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Congressman Andy Barr

Representing All the People of Kentucky's Sixth District


More on Overregulation

Congressman Andy Barr spoke on the House Floor about the Environmental Protection Agency's strangling overregulation of our nation’s economy.  As he pointed out, "The coal industry in my region in central and eastern Kentucky could be the poster child of this regulatory onslaught. According to the Commonwealth's recently released figures, more than 7,000 coal miners in the Appalachian coalfields have received pink slips since 2009; 2,232 of those jobs were lost last year alone, thanks in large part to the overreach of the EPA."



On Tuesday, during a Financial Services Committee hearing, I questioned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray about the Bureau's plans to remedy the mis-designation of Bath County, Kentucky as "non-rural" for purposes of lending rules that significantly will limit access to credit in the community if not corrected.

WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement following President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“Tonight, I had hoped to hear about how the President will reduce our exploding federal debt, protect the American people from the harmful effects of the new healthcare law, and grow the economy to create jobs for hardworking families who are suffering in this stagnant economy.

“Unfortunately, the President offered the same failed approach of more government spending, more job-crushing regulations, and higher taxes.

WASHINGTON –Congressman Andy Barr today released the following statement following House passage of the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill:

“The people of central and eastern Kentucky sent me to Washington to rein in out-of-control federal spending, save our country from bankruptcy, and promote the long-term growth of our economy and our workforce.

WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement on today’s clarification by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding the status of volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel under the Employer Mandate Provision contained in Obamacare:


LEXINGTON – United States Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) will hold a press conference announcing the introduction of his bill, H.R. 3775, the Military Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment Act, also known as the Military SAVE Act, which will empower victims of military sexual trauma to select their own care providers. 

Congressman Barr will be joined by Representative Susan Westrom, Representative Addia Wuchner, Miss America 2000 and veterans advocate Heather French Henry, and Susan Moseley, a 19 year survivor of military sexual trauma. 

WASHINGTON - Earlier tonight, Senator Mitch McConnell confirmed that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide tobacco quota holders the full amount of their final tobacco payment by the end of FY 2015.

“I welcome tonight’s announcement that the USDA has realized that Kentucky tobacco farmers deserve what they are owed,” said Congressman Barr.  “I will continue to advocate on behalf of farmers across central and eastern Kentucky and fight to ensure that they are never again vulnerable to such untimely and harmful policy changes.”

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court to support Kentucky’s coal miners, their families, small businesses and all those negatively affected by the Administration’s War on Coal. Senator McConnell’s amicus brief was joined by Senator Rand Paul and Congressmen Hal Rogers, Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie, Thomas Massie and Andy Barr of Kentucky. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, also joined the brief. 

WASHINGTON - After hearing from folks across the Sixth District about their concerns and sending a letter to IRS Acting Commissioner Werfel seeking clarification about how Obamacare treats volunteer firefighters under the employer mandate, yesterday Congressman Andy Barr helped introduce H.R. 3685, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act.