Representative Garland 'Andy' Barr's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Garland 'Andy' Barr
Current Office: U.S. House - District 6, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 6
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Eleanor; 1 Child: Eleanor
Birth Date: 07/24/1973
Birth Place: Lexington, KY
Home City: Lexington, KY
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Andy Barr. Andy Barr Receives Important Pro-Life Endorsement. 19 April 2010. "I hold a conviction that many Kentuckians share: that every life should be welcomed and protected. In Congress, I will oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions, work to uphold the ban on Partial Birth Abortions and support legislation that allows women to have real-time access to ultrasound images of their unborn." (www.andybarrforcongress.com)
  • Andy Barr. Video: Andy Barr Interview Part 3. 9 March 2010. "I am pro-life. I believe that we need to promote a culture of life in everything we do. My view, as a Constitutional scholar, is that Roe v Wade was wrongly decided. That there is no fundamental right an abortion anywhere in the Constitution. Certainly the original meaning of the 9th amendment, the original meaning of the Constitution, did not contemplate, in my judgment, a fundamental to an abortion." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Andy Barr. Issue Position: National Security. 7 February 2012. "I support our mission in Afghanistan, as a war of necessity, and I agree with General Stanley A. McChrystal that we should give our soldiers the resources they need to do the job and then come home safely, with honor and victory. As a Member of Congress, I will be an advocate for our soldiers, sailors and Marines and I will encourage the Department of Defense to ensure clarity in the rules of engagement of the enemy." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Andy Barr. Issue Position: National Security. 7 February 2012. "I support our mission in Afghanistan, as a war of necessity, and I agree with General Stanley A. McChrystal that we should give our soldiers the resources they need to do the job and then come home safely, with honor and victory. As a Member of Congress, I will be an advocate for our soldiers, sailors and Marines and I will encourage the Department of Defense to ensure clarity in the rules of engagement of the enemy." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Andy Barr. Video: Andy Barr Interview Part 3 9 March 2010. "We ought to certainly reduce taxes, we need to think about reducing the marginal rates making it a flatter tax. Short of the national sales tax or the fair tax, if we don't have the vote for that, we certainly need to reduce the rate, make it a flatter tax and reduce the marginal rates." (www.youtube.com)
  • FreedomWorks. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. FreedomWorks endorsed Andy Barr in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Barr. Issue Position: The Economy and Jobs. 14 Februaary 2012. "I believe the best way to grow the economy and create jobs would be to cut taxes and get the government out of the way. We should make the Bush tax cuts permanent, extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all taxpayers. We should reduce the number of tax brackets and lower marginal rates on those that remain to allow families and small businesses keep more of what they earn. Ultimately, we should abandon our needlessly complex and unfair tax code with an alternative system that promotes work, saving and investment." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Barr. Video: Andy Barr Interview Part 2. 9 March 2010. "We need to cut taxes. The best way to prevent politicians from spending too much money is to prevent the politicians from getting the money in the first place. And so I would say, let's cut taxes at the federal level and let the American people keep more of what they earn." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Andy Barr. Video: Andy Barr At Lexington's Tax Day TEA party 4/15/2010. 4 May 2010. "I believe the way to get our economy moving again is not through bailouts or stimulus packages. The way to get our economy moving again is to live within our means, to cut taxes, and get the government out of the way." (www.youtube.com)
  • Andy Barr. Congress Continues Its Bailout Agenda. 10 August 2010. "Today, the politicians in Washington continued their reckless spending spree with a massive $26 billion bailout of the states. Taxpayers simply cannot afford this bill, which will not create a single private sector job. When will liberals in Washington stop their big government, tax and spend agenda and work to create jobs?" (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Barr. Andy Barr Joins Top Republicans in 'Pledge to America.' 23 September 2010. "This agenda fits within the vision I outlined when I announced my candidacy, consistent with the core principles of our nation's founding -- limited government, economic freedom, fiscal responsibility, traditional American values and a strong national defense. It will limit spending, unleash the potential of free enterprise and put control of government back in the hands of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Barr. Issue Position: Government Spending and Debt. 14 February 2012. "So I will support an agenda that will cut government spending, balance the federal budget and reduce the national debt: I will stop spending money we don't have, on government programs we don't need.--At a time of trillion dollars deficits, I will support legislation to direct all unspent stimulus funds to pay down our debts right now, rather than have money spent out on questionable projects.