Andy Barr

Andy Barr


Congressman Barr's Statement on the Passing of Senator Wendell Ford


WASHINGTON-Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Wendell Ford: “As a Governor and U.S. Senator, Wendell Ford always upheld the highest ideals of public service.  His love of the Commonwealth was evident in his life’s work and he leaves a proud legacy of service to its people. “Today, Carol and I honor the many years of service of Wendell Ford to the people of Kentucky, and we extend our sincere condolences to the Ford family.” Read More

Congressman Barr's Statement on the State of the Union


WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement following President Obama’s State of the Union Address:  The President's address was a missed opportunity.  One of the central messages from the last election was that people are tired of the President’s obsession with dividing Americans. They deserve leadership that will unite the country to solve big problems. They deserve a President who will do more than just give lip service to national unity but actually work with Congress to enact pro-growth policies that will produce jobs, opportunity, and a healthy economy for all Americans.  Instead, the President doubled down on the same divisive policies of higher taxes to pay for bigger government, bypassing Congress through unilateral executive orders and costly regulations, and issuing veto threats to bipartisan jobs bills. This Congress has and will continue to pass legislation with proven bipartisan support.  I hope the President will abandon his divisive agenda and work with us, not against us, to put America on a better, more prosperous path. Read More

Barr Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline


WASHINGTON - Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement upon passage of  H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which approves the Keystone XL Pipeline to help create jobs and bolster America’s energy security: "The Keystone XL Pipeline Act is the solution America needs. Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline enjoys broad bipartisan support and would create thousands of jobs while decreasing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.  Increased access to affordable and secure North American energy here will help Central and Eastern Kentucky families by providing them with relief at the pump and more affordable goods and services —ultimately helping them take better care of their families.  It is time to build the Keystone Pipeline and I urge the Senate and President to quickly approve this legislation." ### Read More

Barr Stands Up for the American Worker


WASHINGTON – As an original cosponsor of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act, Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement upon its passage: "Obamacare is hurting American workers and burying businesses in red tape,” said Barr. "That’s why today, I was glad to support legislation that will protect Kentucky workers’ paychecks by repealing Obamacare’s 30-hour workweek definition and reinstating the traditional 40-hour workweek. At a time when Americans are struggling, we must do everything we can to empower job-creators and promote real solutions like the Save American Workers Act that will grow our economy and get Kentuckians working again. This bill helps us take one more step in the fight against Obamacare - and in building a healthy economy." In April 2013, Barr spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 30 (formerly H.R. 2575) before it passed the House with bipartisan support. Click here for more information about H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act.  Read More

House Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Help Small Businesses Hire More Veterans


WASHINGTON – After being sworn in to the 114th Congress, Congressman Andy Barr supported passage of H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act, which exempts veterans already enrolled in healthcare plans through the Department of Defense or the VA from being counted toward the employee limit under the Affordable Care Act.  As an original cosponsor who helped introduce this legislation, Barr released the following statement applauding theHouse passing H.R. 22 with unanimous support: "Unfortunately, too many veterans cannot find work these days as a result of flawed Washington policies that are hindering job creation,” said Barr. “Today, I was glad to again support the Hire More Heroes Act, which is a bipartisan, commonsense piece of legislation that will give those who have selflessly served our country more employment opportunities by providing American small businesses with the ability to hire more veterans. We must do everything we can to help the men and women returning home, and this bill will help our veterans find work without punishing small businesses for hiring qualified and well-trained employees. "The Hire More Heroes Act is an example of the kind of jobs bills the House passed last Congress with strong bipartisan support that were never passed by the Democrat-run Senate. I look forward working with the new Senate and getting Congress back to work.” ### Read More

Barr’s Provision to Protect Kentucky Jobs and Equine Industry Approved by House and Senate


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Andy Barrapplauded the Senate’s passage of H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, a legislative package designed to prevent a series of automatic tax increases at the end of the year. H.R. 5771 incorporates a provision advocated by Congressman Barr that is critical to Kentucky’s signature equine industry. Based off legislation Congressman Barr introduced last year known as H.R. 2212, the Race Horse Cost Recovery Act, Section 121 of H.R. 5771 extends through the end of 2014 the three-year depreciation schedule for all racehorses, which expired at the end of 2013. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5771 on December 3 by a bipartisan vote of 378-46, with Congressman Barr’s support. The United States Senate followed suit last night, by a bipartisan vote of 76-16. “I appreciate Chairman Dave Camp’s support and was glad to work with the Ways and Means Committee to ensure the continued vitality of Kentucky’s signature horse racing industry,” said Barr. “This provision also reaches beyond the Bluegrass to protect the 1.4 million direct and indirect jobs that support America’s horse industry, as well as a large number of other agriculture industries that rely on a vibrant horse industry for their own survival. I am glad that this important provision has been included in H.R. 5771 and look forward to the President signing this bill into law. I will continue to advocate for a tax code that promotes economic growth and supports our signature equine industry.” Background: In addition to direct discussions between Congressman Barr and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and their staff: In May 2013, Congressman Barr wrote a letter to Chairman Camp requesting that the Committee prioritize this tax provision in any upcoming legislation.   In November 2014, Congressman Barr wrote a letter to Chairman Camp asking that he give the three-year depreciation schedule every consideration as a critical component of the larger legislative package. He also reiterated the importance of this provision to his constituents, the signature industries of central and eastern Kentucky, and the American horse industry. In May 2013, Congressman Andy Barr introduced H.R. 2212, the Race Horse Cost Recovery Act, which would make permanent for all race horses the three-year depreciation schedule which expired at the end of 2013. Read More

