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Steven Brett Guthrie

Brett Guthrie's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Steven Brett Guthrie
Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Beth; 3 Children: Caroline, Robby, Elizabeth
Birth Date: 02/18/1964
Birth Place: Florence, AL
Home City: Bowling Green, KY
Religion: Church of Christ
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Brett Guthrie. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Brett Guthrie voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Brett Guthrie voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie appointed to Energy and Commerce Committee for 112th. 9 December 2010. "We need to replace the health care reform bill with policies that address the number one issue -- lowering the cost of health care for American families," Congressman Guthrie said. "I also want to ensure that taxpayer dollars no longer go to fund abortions and will support proposals that allow individuals to purchase health care across state lines, enact meaningful medical malpractice reform, and prohibit discrimination against patients with pre-existing conditions." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Brett Guthrie. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Brett Guthrie voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Issue Position: Protecting Life. 3 October 2011. "Brett Guthrie is 100% pro-life, and has voted that way since his election to Congress. In 2008, Brett was endorsed by Kentucky Right to Life and has supported their positions on issues in Washington D.C. Brett Guthrie is the only candidate for congress in the second district who will vote for a pro-life Speaker of the House, which we currently don't have." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Brett Guthrie voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Congressman Guthrie's Statement On The Passage Of The National Defense Authorization Act. 8 October 2009. "This bill is intended to provide the resources that our military needs and deserves, including a 3.4 percent pay increase for our soldiers [¦] Provides General Stanley McChrystal, the senior commander of U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan, with the following critical funding needed to successfully prosecute the war: $1.3 billion for the Commanders Emergency Response Program (CERP); $7.4 billion for the Afghan National Security Forces Fund (ANSFF), which are key to increasing the size of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF); and $500 million to rapidly build facilities needed to support the war in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie's Statement On President Obama's Trip To Afghanistan. 16 March 2010. "Our focus continues to be stabilizing Afghanistan and denying the Taliban and al-Qaeda a refuge to attack. I am encouraged by the president's continued commitment to that mission." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Op-Ed: A New Year. 1 January 2010. "We should remain focused on stabilizing the country of Afghanistan and denying the Taliban and al-Qaeda a refuge. Throughout history, Americans have always remained strong and preserved. Our united front, hard work ethic, and patriotism will continue to carry us though." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Brett Guthrie. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Brett Guthrie voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Brett Guthrie voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie Statement On SCHIP. 14 January 2009. "Most importantly, this bill [State Children's Health Insurance Program] places a burdensome tax increase on Kentucky's middle and lower classes - the very people it was created to help. Kentucky families making less than $50,000 a year will contribute 200% more in excise taxes than those families making more than $50,000. It is simply unfair to create this kind of tax burden on the families SCHIP is intended to assist [¦] I am committed to supporting SCHIP in a responsible way that keeps the focus on benefitting low-income families. Regrettably, today's bill was not one I could support because Kentucky's families would lose." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie Statement on Unemployment Rate. 3 September 2010. "Rather than tax increases on income, capital gains, dividends, and estate, we should look to lower taxes, rein in government intervention, and encourage fiscal responsibility in Washington, D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 85 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. A Vote For A Better Solution. 3 February 2009. "My vote was not a "no" to an economic stimulus, but a vote that there is a better solution. That is why I supported the alternative plan that would provide a direct boost to our economy through immediate tax relief for working families and small businesses. It was a simple and responsible solution that provided real tax cuts for working families. Under the alternative plan, a married couple filing jointly could save up to $3,200 a year in taxes. As a former small businessman, I know that allowing taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money is the best way to stimulate our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Brett Guthrie. Op-Ed: Out Of Control Spending. 26 August 2009. "As you know, spending in Washington is out of control. Many people joke that economists shouldn't tell the majority leadership what comes after a trillion because they will find a way to spend it. The American people are tightening their belts during these tough economic times, and I strongly believe that Congress needs to as well. Here is a quick snapshot of the expenditures on the $3.4 trillion spending-spree that the majority in Congress has taken over the past seven months: A $787 billion "Stimulus" Bill about which the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says only 11% of the discretionary funds will be spent in the first year [¦] The House of Representatives recently finished all 12 appropriations bills that fund the federal government for the 2010 Fiscal Year. Ultimately, I voted against the majority of these bills because they spent too much money increasing non-defense discretionary spending by 11%." