In this week’s constituent e-mail Representative Barr announces the redesign of his official web site. It is available at www.barr.house.gov. It’s pretty slick, with lots of photos and videos, and easily available press releases regarding his recent votes and the bills he has introduced or co-sponsored.
Representative Barr filed legislation to amend the tax code to remove a tax on bourbon aged in barrels. Apparently other distilled spirits are not taxed as they age (to the extent that they are aged) and this legislation would remove this disparity. This sounds like a great idea to me.
Barr voted for the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which, among other things, attempts to address the problem of sexual assault in the military and the backlog of care in the Veterans Administration.
Barr also is co-sponsoring an act finance a number of infrastructure programs with repatriated tax funds. H.R. 2084, the Partnership to Build America Act. This seems like a worthy goal, but is really a drop in the bucket in addressing our pressing infrastructure needs. For more information on America’s crumbling infrastructure, see the American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card on America’s Infrastructure. Deteriorating roads and bridges hamper the national economy. When politicians refuse to spend money on needed infrastructure they are being penny wise but pound foolish.