Andy Barr

Andy Barr


Barr Reintroduces Military SAVE Act


Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today reintroduced the H.R. 1603, the Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment (SAVE) Act.  The bill would allow survivors of military sexual trauma to seek specialized care outside of the Veterans Administration health care system. “We owe members of the military the best medical treatment available, and victims of sexual assault in the military certainly deserve the compassion, flexibility, and discretion to make their own decisions about the best course of care for their unique needs,” said Congressman Barr.  “I’m grateful for the bipartisan support of this legislation, and I look forward to advancing this commonsense solution to empower survivors of sexual assault in the military.”   The Military SAVE Act has 11 original cosponsors including Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a captain in the Hawaii National Guard who has served two tours of combat in the Middle East. “The tens of thousands of military sexual assault survivors in the military must receive proper mental and physical care after experiencing such horrible trauma,” said Congresswoman Gabbard.  “Stepping forward and seeking care is a battle all its own.  Those who speak up must have their safety ensured and greater control over their own health decisions.  Sexual assault survivors have unique needs; they shouldn’t be forced to share personal and highly emotional experiences with a doctor who is not best-equipped to treat them.  I’m joining my friend and colleague Congressman Andy Barr in calling once again on Congress to give survivors a chance to recover and heal under the care of a trusted healthcare provider.” Kentucky Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Heather French Henry also supports the bill.  “The Military SAVE Act would be a great step forward to ensuring Kentucky veterans have the resources they need if they experienced a sexual assault while in the military,” said Commissioner Henry.  “I applaud Congressman Barr for shining a light on this issue, and making the care of veterans a priority in Congress.” The legislation was in part inspired by Susan Moseley, a survivor of a military sexual assault.  “After I was sexually assaulted in the military I did not get the help I needed,” said Mosely.  “As a result, I was lost for more than 20 years.  I hope Congressman Barr’s legislation will help other victims to get the help they need so they can overcome their trauma and thrive.” To learn more about the Military SAVE Act, visit Congressman Barr’s website at:  Read More

Barr Appointed to Terrorism Financing Task Force


Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) was appointed to the Committee on Financial Service’s Bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing.  The task force will be led by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA).  The goal of the task force is to investigate terrorist financing and examine what, if any, changes are needed to upgrade and improve our nation’s ability to deny terrorists the funding they use to carry out attacks. “As the threat of terrorism continues to grow and evolve, it is critical we investigate new ways to stop attacks and cut off funding of terrorist activities,” said Congressman Barr.  “It is an honor to be appointed to this important task force, and I look forward to advancing solutions that will stop future attacks and keep Americans safe.”  Read More

Barr Earns Benjamin Franklin Award


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Barr Introduces TABS Act to Provide Oversight and Transparency for Unaccountable Bureau


Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today introduced the Taking Account of Bureaucrats’ Spending (TABS) Act, which will move the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) into the appropriations process.  In doing so, Congress would be able to oversee the Bureau’s budget for the first time. “The TABS Act is essential to assert Congress’s constitutional authority to use the power of the purse over the Bureau’s reckless regulatory overreaches, which are hurting communities across the country,” said Congressman Barr.  “Federal agencies should be subject to congressional oversight, and this unaccountable Bureau is no different.” The CFPB is currently funded directly by the Federal Reserve with no oversight and little transparency.  Given the lack of congressional leverage, the Bureau has not proven to be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars.  For example, the Bureau is reportedly spending more than $215 million to renovate its headquarters, in a building it does not own and which is only worth $153 million. A November 2014 review by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office found serious internal accounting deficiencies in the Bureau’s control of its own budget. Read More

Barr Honors Life of Officer Burke J. Rhoads


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today honored the life of Officer Burke J. Rhoads of the Nicholasville Police Department with a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Officer Rhoads, a U.S. Army veteran, died during a car accident while he was on duty on March 11, 2015. Video of the Congressman’s speech is available at: Remarks as prepared: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the life and note the recent passing of Officer Burke J. Rhoads of Nicholasville, Kentucky. On March 11, Officer Rhoads was suddenly and tragically killed in a car accident while on duty as an officer with the Nicholasville Police Department.  Officer Rhoads was 35 years old and is survived by his wife, Melissa Suzanne Mason Rhodes and his three children: Jacquelyn, Bryan, and Kevin. Officer Rhoads was a U.S. Army Veteran and served on the Nicholasville police force for eight years.      We grieve the loss of this promoter of peace, advocate of laws, and sentry of safety and security in our community.  However, we also celebrate and honor his life and his service. Inscribed on the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial are the words, “In valor there is hope.”  Officer Rhoads helped to bring his community hope in knowing that they were safer on his watch.       I thank Officer Rhoads for his service and devotion to our community. Thank you Mr. Speaker, I yield back the remainder of my time.   Read More