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Brett Guthrie a rating of 84 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie Statement on Congress's Efforts to Recover AIG Bonusess. 19 March 2009. "In February, I opposed the bloated stimulus package that allowed this waste to develop in the first place. The stimulus package included language that allowed financial institutions that receive bailout funds to issue bonuses to executives. This is where the problem should have been prevented, but regretfully it was not." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Brett Guthrie voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Congressman Guthrie Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address. 26 January 2011. "I have emphasized the need for job creation, instead of massive spending and increasing the size and scope of government [¦] Unfortunately, to this point, job creation has meant a trillion-dollar stimulus bill; energy independence meant a cap-and-trade scheme that would bankrupt Kentucky families; and health care reform meant another trillion-dollar bill that empowered federal bureaucrats instead of patients and doctors [¦] We must address our unsustainable deficit and the rampant spending that has occurred. I am hopeful that the president will fully commit to these ideas of cutting spending and reducing our deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie Statement on Final Passage of Economic Stimulus Package. 13 February 2009. "Unfortunately, the final economic stimulus package that came before the House today did not truly address the economic crisis facing our nation. This was a purely partisan bill crafted in a backroom deal that included a record amount of wasteful spending and no immediate ways to stimulate the economy. My vote was not a "no" to an economic stimulus, but a vote that there is a better solution. I had hoped that the final product would be a bipartisan solution that would truly address the difficult recession we face. Regretfully, I could not support this legislation because it will not create jobs, nor will it stimulate the economy. Instead, it will place the largest burden in our nation's history on our children and grandchildren's generations. The cost of this legislation is staggering, with much of it spent on pet projects that will not help Kentucky's hurting families." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie: Cutting Federal Spending Among Ways to Create Jobs. 24 June 2011. "Finally and most importantly, we must cut federal spending. Federal spending is not going to get us out of this economic slowdown. Just look at the results of the bloated stimulus bill as evidence. We cannot continue to saddle future generations with mounting debt. We have an opportunity later this summer when debate begins on raising the debt limit to send a clear message that the days of borrowing and spending are over." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie: The Majority is Continuing Down the Path to Higher Taxation and Greater Debt. 22 June 2010. "In the last 18 months, they've spent more than a trillion dollars on so-called 'jobs' and stimulus legislation, but unemployment is nearing 10 percent nationwide and is even higher in many counties in the Second District of Kentucky. And they continue to spend at a near-record pace. Through the first eight months of the current fiscal year, the federal government amassed $935 billion in deficit spending. I have supported real-world solutions to cut spending now, and support adopting strict budget caps that limit federal spending on an annual basis." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Issue Position: Reigning in the National Debt. 6 October 2011. "Brett has opposed Speaker Pelosi on legislation that was sold as an emergency effort to help the economy, but instead funded liberal pet projects and added hundreds of billions of dollars to the national deficit. Brett strongly believes we must cut spending in Washington D.C., and he will continue to vote that way if given another term to represent the people of the second district of Kentucky." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Op-Ed: A Vote For A Better Solution. 17 February 2010. "Despite what you may hear from other sources, the legislation that passed the U.S. House on February 13, 2009 will place the largest burden in our nation's history on our children and grandchildren's generations. I came to Washington to change Congress. Adding billions of dollars of pet projects to this stimulus bill is not change. My vote was not a "no" to an economic stimulus, but a vote that there is a better solution. That is why I supported the alternative plan that would provide a direct boost to our economy through immediate tax relief for working families and small businesses. It was a simple and responsible solution that provided real tax cuts for working families." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brett Guthrie. Op-Ed: A Vote For A Better Solution. 17 February 2010. "My vote was not a "no" to an economic stimulus, but a vote that there is a better solution. That is why I supported the alternative plan that would provide a direct boost to our economy through immediate tax relief for working families and small businesses. It was a simple and responsible solution that provided real tax cuts for working families." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Get Our Economy Moving Again. 15 September 2011. "Our jobs agenda must be centered on supporting our nation's small businesses and removing the burdensome regulations coming out of Washington that are impeding growth, employment and prosperity. Over the recent August district work period I heard the same sentiment from small business owners, manufacturers and farmers across Kentucky. I support a plan to get our economy moving again. The proposal, put forward by House Republicans, addresses a number of regulatory burdens that have stifled job growth. We must get the government out of the way of job creation by reigning in the overeager regulations coming out of the EPA, the Obama health care law and Dodd-Frank financial reform that have our economy hanging in uncertainty." