Barr named chair of monetary policy and trade subcommittee; Guthrie vice-chair of health subcomittee

01/09/2017 11:38 AM

Two Kentucky Congressman have been appointed to high level committee positions in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie both landed on prime subcommittees in Congress last week.

Sixth District Rep. Barr, R-Lexington, was appointed to a prime spot as Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade for the 115th Congress.

The subcommittee is responsible for oversight of the Federal Reserve System, as well as domestic and international monetary policy, according to a press release from Barr’s office.

“I am honored and humbled to have the confidence of Chairman Hensarling and my colleagues to serve as Chairman of Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee,” Barr said in the release. “I look forward to continuing the important work of this subcommittee including vigorous oversight of the Federal Reserve to encourage a predictable and stable monetary policy that will provide certainty and economic growth for all Americans.”

“Andy Barr has quickly emerged as a thoughtful, hard-working, and effective leader on the Financial Services Committee,” said Chairman Jeb Hensarling. “I look forward to working with Congressman Barr in his new role as Chairman of the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee because I have no doubt he will advance solutions to help get our economy back on track.”

The Lexington Republican previously served on the Committee on Financial Services and the Republican Study Committee in the 114th Congress.

Meanwhile, Second District U.S. Rep. Guthrie will also remain in a position of power as the Vice Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Guthrie previously served a term in the role.

It is an honor to continue serving as Vice Chairman of the Health Subcommittee,” Guthrie said in a press release from his office. “America has clearly spoken: Our health care system is broken. Under Obamacare, premiums and deductibles are on the rise and Americans have fewer insurance options. This is unacceptable. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work on patient-centered health care solutions for Kentuckians.”

Guthrie will serve with Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess, R-Texas, and Energy and Commerce full committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-OR.

The Subcommittee on Health has jurisdiction over the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to a press release.

“Brett got off to a strong start as Vice Chair of the Health Subcommittee last Congress, and I’m excited that we’ll continue to benefit from his leadership as we tackle some of the most critical issues facing our nation,” said Chairman Walden. “Health care is a central focus in this new year and our Health Subcommittee will be well equipped for the work ahead.”

“I am looking forward to working alongside Congressman Guthrie this Congress as we work to deliver on our promise to Americans to fix our broken health care system,” said Chairman Burgess. “His experience and leadership on the subcommittee will prove critical as we prepare to take on the significant amount of hard work that lies ahead of us in the coming weeks.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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