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NRCC Elevates Barr to ‘Young Guns’ Program

The National Republican Congressional Committee has raised the profile of Kentucky 6th congressional district race by elevating GOP challenger Andy Barr, who is hoping to face Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler again this fall.

Despite two other Republicans being in the GOP primary, the NRCC highlighted Barr’s benchmarks as their reason for elevating his candidacy. In a statement, NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions all but guaranteed Barr would win the race and have a rematch against Chandler.

From CN2:

“We are looking forward to working with Andy Barr, who has already proven himself by meeting rigorous benchmarks in the ‘Young Guns’ program that will position his campaign for victory,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas said in a statement. “Andy Barr’s dedication and experience enables him to advocate effectively for pro-growth policies and fight the failed status quo in Washington.”

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The news from Washington comes as Barr and his supporters have ramped up their lobbying of lawmakers to resist a compromise on the congressional district map. The suggested version that has come out negotiations among Republican Senate and Democratic House leaders, as well as representatives from some of the incumbent congressmen, would alter the 6th District by moving some conservatives areas, such as Garrard County and part of Jessamine County, into the 2nd District while spreading the 6th District east to some slightly Democratic counties, such as Bath, Rowan and Wolfe.

Republicans Patrick Kelly II of Lexington and Curtis Kenimer of Paris are also running for the GOP nomination.

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NRCC Challenges Chandler to Support Balanced Budget Amendment

Putting political pressure on U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., the National Republican Congressional Committee is challenging the central Kentucky lawmaker to support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The new rule would require the federal budget be balanced and that the government cannot spend more than projected receipts and expenditures. The Republican-controlled House has pushed the measure as a way to limit spending and has scheduled a vote for November 14, but the language still hasn’t been finalized.

Over the summer, Chandler announced his “strong support” for a version of the measure as part of a coalition of conservative Democrats.

The GOP’s campaign arm is demanding the congressman vow to support whatever legislation comes out.

“Ben Chandler should provide more than lip service to his constituents on fiscal responsibility this week and let them know how he intends to vote on the balanced budget amendment next week,” NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay said in a news release. “Chandler should take action to right the Democrats’ wrongs after years of spending and borrowing that have left Kentucky families and future generations indebted to foreign countries like China.”

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NRCC Launches Robo-Call Against Yarmuth (AUDIO)

Going after House Democrats during the congressional recess, the National Republican Congressional Committee launched a robo-call Tuesday targeting U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., criticizing the congressman over the economy and rising cost of living.

From the NRCC:

“While some are changing the conversation in Washington to one of spending cuts and economic growth, John Yarmuth is part of a group making a bad economy worse. You feel the disastrous effects of John Yarmuth’s policies every day as gas prices go up, your grocery bill gets higher, you see more foreclosure signs pop up in your neighborhood and more Americans feel uneasy about their jobs.”

Listen below.

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The attacks released this week are also aimed at nine other House Democrats: Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, Rep. Collin Peterson and Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.

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NRCC Blames Credit Downgrade on Chandler “Spending Spree”

Highlighting the importance of the state’s 6th congressional district in the 2012 election, the National Republican Congressional Committee has launched a series of robo-calls against U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., telling voters the congressman should get serious about reining in reckless spending.

The 30-second calls being sent across central Kentucky blame “Chandler and his fellow Democrats’ addiction to big government spending” for the country’s recent credit downgrade. It goes further, accusing the incumbent of standing in the way of fiscal reform and opposing the Tea Party-backed Balanced Budget Amendment.

“America’s credit rating has been downgraded, the cost of living could rise and every day our economy weakens as Ben Chandler and his fellow out-of-touch Democrats refuse to address the consequences of their political agenda,” NRCC spokesman Paul Lindsay said in a news release. “Ben Chandler claims that he supports an urgent balanced approach to recovery, but he and his party have engaged in a wild spending spree that has cost America its credit standing and any hope for economy stability in the near future.”

In its analysis, however, the rating agency Standards & Poor’s held the gridlock among congressional leaders as the cause for country’s credit demotion. It specifically cited an inept Congress and partisan finger pointing as the reason it took the rating to AA+ plus from its highest rating, AAA.

Chandler is facing a potential rematch against Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr, who came within less than 700 votes of unseating him last year. Earlier this week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took a swipe at Barr in a radio advertisement. Among the 44 districts listed, Barr was the only GOP challenger targeted by DCCC.

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Yarmuth Responds to Robo-Calls Attacking Debt Ceiling Vote

Responding to criticisms over the recent debt ceiling vote, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says Congressional Republicans are playing games with the country’s credit and jeopardizing economic recovery.

Last week, the National Republican Congressional Committee launched robo-calls attacking several Democrats, including Yarmuth, for supporting an increase of the federal government’s debt ceiling without attaching spending cuts.

The call says Democrats support reckless spending and maxing out the nation’s credit card, but Yarmuth slammed GOP lawmakers over a vote that many have called a political stunt.

“The Republican Leadership is playing politics with the full faith and credit of the United States of America. This is a reckless game that jeopardizes American jobs and America’s economic recovery, which is why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers support my clean debt ceiling vote,” says Yarmuth. “The absurdity of the Republican position on this issue is magnified by that fact that their own budget would require an $8.8 trillion increase in the debt ceiling over the next 10 years.”

The phone messages were coupled with television advertisements aimed at Democratic members of Congress by the NRCC as a result of the vote. However, political fact-check groups have criticized the robo-calls because they attack Democrats who voted for and against the measure.

The GOP decries raising the debt ceiling by highlighting the country’s growing $14 trillion dollar debt.