U.S. REP. RON BARBER SWORN IN FOR FULL TERM
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today was sworn in for his first full term as a member of the House of Representatives, vowing to help more Southern Arizonans get jobs, continuing his work to secure the border, improving the plight of veterans and protecting military installations in his district.
“I have been disappointed in how dysfunctional Congress has been in the session that ended earlier today,” Barber said. “During the next two years, I will work across party lines so we can do the job that Southern Arizonans have sent me here to do.”
Barber has been a member of Congress since June 19, 2012 when he was sworn in to complete U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ term. Giffords resigned to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound two years ago next week. Barber also was wounded in that Jan. 8, 2011 shooting in which six people were killed and a total of 13 wounded.
Barber listed several areas he will focus on during the 113th Congress:
“There remain too many people in Southern Arizona and across the country who are unemployed or underemployed,” Barber said. “I will fight for middle-class families and to strengthen small businesses, which have taken serious hits in the past several years.”
Earlier this week, Barber joined a bipartisan majority in the House to permanently extend tax cuts for middle-class Americans. But Barber also criticized House leadership for failing to substantively address the nation’s growing debt and deficit and pledge to work on cutting spending in this Congress.
- Border security:
“As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, I will continue my commitment to secure the border,” Barber said. “We have made steps forward in reducing illegal immigration and smuggling, but the job is far from done. The safety of my constituents in their homes and communities remains my priority.”
Barber also said he will work to fix the nation’s broken immigration system, fully staff ports-of-entry and make it easier for goods and legal travelers to cross our border – all of which will boost the economies of Arizona and the nation.
“During my first six months in office, I worked to eliminate homelessness among veterans and to improve veterans’ access to health care,” Barber said. “Although these measures did not pass in the 112th Congress, I will redouble my efforts in the 113th to keep our promises to those men and women who have served our nation.”
In the last session of Congress, Barber introduced bipartisan legislation to improve veterans’ access to health care by making it easier for them to be treated by private doctors and other caregivers. That addresses a concern raised by veterans living in rural areas of Southern Arizona. Barber said he will reintroduce the legislation this session.
- Military installations in Southern Arizona
“There are three major installations in Southern Arizona – Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca and the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard,” Barber said. “All are critical to national security and to our local economies.”
Barber, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has been an unwavering supporter of the three installations.
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber
Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District
(520) 881-3588 or (520) 904-5876