As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Andy Barr has failed to cosponsor legislation to create a ban on cluster bombs, a form of weapon that kills high numbers of children. Barr has not worked to raise the minimum wage, or joined the team of congressional leaders who are working to pass the Uniting American Families Act. Representative Barr hasn’t lifted a finger to help the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act move toward a floor vote.
So, what has Andy Barr been doing with his time on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.? Besides going to parties to meet lobbyists carrying money at places like the offices of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Andy Barr has been spending a great deal of time with bourbon.
This week, Congressman Barr rose to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to give a speech. Barr’s speech wasn’t about unemployment, or clean energy, or keeping Americans’ private communications secure from the NSA or corporate Big Data programs.
Instead, Barr gave a long speech “to mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of S. Con. Res. 19, which officially recognized bourbon as a distinctive product of the United States of America.”
Politics is about setting priorities. Andy Barr’s priorities seem to be found in bourbon.