News from Congressman Barr

February 19, 2020

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SIXTH DISTRICT NEWS

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I recently had the great pleasure of meeting with Special Olympics Kentucky Athlete Ambassador Katie Williams and board members Fred Orthmeyer and Carla McKinney for Special Olympics Hill Day. I admire Katie for inspiring others and demonstrating the power and joy of sport by competing with Special Olympics Kentucky. 

OUR VETERANS DESERVE THE MILITARY SAVE ACT

Last week, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and I reintroduced H.R. 5757, the Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment (SAVE) Act. The bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to approve a veteran’s community care in order to recover from military sexual trauma if community care is the veteran’s choice. This is needed legislation that will empower military sexual trauma survivors to choose the best medical treatment for their situation. Victims of military sexual assault deserve the flexibility, compassion and discretion to receive care in a location that is most comfortable to them. This legislation would also remove the requirement that a VA mental health professional must determine whether a VA patient’s condition qualifies for care and instead permit the veteran’s treating provider—either medical or mental health—to make the determination. You can read more about H.R. 5757 here

SUPPORTING VETERANS IN STEM CAREERS ACT SIGNING

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This past week, I joined President Trump in the Oval Office for the signing of the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act.

Yesterday, I was proud to be with the President for the signing of the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act which will expand opportunities for our veterans to study and pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Legislation that helps provide a better workforce transition for our veterans remains a priority for me in Congress. This is why I am proud to also introduce my Veteran STEM Scholarship Enhancement Act to allow the VA to more quickly process veteran STEM scholarship applications.

A NATIONAL EFFORT TO RECOGNIZE NOTABLE WOMEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY

This week, with my support, the House overwhelmingly passed the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act. Across the nation there is a growing movement to recognize notable women and their historical contributions through public monuments. In coordination with these national efforts I am also supporting the creation of the Breaking the Bronze Ceiling sculpture to be installed in Lexington. The monument will commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. Thank you to Councilmembers Jennifer Mossotti and Kathy Plomin for their efforts ensuring this monument is built in Lexington. 

AUTO MANUFACTURING IS THRIVING IN OUR DISTRICT

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 I had the opportunity to attend the Washington DC Auto Show and get a look at the brand new Toyota Camry, produced right here in the Sixth District in Georgetown.

I am proud to say that the largest Toyota manufacturing plant in the world calls the Sixth District home. It is thanks, in part, to the hardworking employees in Georgetown that we were able to convince the Trump Administration to not pursue tariffs on imported parts from Japan, which is good for wages, our state and our national economy. While at the Auto Show, I recorded a video thanking the employees of our Georgetown plant, you can view the video here.  

THE ECONOMY CONTINUES TO BE STRONG THANKS TO PRO-GROWTH POLICIES 

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This past week, I had the chance to discuss pressing economic issues with Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell in a Financial Services Committee hearing. 

Thanks to pro-growth, Republican policies, the U.S. economy is exceptionally strong. Since the 2016 election, seven million new jobs have been created, unemployment is at a 50 year low, wage growth is the highest it has been in a decade with lowest income workers seeing a 16% wage increase over that time. You can watch my full exchange with Chairman Powell from Tuesday by clicking the photo above.  

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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