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Congressman Andy Barr

Representing All the People of Kentucky's Sixth District

Spending and Debt

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Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today voted for the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, which included a permanent repeal of the excise tax on endowment income for colleges and universities with fewer than 500 tuition-paying students.  The provision exempts Berea College from the tax because the Kentucky work-study school does not charge tuition.

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) issued the following statement after Democrats in the U.S. Senate ended their filibuster of a short-term appropriations bill that had shut down the federal government since Saturday:


A shutdown of the federal government is a rare occurrence, and is no way to run a country because it can cause serious hardship for millions of hardworking Americans, interrupt critical services and even jeopardize our national security. However, in the event of a shutdown, it is important to understand that many government agencies, programs and services will continue without interruption. Here is a breakdown:


Will I still receive my Social Security benefits?

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked House-passed legislation to keep the government open, fund our military, and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program:

“After passing all twelve appropriations bills ahead of schedule, more than five months ago, and reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance program in November, the House did its job yet again by passing legislation to keep the government open, fund our military, and ensure access to health care for children in need.”

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today voted against legislation that will raise the debt limit, hike government spending, and reauthorize the national flood insurance program without any reforms through mid-December. 

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today met with Chairman Kevin Brady (TX-08) of the House Ways and Means Committee, UPS employees and Kentucky business leaders, including business leaders in the Sixth District, to discuss pro-growth tax reform at the UPS Worldport in Louisville, Kentucky.

It has been 31 years since the last tax overhaul by President Ronald Reagan.  Today, Congress is working to create a simpler, fairer tax code that lowers rates for all Americans and makes U.S. businesses and corporations more competitive. 

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today reintroduced the Taking Account of Bureaucrats’ Spending (TABS) Act.  The legislation would make the budget of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) subject to congressional appropriations and therefore give Congress the power of the purse over this unaccountable agency, its regulatory overreaches, and lavish spending for the first time.

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today issued the following statement after voting for the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which funds the government through September 30, 2017: 

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today voted in favor of a budget resolution which sets the stage for Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The same budget reconciliation process was used in 2016 to get repeal legislation to President Obama, who vetoed the bill.

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) today introduced H.R. 5276, the No Bailouts for State, Territory, and Local Governments Act.  The bill prohibits the use of federal funds to bail out any state, territory, municipal, local or county government that is bankrupt or at risk of default.  It also prohibits the Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve from bailing out state, territorial, and local governments in financial distress.