Barr Statement on Bill to Keep the Government Open


WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement upon passage of FY 2015 Omnibus: “While I'm disappointed that the Senate continues to block legislation I voted for last week that would have nullified the President's Executive Order on immigration, this bill does successfully build upon the modest progress made in last year's Bipartisan Budget Agreement to further reduce spending, and it delivers on a number of important priorities for the people of Kentucky. The short-term nature of the portion of the bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security will allow the next Congress to effectively respond to the President's illegal immigration actions, once Republicans take control of the Senate.” The bill includes full Appropriations legislation and funding for 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2015. The 12th bill, which funds the Department of Homeland Security, is also included in the legislation, but is funded under a temporary “Continuing Resolution” mechanism that expires on February 27, 2015.    Key Kentucky Priorities Agriculture: Cuts funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and rejects efforts to expand EPA regulatory programs. Prevents Army Corps from regulating farm ponds and irrigation ditches under the Clean Water Act. Provides increased funding for USDA Rural Development programs critical to central and eastern Kentucky. Provides flexibility for Kentucky schools facing hardships in meeting one-size-fits-all federal nutrition guidelines mandates that have increased costs for school districts. Blue Grass Army Depot: Provides full funding to complete construction of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Provides full funding to Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternative Program (ACWA) to complete the demilitarization at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Provides funds to begin construction on a new consolidated shipping center that will create jobs and save money. Energy: Prohibits funding for the Obama Administration’s efforts to block the export of coal. Strategically targets funds to ensure balanced investment into fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy to improve our nation’s energy independence and fight high-energy prices. Increases oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to break the deadlock in the coal permitting process and prohibits a redefinition of “fill material” within the Clean Water Act that would effectively ban Appalachian coal mining.  Veterans: Increases funding to meet our obligations to our nation’s veterans. Increased funding will help improve the efficiency and interoperability of the combined Department of Defense (DoD)/Veteran Affairs (VA) medical records system, and reduce the claims backlog at the VA. Violence Against Women Act: Increases funding for the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act. Increases transitional housing assistance grants for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault  National Security: Provides funding for our nation’s security, military readiness, and resources for our troops at home and abroad. Funds important Department of Defense programs and projects, a pay raise for our troops, and the advancement of our military operations to protect the nation from current and future threats. Continues funding for Military Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs, and provides an additional $25 million to continue the expansion of the Sexual Assault Victims’ Counsel program to all the military services. Fully funds critical FAA air traffic control and aviation safety operations, while reducing overall department funding. Other: Provides no new funding for Obamacare, and holds the line on funding for the IRS and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – the primary agencies responsible for the implementation of Obamacare. Maintains all existing pro-life policy and funding provisions that have been carried in Appropriations legislation in previous years. Read More

Barr’s Commonsense Solution to Protect Jobs and the Valley View Ferry Headed to President’s Desk


WASHINGTON – Legislation to provide relief from over-burdensome federal regulations that threaten the continued operation of the Valley View Ferry is headed to the President’s desk following bipartisan support from both houses of Congress.  On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.2444, the Coast Guard Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016, legislation that includes a provision Congressman Andy Barr introduced to transfer the licensing authority for the Valley View Ferry from federal operating licensing to a state-based operating license. “Congressman Barr took the time to listen and truly understand the hardship these regulations were placing on our ability to continue operation of the Valley View Ferry,” said George W. Dean, Vice Chairman of the Valley View Ferry Authority. "He quickly took on what seemed to be an impossible task, and now, after a year and a half advocating on our behalf in Washington, the Valley View Ferry Preservation Act will become law. We appreciate his hard work to resolve this issue. It will make it easier for us to preserve this historic Kentucky landmark and continue serving the local residents who rely on the Valley View Ferry.” “I’m thrilled that this long overdue solution that will make life easier for Kentuckians is now headed for the President’s desk to become law,” said Congressman Barr. “I look forward to building off this achievement and continue working to enact solutions on behalf of the people of central and eastern Kentucky.”   Background: In June 2013, Congressman Barr introduced H.R. 2570, the Valley View Ferry Preservation Act of 2013, after meeting with local officials and learning of the hardship imposed by federal regulations. In October 2013, Congressman Andy Barr spoke before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation about the stringent federal captain licensing requirements on the Valley View Ferry. He successfully encouraged them to support and advance his proposed legislation.  In April 2014, H.R. 4005, the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014, which contains the language in Congressman Barr’s bill, H.R. 2570, the Valley View Ferry Preservation Act of 2013, was passed by a bipartisan voice vote. On December 10, 2014, the House and Senate passed a bipartisan, bicameral agreement and the final version of this legislation, S.2444, the Coast Guard Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016, includes H.R. 2570, the Valley View Ferry Preservation Act of 2013.     Read More

