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Brett Guthrie hosts townhall meetings across the Second District

September 17, 2014

Rep. Brett Guthrie is on his annual townhall meeting tour across the Second District.  Guthrie visits every county in his district and holds public meetings to give local constituents the opportunity to voice their concerns. His first townhall meeting this summer was August 13th and he will hold the final townhall of the year on October 7th.

“I strive to stay connected with my constituents and listen to their ideas. One of my favorite ways to do this is through townhall meetings,” Guthrie said.  “I love traveling across the district, and I am humbled that the people of Kentucky have chosen me to represent them in Washington. I pledge to always stay in touch with their views and represent them as we debate the issues of the day in Congress.”

Guthrie talks with constituents at the Nelson County Town Hall in August 2014.

A Strong Fort Knox Equals a Strong Army- Op-Ed

August 25, 2014

Check out this op-ed Brett wrote in The News-Enterprise in support of the Fort Knox community, our state’s economy, and our nation’s defense.

Brett Guthrie Fort Knox

Guthrie visits with Brigadier General Peggy Combes at the Heartland Parade on August 23, 2014. Combes is Commanding General Fort Knox and Cadet Command.

Notes from Brett: A strong Fort Knox equals a stronger Army

The recent developments worldwide are a reminder why our nation needs a strong national defense. Fort Knox is key to our military’s future. Unfortunately, this Administration has taken actions that reduce our military advantage when we should be doing all that we can to keep our advantage strong.

In response to significant military cuts proposed by this Administration, the Army recently conducted an in-depth study of all installations – the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment. The SPEA details potential reductions that would devastate Fort Knox and our community. That’s why I’m writing a letter to the Pentagon outlining my concerns with this proposal, and I’m encouraging you to do the same.

Like those in the community, I understand how important of a facility Fort Knox is to the region, the Commonwealth, the Army, and the country. Taxpayers have invested a quarter of a billion dollars over the last decade into Fort Knox and the surrounding region. Those infrastructure investments have only further strengthened Fort Knox’s prominence as a first-class installation with state of the art training facilities, access to road, rail and air transportation, and energy efficiency upgrades never before seen on a defense installation. Fort Knox also holds a special place in my heart personally, as I trained there as a cadet in the Army. 

Throughout this process, I have worked closely with community leaders and state and local officials to ensure the Army understands both the value of Fort Knox and the fallout that would result from further cuts to the installation.

This message – that a stronger Fort Knox equals a stronger Army – needs to be echoed for all to hear.

In addition to sharing your concerns with the Army directly (via www.OneKnox.com), I encourage you also to share them with my office so I can ensure the Pentagon receives each and every message from those concerned about the future of Fort Knox. Together we will send this message loud and clear, and help to ensure that Fort Knox remains the vital and unique institution it has always been.

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Workforce Training Bill

July 22, 2014

Congressman Brett Guthrie attended the signing of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, on July 22, 2014.

Guthrie was an integral part among the bipartisan group of legislators who worked to streamline access for job training and provide more resources to improve real workforce skills. A proponent of reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act, Guthrie is a champion of finding solutions to get Americans back to work.

H.R. 308 includes quicker access to training for high-demand jobs, greater accountability over taxpayer dollars, and more flexibility for states and localities.

“At a time when Americans want Congress to find common ground and work together where we can agree, this bill stands as an example of what real solutions look like,” said Congressman Guthrie.

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Guthrie welcomes newly elected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to Bowling Green

July 19, 2014

Congressman Brett Guthrie welcomed US House Majority Leader John McCarthy to Bowling Green on July 19 to a roundtable to discuss the future of Kentucky and the nation under Republican leadership.

McCarthy expressed the need to back the resources Kentucky has in leadership, such as Senator Mitch McConnell on his path to overtake the failing leadership of Harry Reid as US Senate majority leader.

A fundraiser for the Kentucky House GOP took place after the roundtable, where both McCarthy and Guthrie spoke on continuing to grow Kentucky’s importance by having the resources to fight for the people who will fight for Kentucky.

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Guthrie Introduces REBUILD Act, 10-point plan to revitalize the economy

October 29, 2013

Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY02) introduced legislation called The REBUILD Act (H.R. 3355) on Monday October 28, 2013.  The REBUILD Act, short for the Reducing Employer Burdens, Unleashing Innovation, and Labor Development Act is a 10-point plan to revitalize America’s economy. Brett’s plan calls for energy independence, tax reform, a repeal of Obamacare, reining bad regulations from the EPA, better trade opportunities for American businesses, and smarter use of government spectrum.

REBUILD Act

Guthrie sponsored Missing Children’s Assistance Reauthorization Act signed into law

September 30, 2013

The Missing Children’s Assistance Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3092) to fund the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was signed into law today. Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY02) sponsored the legislation.

Rep. Guthrie said, “I am pleased to introduce this important bill to ensure the critical work on behalf of America’s missing and exploited children continues. This legislation is essential to ensure that coordination of state and local law enforcement efforts in identifying, locating and recovering missing, abducted and sexually exploited children continues. As a father of three, I am glad this law is in place and call on my colleagues to fast-track this legislation so we can ensure it is reauthorized before the current law expires.”

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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.