Congressman Guthrie talks student loans; blue wave

09/11/2018 04:15 PM

LOUISVILLE- U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie,R-District 2, stopped by the Spectrum News studio on Monday to discuss several issues, including his measure to require financial literacy courses for student loans and the potential of a “blue wave”.

The House of Representatives passed Guthrie’s bill last week which will require students who take out federal loans to take yearly financial literacy courses. Guthrie says students at Indiana University who took these classes graduated with 11 percent less debt.

“It help young people focus on how much money they are going to borrow. People will say, I thought it was a grant and then they had to pay it back, they will know what they are getting into.” he said.

This course would be more in depth than the entrance and exit exam that is currently required by the federal government.

Guthrie also spoke about a piece of legislation he is sponsoring called the EMPOWER Act, which allows Medicaid patients to receive care at home as opposed to an institution. Currently, certain patients are only able to receive Medicaid coverage if they receive care at an institution—the bill would change that and allow Medicaid coverage for at home care.

The conversation moved to the possibility of a blue wave taking over the midterm elections, as several Republican candidates are facing tough re-election campaigns. Guthrie believes if Democrats gain control of Congress bipartisanship is at risk.

“You saw what’s happening in the Senate (Wednesday), that same moment Democratic Senators grandstanding, people protesting in the hearing, I do believe that if the control changes and the blue wave happens, that’s what Congress will be the next two years,” he said. “You don’t see the incentive of Speaker Pelosi, who will be speaker again, and the people that work with her, and serve with her on her side of the aisle, you don’t see ‘let’s go figure out how to work with President Trump’.”

Guthrie doesn’t think the scandals surrounding President Trump will hurt Republicans in November as long as the candidates work their district—and says members of Congress work together far more than is reported.

“What I don’t think gets on the news is that everyday there are members of Congress from both parties who say ‘we can agree on financial counseling, we can agree on apprenticeships, we can agree on Medicaid follows the person’ and that’s what I’ve done is try to link up with people who agree with you on the other side.”

The Twitter hearing, and confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were also discussed.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at



  • AllPainNoGain wrote on September 12, 2018 08:45 AM :

    Who? Seriously, who is this?

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