Barr Introduces Financial Regulatory Reform Package


Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today introduced H.R. 1389, the American Jobs and Community Revitalization Act, a package of regulatory reforms that would expand access to credit, create jobs, and expand opportunities especially in rural communities. “New federal financial regulations are making it harder for Kentuckians to borrow money to buy a home, purchase a car, or get a line of credit to start or expand a small business,” said Congressman Barr.  “The result has been devastating especially for rural communities.” “The reforms included in the American Jobs and Community Revitalization Act are a commonsense approach which will require federal regulators to review and streamline their rules, end one-size-fits-all regulations, and allow community banks and credit unions to do their jobs.  This bill will create an environment in which small communities can overcome Washington’s red tape, encourage private sector investment, and provide needed jobs in rural America.”  Read More

Barr Reintroduces HELP in Rural Communities Act


Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) today reintroduced the Helping Expand Lending Practices (HELP) in Rural Communities Act with Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX).  The bill would provide individuals in rural areas the right to petition for the area to be properly reclassified as “rural” and relieve local community banks and credit unions from burdensome regulations that unfairly limit their ability to lend and help create jobs in their communities. “While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has expanded their definition of ‘rural’ to include areas like Bath County, the process remains opaque, arbitrary, and not subject to appeal,” said Congressman Barr.  “I am pleased to reintroduce this bipartisan bill along with Congressman Hinojosa which will help rural communities across America that are struggling with the one-size-fits-all regulations for which they lack the resources to comply.” Background: The idea for this legislation stemmed from a hearing in May 2013 where Congressman Barr learned that Washington-based bureaucrats at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shockingly and incorrectly claimed that Bath County, Kentucky should be considered “non-rural” for purposes of its lending rules. The HELP Rural Communities Act was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives during the 113th Congress on May 6, 2014. On January 29, 2015, the CFPB announced a rule to expand the definition of “rural” areas within its financial regulations to include Bath County, Kentucky.  While this was a positive development, the expanded definition did not address the underlying concern, nor did it provide a means to contest the designation for other improperly labeled “non-rural” counties. Read More

Barr Votes Against Senate Amendment to Bypass Conference Committee


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) voted against a Senate amendment to a Department of Homeland Security funding bill.  Congressman Barr has voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security three times since January.  However, Senate Democrats blocked a conference committee, an important step in the legislative process that would have addressed differences between the House-passed bill and the Senate amendment. “When there are differences between bills passed in the House and Senate, a conference committee is the appropriate way to resolve those differences,” said Congressman Barr.  “The American people want us to find solutions and they are tired of a minority of Senators who refuse to even attempt to find common ground.  I support a return to regular order and I take seriously my oath to support and defend the Constitution.  I am therefore unwilling to rubberstamp a Senate amendment which fails to address any of the serious concerns expressed by the House, a federal court and the President himself about his unconstitutional overreach.” Background: President Obama has said on at least 22 occasions that he could not ignore or create his own immigration law. Read More

Barr Votes to Fund Homeland Security, Not Amnesty


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today voted to extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for one week.  The extension prevents an immediate lapse in funding for DHS and gives Congress time to negotiate differences between a House bill to fund the Department passed more than six weeks ago, and a Senate version of the bill which was passed earlier today.  The extension will not enable the President’s executive actions granting amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants because the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a temporary injunction to halt these actions on February 16, 2015.   “A short-term extension of Homeland Security funding is far from ideal; however, because Senate Democrats obstructed the funding bill until the last minute, they have left no time to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation,” said Congressman Barr.  “The American people want solutions and are tired of deadline politics.  Today, with my support, the House has once again acted responsibly to prevent a lapse in funding and to allow the legislative process to work under regular order.  While the President’s unconstitutional actions have already been halted by a federal court, I am hopeful this extension will give Congress and the courts time to address this overreach in a more permanent way.” Read More

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.  ### 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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