U.S. Rep. Guthrie says why he prefered automatic cuts over the fiscal cliff bill that passed

01/09/2013 10:03 AM

Health care programs — namely Medicare and Medicaid — must be reformed and Congress failed the country by not dealing with spending in those programs as part of the bill to avert the fiscal cliff last week, said U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie.

Guthrie, a Bowling Green Republican, was among 167 U.S. House members to oppose the compromise measure, which was brokered by Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden. Guthrie said on Pure Politics Tuesday that while he agreed with some of the components, it failed his chief test.

“Not only did it not deal with spending, it delayed spending cuts that we already put forth … I would like them changed to be different but the same level of spending,” he said (0:55)

Still, he said he would have rather seen the across-the-board spending cuts — known as sequestration — kick in on Jan. 2 than to have seen the fiscal cliff fix bill pass without dealing with spending levels. (1:40 – 3:30)

Guthrie answered questions about what kind of spending he’d like to see cut — and whether he would be comfortable seeing cuts to programs and funding to Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District that he represents. (Watch the interview between 6:00 – 9:00)

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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