Andy Barr

Andy Barr


Barr’s Provision to Protect Kentucky Jobs and Equine Industry Approved by House and Senate


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Andy Barrapplauded the Senate’s passage of H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, a legislative package designed to prevent a series of automatic tax increases at the end of the year. H.R. 5771 incorporates a provision advocated by Congressman Barr that is critical to Kentucky’s signature equine industry. Based off legislation Congressman Barr introduced last year known as H.R. 2212, the Race Horse Cost Recovery Act, Section 121 of H.R. 5771 extends through the end of 2014 the three-year depreciation schedule for all racehorses, which expired at the end of 2013. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5771 on December 3 by a bipartisan vote of 378-46, with Congressman Barr’s support. The United States Senate followed suit last night, by a bipartisan vote of 76-16. “I appreciate Chairman Dave Camp’s support and was glad to work with the Ways and Means Committee to ensure the continued vitality of Kentucky’s signature horse racing industry,” said Barr. “This provision also reaches beyond the Bluegrass to protect the 1.4 million direct and indirect jobs that support America’s horse industry, as well as a large number of other agriculture industries that rely on a vibrant horse industry for their own survival. I am glad that this important provision has been included in H.R. 5771 and look forwardto the President signing this bill into law. I will continue to advocate for a tax code that promotes economic growth and supports our signature equine industry.” Background: In addition to direct discussions between Congressman Barr and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and their staff: In May 2013, Congressman Barr wrote a letter to Chairman Camp requesting that the Committee prioritize this tax provision in any upcoming legislation.   In November 2014, Congressman Barr wrote a letter to Chairman Camp asking that he give the three-year depreciation schedule every consideration as a critical component of the larger legislative package. He also reiterated the importance of this provision to his constituents, the signature industries of central and eastern Kentucky, and the American horse industry. In May 2013, Congressman Andy Barr introduced H.R. 2212, the Race Horse Cost Recovery Act, which would make permanent for all race horses the three-year depreciation schedule which expired at the end of 2013. Read More

Barr Statement on Bill to Keep the Government Open


WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement upon passage of FY 2015 Omnibus: “While I'm disappointed that the Senate continues to block legislation I voted for last week that would have nullified the President's Executive Order on immigration, this bill does successfully build upon the modest progress made in last year's Bipartisan Budget Agreement to further reduce spending, and it delivers on a number of important priorities for the people of Kentucky. The short-term nature of the portion of the bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security will allow the next Congress to effectively respond to the President's illegal immigration actions, once Republicans take control of the Senate.” The bill includes full Appropriations legislation and funding for 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2015. The 12th bill, which funds the Department of Homeland Security, is also included in the legislation, but is funded under a temporary “Continuing Resolution” mechanism that expires on February 27, 2015.    Key Kentucky Priorities Agriculture: Cuts funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and rejects efforts to expand EPA regulatory programs. Prevents Army Corps from regulating farm ponds and irrigation ditches under the Clean Water Act. Provides increased funding for USDA Rural Development programs critical to central and eastern Kentucky. Provides flexibility for Kentucky schools facing hardships in meeting one-size-fits-all federal nutrition guidelines mandates that have increased costs for school districts. Blue Grass Army Depot: Provides full funding to complete construction of the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Provides full funding to Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternative Program (ACWA) to complete the demilitarization at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Provides funds to begin construction on a new consolidated shipping center that will create jobs and save money. Energy: Prohibits funding for the Obama Administration’s efforts to block the export of coal. Strategically targets funds to ensure balanced investment into fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy to improve our nation’s energy independence and fight high-energy prices. Increases oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to break the deadlock in the coal permitting process and prohibits a redefinition of “fill material” within the Clean Water Act that would effectively ban Appalachian coal mining.  Veterans: Increases funding to meet our obligations to our nation’s veterans. Increased funding will help improve the efficiency and interoperability of the combined Department of Defense (DoD)/Veteran Affairs (VA) medical records system, and reduce the claims backlog at the VA. Violence Against Women Act: Increases funding for the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act. Increases transitional housing assistance grants for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault  National Security: Provides funding for our nation’s security, military readiness, and resources for our troops at home and abroad. Funds important Department of Defense programs and projects, a pay raise for our troops, and the advancement of our military operations to protect the nation from current and future threats. Continues funding for Military Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs, and provides an additional $25 million to continue the expansion of the Sexual Assault Victims’ Counsel program to all the military services. Fully funds critical FAA air traffic control and aviation safety operations, while reducing overall department funding. Other: Provides no new funding for Obamacare, and holds the line on funding for the IRS and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – the primary agencies responsible for the implementation of Obamacare. Maintains all existing pro-life policy and funding provisions that have been carried in Appropriations legislation in previous years. Read More

