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 has covered politics for more than 10 years, including 7 years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Follow Ryan on Twitter @cn2Alessi. Ryan can be reached at 502-792-1135 or ryan.alessi@twcnews.com.

Comments

  • viewer wrote on January 09, 2013 01:12 PM :

    Is it just me or does Rep Guthrie talk a lot like Dale Gribble from King of the Hill show ??? I got no vision or ideas from this guy leading us forward in this interview. He tried his best to stick with the talking points he had rehearse but Ryan wouldnt let him. Aka- Rick Perry…Could someone from his district please explain his ideas going forward ? Saying cut everything is good, but its a little like, pot and kettle for this state.

  • viewer wrote on January 09, 2013 02:01 PM :

    I saw the other day in the Herald that the head dr of UK’s pediatrics has a base pay of $700,000.00. To put that in Rep Ron Paul’s terms we would need to bring a whlole Tyson chicken factory to pay that man off. Just saying….

  • viewer wrote on January 09, 2013 02:54 PM :

    Theres a good chance if your neighbors are poor, than you are too. If your schools are falling, your kids are too. Our leaders are supposed to reflect the voters that elect them. So, do our leaders get us into the 21st century or do the voters come into the 21st century ??? Chicken or egg kind of thing….

  • viewer wrote on January 09, 2013 05:54 PM :

    If you want to know why the founding fathers put in freedom of religion and why super pacs isnt freedom of speach or free. Watch this video of one of our leaders. He cant say nothing that will hurt the the donors to his election or his church. Them founding fathers knew a lot of what could happen if we sold out to the church or business interest….

  • Felix wrote on January 09, 2013 09:33 PM :

    Guthrie is being escorted around this week by none other than Scott Jennings. Jennings is the same man who managed Trey Grayson’s unsuccessful campaign in 2010, David Williams’ unsuccessful campaign in 2011, and Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful campaign in Ohio in 2012. So now Guthrie has acquired his expert services for his future unsuccessful campaign for Governor in 2015! What a joke these blind establishment republicans are. They fought Rand, they fought Massie, they fought Comer….. Guthrie, Mitch, Williams…they just don’t get it and apparently never will! Voters hate the establishment and don’t support career politicians like Guthrie who do not take stands on the issues! Terrible interview establishment Brett. You will never be accepted by the Tea Party, Richard Lugar!

  • viewer wrote on January 14, 2013 11:54 AM :

    WELL ALL I CAN SAY IS PLEASE CRIT RUN FOR IT KENTUCKY NEEDS YOU NEVER HAVE I HEARD YOU SAY WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME. REMEMBER A WOMAN WHO WAS GOV.YES MARTHA LAYNE COLLINS, LOOK AT THE POEPLE SHE PUT TO WORK NOT JUST HERE BUT THE AREA AROUND . BUT SHE COULD ADD SUBTRACT BALANCE A BUDJET. SO COME ON CRIT GO FOR IT

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