A tea party group is launching a new site targeting three Kentucky Republican congressmen who voted to re-open the federal government.
The Tea Party Leadership Fund announced this week that the website will encourage donors to the 87 GOP members who backed the McConnell-Reid plan to withdraw their support. Those lawmakers include Kentucky congressmen Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie and Hal Rogers.
Dan Backer is the group’s treasurer. He says lawmakers such as Guthrie have an overall good record, but he ultimately funded the president’s health care law.
“So we have the list of 87 and I’m scanning it eyeball right now. Oh, wow. And here’s a surprise. One of those 87 is Brett Guthrie from the Kentucky Second. And you know, this is a great example. Brett’s a guy that I think highly of and we’ve always thought very highly of. We think he’s a good representative and by in large he’s very much a conservative, but then he took this vote,” he says.
With the massive federal spending bill facing them, including funding for President Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act, House members return to Washington this week. The government would be forced to shut down if the continuing resolution providing the money is not passed by the beginning of next week.
Second district Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie appeared live on WKU Public Radio's Morning Edition Tuesday. In a wide-ranging interview, he told host Joe Corcoran the President is as much to blame for the political standoff in Washington as Republicans.
Kentucky's 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie, has announced he will oppose the President's call for a U.S. military strike in Syria.
Here's what the Bowling Green Republican said in a news release about how he came to his decision:
"I appreciate Administration officials briefing the House on this very important situation. However, none of the information shared with me today has convinced me that military action is necessary or appropriate to further our national security interests in Syria and the surrounding region.
“There is no doubt that the Middle East is ripe with conflict and that the chemical weapons attack against the Syrian people on August 21 was horrific. But I do not believe that a bombing campaign against the Assad regime would be appropriate, and may even further enflame regional tensions. As the last remaining superpower, the United States should act as a role model for these troubled nations and look for further diplomatic solutions.
In a speech to the nation Tuesday, President Obama will make his case for a U.S. military strike on Syria. Regardless of what the president says, some members of Kentucky’s federal delegation already have their minds made up.
Republican Congressman Thomas Massie says he will vote against any resolution authorizing military force against Syria for its government’s alleged use of chemical weapons. For one thing, Massie says he’s uncomfortable with the language in the president’s proposal.
"It's not limited geographically, it's not limited by type of engagement, and it's not limited by who we can engage, not just the Syrians," contends Massie.
Massie contends the civil war in Syria is not a matter of U.S. national security. Massie is joined by Congressman Ed Whitfield as solid “no” votes. U.S. Representatives Brett Guthrie, Hal Rogers, and Andy Barr, all GOP members, are still contemplating.
It took over four decades for a Bowling Green Vietnam veteran to receive his Purple Heart, but Eddie Miller says it was worth the wait.
Miller was wounded in Vietnam in 1969, but never received a Purple Heart because his military records were lost. The 66-year-old Miller says a friend recently encouraged him to contact Congressman Brett Guthrie's office, which intervened on Miller's behalf and got the necessary paperwork through the Defense Department.
Miller and several family members were on hand Thursday when Rep. Guthrie presented the Vietnam veteran with his Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart is a combat decoration that is awarded to men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who are wounded in times of war.
Asked to describe the incident 44 years ago that led to his award, Miller said his base camp came under rocket attack.
“We were running and scrambling, and I felt pain,” he said.
A Meade County Democrat with nearly 30 years of military experience is entering Kentucky's Second District Congressional campaign.
Retired U.S. Army Major Ron Leach wants to win the seat currently held by Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie. Leach told WKU Public Radio he believes the majority of Kentuckians are "being left behind" by a Congress more interested in partisanship than solving problems.
He was asked how he would describe the kind of campaign he hopes to run.
"It's not left, it's not right. You know, the idea that we need leaders and not looters, that we need a Kentucky and an America that works, and works for all of us. That we need a functioning government that represents all Kentuckians---that's not left or right, and that's not partisan," said Leach, who also served eight years in the National Guard.
Kentucky's Second District U.S. Congressman says he's hopeful the military will find a replacement for the infantry brigade that will leave Ft. Knox by 2017. Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie represents the Hardin County region, and told WKU Public Radio he has been in contact with area leaders since Tuesday's announcement by the army.
"If this happens, are there other opportunities to strengthen Ft. Knox in other areas? I don't think it will replace 3,600 permanent soldiers, but there are ways to make this easier, and possibly bring some other military units on to Ft. Knox," said Guthrie.
The loss of the lone infantry brigade combat team at Ft. Knox is part of the army's plan to cut active-duty personnel by 80,000.
Rep. Guthrie says he's concerned that those in Washington making decisions on the size of the military are doing so based mostly on budget concerns, as opposed to what missions America's armed services should be asked to accomplish.
WKU Public Radio's conversation with Rep. Brett Guthrie on immigration reform
Kentucky's Second District Congressman says it makes no sense for U.S. colleges to graduate so many highly-skilled foreign students without a way to let them stay in this country if they choose. Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie says any attempt to overhaul America's immigration laws must make it easier for more US college graduates from other countries who have desirable skills to work here.
Rep. Guthrie says he came to this belief after attending a WKU graduation, and noticing how many of those getting master's degrees in fields of science were foreign-born.
"It just really hit me. A lot of our master's programs--not just this university--but other world class universities are graduating a lot of people who are foreign nationals, and we don't let them stay here and work and contribute to what we're trying to do here in the United States."
Kentucky second district Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie says he thinks preventing other tragedies like the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut can best be accomplished by focusing on mental health issues. The Bowling Green Republican favors that approach instead of what he calls "infringing on the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens."
Guthrie's House Committee on Education and the Workforce will be looking into school safety and he says he plans to get input from Kentucky education officials.
Third District Congressman John Yarmuth, on the other hand, says he fully supports all of President Obama's proposals to end gun violence. The only Democrat in Kentucky's Congressional delegation is co-sponsoring a bill to ban high capacity gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.