Barr’s Commonsense Solution to Protect Jobs and the Valley View Ferry Headed to President’s Desk


WASHINGTON – Legislation to provide relief from over-burdensome federal regulations that threaten the continued operation of the Valley View Ferry is headed to the President’s desk following bipartisan support from both houses of Congress.  On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.2444, the Coast Guard Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016, legislation that includes a provision Congressman Andy Barr introduced to transfer the licensing authority for the Valley View Ferry from federal operating licensing to a state-based operating license. “Congressman Barr took the time to listen and truly understand the hardship these regulations were placing on our ability to continue operation of the Valley View Ferry,” said George W. Dean, Vice Chairman of the Valley View Ferry Authority. "He quickly took on what seemed to be an impossible task, and now, after a year and a half advocating on our behalf in Washington, the Valley View Ferry Preservation Act will become law. We appreciate his hard work to resolve this issue. It will make it easier for us to preserve this historic Kentucky landmark and continue serving the local residents who rely on the Valley View Ferry.” “I’m thrilled that this long overdue solution that will make life easier for Kentuckians is now headed for the President’s desk to become law,” said Congressman Barr. “I look forward to building off this achievement and continue working to enact solutions on behalf of the people of central and eastern Kentucky.”   Background: In June 2013, Congressman Barr introduced H.R. 2570, the Valley View Ferry Preservation Act of 2013, after meeting with local officials and learning of the hardship imposed by federal regulations. In October 2013, Congressman Andy Barr spoke before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation about the stringent federal captain licensing requirements on the Valley View Ferry. He successfully encouraged them to support and advance his proposed legislation.  In April 2014, H.R. 4005, the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014, which contains the language in Congressman Barr’s bill, H.R. 2570, the Valley View Ferry Preservation Act of 2013, was passed by a bipartisan voice vote. On December 10, 2014, the House and Senate passed a bipartisan, bicameral agreement and the final version of this legislation, S.2444, the Coast Guard Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016, includes H.R. 2570, the Valley View Ferry Preservation Act of 2013.     Read More

Barr Lauds Passage of the ABLE Act


  Post by Congressman Andy Barr.   On December 4, 2014, Congressman Andy Barr lauded House passage of the ABLE Act. FULL TRANSCRIPT: Mr. Speaker,   As the cosponsor of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, also known as the ABLE Act, I rise today to commend the House for yesterday passing this important piece of legislation that will help millions of Americans reach their full potential.   As a brother of physically disabled sister who has lived with the challenges associated with being physically handicapped – over a dozen surgeries, hip and knee replacements, walking with crutches or walkers, and sometimes reliant on a wheelchair – I know how difficult it can be for millions of Americans with disabilities and their families. But I also know from my sister, who graduated from college, went on to seminary, married her college sweetheart, adopted a beautiful little girl, and now serves others as a priest in the Episcopal Church, that the challenges associated with being handicapped can be overcome.   The ABLE Act will help ease financial strains faced by millions of Americans with disabilities and their families and help them save for the future by creating tax-free savings accounts available to cover disability-related expenses.   This provides families with a severely disabled child some peace of mind by allowing them to save for their child’s long-term disability expenses. We are better off as a nation when disabled Americans are given the tools like the ABLE Act to not only achieve self-sufficiency, but contribute and give back to our society. Read More

Barr Statement on Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act


WASHINGTON - Congressman Andy Barr issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5759, the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act: "Today I joined a majority of my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in response to President Obama’s unlawful Executive Order to pass H.R. 5759, the “Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act.” "The President has ignored the will of the American people and circumvented Congress and taken unilateral action that fails to fulfill his duty to faithfully execute the laws. The legislation I voted for today reaffirms the constitutional principles that only Congress has the power to write immigration laws and that the President must enforce those laws; prevents the President from suspending our immigration laws; prohibits the Administration from unilaterally granting amnesty or work permits to undocumented immigrants and declares null and void the President’s recent Executive Action.  "Kentuckians want Congress to secure our border first and the House has already passed legislation to do that with my support.  We must act to secure the border first, strengthen the immigration system and protect American citizens." ### Read More

