partisan.  

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 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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