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Congressman Andy Barr

Representing All the People of Kentucky's Sixth District

Defense and National Security

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Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) announced Saturday that he participated in a visit to Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and Afghanistan led by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Barr and McConnell were joined on the trip by U.S. Sens Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Joni Ernst (R-IA). 

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today honored the life and service of Captain Matthew D. Roland of Lexington who was killed while serving in Afghanistan on August 26, 2015.  Roland was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Lexington Catholic High School and the United States Airforce Academy.  He served as an officer in the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron.

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Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today voted for H.R. 3457, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act.  The bill holds Iran accountable by requiring them to pay court-ordered compensation to victims of its state-sponsored terrorism before economic sanctions are lifted on the regime as part of the proposed nuclear agreement. 

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) honored the life of Kentucky State Trooper Eric K. Chrisman of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Trooper Chrisman died while on duty on June 23, 2015.

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s announced agreement with Iran:

“While Congress will have 60 days to review all of the details of this proposed agreement, I am troubled that nothing in the President’s statement today indicated that Iran will be prohibited from ultimately building a nuclear bomb, forced to fully dismantle their nuclear infrastructure, or subjected to the ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections we were promised.”

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.

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.

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.

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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.

WASHINGTON – After being sworn in to the 114th Congress, Congressman Andy Barr supported passage of H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act, which exempts veterans already enrolled in healthcare plans through the Department of Defense or the VA from being counted toward the employee limit under the Affordable Care Act.  As an original cosponsor who helped introduce this legislation, Barr released the following statement applauding theHouse passing H.R. 22 with unanimous support: