Andy Barr

Andy Barr


Congress Sends President Bill to Fight Drug Abuse Epidemic


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.  

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Barr Introduces No Bailouts for State, Territory, and Local Governments Act


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.”

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Barr Votes to Improve Military Readiness, Increase Troop Pay


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.”

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Barr, Tonko Hold Congressional Horse Caucus Hearing


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.

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Barr Announces Winners of 2016 Art Competition


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.”

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Statement from Congressman Andy Barr


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.”



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Barr Honors Nancy Reagan


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.”

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Barr Remembers Justice Scalia


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."

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Barr Votes for More Oversight of Iranian Terrorism Financing


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:

  • Block the President from offering sanctions relief to an individual or bank until certifying that such entity has not conducted a significant transaction with a terrorist organization, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or in support of either Iran’s ballistic missile or its conventional weapons programs.
  • Prohibit the Administration from lifting Iran’s designation as a “Jurisdiction of Primary Money Laundering Concern” until it certifies that the Government of Iran is no longer supporting terrorism, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, or engaging in illicit financial activities.
  • Provide Congress greater insight into how the Treasury Department licenses specific U.S. companies to do business in Iran.
  • Apply the Congressional Review Act to provide Congress the ability to disapprove of Iran related changes to the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Clarify that Iran’s proxies—Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad—are included in the definition of terrorist organizations for the purposes of financial sanctions against Iran.
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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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