Andy Barr

Andy Barr

KENTUCKY's 6th DISTRICT

Barr Votes to Improve Military Readiness

2016/12/02

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today voted in favor of the Conference report to H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017.  The NDAA is the primary way Congress meets its most important constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense. 

The legislation stops the recent drawdown of the Armed Forces and makes investments to improve military readiness.  NDAA authorizes funds to support military operations abroad, includes a 2.1 percent pay increase for our troops, strengthens military health care services, and prohibits the closure of the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

“Passage of this National Defense Authorization Act marks a turning point by improving military readiness and by making the investments we need to keep the American people safe and to fully support our troops at home and abroad,” said Congressman Barr.  “This legislation also gives our troops a well-deserved pay increase and, importantly, blocks President Obama from closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay and from transferring terrorists to the United States.”

The NDAA includes increased funding for depots including the Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County, Kentucky.  The bill also includes a provision supported by Congressman Barr that authorizes the purchase of enhanced body armor.  The 3M Company in Lexington, Kentucky, with 235 employees, produces much of this body armor to keep our troops safe.

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Barr Votes for 21st Century Cures Act

2016/11/30

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today voted in favor of H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act which includes numerous reforms to expedite the discovery, development, and delivery of new treatments and cures.  Specifically, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be given flexibility to expedite the review and approval of new drugs, medical devices, and treatments.

The bill includes legislation Congressman Barr cosponsored, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act which represents the most significant reforms to the mental health system in more than a decade.  The bill also authorizes a substantial investment to fight the opioid and heroin addiction crisis.

“Passage of this bill will give hope to millions of Americans that we will find effective treatments and cures to diseases more quickly and with less government red tape,” said Congressman Barr.  “We will transform the way that we treat mental health, and we will invest more in the fight against the growing epidemic of drug addiction which is devastating families and communities in Kentucky.  I am proud to vote for this landmark legislation which will improve the lives of so many suffering from disease, mental illness, and addiction.”  

The 21st Century Cures Act is expected to be passed by the U.S. Senate and signed by President Obama. 

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Barr Applauds Nomination of Elaine L. Chao

2016/11/29

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) issued the following statement after President-Elect Donald Trump announced he would nominate Secretary Elaine L. Chao to head the Department of Transportation in his administration:

“There is no one better suited to help President-Elect Trump carry out his goal of modernizing and upgrading America’s failing infrastructure than Secretary Elaine Chao.  As a former Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Director of the Peace Corps, President and CEO of the United Way, and Secretary of Labor, Secretary Chao is not only supremely qualified for this role but she has demonstrated that she can lead and reform large organizations and bureaucracies.  Secretary Chao’s nomination is also a tremendous honor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky to have one of our own recognized for such an important post.”

“Congratulations to Secretary Chao and her family, and I look forward to working with her to improve our nation’s and Kentucky’s transportation infrastructure.”

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U.S. Court Rules CFPB Structure is Unconstitutional

2016/10/11

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. 

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Barr Admonishes Wells Fargo CEO for Unauthorized Customer Accounts

2016/09/29

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.   

Click here for video of Congressman Barr’s remarks

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Congressman Barr to Host 2016 Academy Day

2016/08/19

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, Kentucky

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Barr Announces Camp Nelson Heritage Park Study Act

2016/08/18

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.”

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Barr Statement on Town Branch Commons

2016/07/27

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.”

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Congress Sends President Bill to Fight Drug Abuse Epidemic

2016/07/14

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 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.

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Financial Services

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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KENTUCKY's 1st DISTRICT

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KENTUCKY's 2nd DISTRICT

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