Barr Honored with Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence


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McConnell, Whitfield, and Barr Meet with Postmaster General


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), joined Representatives Ed Whitfield (KY-01) and Andy Barr (KY-06) today in meeting with Postmaster General Patick Donahoe to discuss important postal issues related the consolidation of the mail processing facilities in Lexington and Paducah, and other pressing concerns the impact of their consolidation will have on Kentucky jobs, and postal service standards. “I am pleased to work with Representatives Whitfield and Barr on this issue on behalf of our constituents,” Senator McConnell said. “I understand the importance of keeping these mail processing facilities open so that local jobs are not jeopardized and that mail deliveries remain timely for Kentucky families and businesses. I am glad I was able to convey what I am hearing from my constituents directly to the Postmaster General, and I am hopeful he will listen to our concerns.”– Senator Mitch McConnell “While I appreciate the Postmaster General’s willingness to discuss our issues to achieve better efficiency for the U.S. Postal Services and his attempt to take responsible actions, concerns still remain about the consolidation’s effect on postal employees in Western Kentucky. I am grateful for the Postmaster General’s time and consideration for our concerns, and his commitment to ensure that postal service standards for Kentuckians will not be diminished by the consolidation of these centers. I also appreciate his commitment to ensure that no one loses their job in Kentucky as a result of this action.” -Representative Ed Whitfield "I appreciate Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman taking the time to meet with Senator McConnell, Congressman Whitfield and me today to discuss their commitment to fulfilling all assurances made by Postmaster Donahoe during our April 16, 2013 meeting.  During our meeting, I strongly urged them to reconsider their proposal to close additional mail processing and distribution centers in Kentucky.  I appreciate their commitment and will continue to monitor this situation with great interest."– Representative Andy Barr [[{"fid":"596","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Pictured: Rep. Ed Whitfield, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Andy Barr discussing the issues in Sen. McConnell’s Leadership office","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Pictured: Rep. Ed Whitfield, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Andy Barr discussing the issues in Sen. McConnell’s Leadership office"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Pictured: Rep. Ed Whitfield, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Andy Barr discussing the issues in Sen. McConnell’s Leadership office","title":"Pictured: Rep. Ed Whitfield, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Andy Barr discussing the issues in Sen. McConnell’s Leadership office","class":"media-element file-default"}}]] Read More

Barr Stands up for Main Street Businesses, Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB


On September 17, 2014, the National Federation of Independent Business, an advocacy association which gives small-business owners on Main Street a voice in public policy-making, announced that they have named Congressman Barr a "Guardian of Small Business" for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress. Congressman Andy Barr made the following statement upon being recognized: "Receiving this recognition from the NFIB is a tremendous honor as promoting legislation that protects Main Street and enables small business owners to succeed is one of my top priorities. I will continue working on behalf of Kentucky’s small businesses because their success leads to job growth and a stronger economy.” [[{"fid":"594","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Barr for “standing up for small business.” ","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Barr for “standing up for small business.” "},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Barr for “standing up for small business.” ","title":"NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Barr for “standing up for small business.” ","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]]   For Immediate Release Contact:  Eric Reller 202-314-2073 or   U.S. Rep. Andy Barr Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 17, 2014 – The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (KY-6) a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress. NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Barr for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.” “The record shows that Rep. Barr is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.” NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker. Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award. In all, NFIB will present Guardian awards to 232 Representatives who stood up for small business. ###   NFIB is the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 to give small-business owners a voice in public policy-making, NFIB’s policy positions are set by its 350,000 business-owner members, who send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through NFIB’s unique member-only ballot. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at   Read More

Barr Statement on Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Barr issued the following statement commemorating the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001: "Today across our great nation, we pause to reflect upon the morning thirteen years ago that changed our lives.  We remember the thousands of men and women who lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C. and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Today, and every day, Carol and I join the families and all who mourn the loss of loved ones, and we honor the brave first responders who rushed into the burning Twin Towers, risking their own lives so that others might live.   Our thoughts and prayers remain with our brave men and women in uniform who continue to sacrifice for our freedom, safety and security." 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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