Andy Barr

Andy Barr


Frank Stronach Endorses Horseracing Integrity Act


Today, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) announced the support of Frank Stronach for the Horseracing Integrity Act.  Congressman Barr plans to reintroduce the legislation, to create uniform medication standards across the 38 different racing jurisdictions in the United States.

“Today, horseracing in America took a great step forward,” said Congressman Barr.  “Frank Stronach, Founder and Honorary Chairman of North America's largest Thoroughbred racing company, The Stronach Group, announced his unqualified support for the Horseracing Integrity Act.  This bipartisan legislation, which I sponsored with Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), will finally bring uniformity and independence to horseracing’s anti-doping program and no race day medication.”

“There are few people more committed to the future of horseracing in North America than Frank Stronach, a multiple Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Breeder and Outstanding Owner.  To have someone of his stature endorse this legislation puts the Horseracing Integrity Act on a clear path toward success.” 

The Horseracing Integrity Act would create an independent anti-doping program to ensure that all racing states are playing by the same anti-doping rules, and that all racing jurisdictions are in step with international standards. Regulation of horse racing in the United States is highly fragmented among the 38 racing states, which has led to a wide disparity in the effectiveness of medication testing and enforcement.

The bill designates US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a non-profit, private and independent organization, to run a nationwide program to protect the integrity of American horseracing.   Stronach emphasized that under the legislation, USADA should work together with state regulators and members of the horse racing industry to achieve the highest integrity at a reasonable cost.  We would work together to form an independent anti-doping authority with exclusive jurisdiction over the sport, creating uniform lists of permitted and prohibited substances and methods, a program for in- and out-of-competition testing programs, and the establishment of uniform sanctions for violations.  Importantly, the bill requires no federal funding.

The Stronach Group is one of the world's leading horse racetrack operators and suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering technology and owns racetracks including Santa Anita Park, "The Great Race Place", Pimlico Race Course, home of the legendary Preakness, and the spectacular Gulfstream Park, one of Florida's newest entertainment destinations.  The Stronach Group is a leading producer and distributor of televised horse racing programming and one of the world’s leading thoroughbred race horse breeders, having produced numerous Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup champions.

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Rep. Barr to Host Public Meeting in Lexington


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) will host a public meeting on Monday, April 24th in Lexington.  The event is the latest in a series of “Coffee with Your Congressman” meetings Congressman Barr has hosted in every Sixth District county since he took office in 2013.

The event is a casual, come-and-go opportunity for constituents to hear directly from Congressman Barr and ask questions.  Event details are listed below:

What: “Coffee with Your Congressman”

When: Monday, April 24, 2017; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: Lafayette High School Auditorium, 401 Reed Lane, Lexington, KY 40503

The event is open to the public and press.  No RSVP is required.  

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Barr Reintroduces Camp Nelson Heritage Park Study Act


Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) reintroduced 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 System.  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).

“The Camp Nelson Heritage Park should be part of the National Park System because it is a significant historic site of national importance,” said Congressman Barr.  “The legislation I introduced with Congresswoman Fudge begins the process of incorporating Camp Nelson into the National Park System which will help us share this important story in with more Americans and bring more visitors to Central Kentucky.”

“Given Camp Nelson’s connection to Ohio and its significance to Black soldiers during the Civil War, designating the historic site in the National Park System is long overdue,” said Congresswoman Fudge. “I appreciate Congressman Barr’s efforts to make this distinction possible and am pleased to join him on this legislation.”

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Barr Statement on U.S. Strike on Syrian Airbase


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today released the following statement:

“Earlier this week, the regime of Bashar al-Assad once again carried out a barbaric chemical attack on innocent men, women, and children in Syria.  This crime against humanity deserved more than mere condemnation; it demanded an immediate response from the civilized world to deter future attacks involving weapons of mass destruction.  Accordingly, I fully support the President's decision to strike the Syrian airbase from which the chemical attack was launched, and I agree wholeheartedly that the President's decisive action yesterday was in the vital national security interests of our country.”

“The days of 'leading from behind' and unenforced red lines are over.  Our allies can now rest assured that this Commander-in-Chief will give substance and meaning to our diplomacy through moral clarity and the credible threat of military force.  Our adversaries, including Russia, Iran, North Korea and radical Islamic terrorists like ISIS, now know that the United States will no longer hesitate to protect our national security and our values.  I applaud the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for carrying out this just mission with effectiveness and precision."