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Issue Position: Creating Jobs and Getting Our Economy Back On Track. 6 October 2011. "Brett believes that small businesses are America's job creation engines, and he supports tax cuts for companies to invest in additional jobs and more equipment. When more money is left in the hands of workers and job creators, the American economy thrives. Brett feels the Washington Democrat majority's agenda to raise taxes on those who create jobs would be disastrous for our economy. Brett will fight any attempts to raise taxes and will continue to support legislation that will lead to a better job market." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Congressman Guthrie Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address. 26 January 2011. "These are the exact issues I have discussed since arriving in Washington two years ago. I have emphasized the need for job creation, instead of massive spending and increasing the size and scope of government. Innovation and job creation will not come from the halls of bureaucrats' offices in Washington, but in garages and basements across America. We must encourage small businesses and entrepreneurs, not burden them with increased regulations and higher taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie Statement on Unemployment Rate. 3 September 2010. "After months and months of rising unemployment, the administration, along with the Majority in Congress, has to see a different direction is needed in order to get out economy back on track [¦] Small businesses can lead us in our recovery. Rather than tax increases on income, capital gains, dividends, and estate, we should look to lower taxes, rein in government intervention, and encourage fiscal responsibility in Washington, D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie: Cutting Federal Spending Among Ways to Create Jobs. 24 June 2011. "I have been working with leadership in the House to draft a pro-growth plan to get our economy moving in the right direction. This plan focuses on curtailing overreaching regulations, reducing the tax burden, starting a real national energy plan, and cutting spending. The first step is that is we must not do additional harm. Job creation is not going to come from Washington but bureaucrats in the nation's capitol can certainly create obstacles to job creators. In recent years the regulatory burden from Washington has stifled our businesses, both big and small [¦] Second, we must lower the tax burden on job creators. Whether we like it or not, we live in a global economy. We are now competing with many more countries in the global marketplace than we were 10 years ago. Unfortunately, we are at a serious disadvantage because the United States has one of the highest tax rates in the developed world." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie: Cutting Federal Spending Among Ways to Create Jobs. 24 September 2011. "[W]e must end our dependence on foreign energy. Every day we send far too much money to unstable places half-way around the world. Instead, we need to develop American energy sources. I worked hard last year to earn a seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee so I could help push this agenda. To date, our committee has completed legislation to fix the permitting process that environmental activists have used to halt offshore oil exploration, and we have passed a bill to stop President Obama's backdoor plan to impose cap-and-trade by regulation." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Brett Guthrie voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Brett Guthrie voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Brett Guthrie voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 18 February 2011. "In light of this week's announcement that Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has completed the initial well containment system, we again request an end to the de facto moratorium and a return to the timely and responsible issuance of offshore drilling permits [¦] It is our understanding that the MWCC has held multiple meetings with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) to ensure the initial system and follow-on technologies meet and exceed every requirement set by BOEMRE. Again, these meetings are proof that the industry is doing everything it can to quickly and efficiently meet your requirements." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Brett Guthrie. Notes from Brett: A New Year. 14 January 2011. "I will continue to fight against "Cap and Trade' energy legislation, which remains at the top of the majority's agenda. This proposal will raise utility rates for all Kentuckians. Right now, energy costs in Kentucky are some of the lowest in the country, giving us a huge economic development advantage. If this bill passes, Kentucky families and businesses will face even greater financial hardship." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Op-Ed: Out Of Control Spending. 26 August 2009. "As you know, spending in Washington is out of control. Many people joke that economists shouldn't tell the majority leadership what comes after a trillion because they will find a way to spend it. The American people are tightening their belts during these tough economic times, and I strongly believe that Congress needs to as well. Here is a quick snapshot of the expenditures on the $3.4 trillion spending-spree that the majority in Congress has taken over the past seven months [¦] Cap and trade legislation that raises spending by $864 billion while raising taxes and electric bills for Kentucky families. The House of Representatives recently finished all 12 appropriations bills that fund the federal government for the 2010 Fiscal Year. Ultimately, I voted against the majority of these bills because they spent too much money increasing non-defense discretionary spending by 11%." