Republican Congressman Andy Barr is welcoming First Lady Michelle Obama to Kentucky this weekend, but took time to criticize the White House’s energy policy in the process.
The First Lady will attend the spring commencement ceremony at Eastern Kentucky University on Saturday, where she will deliver the keynote address.
Mrs. Obama is speaking at EKU as part of her Joining Forces initiative to assist military families. Long lines are expected for those seeking to attend.
Barr says he hopes the visit will give the district an opportunity to showcase its local economy including the horse industry, but took a shot at the Obama administration’s environmental regulations.
“I hope the 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,” he says. “It is my sincere hope that she will benefit from her time in the Sixth District and return with a new appreciation about the need to support policies that will get Kentuckians back to work.”
The statement from Barr’s office did not elaborate on what specific energy policy it wanted to change.
The First Lady’s speech is scheduled at 7:30 p.m., and she will receive an honorary degree from the university as well.