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Barr Fights for Kentucky Horse Industry Jobs


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06), the Chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus, today introduced three bills that would make simple reforms to the tax code to encourage greater investment and participation in Kentucky’s signature horse industry.  These reforms are needed to reflect the realities faced by participants in the horse industry and to provide a level playing field between equine investments and other forms of investments.

“Kentucky’s signature horse industry is not only essential to the history and culture of the Commonwealth, but also to our economy,” said Congressman Barr.  “The reforms included in these three bills will encourage growth and investment in the equine industry which will create jobs and benefit all Kentuckians.”

According to the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics, Kentucky’s equine industry employs more than 40,000 Kentuckians and has a $3 billion economic impact.

H.R. 1804, the Race Horse Cost Recovery Act would permanently reschedule race horses that are put into service before the age of two into the three-year depreciation asset class.  This change is needed because the three-year depreciation schedule better reflects the useful life of race horses, as opposed to the seven-year schedule.

H.R. 1805, the Equine Tax Parity Act would reduce the holding period requirement from 24 months to 12 for equine investments, allowing equine investments to qualify for capital gains tax treatment on equal terms with similar types of assets.

H.R. 1806, the Race Horse Expensing Certainty Act would allow all investments in racehorses to be immediately expensed consistent with Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code.  This legislation is necessary to provide clarity and certainty within the tax code that all equine assets are available for Section 179 expensing.

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Rep. Barr Statement on the Future of Health Care Reform


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today issued the following statement:

“Since I first ran for Congress, I have repeatedly promised to the people of the Sixth District that I would vote to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms.  I am disappointed that we were unable to pass the American Health Care Act last week but I will continue to work with my colleagues to try to find common ground and to develop consensus. I remain committed to the important work of making quality health care more accessible and affordable for the people of Kentucky and all Americans, and taking health care decisions away from the federal government and returning them to where they belong – with patients, families and their doctors.”

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Rep. Barr to Host Coffee with Your Congressman in Richmond


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) will host a “Coffee with Your Congressman” meeting on Saturday, March 18th in Richmond.  The event is the latest in a series of public forums and meetings Congressman Barr has hosted in every Sixth District county since he took office in 2013.

The event is a casual, come-and-go opportunity for constituents to hear directly from Congressman Barr and ask questions.  Event details are listed below:

What: “Coffee with Your Congressman”

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017; 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Where: Eastern Kentucky University - Carl D. Perkins Building; 4440 Kit Carson Drive, Richmond, KY 40475

The event is open to the public and press.  No RSVP is required.  

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Senators McConnell, Paul and Congressman Barr Reintroduce Bourbon Bill


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) reintroduced legislation today which corrects a provision in the tax code to ensure that Kentucky’s Bourbon producers are no longer at a disadvantage with their global competitors. 

The Advancing Growth in the Economy through Distilled (AGED) Spirits Act in the U.S. Senate and the Aged Distilled Spirits Competitiveness Act in the House of Representatives would permit Bourbon producers to deduct interest expense associated with the production of Bourbon in the year it is paid. It does this by exempting the natural aging process in the determination of the production period for distilled spirits.

Under current law, interest expenses are not deducted until the Bourbon is bottled and sold, which could be anywhere from 2 to 23 years after aging. This situation has been likened to a homeowner not being able to deduct the interest on a home mortgage until the sale of the house.

Senator McConnell said, “The AGED Spirits Act is a pro-growth measure that will help level the playing field between Kentucky’s Bourbon industry and its competitors abroad, while providing a boost to our home-state economy. This bill would benefit thousands of hard-working Kentuckians who have contributed to one of the Commonwealth’s signature industries and helped make Kentucky the Bourbon Capital of the World.  As recent studies have shown, the industry has grown and thrived, and I am sure it will continue to do so thanks to the many Kentuckians working in our distilleries and in other Bourbon-related jobs.”

Senator Paul said, “The Advancing Growth in the Economy through Distilled Spirits Act will preserve Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry by boosting job creation and establishing a level playing field between Bourbon and whiskey producers at home and their competitors abroad.”

Congressman Barr said, “This bill is a commonsense fix which would end the discrimination of Bourbon and other aged spirits for tax purposes, helping support jobs for Kentucky families and our local economy. I appreciate working with Leader McConnell and Senator Paul on this needed reform to support a signature Kentucky industry.”

