Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today made the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutional:
“Today the second highest court in the land agreed with what I have been saying all along; that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as currently structured is unconstitutional. This ruling vindicates my work to reform the Bureau and hold the agency accountable for its regulatory overreaches and abuses of power.”
Congressman Barr introduced H.R. 1486, the Taking Account of Bureaucrats’ Spending (TABS) Act, which would move funding for the CFPB into the Congressional appropriations process. In doing so, Congress would be able to oversee the Bureau’s budget for the first time. The TABS Act was included in the Financial CHOICE Act which Congressman Barr supports and would replace the Bureau’s single director with a bipartisan Commission.Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today participated in a Financial Services Committee hearing titled, “Holding Wall Street Accountable: Investigating Wells Fargo’s Opening of Unauthorized Accounts” to question John Stumpf, Chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo. The hearing is the first in the committee’s investigation of Wells Fargo since the company admitted to opening hundreds of thousands of deposit and credit card accounts without customers’ knowledge or consent.
In response to questions from Congressman Barr, Stumpf stated that there are potentially more than 600 Kentuckians impacted by Wells Fargo’s fraudulent practices.
Upon learning of the allegations of fraud against Wells Fargo, Congressman Barr urged Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling to hold hearings on both the fraudulent activities at the bank and the regulatory incompetence that allowed these practices to go unpunished for at least five years.Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) will host his annual Academy Day on Saturday, August 27, 2016 in Lexington. All students, parents, and school officials from the Sixth Congressional District are invited to attend and learn more about the nomination process to the United States Service Academies. Representatives from the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the University of Kentucky Army and Air Force ROTC programs have been invited to participate.
Members of Congress may nominate a limited number of students each year to four of the five service academies. After nominations are submitted, each Service Academy selects which students will receive an appointment to attend. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.
Details of the event are listed below:
Academy Day 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
8:30 a.m. – Registration
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Program
The Aviation Museum of Kentucky
4029 Airport Road, Lexington, KentuckyRead More
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today announced the introduction of H.R. 5789, the Camp Nelson Heritage Park Study Act. The legislation authorizes the Department of the Interior to study the feasibility of incorporating the historic site in Jessamine County into the National Park Service. The study would be paid for with existing funding to the Department of the Interior and would not require additional appropriations. The legislation is cosponsored by Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH).
“In Kentucky we are very proud of our heritage and history,” said Congressman Barr. “The legislation we announced today is an important first step toward incorporating the Camp Nelson Heritage Park into the National Park Service. A National Park designation would bring more visitors and greater appreciation for this significant site in our nation’s history. I am thankful for the contributions of Jessamine County Judge Executive David West, the Jessamine County Fiscal Court, and Congresswoman Fudge in their work to introduce and advance this legislation.”
“Given Camp Nelson’s connection to Ohio and its significance to African-American soldiers during the Civil War, I am excited to be part of the effort to incorporate this historic site into the National Park system,” said Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH). “I appreciate Congressman Barr’s efforts, and look forward to working with him to pass this important legislation.”Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today congratulated the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government for securing a federal grant worth more than $14 million to support the Town Branch Commons Corridor project in downtown Lexington from the Department of Transportation. Congressman Barr supported the project through letters of support, phone calls to Administration officials, and working with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s office.
“The Town Branch Commons will help further revitalize downtown Lexington, bring in more visitors, and support jobs which will benefit not only the city, but also the entire region,” said Congressman Barr. “I appreciate the work of my staff and working with former Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson in the White House in support of this important project. I applaud the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and all those who worked hard to secure this competitive grant.”Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today participated in a bill signing ceremony for The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The legislation marks the most significant effort yet by Congress to combat the growing epidemic of drug abuse, especially the abuse of opioids and heroin.
“The bill we are sending the President today reflects the priorities and needs outlined to me by the Sixth District Drug Abuse Task Force,” said Congressman Barr. “Kentucky has been particularly hard hit by the growing epidemic of drug abuse. I am proud that proposals by our task force of Kentuckians have been included in this package which is now likely to become law. Federal legislation alone will not solve this crisis, but this bipartisan effort will have a meaningful impact in ensuring those on the frontlines will have the resources and tools to help more of our fellow citizens recover from addiction and lead productive and dignified lives.”
The Sixth District Drug Abuse Task Force was established by Congressman Barr in May 2015 to bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds in law enforcement, education, recovery, healthcare, and prevention. The Task Force is charged with developing specific recommendations for action at the federal level to help combat drug abuse in Kentucky.
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act was passed by the House last week by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 407-5. This vote follows months of work done by both chambers to stop the nationwide opioid epidemic.Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today introduced H.R. 5276, the No Bailouts for State, Territory, and Local Governments Act. The bill prohibits the use of federal funds to bail out any state, territory, municipal, local or county government that is bankrupt or at risk of default. It also prohibits the Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve from bailing out state, territorial, and local governments in financial distress.
“Puerto Rico’s recent default on a $422 million debt payment has reinforced concerns about other state and local governments that have overextended themselves and made promises too big to keep,” said Congressman Barr. “This legislation makes clear that federal taxpayers will not be on the hook for their fiscal mismanagement. As we continue to debate legislation to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, it is important that we send a strong signal to other cash-strapped states and cities that they must reform their broken finances because there will be no bailout from Washington.”Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today voted for H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017. The legislation corrects funding shortfalls that have resulted in a lack of military readiness and put our troops at increased risk. The bill increases the number of troops in each branch of the military and increases troop pay by 2.1 percent. Among other provisions, the bill also prevents the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
“The most important responsibility I have as a Member of Congress is to advance the national security of the United States,” said Congressman Barr. “I am proud to vote for this legislation which helps the military improve readiness after years of devastating sequester-level funding cuts, and blocks the President’s plan to relocate terrorists to the United States from Guantanamo Bay. Importantly, this bill also gives our troops – who we depend on to defend our nation and our freedoms - a well-deserved pay increase.”Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus, hosted a hearing with fellow Caucus members and leaders from the horseracing industry to discuss a path forward for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act.
Barr and Tonko introduced the legislation in July, 2015 in order to advance reforms aimed at promoting uniform medication standards across the 38 different racing jurisdictions in the United States. In doing so, the American thoroughbred industry would benefit from increased safety and integrity.
Congressman Barr said, “With the running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby next week, this is the right time to bring lawmakers and the horse industry together to build on the progress that has already been made toward uniform medication standards. At today’s hearing, we received great feedback from expert witnesses from across the horse industry as we continue to build momentum and expand our coalition of support. I appreciate Congressman Tonko and all of the members of the Congressional Horse Caucus who participated in the hearing to learn more about our efforts to promote safety, integrity, and competitiveness in American horseracing.”
“The Thoroughbred industry is a year-round enterprise, responsible for a large number of quality jobs and economic growth. Stakeholders have taken significant steps in recent years toward medication reform, and together we can build on that work to provide a uniform, national standard of independence and integrity that ensures the health and prosperity of the sport,” said Congressman Tonko. “I thank today's panelists for their time and invaluable testimony on legislation that requires a thoughtful approach. I have a great deal of gratitude for Congressman Barr for his passion and determination to get this right, preserve thousands of jobs, and protect our equine athletes.”
Hearing panelists included racehorse owner/celebrity chef Bobby Flay, Breeders’ Cup President & CEO Craig Fravel, former Maryland Jockey Club CEO Joe De Francis, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Executive Director Chauncey Morris, and National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association CEO Eric Hamelback.Read More
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:
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.
1432 Longworth HOB
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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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