Andy Barr

Andy Barr

KENTUCKY's 6th DISTRICT

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) Supports Barr’s Military SAVE Act

2014/07/24

WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr welcomed the support of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) who signed on as a cosponsor his legislation, H.R. 3775, the bipartisan Karen Tufts Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act, or the Military SAVE Act.  As a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard, Congresswoman Gabbard served two tours of combat duty in the Middle East and has been a strong advocate for military justice reform on behalf of survivors of sexual assault. Gabbard sits on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. “The tens of thousands of military sexual assault survivors in our ranks must be able to receive the proper mental and physical care after experiencing violent sexual trauma,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is a veteran and strong advocate for military justice reform to serve assault victims. “These brave survivors who have stepped forward as they seek care, deserve to have more control over their own health decisions, particularly who they get care from. Sexual assault survivors have unique needs as a result of their traumatic experiences; they shouldn’t be forced to share personal and highly emotional experiences with a doctor who is not best-equipped to treat them. The Military SAVE Act gives survivors a chance to recover and heal under the care of a trusted healthcare provider. I thank my friend Congressman Barr for his strong leadership on this issue.” “I am honored that Congresswoman Gabbard has become a cosponsor of the bipartisan Karen Tufts Military SAVE Act,” said Congressman Andy Barr. “As a combat veteran and a strong voice for military sexual trauma survivors, her backing gives this bill fresh energy and key support in Congress. I look forward to working with her to advance this legislation.” Gabbard is the eleventh Congressional cosponsor of H.R. 3775, which has also received broad bipartisan support in Kentucky and is endorsed by the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and the National Military Family Association (NMFA).   Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Backs Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act Legislation would allow access to non-DoD/VA medical care for assault survivors   Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced her support and co-sponsorship of the Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment (SAVE) Act (H.R. 3775). Currently, military sexual trauma (MST) survivors face bureaucratic red-tape that often gets in the way of their seeking treatment from qualified, experienced providers outside the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system and TRICARE. The Military SAVE Act would give these survivors the option to seek reimbursable care from non-VA/TRICARE medical providers who can best provide the care these victims need.   “The tens of thousands of military sexual assault survivors in our ranks must be able to receive the proper mental and physical care after experiencing violent sexual trauma,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is a veteran and strong advocate for military justice reform to serve assault victims. “These brave survivors who have stepped forward as they seek care, deserve to have more control over their own health decisions, particularly who they get care from. Sexual assault survivors have unique needs as a result of their traumatic experiences; they shouldn’t be forced to share personal and highly emotional experiences with a doctor who is not best-equipped to treat them. The Military SAVE Act gives survivors a chance to recover and heal under the care of a trusted healthcare provider. I thank my friend Congressman Barr for his strong leadership on this issue.”   Currently, a victim can only seek treatment outside of TRICARE or the VA health care system if: (1) in the opinion of the Department of Defense (DOD) or VA employee, a TRICARE or VA facility is unable to treat the victim; (2) the victim is believed to live outside a reasonable travel distance from a TRICARE or VA health care facility; or (3) a DOD or VA employee issues an official referral or letter of authorization.     To give military sexual assault survivors access to healthcare providers that meet their unique needs, the Military SAVE Act creates the following process:   Step One: File a claim and obtain a voucher – A victim of MST goes into their local TRICARE or VA health care facility to officially file a report and sign an affidavit that they are a victim of MST.  This provides the DOD or the VA an account of the incident, notifies the Departments that this person is eligible to seek out-of-system treatment, and gives the authority for the victim to schedule appointments with an out-of-system provider.  The Departments will then issue the victim a voucher that entitles the private provider to be reimbursed at a set amount. Step Two: Find a provider who will see you – The MST victim contacts private providers to make sure they will accept the voucher/reimbursement from the DOD/VA, and then schedules an appointment. Step Three: Go to the doctor – Victim sees the private provider. Step Four: Provider bills the VA or DOD. Step Five: VA or DOD reimburses provider – TRICARE and/or the VA verifies that the individual filed an initial MST claim, and then pays/reimburses the provider at pre-set amounts.   The legislation has earned the endorsement of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and the National Military Family Association (NMFA).   ###   Read More