Eric Gregory, President, Kentucky Distillers’ Association, said, “We applaud the leadership of Senator McConnell, Senator Paul, and Congressman Barr for working to eliminate restrictive tax policies that are holding Kentucky Bourbon back. Unlike most spirits, it takes years for Kentucky Bourbon to age before it can be appreciated. The AGED Spirits Act will free important capital on aging barrels, allowing distilleries to increase investments and create more jobs. This is a vital solution that will level the playing field for our signature industry as it competes in the global marketplace. We thank and appreciate the longtime support of Senator McConnell, Senator Paul, and Congressman Barr and look forward to working with them to promote and protect our timeless craft."

Mark Brown, President and CEO, Sazerac, said, “On behalf of the more than 2,200 employees at Sazerac, particularly the 1,300 at our three Kentucky distilleries – Buffalo Trace, Barton 1792 and Glenmore -- I want to thank Senator McConnell, Senator Paul, and Congressman Andy Barr for filing the AGED Spirits Act. This will help lift the unfair burden that impacts manufacturers of Bourbon, Kentucky’s native spirit. Tearing down these discriminatory barriers will allow all Bourbon distillers to reinvest in their facilities and their employees. Sazerac is already investing more than $100 million in our three Kentucky distilleries and have more than $100 million in development projects around the country. We commend Senator McConnell, Senator Paul, and Congressman Andy Barr for their consistent support of our Bourbon industry.”

Kentucky produces 95 percent of the world’s Bourbon supply.  According to a recent economic study released last week, Kentucky Bourbon contributes $8.5 billion to Kentucky’s economy each year and supports over 17,500 jobs in Kentucky. 

The House bill is also cosponsored by Congressmen James Comer (KY-01), Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Thomas Massie (KY-04) and Hal Rogers (KY-05).

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Barr Speaks on Supreme Court Nomination and Temporary Pause to Review Refugee Programs


Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) was interviewed this morning by WVLK’s Jack Pattie.  Congressman Barr shared his reaction to President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“I am extremely impressed with this nomination. Judge Gorsuch has exemplary and superb credentials and background – both academic credentials and his professional experience both as a lawyer and a judge.  Obviously, he is committed to a judicial philosophy of originalism.  He will faithfully apply the Constitution and uphold the rule of law.  I think this is an excellent pick…. He has demonstrated as a proven originalist on the Court of Appeals that he is a worthy successor to Justice Scalia.”

Congressman Barr also spoke about the President’s Executive Order to temporarily pause refugee programs, as well as new immigration from seven nations designated by the Obama Administration as countries of concern for terrorism:

“In general, it makes simple, common sense to review our vetting of these refugees because intelligence officials and the FBI have communicated very clearly to the Congress and the American people that we do not have sufficient information about these individuals… The bottom line is that we are going to be exercising congressional oversight over this, but this is common sense, this is in the national security interest of the country to take a temporary pause to take a look at this program.  We are going to work with Kentucky Refugee Ministries to make sure there are not any unwarranted inconveniences for individuals who do not pose a threat to our national security.”    

Audio of Congressman Barr’s full interview is available from WVLK online at:

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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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2017-04-11 20:26:05

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2017-04-10 14:47:46

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2017-04-20 15:48:13

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2017-03-16 15:41:20

Rep. Barr on Plan to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

2017-03-12 13:45:03

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2017-03-09 21:55:43

Barr on the American Health Care Act

2017-03-09 16:45:48

Rep. Barr Reacts to President Trump's Joint Address to Congress

2017-03-01 13:27:18

Barr Recognizes SMC Manufacturing Services

2017-02-16 15:43:03

Barr Opening Statement During Yellen Hearing

2017-02-15 17:09:20

Barr: Restore Conventional Monetary Policy at the Fed

2017-02-15 14:55:13

Barr Discusses Monetary Policy, Upcoming Hearing with Chair Yellen

2017-02-09 18:36:59

Barr Fights for Kentucky Coal Jobs, Affordable Energy

2017-02-01 20:12:15

Barr Discusses Goals for Monetary Policy & Trade Subcommittee

2017-01-23 16:20:55

Barr Supports Plans to Fix Health Care System

2017-01-12 14:32:29

Barr: Congress Should Write Laws, Not Unelected Bureaucrats

2017-01-05 19:50:15

Barr Helps Announce Plan to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

2017-01-05 17:07:30

Barr Marks End of President Obama's War on Coal

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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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