Election 2016: U.S. House - Kentucky 6th District


Andy Barr
Republican - Incumbent
  Nancy Jo Kemper




Education: B.A., University of Virginia; J.D., University of Kentucky
Education: B.A., Transylvania University, M.Div., Yale University Divinity School
Political Experience: 2013-present: Representative, United States House of Representatives, Kentucky 6th Distruct  
Political Experience: None


Where They Stand

"As the father of two young daughters, the quality of our nation’s education system is a high priority for me.  Through quality education, we can prepare our most precious resource – our children – for a life of prosperity.  And, as the proud home of multiple universities, including the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University, higher education is a signature industry of our region.  It is important to ensure that our students are academically prepared for and can afford higher education, that our universities are well funded, and that our public school teachers have the resources they need to enrich our students.  I will continue working to promote greater educational opportunity at all levels, while creating an economy that can provide the ultimate incentive for all of those years of hard work – a fulfilling career..." Read more:  (https://barr.house.gov/issue/education)
"Investing in education and vocational training and retraining, preparing people for an ever changing job market. Improve education for our children and young people, in order that they will have the flexibility, skills, and basic knowledge to participate in the economy and work force of the future. An investment in early childhood education for 3-4 year olds would have life-long returns for the child and the society at large. Finding ways to help teachers and parents to elicit creativity, excitement, and to deepen the learning of our children and youth. I want to involve the business community to use its collective expertise to help make our schools the best in the world. "(http://www.kemperforcongress.com/whatmatters.html)
"I believe that the United States needs a real “all of the above” energy strategy – one that engages our domestic energy industries as partners in an all-out effort to create jobs, lower electricity and gas prices, and achieve American energy security. We have a responsibility to take full advantage of the resources at our disposal to provide cost-efficient energy rates while also working to make the United States energy independent. However, President Obama has waged a War on Coal since his first day in office. His Environmental Protection Agency has focused on destroying the coal industry, causing thousands of Kentuckians to lose their jobs. I will continue to fight the EPA’s efforts to ban coal mining in Eastern Kentucky and throughout Appalachia, as well as the regulatory assault that threatens the use of coal-fired electricity throughout this country, which are killing jobs and driving up electric rates..." Read more: (http://andybarrforcongress.com/issues/energy/)
"I believe that the United States needs a real “all of the above” energy strategy – one that engages our domestic energy industries as partners in an all-out effort to create jobs, lower electricity and gas prices, and achieve American energy security.  This strategy must set a rational course toward sustainable and renewable energy by employing today’s proven resources as a bridge to the technologies of the future.  However, any realistic approach must prioritize energy security and recognize the need for a diversity of fuel sources, including the life-improving power of fossil energy.  Whether you’re a coal miner, an autoworker, a farmer, a construction worker, or the head of your household budget, odds are your livelihood is significantly impacted by the availability of affordable and reliable fuel and electricity. Currently, a revolution in natural gas and oil production is transforming the American energy and manufacturing sectors..." Read more: (https://barr.house.gov/issues/energy)
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"I ran for Congress to save the United States from bankruptcy. Day after day, the national debt continues climbing upward, mortgaging the next generation’s future deeper and deeper into debt. The national debt currently stands in excess of $17 trillion and is dramatically increasing by the minute. As out-of-control spending rages on, the obligation for our children’s share of the national debt ever increases, currently standing well in excess of $50,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States. The mindset among Washington liberals suggests a blatant disregard from the impending disaster that is sure to come from reckless, unbalanced spending..." Read more: (http://andybarrforcongress.com/issues/spending-debt/)
"As a new Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I strongly support the call of the American people to reduce government spending and bring our national debt under control.  As I have traveled around Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District, people have consistently told me that restoring fiscal responsibility is their number one priority, and that they sent me to Washington to force the government to live within its means. Regrettably, years of reckless spending in Washington have compromised our ability to fund every priority at the level needed.  Rather than put our nation on a financially sustainable path that will help us grow in the future, we find ourselves with a $17 trillion national debt that grows by an alarming $2 billion each day.  This is a burden to ourselves, and a greater burden to our children and grandchildren..." Read more: (https://barr.house.gov/issues/spending-cuts-and-debt)
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"Healthcare must be made more available and more affordable. The most effective way for achieving availability and affordability is not through increased government involvement, but rather common sense reforms that allow the free market to work. President Obama believes the government should be in charge of your healthcare, and we are now bearing witness to the results of his flawed ideology. Obamacare has caused 280,000 Kentuckians to lose the healthcare coverage they had and liked, despite the President’s repeated promise that “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” I am disappointed that Obamacare has made policies more expensive and drastically increased deductibles – exactly the opposite result of what President Obama promised..." Read more: (http://andybarrforcongress.com/issues/health-care-reform/)