--I will support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Barr. Video: Andy Barr Speech. 19 October 2010. "If you want a Congressman who will cut wasteful spending, balance the federal budget, reduce the national debt, and repeal Obamacare, I respectfully ask for your vote." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Andy Barr. Issue Position: The Economy and Jobs. 14 February 2012. "So the first step in getting Americans back to work would be to abandon the tax increases proposed in the health care legislation pending in Congress, defeat proposals to increase taxes on capital gains and dividends and prevent existing tax relief from expiring at the end of this calendar year. The prospect of higher taxes will make it much less likely that small businesses and entrepreneurs will hire new workers. [¦] I believe the best way to grow the economy and create jobs would be to cut taxes and get the government out of the way. We should make the Bush tax cuts permanent, extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all taxpayers. We should reduce the number of tax brackets and lower marginal rates on those that remain to allow families and small businesses keep more of what they earn. Ultimately, we should abandon our needlessly complex and unfair tax code with an alternative system that promotes work, saving and investment." (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Andy Barr. Issue Position: Energy Policy. 7 February 2012. "In Congress, I will promote more domestic energy production from multiple sources to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create jobs. [¦] I also oppose the Environmental Protection Agency's undue interference with surface mining permits in the Appalachian coal basin. In Congress, I will challenge the EPA's authority to apply "enhanced coordination procedures" to 404 permits, which in my judgment amount to a moratorium on surface mining and a compensable regulatory taking of private property by the federal government. Likewise, we should ease federal restrictions on domestic oil and natural gas production and make more U.S. lands and waters, such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), accessible for appropriate exploration and production." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Andy Barr. Issue Position: The Economy and Jobs. 14 February 2012. "Finally, we need to promote more domestic energy production from multiple sources to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create jobs. Expanding nuclear power as a reliable and efficient source of clean energy is an important long-term goal. In the meantime, I vigorously oppose the Environmental Protection Agency's undue interference with surface mining permits in the Appalachian coal basin; we should aggressively promote Kentucky's coal industry as a source of high paying jobs and an integral part of our nation's overall strategy to achieve energy independence. Likewise, we should ease federal restrictions on domestic oil and natural gas production and make more U.S. lands and waters, such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), accessible for appropriate exploration and production." (votesmart.org)

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  • Andy Barr. Issue Position: Energy Policy. 14 February 2012. "If the United States is going to decrease its growing dependence on imported petroleum and have a sufficient supply of affordable electricity to support long term economic growth, then we must expand production of coal, the nation's most abundant energy resource. That is why I vigorously oppose the cap and trade energy tax legislation, which would double energy costs for families and small businesses in Central Kentucky and jeopardize the tens of thousands of high-paying jobs supported by Kentucky coal. The Kentucky coal industry annually pays over $1 billion in direct wages, directly employs over 17,000 persons and indirectly provides 3 additional jobs for every miner employed. In 2006, the total estimated economic impact of Kentucky's coal industry was $10 billion. Central Kentucky's largest private employer, Toyota, and other manufacturers in Central Kentucky are heavily dependent on Kentucky's low cost energy. Almost all of Kentucky's electricity (over 92%) is generated from coal. Cap and trade would eliminate Kentucky's competitive advantage and result in a mass exodus of jobs to states in the Northeast, on the West Coast, and overseas. Even worse, because other industrializing nations with inferior power generation technologies such as India and China have made no similar carbon reduction commitments, cap and trade would likely increase the world's overall carbon footprint." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Barr. Issue Position: The Economy and Jobs. 14 February 2012. "Finally, we need to promote more domestic energy production from multiple sources to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create jobs. Expanding nuclear power as a reliable and efficient source of clean energy is an important long-term goal. In the meantime, I vigorously oppose the Environmental Protection Agency's undue interference with surface mining permits in the Appalachian coal basin; we should aggressively promote Kentucky's coal industry as a source of high paying jobs and an integral part of our nation's overall strategy to achieve energy independence." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Barr. Video: Andy Barr At Lexington's Tax Day TEA party 4/15/2010. 4 May 2010. "I believe in strongly opposing Cap and Tax." (www.youtube.com)
  • Andy Barr. Video: Andy Barr Interview Part 1. 8 March 2010. "I would have voted against Cap and Trade. I am vehemently opposed to Cap and Trade." (www.youtube.com)
