Election 2016: U.S. House - Kentucky 2nd District


Brett Guthrie
Republican - Incumbent




Education: B.S., United States Military Academy at West Point; M.P.P., Yale University 
Political Experience: 2009-present:  Representative, United States House of Representatives, Kentucky 2nd District; 2000-2008: Senator, Kentucky Senate, 32nd District


Where They Stand

"We must focus on higher education and what that means for our children. With two kids in college, and one in high school, I recognize how important it is to improve the financial aid process, make college more affordable and more accessible for all Kentuckians.  In May 2015, I held a roundtable discussion about the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act at Centre College in Danville. Also in May, I held a series of roundtable discussions across the Second District to hear from local schools, parents and students about our nation's child nutrition standards. The conversations were very helpful and I took the feedback I received to Washington as we work to reauthorize our child nutrition programs..." Read more: (https://guthrie.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=135§iontree=15,135)


"Opposes the Obama Administration’s “War on Coal.” Brett voted to address excessive regulations at Pres. Obama’s EPA (HR 910, 4/7/11, Roll Call 249; HR 2401, 9/23/11, Roll Call 741; HR 2681, 10/6/11, Roll Call 764; HR 2273, 10/14/11, Roll Call 800; HR 2250, 10/23/11, Roll Call 791; HR 1633, 12/8/11, Roll Call 912). Brett strongly opposes the Obama EPA’s “War on Coal,” which is stifling job creation in Kentucky and will drive up energy prices for small businesses and working families. Strongly supports development of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which could lead to the creation of 20,000 American jobs and a new supply of energy from a friendly country. President Obama killed the pipeline’s permit over the objections of Cong. Guthrie and his colleagues in the House Republican Conference." (http://www.brettguthrie.com/issues/)


"Voted for real cuts in federal spending. In fact, Brett voted to cut $95 billion in federal spending one year. Brett strongly believes we must restrain spending, improve government efficiency, and reduce burdensome regulations to jump-start the American economy. Strongly supports balancing the federal budget. Brett voted for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (H J Res 2, 11/18/11, Roll Call 858), and he voted for the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan (HR 2560, 7/19/11, Roll Call 606,) which capped federal spending and made real progress toward balancing the budget." (http://www.brettguthrie.com/issues/)
"Congressman Guthrie serves on the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee for the 114th Congress and was named the Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health.  E&C is the oldest standing legislative committee in the House with jurisdiction over our nation’s health care policy.  Click HERE for more information on the committee.  Click HERE for a list of health care related bills authored by Congressman Guthrie. In October 2015, one of Congressman Guthrie's signature health care bills was signed into law by President Obama..." Read more: (https://guthrie.house.gov/health-care-social-security/)
"Voted to repeal Obamacare (HR 2, 1/19/11, Roll Call 14) and participated in important hearings that exposed the problems with the Obama administration’s interpretation and execution of the law. Authored legislation to repeal a specific provision of Obamacare that could lead to limitations of care based on a patient’s age or expected outcome, a veiled attempt at interfering with doctor/patient decisions on coverage that is highly objectionable." (http://www.brettguthrie.com/issues/)
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"Voted to reign in out-of-control federal regulations that stop small business owners from creating jobs. The REINS Act (H.R. 10, 12/7/11, Roll Call 901) is a strong signal that House Republicans want to get the government off the backs of America’s job creators. Getting the government out of the way and creating certainty in the regulatory environment would help small businesses create jobs." (http://www.brettguthrie.com/issues/)


"Was named a “Taxpayer Hero” by the Council of Citizens Against Government Waste, which said Brett stood up for taxpayers on issues related to tax, spending, transparency and accountability measures." (http://www.brettguthrie.com/issues/)


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