News from Congressman Barr

June 25, 2021

Congressional Update from U.S. Congressman Andy Barr

Honoring Law Enforcement on House Floor

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Law enforcement officers deserve our respect and appreciation.  This week, I spoke on the floor to honor police officers.  We are in the midst of a dangerous crime surge.  Police need our support now more than ever to do their jobs and keep us safe. 

Here is crime in America 2021 vs 2020 by the numbers:

➡️ 27 ambush attacks against law enforcement, a 50% increase from 2020.

➡️ FBI Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted database shows fatal attacks on police up 39%.

➡️ NYT survey of 200 major police departments shows retirements are up 45% and resignations are up 18% in 2020. 

➡️ NYT report on 37 cities shows 18% increase in murders.

These are the results of vilifying police officers and defunding police departments throughout our country.  I continue to listen to constituents and fellow Americans about ways to strengthen American policing through meaningful reforms.  However, I totally reject the defund the police movement and will always defend men and women in uniform against disparaging attacks against their profession.

Major Grant for Paris-Bourbon County Industrial Park

On Thursday, I announced a $2.3 million federal grant from the Economic Development Agency (EDA) for the Paris-Bourbon County Industrial Park to expand access for freight traveling.  This grant will be a major boost for small businesses and manufacturers in the area for decades to come.  Additional funding for EDA was provided through from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that I voted for in March of 2020.  I also supported this grant through a letter of support to EDA.  See the Bourbon County Citizen’s report on this story here.

Recognizing Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  I wore purple this week to increase awareness of the devasting impact of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease.  Without medical advances, this number is projected to grow to 13 million by 2050 and cost the nation as much as $1.1 trillion a year according to the Alzheimer's Association

Despite incredible medical advances, 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.  We must continue the fight to #EndAlz.


Sincerely,

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Congressman Andy Barr

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