Andy Barr

Andy Barr


Barr Statement on the President's Comprehensive Iran Strategy


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) issued the following statement in response to the President’s announced new Comprehensive Iran Strategy and actions taken to counter Iranian threats:

“The Obama Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran was a dangerous and historic mistake. The deal provided the mullahs in Tehran with tens of billions of dollars in up-front sanctions relief in exchange for Iran’s promise to temporarily pause its enrichment program.  Unfortunately, the agreement contained fatally deficient verification protocols, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) now concedes it has no capacity to verify that Tehran is not engaged in ‘activities which could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device.’  That’s because under the terms of the agreement, international inspectors are barred from accessing Iran’s military sites, where illicit nuclear activities are most likely to be taking place.”

“But the most serious concern is not that Iran will cheat; it is that even if Iran is fully complying with the agreement, Iran will be guaranteed an arsenal of nuclear weapons in as little as eight years. And as predicted, the agreement has only emboldened Iran’s efforts to destabilize the region, support its terrorist proxies, and accelerate its ballistic missile program.”

“Today, I was pleased to hear President Trump announce a new strategy, including actions that will challenge Iran’s hostile ambitions and advance American national security and interests in the region.”

“As the Chairman of the Subcommittee that oversees enforcement of financial sanctions, I have been working on additional measures that can be taken, including sanctions, to hold Iran accountable for its malign activities.”

“On April 4, 2017, I held a hearing on the effectiveness of non-nuclear sanctions against Iran, where we determined that Iran Air, a state-owned commercial airline, has used its aircraft to transport fighters and weapons throughout the Middle East on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  As a result of these findings, I wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin urging him to ban the sale of commercial aircraft to Iran Air.  Similarly, I supported two appropriations amendments that would prevent the sale of aircraft to Iran and prohibit U.S. firms from financing such a sale.  Finally, I recently drafted a letter to the Treasury Department urging it to identify all entities it believes to have transacted business with the IRGC, a precursor to possible additional secondary sanctions.”

“With the President’s announcement today, I am hopeful the Administration considers these and other important recommendations.”


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Financial Services Committee Passes Barr’s Bipartisan North Korea Sanctions Bill


Congressman Andy Barr’s (KY-06) legislation, H.R. 3898, the Impeding North Korea’s Access to Finance Act of 2017, was passed unanimously today by the House Financial Services Committee.  During yesterday’s debate of the legislation, which would impose the most far-reaching sanctions ever directed at Pyongyang, both Republican and Democratic members of the committee praised the bill.

Click here to watch Congressman Barr’s opening statement followed by the full committee debate on H.R. 3898.

Key statements from the committee debate:

Committee on Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX): “I believe when this bill becomes law, this clearly builds upon existing U.N. and U.S. sanctions and will make it more difficult for North Korea to develop their nuclear weapons program.  So it is an important bill, I appreciate the bipartisan work done on it, and I urge all members to support it.”

Committee on Financial Services Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA): “The first crisis is the alarming, rapid acceleration of North Korea’s nuclear and long-range missile programs that have led many lawmakers to believe that the U.S. needs a concerted increase in sanctions pressure, one that could threaten Kim Jong-un’s very hold on power. H.R. 3898 would provide precisely this kind of a new approach to North Korea…”

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX), Vice Chairman, Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee: “We have a great responsibility to each and every American to do all that we can to keep the citizens of this great nation safe. With H.R. 3898, members of this committee can do their part in shutting down Kim’s illicit weapons programs.  I urge all of my colleagues to support this legislation.”

Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), Ranking Member, Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee: “I want to join others in thanking Chairman Barr on the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee, and all the colleagues on that subcommittee, and the colleagues on the Terrorism and Illicit Financing Subcommittee, for working on a bipartisan basis for this important legislation to impose strong secondary sanctions on North Korea.”

Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-NC): “Mr. Barr’s legislation sends a strong message to North Korea that the U.S. Congress objects to their irrational and dangerous behavior.”

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY): “North Korea’s recklessness threatens the stability of the region and the entire world.  We have to do everything in our power to stop them.  This includes tough new sanctions as well as secondary financial sanctions to cripple their finances – and that’s precisely what this bill would do… This is a really vital bill that addresses the most pressing issue facing our country.  I’d like to thank my friend, Mr. Barr and all the people who work for him, on this important bill.”

Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA): “I am pleased to add my voice in support of H.R. 3898 not only for the contribution I am optimistic it will make in slowing North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, but because frankly, of the way the bill has come together.  Crafting this bill through regular order, with both hearings and an open markup, and in a strong bipartisan manner, and not simply waiving our jurisdiction… I tip my hat to Congressman Barr in this regard.” 

