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Guthrie to run for reelection 2014

July 16, 2013

Brett’s campaign has more than $1 million cash on hand as of June 30
Guthrie will not be a candidate for any state office in 2015

(Bowling Green) Congressman Brett Guthrie, who has represented Kentucky’s second congressional district since January 2009, announced today he will run for reelection in 2014. Additionally, his campaign filed its quarterly report on Monday with the Federal Election Commission showing $1.15 million cash on hand after having already raised $571,752.06 for the 2014 election cycle, including $372,162.56 in the second quarter (April 1 – June 30).

“I am humbled by the support we have received from across the district and state,” said Guthrie, “and am grateful for the trust people have placed in me to represent their values in Washington and to solve some of the nation’s most pressing problems.”

Guthrie’s campaign has more than doubled its financial strength compared to previous off year reports. As of June 30, 2009, Guthrie had $430,673.57 in the bank, and as of June 30, 2011 he had $497,297.95 in the bank. This cycle’s pace shows the strong position Guthrie is in for reelection in 2014.

Guthrie’s campaign also launched a video called “Next Time is Right Now.” It is available on his campaign’s website and Facebook page: www.BrettGuthrie.com.

“We are fighting in Washington to balance the federal budget, to cut wasteful spending, and to create an environment where small businesses can create good paying jobs. My work in Congress is all about providing opportunity. I am passionate about improving the economy, cultivating educational opportunity for people of all ages, and getting our nation’s finances under control,” Guthrie said.

“When you look beyond the partisan back-and-forth, what I think people want are leaders who truly care about problem solving and making sure their children have the chance to be educated, employed, and can lead a fulfilling life. That’s what I focus on every single day.”

With the announcement that he will run for reelection in 2014, Guthrie has also decided to keep his full attention on his Congressional work and not seek any state office in 2015.

“I am not running for any state office in 2015, although I was humbled by the number of people who asked me to run for Governor,” Guthrie said. “I went to Washington solve big problems and to leave a better America behind for the next generation. I have spent every day doing that and I feel that my time and energy is best spent on solving the big financial and economic problems we face as a nation,” Guthrie said.

“I believe the Republican Party has many excellent people considering running in 2015 and I wish them all well. Our state faces many problems, especially in Medicaid, public pensions, and education. My hope is that all of the gubernatorial candidates from both parties put forward bold platforms that actually move our state forward. Standing still is not an option in Washington or Frankfort if our people are to prosper and our children and grandchildren are to inherit the kinds of opportunities we all want for them,” Guthrie said.

News-Enterprise: Guthrie says 3/1 deactivation may be politically motivated

July 16, 2013

Hardin County’s News-Enterprise reports on Cong. Brett Guthrie’s efforts to get to the bottom of President Obama’s cuts to Ft. Knox:

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie believes the U.S. Army’s decision to deactivate the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, could be political in nature and has asked officials in President Barack Obama’s administration to divulge the data used to reach the decision.

Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, said Fort Knox and Fort Campbell’s brigade combat teams were targeted for deactivation, which has dealt a double blow to Kentucky, while some states were spared entirely. He addressed the media in a news conference Monday morning after meeting on post with new Fort Knox Garrison Commander Col. Thomas Edwards Jr. He planned to meet with the CORE Committee, a local agency designed to promote and protect Fort Knox, later in the day to discuss the deactivation.

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“Based on empirical data I have received, the training opportunities at Fort Knox have a high military value and their unique features are unavailable at other installations,” Guthrie wrote in a letter to Hagel.

Guthrie has asked Hagel to produce the data and metrics used to determine the Fort Knox deactivation because data he has obtained shows Fort Knox was one of the more cost-effective installations in the military, based on the BRAC 2005 military value criteria.

“I think it’s a fair question to ask,” Guthrie said.

As a member of Congress, Guthrie believes legislators have the right to know if the deactivation of these particular brigade combat teams will be economically advantageous.

Representative Brett Guthrie on Restoring America’s Economy

September 13, 2012

Guthrie Opposes Obama Budget

February 15, 2012

President Obama’s budget doesn’t address our long term public debt problem. Brett commented on it to the Bowling Green Daily News…

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, told the Daily News on Monday he’s concerned that President Barack Obama’s budget proposal doesn’t address the country’s long-term debt.

The Obama administration’s budget that was issued Monday estimates the deficit will drop to $901 billion next year – still requiring the government to borrow 24 cents of every dollar it spends – and would settle in the $600-plus billion range by 2015, according to The Associated Press. The deficit for the current budget year, which ends Sept. 30, would hit $1.3 trillion, nearly a record and the fourth straight year the United States would be more than a trillion dollars in the red.

“It’s disappointing; we have to solve this problem,” Guthrie said.

Guthrie Sponsors Manufacturing Forum

February 13, 2012

Brett Guthrie is a leader in Washington on restoring America’s competitiveness, particularly in the area of manufacturing. The Bowling Green Daily News has more on the Jobs and Innovation Series…

Tax policies, regulatory burdens and tort costs are threats to manufacturing in the United States.

That was the consensus of some who testified during a congressional forum on manufacturing hosted Monday in Washington, D.C., by U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green.

“We saw 50,000 jobs created in manufacturing in January and over the last 13 months there were 255,000 added,” said Jay Timmons, CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, as the hearing was streamed live online. “But in order to get back what we lost, it will take 10 or more years of that type of growth.