Barr Visits CCCS, Discusses Support for the Bipartisan America Gives More Act

2014/07/18

LEXINGTON, KY – Today, Congressman Andy Barr visited Clark County Community Services (CCCS), a nonprofit organization in Winchester that provides food, clothing, shelter and utility assistance while encouraging families toward self-sufficiency. During his visit, Congressman Barr discussed how organizations like CCCS would benefit from H.R. 4719, the America Gives More Act of 2014, which passed the House yesterday by a bipartisan vote of 277-130. “Organizations like Clark County Community Services play a vital role in our communities,” said Congressman Barr. “I was glad to share more information about the America Gives More Act, which will ensure that expired provisions in our tax code that encourage contributions to organizations like CCCS are renewed and made permanent.” “We appreciate Congressman Barr’s efforts to encourage charitable giving and helping the many individuals, businesses and farmers who tend to donate more nutritious food to those who need it most,” said Debbie Fatkin, Executive Director of CCCS. “People understand the needs of their neighbors far better than large government programs do,” continued Barr. “This legislation will increase charitable giving in our communities, helping charities, nonprofits, foundations and schools across the country expand their reach and serve those most in need.” H.R. 4719 combines five separate bills that increase charitable giving and make permanent several important tax provisions. To read the legislation, please click here. Read More

Serving the People of the Sixth District

2014/07/18

The Herald-Leader’s distortion of my office spending is just the type of negative, political, business-as-usual attack by Washington Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama I am fighting to change. I returned more than $50,000 to the Treasury from my office budget last year.  I spent $300,000 less on personnel than my predecessor; have fewer staff; pay $20,000 less in district office rent, and provide greater service, conducting outreach to constituents who say they have never before been asked for their suggestions, ideas and opinions. We hold coffees, town halls, coalition meetings and conference calls with constituents; request input via questionnaires; provide legislative updates; and let constituents know how we can help them.  We've helped over 2,300 constituents fight federal bureaucracy in my first 18 months in office, ensuring veterans receive their benefits; helping seniors make sense of Medicare; and standing up to the IRS, EPA and USDA. All mailings are approved by a bipartisan Commission that prohibits campaign-style references. I do not fly first class; brought my own healthcare to Washington; do not participate in taxpayer-funded health insurance; and introduced legislation to increase accountability and transparency in our government, including bills to cut compensation of Members of Congress who do not responsibly manage our nation’s finances; require Congress to live by laws it writes for the American people, including Obamacare; imposing term limits on Members of Congress; prohibiting Members of Congress from being paid if they don’t pass a budget. I am proud of our accountability and service. ### Read More

Barr Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Religious Freedom

2014/06/30

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling that some employers will not be required under the Affordable Care Act to provide insurance coverage for certain drugs and devices that are contrary to their religious or moral beliefs. "Today, the U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a historic victory for religious freedom in America. I applaud Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood for taking a stand against Obamacare's attack on religious liberty and complete disregard for our First Amendment rights.  I remain committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare with real healthcare reforms that will actually lower the cost of care for Kentucky families without infringing on their constitutional rights.” ### Read More

Barr Votes to Enhance Health Care Choices for Veterans

2014/06/10

WASHINGTON - Congressman Andy Barr praised the passage of the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014, saying: "Kentucky veterans have sacrificed so much in service to our nation, and it's critical that they receive the care they have been promised and the services they have earned,” said Congressman Barr. "To ensure that all veterans have the opportunity to get the care they need, I am glad that the House has passed H.R. 4810, the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014, legislation that would allow veterans to receive health care from local non-VA health centers and would enhance VA coordination of this care received outside of a VA. This bill and H.R. 3775, the Karen Tufts Military SAVE Act I introduced last year, would help address the challenges facing the VA by providing these brave men and women the very freedom of individual choice they have fought to protect." Barr was an original cosponsor of H.R. 4810, the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014, which would: Require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to offer non-VA care at the department's expense to any enrolled veteran who cannot get an appointment within VA wait time goals - currently 14 days - or who lives more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility. The bill would also ban bonuses for all VA employees from FY 2014 - 2016 and require VA to submit a quarterly report to Congress including usage info and an accounting as to what purchase methods were used to provide non-VA care. Barr also authored and introduced H.R. 3775, the Karen Tufts Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act, or the Military SAVE Act, which would empower survivors of military sexual trauma to select their own care providers and provide the support these brave service members have earned.     Read More

Barr Votes to Enforce VA Accountability

2014/05/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Barr voted today to enforce new accountability standards for the Department of Veterans Affairs, saying: “America’s freedom is only possible because of the sacrifice and bravery of our veterans.  However, recent reports of gross mismanagement and falsified data records at the VA, coupled with an utter lack of accountability at the agency, denies our heroes the care they have more than earned. "This is unconscionable and completely unacceptable. "That is why this week, I voted for the VA Management Accountability Act, which would establish new accountability measures for the VA, to help avoid further mistreatment of our veterans. "With more veterans and service members seeking care than ever before, the need for higher standards is even more clear. "I also authored and introduced H.R. 3775, the Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act, also known as the Military SAVE Act, which would empower survivors of military sexual trauma to select their own care providers and provide the support these brave service members have earned. "The Military SAVE Act could help address the challenges facing the VA by setting the precedent of providing these brave men and women the very freedom of individual choice they have fought to protect." Read More

