Kentucky veteran calls on Congressman Barr to help avoid a government shutdown

09/26/2013 05:01 PM

A Central Kentucky veteran and G.I. Bill beneficiary is asking his congressman, Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, to abandon the push to defund the Affordable Care Act in order to avoid a government shutdown.

On a conference call Thursday, Moynahan said he expects Barr to represent the people of the 6th Congressional District, whom he says do not want a government shutdown.

“I fought too long and too hard on battle fields overseas to see our reputation and our nation’s credibility tarnished because we lack the will to compromise and move forward on important issues like passing a budget,” Moynahan said on the call. “In the military we learned to work together to overcome obstacles and fix problems. Failure was not an option.”

Moynahan spoke on the conference call organized by the Kentucky Democratic Party. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also been hitting Barr on issues like the government shutdown even as the other four incumbent Republican congressmen also hold similar positions. The singling out of Barr by national Democrats underscores that 6th District remains the most competitive of Kentucky’s U.S. House seats.

Moynahan, who went to college through the G.I. Bill, said all Kentuckians will be affected by a government shutdown but that military members and families in the state will be the ones who pay the price “if Congressman Barr goes through with his party’s threat to shut down the government.”

But Barr has previously said that it congressional Democrats are the ones willing to risk a government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act, not conservatives.

When asked about the message from the veteran constituent, Barr’s spokeswoman touted the votes Barr has taken supporting military spending and reiterated ways Barr believes the Affordable Care Act would hurt his district.

“Congressman Barr’s record of advocacy and the success of his veterans coalition demonstrates an unwavering commitment to our men and women in uniform and to our veterans,” Barr spokeswoman Catherine Gatewood said in a statement to Pure Politics. “Last week, he voted to keep the government running past the end of the fiscal year to ensure that we keep our commitments to our military, veterans and the American people. That bill also protects those same Americans from the disastrous impact of Obamacare, which if implemented, will destroy jobs, increase health care costs, and cause millions to lose their job-based health insurance.”

Barr also again called on Obama and the U.S. Senate work with the House to keep the government open “instead of insisting on rushing this unpopular and unworkable law.”

Congress has until midnight on Monday, Sept. 30, to reach an agreement before the government shuts down.


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