News from Congressman Barr

January 30, 2020

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SIXTH DISTRICT NEWS

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Earlier this month, I was honored to be at EKU to celebrate the success of my science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) legislation for our student veterans. Pictured with me are (l-r): EKU Interim President David McFaddin; student veteran James Birdsong, his daughter Clare, and his wife Lyndsey; and EKU Director of Military and Veterans Affairs Barbara Kent. (Photo courtesy of EKU).

STEM LEGISLATION HELPING OUR VETERANS

My STEM Scholarship legislation is making a difference in the lives of veteran students like EKU's James Birdsong, who will complete his STEM degree in December. Thank you to James and his family for joining us on the EKU campus today to discuss the success of this program. You can read more about the event at EKU and the STEM bill here

HORSERACING INTEGRITY ACT HEARING IS VITAL TO ADVANCING REFORMS

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I spoke before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce earlier this week on the importance of my Horseracing Integrity Act. 

There is nothing more synonymous with the Commonwealth of Kentucky than thoroughbred racing and breeding. The hearing this week on the Horseracing Integrity Act was an important step in advancing reforms to protect our equine athletes and jockeys. I remain firm in my belief that the future prosperity of this sport relies on uniformity of rules throughout the industry and I will continue to work to increase the popularity and public confidence in thoroughbred racing throughout the nation. You can watch my complete testimony from this week's hearing on the Horseracing Integrity Act here, and you can watch the entire hearing here. You can read more about Tuesday's hearing and the Horseracing Integrity Act here.

THE LEXINGTON LEGENDS ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR DISTRICT AND OUR COMMONWEALTH

Earlier this week, I joined House colleagues from Minor League Baseball cities across the U.S. in fighting to preserve teams in our hometowns. Minor league baseball provides so much to our local communities, bringing family friendly entertainment, job opportunities and a significant economic impact to every city a team calls home. The impact of the Lexington Legends is no exception. The 2019 South Atlantic League Champion Legends bring an average economic impact of $47.2 million per year to our community, and in addition, donate an average of $1 million locally. I am committed to doing what I can to support the Legends and ensure that they stay in Lexington for years to come. You can read more about the resolution here

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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 a resource to help constituents who are in need of assistance and want to speak to a staff member in person.

A complete schedule of all upcoming dates and times for mobile office hours can be found by clicking here. As always, if you are unable to attend mobile office hours, contact my District office and my staff would be happy to assist you. 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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