Barr Applauds Kentucky's Bid to Host 2018 World Equestrian Games

2014/05/21

WASHINGTON – On May 21, 2014, Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement regarding Kentucky’s bid to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games: "The success of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games is undeniable.  The visitors to the event generated an infusion of over $201.5 million to the Kentucky's economy, including more than $45 million in wages that supported over 3,000 jobs. I have already endorsed Kentucky’s bid and will continue to support the Commonwealth’s efforts to ensure that the 2018 Games are even more successful. I am excited about the potential to once again showcase why Lexington is the 'Horse Capital of the World.'" ###   Read More

Barr Joins Bipartisan Group to Unveil Proposal to Reform Federal Regulations

2014/05/20

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Andy Barr joined a bipartisan group of Members of Congress to introduce H.R. 4646, the Regulatory Improvement Act of 2014. H.R. 4646 would reform the Code of Federal Regulations and create a commission tasked with eliminating or revising outdated or redundant federal regulations. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Progressive Policy Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute support this bill and these important efforts to rein in out-of-control regulations that hinder the ability of manufacturers to grow jobs and expand facilities.[[{"fid":"527","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"tagName":"IMG","src":"https%3A//edit-barr.house.gov/sites/barr.house.gov/files/styles/congress_image_medium/public/wysiwyg_uploaded/IMG_0392.JPG%3Fitok%3DUf4osp_1","type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser","height":"320","style":"width: 480px; height: 320px; line-height: 19px; font-family: Tahoma, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; float: right;","width":"480"}}]]“The Regulatory Improvement Act is just the sort of commonsense, bipartisan approach so sorely lacking in Washington these days,” said Congressman Barr.  “H.R. 4646 would clear away some of the regulatory burden that is disrupting our economic recovery and impeding much-needed job creation with a logical and measured approach that would also include input from the public.”“We need to get beyond the tug-of-war between more or less regulation; this bill is fundamentally about making the regulatory system smarter and more responsive to the needs of America’s job creators,” said Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-FL). “If we really want to kick-start job growth in America, we need to shift the discussion away from the standard partisan positions on regulation and start thinking about how we can build an adaptable regulatory framework worthy of the 21st Century. Our plan does just that, modernizing and streamlining the regulatory framework to encourage growth while safeguarding America’s consumers.”According to an analysis of the Progressive Policy Institute, the Code of Federal Regulations grew to 169,301 pages in 2011 – an increase of 138 percent since 1975. Every President since Carter has undertaken an effort to encourage federal agencies to self-review and self-revise regulations, but these efforts have fallen short of the goal of restraining regulatory accumulation. Over time, as older regulations become outdated and new rules are layered on top, American companies are forced to comply with a growing maze of confusing, often useless regulations.The Regulatory Improvement Act seeks to balance regulatory restraint with consumer and labor well-being by empowering a new, independent, bipartisan commission called the Regulatory Improvement Commission (RIC) to review regulations as submitted by the public and present recommendations to Congress for an up-or-down vote. Modeled along the lines of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, the RIC would be composed of representatives from business and civic organizations.To read the full text of HR 4646, click here.###  Read More

Barr Announces Military Academy Appointees

2014/05/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) announced today that seven young men and women in the Sixth Congressional District that have received appointment offers to four of the United States Service Academies.  “I am honored to recognize those who have committed to protect and defend our nation through service in our military academies,” said Congressman Barr. "Attending a U.S. service academy reflects their dedication to country and community. I congratulate these young leaders on their appointments and wish them the best in all their future pursuits. As a community, we thank these exceptional students and all those who answer the call to serve to serve in our military. It is an honor to have these students as representatives of Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District.”   Congressman Barr personally called each student to share the good news of his or her appointment.   The following students have received an appointment:   United States Military Academy, West Point Caleb M. Clay, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Julian P. Mok, Sayre School Elizabeth A. Schilder, Scott County High School   United States Naval Academy Caleb M. Clay, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School William M. Davis, Western Hills High School Elizabeth A. Schilder, Scott County High School   United States Air Force Academy Caleb M. Clay, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Hannah R. Durbin, Model Laboratory High School Nathaniel P. Gillespie, Lafayette High School Elizabeth A. Schilder, Scott County High School Alexander Stromberg, Woodford County High School   United States Merchant Marine Academy  Nathaniel P. Gillespie, Lafayette High School   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.   ### Read More

Barr Votes to Reform SNAP Program

2013/09/20

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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