Andy Barr Sixth District Report

Andy Barr
Andy Barr

Obamacare Costs Hurting Kentucky Families

As I travel across Kentucky’s Sixth District I hear over and over how Obamacare has negatively impacted many Kentucky families, causing their premiums to go up and increasing their financial burden.

A recent study by Forbes showed health care premiums have increased an average of 70 percent for men and 40 percent for women living in the Sixth District.

In an effort to help improve health care outcomes and control costs, I have introduced the Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act with Dr. Ami Bera of California. This bipartisan bill would improve patient care and lower health care costs by implementing best practice guidelines and discouraging frivolous lawsuits to help to protect the jobs, health and pocketbooks of hardworking Kentucky families.

Holding Washington Bureaucrats Accountable

This week’s revelations at the IRS are yet another example of the Obama Administration’s incompetence and lack of accountability or transparency – from the failed Obamacare website to the release of an architect of 9-11 from Guantanamo to the “disappearance” of key emails related to the targeting of taxpayers by the IRS. I will continue fighting for accountability and for action on the many bills the House has already passed that would make energy more affordable, reduce the high cost Kentuckians face while caring for their families, and most importantly, create a better environment for job creation. It is unacceptable that these bills are still collecting dust on anti-coal Senator Harry Reid’s desk.

Supporting Our Men and Women in Uniform

This week, I was pleased to support H.R. 4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2015, which funds the Department of Defense. This legislation will help to provide the necessary funding our men and women in uniform need to help defend our freedom and help protect our allies and our national interest around the globe; ensure we have the tools we need to investigate known terror suspects abroad; prevent the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo; and increase funding to help prevent military sexual assault from occurring, while providing the necessary services to victims when it does occur.

I was also very pleased that this legislation included my requests to support the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond by adequately funding the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternative (ACWA) program that supports operations at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP), as well as fully funding the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP), which will provide needed funds to state and local governments to enhance emergency response management in the event of an accident or fire at the Depot.

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Original “GI Bill”

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the Original “GI Bill,” and is a perfect time to celebrate the investment in the education and economic prosperity of America’s Service members and Veterans. The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, or the “GI Bill,” was enacted on June 22, 1944.

Kentucky veterans have sacrificed so much in service to our nation, and we must work to support them during and after their transition back into civilian life, both by providing the care that our veterans have been promised, and continuing to invest in their education and their futures.

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