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Barr Introduces North Korea Sanctions Legislation


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) introduced H.R. 3898, the Impeding North Korea’s Access to Finance Act of 2017.

“For more than two decades, foreign aid and half-hearted sanctions have been deployed in vain to thwart the Kim regime’s ambitions, a strategy of ‘strategic patience’ that has proven highly ineffective,” said Congressman Barr.  “That is why I have introduced this legislation that would, if enacted, impose the most far-reaching financial sanctions ever aimed at North Korea.  In addition to bringing about an economic reckoning for Pyongyang, these sanctions will strengthen the American negotiating position by sending a strong signal to North Korea and its enablers that the status quo is unacceptable.”

H.R. 3898 would punish foreign financial institutions for dealing with virtually anyone facilitating North Korea-related business, an incentive for traders, middlemen, and others to give up activities that ultimately strengthen the Kim regime.  In addition, the bill targets foreign banks that deal with North Korean laborers, more than 50,000 of whom have been sent abroad to amass hard currency.  Up to 90 percent of these laborers’ wages are confiscated by the North Korean government for this purpose, bringing Pyongyang an estimated $300 million each year.


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Barr Names Leslie H. Small as District Director


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) announced today that he has hired Kentucky-native Leslie Hagar Small as his District Director.  Small will serve as the Congressman’s top aide in Kentucky, manage all staff in the Congressman’s Lexington District office, and will oversee all constituent casework and outreach initiatives.

“I am thrilled to welcome Leslie to our team as my top aide in Kentucky” said Congressman Barr.  “I have no doubt that with her extensive experience at the highest levels of government and politics, Leslie will be instrumental in helping our office to continue its high level of service to all the people of Kentucky’s Sixth District.”   

Leslie H. Small said, “It is an honor to work for Congressman Barr who has been a leader for Kentucky in Washington.  I look forward to continuing the Congressman’s outstanding record of accessibility and service to the people of central and eastern Kentucky.”

Leslie Small is a native of Boone County, Kentucky and is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She has held senior positions in the George W. Bush Administration, American Crossroads, Senator Mitch McConnell’s 2014 re-election campaign, and Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign.  Small most recently served as a Communications Consultant for Kona Ice in Florence, Kentucky.  She and her husband Adam live in Versailles. 

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Barr Applauds Release of Tax Reform Framework


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) made the following statement applauding the release of a unified framework for tax reform:

“The unified framework for tax reform released today is consistent with our promise to create a fairer, simpler tax code that will boost American jobs and allow working families and individuals to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.  By doubling the standard deduction, enhancing the child tax credit, and promoting American competitiveness to keep jobs from going overseas, this plan is focused on the middle-income families that need relief.”

“While many important details have yet to be finalized, this framework is a great starting point as we deliver on this important promise that will benefit all hardworking taxpayers.  I applaud the diligent work of Chairman Kevin Brady and the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Trump Administration in developing this unified plan that reflects the goals and input of our entire conference.  I look forward to working with my colleagues as this plan moves through the legislative process to achieve higher growth, bigger paychecks and a fairer, simpler tax code.”

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House Passes Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act


The House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA) to honor the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with a commemorative coin in 2020.  Congressman Barr serves as the Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade which has jurisdiction over coinage and the U.S. Mint.  Additionally, several members of the basketball Hall of Fame live in Kentucky’s Sixth District.

“As the Representative of central and eastern Kentucky, home to the greatest tradition in the history of college basketball and several members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, I am proud that this legislation has now passed the House,” said Congressman Barr.  I have enjoyed working with my colleague, Congressman Neal, as well as the Hall of Fame to build support and pass this legislation which we hope will move in the U.S. Senate soon.”

“The First Congressional District of Massachusetts has many gems and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is certainly one of them,” said Congressman Neal. "I have long been a supporter of the Hall of Fame and the great work that they do in the greater Springfield area. They are a terrific organization that works tirelessly to preserve the history and educate people about this truly American game. The Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin is the ideal way for the legacy of these great athletes and coaches to be remembered for decades to come and I am thankful for the hard work of Congressman Barr for helping pass this legislation in the House.”

John Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame said, “The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is honored and grateful for the strong support of our commemorative coin act which will allow us to continue to educate fans worldwide about the game and its unique history. A game created in Springfield, Massachusetts has become a global phenomenon and truly a universal language of community, diversity, and sportsmanship. The Hall of Fame thanks Congressmen Richard Neal and Andy Barr for their unwavering support as we celebrate the game that has captured the imagination of fans and players around the globe.”

