Andy Barr Sixth District Report

Andy Barr
Andy Barr

Passing a Jobs Bill to Support Kentucky’s Infrastructure

On Thursday, I supported House passage of the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, which passed by a bipartisan vote of 253-170.

The bill protects taxpayer dollars and cuts waste, spending $50 million less than last year’s version. It will help create construction jobs, improve our nation’s vital infrastructure, and support a true “all-of-the-above” energy policy that will reduce costs for Kentucky families. It prioritizes investments that will benefit the people of Central Kentucky such as: the construction and rehabilitation of Army Corps dams, levees, and locks to support commerce and flood prevention; the development of innovative clean coal technology to provide a clear, responsible future for our coal industry; the Appalachian Regional Commission’s work to benefit our District’s eastern counties; and research and development projects to reduce the cost of gasoline and electricity.

The House has also heard the voices of Americans who are tired of overregulation by Washington. This bill would keep the Obama Administration from implementing proposed regulations that would prohibit coal mining, slow construction projects, and limit agricultural activities nationwide through a new definition of “waters of the United States.”

Click the following link for more information about the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act.



Advancing Responsible Workforce Development Reforms

Now more than ever, effective education and workforce development opportunities are critical to a stronger middle class.

That is why I am glad that on Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which represents a compromise between the House and the Senate on a bill the House passed last year with my support known as the SKILLS Act.

H.R. 803 is bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will improve our nation’s workforce development system and help put Americans back to work. This legislation will help build a system that prepares workers for the 21st century workforce, while helping businesses find the skilled employees they need to compete and help create jobs in America.

This final agreement will lead to a leaner, more effective, and more accountable workforce development system.

Addressing the Crisis at the Border

What’s occurring at our southern border is a humanitarian crisis caused by a failure of the Administration to secure our border, and a refusal by the Administration to enforce the laws of this country.

One vital step in addressing the urgent crisis of unaccompanied children flooding across our border is to fix a 2008 law which imposes bureaucratic delays that prevent the speedy removal of illegal border crossers from Central America.

That is why I have acted and cosponsored H.R. 5053, the Expedited Family Reunification Act. This important legislation amends the 2008 law to end the distinction between how we treat unaccompanied children who come from Mexico and Canada, and how we treat the unaccompanied children who come from Central American countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The Administration has stated that as many as 90,000 unaccompanied children could cross the border by the end of September. To put an end to this lawlessness, we must pass H.R. 5053, and we must take strong measures to secure the border until operational control is achieved and verified.

Signature Industry Spotlight: Rolling Back Washington Overreach

On Tuesday, I was pleased to vote in favor of H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2014 — legislation I cosponsored that will allow veterinarians to continue the long-standing tradition of providing care to large livestock on-site as mobile veterinarians.

Recent Washington-overreach by the Drug Enforcement Agency is threatening this practice, and many veterinarians have been cited for administering commonly used medications outside their principle place of business. H.R. 1528 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify that veterinarians may transport and dispense these medications at a site other than the principle place of business, such as when they visit a farm to treat animals in need.

This legislation is especially critical to the Sixth District’s signature agriculture industry and the veterinarians who provide care for the abundance of livestock in central and eastern Kentucky.

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