"As I have traveled throughout the Sixth Congressional District, I have been very upfront about my opposition to the President’s health care law.  I frequently hear from constituents that Obamacare is simply making their life more difficult and their health care more unaffordable. These stories range from families losing their current employer-sponsored coverage, to young people facing skyrocketing premiums, to small businesses holding off on hiring new workers or reducing employee’s hours due to uncertainty regarding the employer mandate, to seniors worrying about the extent to which the Independent Payment Advisory Board and the law’s $716 billion in cuts to Medicare will limit their access to care.  On top of all of this, the law includes twenty-one new tax increases totaling over $1 trillion, and open-ended spending on a new entitlement that we simply cannot afford. This is why I have worked in Congress to protect the American people from the consequences of Obamacare by voting to repeal the law and replace it with patient-centered reforms that will lower costs without growing government.Congressman Barr at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington..." Read more: (https://barr.house.gov/issues/healthcare)
"We must protect women’s health care centers, which are critical to providing cancer screenings, birth control, Pap tests and other potentially life-saving services. Too often these services are on the chopping block, even though these are vital services. I am committed to making sure we protect women, who deserve a full range of health options so they can support their families and participate fully in our economy and community. Provide timely and quality medical and psychological support for our veterans as they deal with often invisible wounds of being our warriors. I was horrified by the atrocities at the VA, and I will be diligent in ensuring that we provide the best care to our veterans. No veteran should be living on the street, and I believe we must implement proven strategies to end veterans’ homelessness." (http://www.kemperforcongress.com/whatmatters.html)
"Since our nation’s birth, Americans have taken pride in the United States as a land of opportunity – a place where any individual willing to work hard has the opportunity to succeed and achieve the American Dream. Throughout the years, our country has enjoyed the benefits of a lawful and organized immigration system. However, our current immigration system is undeniably broken and in need of reform because it actually encourages illegal immigration.  As of 2013, there are more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States.  This state of affairs gives illegal immigrants de facto amnesty..." Read more: (https://barr.house.gov/issues/immigration)
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"Infrastructure is the backbone of our national economy and our transportation system.  We all have an interest in making sure that our roads and bridges are safe and modern, our water supplies are clean and reliable, and that our goods can get to market via truck, rail, barge, and air. The Constitution gives the federal government the authority to develop our nation’s infrastructure and regulate interstate commerce, including infrastructure projects between states.  Federal agencies like the United States Army Corps of Engineers also construct, maintain, and operate infrastructure to facilitate navigation, control floodwaters, and provide recreational opportunities.  Other agencies provide expertise to help state and local entities with municipal water systems and watershed management..." Read more: (https://barr.house.gov/issues/infrastructure)
"Repairing our crumbling infrastructure (our roads, bridges, schools, parks), which can provide thousands of jobs for unemployed workers. " (http://www.kemperforcongress.com/whatmatters.html)
"One measure of the growth of the government and bureaucratic red tape is the number of pages added to the Federal Register, which contains notices of all federal agency rules and regulations.  In the past five years, new rules and regulations have added an average of 215 pages per day to the Federal Register.  This perpetually growing, constantly changing regulatory environment hampers investment, increases the incidence of frivolous lawsuits, and kills job creation.  One study suggests that the weight of these regulations has reduced real annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth by an average of 2 percent each year since 1949.  This has greatly reduced average income and in an era of less than 2 percent growth, is enough to dramatically impact household income and unemployment..." Read more: (https://barr.house.gov/issues/overregulation)
"Reforming government regulations to encourage small business, innovation and technology, which will enable Kentucky to participate in a world economy. " (http://www.kemperforcongress.com/whatmatters.html)
"While many in Washington are shortsightedly calling for another round of tax increases – on top of the $620 billion that the President pushed for and signed into law on January 2, 2013, prior to my arrival in Congress – I strongly believe that increasing taxes on the American people is the wrong approach.  In fact, taxes are too high, and raising taxes will only weigh down a fragile economy and slow down job creation efforts in the private sector.  This year, the government is projected to collect $2.7 trillion in tax revenue – the most revenue in American history.  So our deficits are not the result of insufficient taxes. In addition, we know that the revenue gained from tax increases is never actually dedicated to deficit reduction..." Read more: (https://barr.house.gov/issues/taxes)
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"I am committed to upholding the vital and constitutional role of Congress in foreign affairs.  The President is the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, but Congress has a responsibility and power to hold the Executive Branch accountable for its decisions and actions.  While the President is charged with negotiating international agreements on issues like trade, security, and the environment with his foreign counterparts, it is up to Congress to ultimately approve or reject these agreements, draft legislation guiding our foreign policy, and provide oversight and funding of federal agencies representing the United States abroad. As your Representative in Congress, it is my responsibility to advocate for foreign policy that truly advances American interests, maintains America’s unique role upon the world stage, guarantees our national security and constitutional liberties, supports our allies, restrains our enemies, and leverages international trade to enhance opportunity and prosperity in central and eastern Kentucky. My foreign policy priorities include: Expanding Kentucky’s access to international markets and attracting foreign investment to the Commonwealth..." Read more: (https://barr.house.gov/issues/foreign-policy)
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