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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.


“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.

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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.