Click here to view Congressman Barr’s remarks in support of the legislation on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives

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Congressman Barr Announces $1 Million Federal Grant for Lextran


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today announced that Lextran will receive a $1 million grant through the Federal Transit Authority’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Program.  The funds will be used to purchase battery-powered buses and on-route charging stations in coordination with the University of Kentucky’s ‘Blue Goes Green’ program which seeks a zero-emissions campus for transportation.  Congressman Barr wrote a letter to the Federal Transit Administration in support of the grant application.

“The awarding of this federal grant will help Lextran and the University of Kentucky to reduce emissions in and around campus which will benefit the community as a whole,” said Congressman Barr.  “I am proud that my office was able to assist in this effort and I appreciate all of the hard work by Lextran and the University of Kentucky to secure these funds that will be used to better our community.”

“Lextran is excited to expand our electric bus program with this grant award from the Federal Transit Administration,” said Lextran General Manager Carrie Butler.  “We are grateful for the support of Congressman Barr and his staff in helping to secure these funds.”

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Barr, McConnell Help Secure $2.62 Million for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for Kentucky Women and their Children


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY-06) and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that Chrysalis House, Inc. (CHI) in Lexington, Kentucky has received a $2.62 million competitive federal grant which will help CHI provide expanded comprehensive, high-quality residential substance abuse treatment for low-income, pregnant or postpartum women and their children. Additionally, this funding will allow CHI to provide outpatient services for children, such as counseling regarding substance abuse prevention, and targeted outreach in Kentucky to thousands of women and extended family members.

Congressman Barr and Senator McConnell contacted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on behalf of CHI in support of the grant. The funding, which will provide $524,000 each year for five years, was awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within HHS.

Representative Barr said, “Drug abuse in Kentucky has reached epidemic proportions and there is a dire need for more services to help more Kentuckians recover from addiction. This federal funding will help by allowing Chrysalis House to expand their comprehensive treatment services and deliver prevention and recovery support services to pregnant and postpartum women. I am proud to have supported this grant, and I am grateful to Chrysalis House for their outstanding work to help women and children in need. Working together we can make a difference in the fight against drug abuse and give more Kentuckians a second chance at life free from addiction.”

Senator McConnell said, “I have visited Chrysalis House and seen first-hand their dedication to improving the health and safety of mothers and children in Kentucky. I was proud to help CHI secure this critical funding for lifesaving treatment programs. These federal funds promote community-based, innovative thinking to combat addiction. As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities in Kentucky, my office stands ready to help other organizations compete for these federal resources.”

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr recognize the unique need that Chrysalis House serves with women and their families in their recovery and we are grateful for their support of our grant application,” said Lisa Minton, Chrysalis House Executive Director. “This grant award adds certainty to our delivery of services to families in Kentucky. By offering specific and intensive treatment programs, Chrysalis House works to break the cycle of addiction. Together we are building a community–one family at a time.”

Chrysalis House is Kentucky’s largest licensed substance abuse treatment program for women.

Click here to view a PDF version of Congressman Barr’s letter in support of CHI’s grant application.


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Congressman Barr Fights for Fiscal Responsibility


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today voted against legislation that will raise the debt limit, hike government spending, and reauthorize the national flood insurance program without any reforms through mid-December. 

“Earlier this week, I voted in favor of a $7.85 billion targeted package to support relief and recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Harvey,” said Congressman Barr.  “That bill, which was an appropriate emergency response to the disaster in Texas and Louisiana, passed nearly unanimously in the House and should have been quickly approved by the Senate and sent to the President without political games.”

“Unfortunately, that non-controversial legislation was modified to include non-emergency spending, increase the debt limit, and reauthorize the bankrupt national flood insurance program without reforms.”

“It is unfair to young and future generations of Americans to raise the debt ceiling without enacting any reforms that would address the nation's spending addiction.  The national debt has doubled over the past decade and I did not run for Congress to treat the debt limit as a mere speed bump along the road to national bankruptcy.  It is particularly disturbing that this deal was sold as hurricane disaster relief but does absolutely nothing to reform our bankrupt National Flood Insurance Program which, before these hurricanes, was $25 billion in debt, is actuarially unsound, will soon require another taxpayer bailout and incentivizes people to build and live in harm’s way.” 

“I strongly support providing targeted, paid-for and fiscally responsible disaster relief, and I voted to do so earlier this week.  I also recognize the need to raise debt limit and honor the obligations of the United States.  But simply blowing through the debt ceiling and kicking the can down the road with literally no offsets or fiscal reforms is exactly why our nation is rapidly approaching a debt crisis.”

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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.


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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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