News from Congressman Barr

May 14, 2021

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CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE FROM U.S. CONGRESSMAN ANDY BARR

IT IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DESERVE OUR PRAISE, NOT OUR HATRED

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It was great to meet with the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police during National Police Week

This week is National Police Week and I am grateful for the sacrifice and service police officers give to our communities now more than ever.  Over the last year, police officers have stood strong in the face of radical calls to defund their departments and abolish their profession.  In cities like New York, where the City Council defunded the police by an astonishing $1 billion, the murder rate has risen dramatically.  In Congress, I have advocated for more funding to police during the 2021 appropriations process, not less.  I will continue to fight for our police officers and back the blue. 

CONDEMNING HAMAS TERRORIST ATTACKS AND BIDEN MIDDLE EAST POLICIES ON MORNINGS WITH MARIA

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Tragically, this week Hamas terrorist attacks against Israel killed multiple Israelis and wounded dozens more.  During my appearance on Wednesday morning with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network, I condemned the Hamas terrorist attacks against Israel and the Biden Administration’s policy of shoveling over $200 million of no-strings-attached U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinians last month.  This foreign policy mistake, coupled with the Biden Administration’s open flirting with rejoining the failed Iran Nuclear Deal, is endangering our Israeli friends and creating destabilization in the Middle East.  

UPDATE ON FLOOD RECOVERY AND FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

On April 24, the Commonwealth received a federal disaster declaration for several counties impacted by severe flooding, including Estill and Powell Counties.  I wrote a letter to President Biden advocating for an expedited approval of this request.  Residents in these counties are now be eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance and small businesses in these areas are eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans.  A full breakdown of these resources is available here

Some counties impacted by the flooding were not included in the Commonwealth’s original disaster declaration request to President Biden.  That is why the Commonwealth submitted a request to FEMA for damage assessments to be conducted in 26 additional counties, including Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison and Woodford counties in the Sixth District.  I supported this request, and I will be a staunch advocate for the approval of the final expanded disaster declaration request the Commonwealth plans to submit after additional damage assessments have been completed. 

Sincerely,

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Congressman Andy Barr

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