Congressman-elect Massie says he wants to see federal spending cuts take effect

11/09/2012 05:01 PM

Republican Thomas Massie will be sworn in as the next congressman from Northern Kentucky on Nov. 13 and will walk into the middle of the debate over extending tax cuts and whether to allow deep spending cuts to take effect.

Massie, in an interview with Pure Politics on Thursday, said he believes its time to see cuts at the levels that will take effect in January unless Congress changes course. The spending reductions were part of a compromise proposal Congress approved in 2011 when it last raised the debt limit.

“I think we need to go through with those cuts, I don’t like how they are distributed but they are agreed to in a bipartisan fashion and we need these cuts if we are going to bring it in to the unsustainable spending we’ve got,” Massie said (at 3:30).

Massie said he wasn’t aware of Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s comments Wednesday that he would be open to tax code changes, including potentially changes that would raise revenue.

Massie said he strongly backs Kentucky Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s proposal to cut off foreign aid to certain countries.

“It’s one very specific way to cut spending and 90% of the public agrees with it. It’s common sense, its plain common sense, quit giving money to our enemies,” he said (at 8:10).

And he signaled that he was prepared to be an independent voice, along the lines of Paul, who isn’t afraid to cross his party’s leadership when he disagrees.

“Clearly we have to work with leadership, but just because we are Republicans doesn’t mean we are right all the time and we have to keep that in mind” (at 9:30).

Jacqueline Pitts

Jacqueline Pitts joined the cn|2 political team in June 2012. A graduate of WKU, Jacqueline grew up in Nashville, TN and is looking forward to having a front row seat to Kentucky politics. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter @Jacqueline_cn2. She can be reached at 502-792-1114 or


  • Bruce Layne wrote on November 10, 2012 11:21 AM :

    I’m very much looking forward to having Thomas Massie as our new representative in Congress. I know we’ll see great things. The DC criminals have made too much of a mess to hope that any one man can miraculously fix it, but if any man could, it’s Thomas Massie. He’ll be a shining example for the rest of the country to follow.

    We’re not finished. Kentucky needs to work on electing five more congressional representatives at least half as good.

  • Mike wrote on November 10, 2012 06:23 PM :

    Thomas Massie bought this election with corporate money; and he’ll do exactly what they tell him to do. He could care less about what the citizens want who actually know something.

  • waybert17 wrote on November 11, 2012 06:28 PM :

    I wonder if people like Mike would be willing to ban all corporate money, all union money, and all special-interest groups money from political campaigns, or is he just interested in banning this cash from Republican candidates? The last time I looked this money, from all these groups, was going to Republicans and Democrats, and, despite Mike’s false narrative, not just into the coffers of Republican campaigns. I would raise the limits on what individual citizens can give to campaigns, but I would ban corporate, union, and special-interest monies from campaigns.

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