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Barr to Chandler, Stop Attacking Kentucky Coal Miners


Location: Lexington, KY

Congressional candidate Andy Barr today reiterated his disappointment regarding his opponent's wild attacks against a lifelong, third-generation Kentucky coal miner, and called on Congressman Chandler to support Kentucky jobs by voting for legislation to end President Obama's War on Coal.

"It is no secret that I am campaigning to be a Congressman who will protect Kentucky jobs and stand up to the Obama administration's efforts to deny and delay mining operations in Kentucky," Barr said. "What is disappointing is just how quickly my opponent leapt to attack a third-generation Kentucky miner who has worked underground since he was eighteen."

"I call on Ben Chandler to renounce his campaign's attacks on Kentucky miners and stand up to the Obama Administration. This week, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 3409, Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act -- legislation Ben Chandler has opposed in the past.

"This bill will stop President Obama's War on Coal by preventing the Department of Interior from adversely affecting mining; clarifying that the EPA has no authority to eliminate coal-fired electricity production by regulating carbon; reasserting state authority in enforcement of water standards; and create reasonable state and local mechanisms for regulating and disposing of coal ash.

"Ben Chandler has repeatedly voted against similar protections for Kentucky's coal miners, including his support of Cap and Trade and his opposition to the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act. I call on him to renounce his previous votes and support this effort that will protect Kentucky coal jobs."

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