News from Congressman Barr

October 8, 2019

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On September 21, I had the pleasure of speaking with veterans participating in an honor flight to Washington, D.C. (photo by Tim Webb Photography)



I spoke on the House floor about the importance of my hemp amendments to the SAFE Banking Act.


My amendments making it easier for hemp and CBD industries to access banking and financial services recently passed the House as part of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act. At a time when hemp-related businesses are booming, many Kentucky hemp farmers and businesses are experiencing roadblocks when it comes to accessing banking and financial services. While banks and credit unions want to serve these businesses, they often have concerns about possible legal implications. My provisions will give financial institutions the confidence they need to provide services to hemp-related businesses. You can watch my comments on the issue by clicking the photo above, and read the entire press release here.



Recent mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso and Odessa are weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of our parents, our teachers and, in many cases, our children. Regrettably, in the wake of these tragedies, we’ve witnessed yet again the politicization of gun violence and the false accusation that Republicans in Congress refuse to address the issue. To be sure, I continue to join my Republican colleagues in opposing partisan legislation that would infringe on law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights without preventing a single mass shooting. But the narrative that congressional Republicans have refused to take action is simply not true. I recently wrote a column on this issue and the actions that Republicans are taking, you can read the entire column here




I sat down with The Bottom Line to discuss a number of important issues to the Sixth District, chief among them being trade and the USMCA. 


In Congress, I have the opportunity to work on a number of issues that impact Kentucky's business community. Recently, I sat down with Jacqueline Pitts from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce to discuss a variety of business related topics, including the urgent need for Congress to pass the USMCA trade agreement to help our manufacturing sector flourish and continue growing the economy. We also discussed immigration, bourbon and hemp. You can watch the entire interview by clicking the picture above. 





I am honored to have been appointed to serve as a conferee on the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the FY2020 NDAA, which includes my Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act. North Korea’s malign activities and efforts to circumvent international sanctions requires a strong and robust response from the United States. That is why I reintroduced the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act, which, if enacted, would represent the toughest economic sanctions ever directed at North Korea. These sanctions are targeted at foreign banks and simply require those banks to make a choice. They can either do business with North Korea or they can do business with the United States, but they can’t do both. I’m honored to be chosen to serve on this conference committee to fight to include these tough sanctions on North Korea in the final version of the bill so that we advance American national security and counter North Korean aggression.





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. 



Congressman Andy Barr

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