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Brett Guthrie voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Brett Guthrie voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie: Cutting Federal Spending Among Ways to Create Jobs. 24 September 2011. "[W]e must end our dependence on foreign energy. Every day we send far too much money to unstable places half-way around the world. Instead, we need to develop American energy sources. I worked hard last year to earn a seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee so I could help push this agenda. To date, our committee has completed legislation to fix the permitting process that environmental activists have used to halt offshore oil exploration, and we have passed a bill to stop President Obama's backdoor plan to impose cap-and-trade by regulation." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Issue Position: A Comprehensive National Energy Policy. 6 October 2011. "Brett strongly opposes "cap and trade" legislation that would result in higher utility rates for all Kentucky families and businesses at a time when they cannot afford what amounts to an energy tax increase. Brett believes "cap and trade" is bad for small businesses and that it will lead to massive job loss. Brett believes that keeping energy prices low will help small businesses and farms have a better chance of succeeding and creating more jobs, so he'll continue to fight for common sense energy policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Notes from Brett - Keeping America Competitive. 14 January 2011. "The controversial energy legislation known as cap-and-trade is a job-killer, especially in Kentucky, and leads to even more government intrusion by creating a $624 billion national energy tax that will hurt all of us. One of Kentucky's major economic advantages is plentiful, affordable electricity, making the commonwealth an attractive place for companies to move their manufacturing operations. Cap-and-trade legislation will dramatically raise the cost of power in Kentucky, forcing these companies to cut jobs or even move out of the state." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Brett Guthrie a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Statement by Brett Guthrie, Candidate for Congress in Kentucky's Second Congressional District Regarding Today's Supreme Court Ruling. 26 June 2010. "I am ecstatic about the Supreme Court's ruling today affirming the right of an individual to keep and bear arms. Today's ruling shows the importance of having judges who interpret the Constitution as written instead of legislating from the bench. As a Member of Congress, I will always vote to uphold the Second Amendment and the rights of gun owners and sportsmen and women everywhere." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Brett Guthrie in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie on the Supreme Court's Ruling on McDonald v. Chicago. 28 June 2010. "I was pleased to hear the Supreme Court saw the clear meaning of our Constitution and affirmed the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right, and that no state has the power to take away this precious constitutional right of every law-abiding American." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Issue Position: Protecting the Second Amendment. 3 October 2011. "Brett was given an 'A' rating by the National Rifle Association and agrees with a recent Supreme Court ruling affirming the right to keep and bear arms as an 'individual' right. Brett is committed to supporting Congressional leadership that supports the Second Amendment; a vote for Brett Guthrie in November is a vote against liberal congressional leadership that seeks to erode our precious constitutional right to keep and bear arms." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie Statement on One Year Anniversary of Health Spending Law. 23 March 2011. "As a member of the Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I will continue to work on crafting new health care replacement legislation that focuses on the issue that Americans really want addressed -- controlling the rising cost of health care. I continue to support proposals that allow individuals to purchase health care across state lines, enact meaningful medical malpractice reform, remove lifetime caps, and prohibit discrimination against patients with pre-existing conditions. While just a starting point, these are solutions that will lower costs and increase access for all Americans without launching a government takeover of health care." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Brett Guthrie voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Speaker Pelosi's bill spends $1.2 trillion, cuts Medicare benefits, includes a $34 billion unfunded Medicaid mandate and increases premiums for those already struggling to pay for health insurance. On top of all of that, the bill raises taxes for just about everyone. The bill taxes individuals who choose not to purchase health insurance, taxes small businesses, taxes medical devices, and taxes health savings plans. The bill is the exact opposite of what the American people said they wanted. The Republican alternative addresses Americans' number one priority for health care reform: lowering the cost for premiums they pay now. The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that our plan will lower health care premiums and reduce the deficit without taxing families and small businesses. I am voting ``no'' on Speaker Pelosi's bill because of the devastating consequences it will have on Kentucky's families, seniors, and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie Questions Governors on Medicaid and State Health Reform. 1 March 2011. "The health care bill that passed last year spent over a trillion dollars and imposed sweeping new mandates on patients, providers and states, not only burdening American families, but also already-struggling state governments. Recent estimates show the health care law will saddle Kentucky alone with a $695 million unfunded mandate from 2014-2019." