Candidate Outlines Plan to Remain Accessible to Voters
Today, Sixth District Congressional candidate Andy Barr outlined his "Accessibility Initiative" -- five actions he would take as a Congressman to be an accessible representative to citizens of the Sixth District.
"Congressional approval is at an all-time low, and I believe it is clearly because the current leadership in Washington is not listening to the American people," said Andy Barr. "The foremost responsibility of our elected leaders is to be accessible to the citizens they represent, to listen to their views and to discuss the policy choices that are being made in Washington."
Barr criticized his opponent for doubting the ability of his constituents to act with "civility" when canceling meetings during the recent debate over health reform, and for voting for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 without reading it.
"When trillion-dollar spending bills are voted on without having been read, or town hall meetings are cancelled while Washington discusses massive transformations of our health care system, citizens lose faith that Washington works for them," continued Barr. "While these are common-sense actions that citizens should expect of their Congressman, those expectations have not been met. This is why I'm pledging to operate differently."
In his statement today, Barr outlined five actions he would take if elected to ensure that citizens would have access to him and his office and would better connect citizens to the process in Washington.
* Prior to swearing in, Barr pledged to hold a town hall to meet and listen to constituents.
* As a Representative, Barr pledged to hold regular, publicized "Office Hours" around district where he can meet with constituents one-on-one without appointment.
* Barr pledged to stay connected to the entire district by regularly visiting every county personally, and have staff maintain monthly office hours in every county.
* Barr pledged to vote to ensure that citizens have a real opportunity to read legislation pending before Congress by requiring the entire text of non-emergency legislation to be posted on the Internet for at least 72 hours before Congress is allowed to vote.
* Barr pledged to support the continuation of the "You Cut" project that allows citizens direct input to reduce Washington spending.
"These are five simple actions that I believe a Member of Congress can take to help citizens become more directly connected to the process in Washington," said Barr. "They are necessary common-sense initiatives that reflect my conviction -- that the office belongs to the people, not its elected occupant."