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
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) announced the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Samuel Jolly of Nicholas County High School was the overall winner for his piece, “Where My Story Begins.” Jolly’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol building for one year along with winners from each Congressional district.
The winner of the “Constituent’s Choice” award was Andrew Cottle from Bryan Station High School in Lexington. Cottle’s work, “Day in the Park,” received more Facebook “likes” than any submission on Congressman Barr’s official Facebook page other than the overall winner. His work will be displayed for the next year in Congressman Barr’s Washington, D.C. office.
Myles Garr of Bryan Station High School in Lexington was selected by Congressman Barr’s staff for the “Staff Choice” award for his work, “Kentucky Proud.”Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today released the following statement:
“Today, we are heartbroken to learn that Stephanie and Justin Shults are among the many lives cut short as a result of the barbaric terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium. We will never forget this daughter of Kentucky, the anguish felt by her family, nor the evil that took her from us. Through this tragedy, we stand more resolved than ever to confront and defeat the enemies of freedom, tolerance, and civilized society.
“Carol and I offer our deepest sympathies to the Shults and Moore families, their loved ones, and their many friends. As the parents of two daughters, we extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
“I am grateful to all of those who assisted in the search for Stephanie and Justin and to get answers to their families.
“While we did not find the answers we hoped and prayed for, we are comforted this Easter weekend by the promise of eternal life through the love and sacrifice of the risen Christ. I join all Kentuckians and Americans everywhere in continued thoughts and prayers for Justin and Stephanie Shults, their families, and the other victims of the Brussels attacks.”
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) issued the following statement:
“I was saddened to learn of the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. As the most trusted adviser and partner to President Ronald Reagan, she certainly contributed to making his presidency one of the most successful in history. She will be remembered especially for her tireless efforts to prevent and stop drug abuse – an effort and a legacy that we must carry forward. Carol and I send our heartfelt condolences to the Reagan family.”Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia:
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, an intellectual force on the Supreme Court, a persuasive proponent of judicial restraint and a faithful defender of the United States Constitution. Justice Scalia was a powerful voice for the rule of law, the separation of powers and originalism, the idea that the law should be interpreted as it is written, in accordance with its original meaning, and not based upon the evolving or subjective opinions of unelected judges. Through his judicial opinions, including his many dissents, Justice Scalia made a significant and lasting contribution to our democracy and our constitutional form of government. I had the privilege of meeting Justice Scalia several times and last spoke to him just a few months ago. On behalf of a grateful nation and the people of Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District, I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Justice Antonin Scalia, a true patriot to our country and guardian of our Constitution."Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today voted for H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act. The bill provides for enhanced Congressional oversight over U.S. economic and trade sanctions, particularly over Iranian terrorism financiers.
“As a member of the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, I know that we must remain vigilant to stop the flow of funds to terrorist groups, prevent attacks, and keep the American people safe,” said Congressman Barr. “By advancing its missile program in violation of international agreements and by detaining U.S. sailors, Iran continues to demonstrate why they should not be trusted. That is why we passed this legislation to expand our oversight and leverage over sanctions against Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.”
Specifically, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act would:
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today voted for S.J. Res. 22, to block the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from redefining “waters of the United States” to include smaller bodies of water including farm ponds and irrigation ditches. The proposed rule significantly expands the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act over virtually all waters and wet areas in the country.
“The proposed Waters of the United States rule is a federal power grab which would be economically disastrous for farmers, landowners, small businesses, and manufacturers,” said Congressman Barr. “We are in the weakest economic recovery since World War II, with the lowest labor participation rate in nearly 40 years. Now is not the time to undermine economic growth and kill jobs with more Washington knows best regulation. That is why I joined my colleagues in both the House and Senate in voting to reject this flawed rule.”
S.J. Res. 22 passed the Senate on November 4, 2015 and will now be submitted to the President for consideration.Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today made the following statement after the President’s State of the Union Address:
“What the country needs is a plan to defeat ISIS. What we need is an agenda to grow the economy. Instead, President Obama gave us a lecture about his legacy and in defense of policies that have contributed to the worst economic recovery since World War II and chaos around the world. Families continue to struggle and there is not a single place in the world which is safer or more stable today than on the day President Obama took office seven years ago.”
“That is why the House of Representatives will be putting forward bold policy ideas this year to balance our budget, grow the economy, empower people to escape poverty, fix our broken health care system, rein in an out of control bureaucracy, and most importantly, rebuild our military and secure our borders to keep the American people safe.”Read More
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today voted for H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. The legislation repeals the most damaging Obamacare mandates and taxes, and denies funding for Planned Parenthood of America through the budget reconciliation process, which is not subject to a Senate filibuster.
“As promised, the House and Senate have now put a bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood on the President’s desk,” said Congressman Barr. “President Obama now has a choice. He can either relieve the American people of the burdens, mandates, and tax increases of Obamacare and stop supporting the barbaric practices of Planned Parenthood with our tax dollars. Otherwise he must accept responsibility for the continued failures and hardships created by Obamacare and the actions of Planned Parenthood. Either way, I will continue to fight for the people who have been hurt by Obamacare and who are the innocent victims of abortion.”
According to the Congressional Budget Office, H.R. 3762 would reduce the federal deficit by $516 billion over 10 years.
Congressman Barr is an original cosponsor of the American Health Care Reform Act which would repeal Obamacare and implement a number of reforms to expand access to care by encouraging competition, portability, and innovation. The legislation includes Congressman Barr’s Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act which would lower health care costs by preventing defensive medicine and encourage physicians to practice medicine according to clinical practice guidelines.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.
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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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