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Health Care. 17 September 2009. "Mr. Speaker, over the recent district work period I traveled to each county in my district, listening to constituents' ideas and concerns and answering questions. I heard overwhelmingly that a government-run public option was not a viable answer to the problems Americans are facing. The President gave a well-delivered speech last week, but left many questions in the minds of the American people: How do we pay for such a bill? How can you cut funding for Medicare without impacting the millions of seniors who receive the benefits? How will individuals who are happy with their coverage get to keep the care they have? Everyone agrees on the need for improvement. However, we must move toward changes that make health care more affordable, more accessible and of higher quality." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Issue Position: Health Care Reform That Works. 6 October 2011. "Brett strongly opposed the liberal Democrats' legislation that would have cut Medicare by $500 billion, raised private insurance premiums, raised taxes on small businesses, led to a government takeover of your health care decisions, and driven our country deeper into debt. Brett believes decisions about your medical care should be made by you and your doctor, not by a government bureaucrat in Washington D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Notes From Brett: A New Year. 14 January 2011. "The American people deserve openness, transparency and accountability. Concerned citizens across the country continue to speak out against the majority's plan to pass a government takeover of health care. Congressional leaders are meeting behind closed doors to draft their final plan for health care reform that will impact every American. I hope the final version steers away from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House-passed bill, which spends $1.2 trillion dollars, cuts Medicare benefits, includes a $34 billion dollar unfunded Medicaid mandate, and it increases premiums for those already struggling to pay for health insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Op-Ed: Health Plan Will Increase Costs for Families and Kill Jobs. 21 July 2009. "I am committed to real reform that makes health care more affordable and accessible without sacrificing the high-quality, personalized care that we currently enjoy. Unfortunately, the plan that is currently being debated will not accomplish this. Instead, it will dramatically increase costs - for your family, America's small businesses, and all taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Three Months into the New Health Care Law, Promises Unfulfilled. 23 June 2010. "Now, three months after the president's health care law was put into place, the American people are finding out they were right all along. Promises by the Majority have not been fulfilled, and families and seniors in the Second District are the ones who will be hurt from these broken promises [¦] I will continue to work with my colleagues to fight for a repeal of these provisions that attack seniors, families and small businesses, and replace it with legislation that lowers the cost of health care for every American." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Brett Guthrie voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie Hears about Immigration. 2 September 2010. "I want to echo what Erin Howard [educator from Lexington] said that these young people should be given an opportunity for a better life. We don't want them to be left out in the cold. We want to keep educated, trained people here in the U.S. Besides, what would they do if they went back to Mexico, a place they don't remember and doesn't even exist for them except in the minds of their parents?" (guthrie.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Brett Guthrie supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Brett Guthrie voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Brett Guthrie. Guthrie Statement on the Terrorist Arrests in Bowling Green, KY. 31 May 2011. "I commend our intelligence and law enforcement communities for their efforts in the capture of these two individuals, who are allegedly responsible for plotting attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and providing weapons to our enemies. Today's events remind all of us that there are no borders in the war on terror and we must remain vigilant." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Brett Guthrie Editorial on the U.S. House Passing a Weakened Terrorist Surveillance Law. 18 March 2008. "Last week, the U.S. House majority took action that threatens our national security by voting to dramatically weaken our terrorist surveillance law. Protecting American citizens from terrorist threats should be the top priority for Congress, but the U.S. House abandoned its most solemn duty [¦] If I am fortunate enough to earn your vote this November, I promise to support tougher anti-terrorism laws. These terrorists were at war with us long before we were at war with them. We must recognize the threat they pose and do all we can to defeat terrorism around the globe." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Issue Position: National Security and the War on Terror. 6 October 2011. "It is evident by the ongoing attempted attacks on our country that we are still a nation at war. Brett strongly opposed the Obama Administration's position that foreign terrorists caught attempting to kill Americans on U.S. soil are entitled to the same rights as U.S. citizens. Specifically, he opposes granting terrorists, such as the so-called "underwear bomber" who was caught trying to bomb an airplane landing in Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, having their Miranda Rights read them. Brett also opposed the Obama Administration's plan to close Guantanamo Bay and believes it should be left open to house dangerous terrorists captured in the War on Terror. Brett believes terrorists should be given military trials at Guantanamo Bay, not trials in U.S. civilian courts." (votesmart.org)
