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Kentucky congressmen seek to cut red tape for distilleries to help in outbreak

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Posted at 11:14 AM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 11:49:13-04

WASHINGTON D.C. (LEX 18) — The offices of U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Andy Barr (R-KY) each sent a statement Sunday morning, saying the congressmen are leading an effort to allow distilleries to continue manufacturing hand sanitizer with current supplies.

Many distilleries began producing hand sanitizer in response to shortages that hospitals and first responders are experiencing in this COVID-19 outbreak.

Representatives Yarmuth and Barr co-wrote a letter signed by 87 members of Congress with both parties, asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update its guidance to "recognize the use of undenatured alcohol in sanitizers.

The statement reads that the request from congress would allow distilleries to continue charitable efforts in helping health workers face this crisis.

Other Kentucky congressmen who signed the letter include Brett Guthrie (R), James Comer (R), and Hal Rogers (R). Thomas Massie (R) was the only Kentucky congressman whose name does not appear on this letter.