  • Andy Barr. Campaign Ad: Andy Barr for Congress - World Opinion. 13 October 2012. "...And Ben Chandler supported Obama's job killing Cap and Trade plan. He even called his vote for Obama's Cap and Trade plan 'the right vote' given where world opinion is on the subject. The right vote. World opinon on Cap and Trade. What's happened to Ben Chandler? Washington has changed him." (www.facebook.com)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Andy Barr. Video: Andy Barr At Lexington's Tax Day TEA party 4/15/2010. "4 May 2010. "I believe in repealing the government takeover of our health care bill." (www.youtube.com)
  • Andy Barr. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 14 February 2012. "Our health care system needs reform, but it should be done in the open, not behind closed doors, in a way that treats all states equally and in a manner that reduces health care costs through increased private sector competition and choice. That is why I have pledged to the people of this District to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs, without growing government. I will support real reform that relies on free-market solutions, rather than the government, as a way to preserve quality, increase competition and choice, and decrease cost." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Barr. Video: Andy Barr Speech. 19 October 2010. "If you want a Congressman who will cut wasteful spending, balance the federal budget, reduce the national debt, and repeal Obamacare, I respectfully ask for your vote." (www.youtube.com)
  • Andy Barr. Facebook: Timeline. 23 March 2012. "It's far past time for Congressman Chandler to explain to his constituents why he refuses to repeal Obamacare." (www.facebook.com)
  • Andy Barr. On Second Anniversary of Obamacare, Barr Urges Chandler to Choose Kentuckians Over Washington. 23 March 2010. "It's far past time for Congressman Chandler to explain to his constituents why he refuses to repeal Obamacare. What good has this monstrosity achieved, for the heavy price it has exacted in terms of jobs killed, debt incurred, and dreams denied? Two years later, where is the improved healthcare Kentuckians were promised? I urge Congressman Chandler to stand up to Barack Obama and choose the well-being of Kentuckians over the politics of Washington." (votesmart.org)

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  • Andy Barr. Video: Andy Barr's answer to illegal immigration. 22 October 2010. "I think we ought to make sure that local and state governments have that 287g authority to process the local law enforcement, basically to deputize law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law and expedite those deportation proceedings. We've gotta make sure we adequately fund our border patrol and border security." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Andy Barr. Issue Position: National Security. 7 February 2012. "I will oppose any and all efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and I will vote against any and all appropriations that would allow the President to do so. The world's most dangerous terrorists are locked up at Guantanamo Bay, and that's where they should stay. I also oppose the President's decision to try the self-indentified mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and his co-conspirators, in federal court in New York. These terrorists are non-citizen enemy combatants and they are not entitled to American-style constitutional rights. They should be tried by a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, consistent with the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Conventions. Treating these non-citizens like common criminals rather than the terrorists that they are reflects a September 10th mentality and would give them more rights than even the men and women of the Armed Services, who are subject to court martial. All of this compromises sensitive U.S. intelligence and it threatens the safety and security of the American people. I agree with Scott Brown who said after his Senate victory in Massachusetts that our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop the terrorists, not lawyers to defend them." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Andy Barr. Video: Andy Barr Interview Part 1" 8 March 2010. "Unfortunately, I believe that this administration has a September 10th mentality when it comes to fighting terrorists, when it comes to fighting the war against Islamic fundamentalism. The decision by this administration to close Guantanamo Bay I think is the wrong decision, it's the wrong agenda for America, it's the wrong agenda for the American people. And I would not only oppose the closure of Guantanamo, I would sponsor legislation in Congress that would deprive the Executive Branch of appropriations to close Guantanamo Bay. [¦] I'll tell you, it's offensive to me that this administration would want to confer upon these non-citizens, American style constitutional rights, rights that they are not entitled to. Trying KSM, the self-proclaimed mastermind of 9/11 in federal court, in New York only miles away from Ground Zero, is simply the wrong agenda for America. I like what Scott Brown said, Scott Brown said your tax dollars should go to purchase weapons to fight terrorists, not lawyers to defend them." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Andy Barr. Kentucky.com: Andy Barr says he will run for Congress in 2012. 10 June 2011. "Barr said in an interview he wants to save Social Security and Medicare, 'but we need to have an adult conversation on these programs about their costs. I am committed to protecting current beneficiaries and those 55 and older and preserving their sustainability for future generations.'" (www.kentucky.com)

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