Sixth District Report

Andy Barr
Andy Barr

Fighting for Kentucky Agriculture

I am pleased that on Thursday, the House passed an amendment I helped introduce to prohibit the use of Drug Enforcement Administration funds to further inhibit the progress of Kentucky’s industrial hemp research projects being conducted across the Bluegrass.

I believe industrial hemp holds much promise for Kentucky farmers as they seek new, alternative markets and additional agricultural opportunities. The amendment, which passed with bipartisan support Thursday evening by a vote of 246 to 162, is a simple, direct legislative remedy that will hopefully send a clear message from

Congress that these pilot projects are sanctioned, important, and a critical step toward reintroducing industrial hemp to the American agricultural mix.

Last summer, when the House amended the Farm Bill to include language that would allow universities and state departments of agriculture to grow and research industrial hemp, I was optimistic about the tremendous opportunity the amendment provided Kentucky Farmers and was pleased to support it. That amendment allows researchers an opportunity to explore the feasibility and economic potential of reintroducing hemp into America’s agricultural mix. In addition, the pilot projects serve as a gateway for farmers to enter into new, untapped domestic markets and may help supplant job losses in my district in other industries.

However, for many states eager to establish these pilot research projects, aggressive federal overreach has impeded the efforts of researchers and farmers. This week’s amendment will help prevent further abuse in the future and allow these important research efforts to begin.

Addressing the Disaster that is Obamacare

Thursday morning, I spoke on the floor of the US House about the need to put politics aside and work together to help our neighbors who are hurting by addressing the disaster that is Obamacare.

Obamacare has made life harder for most Kentucky families, driving up costs, limiting choices of doctors and hospitals, and taking away insurance coverage that people liked.

Kentucky families, workers and business owners want healthcare reform that lowers costs, expands coverage and covers pre-existing conditions without hurting quality or cutting jobs.

That is why I introduced the bipartisan Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act with Dr. Ami Bera, a Democrat Congressman from California.

I have also cosponsored the American Health Care Reform Act, a comprehensive alternative to Obamacare that would implement the common sense, patient-centered reforms I’ve always supported.

The Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act and the American Health Care Reform Act are better solutions than Obamacare, which until replaced, will continue to destroy jobs, hurt medical innovation, take away choices and drive up costs.

Ensuring Kentucky Veterans Receive the Care they Deserve

If you or a veteran you know is having problems with the VA, I want to know about it.

I have been working with the Sixth District Veterans Coalition I started last year to ensure that our veterans are receiving the care they need and deserve in a timely fashion.

Last month, my office sent out a survey inquiring about the care and service provided by the Lexington VA to Kentucky’s veterans and service members, including those who are in rural areas and travel to Lexington for care.

Thank you to those who have already returned our survey, and I encourage all members of our military community to fill the survey out on my website or call my office with their input. If you know someone who would like to fill out the survey, I hope you will encourage them to fill it out as well.

Please click the following link to take the survey. And thank you for your service to our nation.

If you or a veteran you know is having problems with the VA, I want to know about it. 

I have been working with the Sixth District Veterans Coalition I started last year to ensure that our veterans are receiving the care they need and deserve in a timely fashion.  

Last month, my office sent out a survey inquiring about the care and service provided by the Lexington VA to Kentucky’s veterans and service members, including those who are in rural areas and travel to Lexington for care. 

Thank you to those who have already returned our survey, and I encourage all members of our military community to fill the survey out on my website or call my office with their input. If you know someone who would like to fill out the survey, I hope you will encourage them to fill it out as well. 

 http://barr.house.gov/survey-for-vets-coalition

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