Congressman Andy Barr has received the endorsement of the Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police in advance of the Nov. 6 election.
FOP President Berl Perdue Jr. praised Congressman Barr for his support of the law enforcement community.
“Every day, our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe,” Perdue said. “Andy Barr has fought for us, leading the effort to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating communities across the Sixth District and all of Kentucky. He listens to us, and he fights for funding to keep our law enforcement officers and our communities safe. His work to designate communities in our district as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas is allowing law enforcement to work together to combat the drugs that are infiltrating our communities. Andy Barr gets results for law enforcement, and for that, we are proud to support him for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Michael McCaul, Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, was on hand for today’s endorsement announcement, reiterating the importance of Congress working in collaboration with local law enforcement to maintain the safety of our communities.
The FOP’s endorsement recognizes a representative’s work in keeping their community safe. Andy Barr is a true testament of this, specifically for his work on the local, state, and federal levels to combat the opioid crisis and his support for the law enforcement community. Andy is a strong advocate for the rule of law and continues to work daily to safeguard Kentuckians from the threats crossing our border.
Congressman Barr expressed his gratitude for the support of the Kentucky FOP.
“Our law enforcement officials put their lives on the line every single day to protect and serve their fellow citizens, communities and country,” said Congressman Barr. “I understand the important role of our law enforcement as they bravely fight the flow of deadly drugs and opioids into our communities. I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, and I look forward to continuing to serve those who so willingly and selflessly serve our country in the line of duty.”
During his time in Congressman, Congressman Barr has been a tireless advocate for law enforcement.
- Andy created the Sixth District Drug Abuse Task Force, made up of professionals in prevention, education, law enforcement, treatment and recovery to tear down barriers in communication and make recommendations to facilitate action.
- Andy is a member of the Congressional Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force and Heroin Abuse Task Force.
- Andy introduced and passed an amendment to enhance resources for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program, bringing total funding to $280 million and helping a number of Sixth District counties fight drug trafficking.
- Andy cosponsored the Border Security for America Act, introduced by Chairman McCaul, which authorized border wall funding; secures, improves and modernizes our ports of entry; and puts more boots on the ground with additional Border Patrol Agents. In addition – and of great importance to Kentucky, this legislation provides $110 million for state and local law enforcement to fight drug trafficking.
- Andy supported and President Trump signed into law the INTERDICT Act, which requires the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to increase chemical screening devices available to interdict fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids and narcotics, that are illegally imported into the U.S.
- Andy supported the Thin Blue Line Act, which amends the federal criminal code to expand the list of statutory aggravating factors in death penalty determinations to also include killing or targeting a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other first responder.
- Andy cosponsored the Protecting Lives Using Surplus Equipment Act, which would restore all Federal equipment assistance programs to state and local law enforcement agencies which were restricted by one of President Obama’s Executive Orders.
- Andy supported and President Trump signed into law the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, which allows jurisdictions receiving COPS grant funding to use those funds for prioritizing the hiring and training of veterans.
- Andy supported and President Trump signed into law the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act, to provide death, disability and education benefits to public safety officers and their survivors who are killed or injured in the line of duty.
- Andy has been an advocate of law enforcement’s retirement security by cosponsoring the Social Security Fairness Act, which would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), to allow our law enforcement officials to receive the Social Security benefits they have earned. Currently, state and local employees that receive public sector pension retirement benefits, such as police officers and firemen, are being unfairly penalized by having their benefits reduced or eliminated if they receive both a public pension and Social Security benefits.
- Andy submitted a request to the House Appropriations Committee for stronger funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant, which helps hire community policing professionals and provides training and technical assistance to local government and law enforcement officials.