U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington,is welcoming First Lady Michelle Obama to Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District with an expressed hope she learns more about coal.
Mrs. Obama is to be the commencement speaker Saturday at Eastern Kentucky University, which is be attended by Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear.
“Tomorrow, the 6th Congressional District hosts our nation’s First Lady,” Barr said in a statement Friday from his office.
“After last weekend where the spotlight was focused on our signature equine industry, and as we celebrate hometown hero Orb’s Kentucky Derby win, we welcome the opportunity to showcase the industries that are critical to our local economy.”
Barr added: “I hope First Lady will also take back with her to Washington a better understanding of the detrimental effects of the administration’s War on Coal that is raising energy prices and crippling the futures of many of the very graduates to whom she will speak.
“It is my sincere hope that she will benefit from her time in the 6th District and return with a new appreciation about the need to support policies that will get Kentuckians back to work.”