  • Brett Guthrie. Notes from Brett: A New Year. 14 January 2011. "We're fighting a war on terrorism, and the attempted attack to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was an act of terrorism. While I agree with the president not to send anymore detainees to Yemen, transferring some of the world's most dangerous terrorists, many of whom are directly linked to al-Qaeda, into the United States poses a great risk to our homeland. The attempted plot should be another signal to the president to reevaluate his long term strategy to close the secure facility at Guantanamo Bay." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Brett Guthrie. Op-Ed: Savings Solutions. 24 March 2009. "The diminishing values of Americans' savings and retirement accounts calls for better solutions. Now is not the time for Washington to pursue policies that cause savings to fade even more quickly. Some are even suggesting that we wipe out 401(k)s completely, substituting them with government-run accounts that put bureaucrats, not families, in charge of savings decisions. At the beginning of March, I was asked to join a working group to help develop solutions that will assist Americans in protecting and rebuilding their savings as quickly as possible. Members of my party, from various professional and geographic backgrounds, came together to find common sense answers to this serious problem [¦] Increasing Retirement Income. This legislation would double the Social Security earnings limit from $14,160 to $28,320 allowing more Americans to increase their income without being penalized." (votesmart.org)

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Kentucky State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Noj) Should Kentucky government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
Undecideda) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to manage medium security prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent felons.
Xd) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Lower the limit defining drunk driving to .08 blood alcohol content.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xn) Increase pay for police officers.
o) Other
Undecidedp) Do you support the Racial Justice Act, which allows accused killers to seek review of whether race played a role in their death penalty prosecution?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Support collective bargaining for public employees.
f) Implement a deposit on beverage bottles and cans.
g) Increase the weight limit on coal trucks.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
Xi) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xj) Support additional funding for a literacy research center and literacy intervention programs in elementary schools.
k) Other
Yesl) Do you support requiring students to take a statewide exam (CATS) and provide financial rewards or penalties to schools based on the results?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Kentucky.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
i) Block new mining permits for coal companies controlled by other companies that have violated environmental regulations.
j) Support stricter regulations on large scale hog production.
k) Other
Yesl) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Nom) Do you support the Kentucky Forest Conservation Act that requires logger training and the use of certain techniques to reduce erosion?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Noa) Do you support amending the Kentucky Constitution to limit the number of terms of State Senators and Representatives?
Yesb) Do you support the current law which limits the number of terms the Governor can serve? (2, 4-year terms)
c) Do you support current limits on the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) PAC
No3) Corporate
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesg) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Undecidedh) Would you support an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution requiring the legislature to meet every year?
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xd) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
e) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Support the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) that provides access to health care for uninsured children.
d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Support state-funded incentives that increase the supply and retention of health professionals in rural areas.
h) Other
i) Do you support the current law that allows insurers to charge more for people with poor health?
j) Do you support the current law that allows insurers not to provide coverage for people with certain conditions such as AIDS, strokes and cancer?
k) Do you support recent changes to the Medicaid program that brought it under a managed care system?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
e) Favor banning smoking in public places.
f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
g) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Noj) Do you believe that the Kentucky government should include sexual orientation in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Do you believe that the Kentucky government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Maintain Statuse) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusg) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Greatly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Sales taxes
j) Other
Yesk) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yesl) Do you support the proposed constitutional amendment allowing the Kentucky legislature to change or eliminate taxes on personal property?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain the current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Require able-bodied recipients to participate in work activities in order to receive benefits.
c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xg) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

1. A "K-R" (kindergarten through Retirement) education system that educates our children, prepares our young adults for careers, and provides opportunities for adults to train for better jobs.
2. Reduce taxation, regulation, and litigation so that Kentucky will have a better business climate.

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