U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie blames Democrats for shutdown talk, says regulations are holding down economy

09/27/2011 05:57 PM

Congress averted a government shutdown Monday night — the third time this year that the “S” word loomed over Washington.

Republicans and Democrats got hung up on how to fund the $3.65 billion Federal Emergency Management Agency in a continuation spending bill that gets the federal government through mid-November.

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, a Republican from Bowling Green, said Democrats are the ones to blame because they disagreed with taking money from alternative energy funding in order to cover the disaster funds.

“It was a bipartisan agreement in the House to do what we did. They backed out of the agreement,” Guthrie said at the 0:48 mark of the first part of the interview.

Guthrie also said he objects to President Barack Obama’s pitch to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans. He said he had concerns about raising taxes on investments that have allowed some, such as billionaire Warren Buffett, to pay a lower tax rate than middle class Americans. Guthrie said the danger in raising capital gains taxes is that it could hurt people who save money to send their children to college, for example.

And the congressman said he was concerned about a double-dip recession but hopes Obama would try to stave it off by rolling back regulations.

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