Barr Lauds Passage of the ABLE Act


  Post by Congressman Andy Barr.   On December 4, 2014, Congressman Andy Barr lauded House passage of the ABLE Act. FULL TRANSCRIPT: Mr. Speaker,   As the cosponsor of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, also known as the ABLE Act, I rise today to commend the House for yesterday passing this important piece of legislation that will help millions of Americans reach their full potential.   As a brother of physically disabled sister who has lived with the challenges associated with being physically handicapped – over a dozen surgeries, hip and knee replacements, walking with crutches or walkers, and sometimes reliant on a wheelchair – I know how difficult it can be for millions of Americans with disabilities and their families. But I also know from my sister, who graduated from college, went on to seminary, married her college sweetheart, adopted a beautiful little girl, and now serves others as a priest in the Episcopal Church, that the challenges associated with being handicapped can be overcome.   The ABLE Act will help ease financial strains faced by millions of Americans with disabilities and their families and help them save for the future by creating tax-free savings accounts available to cover disability-related expenses.   This provides families with a severely disabled child some peace of mind by allowing them to save for their child’s long-term disability expenses. We are better off as a nation when disabled Americans are given the tools like the ABLE Act to not only achieve self-sufficiency, but contribute and give back to our society. Read More

Barr Votes to Reform SNAP Program


WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement after voting for H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, which passed the House by a vote of 217-210: “Today, I voted to restore accountability and much-needed fiscal responsibility to an important federal program that has grown to unsustainable levels.  These commonsense reforms to our food stamp program will achieve nearly $40 billion in savings, while increasing funding for food banks.  The bill will provide a full $725 billion in food assistance to families and children in need over the next ten years.  This legislation is the most compassionate policy because it encourages people who are capable of work to move from dependency to self-sufficiency.”   As passed by the House of Representatives, H.R. 3102 will implement several important reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).   H.R. 3102 would protect the solvency of this important program by:   Reducing waste, fraud, and abuse and increasing oversight over benefit payments.  The legislation increases funding for local food banks, which are in a better position to ensure that nutrition assistance reaches those who truly need it. Ending taxpayer funding for advertising and marketing efforts for SNAP and the automatic enrollment of people who do not need assistance. Restoring the work requirements for able-bodied SNAP recipients without dependents.  Children, those unable to work, and the disabled will not see their benefits affected.  States will maintain the authority to grant waivers to able-bodied individuals who cannot work, due to issues such as mental illness.   These commonsense reforms will save taxpayers $39 billion between 2014 and 2023, a 5 percent reduction from the current Congressional Budget Office forecast of federal spending for SNAP, which totals $764 billion over the next decade.  ### Read More

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Andy Barr took the oath of office as the new United States Representative for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District on January 3, 2013. As the Sixth District extends from the Bluegrass Region to the edge of the Cumberland Plateau’s coalfields, Congressman Barr enjoys the distinct honor of representing a geographically diverse region, whose residents work in virtually all of Kentucky’s signature industries.

Congressman Barr has dedicated his tenure in Congress to promoting the dreams and aspirations of his constituents by strengthening Kentucky’s signature coal, manufacturing, equine, bourbon, and agriculture industries, while fighting for policies that unleash the creative capacity of every individual. His immediate priorities involve getting Kentuckians back to work, promoting economic growth, and restoring common sense and fiscal sanity to Washington.

Garland “Andy” Barr was born in Lexington, Kentucky on July 24, 1973; the son of Garland Barr; the founder of a successful accounting practice, and Donna Barr, an Episcopal deacon and hospital chaplain. The second-eldest of three children; he grew up enjoying the blessings of a loving family while witnessing his sister Emily’s struggle to overcome the debilitating effects of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Emily’s victory, which culminated in her graduation from seminary and her ordination as a minister – inspired Andy Barr to seek causes larger than him in which to invest his talents and energy.

Congressman Barr graduated from Lexington’s Henry Clay High School in 1992, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1996, graduating with Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He served as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Rep. Jim Talent from 1996 until 1998, staffing then-Congressman (and future Senator) Talent’s participation on Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s Health Care Reform Task Force. He subsequently returned to Kentucky, earning his law degree from the University of Kentucky in 2001, where he participated on the College of Law’s Moot Court National Team.

In 2004, Congressman Barr joined the administration of newly-elected Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher (who represented the Sixth Congressional District from 1998 until 2003); ultimately rising to the position of Deputy General Counsel to the Governor. Barr returned to his Lexington-based private law practice in 2007.

Congressman Barr is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Lexington, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden and Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. He is a member of Christ Church Cathedral. He is married to the former Eleanor Carol Leavell of Georgetown, Kentucky; together, they are the proud parents of two daughters.

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